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Toshiba SD-390 Upscaling DVD Player - £30 Instore @ Asda
Toshiba SD-390 Upscaling DVD Player - £30 Instore @ Asda

Toshiba SD-390 Upscaling DVD Player - £30 Instore @ Asda

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Toshiba SD-390 Upscaling DVD Player - £30 Instore @ Asda

Bought 1 of these today at the Stockton branch.

Cheapest I can find - £50 at Play.com

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Can confirm this was in Wrexham Asda on Saturday.

Here's a hack to make this player multi-region.

- Power On
- Open Tray
- Press 9879 0 (0 stands for Multiregion, you may press buttons 1 to 6 to choose a specific region)
- A Message appears stating that "The Reg.No was changed to region 0"

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a good 'un

Does this have a usb port so i can use sticks???

Not in my local Asda

pazanne;5802570

Does this have a usb port so i can use sticks???


No.

Darn it!
Thanks.

Good price (if you can find it). They charge £42 plus £4.95 del for the SD380E online. And as usual Asda compares favourably to Tesco where the 390 is £39.97 in their Summer Clearance section

It does not play Divx-es. I.e. the avi files downloaded will not be played on it.

'Upscaling' - Absolute waste of time.

Don't people realise that their flat screen TV rescales the input to whatever the resolution of the panel is?

When you shove bog standard SD into an 'HD Ready' TV via an upscaling DVD player, it gets resized twice. Once by the player and once by the telly. That's worse that using a non-upscaling player.

Even if you've got a Full HD set, the chances that a £30 DVD player does a better job of upscaling than the telly must be near zero.

(I accept that a top-end player *might* do a better job than a low end 1080P TV)

If they put 'upscaling' stickers on TV's this 'emperors new clothes' gimmick would have died at birth.

londislagerhound;5806970

'Upscaling' - Absolute waste of time.Don't people realise that their flat … 'Upscaling' - Absolute waste of time.Don't people realise that their flat screen TV rescales the input to whatever the resolution of the panel is?When you shove bog standard SD into an 'HD Ready' TV via an upscaling DVD player, it gets resized twice. Once by the player and once by the telly. That's worse that using a non-upscaling player.Even if you've got a Full HD set, the chances that a £30 DVD player does a better job of upscaling than the telly must be near zero.(I accept that a top-end player *might* do a better job than a low end 1080P TV)If they put 'upscaling' stickers on TV's this 'emperors new clothes' gimmick would have died at birth.



The advantage of these type of DVD players is more that you have a HDMI output so you get a digital signal from start to finish instead of using scart with digital to analog then analog to digital conversions. That will be of more benefit than any improvement in upscaling being done by the player instead of the screen.

As for it being resized twice though , if you have the DVD player set to upscale from 576i to 720p or 1080p (whicever matches your set) then there's nothing for the TV to do so it won't resize it again.

Thats what i thought. I have a 1080i Sony 32inch tv running at 60hz. And currently i have my xbox 360 plugged into the tv and its set to upscale to 1080i. So my understanding is that it upscales once and once only. The picture is very clear and crisp tbh for movies and games and the only thing id improve is the tv's ability to handle motion blur but thats because its a £400 set and you get what you pay for.

Nice plyer but cold from me as no Divx and No usb.

The ]SD-590 is available for £49.99 delivered at Play and has all the omitted features in the posts before.

londislagerhound;5806970

'Upscaling' - Absolute waste of time.Don't people realise that their flat … 'Upscaling' - Absolute waste of time.Don't people realise that their flat screen TV rescales the input to whatever the resolution of the panel is?When you shove bog standard SD into an 'HD Ready' TV via an upscaling DVD player, it gets resized twice. Once by the player and once by the telly. That's worse that using a non-upscaling player.Even if you've got a Full HD set, the chances that a £30 DVD player does a better job of upscaling than the telly must be near zero.(I accept that a top-end player *might* do a better job than a low end 1080P TV)If they put 'upscaling' stickers on TV's this 'emperors new clothes' gimmick would have died at birth.


I do generally agree with what you have said about using this particular (cheap?) player with a full HDTV - although reviewers at cnet have apparently found differences depending on what display technology is used in your TV. But this kind of device should not be written off completely since it is a cheap way to play DVDs on a (computer) monitor that only has HDMI/DVI inputs.

Upscaling on one of these may be useful with a Nasty brand LCD TV with poor processing though.

londislagerhound;5806970

'Upscaling' - Absolute waste of time.Don't people realise that their flat … 'Upscaling' - Absolute waste of time.Don't people realise that their flat screen TV rescales the input to whatever the resolution of the panel is?When you shove bog standard SD into an 'HD Ready' TV via an upscaling DVD player, it gets resized twice. Once by the player and once by the telly. That's worse that using a non-upscaling player.Even if you've got a Full HD set, the chances that a £30 DVD player does a better job of upscaling than the telly must be near zero.(I accept that a top-end player *might* do a better job than a low end 1080P TV)If they put 'upscaling' stickers on TV's this 'emperors new clothes' gimmick would have died at birth.



NICE ONE FOR POSTING THIS, I WAS THINKING OF BUYING ONE. CHEERS. REP ADDED.

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JR Hartley;8770454

NICE ONE FOR POSTING THIS, I WAS THINKING OF BUYING ONE. CHEERS. REP … NICE ONE FOR POSTING THIS, I WAS THINKING OF BUYING ONE. CHEERS. REP ADDED.



were you drunk when you posted that, JR Hartley
this thread is ten ****ing months old

This hack also works for sd3010 model about £39-£42 shop around.
cheers
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