Toshiba SD-2805 DVD Player DVD Players

3.2/5 (5 Reviews) MSRP : $189.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by HolyKingfish a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I've had this unit for 3 years and I use it almost everyday. I initially bought it thinking I would use it for both DVD's and CD's. I was wrong. Although, the sound quality it outputs when playing CD's is stellar, it does not operate as smoothly as a 5 disc component CD player. It is loud and takes a long time to switch discs and find songs on random play. As well, it won't random play Mp3's. Nowdays, I occasionally use it to play CD's, but I usually use my Kenwood changer instead (even though it doesn't sound as good).

The unit is especially good at playing DVDs. Dispite not having progressive scan it displays a beautifully clear picture on my HDTV-ready 50" Toshiba rear projection TV.

The best feature of all is its ability to play DTS encoded DVD's. I'm always disappointed when I find out that a DVD "only" has Dolby Digital and not DTS.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bobby Thekkekandam a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I bought this in DEC 2002 to replace my JVC player that I purchased in 1998 to get the newer features of mp3 playback, CD-R/RW support etc.

Fast forward to Dec. 2003, and the unit's toast. Poor reliability.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   amazon.com



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I spend a good deal of time going over reviews of DVD players, talking to customer reps at stores, and demoing all my friends hardware (including the single disk model of this player). Boy am I impressed. I didn't even use it as a dvd player when I first bought it (I couldn't stand the macrovision from my vcr on the 13" in my room). It works great as a 5disc audio cd changer. And the first disk I played was a 7year old burned disk of mp3's. It played them better than my computer does. Since then, I've tested this sucker as best I could, even MP3's on cdrw (which btw, isn't really recommended by the manual). I've played my scratched Matrix DVD, and it played fine (it would keep freezing on my Hitachi). Even scratched rental dvd's are no match for this player. Unfortunately, I've not been able to test the digital output or its dts support. I'll probably be writting a second review when I've done that.

The quality of picture is excellent, and even the simple 2-channel going to my old stereo is almost a match for my roommates 5.1 surround (don't even ASK on this one). Let this be a lesson to anyone NOT to buy those all-in-one theatre surround systems that INCLUDE all speakers and subs. This one we have has cheap fans and heatsinks, and makes as much noise as a loud computer, which is not ideal for watching movies. Its by RCA too. Lets leave it at that.

The features of this player are great too. The zoom works great, and has never frozen the dvd, even if i pause the movie and 'forgotten' while I go out to dinner. Very responsive when going through menu's as well. And the fact that I can be watching one movie, and replace all 4 other slots with anything else at the same time, hey, thats just nifty.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $269.00

Purchased At:   London Drugs



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by MFTjohnnyd a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Unit broke less than 1 hour of setup. Build quality was very poor. While watching a DVD the movie froze up and the unit started making loud noises. It sounded like the disc was inside spinning faster and faster. The unit was unresponsive and wouldnt even turn off. Unit damaged DVD by ejecting the disc while still spinnning making some nice circular scartches on 2 of my DVDs.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stuart a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Bought this at Costco (Toshiba Model SD-K615) to replace the $400
Sony 301 DVD changer I returned (when I realized it didn't play shuffle/random all discs
or play CD-R/CD-RWs with MP3s). this Toshiba 5 DVD changer plays DVDs, CDs,
CD-R/CD-RWs with MP3s. it has 3 output options: video, S-video, and
component video. it can change discs while 1 is in play. it can only play shuffle/ random
for 1 disc not all 5 discs. the unit works well-- sound is great, on-screen menus are good,
and remote is easy to use and logical. it is a little slow to start but so was
the Sony and reading reviews of other players this seems a common complaint.

but at 4 months the unit stopped working. parts & labor warranty is 3mo
-- parts only is 12 mo. so after a bit of trouble finding who my local dealer is,
I took it to my local authorized repair shop ready to pay the $58 labor.
every time I called they said they were still waiting for the part.
after 3 weeks they said the part is not yet available at Toshiba.
so I called Toshiba and sent a firmly worded FAX including the fact
that I would write a review on audioreview. I got an immediate response.
1 month later I finally got my replacement unit. so customer service people were
pleasant and accommodating and I rarely had to wait to speak to a rep.
but overall my experience with them was very slow (plus their hours are limited).
also seems you must be pro-active (a squeaky wheel) tomove things along.
they sent a FedEx shipping label by US mail which took a week to arrive.
then I found it was for FedEx ground which was also the mode for shipping to me.
all told it was 3 days shy of 8 weeks from the time I took the unit in to getting the new one.
Toshiba laptop computers will send out a replacement unit while yours is in transit.
Crutchfield will ship a replacement unit while yours is in transit (they actually charge
you for a new unit and then credit it back when the defective unit arrives). Toshiba should
do this for their DVD players. I'm glad to have my great little $150 DVD changer back in action,
but why did it take so long?

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Costco (SD-K615)




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