RJ Tech RJ-3600 DVD Player

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RJ3600 one of the best with VGA tested except one fixable flaw

Dec 3, 2004
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Pros:VGA,SURROUND DECODING,KARAOKE, FULL OSD CONTROLS UNLOCKABLE OSD MENUS! COMPLETEvideoOUTPUTtypeFLAVORcontrol

Cons:VUNERABLE TO DIRTY POWER(SEEfix),HARD TO LEARN REMOTE REPORTS of POOR support.

The Bottom Line: THE BEST if you want VGA out, karaoke and full contol of video output type thru just about any of the outputs and don't mind doing the simple power fix.


The PROBLEM THAT OTHERS ARE FREQUENTLY HAVING WITH THIS UNIT IS THAT IT IS VULNERABLE TO DIRTY POWER (SEE EASY FIX AT BOTTOM OF REVIEW)MOST PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE UNIT STOPS WORKING "AND FOR GOOD REASON FREAK OUT" DOWN RATING THE UNIT. ONCE FIXED THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST UNITS WE HAVE TESTED WITH VGA OUT, VERY VERSATILE WITH TONS OF ON SCREEN ADJUSTMENT MENUS TO PLAY WITH. BEFORE GETTING ONE UNDERSTAND THE FIX WELL AND YES SUPPORT (people say)IS WEAK BUT I HAVE HAD SOME USEFULL SUPPORT OTHER THAN THEY HAVE NOT RELEASED ANY HACKS OR UNIVERSAL REMOTE CODES shame on them as COVERTLY releasing hacks spurs great interest and would add huge boosts to thier sales !

RJ3600 DVD PRODUCT REVIEW AND LINKS BELOW
We have tested the player for some time & like it.
We are planning on purchasing several to install in the pleasure craft we build as they have all the features we need and VGA out to hook directly to the gas plasma displays installed.
NOTE. if you plan on using a dvd player on a LOWER COST 20" or larger LCD or plasma displays you are likely to see mpeg artifacts(lighter colored dancing block fuzz in the darker areas of the screen and jaggy fuzz on thin bright objects) AS THEY OFTEN USE POOR SCALERS this is caused by the player sending out unfiltered mpeg code flaws that are on most disks "further enhanced thru thier internal scaler" to the display and the scaler in the DISPLAY magnifiying these flaws thinking it is a area to be enhanced by contrast/ brightness. Few PLAYERS have the proper type of internal scalers to pre filter these artifacts and suprisingly the widely acclaimed DCDI scaler chip shows this flaw badly when implemented in all but a few players. YES THE 3600 WILL SHOW THIS IF COUPLED TO A DISPLAY WITH OUT A GOOD SCALER. MANY NEW OWNERS OF BIG DISPLAYS THIS CHRISTMAS ARE GOING TO BE IN FOR A SUPRIZE IF EATHER SCALER HAS THIS COMMON GLITCH AS EACH TIME THE SIGNAL GOES FROM DIGITAL/ANOLOGE/DIGITAL IT MUST BE SCALED.
This issue is not noticed by most people but I am fussy and want the perfect picture so it bothers the hell out of me on the wrong display.
CAUTION MOST BIG ELECTRONIC RETAILERS SEND EATHER A SIGNAL FROM A PREFILTERED DISK, USE A LOWER RES NSTC SIGNAL,or USE A TESTED PLAYER/DISK TO AVOID SHOWING YOU THIS FLAW IN THE FLAT PANLES & BIG SCEENS! Take in YOUR player and THE MATRIX go to the scene where Neo is sitting at his computer and the camera is looking at the dark back
side of the computer freeze that frame turn up the displays color saturation /brightness/alter contrast then play you will see the block fuzz clearly if the dvd scaler has that issue and the display scaler enhances it further. Test the display before buying to avoid great disapointment!! Be persitant if they won't let you try it walk. Or make sure you can return it for full refund and test it right away at home! SAME APPLIES TO DVD PLAYERS IF YOU PLAN ON USING IT ON A FLAT PANEL.

The function & control explanations in the manual and on screen menu are difficult but eventually learnable.
!!THIS UNIT LETS YOU PROBE AND TWEEK A LOT OF SETTINGS!!
!! REMEMBER TO PLAY WITH THE PBC BUTTON ON THE REMOTE !!
It is hard to get it into pbc mode because you have to have the player in a specific play mode to do it I BELIEVE IT WAS EATHER STOPPED PAUSED OR TITLE?
ONCE IN PBC MODE SWITCH TO SETUP CHECK OUT THE NIFTY UNLOCKED MENU OPTIONS!!!!!!!! ALSO PBC MODE IS SOME TYPE OF MODE TO ALLOW YOU TO SPECIFY HOW YOU WANT TO VIEW STILL IMAGES AND OTHER THINGS BURNED TO A DISK SUCH AS MUSIC TITLES AND HOW YOU SPECIFY THE MENU TO SHOW THEM AND PLAY THEM SLIDE SHOW OR THUMB NAILS OF EACH YOU CAN SELECT FROM OR PLAY EVERYTHING ON THE DISK IN THE ORDER IT IS BURNED so it will automatically show a JPG. picture then play the mp3 & so on.
PUT IN A DISK BURNT WITH DIFFERING MEDIA TYPES TO CHECK OUT THE ABOVE FEATURES. CONFIGUING THE PLAYBACK TYPE & THE DISPLAY OF DISK MEDIA ARRANGMENT TYPE IS CONFUSING AT BEST SO TAKE NOTES AS YOU FIGURE IT OUT SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO RE-FIGURE IT OUT EACH TIME YOU USE THIS COOL FEATURE.
FEW PLAYERS HAVE THIS TYPE OF FEATURE.I have found some really cool stuff on disks that I never knew was there as it shows a visual representation of everything burned to the disk! Like I found secret vcd videos on some of my music cds and hidden menu options and music on a couple dvds! THIS UNIT LETS YOU PROBE AND TWEEK A LOT OF SETTINGS!
HAS ANYONE REALLY FIGURED OUT THE PROG BUTTON ?

The obtrusive RJTECH LOGO that lites up the screen and screen saver looks too much like a huge cheesy ad for them. This doesn't add to the quality look of a high end vessel. OTHER THAN THAT IT IS THE BEST PLAYER TESTED SO FAR (out of 11)THAT HAVE VGA out, karaoke,
progressive, mutiregion , multi format ac3 & dts decoder digital and analog out,(scart out on some, useless to me)etc. It plays basically everything even flawed edit dvd's like Gladiator that locks or skips frames in many players.
The build of the unit is above average with good loader and thick aluminum face plate.
This unit is one of a very few that plays HDCD (high definition CD sound) get a hdcd recording off Ebay of a good artist WHAT A DIFFERENCE ! The sound quality is very good from this unit anyway but put in a HDCD and the pops, dings, and sounds of fingernails hitting the strings suddenly is there again Just like on a master LP without the needle hiss. IT ROCKS! But now you realize how much money you have invested in now unacceptable CD's.
RJTECH HAS A FULL SERVICE REP IN LOS ANGLES CA.
I have spoken at length with the manufacturer and this model is being replaced by the 3900 & 4000 (both no VGA out) also this was talk of a new model coming out 3700M (inside info from Kevin Fang)in early 2004 with VGA out . No specs so far. The 3600 model are actually rising in price as the supply shortens (September 2003 average online & ebay Sub-$100, December $129 and hard to find in stock unless you pay overprice seller $149 or more. gifthotbuys.com said they might get a few more in later. Or ebay seller Kevin Fang might be able to fix you up. His e-mail is b2ktech@yahoo.com He is good to work with.
I believe that the manufacturer is reducing or stopping production of this model due to cost to produce this quality build unit in a current market trend towards $30 to $50 wallmart quality players (junk)and POSSIBLY the dirty power bug mentioned below (easy fix).

The only other player with these features that tested better was the SKYWORTH 1050 (supports 1080i resolution)but twice the money and no authorized service or reps in the USA. This player is mail order only from Japan.

I WILL PAY FOR HACKS TO FIX THE MINOR SHORT COMINGS MENTIONED ABOVE $.
Rj 3600 Does anyone have any hack available.
Will pay $ for help.
We want to change the screen saver.
Macrovision off etc.
Universal remote codes would be nice too!

PS. EVERY ONE OWES THANKS TO THE PERSON THAT POSTED THE POWER SUPPLY FIX AT THIS SITE
ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/2/1553.html
(It will be a salvation for us as units apparently fall prey to dirty power easily)> We will be testing the unit for power supply variation tolerance soon but so far no problem.(Will post results after finished testing).
Thanks August S. E-MAIL ME AT: farm@bigvalley.net
Key words: rjtech rj tech rjtech3600 rj3600
rj-3600 2600 2400 2700 dvd player

UPDATE BELOW
WE HAVE RUN THE POWER SUPPLY THOUGH ITS PACES AND SURE ENOUGH IT DOES NOT HANDLE POWER VARIANCES WELL AT ALL.
ON OUR BOATS WE HAVE CLEAN POWER AS THE SUPPLY IS USUALLY FROM A REGULATED INVERTER SO THE UNITS HOLD UP WELL BUT IN THE REAL WORLD TESTING "WITH DIRTY POWER" THEY DO NOT LAST LONG BEFORE DEGRADING THEN FAILING ALTOGETHER.AFTER THE SUGGESTED EASY FIX "ABOVE" THEY ARE MORE TOLERANT TO SUPPLY VARIATIONS.

If you have clean power this unit should hold together well
but you would be surprised at the poor quality of power most people are actually recieving. Over 90% of electronics failures are caused by repeated exposure to a variable power source. Manufacturers know this but often do little to address it as true power filtration and true wide margin regulation is very costly "I know what you are thinking NO MONSTER BRAND PROTECTORS/REGULATORS WILL NOT HELP WITH WIDE VARIATIONS UNLESS YOU SPEND THE BIG $ FOR THE HIGH END UNITS" read up on it & you can find a good unit from the electronic components or industrial listings on Ebay for 1/2 the price that is far better.
LET'S TALK ABOUT RJ FEATURES YOU FOUND IN PBC & PROG that has to be the key to a hack!
August S. E-MAIL ME AT: farm@bigvalley.net

Final note:If someone want to use this report you have my permission to clean up the spelling and such as long as the content and author stays intact.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 85.00


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