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When purchasing our Phillips TV about 5 years ago, after the last one blew up whilst I was watching it (yes, really!), we received the Phillips DVP630 DVD player along with our new TV purchase. This is the first DVD player we had ever owned, as they hadn't been around forever at the time of purchase, and we wanted to complete our Phillips TV set as we also purchased a Phillip's video player. Although the DVD players of 5 years ago are perhaps not as sleek as today's current pick of the market, we were surprised how slimline it was, especially placed next to our cable box which looked gigantic in comparison. The player itself is silver, matching our TV and also comes with a set of controls.
In terms of ease of use, this player is extremely easy to use and to follow. To prove this, my Mum is a self confessed techniphobe (she asks me on a regular basis, whether it's the red or green button to accept a phonecall). Although she has difficulties being fluent with technology, so far this DVD player has been something she has never needed her children's help with using, and probably gets more use out of it then I do. As much as us kids may give her stick for saying "is this on, err hello?... oh!" on a voicemail message, much to our amusement, I do sympathise that technology can be baffling to those who haven't been brought up on it, which is why I am pleased to say even the greatest techniphobe should find using this DVD player very straightforward.
Operating the DVD player couldn't be simpler. On the front of the player, is a small screen with the corresponding buttons "play/stop", "open/close" and "standby". There are also further options on the remote control that is supplied with the DVD player. These options include subtitles, angle, zoom, audio, repeat, preview and mute. There is also a number pad and arrows, for easy navigation through options. Perhaps the only downside with this remote, is the fact it is rather bulky as it also requires 2 batteries in the underneath. I assume this is because this is related an earlier model of a DVD player, and I'm sure they are now more lightweight, but with this model's remote, it seems unnecessarily huge.
When it comes to picture quality, I am very impressed by the DVP630's capabilities. I remember when we bought the player, the salesman tried to tell us the picture quality depends on the scart cable you buy for it. Not quite sure I believed him on that one, however I certainly don't have any complaints when it comes to disc speed or picture quality, as they are both excellent on our tv (and it's not HD either!). In the time we have owned this, we have played all sorts of media such as films and live concerts, all of which have given excellent picture and sound quality. The DVP630 can also play DivX movies, which can also be made multi region using a simple code, and it also plays mp3s and reads pictures off the discs.
I suppose the real downside with this DVD player looking at now in 2010, is it probably doesn't compare to new models, or even Blu-Ray players that are now freely available for a lower cost. Tech geeks may not be enthralled by this player, however I think there also has to be some balance, as sometimes people don't require the fastest and the meanest machines to do the job - instead wanting something that just plays DVD's with no hassle and is easy to operate, which is what I believe the DVP630 does just fine. We have owned this model for 5 years now, it has always worked perfectly and reliably which is more than can be said for some of the gadgets we have bought within that time - namely kettles. So overall, if you can find this available on the market then I would recommend it, certainly. It's not the most flash of players compared with today's market, yet I would still recommend it for being straightforward and reliable.
An item in my home that has faithfully served both my husband and myself is our Philips DVP630 DVD Player, which we purchased a good few years ago.
Considering its' age, the player is extremely sleek and contemporary looking with its' polished silver appearance. Whilst its' not as compact as some of the models currently available, it is fairly small and measures 44 cm wide, 24½ cm in depth and 4½ cm in height.
Unfortunately, as with most DVD players, there was no RGB cable supplied to enable us to connect it to our "TV out" socket, but I'm sure most people already have one of these in their possession.
The appearance of the player is considerably compact as there are very few buttons on display. An easy to use "standby-on" switch is situated on the left hand side and next to it is the disc tray, which I am pleased to say correctly functions. The reason I say this is that we've owned so many players that had failed to release the disc tray and only operated after receiving a good thump!
Located on the right hand side of the disc tray is the "open/close" button and there are a few operational buttons on the right hand side of the player, such as "stop", "pause" and the display light, which illuminates depending on the status of the DVD player.
The rear of the player provides you with the usual sockets, such as mains, audio out, S-Video out and Video out, optical and coaxial. There are also three buttons named Y, Pb and Pr, which enable you to connect to the corresponding input of a TV. Unfortunately, I'm not technically minded and have written this paragraph based on my hubby's rather vague explanation!
The player is provided with an easy to hold infrared remote control, which is operated with two AA batteries. I simply hate it when manufacturers provide us consumers with huge remote controls, which are frequently nearly as big as the product itself, but this remote is reasonably sized. However, for some reason, there is no button to open and close the disc tray and whilst I appreciate that someone would need to physically get up from their chair and walk to the player to remove the disc, the majority of remotes usually tend to provide this function.
The remote provides you with a host of features where you can access subtitles, select DVD camera angles and enlarge pictures on your TV screen. There is also a feature, which I've never seen on any other DVD player and that is a repeat option, which enables you to repeat specific sections of a disc.
The user manual is extremely user friendly and consists of just 34 pages, unlike some manufacturers who provide you with hundreds of pages of useless and complicated technical jargon! If I can understand the manual, anyone can, as there are step-by-step guides on how to set up and operate your new machine.
The player is compatible with both NTSC and PAL and you can also set your preferred language by working through the system menu.
We have never experienced any problems with the DVD playback, such as the picture freezing or jumping and I can honestly say, that this player was worth every penny. As we purchased it a good few years ago, I cannot recall how much we paid, but I'm sure it was in the region of around £80 - £100.
Whilst this player is more expensive than other models, it is not your normal run-of the-mill DVD player as it is not limited to just playing Region 2 discs. The beauty of this machine is that you are also able to play multi-region discs, ie those labelled with Region 1.
Whilst I have not used all the features that this player has to offer, I find it extremely easy to use and the system menu is very easy to navigate for novices, such as me! As with the majority of players, you can customise it to suit your personal needs with settings such as the brightness of the picture and parental control passwords.
I've checked online in an attempt to provide you with up to date prices for the Philips DVP630 DVD Player and whilst Amazon usually stock this model, they are currently unavailable. However, a company by the name of RGBDirect.co.uk are selling this item brand new for £79.95.
As this is such a high quality DVD player, it receives 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and I would thank you for reading.