Product Type: Alba DVD players
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Cheapest Multi Region DVD around
Alba DVD 103
Member Name: pottmar
Alba DVD 103
Date: 03/03/01, updated on 03/03/01 (1420 review reads)
Advantages: Multi Region, Cheap
Disadvantages: Remote Control is poor.
I am well into technology and gadgets, but don’t have a lot of money to spend on them, so to me this product was ideal.
As DVD players go the ALBA DVD-103 is certainly not the best, but it is one of the cheapest on the market at the moment. However just because it is not the best does not mean it is no good. This DVD player has the features that I need and the quality is pretty good too.
The DVD player itself is a big silver box, this is lucky as we had to replace our video recently and that is also a silver box so it does not look out of place on my technology tower. The buttons are a bit on the big side and they are all square, no soft round edges here. When it is switched on there is a bright LCD display that shows the track and the timer a bit like a CD player display. This all makes the box look a bit on the cheep side.
There is nothing on the box or in the manual about this player being limited to Region 2 disks, I have dome a bit of research on the Internet and a number of sites say this is a multi region DVD player that can play any region disks without alteration. The same sites have said this is the cheapest multi region DVD player available, another reason to go for this player.
As with all DVD players, this machine can play DVD Video and Audio CD disks, it has the normal AV Out socket plus a SCART and an S-Video connector so you have a number of options to connect it to your television or other equipment. There are also stereo connectors on the back so you can link it up to your stereo system, this is a must not just so you can play your audio CDs, but a film sounds so much better if played through a good stereo system. There is also a headphone socket on the front so you can sit and listen without disturbing everyone else if you want.
I have to admit, the remote control is a bit rubbish, it took me quite a while to figure out simple things like how to get to the menu and how to select items, bu
t when you get used to it things get a little easier. The only thing that bugs me is you cannot switch the player on/off from the remote control, there is no standby option, when you want to use it you have to get up, not good for the classic couch potato like me but then for this price you can’t expect everything.
I have never had any problems with playing DVDs, I have watched quite a few now and the picture quality is very good, we play the sound through out stereo and sometime it is just like being at the cinema, just need to buy one of those large flat screen televisions now… (In my dreams, when I win the lottery).
All in all, DVD players can cost several hundred pounds, if you can afford that much then you can get a better machine, however if you are in the market for a ‘budget’ priced multi region DVD player then in my opinion you would have to look very hard to beat this one.