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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 96592 31-Jan-2012 20:51
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Having decided to buy a low-end Blu ray mainly as video media player via USB I checked out these two models.
Component video was a critical requirement, and it seemed from some tech specs Philips didnt have that. After emailing Philips asking confirmation they advised the product certainly did have component out, and still in doubt I phoned them up and they assured me I was wrong and that the product did indeed support this feature.
Next step was to visit JB Hifi to view their Soniq product first, as the specs are not well promulgated (unlike the Philips).
The Soniq I had read from others was an excellent product and the appearance was quite acceptable, and JB confirmed it would play all media formats eg mkv avi mp4. JB offered an improved price over their RR. But first I checked out the Philips (Dick Smith).
Dick Smith indeed advertise the Philips as having component. I decided that was the model I would buy, but on checking, it does not have component, nor do any of this model being distributed in NZ.
Philips have proven to me to be a unreliable supplier as my year old LCD TV is not now supported in NZ as Philips dont sell them so have no further interest. Added the unreliable component out information they have provided is indeed not satisfactory.

Having purchased the Soniq I can confirm that its a nice player and does play MOST of my files, but hiccups on some mp4: h264/avc which is a bit odd, as this is the most common video format.
Anyone else who has one of the soniq with similar 'unable play video' mp4 please confirm here.

I'll spend more time with the Soniq to see if this issue can be sorted as otherwise it seems good.

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 575599 31-Jan-2012 23:58
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I bought the Phillips for my parents and am quite impressed by it, super fast loading, nice easy display, only thing i dislike with a vengeance is the power button is where the eject button should be :P

Its probably far superior to my 3yo Samsung unit that cost 6x the price lol

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 575645 1-Feb-2012 08:36
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Hi here is a clip of the mp4 that is failing with Soniq.
LINK  45Mb
Would anyone who has the time, and can confirm it plays on their machine please advise in reply.
I'd like to confirm its a weakness in the Soniq player, and not other blu ray players as the file plays fine on my PC.

Soniq support suggested that there might be a problem with mass storeage device I was using but thats not the case as it was same on pendrive.

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