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Not bad at all!,
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This review is from: Philips PD9000/37 9-Inch LCD Portable DVD Player with 5 Hour Battery, White (Old Model) (Electronics)
A decent player....you can't be expecting much with a portable DVD player..
Where it stands out?
1) It comes with a 110-240V charger - so that makes it really "portable"...I mean you use these not at your home but when you actually travel..
2) It can be made region free...so double points on portability!
Region free hack:
1. Turn on player.
2. Open disc tray.
3. Wait till 'Open' appears on screen
4. Type 9 6 5 3
5. Press up or down button to reach REGION option
6. Press OK button
7. Scroll UP/Down to TEST0 , press OK
8. Press setup again to exit
3) Battery life is longer
4) Gives you some extra inches of viewing than the rest
5) Plays both NTSC and PAL DVDs. I haven't tried that but the specification on Philips' site says
"Video disc playback system: NTSC, PAL"
Check it out: [...]
Though the caption says black color but the white looks smart...so I am happy with that.
Overall a decent player....serves the purpose for what it is meant for....please don't compare the sound or picture quality with a home theater or LCD....it's not that.
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Initial post: Oct 2, 2010, 6:18:24 AM PDT
Will this play both PAL and NTSC DVDs?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2010, 7:23:01 PM PDT
Ya it does. I haven't tried that but the specification on Philips' site says "Video disc playback system: NTSC, PAL"
Check it out: http://www.usa.philips.com/c/portable-dvd
Posted on Oct 12, 2010, 6:56:01 AM PDT
Birgitta Pettibone says:
very helpful review, but what does region free mean?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2010, 10:39:52 AM PDT
In short, DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played. So if you a buy a DVD player in US it can play only REGION 1 discs, that is only US DVDs. So if you are traveling and you end up buying DVDs in your travel country your DVD player won't be able to play the disc.
So making a region free player is to change the settings in the player so that it can play DVDs from all regions.
Posted on Dec 2, 2010, 6:29:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2010, 7:06:45 PM PST
S. Tait says:
we just bought it and want to use it for european and american DVDs but we cannot change the region in the way you told us. Typing in the numbers on the remote does not do anything. Could you please help us!
OK got it, we did it like below:
1. Turn on player.
2. press Setup
3. Press right arrow until 'Preference' page shows up (Tray must be open to enable this page)
4. Type 9 6 5 3 on remote
5. Press up/down key to select "0"
and hit Setup to exit.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2010, 12:33:12 PM PST
David B. Wallace says:
Thank you very much - your instructions are the CORRECT ONES!- unfortunately the inferior version that doesn't mention setup or preference is the one plastered all over the web but thank you - i wanted this for foreign dvd's - have a good one - brian aka TikiEruption
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010, 10:24:14 AM PST
Hung Tran says:
Region free means if you travel to Europe or Aussie , you can still watch there DVDs , NTSC is only North America, PAL mostly oversea.
Posted on Jan 18, 2011, 2:07:44 PM PST
I'm thinking about buying this one to watch my Region 1 DVDs. I live in Germany so I have to be able to actually put it in the plug here. You say it comes with a 110-240V charger so this shouldn't be a problem right? Have you actually tried? So all I'd need is the plug converter but not the voltage converter I guess. Thanks for the review by the way, it's a really helpful one!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2011, 2:14:14 PM PST
S. Tait says:
works fine, we just used it with the charger in both the UK and Netherlands over the Christmas holidays
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2011, 2:29:34 AM PST
Ya I have tried it....you don't need a voltage converter....all you need is a plug converter