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We've recently had big discussions about sorting out a multimedia setup....

As part of getting a xbox 360, I've got a HDTV and decided that I wanted to get a HDMI upscaling dvd player that plays divX. However, during our lengthy discussions - we started looking for this with USB support (so we can stick in either usb sticks or an external HD)

At first, we started looking at some of those cheap brands - and then as part of the random searching - found this Philips dvd player which seems to do the business and has some good reviews!

Our intention is not to review the products - (maybe if we end up buying it, then we might!) - it's just to get all the research that you'd do in one spot!

Philips DVP5960

Stylish front shot


Shot of the USB - just for Don... LOL!

Basic Summary/Checklist

  • HDMI: Upscales DVD's to 720p / 1080i
  • Playback Video: CD, CD-R/CD-RW, Video CD/SVCD, DVD, DivX, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW
  • DivX Certified: DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, DivX Ultra
  • Music and Pictures: MP3, WMA, JPG
  • USB 1.1: Plays music, video and images from USB devices (as long as the device is FAT32)

Detailed Technical Specs:
Product Information (official)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/
http://www.play.com/

Reviews:
http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/
http://reviews.cnet.com/
http://www.epinions.com/
http://www.epinions.com/
http://www.amazon.com/
http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/ (Benchmarking)

Forums:
http://forum.videohelp.com/viewtopic.php?t=301465 (Using USB)
http://forum.videohelp.com/viewtopic.php?t=313992 (USB compatibility)
(User Feedback)
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=675600
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485430
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=378401

DivX certification:
http://www.divx.com/products/hw/detail.php?p=335

Multi Region "hack":
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks.php?dvdplayer=dvp5960&hits=50&Search=Search

Firmwares:
Support (Official)
Firmware (Official)
http://board.softpedia.com/index.php?showtopic=4372

Places to buy:
http://direct.tesco.com/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/
http://www.play.com/


Any people out there who have bought one or thinking of buying one? Or should I not get one?

Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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