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Philips DVP642

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1315 reviews of Philips DVP642. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews. Views about the size and design are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

price, usability, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Philips DVP642 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1097 user reviews of Philips DVP642 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good opinions, whereas there are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD PlayerPhilips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Philips DVP642 review


Dutch manufacturer Philips has used an operating system from somewhere in the Far East to produce a DivX-friendly DVD player designed to satisfy downloaded-movie fans the world over. Is it happy time in file-sharing land or globalization run amok?

Inexpensive; excellent overall file compatibility; slim and stylish; plays home-brewed MP3 DVDs; upgradable firmware.

Rudimentary controls; subpar progressive-scan processing; occasional audio dropout; still incompatible with some DivX files; can't play DTS soundtracks.

The Philips DVP642 is good choice for DivX aficionados, but everyday DVD watchers can do better for the price.

Aug, 2004

Expert review by (hardware secrets)

DVP 642 DVD Player

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Hardware Secrets (

Philips DVP 642 Review


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Aug, 2005

Expert review by : reviewproduct admin (

Philips dvp642 Divx Dvd Player


DVP 642 play DVDs but Divx 3, 4, and 5 files and VCD, SVCD and mp3s!

Feb, 2008


Expert review by : TechTastic (

Philips DVP 642 DVD/DivX Player


With the introduction of the DivX codec, movie buffs found a cheap an easy solution to back up their movie collections. The problem with Divx movies was if you wanted to play your Divx movies on your TV you had to go through tedious connections from...

Plays DivX, 4 x video upsampling, Plays DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/-RW, VCD, SVCD, Progressive Scan, Plenty of audio connections including digital, Affordable

Some Xvid don't work, Incompatible with GMC and QP

All in all this is one cool little player that can pretty much play anything you can throw at it. Not to mention it's incredibly affordable. This is truly a Divx fan's dream machine

Sep, 2004

Consumer review (

Best ever


Had this since it came out.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

Almost great


Worth the money if you have a large divx-xvid collection as I do. I would however investigate other more recent players that might help with this audio problem.

I bought it for divx playback and it pretty much does as promised. I have minimal problems with media incompatibility. although I understand it does not handle dvd rw

The only problem have had is that on some divx playback when you ff or fr the audio comes out of sync. There is no way to get it back in except to start the movie over. Playing the divx from the beginning without ff or fr is no problem. This only...

Oct, 2007

Consumer review (

Decent but lacking


I purchase two of these purely to watch videos encoded with Xvid. The player serves its purpose just fine for me; however

Videos over a certain bitrate apparently need to buffer on my player. My second player has gone awry in less than a month with frequent restarts...very annoying

Oct, 2007

Consumer review (

Awesome Player


I like turtles.

Plays everything perfectly - including dual layer discs. Well worth $50

The only goofy thing is that the power LED is on bright red when the unit is off. When the player is turned on, the LED turns off. Not a problem, just annoyingly mystifying

Sep, 2007

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PHILIPS DVP642 Progressive Scan DVD Player


DivX players, an awesome can store entire seasons of your favorite shows on 2 DVD's rather than 5 or 6.

this (Low-Cost), DVD player has met my expectations...after 8 months I decided to buy an additional player for the other room. I love watching my AVI/Mpeg4 on the TV rather than sitting at the computer. this brand was actually the first player I have...

the first remote works but is a bit hard to understand the button placement...the second seems to be as good as any other cheap player

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

Dreaming of a player that plays practically any disc format and at the same time enjoy flawless, true-to-life picture quality? Now you can! With Philips DVD players, staying home has never been better as the promised movies and music entertainment experience will be delivered right to you.


Crosstalk (1kHz):105
Distortion and noise (1kHz):90
Dynamic range (1kHz):90
MP3 bit rates:32 - 256
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):90



Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):0.8

Other Features

Lead-free soldered product: Yes
Product weight:6.6
Product weight (lb):6.6

Packaging Data

Package depth:12
Package height:5.04
Package weight:6.61
Package width:20.1


Power consumption (standby):0.8


Loader type:Tray
Number of Discs:1
Number of disks:1
Number of optical discs:1

Technical Details

Disc loading type:Tray disc loader
Slide show: Yes

Weight & Dimensions