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A £250 5.1 Dolby Theatre system sounds too good to be true!!!!! We got this from Argos in Nov 2001. First DVD player was dead on arrival. Second one died 9 months later. Screen display flashing continuously and no way to get my treasured DVD out. Taken back to Argos for a full refund and an upgrade to another system. Apart from that the system worked well for 9 months. Used daily by a 4 yr old.Picture quality was fine, sound good
This is a well looked after peice of hardware in my house,because i watch alot of DVD's,I wanted to have a player that could propel the outstanding quality already delivered by the DVD disk. FEATURES: This model has been arond for a few months now,yet it's popularity show's no signs of abating. Perhaps the reason is that Bush has fastioned an excellent value for money player,which will spin imported region one DVD's straight from the box. The DVD 2004 has a few other interesting trick's up its sleeve too. If you get bored with your movie's you can allways play its built in games of Tetris and Othello. It has also been mentioned elswhere that it spins CD-ROM's with MP3 files burned on to them;however i could'nt get this function to work on mine but yet again there was no mention of this feature in the manual. Other features include zoom,a three scene bookmark for saving your favourite movie moments and a Dolby Digital surround sound output,which i would recommend to anyone. USER FRIENDLINESS: The remote control has loads of buttons but they're well labelled,while set-up and operation are fairly intuitive. The LED screen on the front could do with being slightly larger though. VERDICT: Picture and sound are pretty much what you would expect from a sub-2 hundred pound player. Sound quality is generally very good,better with surround sound though. Essentially this players forte is its compatibility with region one discs. If thats important to you,then the competively priced Bush 2004 is an unbeatable package.
I recently bought this DVD Player for just £150. This price is the same at many stores including Argos. As I opened the box, I realised how small and light the player was. I was happy with the appearance, a shapely silver box. The remote control looked nice, but was very light, which gave it a cheap feel to it. I was also irritated slightly by it as the player wouldn't always respond to it straight away, as the angle which it points has to be around 30° towards it the player. I began to get used to the player very quickly. It's incredibly easy to connect to your television through a 21 pin scart-to-scart cable. You can also connect it to your stereo, for greater sound. This is done with other cables which are all explained fully in the easy-to-read manual which comes with it. The Player can play DVDs, VCDs and normal audio CDs. A great thing is that you can play some DVD's from other countries and watch them at home. The player uses Dolby Digital sound. There are some great features on the DVD Player, and I was surprised to see that there were feaures which other DVD makers did not have. You have the main functions such as play and stop. You also have rewind and fast-forward in many different speeds, depending on how far forward or back you want to go. You get on-screen display. By pressing a button on the remote, you can find out where in the film you are, how long to go, what chapter you are on and lots more! You get subtitles in up to 32 languages depending on the DVD, audio language in up to 8 languages. After watching Charlies Angels, I strangely watched it again in Hungarian. Its funny, unless you understand Hungarian. A great feature is that you get different angles in some scenes. These can be quite rare, but its great to see! You can also zoom up to 3 times. Theres a feature called A-B Repeat, where you select part of a film and it replays as many times as you wan
t. You can also bookmark your favourite part of a film and easily find it for future viewing. A great new feature is that you can play games, such as Tetris. I haven't used these much while watching films, but if I get bored, then maybe! You can also play the games while listening to CD's which the DVD Player allows. With many great features and good quality picture and sound, I give the DVD Player 4 stars.
Now firstly I gave this machine back after having it for a week. You can read on to find out why. A week was enough time for me to play around with it and to gather enough information for me to write this opinion on the machine. The big selling points about the machine is its low price (£180) and the fact that it’s multi regional straight out of the box, meaning that it’ll play any disc from any country without the need of entering a remote hack. If you’re after features then the Bush is loaded with them! Apart from the multi region capability you have a built in Dolby Digital decoder, so those of you with old Pro-Logic amps with the required inputs can quickly upgrade to Dolby Digital sound! The machine is also compatible with dts (Digital Theatre Sound), a sound format that’s considered to be better then that of Dolby Digital. The machine can play VCD’s and can even handle MP3’s that you might have on burned on CD-R discs. There’s a zoom facility and slow motion speeds thrown in there too. I also found out that the machine disables macrovision too. But here’s the oddest thing! The player includes two games that you can play in the form of Tetris and Othello! They aren’t very good versions though. Tetris doesn’t even have a score limit! Still, you could play them at the same time while listening to a CD in the machine. But even more unusually you can even play them at the same time while watching a DVD movie too! Why anyone would want to see falling blocks during a movie though is beyond me! It’s a nice idea to include games and hopefully future DVD players will include something better then what’s on offer here. In terms of connections the player has a single Scart socket, an S-Video connection (a nice find on a budget machine), three composite video outputs and the six outputs from the Dolby Digital decoder. There’s a headphone socket at the front of t
he player too. Not something I’d use often but it might be good for late night occasions when you don’t want wake anyone up. When I brought it and took it out of the box I noticed how small and light it was! This was good for me as I’m quite tight on space. Unfortunately it had this really cheap feel and look to it. Even the remote control felt the same. It was small, light and just felt horrible in my hands, especially with its tiny buttons (you know the feeling men!). But that’s just how it looks, and what really matters is how well it performs (remember that females!). Compared to other machines (yes I have tried other DVD players) picture quality is average. Connected via the Scart socket it’s a reasonably good quality but in same cases I noticed flicker and jagged edges. I’m sure it would have been better via S-Video but I never got a chance to check it out (I went to Comet asking for an S-Video lead but the guy there said he’d never seen one before in his life! I was told to try Tempo.). Also on one occasion a disc froze on me, causing me to have to switch the machine off and on again. Sound quality can’t be faulted! The built in Dolby Digital decoder certainly helps in making DVD’s sounded superb. Provided you have the right equipment then you can just hook the player up and enjoy! If not then there’s still down mixed stereo which is very impressive! CD’s played fine on here also with no trouble. Now the machine does have other small problems. What I didn’t like was how unresponsive the player was at times. I’d press a button on the remote control or on the machine itself and nothing would happen! A second time would often work though. Another oddity is the machines decision to display the subtitles on automatically. Thankfully this can be switched of via the remote control. But I’ve heard that on certain discs (such as The Haunting
and Mission: Impossible 2) you can’t switch the subtitles off at all! A nasty glitch! At the end of it all I’d still recommend the Bush DVD-2004, but only if you feel you can cope with the picture quality and the problems that surround it. If it’s the first time you’re entering the world of DVD then it’s worth a shot. Argos is selling it at a great price, and if you’re not entirely happy with it (like I was) then return it within 14 days and they’ll give you your money back! So besides the bus fare, what have you got to lose? In my opinion the Bush DVD-2004 is a good DVD player, unfortunately it’s just not very good. NOTE - The Bush DVD-2004 also goes under the guise of the Bush DVD-2006 and as the Limit JDV300A.