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81 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
This little guy is my primary DVD player! It plays everything I put into it and the optical/coaxial outputs do surround sound perfectly. The 1080 upconverted HDMI-out gives me a perfect picture even on a 1080p 37" tv. It had a brief problem with the video-scan in HDMI (but still played alright with standard A/V hookups), but somehow fixed or reset itself by just disconnecting the HDMI and using the composite output a few times (it looked like a progressive/interlaced scanning conflict that reset itself either in my set or in the unit).
The best testimony is that I bought a Blu-Ray player to replace it, but returned the Blu-Ray because it couldn't play all my disc formats and the surround sound was available only through the HDMI connection (even the optical-out only delivered l+r stereo!). And I didn't even notice the "improvement" in the picture! Also, it's so cheap I can run it into the ground and just buy another-or-two for backups. A diamond in the rough!
Like others have mentioned, the price of the player is right one: Less than $50 and it upscales DVDs and plays back a wide variety of data files.
Though the box only mentions Divx playback, I got it to play MPEG, VOB and a variety of AVI encoded with Divx, Xvid and other methods. They all played without any issue. It was incredible.
The upscaling of the player, though not the best I've ever seen, is still excellent. Find a nicely encoded DVD and it will almost make it look like it's displaying in true HD.
Finally, it also displays pictures from disc. Unlike HD video files(see next paragraph), the picture playback will allow you to view pictures of any given size. Not only that but you can actually resize and rotate them. Even has some nice transition effects.
The only downside to any of this is that the player will not run video files encoded at 720p or higher(gives you a "resolution not supported" error), thus killing true HD playback. Also, it doesn't include an HDMI cable...but, really, you can get one at Big Lots for $2.99 so that's not that big of a deal.
All in all, one of the best deals out there for those not ready to start all over with the HD discs, or go through the time and effort it takes to set up an HTPC(Home Theatre PC). Highly recommended.
I have an older Philips dvp and have been totally in love with it. Bought this one to give as a Christmas gift
took it home and this one does just like my other one. Plays AVI files that are burned onto Cds or DVDs. Looks great on my 65" tv.
After weeks of comparing products, the Philips DVD Player did everything I wanted for the price I was looking for. With easy set-up and hassel free directions you'll be watching you favorite movies in no time
At first this was a wonderful product, now it has barely been a year and the dvd player will not read any dvds or cds. It keeps making a horrible grinding sound. It is not worth the price paid for it.
We initially bought this product as an immediate solution to spacing issues. Before too long the player's color turned to, like a, photo negative. We promptly returned the product a got the same for a replacement considering the qualified name. To our insurmountable, the very same issue happened again. I will not be wasting my time and money on this product again.
The Philips DVP3982/F7 is not a good product. We bought on Cyber-Monday for a family Christmas present and I hooked it up a couple days before New Years. It worked great until this weekend when the menu screen turned a bright fluorescent orange. When we started the movie it was bright orange and purple (a friend commented it looked like a bad acid trip). I googled this situation and got several hits-- apparently a common problem with this model. But when I emailed Philips they told me to check the online FAQ's for a solution (none) then told me to check out their warranty policy. Nice. Like I'm going to spend 14 hours of my time haggling about a warranty claim on a $50 DVD. You got me! Lesson learned...no more Philips products. I'm taking it back to Wal-mart tonight to see what they'll do. Wish me luck!
The sound started skipping on my player after about a year. The picture also goes out sometimes and will not come back on until you unplug and replug it.
The player stopped reading discs altogether after 4-5 USES.
i bought this for my 1080i tv to convert to the more desirable 1080p. the picture was no better than my original non-HD dvd player. then some remote buttons stopped working, batteries replaced, still problems. then the sound went but no fear, i could plug it into my stereo and had sound. until that went too. this is the second Phillips product i have had problems with. If you are looking for a short term DVD player then this may work for you but don't expect it to last more than a year.
Purchased to play DVDs on a 720p HDTV (w/upconversion). It does the job very well. I have not tried DivX media.
this dvd player is the best out there for the price. it plays regular dvd's along with mpeg's, svcd, vcd, jpeg mp3's and divx. simply put you can't go wrong
Great DVD Player, Flawless, crystal clear picture, movie theater sound. Easy hook up, easy to navigate options. All around 5 stars !
This little DVD player is really a great bargain for the price. Though Wal-mart has raised the price point from $39.99 to $44 and some change, it's still most likely the cheapest DVD player out there. What makes this DVD player different from the rest is its ability to play AVI files and upconvert regular DVD's to High Definition, though the HDMI cable will set you back almost half the price of the DVD player itself. All-in-all, for the size and price, it is a great deal. I highly recommend it and have bought quite a few of these for my family & friends.
Daugher loves this DVD, and was pretty reasonable in price.
This player has met my expectations. No complaints.
This player is great for the price. I especially like that it picks up where I left off in a movie. I have it on a rca universal remote and have not experienced usage problems with basic controls.
The Phillips dvd player is easy to use and hook up directions are very user friendly. The slim design makes it easy to put almost anywhere, the weight is extremely light but works out well when installing on top of other components.
This is my first dvd player. I must say I was skeptical first, but then it met my expectations. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Well, I was wrong. It turned out to be an amazing purchase. It works perfectly (on my standard tv - no into HD yet). Highly recommended.
I found this DVD while comparison shopping for a new DVD player to replace the one that broke. It is fantastic! I especially love the feature that lets me resume a movie in the same spot even if I remove the disc! It was easy to set up, and I love it! I would highly recommend this player to anyone who wants one. Oh, and by the way, the price is excellent!