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As with most of the electronic and other devices I possess, I am always quite pleased with my instincts when it comes to buying the right product and at the right price. My new acquisition the Philips DVD711 DVD Player is no exception. At just £189 this beauty is pure value for money. It provides you with almost the full potential of the DVD experience for a fraction of the cost of other DVD players boasting the same specifications. As is required I will first go through some of the important specifications. This player is capable of playing not only DVD but also Video CD (VCR’s) and Audio CD’s. This allows you the convenience of being able to slip in any CD’s and to know that it’s going to work regardless of the type. The system is PAL/NTSC and again this is a plus point. Here in the UK we use PAL system as do most of the other European countries, expect France which uses SECAM. However in the States they use NTSC and therefore many people who might have purchased DVD’s in the States, will find that they cannot be viewed on some players over here. The audio on this player is excellent. Not only does it provide you with crisp and realistic sounds but you can also attach a Sub Woofer and Bass to the unit to provide you with the Home Cinema sound that is so proudly advertised. What they don’t tell you though is that you have to purchase the sub woofer yourself. My personal recommendation is that you run the sound through your existing sound system (Hi-Fi) and position your speakers, preferably four speakers, in all four corners of the room you’re using it in. This achieves remarkable results. The picture quality is excellent. Colourrs look natural and the image is sharp with high detail level even in dark areas. When the “Pause” feature is selected your picture just stops dead right where you want it and the still picture quality is just incredible. One other feature that has to be mentioned is that if you hit the “Stop” button at any time in the middle of the film, whenever you are ready to resume your viewing it will continue from the exact spot where you stopped. This was not the case with my old DVD player and I understand that even newer models do not have this feature. On these models you had to pause the picture and the pause feature could only hold for a few minutes before automatically releasing itself and continue to play. Alternatively you had to stop and then when you were ready again you had to fast forward until you got to the right part. This was extremely inconvenient. This DVD player not only allows you to fast forward/backward but to also slow forward/backward.. The fast forward/backward is also a lot faster than previous models and this was one of the drawbacks of DVD’s in comparison to Video. This problem has not somewhat been rectified although it’s still slower than a VCR/VCD. It also has a Zoom feature which you can use if you pause the picture. It allows you several levels of Zoom. However the picture loses it’s quality greatly when this feature is used. This particular model comes in a Silver colour case only. This may put some people of as I know that many of people prefer the black. However for me it was ideal because most of the other stuff is in silver so it matched just perfectly. It weighs 4kgs which is quite heavy compared to other models. However since you are not really going to be moving it around much, this should not be a problem. The Remote Control has an unusual button layout but provides you with all the required selections for your comfort. Once again I wish to reiterate that at £189 this machine is an excellent buy for a high quality branded product.. If you do not require the Zoom feature I think they have another model for around £20.00 less. I’ve been using mine now fo
r over two weeks and I am thoroughly enjoying my viewing experience. It’s Christmas so why not treat yourself or someone else to something special.
As the modern world moves into a new era of cinema that demands clearer pictures and sound so precise you could hear a pin drop on set, DVD is becoming an ever-growing force in home-cinema! But with so many models to choose from, it is often hard to pick a good model for your choice of movies. What is so appealing about this model is that it is so easy to use. Put the DVD in and it will load up instantly. If you use a multi-region form of this player and put an american disc in, the dvd player will automatically adjust to the disc's regional settings without you having to lift a finger, allowing you time to settle back in your armchair. with two simple menu bars, the viewer is able to adjust their viewing preferences from three possible screen sizes, although on a normal television it appears that this option is limited to just two. I think that the other option is reserved for widescreen televisions. There is a possibility of zooming in on the action or even slowing it down to a number of speeds or frame by frame to see every element on screen. there is also the customary scene selection for the scenes you love and the option of adding subtitles in a variety of languages, or even to dub the film itself in different languages. This model in its multiplayer form is unmissable for its price and with the name of phillips attached to it, you know that the sound and the clarity of the visual are going to be above many other possible brand names on the market. If you like your films, why not play them on something you can really appreciate them on?
I thought long and hard before I purchased this DVD player from PHILIPS. I weighed up all the pros and cons and the ins and outs and the advantages and disadvantages.I didnt just go for the cheapest machine either...for that would have been the easy way out. The first thing that cought my eye was the beautiful 'sleek' look of the machine (Silver-grey/black) and the increddible 'quietness' of its opperation..as was kindly demonstrated to me, by the sales-man. Its matching remote controll (adequetely sized) fits well into the palm of the hand and has simple to understand legends...following the usual audio-visual formats.There are 'not too many' evenly sized buttons... making every button just as easy to reach as the next... when in use. Setup of the machine was so simple...even for me...and i'm not the best at this sort of thing normally. The instructions were plain and easy to understand...Philips had left nothing to chance (that I could find). After setting up I switched the machine on... and boy WAS I IMPRESSED? WELL YES! Because it has 2 channel sound output with ratio's 4:3/16:9 display- playback, which gives excellent viewing (espescially in widescreen). There is both CHAPTER and TITLE select...with on screen display...which is a boon if like me you are not totally litterate in these matters. Unlike some DVD players this one boasts favorite track selection..which trust me comes well in handy. There is also a full '3D sound' facility, which trust me, sounds absolutly incredible...and is far superior to other machines in its price range. The Digital audio output supports PC/MPEG/AC3 and DTS. This means that this particular machine will not become 'obsolete' in the near future. There are SCART and RF sockets on the back...which also means that you will be able to virtually blast the house down...and connect this equipm
ent to just about any other modern media. At £219.00 u.k. this machine is a giveaway, packed with features and fun and should bring any user just about thousands of hours of pleasure!