Wrote this review on VideoHelp last nite:
I was looking at replacing a Pioneer that stop playing DVD9’s and decided to pick up the 5892. My DVP 5140, despite some minor annoyances, had played pretty much everything and is still going strong. I was most interested in the USB connector on the 5892.
The first thing I notice when installing was the Digital Audio port only came in the coax flavor. This was my fault for not checking but I was annoyed a bit. What happened next really disturbed me, I power up the unit with the included remote to discover THE 5892 USES THE EXACT SAME REMOTE AS MY 5140! The only difference between the two is the Mute button on the 5140 replaced with the USB button. Clicking the power button on my 5892 remote and watching my 5140 also startup had me a bit livid. It was not a deal breaker as I planned on moving the 5140 out with a disc changer but I am still scratching my head as to why Phillips could be so stupid.
Checked some DVD’s with both 5.1 & DTS and everything played fine. I then tested some DIVX files on some DVD+RW discs without playback problems. Picture and sound appeared fine.
My old 5140 had a problem where if you paused something the screen saver would turn on after a few minutes and within 20 min.'s the unit would shutdown. /sarcasm on "Glad to know the 5892 has this nifty feature! "/sarcasm off. Maybe there is something I am doing but both players seem to ignore the Sleep settings. This of course is a problem considering that once the unit goes into standby it won’t remember jack when it restarts.
At this point I was eager to test the USB. If this worked as I hoped then everything above would be just minor annoyances. I had a 60 GB HD in a NexStar case that I decided would be a good test. I partitioned and formatted the drive to FAT32 using SwissKnife V3.22, http://www.compuapps.com/download/swissknife/Swissknife.htm. Copied over MP3, DIVX and a VOB test files. I checked XP’s Mange Disks to verify it was FAT32 and I checked the Event View to make sure no strange errors popped up during format and copying. Everything was golden. The 5892 saw the drive immediately, I was very thankful to say the least. Played some MP3’s without any issues. Moved to my Divx test and everything appeared to work great except for .5 second pause every few minutes. While this did not create sync problems it was a noticeable stutter. The same files played perfectly fine when played on DVD+RW. The VOB test was worse but I was expecting those test results. As mentioned in other comments this is most likely the USB speed. This to me is the deal breaker.
I was hoping that a firmware upgrade might clear some issues but my player out of the box is 37.07.32.40 and as of this writing that is current. Going to give it a day or so before I return it and get the cash back so maybe something will change. I will gladly update this review if something does change.
Sorry for the long post, hopefully someone finds at least some of it useful. Last FYI, looking at the very nice user manual I noticed that they clearly state; “A total of 300 folders and maximum of 648 titles can be supported”. Maybe that is the limitation of FAT32 but I thought this should be made clear to anyone looking at purchasing this unit.