discussion of Philips
DVP 642K generated very positive response and also queries about
other brands offering same Divx capability. In this column we will
discuss Avayon DXP-1000 Divx Capable DVD Player. This author tested
this player and Philips DVP 642K simultaneously for two weeks and
saw every movie CD on both players (believe me, watching movie is
hard work ;-)
Technologies, Inc. is very new entrant in entertainment device
world. This Nashua, New Hampshire, USA based company is recently
formed by ex-executives of Computer companies who realized that
future is not in PC boxes but in entertainment boxes of living room.
Right now DXP-1000 competes in North American market directly with
Philips DVP 642 in USA market. Both product sells at same price
US$77 and have similar offerings at first glance, but as you use
the product, differences emerge. Unlike Philips DVP 642K this product
is yet to become available in rest of world as company is still
working on having distribution tie ups with importers around world.
In Canada DXP-1000 is available for CAD$129.99 which is approx US$108.00.
Q: What formats/media
plays on Avayon DXP1000?
A: Almost any
CD you throw at DXP-1000, it plays. CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R,
DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, MP3, WMA 7/8/9, MPEG4, XViD, Divx 3.0/4.0/5.0,
JPEG and VCD formats and media are supported.
subtitles in .srt, .sub and .smi format. In Audio connections, it
supports all possibilities like output channels 2.0/5.1, DTS, Dolby
Digital. It supports Karaoke with 2 mic sockets.
are S-Video, Composite Video and Component Video.
progressive scan on NTSC and PAL to take advantage of expensive
plasma TVs you may have or may buy in future.
is very famous brand with wide sales and support network, how does
Avayon DXP-1000 compares to Philips player?
A: Philips DVP
642K we tested couldnt play subtitles on Divx/XViD movies.
Avayon DXP-1000 plays subtitles from all CDs in all three subtitle
Remote of Philips
is small but uses many key for dual functions making it confusing
and not good for quick action. Avayon has long ugly stick like remote
but once you are past its looks, it has very good functionality.
It has separate key for every function and you can do anything just
with single click.
doesnt support WMA format and will play only MP3 music files.
Avayon supports WMA format.
of Philips player is in very bad shape. It wont show you length
of movie or duration of movie left to be seen etc. Avayon has done
better job with its display function, it shows all durations one
needs to know. Avayon player though has problem with display function
while playback of VCDs, once you use on screen display function
even if you switch it off display doesnt go off and till you
finish watching that VCD frozen duration display will be on.
support NTSC and PAL thru menu selections.
also support 110-240V to make it work anywhere in world.
Power cord of
both player go straight inside players and that makes it not user
replaceable since it doesnt use socket behind DVD Player system.
Test unit we
got of Avayon DXP-1000 had power cord length of only 5 feet which
is short for most part of world where height of power outlet is
5 feet on wall and DVD player usually sits near ground below TV.
But current batch of DXP-1000 comes with longer cord. If you are
in USA you may not notice this since power outlets are very close
Q: Is Avayon
DXP-1000 region free? Will it play all DVDs?
A: No, but it
wont take more then 10 second to make it region free like any other
DVD player available today. You just need to google for its codes
to be applied on remote control. No DVD player manufacturer can
sell DVD players region free out of the box as they are prohibited
from doing so to avoid DVDs of one region from playing in another
region. Same applies to DVD playback software or DVD ROM Drives,
but this strategy has failed as once you buy any of this product,
it can be made region free and any DVD you buy anywhere in world,
you can play it.
Q: What about
A: Yes, like
any other Divx capable player this player is also acting like computer
and needs to be updated with improved firmware every few months.
But currently available DXP-1000 players are up to date with latest
firmware and one doesnt need to update if before starting
to use it. But after few months you should check www.avayon.com
and download latest firmware and update the player with it.
is new and small company compared to Philips, should one still go
for this player?
with Avayon and other such new/smaller startups is that their response
and service is very quick as they lack huge corporate hierarchy
to slow down customer support or product development. Also company
is very receptive to product feedback and open to making changes.
After our initial feedback about shorter power cord, company immediately
changed length of power cord. And dont be surprised when you
email or call company if President of company himself responds to
Q: Will Hollywood
release movies in Divx format?
A: Its time
for me to eat my words. In my last
weeks review of Philips DVP 642K I said it is unlikely. But
then came a
news article in NEWS.COM which refers to likelihood of two studios
giving their blessing to this format. If that happens you may see
very soon movies available officially in this format. Till then
you will have to rely on independent movies offered on net for few
dollars, or convert them from DVDs using software like Gordian Knot
or download them using P2P networks like Kazaa. You need to be careful
with this as you may be breaking the law by converting copyrighted
DVD into divx or downloading them off Kazaa. If Hollywood blesses
Divx format then you can imagine iTune like service offering downloads
of any movies for few dollars and you can then burn it on CD and
We will be reviewing
other Divx certified devices in this column in future so keep checking.