Product Type: LG Electronics DVD players
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Top quality multiregion player at an affordable price!
LG DVD 3200
Member Name: Blobbo
LG DVD 3200
Date: 27/04/01, updated on 27/04/01 (757 review reads)
Advantages: Affordable, excellent sound, easy to hack to multiregion
Disadvantages: No onboard decoder, MP3 or VCD
I bought my LG3200E after getting sick of my Samsung 511 overheating, and I haven't looked back. With prices ranging from £130 (Toys R Us) to £150 with 3 free DVDs (Comet), you really can't go wrong.
LG are quite a decent brand, as they design and manufacture all of their own electrical goods. This player was bought on recommendation as a result of this.
The unit itself is platinum, which looks very sleek and stylish. The remote control is one of the best I've seen in this price range, and is extremely well thought out giving access to all of the more important functions (menu, pause, stop etc) without even having to move ones fingers.
Picture quality is fairly good. It doesn't state that it offers RGB on the box, but I assume it does as I plugged it into the RGB scart socket on my TV, switched to 'component RGB' and saw an enormous improvement. You can also connect via s-video or composite av connectors, so there should be no problems with connecting it to your TV. One thing to note is that the player doesn't come with a scart connector; if you have cable digital you should be able to use the lead that comes with your digibox with the LG player - it works great!
The area where this player really shines is the sound. I've tried various combinations - standard two speaker stereo, dolby 5.1, and headphones, and all have been fantastic. Indeed, I actually prefer listening through headphones. The player doesn't come with a headphone socket, but you should be able to put the phono outputs through an amp or stereo for a great headphone experience. There are no onboard decoders (The LG3350 is a good buy for built in dolby 5.1), but there are DTS and Dolby 5.1 outputs which are useful if you already have a decoder.
The layer change is barely noticeable, and the player can easily be hacked via the remote to multiregion. A bonus is that if you change it to region 1 for RCE disks, it still plays r
egion 2 without needing to be hacked again.
The range of features is also fairly impressive - fast forward goes up to X16, and the A-B loop option is really useful when you're trying to get picture/sound right.
One further bonus is the one year swapout warranty which LG offer - any problems, you just give them a call and they send somebody round with a new player within 48 hours. This is the sort of after sales support which builds brand loyalty.
Overall this is an outstanding DVD player and one which I have no regrets about buying. My parents have now also bought one, along with several of my friends. Highly recommended.