Last week I went to Madrid's FNAC store
downtown on Calle Preciados (basement level) and bought the Sunstech
DVD player after the tip from member madridmadridmadrid. And thank goodness too because I'd been frustrated not being able to watch the small library (30 or so) of DVD movies I'd brought with me from the USA.
For the record, Europe and Spain operates on the PAL
signal/system; a region-specific coding for DVD movies discs, VHS video tapes, and DVD and VHS players. USA, Canada, and North America, on the other hand, operates on the NTSC
I went to FNAC last Monday and the salesperson there told me the only Multi-Region DVD player they carried was the Sunstech but they were sold out and to come back on Wednesday. I found myself downtown again on Tuesday and decided to pop in.
When I got there they had TWO multi-region Sunstech models; the DVP-MX120
(44€) & the DVP-MX260
After inspecting the specifications for both I opted for the 55€ model simply because it had a few things the 44€ model did not; progressive scan, DTS Digital Out, and a USB input port on the front (although I'm still not sure what that's for, maybe to hook-up a digital camera or other video device).
I've had it for less than a week but am already pretty happy with it - what can you expect for 55€, right? I get it home, it had an English and Spanish instruction booklet, cables, and remote control. Frankly, I'm SHOCKED they can sell these things so cheaply! And if it's so cheap, why can't ALL brands carry this multi-region function (although, in reality, it's really only DUAL-region since it only handles PAL & NTSC regions) as standard? It's my impression that Sunstech is a lower-tier-quality name brand although this is just my impression only due to their price point and lack of major advertising campaigns.Criticisms would include:
a rather low-quality, yet functional remote control (you often have to push buttons several times before it actually does what you want it to do, like the PAUSE button), the disc tray is REALLY flimsy and almost seems to sag when the tray is ejected awaiting a disc un/load. The player's digital display is small and certainly cannot be read from the sofa. Also, there's no clock - not that I could read that from the sofa either.Praises would include:
the player's very thin, narrow, & light, making stacking ontop of other things easy. It was cheap! And it played my USA-bought DVDs without hesitation, in perfect format and color. It also plays all formats including MPEG4, DVD, CD, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, JPEG, WMA, and MP3 (but these are all pretty standard these days for DVD players). Anyway, it all works fine and that's what's most important.
Yes, there are more criticisms than praises but what can you expect for 55€ (or 44€ for the cheaper model which probably is exactly the same). If the machine will last 3 years (like for madridmadridmadrid) I'll not only be suprised but also feel fortunate!
Now I can easily watch all my US-bought movies, Spanish movies in NTSC (USA) coding format, as well as the complete set of " Seinfeld
" and nearing-to-complete set of " The Andy Griffith Show
See the image of my player below (model DVPO-MX260)