TWO MAJOR FAILURE'S IN 5 MONTHS Looks great, plays all kinds of formats and should be good value for money. BUT.....purchased this machine for occasional use in bedroom (perhaps once a week). In 5 months, this machine has failed twice. First failure after just 5 weeks (but product not replaced by Philips - but repaired) Both times it will not recognise ANY disc put into it. The first time round, a new Laser was fitted (requiring the machine to be sent back to Philips) and currently the machine is back with Philips again, the repairer tells me the Laser has failed again. On the same day from the same store, I purchased a Sony DVD also, for the kids bedroom. That machine is used EVERY day and has been perfect. Now obviously, not being technical, I dont know if all Philips DVD's have the same Laser, but they may well have? Unless you are the kind of person that likes hassle, or unless you want to get to know your local repair man very well, I suggest you avoid this DVD like the plague. Dont know about other Philips DVD's , but for sure, I wont buy anything Philips ever again. As for you, well the decision must be you
This DVD player is definitely a good purchase for £100 but I wouldn't pay any more for it. I bought mine from a catalogue as they had 20% off all electrical goods, and I?m glad they did, when I got the player out of the box I was disappointed at the look of the thing, it looks two years old with it's push button on/off switch and fascia which to be honest is a little bland. Not to be disheartened I plugged it in and off I went, the motor in it was noisy on the start-up but that quietened down after a while, the picture quality was as to be expected from a DVD player but certainly nothing exceptional as was the sound quality. I have had problems loading up some discs but after continual cleaning of the discs all seems to be well. The internal options on the player are very basic; clock countdown/count-up and stereo/ mono is pretty much it. I would recommend this player to parents that want to get a cheap DVD player for their teenage kid?s bedroom or as a second player for the TV in the main bedroom but not for use in the living room just because it is so basic.
I got one of these for £60 when I upgraded my mobile phone. So knowing nothing about DVD players, I bought it, figuring if it was no good I could take it back. I was really surprised by it. Excellent picture quality and playback, it comes with a DTS decoder built in and a zoom facility that you normally only find on more expensive players. It also has a soft-hack to make it multi-region which is very simple to find ;) and do. All in all for £60, it's a steal. The player is slim, sleek and doesn't look so inexpensive. The remote is a bit small and the button fiddly though. The firmware isn't great either but if I can work it without having to read the manual it can't be all bad. Recommended.