Product Type: Aiwa DVD players
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Aiwa XD DV 480
Member Name: mark_87
Aiwa XD DV 480
Date: 25/03/02, updated on 25/03/02 (1473 review reads)
Advantages: MP3 CD Playback, CD-R/CD-RW Playback, Price
Disadvantages: no component output(not really that important)
I've had this DVD player for about a month now and have tried many different formats of disc's, they are:
this player plays these very well, the picture and sound quality is excellent. DVD's usually have 5.1ch sound(Dolby Digital And/Or DTS) which is used for home theatre systems.
-VCD(Video CD) (version 1.1)-
these were made before DVD, they are written on a normal CD and are operated in the same way as CD's (they can be written at home using a CD-RW drive and a normal CD-R disc), they are not as high resolution as DVD and only have stereo sound.
-VCD(Video CD) (version 2.0)-
these are the same as VCD (version 1.1) but are equipped with PBC (playback Control) which means they can contain Menus, Search Functions, or other computer-like operations.
this player will play ordinary audio CD's just like any other CD player would.
(these cd's will only play in a CD/DVD player that has MP3 CD playback)
this is a very good feature on a DVD player and is one of the main reasons i bought it. It allows you to download music tracks from the internet or copy tracks from your own cd's and put them onto a CD-R/CD-RW in MP3 format using a CD-RW drive. the reason for doing this is because a CD can hold a lot more MP3 tracks than standard audio tracks(in fact about ten times more) a normal CD can hold around 20 audio tracks where as a MP3 CD can hold around 200 tracks that can be organized into folders that you view through your tv screen, also all tracks are named so you don?t need a list of the tracks written in the CD Case.
(MP3 tracks are not quite as good quality as a normal cd track but you can hardly hear any difference between them)
This player also has all the connections that are needed by many people,
-for the audio output it has two digital connectors (Optical and Coaxial) which are used
for connecting to an AV Receiver equipped with Dolby Digital and/or DTS decoders, and there is an ordinary audio out(analogue) for connecting to a TV or Hi-fi system.
-for the video output it has a composite connector and a S-Video connector which gives slightly better picture quality
-for both audio and video in one it has a 21 pin scart connector
Setting up the unit is quite easy, but if you do find something a bit confusing the manual explains everything quite clearly.
Overall the DVD player is very good, The picture and sound quality is excellent, it has all the normal features such as Multi-Angle and Multi-Language and it also has some extra features that are quite useful like MP3 CD playback, CD-R/CD-RW playback, up to 100x search speed, and 4x and 16x Zoom.