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      12.09.2010 13:51
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      A nice and reliable DVD and CD player

      I've had this player quite a while but only recently used it as I usually just use my Xbox 360 for DVDs. It's a pretty good standard DVD player, is easy to use and can also play CDs. The DVD player is quite a large one actually, certainly not the smallest. It's silver and looks pretty modern however.

      You can buy one for around £45 nowadays. Ours came with a black remote, which has a slight hour-glass shape. On the top of the remote is a keypad along with a red power button, which can be used to switch the player on from your seat. Below are menu buttons and ones for directing yourself around the menus. The very bottom buttons are for controlling your music with a Philips logo right at the bottom of the remote. The remote is pretty small and fits in the hand well. The buttons are rubber-coated and very responsive as well as the DVD player to input.

      On the back is a battery holder. The remote takes 2 AA batteries, which came with our package and last a long time! An infra-red sensor on the remote is used to send signals to the DVD player. The box itself is quite large and has a silver colour to it. There is a large black screen on the front, which displays in crystal digital writing information to help guide you through the menus and it also displays times of the DVD and music you are listening to.

      To the left of the front face is a standby button, which is used in conjuction with the remote to quickly switch it on. On the right hand side are buttons to change the sound output (e.g. to surround sound) as well as a circular section with play, previous and next buttons. Pause and stop buttons lie just below to either side with an open and close button for the disc tray. There is no eject button on the remote, which is a bit of a drawback but you need to approach the DVD player anyway to enter a DVD or CD!

      The menus are a bit plain but not too bad. They are easy to navigate such as when you stick a CD in and you can change track using the remote and menus. The remote sits nicely on any surface really with four large stands to keep it a bit off the surface. The DVD player is complete with Dolby Surround Sound and various other features making it pretty good. The DVD quality has always been great and it runs them very smoothly without problems. It comes with a cable to hook up the player from the back of it to your TV. Apart from this, you must simply plug in the power cable for the DVD player separately.

      For the price it's at, it's a pretty good DVD player to buy - reliable and of good quality. It looks quite nice in a chrome/silver colour and the large black screen contrasts nicely with the vivid white display shown on it. It's a little bit on the large size and a tiny bit heavy too but it looks alright in the lounge amongst other equipment below the television. I'd recommend one although it's not the latest model so you may want to buy a newer one.

      Thanks for reading!

      :)

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