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      14.01.2014 01:16
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      A good budget buy

      When our old, relatively expensive, DVD player broke down irretrieavably we departed from our usual practice of going for something medium priced and decent quality and went for the real budget option. Mainly because the main danger seemed to be one of the kids leaning or sitting on the DVD tray when it was extended, which would spell the end of the player whatever other features it had. In this case an Alba DS-5711, bought from Argos for about £30. It is fairly small, quite slim in fact, and fits neatly and without fuss onto a shelf beneath the TV. The case is silver, with a black stripe across the middle with the controls and DVD tray, and is quite unobtrusive. It connects to the TV through either a SCART lead or ordinary video jacks. With this straightforward setup, at the most basic level, it does the job, i.e. plays DVDs. The main way of controlling the machine is through a remote, which is made of cheap grey plastic. It works adequately, but is quite flimsy and indeed we've had to replace the first as too many bits broke off it (admittedly, due the tender ministrations of the aforementioned kids) and it stopped working. Luckily a replacement was cheap and easy to obtain. The range seems adequate, though if you are seated too far to one side it doesn't pick up the signal. There are also some buttons on the player itself, though these only allow very basic functions - power on/off, open/close, play/pause. The remote control lets you do fast forward, skip and step, subtitles, mute, menu and so on. It takes a couple of AAA batteries, which have a reasonable lifespan. As well as DVDs, this player can also deal with CDs and discs with jpeg images on - quite handy if you want to see the family holiday snaps in a large group; rather than crowding round your computer you can view them from your comfort of your armchair. The DVD tray seems quite flimsy, being quite thin and bendy, but it has so far survived several years of use without breaking, so I may be doing it an injustice in thinking this. So, in general, we are quite satisfied with it. However, it does suffer in a couple of ways which are irritating but not game-breaking. Firstly, when you switch it on it seems to take an age to get ready before it's prepared to open the DVD tray. If, as is often the case, you press the button again when nothing has happened, it tends to start opening, then immediately shut again. So it can take several tries if you are unlucky or impatient. Secondly, and more annoyingly, it is absolutely hopeless at remembering where you are. If you press Pause whilst a DVD is playing and leave it for more than a couple of minutes, it simply won't restart, and you have to open and shut the tray to make any at all happen. And then of course you have to find your place again. Pressing Stop instead of Pause works a bit better, but that also takes its time to resume, and occasionally the same thing happens. As I say, this doesn't matter tremendously, but I'm sure the same fault wouldn't occur in a higher quality device. All in all: a decent budget buy, we haven't regretted it and the peace of mind that comes from having something you can afford to have broken is highly beneficial!

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        15.10.2010 16:32
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        alba dvd ds 5711 with remote control

        When our dvd player broke we were on the hunt right away for a new one as both my husband and myself love sitting watching a good dvd. We decided to try argos first as it is just 5mins round the corner from where we stay and after being in the shop only 10mins we decided to go with this alba dvd ds-5711 as it looked nice and cost only £21.97 which I though was a good price. The dvd player is black and silver with a small screen on it which when turned on lights up and reads the word hello and during a dvd the screen shows the run time. To connect the dvd player is very easy as all you need to do plug the SCART input into available slots and plug the socket in and thats it ready to go. On the front of the player is an on/off button and an open/close button. Also there is a further 3 buttons which are used to play/stop and rewind or fast forward. We very rarely use these buttons tho as it comes with a remote control so we usually use that unless we my son has decide to hide the remote somewhere then we need to use the buttons. The remote comes with batteries which is great as you don't need to go hunting the cupboards for some and then realise there is none which we have done with previous dvd player or other items which require batteries. The dimensions of the dvd player are h3.3cm, w36cm, d25.5cm so it is a good size and takes up little room. Overall I think this is a great buy as as well as being cheap it is very easy to use and operate and only takes 2 minutes to set up! Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants an easy to use dvd player.

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          14.08.2010 17:02
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          An excellent choice. Does its job and is simple to operate and well priced.

          I bought this dvd player for my parents as a Christmas present for them to play all their dvds on that they always get each year. It is a reasonably priced unit and does the job without any fuss. It is easy to set up, the instruction manual is very clear to understand and there isnt a complicated setup procedure so anyone could set this up. It is a good cheap little DVD player. The unit is fairly well designed and although it is slightly larger than some of the more up-market players it is still quite compact. The picture quality is very crisp as is the sound which is dolby digital. I have never found that the more expensive produce better picture quality, I find this is down to the tv you are using it with. It will only play regular DVDs so no Blu-ray,but this isnt a problem for my parents as they have many dvds they have accumulated and with the increasing frequency of evenings with nothing on the box, it does its job. The player comes with a remote control which is simple and easy to use. Some players can be noisy but this one is quiet when turned on and even with the tv muted it is difficult to notice any noise. The player comes with the remote, manual and the necessary cable to connect it to the tv. Overall, this is a perfectly capable no thrills dvd player that will do a job without any fuss.

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          11.07.2010 16:17
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          Meh

          I received this DVD Player with a phone contract some time back. I wasn't really in need of one, nor did I actually want it as I have had a lot of problems with Alba products. But I put it up in my room as I didn't have one and used to only use my computer to watch films on, figured it would be nice to watch something in bed comfortably for once. The player itself is pretty standard. In fact, it's incredibly standard, featuring everything you need to play a DVD and pretty much nothing else. On the player itself are the ordinary buttons play, stop, next chapter, back a chapter, and has a big goofy-looking on - off button. It supports region 2 (if bought in Europe, of course) PAL DVDs and comes with two scart plugs at the back. The player is pretty slim and looks quite good. It can be storyed on top of any existing devices you have and doesn't take up much space at all, which is a good thing. The remote features the same oridnary run of the mill features, with everything you expect from a DVD player remote (and the ability to scroll through menus and things, which means losing the remote means you can pretty much only play the feature film) and is easy to use and hold, although the buttons to feel a little sticky and difficult to press at times and you get that annoying thing where you feel like you have to press much harder to get it to work, even with fresh batteries in. Playback is decent, not better or worse than any other ordinary DVD player I've had, and I guess also depends on the scart cables you use. However, it seems that this all lasted for about a month, before the player started jumping and lagging, skipping through bits and altogether simply refusing to play the film. The laser wouldn't read the discs and it would make a horrible choking noise as it strained to play the film. It would play the film right for about an hour, then begin messing everything up. It became a rarity when it would play a film to its fullness and after a while it would just start playing badly straight from the beginning. I don't know if it's just my model, but I doubt it considering problems I've had with other Alba products

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          05.07.2010 01:57
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          Cheap, cheerful, basic......and okay.

          I wanted a cheap and cheerful DVD player for my bedroom as I occasionally watch DVD's late at night or on a Sunday morning when I'm having a lazy lie in. I didn't need anything special or sophisticated, literally something that plays DVD's - nothing more, nothing less.  I saw the Alba DS-5711 in Argos for £24.99 - which seemed pretty cheap and from the reviews I'd read before I purchased it, it seemed that this model did the basics perfectly well. I'd never owned an Alba product before......infect I don't thi I'd ever even heard of Alba before, but the price and the reviews lead me to believe that this product was just what I was looking for.  I did have to purchase a SCART lead separately though as one didn't come in the pack which seemed pretty odd, but they did tell you this before purchasing it, and Argos had half-price SCART leads on offer, so I purchased one of those for £4 at the same time.  The DVD came suitably packaged in a box which contained the DVD player itself, a remote control, and an instruction booklet.  It was clear from handling the DVD player that the product was not exactly high end! It was incredibly light, weighing just 1.8 kg and felt quite flimsy and plasticky, as did the remote control. However, once on the shelf it actually just looked like any DVD player looks and it was much less evident that the product was made from cheap materials.  Installing the DVD player was very easy. It involved imply plugging the scart lead into the back of the television and the connecting this to the DVD player. That was literally it and the DVD was ready to go. When the DVD was turned on, the DVD display appeared on the tv screen. I was very surprised at just how simple it was.  The DVD player supports region 2 DVD's, as well as CD's and JPEG files. I have to admit though that I have only ever used this DVD player to play dvd's and so I can't comment on using this DVD player to play music or to review and screen photos.        Playing DVD's on this DVD player is fine. When you insert the disk into the tray, the DVD starts up immediately. The image quality is good. The DVD plays without sticking or jumping and I've never had any problems with the DVD playing just as it should. I have heard complaints that the DVD player emits a low frequency background noise when its being used, but I have to say that I haven't noticed anything like that at all.  One thing that I have found frustrating is that when I put a DVD on pause, occasionally the DVD player turns itself onto stand-by and then I loose the place on the DVD that I was at. I then have to flick through screen selection to get back to where I was. It's not the end of the world, but its pretty annoying......especially as it seems to happen when the DVD has only been on pause for about 5 minutes.    The remote control is well labelled and simple to use and understand. The only issue I have with it is that sometimes it isn't very responsive. Unless the remote control is pointed directly in front of the DVD player, it sometimes doesn't respond - which means that I have to move my lazy self! Batteries do come included and so that's really convenient.     Overall, I would recommend this DVD player for anyone who just wants a simple DVD player that isn't going to be on display. I've had it about 6 months so far and so I'm not sure how long it's going to last.......but so far, so good. 

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            11.06.2010 00:18
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            for people who just want a basic dvd player

            When it comes to dvd players i never see the need to buy the most high tech one. This is why i picked this as it is a nice cheap option and as long as it plays all my dvds and music then i really couldn't care less about the brand or god knows what else you can do nowadays. This is a pretty standard dvd player with all the basic features you would expect from a cheap dvd player. I have had it for nearly a year now and it has never been a problem though i might look to upgrade to a HD to go with my HD tv i got for Christmas. The remote is normal and as easy to use as any other normal remote that you might find with any electrical good. The picture quality will do for the price paid but is definitely not the best available

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            08.09.2009 21:53
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            A basic DVD player which does everything I need

            One day recently my trusty DVD recorder packed in. I have no idea what happened, it just refused to switch on and the display went fuzzy. I would have liked to replace it with another recorder, but my finances decided otherwise so it was off to Argos to choose one of their lower end of the price range standard DVD players. I chose this Alba DVD Player DS-5711 because it was £22.99, but wasn't the most basic one on offer - I decided to splash out and not go for the cheapest. I've had Alba products before, and although they tend to be at the lower end of the market I've always been happy with them. In theory, the DVD player is very easy to set up. Me being me, I managed to make a bit of a meal of it - because I hadn't realised that one of the scart sockets on my TV has also packed in (I like to keep electrical items until they literally fall apart, can you tell?), so I thought that the player wasn't compatible with my rather old TV until I had the brainwave of unplugging my digibox and trying the player in that scart socket. To get the DVD player hooked up, all you need to do is plug it into a plug socket and plug it into a scart socket on the TV - there are other ways of connecting it to a TV but this will be the most use. Full instructions are given in the little booklet that comes with the DVD player. However, there is no scart lead supplied with the player - I had one at home but Argos did have an offer of a half price lead when you purchase this DVD player. The DVD player itself is nice and sleek looking. It is mainly silver, with a black strip along the front with silver buttons. It's not too large at H 3.3cm x W 36cm x D 25.5cm, and is considerably smaller than my sadly departed recorder. The player comes with a remote, supplied with 2 AAA batteries. Using the DVD player is, well, I was going to say idiot proof but that might be rude so let's say really easy. You switch it on, press the open button, put in your DVD and it loads. Then you use the remote to choose whether to watch the film, extras, etc etc. Basically the same as every other DVD player I've ever used. In use, I've noticed that this DVD player whirrs more than I'm used to. It is very noticable for the first few minutes of playing a DVD, but I must just get accustomed to it after a few minutes. Having knelt beside the DVD player to check, the noise does continue but I can't be sure if it dies down at all. It was very off putting and a little worrying the first time I used it but I soon got used to it and I know I won't notice it a few minutes into a film now. I tried moving it around a little in case it was vibrating against the shelf it is on, but it made no difference. The menu of the DVD player is easily accessed via the set up button on the remote. The menu is very easy to navigate, although I haven't actually needed to change any of the settings in it. It is a Region 2 DVD player, so will only play Region 2 DVDs. The instruction manual is fairly comprehensive and easy to follw, although I glanced at it and then threw it back in the box to figure things out myself. This is by no means a clever or fancy DVD player. It doesn't have DivX (I don't even know what that is) or any other newer features. It plays DVDs, which in reality is all that I need. I'm happy with my purchase - if I could have, I might have considered going for a more expensive one, but this one does what I need it to so I'm very happy with it. For £22.99 I really have no major complaints, and even if it only lasts a year or two I'll have got my money's worth.

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              10.08.2009 10:48
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              Not a great purchase.

              I'm one of those people that loves to watch a soppy DVD in bed late at night, therefore when my old bedroom DVD player broke a couple of months ago I was disappointed at the thought of having to buy a new one considering how expensive they are these days. My old DVD was a Bush make and it had done me well for a good 3 years, it had encapsulated everything that I needed it for and I had no inclination to go out and buy a new one until it broke. We've got an all singing all dancing Blu-Ray DVD player in our living room that costs us a good £399 therefore I wasn't looking to spend the earth with this player, I wanted a cheep and cheerful one that does the job it's intended for; to play DVD's. I think my wish list was pretty modest so I looked on the Argos website and found this DVD player available for £22.99. It looks stylish enough for what I want it for and the cheap price was the main thing that attracted me to this DVD player. I bought it there and then with little hesitation, it was actually the second cheapest DVD player available from Argos, the cheapest being an Argos player costing £19.99, this didn't really appeal to me so I went with a name that I had heard of before and thought would be a nice little bargain. Upon getting the DVD player home, I unwrapped it to find that it had been tightly packed in. I, like so many other people find this incredibly irritating as it makes the package terribly difficult to get into however it was obvious that the DVD was well protected in the box and it made me feel better to know that even if it was knocked about a bit the likelihood of it being damaged was low. After getting into to the box and taking the DVD out I was planning to leave it sitting on my bed for my boyfriend to set up when he gets back as I'm not the most technical of people however after having a glance at the very clear and simple instruction booklet it looked relatively simple to set up. All that was needed was the scart lead to be plugged into the back of my TV and into the back of the DVD player and I was away. It really was that simple that even I could do it! The DVD player weighs only 1.8kg meaning that it's easily manoeuvred into any place that you require it with little effort. After it being so easy to install I was optimistic when turning it on to try a DVD in order to make sure everything works ok. Luckily, after inserting the two leads there's no other setting up, there's no need to adjust the TV in any way making it very simple and would be a great device for the elderly to use. The DVD player only supports Region 2 DVD's which in laymen terms is just a DVD manufactured in Europe, Region 1 DVD's are primarily American that wont play on our DVD systems. Not only will the DVD player support Region 2 DVD's but it also supports a range of formats including: DVD DVD+R DVD-R DVD+RW DVD-RW CD CD-R CD-RW JPEG. JPEG files are picture files, meaning that if you have a digital camera that you use in conjunction with your computer or laptop, you can import the pictures onto a disc to play on your DVD player in a slideshow mode, most DVD players support JPEG format however so it's nothing new but could be a nice way to show all your holiday snaps to your friends and family. In the box of course is the DVD control which comes with two AAA batteries, which again are easy to install. The DVD control is a silver/grey colour which is well spaced out with all the buttons clearly labelled with their specific use. My only problem with the control would be the layout of the buttons, near the bottom of the control you'll find the pause, stop, skip, and fast forward buttons like any other control unfortunately the crucial button that is missing from this line up is of course the play button. So where's the play button? Well the play button is placed in the middle where you'd usually find an 'Enter' or 'OK' button amongst the 'up, down, left and right' buttons. The play button is a blue colour and if you've got used to it being in a certain place near all the other DVD function buttons it may take a little while to get used to and you could find yourself pressing the wrong buttons for a short time. Despite the shortcomings concerning the control it redeems itself by being very responsive, the button rarely stick and you don't need to press them multiple times before they work. The control is sturdy enough and there are no real gripes from me concerning it. So once everything was set up, I had put my DVD in the machine and turned it on using the simple push in button on the front of the machine to the left, you can of course switch from on to standby using the DVD control as well. You are immediately greeted with a blue background screen with the word Alba in the middle whilst the DVD loads. The disc loads up quickly and you can easily skip all the annoying adverts that you get at the beginning of the disc. Upon pressing play to start the disc was when the problems irrupted, there's no major problems with the DVD player however when you play a disc you get a very off-putting humming noise throughout the duration of the disc and if you're watching a 2 hour film this can get very irritating. I wasn't expecting much from a DVD player that only cost me £22.99 but I was expecting it to play without any background noise. Background noise aside, the picture quality was fine although I do think that this may be partly down to the quality of my TV but there are no complaints with the viewing quality. On some discs however you may be faced with a letter box screen, which is basically where you have two dark strips at the top and the bottom of the screen. My first thought was that this was down to the DVD itself and not the actual player however when playing the same disc on a different DVD player and television I found the screen to be a normal size, another downside to this DVD player. The sound quality is fine though, of course this largely depends on your TV speakers but I have no qualms about the sound. When I purchased this DVD from the Argos website, I had a scan through the spec list and noticed that it stated that there was a screen in which you can view how long the disc had been running for, this was exactly the same in the catalogue however this DVD player doesn't actually have a screen. This is something that I was very annoyed about and even thought about taking it back but I just can't be bothered, I've got a DVD player that works so I should just stick with it. If you're one of those people, like me that doesn't always watch films all the way through then a screen is ideal, it allows you to view how long you've been watching the disc for, enabling you to put the disc on at the right place when you next view it. Another feature similar to this was one that I had on my old DVD player. It's something that not a lot of DVD players seem to have so I wasn't expecting to have it but was hoping that it might, unfortunately it doesn't. It's a button found on some DVD players named 'Time Remaining', upon pressing the button it allows you to see on the screen how long the DVD has been running for but more importantly how long it has left. On my old DVD player I found this to be an invaluable feature that I am disappointed to have lost. Overall I wouldn't recommend this player, the phrase cheap and cheerful isn't something that you can use to describe it, it's noisy and more importantly there is no screen which was something that was clearly stated on the internet and in the catalogue. If you're looking for a dirt cheap player that emits irritating whirring sounds then this is the machine for you. I just regret not looking around more for a more decent machine, I think in the near future I'll be changing this machine for a more expensive DVD player with a better name like Samsung or Sony. The only plus for this machine is that it's extremely simple to set up so may be a good choice if you're a technically challenged human being similar to myself!

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