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1. Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR Combo
Too low to display $489.90 list($699.99)
2. Toshiba RD-XS52 DVD Player/Recorder
Too low to display list($699.99)
3. Toshiba RS-TX20 DVD Recorder with
$1,429.99
4. TOSHIBA A75-S2311 Satellite Notebook
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5. Toshiba SD-P1600 Portable DVD
$804.99 $788.95 list()
6. Toshiba SD-P7000 Toshiba 17" Portable
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7. Toshiba SD-P2700 8.9" Portable
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8. Toshiba RD-XS34 Multi-Drive DVD
$159.88 list($249.99)
9. Toshiba SD-5970 DVD Player with
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10. Toshiba RD-XS32 Progressive-Scan
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11. Toshiba D-R4 Multi-Drive DVD Recorder
$409.99 list($699.99)
12. Toshiba SD-P2600 8.9" Portable
$227.90 list($299.99)
13. Toshiba SD-P1400 7" Portable DVD
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14. Toshiba D-R2 Progressive Scan
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15. Toshiba SD-H400 Combination Progressive-Scan
$329.99 list($549.99)
16. Toshiba D-VR3 DVD Recorder/VCR
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17. Toshiba SD-4960 Progressive-Scan
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18. Toshiba SD-3960 DVD Player
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19. Toshiba SD-P2500 8.9" Portable
$799.99 $649.93 list($849.99)
20. Toshiba SD-P5000 Portable 15"

1. Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR Combo (Silver)
list price: $179.99
our price: $99.94
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Asin: B0001FV35U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 67
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Featuring a progressive-scan DVD player combined with a four-head hi-fi VCR, this Toshiba SD-V392 dual-function unit delivers the crisp resolution and enhanced sound of high-quality DVDs paired with the ability to record your favorite programs and movies on VHS tapes. The unit flexibly interacts with a number of audio and video formats, including DVD-Video, DVD-R, video CD, audio CD, and CD-R/RW, along with MP3- and WMA-encoded formats and JPEG digital photo CDs. Like other versatile DVD players, the device also offers a selectable display format, which delivers a choice between interlaced or progressive scan depending on whether users own a HDTV-capable TV. Progressive scan displays images at a higher scan rate for a sharper, richer picture, while interlaced is the standard for traditional non-HDTV televisions.

The VCR is equipped for most common and high-end functions, featuring a program timer, 30-second commercial skip, and even the ability to watch DVDs while recording a TV show. The VCR's hi-fi stereo is bolstered by its built-in MTS decoding, which delivers a clearer audio performance. The DVD player is also compatible with a variety of enhanced audio functions, as its coaxial and audio digital outputs connect to Dolby Digital- and DTS-capable receivers for rich surround sound. The player also supports virtual surround sound, creating an audio environment that broadcasts simulated full theater sound over a two-speaker system.

The system connects to other components through its component-video, S-video, and composite-outputs, along with the aforementioned digital audio outputs. The player includes a 54 MHz/10-bit video DAC and 192 kHz/24-bit audio DAC, and comes with a full-featured remote control.

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR, remote control, AV cables, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Progressive-scan DVD player/4-head hi-fi VCR combo unit; 17 x 4 x 10 inches (W x H x D)
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, video CD, audio CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, and JPEG formats
  • 192 kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter delivers warm, rich sound
  • Component, S-video, and composite outputs for video connection, plus coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • MTS decoding, Dolby Digital and DTS outputs, and virtual surround sound

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy this unit!
This is more of a love hate kinda thing. First I love the fact that it records and plays DVD's that the same time! The only other unit I have found that does that is an Apex. The picture is great both in tape and DVD. Now for the bad! The remote control, its white with black (with is OK) and orange thats right orange lettering with is hard to see when trying to use the unit at first. Also its not a smart remote, ot only works for the unit. Other than the remote it's a great unit, it has all the bells and whistles.

1-0 out of 5 stars DVD picture freeze
I have owned this machine 11 months. About a month ago the DVD picture would freeze. The manufacturer attributed the problem to a dirty or stratched DVD. I purchased a new DVD and the problem persisted. Seems this is a recurring problem with all brands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly as advertised
I was scared off of Sony and Panasonic by some of the reviews, especially stories of the DVD door problems and the poor service. The specs for this combo DVD/VCR seemed to include everything I wanted. I almost passed on this one too because the dimensions as shown were too big for my cabinet. But I checked the Toshiba web site and found that the dimensions as shown on the Amazon page were incorrect. I notified Amazon and they have corrected the dimensions. I bought it and so far am quite happy with it. The remote has far more buttons than I have ever seen, but the manual is quite thorough. The set up is simple and the DVD door opens and closes quite smoothly. Everything I tried so far works. ... Read more


2. Toshiba RD-XS52 DVD Player/Recorder with 160 GB Hard Drive and HDMI Interface
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0002ZRRBI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 1141
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Amazon.com Product Description

Taking DVD and home-video entertainment to new heights, the Toshiba RD-XS52 combines a topnotch DVD player with a DVD-R/DVD-RAM optical-media recorder and a hard-disk drive (HDD) with a stunning storage capacity of 160 GB. Whether you're watching the latest DVD movie releases in your home theater, recording your favorite TV programming, or archiving home movies and other videos to long-lasting DVD, the RD-XS52 is your ticket to world-class entertainment. And did we mention that the unit spins your homemade CDs filled with JPEG image files or MP3 and WMA music tracks?

The RD-XS52's HDD lets you store around 135 hours of audio/video programming, ample room for time-shifting your viewing and keeping a fair amount of "must-watch-soon" content at the ready. Imagine the contents of a fleet of 30 VHS tapes, all recorded in 6-hour/EP mode, available at once and with easy navigation, no fast-forwarding or rewinding, and in much higher resolution.

When you have programs you decide you want to keep, just offload them to DVD. Archiving is lickety-split: 24x normal speed when transferring from the HDD to a write-once DVD-R and 12x when burning to DVD-RAM. Time Slip recording/playback lets you begin watching a recording that's already in progress or pause a live recording and return to it later.

The EASY NAVI menu's user-friendly preview screen instantly gives you access to the recorder's key features and can be used to preview and access your content.
The RD-XS52 is also one of the first DVD recorders to offer an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) with upconversion capability from standard 480i resolution to high-definition 720p or 1080i--perfect for viewing your DVDs, camcorder footage, and television programs on a high-definition-equipped TV, now or in the future. HDMI provides a single-cable digital connection for the highest-quality interface between the DVD player and a compatible television, maintaining the digital audio and video signals until they reach the monitor. Other picture enhancements include 3D digital noise reduction (DNR), mosquito DNR, and block DNR.

Front-panel inputs accommodate VCRs and camcorders, including digital camcorders through an IEEE 1394/DV input. The digital-video input even includes controls for your camcorder to simplify the process of selecting and transferring the scenes you want. Other inputs include 3 each of composite- and S-video (1 each on the front panel) and an RF/antenna input on the rear panel.

For DVD recordings, you can create virtual titles on the hard drive--including menus and chapters with thumbnail images--then burn your programming to DVDs with high-quality MPEG-2 encoding (the DVD-Video standard). A convenient library function maintains an inventory of all your recorded content by disc or title so you can sort by date, time, or genre.

The RD-XS52offers broad flexibility, with both a hard drive that holds up to 135 hours of programming and the ability to record to DVD-RAM and DVD-R.
The RD-XS52 offers the flexibility of recording on DVD-RAM--perfect for instant chapter access and for multiple rerecordings--as well as on DVD-R, one of the most widely compatible DVD formats (great for sharing camcorder footage with loved ones). DVD-RAM offers double-sided recording (9.4 GB total storage), and the format is rewriteable, too.

Advanced timer programming lets you use the unit like you would a VCR, specifying a time and channel for recording, and built-in Gemstar VCR+ C3 greatly simplifies this. Significantly, this model gives you the option of recording audio in higher resolution than the MP3-like Dolby Digital 2.0. Choose from 3 separate formats, depending upon your desired quality and available disc space: Dolby Digital 1 (192 kbps), Dolby Digital 2 (384 kbps), and linear PCM (1,546 kbps).

For playback, ColorStream Pro progressive-scan component-video outputs (switchable between 480p and standard 480i) provide great color detail and high purity when connected to compatible televisions. The unit also has standard composite- and S-video outputs, with an RF coaxial output for passing tuner signals to an external device such as a VCR (the RF output does not pass a DVD or HDD signal). Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output (Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

TheRD-XS52 records to two DVD types:

DVD-RAM
The most flexible of the recordable DVD formats when it comes to recording, editing, and playback. Even more, you can rerecord content approximately 100,000 times.
DVD-R
A write-once format perfect for sharing treasured video moments with virtually anyone who has a DVD-Video player.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder, DVD-RAM,audio/video interconnects, a universal remote control with television control capability, remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty information.

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Features

  • DVD player with built-in 160 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) with DVR functionality--up to 135 hours of recording (in LP mode)
  • Performs DVD-R and DVD-RAM recording; 32x transfer from HDD to DVD-R, 24x transfer from HDD to DVD-RAM
  • Offers HDMI direct digital connection with an HD-ready TV, as well as ColorStream component-video, S-video, and composite-video outputs
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, music CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs; offers scalable digital-audio recording (Dolby Digital or linear PCM)
  • Measures 16.9 x 3 x 12.6 inches

3. Toshiba RS-TX20 DVD Recorder with 120 GB TiVo Series2 Digital Video Recorder
list price: $699.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000646MZW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 516
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Amazon.com Product Description

Toshiba's RS-TX20 Digital Media Server is two high-tech components in one: a full-featured DVD recorder/player and a TiVo Series2 digital video recorder with free TiVo Basic service included with purchase. The unit's high-capacity, 120 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) stores up to 140 hours of audio/video storage (depending on the quality level you select), while DVD recording gives you the option for archiving your VHS and camcorder footage and for easy recording of your favorite TV programs. A convenient, front-panel DV input (IEEE 1394) is perfect for quick transfers of camcorder material onto the hard-disk drive and then to DVD.

The unit also comes with a 45-day free trial of the TiVo Plus service so you can try features unique to the TiVo Plus service, including the ability to search for programs by title, set up Season Pass recordings for your favorite shows, and create actor, director, and keyword WishLists searches.

With TiVo Basic Service included and without paying a subscription fee, you can record your favorite TV shows onto the HDD and watch them on your schedule. You can also record content from the hard disk drive to a DVD media (DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM) quickly and easily. The easy-to-use TiVo interface can automatically create a DVD menu for easy navigation. DVDs can be named according to your program selections, or you may manually enter a title.

This is a great DVD player, too. Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the RS-TX20 will deliver the full potential of your commercial DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, gives you higher resolution and sharper images than standard 480i signals while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive feature (3:2 pulldown detection and reversal) digitally corrects frame distortion in film-based material to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

The recorder/player offers 1 set of ColorStream Pro component-video outputs (selectable for 480p/480i), 2 composite-video-based AV inputs, 1 S-video input, and 1 RF coaxial input (for an antenna signal or a feed from an older VCR or cable box). A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions, while both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's Toslink optical digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

The DVD drive is fully compatible with your MP3 and WMA music CDs and will even play discs full of your favorite JPEG digital photos for ready-made slide shows right in your living room.

A supplied IR blaster cable for cable-box and satellite receiver control (C3 Control) connects to the back of the recorder and transmits an infrared (IR) signal to change channels on your cable or satellite box, as needed, for advance recording--freeing you from having to pretune the correct channel ahead of time.

The included, no-fee TiVo Basic service features a 3-day rolling program guide, TV "Trick Play" features (such as the ability to pause and rewind live TV), instant replay/instant skip, and manual recording capability with repeat function. The unit is fully upgradeable to the TiVo Plus Service (subscription required: $12.95 per month or a "product lifetime" fee of $299 that's good for as long as your RS-TX20 remains operational), which includes TiVo's Home Media Option for remote (online) scheduling, access to MP3/JPEG digital media files from your PC, and multi-room viewing with no additional TiVo receivers.

What's in the Box
DVD/HDD recorder/player, a remote control, remote batteries, an IR blaster cable, a user's manual, a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, and warranty/registration information. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD recorder/player with built-in 120 GB hard drive and free TiVo Basic service (pause, rewind, instant replay, 3-day advance recording)
  • Up to 140 hours of audio/video storage on hard-disk drive (HDD); records to DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM
  • DVD offers ColorStream Pro progressive-scan output for use with high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Front-panel IEEE 1394/DV input provides a quick and easy connection with a compatible digital camcorder
  • Measures 16.5 x 3.3 x 13 inches (W x H x D)

4. TOSHIBA A75-S2311 Satellite Notebook

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Asin: B0007WCA54
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 110
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5. Toshiba SD-P1600 Portable DVD Player with 7" LCD
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B0007PF7CY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 1541
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

7" widescreen LCD display * plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, and Video CD * plays music CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW * plays JPEG digital photo CDs * Digital Picture Zoom * ... Read more

Features

  • Several zoom modes; 3-D virtual surround sound simulates surround from just 2 speakers or headphones
  • Includes a rechargeable 3-hour lithium-ion battery and a DC vehicle power adapter
  • Measures 7.4 x 1.2 x 5.7 inches (W x H x D) closed
  • Slim, portable DVD player with 7-inch widescreen TFT LCD
  • 2 headphone jacks, multi-format disc compatibility, JPEG-CD image viewer

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good start (hopefully it will get better)...
Yesterday I purchased one of these units new from Best Buy.When I got the unit home, it was DOA!It powers up, however it does not recognize any discs at all (I receive a "Non-playable Disc" message or something similar after the disc "Loads" for 3 minutes or so).I purposely purchased the Toshiba instead of spending less on an off brand (Insignia or Polaroid).According to the associate at Best Buy, Insignia is manufactured by Toshiba.Perhaps I should have saved $30 and purchased the off brand.Although, based on the units playing on display the Toshiba had the best picture.Hopefully tonight when I exchange the unit I will receive a fully functional one (I am going to make them demonstrate that the replacement functions before I leave the store!)

1-0 out of 5 stars worst picture!
This dvd player has the worst picture quality I have ever seen! I thought I was upgrading when I sold my panasonic 5 inch portable player to buy this pile! I looked at many 7" players and chose to go with the toshiba as the price was very good. but best buy did not have one on display at the time so I could not see the picture quality. When I got home I threw in jurassic park and was quickly shocked by the very poor picture. everything was blurry. and the thing made very loud sounds from inside, somthing my panasonic did not do as it was very quiet. so I took it back to best buy for a refund. so if you dont care about picture quality and only care about price then buy it but if your like me and expect the best then stay away from this junk.

5-0 out of 5 stars My first and a great start
I bought the Toshiba P1600 for an upcoming trip with my sons. What a nice surprise. Well made, easy to use, picture quality "rocks" and the dual headphone feature is a nice addition. Now to get it back from the kids so I can enjoy this little gem!! My only issue is the sound level. Buy some amplified portable speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy with Toshiba!!
First of all, I must tell you that this is the first portable dvd player I have purchased, but I have looked around and did alot of research.I paid attention to the reviews people have made on all the models I was interested in.The reason I purchased this model was because when I researched the sdp1400 model, there were many good reviews.This sdp1600 is just the next generation of, for lack of a better word, cheaper models.I must say that this is, in no way, made cheaply....but the price would sure reflect that very thing.I bought this for $199.99, and so far well worth the money.
The picture quality is great.I like the fact that there are dual headphone jacks, the 3d virtual sound is a nice feature...and you can turn it off if you choose to do so.I also like that I can plug my digital camera into it and see my pictures while traveling.I'm sure there are other features that I have not utilized yet....mainly because I don't feel the need for them, but some of you may want those extra features.
None of the movies I played in it stopped or skipped, and that includes movies that ahve been 'burned'.
One thing I do wish for is that the speakers were a bit louder.
I hope you are as happy as I am with my purchase, should you choose to buy this model. ... Read more


6. Toshiba SD-P7000 Toshiba 17" Portable DVD Playe

our price: $804.99
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Asin: B0002XJ44S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 2134
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7. Toshiba SD-P2700 8.9" Portable DVD Player
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00068V0D2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 874
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Amazon.com Product Description

A road warrior's dream, a home theater's able centerpiece: Toshiba's SD-P2700 DVD-Video/DVD-Audio portable DVD player gives you the best of both worlds. The compact unit is distinguished by its sleek appearance, its 8.9-inch polysilicon widescreen display, and its high-resolution 1,024 x 600-pixel screen. The TFT (thin-film-transistor) active-matrix display delivers film-like images rich in detail, color resolution, and contrast.

Besides media playback versatility--it handles everything from DVD-Video to DVD-R, VCD, MP3/WMA CD, and a host of image formats--the SD-P2700 offers Toshiba's Super ColorStream Pro progressive-scan component-video outputs (for use with high-definition and HD-ready TVs) and employs an 10-bit, 54 MHz video digital-to-analog converter to cement its guarantee of stellar image quality. A sleek, credit-card-sized remote control simplifies operation.

Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

Further, the SD-P2700 incorporates the Toshiba exclusive Digital Direct LCD Drive, which minimizes conversion artifacts by streaming the video signal directly from the MPEG decoder to the LCD screen driver in the digital domain, bypassing D/A-A/D conversions that would otherwise degrade image quality.

Toshiba's digital photo viewer displays images right on your television in a variety of popular formats, including Konica, Fuji Photo, Kodak Photo CD, as well as standard JPEG files--there's even a Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card slot to further simplify viewing. An onscreen display walks you through the process of making your own slideshows, in which you can preset the viewing time of each slide as well as zoom, rotate, and pan each photo.

Leading-edge 24-bit/192 kHz digital-analog converters from Analog Devices delivers exceptional 2-channel DVD-Audio frequency response and dynamic range. DVD-Audio discs deliver high-resolution audio, capturing and reproducing all of the nuances of the original performance and offering high-resolution surround sound as well as stereo. (DVD-Audio resolution is available through the analog audio outputs only.)

A pair of built-in headphone jacks let you watch or listen with a partner, while Spatializer N-2-2 ULTRA and Natural Headphone virtual surround sound algorithms simulate surround through 2 speakers or 1 set of headphones. The built-in stereo speakers (1.5 watts x 2) grant headphone-free listening through high-efficiency titanium drivers in bass-reflex enclosures for more full-bodied sound than typical portables produce.

The SD-P2700 passes both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals through its coaxial-type digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. The supplied lithium-ion battery blends seamlessly with the player's cosmetic profile and offers around 3.5 hours of uninterrupted movie or music entertainment. The battery also charges quickly, in just 3 hours.

What's in the Box
DVD player, remote control, remote battery, car cord, a component-video interconnect, a stereo audio/composite-video interconnect, an AC power adapter, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 8.9-inch widescreen TFT active-matrix display offers sharp, bright image
  • Reads DVD-Video and high-resolution DVD-Audio discs, as well as MP3 and WMA CD, DVD-R, VCD, and SD/MMC flash-memory cards
  • Swivel screen permits flexible viewing positions/angles
  • Super ColorStream Pro progressive-scan component-video output (for premium imagery on high-definition and HD-ready TVs and monitors)
  • 3.5-hour battery life (3-hour charge), picture zoom, and stereo, bass-reflex speakers (1.5 watts x 2) for headphone-free listening

8. Toshiba RD-XS34 Multi-Drive DVD Recorder with 160GB Hard Drive Recording
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0007U093G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 3090
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Product Description

built-in 160GB hard drive for recording/playback (holds 36 hours at best quality, 284 hours at lowest) * TV Guide On Screen free interactive program guide * IR blaster for controlling most brands of cable boxes * 11 recording quality settings, including 1 user-customizable setting * simultaneous recording and playback * ... Read more

Features

  • Records to DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW; plays CD-R/RW and MP3/WMA digital audio formats
  • One set of component (Y,Pr,Pb), 1 S-Video, and 1 RCA video outputs; Firewire input for connecting to video camcorders
  • High-speed dubbing from the hard drive to disc without any deterioration of digital signal
  • DVD recorder and Personal Video Recorder with 160 GB hard drive; measures 17 x 2.5 x 13.25 inches (W x H x D)
  • Interactive Program Guide provides an easy to read listing of the television programs available to view or record

9. Toshiba SD-5970 DVD Player with HDMI
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0003404RW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 1052
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Amazon.com Product Description

Toshiba's surprisingly affordable SD-5970 single-disc DVD player is a must for videophiles: the player upconverts DVD-Video content to high-definition resolution (either 720p or 1080i). Further, the sleek component offers a cutting-edge High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) so you can make a direct digital connection between the SD-5970 and a compatible HDTV or HD-ready TV/monitor. The player spins DVD-Video movies, of course, and also handles recordable CDs loaded with MP3 or WMA music files and discs filled with JPEG digital photos, letting you make the most of your digital media.

The SD-5970 is outfitted with 10-bit/54 MHz video DACs (digital-to-analog converters) and ColorStream Pro progressive-scan component-video outputs for seamless, flicker-free images when viewed through high-definition and HD-ready TVs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p/720p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using a minimum of twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. For compatibility with traditional SD (standard-definition) televisions, the SD-5970 sports composite- and S-video outputs.

HDMI is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface supporting standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multichannel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

The SD-5970 also performs 3:2 pulldown reversal. DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion. Conventional composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

Digital picture zoom is an interactive DVD feature that lets you select and magnify an area of a picture you want to zoom in on. Enhanced digital processing during moving video or freeze-frame playback produces high color fidelity and resolution, even when you're zoomed in. You can also use this feature to expand letterbox-only films to full-screen (4:3 aspect ratio) dimension.

For audio, choose from 2-channel analog audio outs or either of 2 forms of digital-audio output, optical or coaxial, for transmitting discrete, multichannel surround signals--either Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1--to a compatible AV receiver/surround processor and speaker system. Listening in surround sound puts you right in the middle of the action, whether you're playing an action movie, a concert video, or a period drama. Not set up for surround yet? A special 3-D Surround circuit simulates surround sound from any 2 speakers.

What's in the Box
DVD player, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable. ... Read more

Features

  • Upconverts DVD signals to either high-definition 720p or 1080i
  • HDMI direct digital AV output and progressive-scan ColorStream component-video outputs for ultimate DVD quality (with an HD or HD-ready TV)
  • MP3/WMA CD playback; JPEG photo viewer displays digital photographs and slideshows on your television
  • 3:2 pulldown removes redundant data from film-based sources to display a film-frame-accurate, distortion-free image
  • Includes universal remote control with television controls

10. Toshiba RD-XS32 Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with 80 GB Hard Drive
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0001W01JC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 511
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The RD-XS32 DVD player/recorder from Toshiba combines a versatile video recorder and a high-end DVD player with a clear, realistic picture and warm, natural sound. The RD-XS32 is the perfect next-generation upgrade from your old VCR and a powerful addition to your home theater.

The multidrive recorders on the RD-XS32 allow you to record onto an internal 80 GB hard disk drive (HDD), a DVD-R disc, or rerecordable DVD-RW and DVD-RAM discs. The HDD holds up to 103 hours of programs, and you can rapidly dub shows from the HDD onto a DVD. A high-speed dub of a recording from the HDD onto a DVD-R disc can be completed 24 times faster than the length of the program. In other words, two hours of recording can move onto a disc in a matter of minutes. DVD-R copies of recordings made by the RD-XS32 will play on almost all DVD players and DVD-compatible computers.

Toshiba's time-slip playback feature allows you to watch a program that is being recorded from the beginning while the rest of the show records. You can also use the time-slip feature to pause a live broadcast that you are recording, and then resume watching it from where you left it, whenever you want.

Setting up a recording is simple. The RD-XS32 uses Gemstar's VCR Plus technology, which lets you select the programs you want to record by name, without worrying about setting the right time and channel. You can schedule up to 32 different shows with this timer recording feature.

The programs that you have recorded are logged into an adjustable menu that displays the date, time, and channel that you recorded. You will also see a still-video image of the show you recorded in the menu. You can rename the listings and create chapters within the recordings that allow you to easily skip to your favorite scenes or to dub a cleaned-up copy of the show you've recorded onto DVD. The easy-to-use menu also features a live action window that lets you monitor the program you are currently recording or playing.

In addition to high-quality recordings, you'll get the most out of your DVD library as well. The RD-XS32 utilizes Toshiba's ColorStream Pro progressive-scan video technology to yield vivid colors, clean resolution, and reduced onscreen distortion. The RD-XS32 uses digital cinema progressive scanning to reproduce your DVDs in theaterlike clarity. While the RD-XS32 is compatible with both analog and digital televisions, you will get the optimum effect by using the player with a high-definition-compatible television.

In addition to playing a full range of DVDs, the RD-XS32 plays CDs and MP3 audio files, so you can enjoy your favorite music. You can also view digital JPEG photos from CDs created in your computer with the RD-XS32.

The RD-XS32 features rear-panel composite audio and video inputs, and RCA inputs on the front panel to connect your camcorder for dubbing onto DVD. An additional digital IEEE1394 Firewire jack is included on the front panel for an instant connection with digital camcorders. The Firewire connection automatically synchs up with your camcorder and creates a customized onscreen menu for dubbing.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder unit, remote control, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD, CD, VCD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA, and MP3 media
  • Progressive-scan player that records over 100 hours on its 80 GB hard drive; FireWire camcorder interface
  • Multiple front and rear S-video and composite inputs and outputs
  • Dolby Digital and DTS compatible 3D virtual surround sound
  • Measures 16.93 x 3.07 x 12.64 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (16)

2-0 out of 5 stars Serious black level bug, plus 2 minor bugs
This DVD recorder can be perfect if Toshiba fixes the following 3 items, especially the black level bug, which is very serious.

1. Black level bug:
Due to NTSC America's +7.5IRE issue, Toshiba should consider that almost all DVD players in the US add +7.5 IRE to output already. Currently, RD-XS32 does not consider this fact, so the recorded DVD looks "washed out" (too bright) in other DVD player.

The best way to solve this problem is to have an option of recording level to adjust the input signal boost. For details, go to avsforum or ask Pioneer enginners about how they fix the black level bug from old DVD recorder to E50.

2. There should be an option of "forcing to output 3 digits" to IR blaster.
A lot of digital cable box needs the input to be 3 digits to correctly change channel. For example, to switch to channel 9, IR blaster should output 009 instead of just "9". Toshiba should add an option of forcing the output to 3 digits to work with most cable box or STB.

3. Record speed selection:
There should be an option of selecting speed of recording instead of just looking at the maximun speed that the media can handle. This could solve a lot of problem when the media is not "that good as it claims".

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Machine, Even Better Than Its Predecessor (RD-X2)
I loved the RD-X2 enough that I would only have considered another Toshiba. (Much as I love this machine, it *does not* do 90% of what a Tivo will do. Tivo has season passes, suggestions, wish lists, search functions, and other features that make it absolutely fantastic. Buy both -- they really compliment each other.)

This is an absolutely great DVD Recorder. Picture quality is very good. You can record programs onto the hard drive, edit out the commercials, create custom thumbnails and titles, even customize your menu screen, and with a 4x DVD-R burn a DVD in 15 minutes. Its definitely more difficult to use than a VCR, and the manual isn't particularly well written or organized (it lacks an index), but its not that hard to get the hang of it. It works like a computer, not a VCR.

Features I Really Love (in no particular order):
1. Burning a DVD-R in 15 minutes. If you want to control the burn speed, use a 1x or 2x disc instead of a 4x.
2. Editting functions. I can set the timer to record programs on the hard drive while I'm away, then come back and edit them with ease and speed. I mark the chapters, can batch delete (its quick) and then recombine the chapters to make a single title. Or I can manually set the chapters, almost down to the frame.
3. Recording quality settings. You can select the video and audio recording settings, from 1.4 (EP equilvalent) to 4.6 (SP)on up to 9.2. Adjust your settings to get the best possible PQ and still fit your movie on the disc. At 1.4, I can get about 6.5 hrs on a DVD-R, at 2.2, 4.25 hrs, at 4.6, 2 hrs 6 mins.
4. You can watch another program you've already recorded while you record "live" programming. Or you can use the "timeslip" feature to watch a program from the beginning while its still being recorded.
5. You can give titles to "timer recordings" so everything has a title in advance.
6. For DVDs you've created yourself (*not* prerecorded DVDs) you can recopy programming back onto the hard drive and burn additional DVDs.
7. To copy to VHS, you can create a "playlist" and have your VCR copy all six hours worth of programming at once.
8. Out of town for a 48 hour Star Trek marathon? No tapes or discs needed, you can record all 48 hours on your hard drive as long as you have enough free space (135 hours at lowest setting).

About the black level bug issue, I've seen it reported, but I've played DVDs I've created on a variety of different DVD players (Toshiba, Sony, Hitachi, a PC and a Mac) and never experienced what some of the reviewers have complained about.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds at the best price
This machine is awesome! Previously I bought a cheep Cyberhome recorder that was disappointing. The Toshiba has many more features. It is a bit complicated at first but after studying the manual you can easly record high quality tv shows and edit out all of the commercials. The hard drive feature is the only way to go if you are going to record TV. The Toshiba is better than the Panasonic because it will record from the DVD drive back onto the hard drive to make copies and it will record to DVD-RW that the Panasonic will not. I highly recommend this machine.

3-0 out of 5 stars um.. 80 MEGABYTES??
i think the webmaster or whoever wrote the description of this dvd recorder need to know a little about the difference between MB and GB... there is no way in world that you can record 109 hours on 80MB.. this site needs to go on the back page of pcmagazine bluffs =) well. anyways, considering this DVD recorder has 80.. GB! it's not a bad recorder and although it's a little pricey, i'm still gonna go ahead and give it a 3 stars. Hopefully, soon, they are gonna change that 80MB to 80GB.. Goodluck!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing OSM and operation
This unit is so easy to set up right out of the box. As complicated and chock full of abilities its still a snap to set up a record time and walk away. For the more techo types out there.. there are tons of options to fool with.

Good Job Toshiba! ... Read more


11. Toshiba D-R4 Multi-Drive DVD Recorder
list price: $219.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007UVYOY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba Digital
Sales Rank: 9154
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

records to DVD-RAM, DVD-R & DVD-RW * plays DVD-Video, DVD-RAM, DVD-R & DVD-RW * plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW (MP3/WMA/JPEGs recorded on CD-RW not recommended) * plays digital picture CDs (JPEG) * Time Slip recording/playback with DVD-RAM discs * ... Read more

Features

  • Auto title/chapter/thumbnail creation, time-base correction, digital noise reduction
  • EASY NAVI menu portal provides quick and easy access to key features; front-panel AV input for camcorder, VCR, or other device
  • Measures 17 x 2.3 x 11.8 inches (W x H x D)
  • DVD-RAM, DVD-R, and DVD-RW recording with Time Slip feature so you can view a show from the start while it's still recording
  • ColorStream Pro progressive scanning for flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready screens

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't use just any DVD in this recorder.
I just purchased the Toshiba D-R4, it is my first foray into DVD recording.I like the Toshiba brand and I liked the price, I purchased Sony DVD-RW media with it so I could start recording, this is going to replace my VCR.Well first you have to format the RW media in the recorder, reminded of 1984 when we had to format 1.44 diskettes.Well once I got the box opened and read the manual they, Toshiba, recommend you use JVC DVD-RW 2X version 1.2.Well I had my Sony DVDs so I started formating, it was a no go three DVDs later every one of them failed could not format.The next day I called support and they recommended I try JVC or Memorex brand.So I had to run around to 4 stores before I found Memorex DVD-RW, I never saw JVC brand.The Memorex worked fine and I am recording now but why oh why don't they have a label on the box or include one of the DVD brands that work with the machine in the box, the store I bought the recorder at only carried Sony brand DVD-RW.So be aware if you want to use the machine after you buy it get JVC or Memorex brand DVD-RW discs, of course you can use DVD-R or DVD-RAM I have not tryed those yet.Also watch the + and - signs, the Toshiba only uses DVD- not DVD+.It seems to work fine, it is more complicated than a VCR, way more options.Hope this helps. ... Read more


12. Toshiba SD-P2600 8.9" Portable DVD Player (Silver)
list price: $699.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001F066W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 753
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Rely on it when you're on the road and savor its performance at home: Toshiba's SD-P2600 DVD-Video/DVD-Audio portable DVD player is distinguished by its sleek appearance, 8.9-inch polysilicon widescreen display, and high-resolution 1,024 x 600-pixel image. The TFT (thin-film-transistor) active-matrix display delivers film-like images rich in detail, color resolution, and contrast.

Besides media playback versatility--it handles everything from DVD-Video to DVD-R, VCD, MP3/WMA CD, and a host of image formats--the SD-P2600 offers Toshiba's ColorStream PRO progressive-scan component-video outputs (for use with high-definition and HD-ready TVs) and employs an 10-bit, 54 MHz video digital-to-analog converter to cement its guarantee of stellar image quality. A sleek, credit-card-sized remote control simplifies operation.

Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The SD-P2600 also performs 3:2 pulldown detection (Digital Cinema Progressive). DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown reversal digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

Further, a Toshiba feature called Direct Digital Solution sends a DVD's video information to the LCD driver directly from the unit's MPEG decoder in its original digital form, bypassing unnecessary digital-to-analog conversion steps to deliver the best picture quality possible.

Toshiba's digital photo viewer displays images right on your television in a variety of popular formats, including Konica, Fuji Photo, Kodak Photo CD, as well as standard JPEG files--there's even a Secure Digital/MultiMedia Card slot to further simplify viewing. An onscreen display walks you through the process of making your own slideshows, in which you can preset the viewing time of each slide as well as zoom, rotate, and pan each photo.

Leading-edge 24-bit/192 kHz digital-analog converters from Analog Devices delivers exceptional 2-channel DVD-Audio frequency response and dynamic range. DVD-Audio discs deliver high-resolution audio, capturing and reproducing all of the nuances of the original performance and offering high-resolution surround sound as well as stereo. (DVD-Audio resolution is available through the analog audio outputs only.)

A pair of built-in headphone jacks let you watch or listen with a partner, while Spatializer N-2-2 ULTRA and Natural Headphone virtual surround sound algorithms simulate surround through 2 speakers or 1 set of headphones. Built-in stereo speakers grant headphone-free listening through high-efficiency titanium drivers in bass-reflex enclosures for more full-bodied sound than typical portables produce.

The SD-P2600 passes both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals through its coaxial-type digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. The supplied lithium-ion battery blends seamlessly with the player's cosmetic profile and offers around 3.5 hours of uninterrupted movie or music entertainment. The battery also charges quickly, in around 3 hours.

What's in the Box
DVD player, remote control, remote battery, car cord, a component-video interconnect, a stereo audio/composite-video interconnect, an AC power adapter, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 8.9-inch widescreen TFT active-matrix display offers sharp, bright images
  • Reads DVD-Video and high-resolution DVD-Audio discs, as well as MP3 and WMA CDs, DVD-Rs, VCDs, and SD/MMC flash-memory cards
  • ColorStream PRO progressive-scan component-video output (for premium imagery on high-definition and HD-ready TVs and monitors)
  • 3.5-hour battery life, picture zoom, and stereo, bass-reflex, titanium speakers for headphone-free listening
  • Measures 10.25 x 1.25 x 7 inches (W x H x D), closed

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST PORTABLE DVD PLAYERS ON THE MARKET!
The Toshiba SD-P2600 is by far the best DvD player on the market at under $500(Sug 699.99), It is loaded with features, Progressive Scan, SD/MMC Card Slot, 8.9 inch screen, Remote Control Anti-Skip & Car Cord Adapter, and much much more.... Car Cord Adapter is to short.
It comes with a 3 1/2 Hour battery, but I got 3 hours 50 mins wow! the built in Speakers go louder then most Portable DvD Players, But that is not saying a lot, get some Sennheiser Headphones or Earbugs, and or some Portable Speakers or Pc Speakers like Creative Labs SBS 350 2.1 just plug into one of the 2 Headphone Output Jacks, and you will have a Kick A_S System!

5-0 out of 5 stars beautiful picture, but expensive
I went shopping for a portable DVD player and the store I went to had about 14 different portable DVD players plugged into the same video feed playing The Lord of the Rings DVD. This portable DVD player blew all its competitors out of the water - including the two Panasonic models I came to look at. None of them had a picture that could compare to this one. The colors are rich and the black is as dark as I have ever seen. The sound produced by the external speakers is pretty good too, the movie is sometimes hard to hear in a noisy vehicle so headphones may be required on a road trip. Two headphone jacks are on the side of the unit. I have not experienced any problems with viewing angle when watching a movie with two people with the player inbetween us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Player For The Money
I looked around for about a month before I made my purchase of the Toshiba. There are a lot of players out there but after reading all the reviews and going to the stores to see them work the Toshiba was hands down the best for the money. Samsung was a close second but what I liked was that the picture on the Toshiba was brighter and sharper. The Toshiba also has a better angle so two people can watch a movie together with not having to sit on top of each other. The sound is great and with the head phones on you really could hear the surrond sound. When I was done buying my case , ear phones and airplane adapter it cost me a little more but well worth it. I really can't see why you would want to go any larger and spend more money because they are getting to the point that for a couple hundred more you can get a laptop. You will not be disapointed with this player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
I haven't had my player for too long but i am marveled at it's clarity. The progressive scan feature makes most of my dvd's stand out even more. Plus the fact that you can hook it up to a HDTV or any other kind adds more versatility because it can be your main dvd player for your place. The sound quality is above average with four ways to customize your listening experience. There are many features that add to it's personality. The most obvious feature about this dvd player is the screen size. At 8.9 inches you can watch movies at greater distances. Which means more people can watch at the same time without being huddled as if around a camp fire. I've used my friends smaller screens and when they saw this one they were in awe. I highly recommend this player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value at <500
You may have seen the no-name brands the big chain stores -- and they may be a good value if you just plan on handing the player to the kids in the car. But if you care at all about sound and video quality, you should at least check out this unit. The difference in quality is pretty significant.

Video: No comparison. The video on this unit is really sharp and colorful. The 'Mintek' brand 10" unit is larger, but much less sharp.

Sound: Again, this unit is the clear winner. At max volume the kids complained and asked to have it turned down. The dialog and higher freqency effects and music remain clear through the entire volume range. Bass is absent, but that is acceptable to me on a unit this small.

Usability: Digital controls for the most common features (volume, power and navigation). On-screen menu kicks the daylights out of the Mintek unit and is available without using the remote. The Toshiba is faster on power-up and navigation.

Build Quality: This is probably a wash. The Mintek unit uses analog switches for volume and power, and sounds like a washing machine when it spins up the drive. The Toshiba is quieter on power-up, but both settle down when actually playing the movie. Both feel like they would last 10 seconds in the hands of my two year old, but should hold up pretty well with moderate care.

I dont know about in-car use, but I would guess that would be a function of how messed up your disks and road surface are. Hope this helps. ... Read more


13. Toshiba SD-P1400 7" Portable DVD Player
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001MZ88G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 242
Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The SD-P1400 from Toshiba isn't just a lightweight, on-the-go DVD player, it's a compact home theater that can go anywhere. The SD-P1400 is loaded with features, and delivers crisp, realistic visuals and rich surround sound. The player boasts a 7-inch widescreen LCD display that is perfect for watching movies the way they were meant to be seen.

The DVD player in the SD-P1400 provides a crystal-clear picture with its enhanced digital processing. Inside the SD-P1400 is a 10 bit/54 MHz video digital-to-analog converter that adds realistic warmth to the picture as well as reproducing vivid colors and sharp details.

You can take full advantage of that picture clarity with the versatile digital picture zoom option, which lets you magnify a portion of the picture onscreen while in freeze-frame mode or even while watching a DVD in real time. The feature is great for spotting details in movies or even adjusting movies to fill the widescreen format.

Make the most of your music and movies with clear, clean sound thanks to Toshiba's 24-bit/192 kHz audio digital-to-analog converter. This converter translates digital audio data into a natural, high-fidelity sound. The SD-P1400 features 3D virtual surround sound, from built-in speakers and through headphones. It has two headphone jacks for two-person movie watching.

The SD-P1400 plays DVDs, DVD-Rs, and CDs, so you can enjoy all your favorite videos and music. You can also play MP3s and view digital JPEG photos from CDs created in your computer.

At less than 4 pounds, this portable DVD player can go anywhere. The internal battery runs the player for up to 3 hours, and can be easily recharged between viewings. A DC power cord is included so you can even run the SD-P1400 in the car.

What's in the Box
SD-P1400 DVD player, credit-card-size remote control, DC power cord, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD, CD, VCD, DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, and JPEG formats
  • Lightweight, portable 7-inch LCD screen with versatile DVD player
  • S-video and composite-video inputs, RCA and coaxial digital audio out
  • Surround sound, stereo speakers, two headphone jacks
  • Measures 7.9 x 1.1 x 6.4 inches (W x H x D), weighs 3.2 pounds

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars World Traveler
I bought the unit a few days ago
it has all the features i wanted as a traveler (voltage/connection options)
and i looked at every damn model made
car adapter a plus (bought seperately this is expensive)
Image is pretty good for a few people to watch even at an angle
sound quality is really good (has several preset environments)
and player noise is only an issue during disk load
it DOES FF and RW (not just change chapters)by holding the button on the player OR on the remote which is not commom on other units, plus an A/B button on the remote to create a customized repeat area anywhere during the movie (to replay those cool scenes of youre choice over and over)
ONLY BAD PART IS:
i am experiencing problems with the disk starting over if the cord is bumped or unit is picked up during play
i will swap it in (for the same) and post if the replacement does the same
this is the only reason i did not go with 5 stars

3-0 out of 5 stars Small Flaws Limit Stars
We bought this for a long driving trip, and found that the car charger was not really long enough to power the unit while it is attached to the back of the front seat. We drive a Subaru Outback, so minivans and larger SUV's seem likely to have such problems. In addition, the plug often came out of the cigarette lighter.
We have also found the unit tempermental in which discs it plays - it doesn't want to play the Lion King, for example, only the previews!

4-0 out of 5 stars Quality Brand-Good for money
I picked this dvd player up at a best buy about a week ago, and I have to say i was somewhat impressed with it.
First lets discuss the screen. This screen is very high quality for the money you pay because Toshiba has made laptops for many years and has experience im making lcd screens like this one. The picture quality is very sharp and can be fine tuned to your taste.
Next are the speakers. Many people conclude that these speakers are very low quality and too quite to use. While i would not deem them worthless, i would agree that they are very quiet and have no bass. But again there is a reason for this. Portable dvd players are made to be just that-portable. For something to be portable, it has to be small and for something to be small, it has to have small components. The reason for lack of sound quality and volume is that these speakers are small to make the dvd player small nand portable. As for me, this is not a problem as my family in the car would not appreciate hearing my movies and i would be using headphones anyway.
The dvd player itself seems to be very dependable, although it is somewhat noisy (again, headphones would keep this from being a problem too you as they would cover up the noise). Also, you have to make sure the disc as all the way on the spindle, as sometimes only two of the three push-pin thingys are holding the disc in place and it pops out when you start up the dvd player.
From what i've seen, the battery is compitant, although it is hard to review that because i have not actually used it for all three hours and timed it and i have only charged it once. Also, this player comes with all the cables you would need to hook it up to a tv/vcr or to get power too it. The remote is comveniantly small and has all the controls you would need, save the volume control because that is a little wheel thingy that you turn to adjust the volume.
Really the only complaints i have with this dvd player are minor-low sound quality,somewhat noisy spindle, and a few other things. At first i was planning on getting the polaroid but decided this one was worth the extra 50$ or so, and i am glad i made that decision after reading some of the reviews on the polaroid. Toshiba is a much more reliable brand with lots of experience in this type of electronic device.I would definately recoment this dvd player over any of the other ones in its class.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good value for a name brand player
If you're looking for a good 7" portable player for a good price, this is probably the best way to go. The picture quality is nice and the extras (i.e. cables, car adapter) make it a great value. Unfortunately, like other reviewers, I also found the drive to be a little noisy and the speakers are fairly poor (Hint: consider picking up an audio cassette adapter for car-trips).

For travelers, combine with a nice set of noise-canceling headphones and you have a decent little theater for those long flights. I also do recommend the CyberHome CH-ACB 02 case for this model. It's big enough to carry the player, remote, and charger, but small enough to only take up a little room in your carry-on.

4-0 out of 5 stars Delivers on its promises
I did a great deal of research about portable DVD players of all brands before settling on the Toshiba SD-P1400. I had a price ceiling of about $300, and this model seemed to offer a good deal of features, a fine picture, and a sturdy body for the price. I've had the model for over a month now and I'm very happy with it. Spouse and I used it on a cross country road trip without a single problem.
PROS:
Bright picture easily adjustable to taste.
Strong case, doesn't feel cheap of flimsy.

Reliable Car Adapter!! This apparently is rare w/ other brands according to what I've read.
Battery lasted over 3.5 hours.

CON:
Disc a bit noisy while spinning/playing
The rubber stopper that covers the battery port for when you use AC/DC power is tiny and easily lost. In fact, I lost mine.

Relatively minor complaints to be sure! ... Read more


14. Toshiba D-R2 Progressive Scan DVD Player/Recorder
list price: $399.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001WV7EU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 1860
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The D-R2 DVD player/recorder from Toshiba combines a versatile digital video recorder with a high-end DVD player. You'll enjoy a stunningly realistic picture and warm, natural sound from your DVD library as well as programs you record. The D-R2 is a powerful addition to your home theater.

The multidrive recorders on the D-R2 allow you to record onto DVD-R discs or rerecordable DVD-RW and DVD-RAM discs. DVD-R copies of recordings made by the D-R2 will play on almost all DVD players and DVD-compatible computers.

Toshiba's time slip playback feature allows you to watch a program that is being recorded from the beginning while the rest of the show records. You can also use the time slip feature to pause a live broadcast that you are recording, and then resume watching it from where you left it, whenever you want.

Setting up a recording is simple, and will seem comfortably familiar to VCR users. The D-R2 uses Gemstar's VCR Plus technology, which lets you select the programs you want to record by name, without having to worry about setting the right time and channel. You can schedule up to 32 different shows with this timer recording feature.

The programs that you have recorded are logged in to an adjustable menu that displays the date, time, and channel that you recorded. You will also see a still-video image of the show you recorded in the menu. You can rename the listings and create chapters within the recordings that allow you to easily skip to your favorite scenes or to dub a cleaned-up copy of the show you've recorded onto DVD. The easy-to-use menu also features a live action window that lets you monitor the program you are currently recording or playing.

In addition to high-quality recordings, you'll get the most out of your DVD library. The D-R2 utilizes Toshiba's ColorStream Pro progressive-scan video technology to yield vivid colors, clean resolution, and reduced onscreen distortion. Digital cinema progressive scanning, or 3:2 pulldown, reproduces your DVDs in theaterlike clarity. While the D-R2 is compatible with both analog and digital televisions, you will get the optimum effect by linking the player with a high-definition-compatible television.

In addition to playing a full range of DVDs, the D-R2 plays CDs and MP3 audio files, so you can enjoy your favorite music. You can also view digital JPEG photos from CDs created in your computer with the D-R2.

The D-R2 features rear-panel composite audio and video inputs, and RCA inputs on the front panel to connect your camcorder for dubbing onto DVD. An additional digital IEEE1394 FireWire jack is included on the front panel for an instant connection with digital camcorders. The FireWire connection automatically synchs up with your camcorder and creates a customized onscreen menu for dubbing.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder unit, remote control, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD, CD, VCD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA, and MP3 media
  • Progressive-scan player, high-quality recording, FireWire camcorder interface
  • Multiple front and rear S-video and composite inputs and outputs
  • Dolby Digital and DTS-compatible 3D virtual surround sound
  • Measures 16.93 x 2.72 x 12.56 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable!
I have to admit the first couple of days were frustrating because this DVR is capable of so many things-more than I need! After reading the manual thoroughly, the dots did connect. I have owned it for over a month now and really have been enjoying it. This is my second DVR, first being a Magnavox which was a fair unit at best.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Disc Error Machine
The Toshiba D-R2 would have been more appropriately named the Toshiba R2-D2 because it's just as quirky as the robot of Star Wars fame. While the interface isn't the most user-friendly, it shouldn't take very long for the average user to become familiar with it, though it did take a while to learn how to edit a title. While recorded picture quality is adequate, the main problem with this machine is its uncanny ability to record entirely through a disc without detecting "disc errors" and then during the finalizing process (DVD-R) discs, you commonly get the message "DISC MAY NEED CLEANING OR IS DAMAGED PHYSICALLY".
As I've been using DVD recorders for almost two years, I didn't think that brand new DVD-R discs required cleaning, but I cleaned a couple anyway. No cigar. After trying to record approximately 40 DVD-R discs FOR VIDEO on this machine, from both Fuji and Ri-Data, I've had to throw away almost 45% of the discs. If you like to spend much money on discs, this is the machine for you. It's highly doubtful that I was unfortunate enough to purchase two bad batches of discs, from two different companies no less. Rather than contacting Toshiba, I threw the D-R2 into the trash with the latest disc it couldn't finalize successfully. To provide company for the Toshiba D-R2, I also tossed the Philips DVDR-75 recorder, another nearly worthless machine that has caused many people much grief. Does anyone know of any DVD recorders manufactured to be relatively grief-free?

4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Recorder - Not For Dummies !
The Toshiba DVD recorder has too many great features to list in small review.If you are new to DVD Recorders or not willing to learn. Then get one desgined for dummies. But once you learn all its features, you will be rewarded with the finest quality recordings. Yes this unit has a 150 page manual, as well as two smaller ones. That alone should give you a clue as to how many features this has. The remote, does not have the strongest signal. However, you could always replace it with a universal remote. It does have some oddly labeled buttons. But once you learn them , all is fine.

The virtual keyboard that is used to name your DVDs. Is your standard "QWERTY" keyboard. Should you make a mistake there are a delete, backspace, and clear keys on the Keyboard. One odd feature is that you must press the PAUSE button for CAPS LOCK. But once you know that,it's simple to use. Just be sure to press the * key after you named your DVD disk. You are NOT able to edit chapter information on a DVD-R with ANY DVD RECORDER using DVD-R Disks. That's why this unit uses DVD-RW and DVD-RAM disks. Those disks are used for editing. The picture quality is excellent. There are three noise reduction units to prevent blocking and mosquito noise. Unless you record in the six hour speed you will not have to use them. In reply to the person who thinks this unit is difficult to use. He obviously needs a simple plug 'n' play tinker-toy unit like the $200 Gateway.

2-0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible user interface
The Toshiba DVD recorder seems like it was created as a textbook example of how not to engineer a user interface. The underpowered remote, which will not work unless pointed directly at the recorder's sweet spot, is covered in a bewildering array of incomprehensively-labeled buttons. I'm a smart guy, but seeing buttons labeled "*" and "O" really puts me off. The virtual keyboard was evidently designed by a sadist; combinations of moving the cursor around the screen merge with strange elections like "pause" to toggle caps lock. Should you make a mistake (easy with the box's slow response times to its weak remote), you'll need to flip a little door open on the remote to find the "delete" button. Just be careful not to press the identical "clear all" button that's right next to it.

When I tried to edit chapter information, I got highly uninformative error messages about the option not being available. I had to dig through the 150-page instruction manual to find that I was getting the error because I was trying to add chapter information to a DVD-R, which is verboten.

The picture quality is decent. The built-in line doubler works tolerably well. But using this thing is like pulling teeth, and in fact I've barely touched on the pounding headaches this device will give you.

Mine is going back to the store. I'll get a DVD recorder manufactured by a company that actually hires people to create usable UI.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Picture - But Unit Too Sensitive to COPY PROTECTION
1-First ,I have to say this is an outstanding unit for the price.
If you are the type who likes to "Tweak" your Video and Audio controls to get the highest quality recordings.

Then this unit is for you.
It has so many controls it takes some time to learn. But even if you are not the "Tweaking" type, you could just leave it as is and still make great recordings. It takes some learning to use. But that is why it includes two easy to read (but large)manuals.

2-In regards to the person who wrote he has been getting disk errors. His unit must be faulty. I have had the toshiba for two months. I had about Four Disk errors ,and have used nearly 100 disks. All the disk errors were from the Maxell brand of disk. The TDK & FUJI Disks were perfect.

2- To the Person who has not been able to record movies from HBO and other pay channels. Please read Page FIVE of your manual. I had the same problem, until HBO told me what was wrong.
HBO (as of July,2004) Now COPY PROTECTS all thier programming.

HBO calls it "COPY ONCE" Protection. Meaning you may record
HBO ONCE, but are NOT able to make a COPY of the Original Recording.

Unfortunately,due to copy protection laws.
This TOSHIBA will Tape CONTENT with COPY ONCE Protection ONLY using DVD-RAM Disks.

- Page Five(5)of Manual states "This Unit will "NOT RECORD"
CONTENT with "COPY ONCE Protection"(HBO)using DVD-R/-RW Disks.

-This has been confirmed by TOSHIBA, CableVision & HBO.com
--Also, the HBO Copy Protection on the HBO ON DEMAND channel is a "COPY NEVER" protection.
So forget about recording the HBO VOD Channel with Any DVD Recorder.

--My advice for taping HB0 and any other copy protected content. Purchase the SIMA CT-2 video Enhancer from AMAZON.com.

That unit solves all your copy protection hassles and even enhances all your recordings! ... Read more


15. Toshiba SD-H400 Combination Progressive-Scan DVD Player and TiVo Digital Media Server
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0000AA9E8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 10172
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: June 2003. This is the first combination DVD player-TiVo digital video recorder.

Toshiba's SD-H400 digital media server offers the convenience of no-fee PVR service with the option for immediate upgrades alongside high-quality, progressive-scan DVD-Video playback--all from a single, easy-to-use component. The SD-H400 houses an 80 GB TiVo Series2 PVR that comes with TiVo Basic service, providing free, limited TiVo features right out of the box, with no subscription fees.

TiVo Basic service offers the ability to control live TV through features like pause, fast forward, rewind, and slow motion playback of live television; three days of electronic program guide; and manual recording capability by time and channel. The SD-H400 is the first device to offer TiVo Basic service.

The SD-H400's DVD-video section is equipped with a 10-bit/54 MHz video digital-to-analog converter for maximum color purity, detail, and resolution. When connected to a television via the unit's ColorStream Pro component-video outputs, you'll be ready to enjoy Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive technology with either DVDs or TiVo PVR playback. The SD-H400 can also play formats such as DVD-R, DVD-RW, video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CDs.

Because the SD-H400 is built on TiVo Series2 technology, you have the ability to upgrade to full TiVo service to enjoy features such as Season Pass (the ability to record every episode of a program no matter when it airs, automatically), WishList (which finds and records programs that feature your favorite actor, director, or genre), Search by Title (which helps you find any show when all you know is its title), 14 days of program guide data, richer recording options, and an easy-to-use scheduling interface. (Full TiVo service costs $12.95 a month or $299 for a lifetime subscription; visit www.TiVo.com for detailed information.)

Another upgrade available to the Toshiba SD-H400 is the TiVo Home Media Option, a premium package of networked home entertainment. This configuration takes full advantage of the SD-H400's capabilities as a digital media server. The Home Media Option--an upgrade available via phone or broadband connection--lets you use the SD-H400's USB port to connect the SD-H400 to your wired or wireless home network and PC.

The Home Media Option adds the following features to the SD-H400: streaming MP3 files and digital photo viewing from a PC or Macintosh for playback through your TV or home-entertainment system, remote scheduling (through which you can schedule TiVo recordings from anywhere you can access the Internet), and connection to another TiVo Series2 PVR within your home (so you can share programs between the two units--for, say, viewing a program in the bedroom that was recorded in the family room, and vice versa). ... Read more

Features

  • Progressive-scan DVD player with integrated personal video recorder
  • Includes no-fee TiVo Basic service with the ability to pause live TV and store programs to the unit's 80 GB hard drive
  • Offers manual recording capability by time and channel
  • Compatible with DVD-R, DVD-RW, video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
  • Upgradeable to full TiVo service and TiVo home-networking capabilities (through paid services)

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Tivo is the key
I purchased the Toshiba SD-H400 about three weeks ago. I had previously owned a Tivo Series 1 recorder. What you basically are getting is a DVD player and Tivo Series 2 box that is light integrated. The functionality for recording is exactly the same as a regular Tivo Box. This means that it is designed to record from broadcast. By broadcast I mean cable or satilite. If you are looking to record things from you DV-Camcorder this is not the box for you. Also if you AV Input setup is complicated (use satilite for some channels and cable for others) this is not the box for you either. What this box excels at is convient recording for television programs. The plus of this box is it supports DVD playback. The DVD playback uses the standard Toshibia menus (not Tivo). The box is in one of two forgrond modes: Tivo Playback or DVD playback. Recording in the background can always occur. I like the Tivo EPG (Electronic Program Guide) data and find it easy to use for recording. My wife likes a single remote system that needs to switching (e.g. TV Input, etc). The box is easy to use and has some options for upgrade. Currently I have upgraded to Tivo Plus and the Home Media Option (this enables playback of MP3, WMA with plugin, and JPEG images from the PC). This is nice due to no hassle of finding the CDDA to play. I would highly remomded this system to people looking for a DVR and wishing to simplify their system setup. For expert users it is cheaper to get seperate units for the same funcionality. One nice thing about the combined box is digital audio output and progressive (including HD) output is enabled from Tivo. This is not possible with the seperate units.

5-0 out of 5 stars Combination unit is best of both worlds
This combo unit combines a great DVD player with a full TiVo system, meaning only one box on top of the television. It's super easy to use. I've had it for a week and I love it. Two things to note: 1) If you have a Toshiba Colorstream television, you will need to purchase a cable for the connection. The unit has the ports, but no cable is provided. The cables run $60-$90 or so. 2) There is no 30-second skip button like on TiVo units, which is a drag for skipping commercials, however it has a nice jump-back feature that accounts for your reaction time when hitting the play button during a fast forward. In short, you rarely miss any of the show after the commercial. Also, be sure to go to Toshiba's web site and get the rebate!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product: Good Blend of Value and Function
I've had it for about a week and did not have any problems setting the system up. I was able to sign into the Tivo service quickly and am in the processing of connecting it into the wireless network and removing the phone lines.

For those who would like to simplfy their electronic gadgets for their TV, this is an excellent product. I was able to free up a DVD player for another TV in the house.

3-0 out of 5 stars Love It -- Failed in Seven Weeks
I wanted to get my wife a Tivo unit since her biggest hobbie is watching TV. The Toshiba SD-H400 intrigued me since the basic Tivo service is free and would save on the subscriptin service. So I bought the unit for Mother's Day.

I love the unit, and once you get used to it, the Tivo service is really great. However, after a mere seven weeks of use the Live TV function would "lock up". After powering off the unit, doing resets, and reformatting the hard drive, the unit would still lock up on a single frame every 2-3 hours of use. Toshiba Customer Service wasn't much help -- just told me to do a reset. I was able to finally get a replacement unit, but it took a lot of effort.

Great idea and cool features, but the reliability of the SD-H400 is suspect in my mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value
I recently got this for $199. Excellent deal for the price. One of the best features is the free TIVO basic. This means if you upgrade later down the line, the resell value of this unit should be decent because you can get fairly good fuctionality without paying $12.95 per month. Or if you want to cancel your full TIVO, it will default to the free basic service. This is one feature real TIVO owners would like to have.

I also like the fact that I can connect this to just one component input on my TV and both the TIVO and DVD work fine.

As for noise, I don't hear it at all.

DVD plays virtually every type disk I tried, including DVD+RW. ... Read more


16. Toshiba D-VR3 DVD Recorder/VCR Combination
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0002J2IO0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 890
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Amazon.com Product Description

Delivering great convenience on two fronts, Toshiba's D-VR3 combination DVD recorder and VCR opens a world of video recording and archiving options while saving valuable shelf space. It's a 4-head, hi-fi stereo VCR and a full-featured, progressive-scan DVD player that handles your DVDs, CDs, MP3 music discs, and JPEG-filled digital-photo discs, all wrapped into a component that stands just 3 inches tall. The recorder can store up to 12 hours of audio/video--whether broadcast programming or copies of your home movies to share with loved ones--on a 4.7 GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc and 6 hours on a write-once DVD-R or recordable DVD-RW.

The D-VR3's disc recorder offers the flexibility of recording on both DVD-RAM--perfect for instant chapter access and for multiple rerecordings--as well as DVD-R, the most widely compatible of the many DVD formats (great for sharing camcorder footage with loved ones). DVD-RW compatibility lets you erase and rewrite, though relatively few players and computer drives will play back DVD-RWs. DVD-RAM discs can be read, written, and erased more than 100,000 times.

Time Slip lets you use the device like a digital video recorder, or DVR. Because of DVD-RAM's speedy transfer rate, you can view the recorded portion of an ongoing program from the beginning, while still recording the show in progress.

The D-VR3 features a 181-channel cable-compatible tuner and advance programming accessible to both the VCR and the DVD recorder. Input your own program data or take advantage of built-in Gemstar VCR Plus+ (C3) technology for simplified programming. XDS auto clock set with Daylight Savings adjust ensures that your recorder will always be on time.

In addition to recording new video content, the D-VR3 lets you transfer and even enhance your favorite video recordings to durable, space-saving discs--a terrific way to archive, preserve, and access your movies and family videos. A convenient front-panel IEEE-1394 input is perfect for direct digital transfers of mini DV camcorder footage.

For superlative playback, the D-VR3 is equipped with a 10-bit/54 MHz video digital-to-analog converter capable of great color purity and detail. When connected to a high-definition or HD-ready television through its ColorStream Pro component-video outputs, the D-VR3 delivers a progressive-scan DVD picture. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The D-VR3 also features Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive (3:2 pulldown reversal) for DVD playback. DVD mastering commonly introduces a distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown reversal digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

The deck's abundant connections include 2 composite-video and 1 S-video input, 2 sets of stereo analog (left/right) RCA inputs (with a choice, for DVD recording, of uncompressed, linear PCM or, to conserve disc space, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio encoding). The DVD and VCR sections share a single composite-video output and stereo analog audio output (saving input space on your TV or audio receiver), while the DVD player also offers the component-video outputs mentioned above, an S-video output, and a pair of digital-audio outputs (1 coaxial, 1 optical) for channeling Dolby Digital and DTS multichannel surround signals to a compatible digital surround receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/VCR combo, remote control, remote batteries, user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, RF coaxial video cable. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD-RAM, DVD-R, and DVD-RW recording with Time Slip feature so you can view a show from the start while it's still recording
  • 4-head, hi-fi stereo VCR; VCR Plus+ (C3) simplifies DVD/VCR advanced programming
  • Progressive-scan DVD output for flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready screens
  • Front-panel audio/video and IEEE-1394 DV input for easy connection with a camcorder, second VCR, or other device
  • Measures 17 x 3.2 x 12.6 inches (W x H x D)

17. Toshiba SD-4960 Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001XLS4S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 3280
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Amazon.com Product Description

Toshiba's SD-4960 single-disc DVD player offers near-universal optical-disc compatibility, a huge boon for budget-conscious audio- and videophiles. The player spins DVD-Video movies, of course, but also handles recordable CDs loaded with MP3 or WMA music files and discs filled with JPEG digital photos. But it also plays stereo and multichannel music-based DVD-Audio and SACD (Super Audio CD) media, letting you enjoy high-resolution music in stereo or, depending on the disc, albums specially mixed for surround-sound listening.

The SD-4960 excels in video performance, too. It's outfitted with 10-bit/54 MHz video DACs (digital-to-analog converters) and ultimate-quality Super ColorStream Pro progressive-scan component-video outputs for seamless, flicker-free images when viewed through high-definition and HD-ready TVs. Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the SD-4960 will deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The SD-4960 also performs 3:2 pulldown reversal. DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion. Conventional composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

Digital picture zoom is an interactive DVD feature that lets you select and magnify an area of a picture you want to zoom in on. Enhanced digital processing during moving video or freeze-frame playback produces high color fidelity and resolution, even when you're zoomed in. You can also use this feature to expand letterbox-only films to full-screen (4:3 aspect ratio) dimension.

DVD-Audio and SACD media both offer super-high-fidelity sound. DVD-Audio discs provide 192 kHz/24-bit multichannel and stereo sound, high storage capacity, and unique bonus materials not available on regular audio CDs. DVD-A discs often have compressed Dolby Digital soundtracks for listening on standard DVD players, but true DVD-A decoding is required for full sonic appreciation. Depending on the disc, Sony's proprietary SACD format provides extended-bandwidth multichannel and/or stereo sound, often presented in a dual-layer format compatible with both standard CD players (at standard resolution) and SACD-equipped players like the SD-4960 (for full-resolution playback).

The player performs bass management, giving you control of independent channel parameters (speaker size, delay time, etc.), including control for bass reproduction. Use this feature to customize the player's multi-channel audio output to your particular home theater.

As an anti-piracy measure, the player performs its own decoding of both DVD-Audio and SACD signals, passing high-resolution analog, not digital, audio to your integrated amplifier or surround receiver. This means you'll need an audio/video receiver with multichannel analog-audio inputs to fully appreciate multichannel DVD-A and SACD releases.

A set of stereo and a set of multichannel analog-audio outs route audio from DVD-A/SACD media as well as from Dolby Digital- and DTS-encoded DVDs to your AV receiver. If you're not planning to use the DVD-A/SACD capability for multichannel programming, both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (one each of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for a simpler connection with your receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD player, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable. ... Read more

Features

  • Progressive-scan ColorStream component-video output for ultimate DVD picture quality (with an HD or HD-ready TV)
  • High-resolution DVD-Audio and SACD compatibility with 6-channel analog outputs; choose analog or digital routing for Dolby Digital/DTS sound
  • MP3/WMA CD playback; JPEG photo viewer displays digital photographs and slideshows on your television
  • 3:2 pulldown removes redundant data from film-based sources to display a film-frame-accurate, distortion-free image
  • Measures 16.9 x 1.8 x 8 inches (W x H x D)

18. Toshiba SD-3960 DVD Player
list price: $89.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001U6RNI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 240
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The high-end SD-3960 DVD player from Toshiba delivers a stunningly clear picture and fantastic surround sound, making it a perfect addition to your home theater. Utilizing Toshiba's ColorStream Pro progressive-scan video technology, the SD-3960 yields vivid colors, clean resolution, and reduced onscreen distortion. A 10-bit/54-MHz digital-to-analog video signal converter also assists in reproducing your DVDs in theaterlike clarity. While the SD-3960 is compatible with both analog and digital televisions, you will achieve optimum picture quality by using the player with a high-definition-compatible television.

You can take full advantage of the visual clarity of the SD-3960 with its versatile digital picture zoom option. The zoom feature lets you magnify a portion of the picture onscreen while in freeze-frame mode or even while watching a DVD in real time. The feature is great for spotting details in movies or even adjusting letterboxed movies to fill your screen.

The SD-3960 plays DVDs, DVD-Rs, and CDs, so you can enjoy all your favorite videos and music. You can also play MP3s and view digital JPEG photos from CDs created in your computer with the SD-3960.

The SD-3960 gives you more than a great picture. You also get vivid, realistic sound, thanks to Toshiba's 24-bit/192 kHz pulse code modulation (PCM) audio processor. PCM audio translates digital signals from your DVDs and CDs into warmer, natural sound. For a cinematic surround-sound experience, you can easily connect the SD-3960 to a home theater receiver with an RCA-type connection. The SD-3960 features Dolby Digital and DTS surround-sound output.

The SD-3960 gives a sonic boost to any home theater, even a setup with just stereo speakers. The SD-3960's virtual surround-sound capability creates a simulated surround experience from any DVD or CD recorded in stereo.

What's in the Box
SD-3960 DVD player, remote control, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD, CD, VCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA, and MP3 media
  • Progressive-scan player ensures high-resolution picture, digital picture zoom
  • S-video and composite inputs and outputs
  • Dolby Digital and DTS compatible 3D virtual surround sound
  • Measures 17 x 2 x 8 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars TOSHIBA SD-3960 = #1
Just like consumerreports.org reported, this is THE BEST DVD player that produces the best quality picture. I'm glad I listened to CR and not the other reviews on here. I will be buying all Toshiba products from now on.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not ALL bad!
Reading the other reviews I decided to write in toshibas defense! The DVD SD-3960 is not all that bad...I mean come on its only 69.99, what do you expect it to do? Make you coffee in the morning? It just does what it says, Progressive Scan!!! I have not expirenced any problems with the player getting hot, or a flickering saturated picture. I switched from the Samsung N-501 Nuon player. And I noticed a huge difference. The Picture is brighter the sound has better range and the progerssive scan worked like i expected it to. The remote however is a POS BUT if your like me you have 50 remotes and one master universal remote to control everything, so no big deal. I hope this helps.

1-0 out of 5 stars Blurry, washed-out picture.
There's really not much else to say -- I bought this to replace a non-progressive DVD player, and at first I thought I was seeing things... the colors were washed out and unsaturated, and there was a grainy texture to everything. I tried several DVD's, and they're all the same. I also tried going from component video to S-video, but that didn't fix the problem. Maybe it's just the one I got, but I'm just going to get something else.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's Junk
I purchased the Toshiba SD3960 after returning a previously purchased Toshiba Sd3950. I bought the SD3960 because the SD3950 audio was distorted while playing Mp3's and it was very hard to hear some dialogue from DVD's. The SD3950 tray also locked up occasionally. I bought and returned 3 different SD3950 players!!!
The SD3960 has much better audio, but consistantly gets very hot (2 players bought and returned). The smell shows up shortly after turning on the player. The heat and smell doesn't dissipate, even after three weeks of use.
Both of these players could be a near perfect player with all the options and ease of use. The SD3950 has a GREAT remote which was changed for the worse on the SD3960. The LCD display was also changed from a full function display on the SD3950 to a 4 digit antiquated setup on the SD3960. I will be returning my latest Toshiba SD3960 NEVER to buy another TOSHIBA DVD player again. ... Read more


19. Toshiba SD-P2500 8.9" Portable DVD Player
list price: $799.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009RTPT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 11613
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Toshiba's SD-P2500 DVD-Video/DVD-Audio player is designed to deliver "no compromise" video and audio performance--for travel or for home theater. The company's second-generation DVD-Audio-equipped portable is distinguished by an 8.9-inch PolySilicon widescreen display whose high-resolution (1,024 x 600 pixel) image is far denser than its closest competitor. The TFT (thin-film-transistor) active-matrix display delivers film-like images rich in detail, color resolution, and contrast.

Besides media versatility (including DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-R, MP3/WMA CD, and a host of image formats), the unit offers Toshiba's upgraded Super ColorStream PRO progressive-scan component-video outputs (for use with high-definition and HD-ready TVs) and employs an 10-bit, 54 MHz video digital-to-analog converter to cement the guarantee of stellar image quality. Surface-mounted keypads grant "remote-free" operation of all essential functions, while a sleek, credit-card-sized remote control performs advanced operations.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the SD-P2500 stands ready to deliver the full potential of DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The SD-P2500 also performs 3:2 pulldown. DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

Toshiba's Digital Photo Viewer displays images right on a television in a variety of popular formats, including Konica, Fuji Photo, Kodak Photo CD, as well as standard JPEG files--there's even a Secure Digital card slot to further simplify media viewing. An onscreen display walks you through the process of making a slideshows, in which you can preset the viewing time of each slide as well as zoom, rotate, and pan each photo.

Leading-edge 24-bit/192 kHz digital-analog converters from Analog Devices delivers exceptional two-channel DVD-Audio frequency response and dynamic range. DVD-Audio discs deliver high-resolution audio, capturing and reproducing all of the nuances of the original performance and offering high-resolution surround sound as well as stereo. Two built-in headphone jacks let you watch or listen with a partner. Dialogue Expansion improves intelligibility of a disc's center-channel frequencies, while Spatializer N-2-2 ULTRA and Natural Headphone virtual surround sound algorithms simulate surround through two speakers or headphones. Built-in stereo speakers grant headphone-free listening.

The supplied Lithium Ion battery blends seamlessly with the player's cosmetic profile and offers more than three hours of uninterrupted movie or music entertainment. During compact disc and DVD-Audio playback, the SD-P2500's LCD panel can be turned off, extending battery life even further. The SD-P2500 passes both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals through its coaxial-type digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD player, battery, remote control, remote battery, component-video interconnect, stereo audio/coposite-video interconnect, user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 8.9-inch widescreen TFT active-matrix display offers sharp, bright image
  • Reads DVD-Video and high-resolution DVD-Audio discs, as well as MP3 and WMA CDs, DVD-Rs, VCDs, and SD media cards
  • Super ColorStream PRO progressive-scan component-video outputs (for premium imagery on high-definition and HD-ready TVs and monitors)
  • Surface-mounted keypads grant "remote-free" operation of all essential functions
  • 3.5-hour battery life, picture zoom, and stereo speakers for headphone-free listening

Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! SPONGEBOB TO SOOTH THE SOUL!
My 16 month old daughter and 12 year old step-daughter love that I have purchased this portable dvd player. Long car rides will never be the same again. Plus I'm sure my husband will get a lot of use taking it to work with him. I own a 2002 Dodge Durango and this unit fits perfectly between the two front seats and with my youngest behind me in her car seat she can't reach the unit to kick it. Battery life is long and charges quickly. Picture quality and sound is so good I don't need headphones to enjoy anything I am watching. This unit isn't very expensive for all the quality you get out of it so don't buy the cheap Minitek models because this one smokes them all.

It doesn't come with a car adapter, but go on ebay and they sell them cheap. Because of the size of the screen it was hard to find a decent case because most of them will only accomidate barely 8 inches. I went to Circuit City and they sell a bag called "Targus" and this bag will do the trick. I even brought my Toshiba 2500 into the store and sized it up. Plus the bag holds extra dvd's and cables, really a good buy and I recommend picking it up because this one switches from a back-of-chair viewing to a suspension between the two front seats.

If you can get your hands on this please do so. I did my homework on portable dvd players for over 6 months and I am proud to say I know I couldn't have done any better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but still expensive
We bought the SD-P2500 for an 8-hour roundtrip ride with two 10-year olds this past August. Purchased after a considerable amount of research, our first portable DVD player did not disappoint.

The headphone sound (with enhancement turned on) is very enjoyable, akin to the Hughes SRS system's ability to produce a wide spatial aural image. I know audio purists eschew such frivolities, and complain about such spaciness with headphones, but I simply like it.

The speaker sound is as thin as one would expect, sounding comparable to any number of laptop PCs. Still enjoyable with the enhanced audio activated.

Out of the box, the screen had 3 dead pixels. Toshiba explained this was within tolerance for the panel yields they were getting (at the time) from manufacturing, and would not consider replacing the unit.

The picture is tremendous. What you would expect in terms of resolution, viewing angle, brightness, etc. Quite starting for DVDs.

We also like the snapshot feature that saves an image, to appear whenever the disc door is opened. In our case, we enjoy seeing the Marx Brothers each time.

My complaint is the price. I know the technology is new, but the panels have been around on laptops for 10+ years-and Toshiba's been there all along. These things are still too expensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it.
I travel a lot, and since I bought SD-P2500 I cannot imagine travelling without it. While I never owned a competing model, I've looked at them, researched them and this is the one to get. 8.9'' screen is just the right size -- probably the biggest you can have and still call it portable. The sound and picture quality is simply great. Two headphone jacks can definitely be handy. The battery lasts, and charges fast. And now, four months later, I can also add that this DVD Player can live through a lot of abuse. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars The T SDP2500 makes travel a JOY!!!
Outstanding picture. Plug in two (there are two jacks) Sennheiser noise reduction headphones and you and your traveling partner are in HEAVEN at only 30,000 feet. Then drop in a CD for some nice mood music at the destination or a DVD and plug into the TV for across the room viewing. This IS the way to travel AND the SDP2500 is the best DVD portable I have seen. We get over 3 hours from the 3 hour battery and over 5 from the 5 hour optional battery - take both batteries and you have 8+ hours - plus they recharge quickly.

Not cheap - but I don't mind paying if I get results and the SDP2500 DELIVERS.

Only dissatisfaction is that some of the many, many functions are only available with the remote control. You can certainly do all the basics without the remote - but need it to get fancy.

We love the SDP2500, and never, never travel without it.

5-0 out of 5 stars love it!
bought this player afer about a year of research. i agree with most of the reviews here-this player is great. picture on the 9 in screen is really wonderful, able to view it from all but the most extreme side angles. i think the sound is good too-those that are complaining about the sound are really asking too much from a portable dvd player, in my opinion. we cannot expect movie theatre quality surround sound from a player hardly the size of my nieces geomtry book. why does the movie theatre sound so good? cuz its a movie theatre, duh! can you hear you movie sitting in front of the player? yes. can you hear it from across the room? yes.(although this may not be a good thing, after my son was on his 4th viewing of monsters inc, on a two day trip!)can you hear it in the middle of an indoor waterpark? YES! enough said.
took it on a recent trip, afore mentioned waterpark, with 5 other families, two of which had dvd players also. all the kids eneded up in my room after dinner, crowded around to watch movies. 10 kids, all could see, all could hear, all were quiet for almost two hours. BLISS! me: satisfied. other parents: JEALOUS! ... Read more


20. Toshiba SD-P5000 Portable 15" LCD TV / Progressive Scan DVD Combo
list price: $849.99
our price: $799.99
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Asin: B0001W01LK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 4291
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Amazon.com Product Description

When you are looking for more than just a portable DVD player, try the SD-P5000 from Toshiba. This lightweight, on-the-go DVD player with a 15-inch LCD display also features a built-in television with a home-theater-quality picture. The SD-P5000 is loaded with features and delivers crisp, realistic visuals with rich surround sound.

The DVD player in the SD-P5000 provides a crystal-clear picture with its enhanced digital processing. Since the display screen is directly connected to the DVD player, you get a pure digital signal from your DVDs. The SD-P5000 uses digital cinema progressive scanning (3:2 pulldown) to reproduce your DVDs in vivid, theaterlike clarity.

You can take full advantage of that picture clarity with the versatile digital picture zoom option, which lets you magnify a portion of the picture onscreen while in freeze-frame mode or even while watching a DVD in real time. The feature is great for spotting details in movies or even adjusting letterboxed movies to fill your screen. The SD-P5000 also features a wide array of DVD features, including multiple angle selection, a fast-scan option that allows you to fly through DVDs, and slow-motion viewing.

The SD-P5000 features 3D virtual surround sound through its built-in speakers and easy-to-connect, multichannel optical digital audio output. The player has two headphone jacks so you can share your DVD viewing with a friend.

The SD-P5000 plays DVDs, DVD-Rs, and CDs, so you can enjoy all your favorite videos and music. You can also play MP3s and view digital JPEG photos from CDs created in your computer.

This portable DVD player can go anywhere. The double-hinged design allows for the player to be wall-mounted as well as portable. The optional internal battery can run the player for up to 2.5 hours, and can be easily recharged between viewings in about four hours. A DC power cord is included so you can use the SD-P5000 in the car.

What's in the Box
DVD player/TV combo unit, remote control, DC power cord, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 15-inch LCD TV with fully loaded progressive-scan DVD player
  • Pure digital signal relays, digital picture zoom, AC/DC operation
  • Plays DVD, CD, VCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA, MP3, and JPEG formats
  • S-video, component, and composite inputs; optical digital audio output
  • 3D virtual surround sound, built-in speakers, 2 headphone jacks

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