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The CyberHome ADL528 is not one of our newest purchases and certainly not one of the newest DVD players on the market. We have owned this DVD player for around two years now and it is still going strong although the design is quite dated.
The shape of this DVD player is very bulky. It is large in width, length and height which are very different from what you can buy today. When we first got it, there were a few problems with the setup as it didn't seem to want to go onto any channel and we could still see the picture behind of what was on Sky or terrestrial television. There are many different connections this DVD player has at its back. It can be connected through a video player or through a television. We had ours through the video player but this caused the problems mentioned above so we had to change it to the TV.
When setting this DVD player up and turning the power on, it doesn't matter what channel you are on TV as it will overrun what you have on. Because we could still see a picture behind the Cyber Home page, it is quite important that we switch off the power on both out Satellite box and the Video player. This ensures we don't get any fuzzy lines on the screen as well. If you don't have the player connected through the video, I'd suggest putting the TV onto a channel which isn't tuned in so you can't see the picture behind it (a snowy channel) but this might still detract from good picture quality.
When we do put the power on, it comes up with the CyberHome 'home page' giving the address of the German website: www.cyber-home.de (I tried visiting it but it didn't work). This page doesn't do anything until you put a CD or DVD into the player. There is normally a little message at the bottom right of the screen to say 'CD' or 'DVD' before anything happens.
Whatever is being played or watched on this DVD player cannot be paused so something can be watched on TV - if the power is on to the DVD player, it overrides whatever is on TV which can be very annoying. Luckily DVDs have scene selections or channels which make it easier to find the place it was at although in that respect, I'd much rather have a VHS to save having to find the place again.
The DVD player will plays a whole range of different CDs - CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, VCD and MP3s. One of the great things about this player is it is Multi Region you have to 'hack' the system first though (easily done by remote) and the code can easily be found online. This means you can play any DVD - e.g. Europe is Region 2 while America is Region 1.
One of the 'problems' with this player could be the sounds it makes. When you put a CD or DVD into the drawer (which slides out), it takes a few seconds for it to begin - as it does if you put a CD into a CD player. The whole box then makes some strange buzzing noises which the TV at normal volume level should drown out but if you want the volume low, this sound is very noticeable.
As I have already said, the design is very dated - the Power button is very large, the remote control is also just a little smaller than the Sky remote but has a good set of features other than the usual. The buttons on the remote are supposed to glow in the dark but I can't say the room it is used in has ever been that dark that it is a valid feature. The buttons are very small and for some reason, the player doesn't seem to recognise them most of the time unless you are sitting right in front of the box with the remote against the receiver! Not good if you need to pause it in a hurry!
The sound is great from the player although that also depends on the quality of the disk. It has Dolby 5.1 decoder with DTS support - pretty good for this cheap player. Although we do have a rather good wide screen television with surround sound which will help enormously with the sound. There is a wide range of connections for this which is brilliant although my television only has a scart connection so I'm stuck with that one (but there are 2 on this one!) In addition there is also the composite video and s-video output, Hi Fi sockets, digital audio sockets (both coaxial and optical) as well as headphone sockets!
The player was bought for around £100 at the time but I have seen a DVD Recorder for the same price now!! While this is a very basic DVD player, it was a good one of its time and I would recommend it as I'm sure the price will be dramatically lower that it was but if you are looking for a more modern looking player, it is probably best to see what else is on the market. The box is huge and we have our Video player sitting on top of it and the Sky box on top of that!
I'll give this 3 out of 5 it could be better but it could also be worse! Just Average!
My boyfriend bought this dvd player a while back, and used it with great satisfaction till it started having its quirks. After about a year of loyal service this player decided to have issues with its power button. Now it takes about 15 minutes of fiddeling before it powers on, and even than the question is if it will work throughout the movie selected. Usually it freezes up once or twice and this results in it needing to be reset (again the 15 mins of fiddeling) before working properly again. Also with age comes a dislike of "dirty" discs. The player often complaines that a DVD is dirty/unreadable, upon inspection no marks can be found and after a few resets the player will accept the disc again. The fact that it plays any DVD/cd you throw at it, including MP3 and cd-rws is a definate plus point. Add to that the fact that it's region-free and can be made Macrovision Free (anyone need to copy a DVD to video?) are great advantages. Connecting a dolby set is easy seeing as it's a;ready equiped with a Dolby 5.1 Pre-amp. All in all it's a great starter DVD player, for those who have a low budget or are not sure if DVD is their thing. For the long term I would suggest getting a better make/model.
I bought one of these Cyberhome ADL528 players from www.dvdplayers.co.uk in December 2001. It worked wonderfully for about three days and then went crazy - kept bringing up subtitles when I did not want it to, messing up menus and crashing for no good reason. I contacted the seller who would not support the player directly, but fobbed me off in the direction of Cyberhome's authorised UK repair department. To cut a long story short they said they would ship me a new replacement. They tried THREE times to send reconditioned units. (The battered boxes and service stickers on the machines were a bit of a give-away and one of them even had a loose component rattling around inside). I spotted that W H Smith were selling them (£30 cheaper) and asked if they were reliable. The assistant's rolling eye look spoke volumes - no they are not. I eventually managed to wrestle a refund out of the seller and went elsewhere. I hear that the predecessor to this unit was well built, but sadly the 528 is not, and Cyberhome's support is pathetic. Not long after this episode www.dvdplayers.co.uk ceased stocking them. 'Nuff said.
I bought my ADL-528 from Richer sounds last year. Overall I found it to be a fantastic performer. Not only did it produce wonderful pictures, but the sound which I only had piped through my mini system was good too. In addition to playing DVDs , the unit also copes fabulously with VCDs. I tested it with Alien:Ressurection and the opening credits (very detailed) looked pretty good. Better than VHS anyway! The audio CD performance isn't great, but the unit does play MP3s and usefully has a menu system that let's you see what you're playing unlike some other players. The model I bought was black, but I have since seen a silver version which looks much nicer, in my opinion. The remote is generally good, with large enough buttons for the main features. I have two small gripes though. The first is that the player is a little noisy, this is not so important if you place it a closed cabinet. The second is that occasionly the highlighting selector on the menus for DVDs seemed to vanish. I could still select, I just couldn't see where the selector was! This problem was usually fixed by unloading and reloading the DVD. Overall I think this unit is a great buy, Well worth the £100 you can pick one up for.
I got an ex-demo model for £80 from Richer Sounds. For a casual movie goer such as me it was easily worth it. Get it out of the box, and the one thing you'll notice that its a bit ugly, but is reassuringly heavy. Plug it in and you'll be set back by the slightly confusing manual, and the messy and unresponsive remote. Its icon driven menu system is a bit of a stuggle and you'll probably be cursing it when you're trying to work out how to access the DVD's special features. But persevere and the quality of this DVD surpasses even the best VHS players. The vision is crisp, colours are vibrant, and the sound is very detailed. It plays rental DVD's from my local very competently. You'll forget about this players draw-backs and enjoy the extra-clarity of the films dialogue and background effects. Either that or it'll make a bad film even more unwatchable. This would be money well spent if it was £150. But for £100 (or even £80 ex-demo) its a steal. For this modest sum it makes the film more enjoyable than blurry VHS. Buy It.
by bye BUY!! - Advantages: inbuilt dolby 5.1 surround sound, Price, manufacturer's website - Disadvantages: The remote control
As a satisfied video user, I was convicned taht no DVD player would sit under my TV until the price of recordable DVD fell to within my meagre grasp. But the temptation of a multi-region player with 5.1 channel output and all the usual DVD bells and whistles for under £100 plus £10 postage poved too great and I ordered my CyberHome 528. The first thing that strikes you when you open the box is that this is not the prettiest or the most compact machine on the market. Indeed, it struggled to fit in by TV cabinet, eventually taking a back-panel-bending shove before the glass door would clear the bulging DVD tray. Set-up, using SCART to SCART connection, was a doddle - which was just as well as the box was missing the manual (I got one a week later). Power-up and the TV automatically picks up an uninspirign grey screen. But insert a DVD and the CyberHome just bursts into life with bright, pin-sharp images. The picture quality is fantastic and is matched with good sound, even using only 2-channels through my Sony TV speakers. There's also a good array of the special functions that are more or less standard on DVD players. Some, such as bookmark are useful, although I remain to be convinced that the zoom function is anything more than a gimmick. The CyberHome plays just about any format of disk. I've used DVD, CD and CD-R a lot without a hitch. I haven't tried multiregion DVDs yet, although simple instructions are provided to enable switching of regions. Two headphone sockets with separate volume controls are provided - great if you want to listen with a friend or are just anti-social. They work well, although there is a noticeable hum that disappears when the volume control is turned beyond the minimum. A full-function remote is provided. At first it seems a bit cluttered, but I found it easy to use once I got used to it. A drawback is that the keys have a spongy feel and sometimes need a couple of presses to e
ngage. It's not a major fault, but can be irritating. All in all, it is hard to fault this machine at the price. It does everything it should at the price, is versatile and easy to use. Although falling prices are bringing the competition closer, it still represents fantastic value for money. If you are interested in looking at DVDs rather than the machines that play them, you'll not go wrong with this machine.
I have owned this player for about five months and each time I use it I still wonder how I ended up getting so much player for so little money. This player has features that you would expect to find on the higher end players at a fraction of the cost. The picture quality is superb, the sound is fantastic, it plays mp3 C.Ds, and what I like best is that it has the option to set the region of the DVD you wish to view, which means that when you buy one of the latest DVDS from the States, you don't have to worry about if it will work, simply set your region code to one and off you go. I haven't had a chance to use the DTS features of this player because I don't have the hardware to go with it, but I am saving and I can't wait, I am sure I will not be dissapointed. I had a pioneer DVD player before this which I paid £250 for and it didn't even come close to this.
This Dvd player must be the bargain of the century. Great value for money (I paid £109.95 online), multi-region capability, excellent sound and picture quality. Very easy to use, remote control is simple to understand. Instruction book is very comprehensive and covers everything satisfactorily. Only downside is that it is quite bulky compared to other dvd players and is not the most stylish of units. However at that price you can't have evgerything, but for someone who wishes to enter the dvd market and is on the look out for a budget player with great performance it comes thoroughly recommended