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Panasonic DVD A 360

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      13.10.2000 21:45
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      Last year's flagship model from Panasonic is amazing, and great value for money. Easy to use, with stunning picture and sound quality, plus a well designed menu system and remote. Its build quality and asthetics are up there with the best of them, and the in-built Dolby Digital and DTS decoders put this player in a league of its own. The many sockets on the back (2x SCART, S-Video, 2x Phono Stereo Out and 5.1 out, plus digital connections) make connecting it up a doddle. On the operation side of things, the Panasonic is unbeatable. It has various trick-play operations, such as multiple fast-forward and rewind speeds, multiple slow-motion speeds, frame by frame advance and chapter review (which plays the first few seconds of each DVD chapter - useful for recapping a half-watched movie!). The system menus are attractive and well organised, enabling one to set things like the NTSC output (NTSC or PAL 60), digital audio output and 5.1 output levels (as well as whether you have a subwoofer or not). The OSD (On Screen Display) isn't obtrusive at all, and allows one to set markers for easy access to parts of a disc, or change the picture mode (options given are Normal, Soft, Fine {which sharpens the images}, Cinema and User {which allows fine tuning of brightness, contrast, colour etc,}). The player's front panel display can be set to bright or dim, and is tidy and informative showing the chapter, time elapsed, state of playback and audio format. The playback of discs is where the Panasonic comes into its own. It plays everything I've thrown at it - including T2:Ultimate Edition, The Matrix and The Abyss - without fault, and blows me away every time. The picture quality really is the best of any DVD player on the market, save the very high-end equipment. The quality of the in-built decoders (esp. the DTS one) is especially high, and I found it hard to tell the difference between the player's decoding and that of a friend's Pioneer
      amplifier! CD playback is awesome too...uncoloured and with very little background hiss. The player's speed when accessing menus or skipping chapters is astounding...much faster than any other I've seen. Add to these incentives a stunning design, a solid, quiet loading tray and a comprehensive manual, and you have one of the very best players to grace the market. Available in black or silver, although I prefer the black as it blends with my Yamaha amplifier very well. Modification of this machine is quite simple, although it has to be done internally via chipping, rather than an external 'card' modification or software hack. I bought mine multiregion ready, and it has played every disc in my collection (Regions 1, 2, 4 and 0). Tests indicate that it also plays RCE encoded discs. Although this model is out of production, you can still pick it up for a knock-down price. Although it looks different (and, in my opinion, more elegant) than the newer models, it performs identically.

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      12.07.2000 17:17
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      I have lived with one of these DVD players for about 8 months now, and it is a really great player. The features on it are good, and the video and sound reproduction make it rise high in the class stakes. We bought the model with an integral Dolby Digital decoder but the only problem is that you'll need active speakers because the signal is not amplified. This baby can also be chipped, for about £20, which means that you can not only watch DVD's from the home region, but from all over the world. Obviously, this is an advantage should you travel the world. In short, buy this DVD as it's a mean piece of kit.

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