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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2009
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We originally tried the Samsung DVD-1080P9 after moving up from an old 480i Sony, but the 9P had trouble reading some of the more scratched up DVDs. Also, the Sony would remember your last play spot for the last 6 DVDs that you played, which the Samsung didn't. Not quite satisfied with the Samsung we decided to try out the Pioneer DV-420V-K and after one night of fiddling we're returning the Samsung.

As other's have said, it has all the important remote buttons on the face of the player, it has a high quality video output, and I have had no problems yet reading scratched up DVDs. As a bonus it remembers at least the last two DVD's play spots which is very handy if you have kids and want to swap out parent's material for the kidstuff. I also like the setup menu and manual better on the Pioneer.

Highly recommended.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2009
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I received this today, but I am forcced to return the player to Amazon.

Be forewarned, this is no longer a multi-region player! On the back panel where the US power cord comes out there is an icon (a "1" on top of a global-map grid) that indicates it is a Region 1 player. Indeed, it ONLY plays US DVDs. Non-US DVD's are ejected with the TV screen message "Incompatible disc region number Cant play disc"

I am returning this to Amazon. I know that Customer Service has their procedures, but they wanted to know if the player was "defective" and never quite got that is not the multi-region player described by the earlier Reviewers.
The date of manufacture is October 2009. I can only surmise that Pioneer made it Region 1-only starting with that date of manufacture.

By the way, for USA DVD's, the picture is excellent.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2009
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I recently bought a 37" HDTV and promptly bought one of the new sub-$200 Blu-Ray players (a Vizio). I wasn't particularly impressed with the Blu-Ray picture quality (it was good, but didn't bowl me over). The DVD upscaling was slightly worse and the DVD audio was very weak.

I sent it back and purchased the Pioneer DV-420-K. I'm very pleased with it. The construction seems solid, the picture quality using an HDMI and set to 1080P is just awesome and the audio is strong and crystal clear. I especially appreciate the various audio options for increasing the volume of dialog in movies, evening out the loudest and softest portions of the audio (Audio DRC for Dolby Digital). I haven't had the opportunity (or need) for adjusting the picture quality, but there are a number of options there for color, contrast and sharpness.

All in all its a great player and definitely worth the $89. It struck me that I can get a "top of the line" upscaling DVD player like the Pioneer for half the price of a cheapish Blu-Ray player. That quality gets me an excellent upscaled picture over HDMI (tops in Consumer Reports testing) and clear, beautiful sound. It rivals the cheaper Blu-Ray players BR disc image quality on a mid-sized TV like mine (and beats them on upscaling DVDs). If you have a larger TV I can see getting a Blu-Ray player, but at this point its just not worth it for a smaller set (like 37" on down). Plus there's just a lot less trouble with mature technology like this (less disc incompatibility problems, no constant updating of firmware like with Blu-Ray). That's something I forgot to mention - this player is very forgiving of damaged or scratched discs. And speaking of the discs, there are still about 10 times more DVDs available for rent vs. Blu-Ray. Plus they are half the price or less when purchasing them.

I'll eventually get a Blu-Ray player (and it'll be a good Pioneer model!), but until that standard matures I'll be very happy with my Pioneer DVD player.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2009
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I looked a long time before purchasing this player. Not all of the features are listed here, but are on other sites. First is, it plays the Euro standard PAL, which was one reason for buying this. Many of my burned disc are PAL and dual layer disc, which brings me to the second reason. DVD-DL. While I can split a disc into two DVD-R's, I don't need two discs laying around when one will do. Also plays every region I can throw at it too.

Some other positives. I'm able to change from 5:1 to 3:2 on the remote without going to the main menu which always irked me on my Sony stuff. I don't have an HD set yet, but I'm set for 1080P up scaling when I do get one. I wish this unit had an optical out in addition to the digital coax, but it's not a deal breaker.

Also, instead of just blindly buying this unit, I downloaded the manual, so I wouldn't start whining after I received the unit and found out that some desired features wouldn't work.

Manual link:

[...]

Discs I've used successfully.

Windata DVD +R DL
Verbatim DVD -R
Windata DVD -R
Sony DVD +RW

Highly Recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2009
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I've been using this player for a few weeks now and have no complaints. There are features I have not used yet (and may not) but the picture is great... it is easy to setup and use... and I think my favorite feature is that there are control buttons on the player itself. I don't plan to use them often but I have had remotes get flaky on me before so it's comforting to know I can still play a DVD and move thru the menus etc even without one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2009
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I finally gave in and bought an HDTV to put on the wall in the kitchen and needed an upscaling DVD player to use with it. I have another Pioneer DVD player and it's been wonderful, so Pioneer was really the only brand I considered. Besides....I'm a Pioneer geek from way back in the Laserdisc days.

Can't find the remote? No worries....all the buttons you need are right on the front of the DVD player. That feature alone is worth the price of admission and will keep me coming back to Pioneer again and again. And it's not just basic functions, it's all the menu options, too.

The other feature I love is the USB input. I put some DIVX files on a memory stick or onto my Western Digital 500 GB passport and watch them without any problems. That said, they need to be DIVX. I tried a lot of various AVI files before I gave in and went with the DIVX converter software. I've burned onto DVD+RW and DVD-DL and had not a problem with playback.

Love this machine and someday when I buy a real TV and a blu-ray player, the DVD player will DEFINITELY be a Pioneer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2011
We got this DVD player because we had acquired a number of hilarious Mitchell and Webb DVDs, and wanted to watch them here in the States. The player worked great for almost a year, and then one day last month it inexplicably stopped playing Region 2 DVD's; we would get a black and white picture that jumped up and down.

We had no problems with the player up until this point, but I haven't been able to restore the region-free setting since, despite upgrading the firmware on the player. Now we have a whole bunch of DVD's we can't watch again.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2009
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As a recent review indicates, this product is not region free... or at least not consistently. One of our DVDs from overseas played, but none of the others were able to load. We are returning this and taking our chances on another.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
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We bought this product to use in a low-budget production system. We needed a DVD player that would work in a DVI system and would not "auto off" after so many minutes of being paused. This player has HDMI out and has the ability to turn off the "auto off" feature. first the good things:

good
1. The dvd player is very nice and works great. The upscaling seemed to be good.
2. HDMI out
3. You can turn off the "auto off" feature

bad
1. The HDMI out cannot be converted to a DVI signal and split with a relatively cheap DVI splitter. For example, it does not work with 4PORT Video Splitter Dvi 1900X1200 with 1 Dvi Cable The limitation is with the HDMI spec and the splitter, but you should be aware if you're planning on utilizing this in a production environment.
2. The "auto off" feature can be turned off, but after about 20 minutes, the Pioneer logo appears on the screen and starts "bouncing" around. This is annoying and we could not figure out how to turn it off.

Overall
1. This is a great personal DVD player, but not good for production.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2009
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This may be the last DVD player I buy before going to Blu Ray, but I think it's the best I've owned. It has played several Divx and Xvid moves flawlessly using the front panel USB port (and a USB thumbdrive). DVDs look great too.

I'm using digital audio out to my home theater receiver and HDMI to a Samsung DLP TV (2006 model). The upconverted picture to 1080i looks very good. Better than my old Denon 1900. The remote is easy to use and small (but not too small).

I'm giving it 4 stars only because it doesn't have an optical digital audio output (only coaxial). I wish it did, and that may impact your decision to purchase this model.

However, at under $100, I can live with the lack of an optical audio out port.
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