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Philips DVP 5960 HDMI DVD player. £49.99 - Will play DivX files from front USB port too!!!
Philips DVP 5960 HDMI DVD player. £49.99  - Will play DivX files from front USB port too!!!

Philips DVP 5960 HDMI DVD player. £49.99 - Will play DivX files from front USB port too!!!

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After all the fuss over the Sainsbury's deal. It is now £49.99 from Laskys with free delivery. Quidco tracks at a further £2.19 off.

I had to return mine to Sainsburys as it stopped working and they had none left, so I was glad to get a replacement from here.

It is also £49.99 from Dixons (dixons.co.uk/pro…php?sku=937548) with £3.99 delivery also the same price from Curry's(currys.co.uk/pro…php?sku=937548) with £6.99 delivery.

Features....

Silver/Grey.

DivX, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, SVCD, MP3-CD, MP3-DVD, WMA-CD, picture CD and Kodac picture CD playback compatible.

Dolby digital sound.
2 channel stereo output.
Supports region 2 coding.
HDMI digital AV connection.
Video upscaling up to 1080i.
High definition JPEG playback.
DivX multi-format movies.
Ultra-slim design.
1 SCART socket.
Remote control requires 2 x AAA batteries (supplied).
Size (H)3.7, (W)43.5, (D)23.5 cm.
Weight 2.7kg.

32 Comments

Banned

Divx function is blank on Specification Page. Can you confirm where it states Divx playback and what versions? Does it play Xvid?

Original Poster

See ]http//ww…rch and ]http//ww…012 for detailed information. I've watched Lost on a USB stick

Check your local Sainsburys. Some of them are doing this player for £33.xx instore only.

is this a good buy then? hd ready???

Can anyone confirm it is multi-region ?

Thanks.

Seamus2000

Can anyone confirm it is multi-region ?Thanks.



If it isn't the region hack is

Region code hack posted by nexus6, May 11 2006:This hack was successfully … Region code hack posted by nexus6, May 11 2006:This hack was successfully applied to the Philips DVP5960/37.It is the same hack as with the Philips DVP5140:1. Turn on the unit2. Open the loading tray3. Press the "Setup" button on the remote4. Navigate to the "Preferences" page using the right arrow key5. Enter 1389316. You will now see the current region code displayed7. Use the Up/Down arrow keys to select the region required or "0" for all regions8. Press the "Setup" button on the remote9. Press "OK" on the remote



From Videohelp

Can it be made region free and can I play an MP3's and photos via an MP3 player through the USB port without any trouble.

Biscuit

Can it be made region free


See previous post.:)

Well was on the verge of purchasing this when I read the specs and noticed that this player does not have a digital audio output. OK I know that 5.1 can be done over HDMI but I can't imagine there are a tremendous number of people out there with HDMI on their amps as yet.

Very disappointing that this player falls short with the lack of a toslink or composite digital output.

If anyone can confirm otherwise or suggest a viable alternative I wold be grateful.

TIA

Voted warm as the offer is still pretty damn good but I think will put a few people off who want DD5.1 with their upscaled movies.

Original Poster

It's got co-axial digital output. Go on, you know you need it.

see ]Philips Specifications

Well was on the verge of purchasing this when I read the specs and … Well was on the verge of purchasing this when I read the specs and noticed that this player does not have a digital audio output



If you look at the bottom of the spec page it says it has digital audio ouput by coaxial

]http//ww…tml

I knew I shouldn't have trusted Dixons website to be accurate. Voted hot - well actually was warm but pretend it's now hot :whistling:

Anyone know if a USB hard drive could be hooked up to this for multiple DivX loveliness?

Original Poster

Do a search for 5960 in these forums, I seem to recall that some people had done this. (I think they had to be externally powered and already powered up before being connected, plus FAT32 format).

[quote=davidg_croydon]It's got co-axial digital output. Go on, you know you need it.

see ]It Was [now edited]
Is this the longest link ever ?

sorry i cant see what colour this is black or silver ? anyone ? thanks

Anyone know if a USB hard drive could be hooked up to this for multiple … Anyone know if a USB hard drive could be hooked up to this for multiple DivX loveliness?



Use the videohelp link in post 3, it seems somebody has tried this and it works with limitations to how the drive is formatted etc

Thanks for that. I know main machine is NTFS but the external HDD might indeed be FAT32.

I would say if you get this consider using the long file name firmware. Otherwise you only see like 10 characters which can be annoying,

It outputs 1080i, and it plays divx. So can it play 1920x1080 DivX files??

RowanDDR

It outputs 1080i, and it plays divx. So can it play 1920x1080 DivX files??


No only DVD players with the likes of the Sigma6320 series chjipsets can play HD divx. This player has the same chipset as most DVD players at the lower end MediaTek1389. It does have a second smaller chip but its for HDMI upscaling.

If you want HD Divx then you will have to spend circa £200 or you could always resize back to NR Divx using this guide:-
forum.lowyat.net/top…696

Its a great budget divx compatable player though. Here's a great site for mods/firmware/tips etc:-
phunkyfish.com/art…012

Buy this dvd player, no doubt.

Keep your eyes open form the cheap-as-chips HDMI cable in store as well!

For those of us that want to play stuff directly from USB sticks can someone with first hand experience be kind enough to comment?

I've read that this model has problems (jittery playback) doing this, due to it handling only USB 1.1 speeds.

i have read the posts but must admit to not understanding the replies.


1. will you be able to hook up a external hardrive to it?
2. whats this thing about divx not being hd?
3. is it hd-ready then or not?

sorry for not understand techie language

morales

1. will you be able to hook up a external hardrive to it?


I don't see any reason as to why it will not. It might mean your externam HDD will have to be formatted as FAT32 (like USB sticks) instead of NTFS.

FAT32 however has major limitations. A partition must be less than 32GB and you cannot create a file larger than 4 GB.

The maximum DivX resolution playable is 720 X 540 which is DivX Home Theatre resolution. I have a 320GB USB hard disk attached to mine it is formatted FAT32 and has a single partion of 320GB. Stuttering is not a problem if you stick with the DivX Home Theatre encoding. A limit of 4GB per file is not a problem either as most DivX files are less than 1.5GB and normally around 750MB for a movie. It upscales DivX to HD but does not play DivX HD. A DivX movie displayed on my 23" Samsung LCD via component is far, far superior to VHS and, depending on the source, around 95% as good as a standard DVD.

edit chimerachris - it is silver with a black front panel

nice voted hot, will check local sainsburys see if its cheaper.

Looks good:thumbsup:

I've got one of these players and they are pretty good.

I have had some problem with jittery playback via the USB connection, but only on MPEG2 movies. Divx and Xvid are okay.

What I usually do to cure the jittery playback is to stop the movie and then start it again (it continues from the same place in the movie)

Jefft, I've never formatted a HDD larger than 32GB into FAT32so I can't be 100% certain but I've read everywhere (including Microsoft's website) that a FAT32 partition can't be greater than 32GBs.

And the 4GB file limit may be an issue if you tried to play dvd images (assuming that's possible) which are often greater than 4GBs.

thekanester

Check your local Sainsburys. Some of them are doing this player for … Check your local Sainsburys. Some of them are doing this player for £33.xx instore only.




£47.99 in mine, reduced from £49.99

Mebster

Jefft, I've never formatted a HDD larger than 32GB into FAT32so I can't … Jefft, I've never formatted a HDD larger than 32GB into FAT32so I can't be 100% certain but I've read everywhere (including Microsoft's website) that a FAT32 partition can't be greater than 32GBs.And the 4GB file limit may be an issue if you tried to play dvd images (assuming that's possible) which are often greater than 4GBs.



FAT32 partitions can be bigger than 32Gb and Windows will happily read and write to them. However, the limitation is with the XP format tool itself which refuses to create FAT32 filesystems larger than 32Gb. See this article, for example.

Worth noting that iPods use FAT32, and they are obviously available in sizes greater than 32Gb.

i`m abit confused by this , i simply have a 120 gb external hard drive that i use with my machine .
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