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This unit has many positive attributes, but also a few negative.
I was searching the net for a decent DivX standalone player. I was looking for one which plays multiple file formats and multiple DVD types. This unit seemed to play the widest variety whilst still being in my price range.
The Philips DVP5100 will play DivX, Xvid, MPEG1 /2 /4, SVCD, JPEG Disc, MP3 Disc and a few other types listed on the manufacturer's website.
It has played every kind of DVD I have thrown at it also, including DVD+R's, which not all machines play. I was very happy about this as I'd just bought 100 of the things.
I haven't had any problems playing discs up to now, this machine has easily handled a disc with 17 separate DivX files and they all played fine.
The picture and sound quality is great. The unit has a Progressive Scan feature for higher quality picture if your TV has it too. The outputs of the unit comprise of: RGB Scart socket, Component Vid Out, Composite Vid Out, L/R Analogue Out, Digital Coaxial Out.
The unit is easy to set up, looks good and is quite slim. In the UK it will be set to Region 2, but can easily be unlocked to multiregion with a few remote clicks (search the net for how to do it).
The Firmware of the unit can also be updated, to give new Codecs, instructions and files available on manufacturer's website.
The negatives of this unit do not affect me too much but you should be aware of them before purchasing.
Firstly, the player doesn't use the usual Draw Loading System; instead it has a Slot Loading System (no draw, just push the disc into a slot) In my view this is not too bad, but when clicking eject on the player give it a while to eject before pressing any other buttons, or you many freeze up the player. Same goes for loading, give it time to process before trying to eject again, or play.
The remote doesn't have an eject button (I don't mind this as you have to get up to take the disc out anyway)
When playing an AVI type file without chapters you can't skip to a certain time in the video, you can only fast-forward, can get a little annoying.
When playing AVI files, on occasion the picture can become pixilated for a second or so, but sorts itself out very quickly, but then again the player can't have every codec single codec available on the net for instance.
The player only shows about 13 characters of an AVI's name in the file list, thus you will have to compact any long names to see what they are called.
There is no SVideo Out
In my opinion, for the price this is a great player. It plays many file types and disc types (especially DVD+R's) The picture and sound is great and unit has Progressive Scan. There are a few negatives, but I feel the positives far outweigh these. Unless you're going for a top quality set-up, I'd recommend this DivX player to anyone who's looking for simple, everyday use.