Samsung DVD-HD860/XEU DIVX Multi-Region Capable DVD Player With HDMI Upscaling £56.33 Delivered! - HotUKDeals
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Looks a decent price on this upscaling multi-region DVD/DivX player made by Samsung. At just £56.33 including free SuperSaver delivery, it's quite a temptation :)

Features: Upconverting, mult-format progressive scan DVD player * Transforms standard DVD to HD-quality video--720p, 1080i formats * Compatible with DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, MP3, WMA, JPEG * Outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 component, 1 S-Video, 1 composite, 1 coaxial audio, 1 optical audio * Measures 16.9 x 1.77 x 9.8 inches (WxHxD) * Supports both Dolby Digital and DTS encoded DVDs
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[COLOR=darkred]Manufacturer's Description[/COLOR]
An HDTV or a High-Def TV requires a DVD player that can deliver equally breathtaking visuals and sound. Samsung's DVD-HD860 can take conventional video and audio signals and upconvert them to breathtaking 720p/1080i quality. Through HDMI" (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Output technology and HD JPEG playback, this DVD Player can also transfer hi-def video and audio to the HDTV without any loss in detail. Just 45 mm in height, it fits neatly into any size home theater system.
HDMI Interface The High Definition Multimedia Interface module (HDMI) transfers hi-definition video and audio from your HyperVision DVD Player to your TV,Home Theater or other digital AV components without loss of any digital signal. Simply connect your DVD player to your Home Theater System with a single HDMI cable.

Hi-Def Conversion DVD Player The DVD-HD860 converts the resolution of ordinary DVDs to 720p/1080i for improved video and audio quality.

DivX Playback
Samsung's DVD players deliver high-quality DivX movies. Insert DVDs and CDs that have DivX movies downloaded via computer and enjoy watching them on a large screen TV!

[COLOR=darkred]Box Contains
[/COLOR]Samsung DIVX DVD Player - HD860/XEU Black/Silver
230v AC mains lead
Remote control
Instructions/manual
#2
nice find:thumbsup: what is upscaling??
#3
It upscales the digital image to an HD TV effectively producing a better image than you would get from a normal DVD player.
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dunno
nice find:thumbsup: what is upscaling??


In this case, I believe it takes the now mediocre DVD Resolution from 720x576 pixels upto 1920x1080 interlaced, so it should in theory look worse? because its taken the same information but just enlarging it!?
#5
This explains it much better than I can :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upscaling_DVD
#6
Thanks for the info zimm :)
#8
Thanks schizoboy :)

http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/dvdplayer/hypervision/images/hd860_lrg.jpg
#9
This looks great, any comments on using it with a Samsung TV? I seem to remember at least one of the Samsung HDMI DVD players didn't work well with Samsung TVs.

John
#10
I bought the HD 850 when it came out (model below this) for £85. For this price for the 860 you really can't grumble. As far as I remember, the only difference between models is the 860 is black and does SACD/DVDA, whereas the 850 is silver and doesn't do SACD/DVDA.

I use it to upscale DVDs to 720p on my Samsung HDTV and it looks great. HELL of a lot better than my 360 does through VGA (also upscaling). You can get better upscaling players, but not at this price (though I say that without checking out the price of the similar Tosh model - also comes recommended). It also handles Divx and VCD really nicely. I use my Xbox 1 with XBMC, or my Creative Zen Vision to play that kind of stuff on the TV, but it does a good job of it handling all the discs I've thrown at it when I have used it for that. The remote is a bit cumbersome, but hey you can't have it all.

Zimm, using this player, DVDs look a lot better through the HDMI port at 720p (native res of the TV) than they do at standard res. Gotta be seen to be believed IMO.

Overall a steal for this player...GET ONE. You'll have to budget for some cables though...
#11
As far I can see no XVID or QPL or DIVX with QPL. So forget about newest movies...

XBOX 1 + XBMC + remote *IS* the ULTIMATE MEDIA PLAYER.
Nothing even close (THANKS TO LINUX+ mplayer!)

Regards
Chris
#12
There seem to be a fair number or poor reviews (as well as good reviews). It seems to be a you either love it or hate it kind of product, which is a shame because it seems a good price.

What makes it worse is I need a dvd player and this would have been perfect. But might end up getting the Pioneer DV-393-K for £55.85 (but no upscaling :-( ).
#13
Basically, only buy this dvd player if you have a cheap no name brand or just need a new dvd player either because you haven't got one or your old one has broke. According to these reviews the upscaling hardly makes a difference so why change from you old dvd player.

On the other hand some upscaling dvd players do work quite well but to be honest all that they are doing is upscaling the picture earlier in the process because any hi-def ready tv has to upscale pictures to it's resolution anyway. So you need to ask yourself, is a sub £100 dvd player going to have a processor in it that is better than upscaling than a £1000 tv's processor. Probably not.

The one advantage is that the signal is transferred from the dvd player to the tv via hdmi which is a digital signal. This is normally where upscaling dvd players are better because normal dvd players use scart leads which can degrade the quality.

See reviews here:

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=6931

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=6958
#14
Not many people probably know this, but if you buy an Xbox (about £30-40) you can 'mod' it to play DVDs. It actually becomes a media centre, for free, that can play practically every known digital media format there is (inc xvid, mov, mp4, being instantly able to go to any part of the movie using the controller, and remembering where you were when you start something again), pictures with moving slideshows, excellent visualisations to mp3s, and also the awesome xbox games. It also has the possibility of installing a new hard drive (I have an 80gb one packed with movies, music and games). We have it running through the stereo and a projector, and the visualisations that run to music are frankly an awesome way to relax (playing Burnout on a 6ft screen is the total opposite). I'll add it is relatively complicated to mod the xbox, but well worth it and highly rewarding once the media centre is set up.
#15
Hi,

Im rubbish with these things.

How well will this work with my TV

http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/television/tftlcd/le26r74bdxxeu.asp?page=Specifications

I have the 40" Will I get the full potential?

Thanks


Also, how much to HD leads tend to cost?
#16
Not a bad player but id sooner spend a little more and get the Pioneer DV696.

Ive had both and the Pioneer is by far the better player but i suppose it all depends on budget
#17
I'll second that the pioneer one is awesome. Had it since christmas and it even made an old film like Naked Gun 1 look amazing :D
#18
zimm
In this case, I believe it takes the now mediocre DVD Resolution from 720x576 pixels upto 1920x1080 interlaced, so it should in theory look worse? because its taken the same information but just enlarging it!?

But that same principle doesn't do the same with a PC image. It improves it.

Actually, i'm after a new DVD player. My Pioneer is playing up after 3-4 years.

I'm thinking about getting a DVD HDD recorder with HDMI, Freeview and EPG. If I get all that i'm thinking about ditching Sky+ as it should be just as easy to record things with the EPG.

These models are the ones i've got my eye down to...

Sony RDRHXD860S

Panasonic DMR-EX75EB-S

I'd be interested to hear other people's views?
#19
Id stick with Sky+. Much easier to just pick and choose what you want than keep changing discs, and setting the recorder, and then having to ensure its on the right sky channel.
To me, it would be a step back red.
#20
smashed
Id stick with Sky+. Much easier to just pick and choose what you want than keep changing discs, and setting the recorder, and then having to ensure its on the right sky channel.
To me, it would be a step back red.


I have to confess, that I have got really used to Sky+ and for the first time ever the missus is able to record things...it's that simple - lol.

The thing is though it's costing me £43 a month, so if I could get an alternative machine which might be as easy to record things I might just do it.

Then I can put the £43 into a pension fund or something else equally as boring. :-(

Hmmm, second thoughts.
#21
An ideal option to all of them is the Humax pvr9200T, we have had this for about 6 months and would never go back now, very good spec inc twin tuners(record 2 stations at once as well as watch a previous recording) freeview& with regular updates from humax either over the air or downloadable via computer, all for less than £180.
This outweighs all the other options in my opinion, even the other half can record :-D
#22
That looks good. It doesn't seem to have HDMI or play and record on to DVD's though.
#23
And is Freeview, so you wont be able to record Sky channels?
#24
wasnt aware sky actually broadcast anything that people would want to record, can buy most of what they show on dvd very cheap as its all old stuff :-D :whistling:
#25
Passionpantz
wasnt aware sky actually broadcast anything that people would want to record, can buy most of what they show on dvd very cheap as its all old stuff :-D :whistling:


What about all the live sports?

Sky+ gives you the ability to record any channel, not just the Sky ones.
#26
Dont worry Red, some people only like to watch The OC etc all day long.
Sky Sports takes up 90% of my Sky Time
#27
smashed
Dont worry Red, some people only like to watch The OC etc all day long.
Sky Sports takes up 90% of my Sky Time

Smashed mate, we're most definitely singing form the same hymn book buddy!
#28
I was going to go for this, but as suggested on here I have decided to go with the Sony DVP-NS76H whcih seems to get better reviews. Amazon have it cheaper than anyone else and its only £24 more than the samsung.

Sony DVP-NS76H At Amazon
#29
Is it region locked? Careful, Sony can be impossible to make region free (Which would make it worthless for me)
#30
#31
ne0star
I was going to go for this, but as suggested on here I have decided to go with the Sony DVP-NS76H whcih seems to get better reviews. Amazon have it cheaper than anyone else and its only £24 more than the samsung.

Sony DVP-NS76H At Amazon

Lol, in the photo on Amazon the player looks about the same thickness as a DVD itself!

Can't be right?

By the way, if I stop subscribing to Sky, can I still use my Sky+ box to record Freeview stuff?
#32
AFAIK, Sky wont let you record once you end the subs...
But I may be wrong. AVForums will know the answer
#33
smashed
AFAIK, Sky wont let you record once you end the subs...
But I may be wrong. AVForums will know the answer


That would be a bit off of them.

Thinking about it, when I had Sky+ installed they modified the satellite dish. So I wonder how much impact that would have if they switched things off.

Hmmm.
#34
Thats true, when you terminate your sky, you lose all the progs you had recorded..................lesson is make sure you watch it all before having taken away :-D
#35
Passionpantz
Thats true, when you terminate your sky, you lose all the progs you had recorded..................lesson is make sure you watch it all before having taken away :-D


Really? So there's no way you can have Sky+ switched off and just use the box as a basic Sky box/Freeview recorder then?
#36
Does anyone if it is possible to connect a freeview box to a dvd player with hdmi and work through dvi on my pc monitor.
#37
if you read the contract you will see that sky still own the sky box and all the data on it
#38
Bigbird if you read the contract you will see that sky still own the sky box and all the data on it
Thats not correct , after 12 Months with Sky you own the box Sky make that clear in their t&c and advised you to take out a maintenance contact.

As far as data goes you can only access recorded data so long as you are still have subcriptions to that channel i.e if you download all sky movies to your sky+box and then drop the sky+movies service you can no longer view what you have recorded
Humax 9200T is a much better option provides same service as SkY+ with the for freeview channels only
#39
Thats exactly my point about the Hummy, you can even copy to a disc recorder if theres something you want to keep etc, thats all i do. Im using a panasonic disc recorder as well as the hummy ;-)
#40
RedOnRed
Lol, in the photo on Amazon the player looks about the same thickness as a DVD itself!

Can't be right?

By the way, if I stop subscribing to Sky, can I still use my Sky+ box to record Freeview stuff?


My understanding is yes but Sky will charge you £10 per month to permit this access

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