I recently bought the new JVC DVD Player which is classed in the mid-range of DVD players in comparison to the current market. It has many features and is one of the cheapest players to have dolby digital surround sound software and extensions for great cinema sound. The only drawback I find with this player is the fact that it looks a little bit cheap and nasty in the black colour whereas more upmarket DVD players are a sleek silver or gold colour. If you are dipping your toes into the murky DVD waters then this may be the right choice for you but if you want ultra-high resolution playback and excellent sound extensions then you may want to consider purchasing one of the higher models. All in all, this player has many good features for the price and is very good value for a mid-range player.
High picture quality with over 500 lines horizontal resolution (S-Video) Newly developed LSI for K2 Interface with 96kHz sampling, provides a dramatic reduction in digital distortion due to jitter Dynamic range of 108dB JVC P.E.M. D.D. Converter: 1-bit operation, JVC VANS noise sharper and Fine Pulse Interface combine to achieve high performance and sound quality. Separate power supplies for analog and digital circuitry. Optical digital output for Dolby Digital (AC-3). High-quality linear PCM Audio (20 bit/96kHz) Now I can not speak from personal experience but I have a friend who owns this player and says it is great. It looks cool and has a 9-bit decoder instead of the usual 8-bit which speeds up menu screen loading and help with the picture quality on fast moving action scenes. At £300from Crutchfield it is a good deal.
I've owned several JVC audio and video products over the years and have never experienced a single problem. I particularly enjoy the convenience offered by the CompU-Link feature and built an A/V system around JVC components. I was disappointed when, after 2 months of flawless operation, the XV-511 suddenly developed playback problems. My e-mail to the support center was replied to in a reasonable amount of time; however, it deferred to using the telephone support number. I had difficulty getting through, but finally spoke to someone. An EPROM reset proved ineffective and I was told to take the unit to the nearest service center. Normally I would consider this a fluke; however, this experience and similar ones described in user opinions of other JVC DVD players, make me skeptical of JVC's quality control for their DVD players and I would hesitate to give a hardy recommendation.