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First model paused for fraction of a second two or three times a dvd, not the end of world but irritating enough to send the unit back to Merconnet. Replacment was an absolute pile of junk. Sent it back to Merconnet in the UK, but unit was returned because they had moved address without paying for a postal redirect service. Merconnet then igored my emails to the UK and Canada. I then started to call but every time they failed to follow up (beware of the UK 0871 number its more expensive than ringing Canada direct) It took four months to sort out. If you want to find out what they are really like check out their eBay shop http://www.stores.ebay.com/merconnetstore ..15% negative/neutrals!
I bought this little product off of merconnet.com a little while back and I can say it's a great little gadget. It's compatible with almost everything, except divx's. Which I'm sure in good time, dvd players will be. It's a region free and tiny player and also happens to be really quick. I'm honestly very happy with it. what I love is that Ic an order dvd's off ebay and not worry what region they are or if they'll load up or not. They all just load in. And it autmoatically detects the region as well, which is really great. Hooking up the player is a synch. It comes with the RCA cables (also has an s-video option)and literally took me about 25 seconds to do. It's basically about the size of my hand when streched out. The next base 3 is also out now. I think the advantage of it is that it doesn't heat up as much. Teh bottom is made completely of plastic. now all I have to do is find a review for teh SDV 17. Now that's a really great product.
I bought one of these DVD players from merconnet and I can tell: it is very useful and very portable. I play movies and entertaining programs in my car while taking my kids for short and long trips and believe It!, helps a lot to keep the calm around, "if you know what I mean". Also I take it to almost everywhere since it is so small and I can play as well any CD format on it like mp3 and regular DC music. I am not some body with to much knowledge on this tech matters but what I know is that this items does a lot for such an small package.
What a little gem! The Next Base 2 portable DVD player is the most compact DVD player I have ever seen. It?s the size of a discman, but infinitely more attractive. Some real thought has gone into the design. It?s sleek, slim lines and cool silver colour are instantly appealing ? it looks more expensive than it actually is. Why a portable DVD player? Apart from the obvious benefits at home ? that you can easily move it from room to room, you can take it to a mate?s with you as easily as the DVD itself. For the very lucky student they can take it to and from term-time accommodation with ease and for going away it?s great, it takes almost no space. More then just a DVD player This DVD player can easily play: - DVDs (8cm/12cm) - Audio CDs (8cm/12cm) - Video CDs (8cm/12cm) - MP3 Audio CDs (8cm/12cm) - High Definition Audio CDs (8cm/12cm) - Kodak-Picture CDs (8cm/12cm) What?s Included? After unpacking you should check that you have all the bits and pieces you need: - Operation manual - DVD Player - Remote control - AC/DC Power adapter - Audio and Video cables The Remote control is great too ? it is so slim and compact you can have the luxury of taking it wherever ? even if you are really short of space ? it is little bulkier than a credit card. It will also work up to 5m away and has all useful/usual features. Sound and Picture Quality These are dependent on the TV you use ? the player uses the audio output from your television set. Having said that the quality is surprisingly good, no clarity is lost (I suppose you could imagine a bit might be) but no! Basic Operations - Playback - Stop Playback - Pause Playback - P laying at Fast Speed (2x, 4x, 8x) - Playback in Slow Motion - Repeat Playback - Zoom Function - Others: selecting sub-titles, changing angles/languages?etc Other useful stuff It comes with Dolby digital decoder, optical digital audio output, earphone socket and LCD display. Even the manual is great and comes complete with a ?trouble shooting? section. All in all ? excellent! I?ve not long had it, but nothing has been trouble or gone wrong yet ? and nothing shows any sign of doing so either. Probably my best buy this year! Current Price $179.00 USD (Approximate Coversion:) CDN: $283.66 UK: £113.28 For further information on availability, ordering and detailed specifications http://www.merconnet.com/products.php?ProductID=86