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Toshiba SD-220/e

“My player came Locked to R2 PAL, but I found a hack...”

Written on: 24/07/2007 by Arthur daily (1 review written)

My player came Locked to R2 PAL, but I found a hack that made it multi-region or Region free with no problems… Read Full Review

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“I bought the Toshiba SD-220/e almost 2 years ago...”

Written on: 10/10/2005 by vendrin (1 review written)

I bought the Toshiba SD-220/e almost 2 years ago because it did exactly what I wanted from my first dvd player - it was region and hassle free. It worked like a complete dream when I got it home and continued to do so with every single dvd I played... until yesterday. I'd just come back from the U.S with a very special edition of a dvd I'd been gagging for. I put it in my player, only for it to tell me "Disc playback not authorized. Please consult the handbook" (Or very VERY similar words… Read Full Review

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“Toshiba SD-220/e - Purchased this machine two years...”

Written on: 13/07/2005 by shuttle1981 (2 reviews written)

Toshiba SD-220/e - Purchased this machine two years ago. Normal DVDs play well. DVD-R is another matter. Some work first time but MOST will not play at all!

Sound quality is very variable, some discs the sound is very difficult to distinguish.

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“I bought this player in 2002 from my local Richer...”

Written on: 17/05/2005 by voldemort (1 review written)

I bought this player in 2002 from my local Richer Sounds and thought it was a bargain for a multi-region model. It was easy to set up and use, but I have found the picture quality varies from disc to disc and sometimes it won't recognise the discs at all (even when they play perfectly in other players). Sometimes the picture can be grainy too. However, on the whole I'm happy with it and its performance, but I wonder if the multi-region hack is the problem?… Read Full Review

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“Had a lot of problems playing DVD-R discs resulting in...”

Written on: 16/11/2004 by Will Crabb (1 review written)

Had a lot of problems playing DVD-R discs resulting in the picture firstly going blocky then freezing. Some discs - it shows disc error then the same disc plays OK on another player… Read Full Review

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“Some people including myself were having problems with...”

Written on: 07/07/2003 by chrism. (1 review written)

Some people including myself were having problems with a grainy B&W image. I found that I could cure this by removing my SCART lead, starting the DVD and then plugging the SCART lead in again. Worked a treat. Don't seem to have to repeat this for every DVD but I have had to do it again on occasions.
I can put up with this behaviour but it would be nicer if it just worked. Not sure if the problem is a shortcoming of the multi region hack or the player itself… Read Full Review

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“I tried to purchase a Toshiba SD220 Multiregion DVD...”

Written on: 22/06/2003 by Aphrodite. (1 review written)

I tried to purchase a Toshiba SD220 Multiregion DVD player from Amazon in December 2002, but their estimated delivery was 4-6 weeks, so I purchased one from bargainhifi.com (Premier AV Centre Birmingham) to watch on my 28" Wscreen TV.

First the good points - slim, nice to look at, affordable, highly rated, DTS, easy to hook up.

But I had problems from the start - it was noisy from day one, so noisy, it interfered with the enjoyment of watching a film. A week or so later it started playing… Read Full Review

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“Bought this player for Christmas. Worked well since...”

Written on: 01/06/2003 by Robin Good fellow. (1 review written)

Bought this player for Christmas. Worked well since then despite all the kids and myself could load into it !
Plays Region 1 discs no problem (into my NTSC compatible TV).
Had a sync problem on some SVCD discs. Sound was about 1 second delayed. Found a "fix" on the net.
Using the remote control, press "Angle" then select "audio2" then reselect "audio1" and press "enter". Sound now in-sync at least on this disc. I guess this shows there is a firmware problem in my machine (v1.5R2 firmware, but… Read Full Review

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106029_Richard.'s Response to 103204_Robin Good fellow.'s Review

Written on: 10/06/2003

Thanks for the info Robin,
<br>
<br>I got my multiregion sd220 from Amazon just before Christmas but hadn't played a region 1 disc until recently when I tried x-men. It plays.. but only in black and white :-( have you tried this DVD? Does anybody know whether this is normal or should I be getting touch with Amazon pronto.

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Dangermouse.'s Response to 103204_Robin Good fellow.'s Review

Written on: 30/06/2003

Richard,
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<br>The reason your DVD is playing in Black and white is possibly because your TV is not NTSC compatible. Region 1 DVD's use NTSC not PAL.

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“I read all the reviews and replaced my £300 samsung...”

Written on: 19/03/2003 by jase. (1 review written)

I read all the reviews and replaced my £300 samsung and was very pleased,it played any region discs perfectly however i watched a copy of lotr on dvd-r which was perfect but the following evening it would only play r2 discs. Also would not play lotr dvd-r properly, tried zoom606zoom and it showed 1.5 r2. the only other thing i did differently was when i switched it on to watch a r1 disc i used the play button to do so on my one-for-all remote its got to be one of these,is there a way to reset?… Read Full Review

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1Hotmama.'s Response to jase.'s Review

Written on: 30/03/2003

Mine seems to have gone bad as well. From one day to the next it stopped recognizing R-1 DVD's. It's says Disc Error on the player and Disc playback unauthorised on the TV screen. And it was working fine just a few days before with R-1 DVDs. I have also contacted Amazon. Any suggestions? All the reviews say it should handle R-1 and even the enhanced DVDs without any problems!

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Hunnymonster's Response to jase.'s Review

Written on: 30/11/2003

Beware of the file at the tiscali.fr address - it's corrupt and may or may not damage your player. There is another instance of the sd220e.rar file on a server in Finland - Google will take you there

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Maxxx's Response to jase.'s Review

Written on: 07/10/2003

I had the same problem too, I found that and my problem was solved :
<br>
<br>http://sd220e.chez.tiscali.fr/

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Maxxx's Response to jase.'s Review

Written on: 07/10/2003

I had the same problem too, I found that and my problem was solved :
<br>
<br>http://sd220e.chez.tiscali.fr/

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112397_Jase.'s Response to jase.'s Review

Written on: 02/07/2003

Thanks for the above comments.
<br>The problem was solved by amazon sending me a new machine which has been perfect so far, from other reviews I think with this machine you either get a good or bad one, so shop smart just in case it needs changing. However I am still very careful when using it, in case the problem was caused by button combinations etc.
<br>i.e I stop it before ejecting wheras in the past I would just press eject.
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112223_Jean.'s Response to jase.'s Review

Written on: 01/07/2003

I have exactly the same problem.
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<br>Have you found a solution?
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<br>Regards

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★★★★☆
Toshiba SD-220/e

“I have been using this machine for a month now and...”

Written on: 05/01/2003 by marvin. (1 review written)

I have been using this machine for a month now and found it is of exceptional quality for the price (£149 ) the only thing I have had problems with is when playing vcd's or dvd's recorded using my dvd-r the sound is always out of sync. Has anyone else had the same probs ? and more to the point can it be sorted!!… Read Full Review

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Sukotto.'s Response to 62544_marvin.'s Review

Written on: 04/04/2003

I purchased this machine fully modified from techtronics.com and I must admit I have been totally satisfied - except (and I feel that this is a 'feature' of the machine itself) it is playing my vcds and svcd out of syn (audio/video).
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<br>I'm hoping someone knows why this is and has a solution.

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100887_Robingoodfellow.'s Response to 62544_marvin.'s Review

Written on: 23/05/2003

Seems to be a firmware problem on this machine. A temporary fix that I found is - press Range - select Audio 2 -then Audio 1 again - enter. Your sound is now sync'd. However fix only lasts for this play or to next skip forward.

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“I play mine with a panasonic ptae1000 projector, and...”

Written on: 17/12/2002 by scott. (1 review written)

I play mine with a panasonic ptae1000 projector, and the picture quality is excellent given price of the machine. Thanks for information "zoom 606 zoom". as said earlier, mine is 1.3, and I have lots of skipping problems - try the abyss. Does anyone have a solution for this problem?????????… Read Full Review

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Ejo.'s Response to 58470_scott.'s Review

Written on: 04/03/2003

Can you please tell me what the "zoom 606 zoom" is ??
<br>thanks
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★★★☆☆
Toshiba SD-220/e

“Not a bad player especially for the money, but beware...”

Written on: 08/12/2002 by chris greaves. (1 review written)

Not a bad player especially for the money, but beware of the fault I have described. A bright light or flash from a gun or camera will make the picture lose it's stability for a fraction. I thought I could put up with this fault as the other aspects are very good like sound etc, but after a time it has got very annoying… Read Full Review

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Olivier Preterre.'s Response to chris greaves.'s Review

Written on: 16/12/2002

I agree 100 % with you. What I wonder is whether we both are unlucky guys with this flashing light unstability or whether it's a bad signal treatment that can be fixed. I'd like to know before to send it back to workshop.

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Angry's Response to chris greaves.'s Review

Written on: 12/12/2003

I found that my audio output level oscillates from time to time. It goes suddenly low and then slowly goes back high, I gave to an engineer who changed 1 capacitor on this player and the fault has reappeared......

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61045_Christian Kaiser.'s Response to chris greaves.'s Review

Written on: 28/12/2002

I forgot to add, the CD (Music CD) support is very basic. Only either track number or the time (running or left), although both would be possible. Only 8 characters in the MP3 name are allowed, which is a wee bit short in my eyes. And the sound of the drive itself is too loud for HiFi although much more quiet than the 99 EUR things of Plus or conrad elektronik...

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Christian Kaiser.'s Response to chris greaves.'s Review

Written on: 28/12/2002

I agree - SVCDs have some problems - at least one created from TV stops the motion every several seconds or a fraction of a second, then jumps to the "actual" picture.
Also, rectangular shapes at some overblendings and other irritating errors when there are fast moves make looking at that SVCD (that my computer plays without any problems) disturbing. I did not (yet) have an problems of synchronicity of voice and video, though. But it's only a few days old.

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★★★★☆
Toshiba SD-220/e

“If I can manage to get it to play multi region I...”

Written on: 03/12/2002 by Dawn. (1 review written)

If I can manage to get it to play multi region I should imagine it will be a mean machine… Read Full Review

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56206_Andrew.'s Response to 55500_Dawn.'s Review

Written on: 06/12/2002

Dawn from Cornwall says she can't get a colour picture with region 1 DVDs - is it because your TV wont play NTSC format. I'm guessing it's not the DVD player but the TV which is not compatible with US discs.

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78938_Dominic.'s Response to 55500_Dawn.'s Review

Written on: 10/03/2003

I've seen this happen with an R1 disk due to my TV not handling NTSC correctly.
<br>The solution for me was to input the scart from the DVD into scart 1 of the TV which recognises RGB rather than scart 2 of the TV which is S-Video only.
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<br>Apparently most TV scarts are set up this way.

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78690_Alex.'s Response to 55500_Dawn.'s Review

Written on: 10/03/2003

I've seen two simple methods to fix the black and white problems with region 1 DVDs.
1) Don't have your DVD player linked to your TV through your VCR. If you connect via SCART to your VCR and then from your VCR to your TV try linking from the DVD straight to the TV and this should fix the problem.
or
2) Try changing the video out option in the setup. Select RGB rather than either of the other two options and it should work.
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<br>Hope this helps.

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62274_Dominic Shields.'s Response to 55500_Dawn.'s Review

Written on: 02/01/2003

As I've just said in another SD220e review isn't the multi-region thing nothing to do with "chipping" and all to do with the firmware which you can get from http://sd220e.chez.tiscali.fr

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Sw.'s Response to 55500_Dawn.'s Review

Written on: 09/12/2002

This problem is possibly caused by your TV not supporting NTSC.. I may be wrong, but Region 1 disks will play in NTS, therefore, you'll need an NTSC-compatible TV to view them properly. They'll play back poor quality and in B&W if your TV is only PAL or whatever...

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“This is my first DVD player, so I'm not the adequate...”

Written on: 22/11/2002 by Remi. (1 review written)

This is my first DVD player, so I'm not the adequate person to compare the image or sound quality. I can only say that I'm extremely satisfied for the price, except for a problem that seems to be shared among a minority of owner : - DVD player Toshiba 220Es - TV thomson 16/9 - 24 WK 22 E - linked by RVB SCART - (problem also appears with composite 16/9) When reading some DVDs, the image seems very briefly desynchronized. Sounds like a sudden change in brightness may be the recurring cause. E.g… Read Full Review

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Richard Huxley.'s Response to Remi.'s Review

Written on: 06/12/2002

Too right there! However the YUV is 'component video out' and not RGB...beware, you must have a high-end tv to accept component video. i.e. a high-end toshiba or a Loewe are the only makes that allow this at present.
I bought a 32" Loewe planus the other day and this is the dvd player to get. Excellent value for money and has component out for a low price! Component out is the highest quality you can get, much better than S-Video and RGB.
I recommend plugging trying s-video or rgb outputs. It could very well be your tv scanning rate or quality just isn't up to it unfortunately.
Hope this helps
Richard Huxley

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Kingtut's Response to Remi.'s Review

Written on: 08/03/2004

may i echo titch\'s request, any kind soul out there?

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76503_Titch.'s Response to Remi.'s Review

Written on: 01/03/2003

Is there a hack to be able to play vcd svcd and copy dvd on the toshiba sd220eb

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58388_Olivier Preterre.'s Response to Remi.'s Review

Written on: 16/12/2002

Salut rémi
Maybe compatibility problem between Thomson 16/9 and Toshiba. I used a Philips DVD on my Thomson TV : no problem. But my Toshiba DVD gave two different results on two other TV brands : on sterling there is the same problem. On an other one nothing.

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★★★★★
Toshiba SD-220/e

“DVD Player: Toshiba SD220 E (multi-region chipped)...”

Written on: 19/08/2002 by Fly Boy. (1 review written)

DVD Player: Toshiba SD220 E (multi-region chipped) playing through a JVC AV28CT1 16:9 via SCART, alongside a Toshiba V-852UK VHS VCR.

For the money, GBP135, I feel I've got an absolute bargain on this player. It's the third DVD player I've owned, and by far the best in terms of image clarity and colour stability - essential for losing yourself in a movie, rather than being reminded of the limitations of your DVD player.

In particular, the Toshiba SD220 is very good at retaining colour and… Read Full Review

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38730_Simo.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 20/09/2002

Excellent review mate, I think i'll run off to richer sounds and get me one.
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<br>thanks

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111917_C2J2.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 30/06/2003

just google on the net, and you'll find firmware for it.
<br>
<br>Ch.

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Stevie.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 29/06/2003

i have an early model that is only region 2,
<br>does anyone know if i can convert it to multi region ?

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99050_Jon King.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 18/05/2003

Great review i've just got the toshiba 220e from richer sounds for £99 pounds (multi region).when you buy a dvd you never know if you have brought the right one,does it play all the discs you want to put in to it? picture and sound live up to what you read or what other reviews say.well i am pleased to say everything does.mine plays dvd-r, vcd,svcd and mp3 on cdr and the sound and picture are great for a hundred pound player

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Frédéric.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 02/03/2003

I've had my toshiba 220 for few weeks now and I'm really happy with - I was just worried once because zone 1 wasn't working, and a friend said it wasn't because of my dvd player but of my 20 year old TV (ntc...), just need to buy a new one now !
<br>About the sound it is great, I even listen to my music CDs on my Toshiba only ! very good product - only "bemol" I wish it was DVIX compatible, for easy copying, but I've heard copying is forbidden !!
<br>
<br>Fred

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67570_Christian Kaiser.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 23/01/2003

My negative points:
a) has problems with my VCDs: sometimes it hangs for a part of a second, sometimes compression artefacts are shown
b) playing CDs (yes, the plain audio ones), it only shows the time played or the track number, by an old CD player showed both - the display has enough characters to display both at the same time. Thoughtless.
c) Not a quiet drive. You can hear it still when you're a meter away.
DVDs without problems yet, though. But when they offer VCDs and CDs too, it should still make sense. :)
Christian

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62323_Tc.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 04/01/2003

Thanks for the great review. I'm going straight out to richer sounds (I hear they do other fantastic deals!).Thanks again!

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58018_Yogibear.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 14/12/2002

Just bought a 220E from Richer Sounds and found the review and replies most helpful. As it's for the daughter at xmas I haven't yet tried it (multiregion version). How do I know if I have got the latest 1.5 firmware version and not the earlier 1.3. As this is our first dvd, still a bit green, what is macrovision and what are svcd's. What does pressing zoom 606 zoom do without a disc in (check firmware version?)and can anybody point me to the correct place on the net for the right code if the previous item dosen't work
Best Regards
yogibear

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56058_Shezbabe11.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 05/12/2002

Was going to purchase this dvd player but because of the RCE (regional coding enhancement) it stops some multi region player from playing certain dvds , they have started to put on dvds - especially region 1 dvds TOSHIBA seem to be the only player that needs meddling with so i have decided to purchase a PIONEER DV-350 one was for sale on amazon for £119.99 delivered but richer sounds will beat that by a tenner so purchased it from www.richersounds.com for £109.99 to view it on amazon click the following link http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006AFW4/ref=sr_aps_electronics_1_1/026-7623565-6327631

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55861_Andre.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 05/12/2002

Great review. I'm going to try and get one of these over here in the states.

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55086_Tick.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 02/12/2002

I have used both Region 1 and 2 disks in my machine without any problems, not only that, but I have also found CD Video disks and some video encoded onto DVD Rom disks plays fine.
The only problems I have had is playing some DVD-R disks, however, the problem has always been traced to poor quality disks, re recording onto good quality disks has corrected the problem.
Are you sure your machine has been chiped corectly? + you need to check the machine has the latest version of softwere (look on the net to find out how to check this).

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54964_Albamoto.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 01/12/2002

Good review of this machine and would like to buy one, but can it play s.v.c.d. disc's? Only thing stopping me buying one.

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Shezbabe.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 30/11/2002

Clizzywizzy - is your tv NTSC compatable? as region 1 dvds will only work if you tv is NTSC COMPATABLE, hope this helps.

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Clizzywizzy.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 21/11/2002

Hi, I am having real problems with this DVD player as I have a Region 1 disc which will not play at all. Has anyone had any success with Region 1 dvds on this machine?

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51332_Jo.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 16/11/2002

Great review..thanks for the info.
FYI...amazon are knocking these out at 119.00 so have rung RS and they will give it to me at 110.00 incl free delivery....bargain!!

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48222_Tick.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 04/11/2002

Good review, I am about to put this machine to the ultimate test and plug it into my NEC VT45 projector (using component in). I will post the review later.

On your review, I am pleased you withdrew from being to techi and stuck to the facts, i.e. what do the pictures look like, I hate those reviews that are full of numbers etc. All we need to know is what is the machine like to live with and what is the value for money level.

Cheers

T

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Koi-Boy.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 01/10/2002

Thanks for the review , very helpful.
<br>I am about to purchase the same machine as mine recently blew up in severe power surge, so the electricity company will now be paying for a better machine to go with with my dd/dts decoder.
<br>Once again , thanks .

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39577_Si.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 24/09/2002

Thanks for the review.. mine is ordered.

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38993_Mark.'s Response to Fly Boy.'s Review

Written on: 22/09/2002

Excellent review mate, so much so i went out and bought myself one, really pleased with the machine. It`s played everything so far even region 1 enemy at the gates with no problems.

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Toshiba SD-220/e

“Having seen a friends Toshiba SD-220, (multi-region,...”

Written on: 12/08/2002 by churdy. (1 review written)

Having seen a friends Toshiba SD-220, (multi-region, macrovision disabled, from Techtronics), in action, I decided to get one, (multi region, from Richersounds), to upgrade from my old Alba DVD 103.

Unfortunately when I got it home I found it got very hot and kept locking up on some of my DVDs. I decided it must be faulty and took it back, as all my discs play no problems on my Alba, (and even on my PC).

My friend suggested I try my discs on his Toshiba. I did, and it played them all no… Read Full Review

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62273_Dominic Shields.'s Response to 32842_churdy.'s Review

Written on: 02/01/2003

Does the multi-region change need a hardware tweak ?
<br>At this website http://sd220e.chez.tiscali.fr you can download a firmware upgrade that does the bizz.

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