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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.