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Toshiba SD-480 1080P Upscaling DVD Player - £37.82 & Free Delivery @ electrical 123 - Bargain!
Toshiba SD-480 1080P Upscaling DVD Player - £37.82 & Free Delivery @ electrical 123 -  Bargain!

Toshiba SD-480 1080P Upscaling DVD Player - £37.82 & Free Delivery @ electrical 123 - Bargain!

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* DVD Player with Multiformat Playback (inc DivX, MP3 & JPEG)
* 1080P Up-Scaling
* PAL Progressive
* Regza Link
* HDMI output
* Scart Connection

I recently purchased a HDTV and needed an upscaling player and this ticks all the boxes, picture quality and sound is superb. Ordered last Monday, selected delivery date and arrived on time 2 days later.

Most Toshiba products are actually manufactured in the UK, and come with decent, detailed English instruction manuals which adds a further touch of quality to the product.

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How come you needed an upscaling DVD player? Every HDTV upscales whatever you plug into it. Do you think a £37 dvd player has better upscaling than your TV?

Original Poster

As my old DVD player did not have component output, I know for sure that a direct HDMI connection will produce a better picture quality image than the TV upscaling a digital image converted to analogue and passed through a scart lead. I have a Tosiba 42XV555DB and have to say the HDMI quality produces much deeper, vivid colours.

ryanthompson;3674805

As my old DVD player did not have component output, I know for sure that … As my old DVD player did not have component output, I know for sure that a direct HDMI connection will produce a better picture quality image than the TV upscaling a digital image converted to analogue and passed through a scart lead. I have a Tosiba 42XV555DB and have to say the HDMI quality produces much deeper, vivid colours.



Ah, ok I see your reasoning then :thumbsup:

2% quidco too

Good deal for a cheap dvd player

Addidas Addict, even a £40 player will likely upscale better than a sub £300 tv

Adidas Addict;3674669

How come you needed an upscaling DVD player? Every HDTV upscales whatever … How come you needed an upscaling DVD player? Every HDTV upscales whatever you plug into it. Do you think a £37 dvd player has better upscaling than your TV?



so a dvd player connected to hdtv via scart will benefit from better pic quality because tv is hd?

No USB port for watching films unlike the Phillips which is the same price.

gr8h8me;3681163

No USB port for watching films unlike the Phillips which is the same … No USB port for watching films unlike the Phillips which is the same price.



which phillips one is it please.

Philips 5980 and 5990 are good player I have both and the Sumvison phoenix which is going in the bin as its utter garbage and remote doesn't work

I am on look out for another player but cant really afford another £60 one to replace the Sumvison cxxp which I only used about 5-6 times in 9 months

satan666wayne;3681228

which phillips one is it please.

This may be a silly question, but can I plug my Wii into the SCART socket of this and use it as passthrough/converter into the HDMI port on my monitor? I ordered one of those Dell 1080P monitors without thinking about how the heck I'm going to get my Wii onto it! :? :oops:

rickj;3681138

so a dvd player connected to hdtv via scart will benefit from better pic … so a dvd player connected to hdtv via scart will benefit from better pic quality because tv is hd?



Don't mistake upscaling with improving picture quality.

If you feed an hdtv with an sd source via any input the tv will have to scale that input to the native resolution of the screen. Scaling however is not something that will improve picture quality, in fact it is more likely the reverse especially if the scaler is a poor one. Very good upscalers can give nice results but these won't be found in dvd players of this price.

Scaling a source received over scart though will not produce great results so buying a dvd player that connects via hdmi or component would be advisable, however there is every chance that sending a none scaled signal via hdmi to the tv and letting it do the scaling will produce a better result than letting the dvd player do it itself.

Things also get more complicated when you start adding in de-interlacing as well as scaling

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Just been looking for a HDMI DVD as a Xmas pressie for my dear old Mither & bingo here it is :-)

Original Poster

jonstone12;3681661

Don't mistake upscaling with improving picture quality.If you feed an … Don't mistake upscaling with improving picture quality.If you feed an hdtv with an sd source via any input the tv will have to scale that input to the native resolution of the screen. Scaling however is not something that will improve picture quality, in fact it is more likely the reverse especially if the scaler is a poor one. Very good upscalers can give nice results but these won't be found in dvd players of this price.Scaling a source received over scart though will not produce great results so buying a dvd player that connects via hdmi or component would be advisable, however there is every chance that sending a none scaled signal via hdmi to the tv and letting it do the scaling will produce a better result than letting the dvd player do it itself.Things also get more complicated when you start adding in de-interlacing as well as scaling



I have experimented with sending non scaled signal from the player (i.e the 570p option) but still think difference is noticeable. Picture quality is just as much about the richness of the colour as it as about looking 'unpixelated' , but using the 1080P option is the dogs *****!

good price

Nexy;3681585

This may be a silly question, but can I plug my Wii into the SCART socket … This may be a silly question, but can I plug my Wii into the SCART socket of this and use it as passthrough/converter into the HDMI port on my monitor? I ordered one of those Dell 1080P monitors without thinking about how the heck I'm going to get my Wii onto it! :? :oops:

Unfortunately not - that would involve analogue to digital conversion. You could use the Wii component cable and then convert to hdmi using something ]like this.

Robert

Phillips DVP5960. Upscaling..HDMI..Progressive Scan...USB...Will play DivX, Mpeg4 etc. I had a Yamada which are also great machines but the USB is the clincher....I bought this when I saw it onUKHD and not looked back

I am currently needing a new cheapish DVD player with HDMI, DIVX and a USB port. I am thinking of the Philips dvp 5980 or 5990. However there is also a Toshiba SD580E which sounds similiar to this Tosh but with a USB port.

I am curious to know how good the Tosh is with DIVX as I have herad the Philips is good. Just do not like Philips generally though.

Decisions decisions

Voted hot and have ordered one. Thanks for posting this :thumbsup:

Luke warm from me as no Divx support which is a must.

Adidas Addict;3674669

How come you needed an upscaling DVD player? Every HDTV upscales whatever … How come you needed an upscaling DVD player? Every HDTV upscales whatever you plug into it. Do you think a £37 dvd player has better upscaling than your TV?



If we assume that upscaled content is only of use to/with HDTV's (which is logical), then your question should be, why does upscaling equipment exist? Or, at the very least, why does inexpensive upscaling equipment exist? I personally think that any external upscaler that keeps the signal digital from source (disc) to receiver (TV) is better than the alternative using the TV's scaler. Just my 2 cents.

studio500;3683223

Luke warm from me as no Divx support which is a must.



Huh? DivX is featured in the description...

I have a Sony Bravia 32 inch LCD and bought a Samsung upscaling DVD player thinking it would give me better standard DVD picture quality. How wrong I was. The best picture from the player was not 1080i or 720p but 576p and even that had strange juddering on motion, possible due to the deinterlacing of the player being inferior to the TV. The best image I could get was from scart RGB 576i and let the TV upscale and deinterlace.

I know the Philips 5990 upscales brilliantly 1280x xxxx on my Samsung 720p LCD I just watched 2 XviD tonight both 1.46gb on a 16GB pen drive PNY Attache from Play

Houldey;3683760

If we assume that upscaled content is only of use to/with HDTV's (which … If we assume that upscaled content is only of use to/with HDTV's (which is logical), then your question should be, why does upscaling equipment exist? Or, at the very least, why does inexpensive upscaling equipment exist? I personally think that any external upscaler that keeps the signal digital from source (disc) to receiver (TV) is better than the alternative using the TV's scaler. Just my 2 cents.



If you are connecting the source dvd player via hdmi to the tv then the scaler in the tv would be receiving exactly the same digital information as the scaler in the dvd player.

There are a huge number of variables to consider though which is why results will vary wildly between different combinations of tv and player. The majority of hdtv owners out there do not have either a 1920x1080 or a 128x720 display, so feeding them with either 1080p or 720p will just mean the tv has to scale it again tro its native resolution.

Why does inexpensive upscaling equipment exist?

Probably because a large percentage of the population do not know or understand the whole issue of upscaling and get swayed by the hype into thinking it is a good thing. One area where a lot of tv's have been poor though, certainly until recently, is in dealing with de-interlacing which can make a lot more difference than upscaling can if done well.

What is the cheapest price for a Philips DVP5960?

I don't need 1080p upscaling, only 720p.

Thanks.

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