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  • vcd (Score:2, Informative)

    by jdporter (36) on 2002.10.18 15:44 (#14053) Homepage Journal
    Not too long ago I broke down and bought a cheapie Toshiba from Price Club. It met my two main criteria: that it be a multi-disk changer (this one does 5), and that it can play MP3 disks. So, fine.

    One thing I'm not happy about is how slow it is. It takes several seconds to do anything -- boot up, read disk TOC, skip ahead to another song, go to next disk, open, close... Everything is slow. Significantly slower than the extremely cheap no-name 5-CD player that preceded it.

    So I recommend testing out the speed of these operations, to make sure you're comfortable with that aspect of the candidate.

    Now, here's the part where I say "If I had known then what I know now"...

    This stupid machine plays VCD's (mpeg-1), but not SVCD's (mpeg-2). This has proven to be a real hassle, because (in my experience at least) people tend to distribute captured videos in mpeg-2 format. Which means I'd have to convert them first, if I want to watch them on my T.V. Which I have not been able successfully to do, yet. So I am not a happy camper.

    So, if you can imagine this ever being important to you, check that the candidate is SVCD compatible.

    (I understand there's also mpeg-4, of which DivX is a dialect... but I don't know if any DVD players can handle that. It's not something I've wanted to do (yet).)