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Philips DVD727 Progressive-Scan DVD Player

by Philips
71 customer reviews

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  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD+RW, DVD+R, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3-CD, VCD, S-VCD and Picture CD Format
  • Picture CD with MP3-CD playback: Playback MP3's while viewing digital (JPEG) on TV
  • Offers progressive-scan output with 3:2 pulldown for distortion-free viewing of 24 fps movies
  • Optical and coaxial digital-audio outputs pass Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals
  • PAL-to-NTSC format conversion--great for viewing non-region-encoded European discs
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model Number: DVD727
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission's digital-television Web site at: htttp://www.dtv.gov.

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Philips's slim, affordable DVD727 features high-end progressive-scan component-video outputs and built-in decoding for MP3 music files, as well as JPEG image CD playback so you can enjoy digital slideshows right in the living room. It also converts non-region-encoded PAL-formatted discs (the standard in Europe) for viewing on standard NTSC televisions.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVD727 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, providing higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The DVD727 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.

The player will play JPEG images one by one automatically, letting you zoom in, rotate, or flip the picture vertically or horizontally. For MP3 playback, the player offers track time display, album and track selection, and repeat (disc/album/track). It supports nested directory levels up to eight levels, as well as a total of 32 albums and 500 different tracks.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. 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 direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

Playback options include five-disc resume, which lets you pick-up where you left off on your five most recently viewed DVDs (not applicable for MP3 or JPEG CDs), enhanced parental control (with 80-disc lockout), and picture zoom for magnification of select images.

What's in the Box
DVD-Video player, universal remote control with batteries, user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect, composite-video cable.


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Technical Details
Brand NamePhilips
Item Weight9.2 pounds
Product Dimensions20.2 x 15.6 x 5.3 inches
Item model numberDVD727
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
  
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Additional Information
ASINB000093US3
Best Sellers Rank #342,232 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableApril 10, 2003
  
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sohail Ahmed Siddiqui on September 3, 2003
I replaced my older Pioneer DVD player with this one and trust me guys, it's awesome. And I definitely don't mean that it's just awesome for this price. Plays every single DVD and even the clumsiest of VCDs that even my PC wouldn't even read. As a test drive, I copied a single .dat video file on a slow CD-RW and this baby played it oh-so-smoothly. In short, being packed with features like built-in picture and sound controls, 32x FF, optical out, 5 disc resume, and DTS render this model a "must-go-for". I got mine from Singapore a month back and my DVD viewing habits have gone from bad to worse eversince.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By "mattj949" on May 26, 2003
This unit plays EVERYTHING.. including VCD/SVCD/Raw MPEG/MP3/WMA files off of RECORDED DVD's and CD's. This is the best thing about this unit. I could not find any other player that would do this. Skipping from file to file and scanning thru files is a breeze, even with 100+ VCD files on a single DVD-R disc.
The PAL->NTSC and back conversion on the fly is also flawless!
Picture quality on DVD's is very very good.. much better than expected for a [the price] DVD player. Menu and remote are easy to use as well.
Only complaint is the coaxial digital audio output has to be switched back and forth to get audio from DVD's or regular mpeg audio files.. but using the Optical output doesn't have this problem.
This unit appears to be made from the same Chinese manufacturer that used to make the old Apex units (AD-600a), although I could be wrong on that.
Either way, it's a great "Plays Everything" unit that doesn't seem to sacrifice video quality.
Highly Recommended!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2003
Brilliant machine. Just bought mine off amazon. Plays all DVDs (both PAL and NTSC).
To play all region DVDs do the following:
Eject DVD, then using remote, press 9, 9, 9, 9, 0 (very slowly). You will change the player to play all DVDs (all regions).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline on February 7, 2004
I am orgianly from Europe and have a 1 year old daughter. I was looking at several DVD Players, so I could play for her some Children DVD's in our native language as well as other languages.
This is the BEST buy!!! The quality, features and picture are excellent. And the ultimate Bonus, it plays any DVD from anywhere in the world.
Region free hack is simple:
Just open the tray , press 9999 and 0 from the remote with pauses between every digit. You will see Region 0 on the screen and you are all set to play any DVD from any region!!!
You don't even need a special TV. Just connect it and your are set to go.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Koski on July 18, 2003
This puppy can oversample at a 4X rate -meaning it can read ahead of the data stream and anticipate/correct variances before you are even aware there was a problem. Add to everything else written here about its features. I just burn plain ole MPEGS and this baby has no issues. Nice internal volume and picture settings for special tweaking. All region hack capable. And LORDY they even include BOTH optical and coax audio out-a simple necessity which the Panasonic chowderheads apparently neglected in rushing to promote their soon to be outdated DVD-RAM format. As the long-time tech leader in Europe with its inherent multiple, incompatible formats, Philips has always demonstrated a technical flexibility with media - it plays DVD+R/RW also.
WARNING! Do NOT use the Philips upgrade disc (found at their website)with their earlier models as this effectively froze my beautiful 724 player and I have read others also having this happen to theirs. On the bright side, Philips is exchanging this despite being almost a year old! I am impressed-so far.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 6, 2004
I bought this DVD player in January and died (video disappered) 6 months later. It's a known issue that vidoe will disapper if some random keys are entered through the remote control. Luckly, I can recover the video by resetting to factory default. Here's how to make that work.

Here's the sequence to reset to the default-

press Stop tiwce (to make sure it's not playing any disc)
press System Menu
Press "Right Arrow" key 3 tiems
Press "Ok"
Press "Down Arrow" key 4 times
Press "Right Arrow" key once
Press "Ok"

Good Luck -
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By WittiCrew on September 13, 2003
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I ordered it Sunday, it arrived Friday (same week)by standard shipping. I had it hooked up via Digital Coax and 3-Component video in less than 10 minutes. Picture and Sound are great! I set it to Region 0 (i.e it plays DVDs from Europe and Asia. Even the ones that don't say "All Regions". I have a bunch of German DVDs). The Region 0 setting is not described in the manual.
Open the tray, type 9 9 9 9 0 slowly on the remote. Then it played the DVDs no problem.
The start-up time (on to playing the picture) is a litte longer than my previous player, but not very annoying.
Overall I love it!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2003
This was initially the best DVD player I've ever owned, supurb
picture and sound and it played absolutely ANYTHING you threw at it. Every region disc, DVD-+R/RW, MP3's/CD-R's you name it.
It was playing fine until the 29th day when I attempted to fast forward to the next chapter, as I did the screen went blank. I spent three hours of my Thanksgiving evening trying to get the picture back - no such luck. The audio was no affected however. I don't know what happened, but it appeared as if the video portion just dissappeared and what good is a DVD player without a picture?
I wrote to Amazon and they sent out a replacement within eleven hours, great customer service!
Let's hope this one stands the test of time!
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