I was quite lucky when I purchased this player, as a few of my friends all ready owned this model. This however didnt stop me purchasing it knowing some of the disadvantages that it has. Yes the drive is fairly noisy but during a good movie you dont even notice it. Secondly the remote is poxy but you can put up with for the player certainly makes up for it in quality of picture and sound. I have had a few problems with the machine in that the helicopter scene in "The matrix" looses sound everynow and again. The ending of "The fifth element jumps around. I am not sure wether these are faulty disc's or a one of error on my machines account but I have never heard of any other people complaining. The machine comes with good range of connectors and RGB output is a big plus, Shame it hasn't got on-board Dolby5.1
The Pioneer DV525 was after a lot of searching the DVD player that I bought. It may not be the nicest looking or even the cheapest, but at the end of the day the machine does what it is meant to and that is play dvd's. It is really let down by the remote control, which at best can be called functional and at worse a joke. The buttons are too close together which make pressing the correct one without looking almost impossible. If Pioneer had made a decent remote and not cut costs with it I would have given this DVD player higher rating.
Ever since CD players made there way into cars, pioneer has been a brand name with street cred'. However, over the last couple of years the name has slipped in my opinion. There DVD players are all comparable to similar panasonic products - but without the charm. I got my 525 as a replacement for my 515 after having repeated probrems with sound not lining up with the picture - a common problem even today with high transfer rate movies, such as Leathel Weapon 4, on Pioneer players. When comparing this plyer to models made by other companies (for the same and less) I emmidiatly see the the only thing the Pioneer has going for it is its well crafted drive bay. When CD players first cam out, most DACs were made by Philips or Sony, so the way to keep ahead of the croud was to shine through on build quality - but this is not the case now, Pioneer should learn some new tricks. most other companies offer a shorter focus time, faster read speed, and more advanced operating system for the same amount of money. The menu screen looks drab, and is difficult to read, bright colours are blured, and blacks are dark blue. Anyone wishing to buy any Pioneer DVD player should really think hard. I suggest trying out Panasonic or Thomson models first.
Excellent DVD player. Picture is crisp and colour representation is accurate with no visible artifacting in the darker blocks of colour. It can output PAL/NTSC or PAL60 (PAL signal but at NTSC refresh rate) . It has a Good range of connectors on rear include 1 x S-Video, 1 x Composite Video, 1 x Digit audio, 1 x Optical, L&R Analogue audio, only one SCART which can use S-Video, RGB or Composite signal (Recommend RGB though). The main reason I bought this player though was for its ability to play VCD (Video CDs) discs as well as the obvious DVD usage. Being a home movie buff I have non-Linear editing software on my PC which I use for creating edited VHS movies + VCDs. It’s so much more convenient to view my VCD’s on the 525 than crank up the PC. I’m now thinking of buying my Mum a 525 so I can give her a copy of the VCD’s featuring her Grandson! The only downside to this otherwise superb player is the terrible Remote Control, which needs much smaller hands than my own to operate it comfortably. I had heard though that the 525 remote has been replaced for a much better one on the later batches, but best to check this out before you buy if you think this will be an issue.
When I was looking around for a DVD player I was looking for a reasonable priced, good picture quality, good connectors and a easy to use interface and controller. I am pleased to say that this DVD player was not a let down. It has excellent picture quality, plays dts sound, has lots of different options to select in the interface. The are a reasonable amount of connectors so that you can link the player to the TV in a lot of different ways. The only disadvantages of this player is the noisey disk spinning which you can hear on quiet parts of a film. The remote control is alittle small as well which is abit of a pain. I would recommend this as a good start for any DVD beginner.
Before we start I will review the machine as harshly as I can, last thing you need is someone saying how great their own machine is as that won't help a bit. First thing that I noticed was the drive did seem a bit noisy, I was a bit worried about that but as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and I can't ever recall watching a film and being aware of the noise. The lip sync problems that the Pioneer machines had were resolved when they went from the 515 to the 525. I have never ever seen the slighest hint of it. I've had mine not far off a year now and have never had any trouble. The picture quality is certainly a match for any other DVD player I have seen in action and doesn't suffer from the jerkiness that some cheap players show occasionally. I'm not in a position to judge sound as I don't have a full DD5.1 set up so I'm not using it to its full potential but saying that the Pioneer player consistently beats the equivalent Sony in reviews on Sound Quality so I don't think that'll be a cause for concern. Now we come to the BUT. I don't know if this concerns you but without a doubt, the remote is crap. Its a tiny little thing about 4" x 1.5" x 1" and although its fully functional I have only seen worse on the really low budget players. This means very little though really, it just depends how much weight you want to give to the issue. On the plus side, I have a few mates with DVD and although I wasn't the first everyone who bought one after me has bought a 525.
I've had the 525 for about eight months now and it's been a great little system and has played everything I've tried in it so far. It's my first DVD player so I suppose I'm easily impressed having just come off the VHS bandwagon. I picked this model for several reasons... The output is selectable between PAL, NTSC and PAL60. The latter allows you to play NTSC discs on non-NTSC TVs, which is what I've got at the moment. I sometimes buy Region 1 DVDs and they are always NTSC only but the 525 plays them easily on PAL 60 mode. It's got optical digital sound output so I can record my CD's digitally straight to MiniDisc. It?s also got DTS output so it?s ready for that as well once I upgrade my hi-fi. It's got some features not found on similarly priced models - like multi-angle and multi-storyline, although I don't know if I'd ever use them, I'm a guy and extra features like are a guy thing. It's a bit like slow motion on a video recorder - you've only ever used it once or twice but you've got it so it's a better model. It's easily chipped to take Region DVDs and I bought mine already modified. The only small glitch I've noticed is an occasional slight stall when the heads refocus between layers but it's not always noticeable and when you do it's very brief. All in all ? a really good little player.
When DVD technology first came about, i was fairly reluctant to buy a DVD player for £500 or more. That was well over two years ago. Now, DVD players on the market can cost as low as £100! This one cost me £300, and is multi-regional. I strongly suggest anyone to buy a multi regional player because DVDs from the states are so much cheaper than in the UK. The player itself is abit big, but the weight is considerably lighter than other players. The picture quality is just superb!! The range of features, functions are all selectable from the remote control, although it does require sitting down and reading through the manual thoroughly.