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Philips DVP642/37


$80.00 Released June, 2004

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Component video outputting is superb - lacks pixelation/artifact issues prone to avi/divx/mpg files viewed on standard TV settings. Excellent functionality for the price point - plays back a wide variety of audio and video formats at maximum quality and reliability. "Region Free" capabilities significantly increase content compatibility - easily configurable via a simple remote prompt.

The Cons:Zoom levels are inconsistent amongst non-DVD files - many ".avi" files only offer "Normal" (no zoom) and 2x options. Has not included a single firmware update since June 2004 - can be frustrating to users considering the large number of operative bugs. May experience read errors without warning - certain uncommon media formats will display a "No Disc" reading.

The Philips DVP642/37 is a mid-grade DVD player designed to provide a universal entertainment experience to the average consumer. Philips claims that the DVP642/37 will play virtually any type of disc or file format at a "flawless, true to life picture quality".

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Obviously the biggest feature of the Philips DVP642/37 is the long list of supported file formats which range from MP3's, WMA's and JPEG's all the way to SVCDs and all types of DVDs and of course the DivX video format.

The DVP642/37 also includes additional features such as a 12-bit/108MHz video processing DAC for a "superior" digital-to-analog conversion, a 24-bit/192KHz audio DAC, dual PAL and NTSC format conversions for use with non-region encoded european discs, high quality analog and digital video and audio outputs, and progressive scan technology which enhances the resolution of the output image for a sharper picture. The DVP642/37 also includes a very unique smart-picture and 4x upsampling feature which enhances video input from all available ports.

Features

  • Mid-grade DVD player
  • Universal file and disc format support
  • 12-bit/108MHz video processing DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter)
  • 24-bit/192KHz audio DAC
  • High quality outputs
  • Smart-picture and 4x upsampling enhances picture from all available inputs
  • Utilizes Progressive Scan technology
  • PAL and NTSC conversion; compatible with non-region encoded european discs

Specs

  • Video
    • D/A Converter: 12 bit, 108 MHz
    • Picture Enhancements: Progressive Scan, Video upsampling, Smart-picture and 4x video upsampling
    • Supported Formats
      • Compression Formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0
      • Playback Media: CD, CD-R/CD-RW, Video CD/SVCD, DVD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DivX, DVD-Video
      • Video Disc Playback System: NTSC, PAL
  • Audio
    • Crosstalk (1KHz): 70dB
    • D/A Converter: 24 bit, 192 kHz
    • Dynamic Range (1KHz): 80dB
    • Frequency Response: 30-20,000Hz
    • Signal to Noise ratio: 90
    • Distortion and Noise (1KHz): 65dB
    • Sound System: Dolby Digital
    • Supported Formats
      • Compression Formats: PCM, MP3, Dolby Digital, WMA
      • Playback Media: CD, MP3-CD, MP3-DVD, WMA-CD, CD-R/RW, Audio CD
      • MP3 Bit Rates: 32 - 320 kbps
  • Still Pictures/Images
    • Support Picture Compression Format: JPEG
    • Picture Enhancements: Flip photos, Rotate, Slideshow, Zoom
    • Playback Media: DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CD-R/RW, Kodak Picture CD, Picture CD
  • Inputs/Outputs
    • Analog Audio (L/R out)
    • HDMI 1.3
    • Composite Video Output (CVBS)
    • Digital Coaxial Output
    • Component Video Out (Progressive)
  • Accessories Included
    • 2 x AAA batteries
    • Audio/Video Cable
    • Remote Control
    • Product Registration Card, User Manual, Warranty Information
    • Power Cord
  • Power
    • Power Consumption: < 10 W
    • Power Supply: 50/60 Hz, 110-240V
    • Standby Power Consumption: < 0.8 W
  • Dimensions
    • 17.1 x 9.8 x 1.7 inches
    • Weight: 6 pounds

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Pros
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    Component video outputting is superb - lacks pixelation/artifact issues prone to avi/divx/mpg files viewed on standard TV settings

  • 1

    Excellent functionality for the price point - plays back a wide variety of audio and video formats at maximum quality and reliability

  • 1

    "Region Free" capabilities significantly increase content compatibility - easily configurable via a simple remote prompt

  • 1

    Thin, lightweight design is conducive to smaller home entertainment configurations - can be easily stacked atop existing A/V receivers and digital cable boxes

Cons
  • 1

    Zoom levels are inconsistent amongst non-DVD files - many ".avi" files only offer "Normal" (no zoom) and 2x options

  • 1

    Has not included a single firmware update since June 2004 - can be frustrating to users considering the large number of operative bugs

  • 1

    May experience read errors without warning - certain uncommon media formats will display a "No Disc" reading

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