I decided to buy a DVD player around 2 months ago as my friends all had one or had a PS2 which plays them. My VCR is in a pretty bad shape now as I've had it for nearly 13 years. Now that I have seen the options and quality that a DVD offers, I don't think I'll get a new VCR. The main bad point about any DVD player is that you can't record stuff. I can't really say that because with time this will be corrected but I don't see that happening soon at a price I could afford. I think you can record DVD's just now with the really expensive ones or a computer but the quality is poor and you can't put more than a hour and a half on them. So I bought one now. I had to things that I wanted my DVD player to have when I set out to look for one. The two preferences I had were that the DVD player had to be able to play MP3's and an optical output so I could transfer them to my MP3 player. The Aiwa XD-DV370 does both but with an added bonous. It playes VCD's aswell but I am pretty sure that you can't get them here but I have quite a few that I bought for my PC. I have only seen them in the Asian market and only in CD-R in other places. I've heard other unlucky people have had problems with other particular models of DVD players. They said that the special features menu olny avaliable to DVD's didn't show up. I have had no problems with this model and it is great. There was only one part that I found more complicated than the rest. The was the menu system for playing MP3's. I found it quite hard at first to create a playlist instead of selecting one song each time but with a little time and practise, it isn't a problem any more. Now that I have found out that DVD offer brilliant quality for their prices (well most of them), I don't think I will ever buy another video tape if I can avoid it. Now that I have bought this brilliant piece of equipment, I have found myself in a rather financially challenging problem. In order to make full use of my DVD player, I feel like I have to buy a good digitial surround sound speaker system compatiable with my DVD player and a new widescreen TV to enjoy the perfect quality that DVD offers.
my coclusion is that this dvd player overall is an exellent way to enjoy home entertainment - Advantages: exellent quility, remote control, great looking box - Disadvantages: remote could get lost, disks could get scratched, after long time dvd's may wreck from inside
A £200 DVD/VCD/MP3 player from a well known and quality manufacturer is very hard to find so imagine my joy when I found this little gem at comet for £199.95. There is a very wide range of features to be found on it such as the very useful ability to play MP3's. It can read CDR/CDRW discs allowing you to put maybe 12 or so of your favourite music albums onto on CD and play it through the DVD player. Picture and sound quality is flawless which is suprising from a "budget" player. Fastforward and rewind are not as impressive with considerable jumping as it moves through the film, there is no smoothness in the scanning but changing from chapter to chapter is almost instant. Mp3 playback is good, and it had no problem finding the mp3's which were stored in folders on the CDR, the only thing was that the output from the 2 phono out jacks was a little too high for the hifi but I could turn it down on the input to the hifi so there was no distortion. I this machine is a multi-region one by way of the following hack I found on the internet: 1.With no disc in press pause 2.Type in on the keypad 314159 3.The machine will display "CODE --" 4.Type in the region you want (0-6) 5.Press pause again 6.Turn the machine off for several seconds - it should now accept the new region It played the R1 Fight Club DVD flawlessly after putting in the simple hack and apparently can work agains RCE protection as well (since you manually select the region.) The machine is solidly built and is very easy on the eye; this would not look at all out of place in a home theatre set-up. Layout of essential controls such as play, stop, rew, fast etc are all in easily accessible places. It plays all my discs perfectly and the only problem I found was on Underworld "Everything Everything" is that the "program your own concert" function doesn't work, other than that it'
s great. Outputs on the back of the player are adaquate - 2x audio out (L/R), video out, SVHS out, Scart, digital out - coax and optical. On the odd film it has skipped the menu and started playing the film straight off. By pressing the Menu key you can go back to it. Other than that it hasn't given me any trouble yet and I have found a new appreciation for films, it's only available through the internet and Comet but at £199.95 it's a steal.