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Toshiba SD-3990

DVD/CD player

5 Reviews

Item # 052SD3990

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Our take on the Toshiba SD-3990

Don't settle for a no-name budget DVD player. Toshiba's SD-3990 offers clear, crisp DVD playback at a budget-friendly price. You can also listen to audio CDs and customized MP3 mix discs you and your friends create. This player's slender design makes it a great option for smaller spaces, like dorm rooms or bedrooms. And if you have a home theater system, you can hook up the '3990 to hear DVD movie soundtracks in engaging surround sound.

Shipping Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we can't ship them to Hawaii or U.S. Territories. (Solamente es posible enviar productos de la Toshiba dentro los 49 estados unidos continentales y Washington D.C.)

Product Highlights:

  • selectable progressive-scan playback for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • coaxial digital output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite, S-video and 480i/480p component video)
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, Video CD, and DivX®, AVI, & MPEG4 files burned to CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CDs
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • remote control
  • 16-15/16"W x 1-11/16"H x 8-5/8"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

What's in the Box:

  • DVD/CD player
  • Wireless remote control (SE-R0213)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 59" A/V patch cord (with male RCA composite video and stereo audio plugs)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Reference manual (Spanish)
  • Warning sheet ("Stop--Need Help?") sheet

Toshiba SD-3990 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Toshiba SD-3990

mike from fl on 6/29/2006

this is a pretty good dvd player. and great for the price. i have this same model and am quite content. when you buy a 50 dollar dvd player expect it to be disposable. it is what it is. you cant expect to get top of the line when you buying the cheapest they make.



so far, so good

Derrick from Minneapolis, MN. on 4/14/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased my Toshiba SD-3990 for $49.99 from Cruchfield. I set it up on 4/14/06. <BR><BR>As a previous poster mentioned, its in Composite video mode by default. I had to change the setting to Component. Just a minor inconvenience.<BR> <BR>Anyway, I played 'Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith' for my test video, and the picture was exceptionally crisp and clear. The sound was fine too.<BR><BR>Can't really comment on the remote. I control the DVD player, as well the TV with my home theatre remote.<BR><BR>Overall, I'm well please, but I'm a little skeptical since the previous model (3980) was rated so poorly. I'm wondering what improvements Toshiba made on this model?<BR><BR>Anyway, I will try it with some rented movies this weekend to see how it performs.



SD3990 better than the SD-3980?

Eric from Ohio on 4/8/2006

My wife and I bought the previous model Toshiba SD-3980 about 4.5 months ago to replace my five year old Sony DVD player. I sincerely hope that the SD-3990 is better, as we started having problems shortly after the 90 day warranty expired, and now it no longer plays any DVD, even brand new discs fresh out of the packaging which is something the Sony will still do. We bought it from a local store that no longer carries a direct replacement, and now the only course of action is to have it sent out to be repaired for $60-100. No thanks.



Plays it all!

saul from USA on 3/26/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pros: Very nice player better than my Philips dvp642. Great picture. Screen saver a plus. 28 character file read. So far it has played every disc I have tried. Does play dvd+r even though manual does not state so. Plays Divx and Xvid.<BR>Cons: Very flimsy cd/dvd tray. Manual fails to mention you must have the dvd player hooked up via video mode not composite for initial setup. Composite mode hookup out of the box only shows a blank screen.



Toshiba SD-3990

I dont care from Lancaster, CA on 2/24/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good Price, saved $7 compared to the other electronic stores. Product plays what it says: DIVX, JPEG, MPEG4... The product info on this site shows that it reads MPEG4 files, but on the box or manual, it doesn't say. Don't worry though, cause it does. I have been able to watch all my DVD's and files from my computer, so far no trouble at all.




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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Overview: The Toshiba SD-3990 DVD player is a multi-format single disc player that features ColorStream Pro Progressive Scan Component Video Outputs for enhanced color purity and image detail.

Playable Discs: The SD-3990 can play the following discs.

  • Video CDs
  • CD, CD-R, CD-RW
  • MP3, WMA, and JPEG formats recorded onto CD-R

Digital Cinema Progressive: Toshiba's Digital Cinema Progressive 3/2 Pulldown process delivers the smoothest, most film-like images to any progressive scan television, such as a high-definition-compatible one, and ensures maximum resolution.

ColorStream Pro Component Video Output: These outputs allow the video signal to be sent from the DVD player to a component video equipped interlace or progressive scan TV. When this connection is utilized with today's HD-compatible TVs, typical NTSC artifacts-like video noise, dot crawl and flicker are virtually eliminated, resulting in a low-noise, highly detailed picture with unequaled color purity.

MP3/WMA Playback: In addition to DVDs (including DVD-R), Video CDs and Audio CDs, this unit will play MP3/WMA audio files recorded onto CD-R discs using the ISO 9660 Level 1, 2 or Joliet formats (CD-RW discs not recommended). Compatible bit rates include 32-320 kbps for MP3 and 48-192 kbps for WMA. During MP3/WMA playback, you can use repeat, program, and random functions, but you cannot use search or A-B repeat functions. Each disc can have no more than 256 folders and 1000 files.

JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-ROM and CD-R discs using the ISO 9660 Level 1, 2, or Joliet formats (CD-RW not recommended). You can select a single image, a page of 6 thumbnails, or a slideshow of a selected folder. Each disc can have no more than 256 folders and 1000 files. Maximum file size is 3072 x 2048.

DivX Files: You can play DivX files that have been recorded on a CD-R or CD-ROM (650MB / 74 minute only) using the ISO 9660 level 1, 2 or Joliet formats (CD-RW not recommended). Each disc can have no more than 256 folders and 1000 files.

Screen Saver: The player can be set to automatically go into a screen saver mode after several minutes of inactivity. While in this mode, the Toshiba DVD logo appears and moves across the screen. Many movies will display the main menu indefinitely after the movie has ended. If left onscreen for a prolonged period of time, burn-in on the TV screen may result without this feature.

Digital Picture Zoom: This interactive DVD feature allows you to select an area of the picture you want to zoom in on and magnify it. Enhanced digital processing during moving video or freeze-frame playback produces superior color fidelity and resolution, even when you are zoomed in. This feature can also be used to expand letterbox-only films to increase the viewable area on-screen.

Variable Speed Playback: You can play discs at various speeds and resume playback from different locations.

  • Fast Reverse or Fast Forward: You can fast forward or fast reverse through a disc at either 2, 8, 30 or 100 times normal speed.
  • Frame by Frame: Each time you press the Pause/Step button, the picture will advance on frame.
  • Slow-Motion: You can reverse or forward slow-motion through a disc at 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8 time normal speed.
  • Resume Playback: The DVD player will memorize the location where playback is stopped so the next time you push play the disc will start up right where you left off.

Note: The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once or the disc tray is opened.

Location Access: You can quickly access any specific title, chapter or track of a disc by using the Top Menu.

Playback Modes: You can choose various playback modes to play your favorite movie or CD.

  • Access a Specific Location: This unit will store the points that you want to watch again up to 3 access points. You can resume playback from either of the access points stored.
  • Repeat: You can specify a desired segment to repeat.
  • Random: You play titles, chapters within a title, or tracks in a varied order.
  • Memory Playback: You can combine your favorite titles, chapters, or tracks and play them in the order you determine. You can program up to 12 selections into the memory.

Enhanced Sound Enhancement: You can engage the 3D Virtual Surround mode with the E.A.M. (Enhanced Audio Mode) button on the remote to obtain expansive virtual surround sound effects from just two speakers (effective during playback of DVD or Video CD)

Enhanced Picture Enhancement: You can engage one of two picture enhancements with the E.P.M. (Enhanced Picture Mode) button on the remote. Brightness and Sharpness can each be adjusted between 0 and 8.

Camera Angle: If the scene of a movie was recorded from multiple angles, you can easily change the camera angle of the scene you are watching.

Subtitles: You can display subtitles on the TV screen and select a subtitle language from those included on the DVD disc.

On-Screen Display Operation: When you turn on the on-screen display, you can view information on operational status and access features and settings of the SD-3990 on your TV screen.

View Modes: You may choose from one of the following options to view your DVD movie on your Television.

  • Fill: fills the screen with the decoded image
  • Original: displays the image as its original size
  • Height Fit: fits the screen height with the image height
  • Width Fit: fits the screen width with the image width
  • Auto Fit: automatically fits the decoded image on screen without distortion
  • Pan Scan: automatically displays the decoded image on full screen without distortion.

Night Mode: Night Mode or Dynamic Range Compress reduces the variations between loud and soft sounds in audio output so you can still hear the softer sounds and dialogue even at very low volume. Great for listening to movies late at night by yourself when everyone else has went to bed.

Parental Lock Function: You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Component Video: The SD-3990 features ColorStream Pro component video outputs which allow the video signal to be sent from the DVD player to a component video-equipped interlaced or progressive scan TV. Typical artifacts, such as video noise, dot crawl, and flicker, are virtually eliminated, resulting in a low-noise, highly detailed picture with unequaled color purity. In addition to the component video outputs, the unit also has one composite and one S-Video output.

Coaxial Digital Output: This unit features a coaxial digital output to allow you to connect the player to a receiver with a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder. There is no optical digital output on this unit. The unit also has one set of analog composite audio outputs if your application only calls for hooking the DVD audio up to your Television.

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