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BEKO 26 inch HD ready Television.Really pleased with the quality of picture and sound for this very cheap television at £350 from Woolworths.Has great features such as Picture within a Picture (PIP)that you usually find on more expensive models.The television is very stylish and the remote button is easy to navigate.Would recommend to anyone.
Budget Bush does it again! Bush has a good record when it comes to their budget DVD players, and this model is no exception. The Bush 2009 is a good all round player. The players has good sound performance and brilliant pictures quality which could be expected to only feature on more expensive models. The machine is easy to use and has a well-designed, user-friendly remote control. The player has a good range of sockets which include optical output, s-video outputs and the regular scart socket. All this for the small price of £170, what a bargain!
We got this DVD player as a wedding present last June (2001). We had a list and just put it on there in case anyone wanted to team up to get it. It was the cheapest one in the Argos catalogue at £140. Basically it seems to do what it's meant to do - play DVDs. I haven't viewed films on lots of other players, so there isn't a lot for me to compare it to. However, the quality is MUCH MUCH better than you get from normal terrestrial TV (BBC, ITV, etc), and way ahead of VHS. I've got it set up with a basic 21" Samsung TV and a pair of stereo speakers and subwoofer. The sound quality is awsome. One of the main advantages I found with it is the facility to view subtitles on most films. This is great as my hearing is not very good and I struggle to hear conversation when watching TV/videos without subtitling. The unit also plays audio CDs, which can be quite handy as we haven't got a hi-fi in the lounge. If you haven't got speaker though you will need to have your TV switched on to be able to hear anything! A quick low-down on the features: - Plays DVDs and audio CDs - Fast forward, frame skipping etc. - random/repeat tracks for audio CDs - SCART socket, s-video and coaxial output - Left/right phono output for audio - Dolby Digital, DTS, and TruSurround, but NOT 5.1 output. - most features controlled via the remote control There are just two niggling problems that are worthy of a mention: - It says in the manual that it plays video CDs, but I can't get it to work. You don't normally come across these but I borrowed one from a friend that he'd created with his PC and it wouldn't work (but it did on his £300 Sony DVD player) - Some DVDs have several tracks of trailers at the beginning and I haven't found a way of selecting the movie track without watching them again or fast-forwarding through them. (Particularly ann
oying if you have pressed stop to have a break and then want to resume straight away). This may be a feature of all players by design, but I suspect it isn't. Overall, this seems like a good value player. I certainly can't find any reason to spend a much higher price on the top-of-the-range models. This may be different if you have a 32" wide-screen TV and 500watt speaker, but for what we wanted, it's great.
The Cheapest DVD!!! That’s right, when I went to buy a DVD being a student I wanted it cheap. But at £119 from Woolworths, I had to look twice. “Even if it was nasty I could take it back,” I said to myself. Hmm the picture was excellent for the price, as I have seen comparing it to my friends £270 Sony Machine he to said, it was good value for money. Although the front panel looked a bit cheap the remote had ALL the functions and did the job quite nicely and also it is very compatible as I found some DVD’s have animated menus that change colours when highlighted, this worked on mine, but not my friends £270 player. The sound is a little hard to judge because I don’t yet have a 5.1 sound set up, but I have Nicam Stereo and it sounds wonderful on that so as long as I get a nice set of speakers and a AV amp I will be laughing as the sound is bought to me by the wonders of light at the speed of light. (Fibre Optics) or you can opt for the coaxial output, but the idea of optics is s much more appealing. Oh and did I mention it was multi region??? Not putting down the “Established” brands, but I just feel it’s more of a fashion thing ok there maybe a quality issue here but in the end it does the job just as well for less. I think we still have a lot to learn from the “cheaper companies LG, Bush, Beko, etc as before I had a Beko TV “this wont last long” I thought. I was wrong 2 years on still going strong. I threw out my Woolworths receipt last week.