Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Dibidi player

Okay, I am fighting blogger's block and the need to be consequential in my posts, so here's an entry that bucks both.

Our old el-cheapo Promac DVD player was starting to give up its ghost so I thought of scouting around for a new one. By now, appliances like these should be a no-brainer, but I was torn between buying another cheap no-name brand or getting a more prestigious name with accompanying warranty.

Mom suggested towards the latter so I checked out the more reputable names: Philips, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, etc. They were a tad expensive, almost double the range of the el-cheapos. And the Samsung unit caught my eye. Looking over the labels painted on its pristene case, I saw that it supported Div-X, WMA, MPEG-4, and JPG.

Hmmmm, I wondered, would it support AVI?

The salesman gave me his spiel, reassuring me that it would. I said I would burn a CD and try it out. If it worked, I would buy it straightaway.

Much to his disappointment -- and mine -- it didn't. None of the other DVD players in the store did, either. Some snazzy Samsung component system with a USB port and 10,000W of speaker power did, though, but at P15,000, its price was out of my budget. I told the salesman sorry, and that I would consider getting a new unit when their cheaper model came in.

On a lark, I went to check out the cheaper brands. Then it caught my eye: Orange.

My first DVD player was branded Orange. It would have been a laughable purchase, but that old unit gave me over a year of solid service. It has since passed on to my sister, and it's working still.

I brought my CD with the AVI files on it, and told the salesgirl I would try it out. Doubtful? Of course! Why should an el-cheapo no-name brand fare any better than a Samsung.

Except that it worked.

Sure, it wasn't pretty, but darn it, it worked!

I bought the thing straightaways. The salesgirl said that the warranty was only three months long, but I guess I have to bite the bullet. My first player did last quite a while. Total expense: P2,468.

So anyway, I think I'll start my countdown for this player. I'll be pleasantly surprised if it lasts me a year, but it should be worth a number of movies.