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I would thoroughly recommend the Panasonic RV20 EGS DVD player for those of us looking for a midrange or first-time DVD player. AT first view the players case is very minimilistic. I bought the silver version to match my silver tv/vcr (also panasonic). There is a power button, the usual play/stop commands and a sound option button. ALl other commands are executed from the smallish remote control. As with all DVD players before it, the Panasonic provides the same crisp clean images, similar to that seen on its higher end players. The sound options on this player could have been better thought out, but are adequate for first time dvd buyers. THis player is really a slightly cut down version of the RV40. The main differences are in the sound options and the scart through connections provided on the more expensive RV40. The machine has 1 scart output, an S-video output (the best quality for images), 5 point sorround sound outputs (for connection to a home cinema) and the usual audio/video output. If you can afford a good gold plated scart cable, this is the best was to connect the machine to your tv. If not I have found using the enclosed audio/video patch cable to be quite adequate. The sorround sound outputs allow you to connect this to any dolby processor and by changing the options on the dvd player ensure you get the best sound possible. It also allows you connect a subwoofer ONLY if you find tv sound adequate but want some more base to flash it out some! My only gripe is that, having purchased this player for the sole reason that I have a pansonic dolby sorround tv, it does not output true sorround sound to the television. However, the sound it does output is clean and excellent. It also has a dialogue enhancement feature which if turned on increases the volume of dialogue without affecting music and sound effects!!! More useful than you might at first think, especially when watching something like Terminator 2!! I purchased my player over the internet from http://www.upgradeheaven.co.uk which meant it comes shipped as a multi-region player, and can play RCE disks, region 1's and any other region locked disk. I recommend ANYONE buying a new dvd player ensure it is multi-region. Discs from USA are cheaper, come out earlier and have alot of extra features. My reason for getting multi-region was twofold - i like alot of old musicals and things that are NOT available in the UK, but are in US - and also so I can obtain newer films earlier than the UK release date. You can find more information on particular specifications of the player @ http://www.panasonic.co.uk/nw/products/product.asp?c=DVDRV20EBS. Overall this is a quality DVD player that I would recommend to anyone who can afford £200 but not £400!!
I bought this DVD player from Richer Sounds in London Bridge a few months ago,so I've had a fair amount of time to play with the thing! Picture quality is fantastic and so is the sound. I don't think anyone will be unhappy with the playback functions. It even has a dialogue enhancer to help bring out the verbal sounds from the background noise - this is especially good for two speaker systems, where the sound isn't split into the proper channels. The in-film menu can be a little hard to navigate - but once you get used to it, its a doddle. When I bought this from Richer Sounds, I paid the extra 20/30 quid to make the machine multi-region. This is a must if you want to enjoy DVD titles from abroad, such as America. If your worried about playing RCE titles on this player - don't be! I played Hollow Man (region 1) on it the other day, and it works fine. So, as far as I can tell, RCE is beaten on this machine - but that maybe because of the multi-region mod that Richer Sounds fitted. As far as outputs, it has optical output for digital surround sound processors, scart, phono sockets (for hi-fi's). One downer I found is that this DVD player only outputs through scart in composite or S-VHS and not RGB. But to be honest S-VHS seems just as good to me. This player will convert output from PAL DVD's to NTSC (the american standard). On the whole, I would recommend this player to anyone looking to buy something better than the cheapo alternatives. In short if you prefer excellent picture and sound quality to gadgets and output ports, then get this player.