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  1. #1
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    Which is the better DVD player?

    I'm shopping for a 12-16x dvd player. There are so many brands out there that offers this that I don't know where to start researching. Which model offers a reliable and fast dvd player?
    Thanks guys.

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    i am useing the pioneer 116 modle it is a v good drive fast and reliable

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    I read a review about the Pioneer 115 and it said that it had a problem w/ extracting audio files. The review said that on occasion, the audio files would have glitches in them. I didn't hear about that anywhere else. I hope it's not true and if it is, I hope they fixed the problem w/ the 116 model.

    Thanks for the advice sven256.

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    I've got a Hitachi 40x12 and I'm very pleased with it. However there a couple of considerations. Make sure the drive you select is capable of playing DVD RAM (some of the current models can't) and SVCD if you're into video editing. Most of the newer drives are region blocked but some can be unlocked by a firmware upgrade.

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    IMHO, any DVD drive faster than 2x is a waste of money... it's not going to view the movie any faster, and there are practically no software titles on DVD. Plus, the faster drives are really loud, but my old 2x Creative dxr2 makes almost no noise at all Speaking of which, I can vouch for the reliabiliy of this drive, heh- it's been used hard (many movies and marathon 12-14hr decoding sessions, packed back-to-back all weekend) and still works as good as the first day I bought it.
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    my pioneer 6x slot loading drive is appalling - but then i did drop it

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    i just got a samsung sd612se 12x40x and getting allsorts of probs system hanging bsod
    so going to put my sony 48x back in

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    SVCD use regular CDs. Any drives capable of reading a regluar CD will be able to read SVCD.

    However, finding the software to play SVCD can be tricky. Windows Media Player doesn't support it. Neither does PowerDVD.

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