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Toshiba SD-580 Multiregion DVD Player with 1080p Upscaling and USB port for DivX: £58.67 @ superfi + Free Delivery
Toshiba SD-580 Multiregion DVD Player with 1080p Upscaling and USB port for DivX: £58.67 @ superfi + Free Delivery

Toshiba SD-580 Multiregion DVD Player with 1080p Upscaling and USB port for DivX: £58.67 @ superfi + Free Delivery

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This is possibly the best budget upscaling DVD player on the market at the moment, and is usually sold region specific (with no hack code available). This outlet has made the machine multi-region, previously only available at hiwayhifi, who had it for a higher price plus delivery. Here, delivery is free and the price is cheaper than many outlets are selling Region 2 models!

TOSHIBA SD580E DVD PLAYER (MULTI-REGION) SPECIFICATIONS
Digital audio output sockets: Coaxial (RCA/phono)
Analogue audio output sockets: Stereo via 2 x RCA/phono connectors
Video in/output sockets: REAR:
HDMI out (with HD upscaling to 1080p)
Component video (with progressive scan support)
Scart (RGB, composite video & stereo out)
S-Video out (via 4 pin mini-DIN)
Composite video out

FRONT:
USB socket (for MP3, JPEG & DivX playback from compatible USB memory sticks and portable MP3 players)
Playback format compatibility: DVD/-R/-RW/+R/+RW, Dual layer, S/VCD, CD/-R/-RW, JPEG, MP3, DivX (up to v6)
Playback functions: Slow motion, variable zoom, search by chapter/track/time, repeat A-B/all, random, programme play, JPEG viewer
Audio options: 3D virtual surround mode for simulated surround sound effect
Digital audio format outputs: Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG2, Linear PCM, Bitstream
Built in audio decoder: No
Supplied accessories: Remote control handset with batteries
W x H x D (mm): 430 x 42 x 197
Weight (kg): 1.6
Finish: Black with silver features
Extra: 4:3 letterbox/4:3 pan and scan/16:9 modes.

58 Comments

what does 1080p upscaling do?

monkeybrains;3875546

what does 1080p upscaling do?



it 'upscales' the picture quality of the Standard Definition DVD to make the picture project in 1080p format.

I'm no expert on it myself but im guessing it just makes the DVD like a high-definition DVD like blu-rays.

Original Poster

I'm no expert either, but I'd agree with Stevey; it basically reformats the DVD to play at higher resolution via an HDMI cable. There are many upscalers in both televisions and DVD players, but this one seems to be widely acclaimed as a superior model, and at this price you can hardly lose.

stevey_p7;3875561

it 'upscales' the picture quality of the Standard Definition DVD to make … it 'upscales' the picture quality of the Standard Definition DVD to make the picture project in 1080p format.I'm no expert on it myself but im guessing it just makes the DVD like a high-definition DVD like blu-rays.



spurious;3875565

I'm no expert either, but I'd agree with Stevey; it basically reformats … I'm no expert either, but I'd agree with Stevey; it basically reformats the DVD to play at higher resolution via an HDMI cable. There are many upscalers in both televisions and DVD players, but this one seems to be widely acclaimed as a superior model, and at this price you can hardly lose.



cheers guys:thumbsup:

im suprised why all dvd players dont have this features then. sounds like a must

monkeybrains;3875629

cheers guys:thumbsup:im suprised why all dvd players dont have this … cheers guys:thumbsup:im suprised why all dvd players dont have this features then. sounds like a must



more processing power, more parts, more money and for people with standard sets, even just in kids rooms, bedrooms thus not needed.

but a good upsclaing player like this should make a nice difference.

For people like me who don't live on the mainland, £59.83 at Amazon amazon.co.uk/Tos…1-3

Whilst not multiregion from Amazon, I also found this hack info avforums.com/for…tml

BUT DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT WORKS OR NOT.

Should also emphasize that this is one of the few DVD players [of decent quality] that plays video stuff etc from it's USB port via a memory stick [check out the Amazon reviews] I have this facility on a Pioneer DV600 and tis excellent! :-D

Geemac;3875888

How does this compare with: … How does this compare with: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/301036/toshiba-xde500-upscaling-dvd-player



The XDE500 has some extra picture enhancement technology (which does make a difference , I have one) , but the SD580 is a far better looking player with a proper screen on it. The 500 doesn't display the time on the front panel , just the current chapter which is a bit annoying.

Dr Zoidberg;3875940

The XDE500 has some extra picture enhancement technology (which does make … The XDE500 has some extra picture enhancement technology (which does make a difference , I have one) , but the SD580 is a far better looking player with a proper screen on it. The 500 doesn't display the time on the front panel , just the current chapter which is a bit annoying.



Many thanks for the info:thumbsup:

I was this close to buying this - but after reading the reviews on amazon - two people have mentioned a high pitched sound coming from the device that is very annoying. Aghhhhhhhhh!

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Faythur;3875938

Whilst not multiregion from Amazon, I also found this hack info … Whilst not multiregion from Amazon, I also found this hack info http://www.avforums.com/forums/7986934-post4.html BUT DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT WORKS OR NOT.



I've read elsewhere that it doesn't work. The Region 2 version is one of those machines with no hack code, making the multi-region model a bit of a must-buy.

EDIT: I'm not at all sure why some people are voting this 'cold' - can they point to a better bargain for this price? I don't think so.

Original Poster

Just to say, "@hiwayhifi" has been added to the title of this, and that's incorrect. The deal is at 'Superfi' - hiwayhifi charge more, plus delivery costs.

It is a good all round player but if all you are interested in is upscaling then the Toshiba XDE-500 (£59.99 @ comet) is the best upscaler on the market (it also has an easy multi-region hack via remote).

as for the high pitch whine on the XDE-500, I had this problem for about 2 weeks (to stop it you had to open the tray and then power off the unit and it would stop, after two weeks the problem sorted itself out, but its still worth noting that this might not be the same for everyone).

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keeyop;3877806

It is a good all round player but if all you are interested in is … It is a good all round player but if all you are interested in is upscaling then the Toshiba XDE-500 (£59.99 @ comet) is the best upscaler on the market (it also has an easy multi-region hack via remote).



But it doesn't have a USB port, and for me, that's a huge draw, as it means I don't have to burn discs, I can just put them on a flash drive or hard drive, and play them from there.

"Upscaling" by itself is nothing clever - every PC has been capable of that for 15 years, every HDTV can do it, and even my phone can do it. It's just become a marketing tickbox for DVD players.
Question is: does it upscale better than your TV? If so, worth having. If not, not.

is it true the file size on the usb stick is limited to 1gb?

Good player, I went for this one amazon.co.uk/Phi…8-1 USB playback is flawless

do blue-ray players do dvd upscaling?

iolexander;3879948

do blue-ray players do dvd upscaling?



yes

doesnt matter what toshiba do now ... theier dvd player will never be as good as thier hd-dvd

if they ever went blu-ray then maybe ... but they are still smarting from losses on hd-dvd ... will be ages till they go blu-ray if ever ...depends on market share

when it says divx - is this restricted to div x films or will it play avi+ mpg ?

I got this player and can't fault it. The USB playback is really good and it does a fantastic job upscaling my DVD collection. No noise while the DVDs are playing either (must be faulty). You are always gonna get these fanboys saying that it's not as good as Blu Ray which is correct. But if you do your research on the net by all accounts technology is moving so fast that they are saying the DVD format wont be around for much longer anyway and it'll all be downloading and playing from memory cards. I personally can find other things to spend my money on than renewing my whole DVD collection and forking out a couple of hundred quid on a Blu Ray. I'd rather wait and buy an upscaler. I have a life which goes beyond TV!!!:p

Just a tip the wise.
Use a throwaway (google / hotmail) email address with Superfi - as they're well into spamming !!

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sabreliner;3880020

Even better deal direct from Toshiba been … Even better deal direct from Toshiba been posted.http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/305912/toshiba-sd580-dvd-player-usb-49-99-/



As far as I can tell, the model you link to is not multi region - that's the entire reason this particular one is HOT - no-where else sells a multi region model for this cheap, and the Region 2 model does not have a hack code.

Incidentally, the only USB restriction is that the hard drive is formatted to FAT32, and the videos files are avi or Divx. The common misconception that there is a 1gb or 4gb size limit has been disproved if you research enough.

I Can confirm that the handset hack quoted DOES NOT WORK...

There is no regional hack that I can see for this model.

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doctorblue;3880443

There is no regional hack that I can see for this model.



Good job this is the multi-region version then, isn't it!

Does anyone know what the limit is on the USB input? I guess it will play XviD aswell then?

Assuming this is the same as the SD580EKTB shown on Amazon, then it seems to accept a 16gb stick;

amazon.co.uk/rev…ing

DVDKEV;3882206

Assuming this is the same as the SD580EKTB shown on Amazon, then it seems … Assuming this is the same as the SD580EKTB shown on Amazon, then it seems to accept a 16gb stick;http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/product/B00198H49W/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?%5Fencoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#RAUSL11PYZRBG



Just noticed a review dated 7 oct stating that a 500GB external has worked fine with the unit.

Good deal, but went for the TOSHIBA XDE500 becuase it included a years subscription to lovefilm.

voted hot! multi reg for £8.68!

monkeybrains;3875546

what does 1080p upscaling do?



A relatively simple explanation is say your DVD is 720 pixels by 576 pixels. If you were to play it at that res on a panel that is 1280x720 then it would only take up a small part of it (around about half) and then be black were the image isn't. So, the upscaler uses an algorithm to intelligently increase the size of the image. For example for every one pixel it's doubled, therefore doubling the size (this is interpolation by another name). The upscaler would do this to say 720p or 1080p using calculations. Different makes have different algorithms, hence different in quality.

Hope that makes sense!

spurious;3880359

Incidentally, the only USB restriction is that the hard drive is … Incidentally, the only USB restriction is that the hard drive is formatted to FAT32, and the videos files are avi or Divx. The common misconception that there is a 1gb or 4gb size limit has been disproved if you research enough.



You are stuck with a maximum 4Gb file size limit. This isn't a limitation of the Player it's a limitation of the Fat32 file system. Unlikely you'll hit this limit with SD Divx files though.

I'm stuck people. Wasn't even planning to buy an upscaling dvd player, but now I want this one (I think!) The usb point is calling me, but having seen reviews for the XD-E500 I'm torn. Help wise people. I hate to buy something and then realise its a pile of poop.:oops:
Ta x

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Uridium;3884210

You are stuck with a maximum 4Gb file size limit.



There are reports that people have plugged in hard drives of 500gb and had no problems. Read a few reviews on the subject and you'll soon find that the 4gb limit, although perhaps technically correct, is no restriction in practice.

spurious;3884390

There are reports that people have plugged in hard drives of 500gb and … There are reports that people have plugged in hard drives of 500gb and had no problems. Read a few reviews on the subject and you'll soon find that the 4gb limit, although perhaps technically correct, is no restriction in practice.



Not disputing that. You can more than likely plug in ANY USB storage device. The Fact I stated remains that FAT32 as a file system will NOT support File sizes over 4Gb no matter what size drive you have connected you will not be able to store files over 4Gb in size on them.
As i also pointed out though that as this doesn't support HD format's through the USB port the 4gb limit is unlikely to be an issue

simate;3885279

Much cheaper and does the same thing http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139176



not all scalers are the same. I've seen many TV's with better quality scalers than in some players. If you have a cheap LCD with limited processing than an upscaler may be of benefit but if you have a decent quality Plasma/LCD you will more than likely not see any improvement with any of these DVD Upscalers.

In some cases an extra layer of scaling might even make the image qaulity worse.

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Uridium;3885106

Not disputing that. You can more than likely plug in ANY USB storage … Not disputing that. You can more than likely plug in ANY USB storage device. The Fact I stated remains that FAT32 as a file system will NOT support File sizes over 4Gb no matter what size drive you have connected you will not be able to store files over 4Gb in size on them.



Ah, crossed wires here, I think. My fault. I thought you were referring to the size of the drive, not the files. Yes, agreed, a 4gb+ file wouldn't be supported. Many people were under the assumption that a 4gb DRIVE wasn't supported, which is what I thought you meant.

guv;3885429

Looking at the reviews, it has a 120GB USB drive limit and doesnt play HD … Looking at the reviews, it has a 120GB USB drive limit and doesnt play HD DivX + doesnt play V6 Divx. (According to the reviews!)



Hang on, have I missed something here, where does it say this will play HD Divx ?
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