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We bought this DVD player to keep upstairs in our house and we always used the X box downstairs to watch DVD's. The DVD player is silver and very slimline so it's ideal if you need to fit into small spaces, and the plug socket wire is fairly long if your plug sockets are quite far away. It plays region 2 DVD's and you can play your CD's through it as well. The DVD comes with a remote control which is self explanatory and easy to use and there are buttons on the base of the DVD to play. skip, stop, prev etc if you ever lose the remote! They is also a zoom function where you can enlarge the picture you are watching, I think we have probably done this once when we first bought it to try it out, but after that I think it's a pointless function! I think it is good for general DVD viewing but I do find the picture quality is better through our X Box and with all the new Blue Rays coming out its making the DVD seem very outdated!
I cannot believe that you can still buy this player, but after careful consideration it shouldn't come as a surprise. I have owned the Philips DVP3005 since February 2006 and can say without question it has been one of the easiest, most reliable pieces of kit I have ever purchased. First of all, a couple of tech details. It has progressive scan which doubles the vertical resolution resulting in a noticeably sharper detail. Supports most dvd types, although there have been reported problems with dual layer dvd-r discs. Despite what the box says it is multi-region with the help of a handy code. (Press Eject, System Menu, Go To Preferences, Press 135566, Press Down on the Region Code Menu to display 0, System Menu, Standby.) It is very sleek as well, measuring only 37mm in height and comes in silver. Parental controls are available as well which makes it a good purchase for a kids room. Also comes with a basic function remote control. Having owned this and other Philips items, I can testify to their bulletproof reliability. This model of DVD player has been used extensively over the past five years without a hitch at it still looks as good as the day it was bought in terms of the picture and the physical condition of the unit. True DVD has been overtaken by Blu-Ray and with most perople now heading in that direction it would seem a little pointless buying one new, however at the price these units are going for I would certainly recomend it as a good purchase for kids rooms or just for backup.
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