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Member Name: mo79
Date: 24/08/00, updated on 25/08/00 (112 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, feature packed, great quality, build, design, easy to install/use, lots of advantages over VCR's, can be hooked up easily into many entertainment system setups, plays audio CD's too - overall excellent and convenient
Disadvantages: Not as feature packed as higher priced players, no on-screen interface when playing audio CD's
JMB's JMBDVD3000 is probably one of the most cheapest DVD players in the market in the UK, but that price in no way describes the quality of this fabulous unit.
I really can't justify this product enough in words, but basically if you're on a bit of a budget, then I can wholeheartedly recommend this player.
The first most striking thing about this player (which plays Region 2 - UK/Europe discs only for regulation purposes), is the design. It's a very sleek silver, about the size of a standard VCR player (but way lighter), and on the front there's a very useful LCD panel, an easy access front-loading tray and a few buttons (the other functions are operated by the supplied remote control - also simplistic to use).
Installing the machine can take anywhere from half a minute to just two minutes depending on how you're going to connect the DVD up to your TV system (i.e. an extra sound unit, maybe), but on my system, all I had to do was connect a SCART socket cable (which they supplied) between my DVD player and the TV, plug in the power cord, and voila, installation complete! Even if you don't have a SCART socket, don't worry as it can be standard cabled too (but these aren't supplied, they should come with your TV anyway).
There's no need to remove your VCR or anything, as this player will sit happily amongst anything else that you have connected. Whew!
You don't even have to fiddle with any tuning too, as soon as you turn on your player it enters into DVD mode, and exits when you turn the unit off or to standby.
Aswell as playing DVD's, the machine can also play standard music CD's which can be played and programmed the same way as on a normal hi-fi, it's just a shame that there's no interface on screen when you play CD audio, the screen just goes blank. My friend's Philips one has an interface, but it was more expensive, and this doesn't bother me much.
As you may know, the
quality of DVD's are excellent. All content is MPEG encoded, which is also the same system used on Digital TV, so if you have that you'll know what to expect, but for content that's recorded. Also the music is superior CD quality as you'd expect (including Dolby Digital, should you have the extra complementing hardware).
And aswell as that, there is the convenience that you can skip to 'chapters' in DVD films, like a CD. On VHS you'd have to laboriously press fast forward and rewind. You can even leave 'markers' for scenes you want to return to if you want to watch the rest of your DVD's later, and the useful resume function lets you play DVD's right from where you stopped them, like on a VCR.
You can play both PAL and NTSC films which is nice, and aswell as the normal features you can find on a VCR, or even the programmable features of music CD player applied to films, you can even watch DVD's which have multi-angle shots (like certain music DVD's which have multiple camera angles), set parental controls, video screen size, and even zoom in up close on subjects on screen! Should your DVD title support this, you can even incorporate subtitles or soundtracks of different languages. All this, and a little bit more can be done via a very friendly remote control, and simple but effective on-screen display.
This machine is a gem! I got mine up and running within a few minutes and am really enjoying the full current benefits of DVD, and on a great cheap machine, but with still superb quality. This is one cracker of a product from JMB! Wow!
It obviously can't be better than higher priced machines, but this fully satisfies all my DVD needs, and most peoples too, and it's the cheapest (£149.99 - I got mine's for a tenner cheaper at the Shop! channel on a discount offer) I've found, so I definetly have to give this full marks, even though I can't really compare much against other machine
s. It's as good as my friend's one, if not fully as good, but he paid more, but that's another story.
If you're new to DVD, I suggest you put this on your shopping list. And why should you move over to DVD? VHS is dead. Welcome the future, and this particular system won't hurt your pocket much. Don't bother waiting for recordable DVD players, as they'll be around £2,000 when they hit the market and it'll be a while before they go down, so get a player like this to enjoy the benefits of DVD now (you can still use your VCR to record stuff).