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Last year I made the decision at home to upgrade our DVD players and replace them with BluRay players. I'd already ugraded the televisions I have at home and bought HD ready ones so it seemed to make sense to take advantage of the advancements in technology and watch films in high definition. To date I certainly have never regretted my decision but I did have the problem of what to do with the DVD players that were no longer needed. I had 2 DVD players at the time, the Philps DVP3120 (which I'm going to cover in this review) and an old Sony one which was bought many years ago when players were expensive and at the time cost me well in excess of £100.00. There was nothing wrong with either DVD player, they were well looked after and I didn't want to just throw them away so instead I made the decision to give them both a new home at the caravan I own with my wife.
A respected name in the electronics industry, Philips have been around for years and I regard them as a producer of high quality and durable electrical items. The DVD revolution was one that I joined very early on and remember buying my first unbranded player when they were new on the market in the mid to late 90's and paid an extortionate amount for it. Over time, like everything else these days, prices tumble and when it came to replacing my old workhorse of a DVD player there were many options to choose from and in the end I settled for this, the Philps DVP3120
===Philips DVP3120, My Opinion===
Regarded as a 'budget' player, the DVP3120 cost around £40.00 when I bought it from Asda a couple of years ago. Certainly not the cheapest option but mid range in price there were a number of factors which made me decide on this model; the size of it appealed to me primarily and compared to my clunky old player this was sleek and modern in appearance. The supplied picture should give an idea of its dimensions but out of its box it measures up at just 36cm in length, 21cm in width and less than 4cm in depth so ideally sized to sit in any TV cabinet or where space is at a premium. The fact that it is a multi-region player also appealed to me (the player required a hack code which is easily found online) as I own a number of Region 1 DVDs and wanted to be able to watch them if I wanted to. These factors along with the Philips name made my decision that much easier and 2 years later I'm still as happy with it as I was the day I bought it.
The player can play just about anything given to it from DVD+/- R/RW discs, CD's, VCD's and of course DVD's, Jpeg, WMA and MP3 data stored on disc can be played back without concern and although I only ever use mine for playing films or music I have never had a problem with any DVD or CD that I wanted to play. It connects to a television set by Scart lead and comes complete with a small yet sturdy remote control which has a nice weight to it and is well designed to be used instinctively once you get used to it. The front facia of the player is simple in its design with small rectangular eject, stop and play buttons featuring as well as a long on/off button and other than the disc tray and digital display there's nothing complicated about this machine or how it operates whatsoever.
The disc tray ejects easily without sticking and once a disc is put into place it feeds it smoothly into the machine. Automatically set to play once the internal lasers have recognised what it is playing the DVP3120's picture quality is superb and displays films without pixellations, any interference or visual lines or distortions. I have played hundreds of films on this player and its still as quick to spring to life and play my discs today as it was when I took it out of the box.
A nice feature with the player is the 'progressive scan' fast forward and rewind function, unlike some cheaper players which act like VHS machines and show onscreen lines and distortions this machine actually scans through a film scene by scene without interference so finding a point in a film is easily achieved. Similarly another nice touch is that the DVD player will restart at the point you stop a film at (very annoying if you are disturbed whilst watching something and have to press the 'stop' button), some DVD players will turn themselves off after a period of inactivity and then force you to start a film back from the beginning, this model will turn itself off but will restart at the point you pressed the stop button and I find this very handy if I have fallen asleep watching a film and want to continue with it without having to mess around finding the point of the film I got to. Like many players you have various functions to be able to explore if you so desire, there are buttons for the Menu, Subtitles, Chapters etc as well as the play, pause, rewind and fastforward all conveniently placed on the remote control so easily accessible.
All in all I've never had any issues with the laser heads, it's never been cleaned inside and I've never had a disc get caught in the internal mechanics. Simply put the DVP3120 has been a reliable player which has done exactly what I wanted and expected a DVD player to do and I have never had a problem with it even though it has been very well used in the time I have owned it.
Due to its size this would be a player well suited for a bedroom, at home I had this in our spare room which we converted into a second sitting room with my computer, games console and second television whereas at my caravan it sits on a small shelf with a TV on top of it and fits in perfectly without taking up much room. For anyone looking for a reliability and something for them to play their DVDs on then there's very little to criticise as far as this model goes. Even the remote control is easy to handle and operate, there's nothing particularly fancy about it but it has withstood being dropped on the floor on multiple occasions and has remained intact. Some remotes feel flimsy and badly made, the one for the DVP3120 is small yet has a reassuring weight to it, it fits in your hand comfortably and the buttons have a nice springiness when depressed.
===Conclusion and My Rating===
For a simple, low price DVD player this is definitely one to consider should you be looking for maybe a second player in your home. The only downside with this particular model as far as I can see is its availability now. Technology moves on at great speed these days and ground breaking or innovative products seem to become obsolete a lot quicker than they once did, the DVP3120 is no different and seems to be confined to being available only on the second hand market or from independent electrical retailers now. I wouldn't review something that wasn't available to buy as I see little point in recommending something to potential consumers if they can't actually get their hands on the product, luckily this model is still available on Ebay (both in new and used condition) with prices starting for around £20.00 and at that price I consider it to be an absolute steal and I would wholeheartedly recommend this DVD player to anyone.
I'm awarding a perfect 5 star rating for the Philips DVP3120 DVD player basing this on the fact I have owned mine for a few years now and never had any problems with it. It plays DVDs and CD's without issue, takes up very little space and for the money I spent on it it has proven its worth many times over. Definitely recommended as far as I'm concerned, thanks for reading my review.
Please note that this review also appears on ciao under my username.
Looking around for something to review that didn't come from Lush, I spied my DVD player hiding under my wardrobe. At first I wasn't sure whether to review it or not, seeing as it is over three years old and isn't even available to buy any more. However, there's something to be said for a DVD player that doesn't stop working after a short time, so I felt a review wouldn't be inappropriate. I should point out that I haven't used it continually for those three years - for one year I was living in Cambridge and another in Sheffield and didn't bother taking my DVD player with me, as I used my laptop to watch films instead. However other family members have used it on occasion, and I've used it myself when I've been home for holidays.
I received this model for my birthday back in July 2007. It cost around £30 at the time, which I felt was a very good price for a DVD player. I felt that Philips was a well-known and trusted brand. The model name isn't particularly memorable and in fact I had to look up the name on the box, which I still have, in order to work out which model I actually owned!
I was impressed straight away by the appearance and size of the DVD player. It is an attractive silver colour, very small and compact and sits happily under my wardrobe, where I keep it on top of the box to minimise dust (I must have the dustiest bedroom in the universe!). It has a simple design with a few buttons: open/close, play/pause and stop. I seldom use any of the buttons except open/close. The DVD drawer is on the left of the machine.
The player comes with a remote with many more buttons, but after all this time I can't remember if it came with the relevant connecting leads (reviews on Amazon suggest that it didn't). I'll just point out that it's best to check this before purchasing, as if you don't have any leads handy you'll need to buy them and this should be factored into the purchase price.
The DVD player is easy to use and straightforward. I've never had a problem playing any DVDs on it (except for the odd one from Lovefilm which is damaged, in which case it doesn't work on my laptop either, meaning it is the disc, not the player, which is at fault). I'm happy with the sound and vision quality, but to be honest the TV I use with the player is over ten years old so any problems I would put down to the TV! The DVD player doesn't have surround sound but again with the TV I use it is not a problem. According to several reviewers on Amazon it is possible to programme the player to play multi-region DVDs but this is something I have never tried as I only own Region 2.
The remote sensor is responsive although I find it tricky to get it to register sometimes, owing to the fact that my DVD player sits quite low down on the floor and is sometimes hidden by clothes hanging out of the wardrobe - this is not the player's fault however.
I only have a couple of slight issues with this DVD player. One is that there is no open/close button on the remote, there is only one on the player itself. This isn't a major problem, seeing as you can't put a DVD into the drive without being next to the player anyway. However, I do think it takes too long between pressing the open/close button and the drawer actually opening or closing. I am a very impatient person however, so perhaps I'm just being silly!
Another, more major niggle is that if you pause the player and go away for some reason for more than ten minutes, the player will switch off and won't remember where it was up to, so if you want to carry on playing the DVD from that position you'll have to skip/fast forward to it manually.
Overall, however, I am very happy with this DVD player and it is perfectly adequate for my needs. It's been going for three and a half years and shows no sign of giving up yet. At £30 it was a bargain and I would certainly recommend this DVD player and the Philips brand.
I do not seem to have had much luck with technology in the past - in the days of video players I think I went through about five in the space of a year, each of which blowing up or just going on strike (this may have something to do with them all being hand me downs and probably very much on there last legs anyway). This is the second DVD player I have owned myself, the first one going the way of the video players - to the technology scrap heap in the sky. I bought it for around thrity pounds, which I thought was very reasonable, and I have been using it for about a year with no problems to date (fingers crossed!).
The Philips DVP3120 is a lovely slimline shape, meaning it doesn't take up too much room, is a silver grey colour, and doesn't really have too much going on on the front (not too many buttons to confuse you), with just a display that shows you how long the DVD has been playing ofr, and some buttons for play and stop, and open/close. The DVD was easy to set up, although it didn't come with a SCART lead, but if you've owned a DVD player before you probably have one already. The picture quality is excellent, and although I think that it makes a slight humming noise underneath the otherwise perfect sound, this may be my TV, I am not sure. The remote is easy to use, and if you are complete ninnies like us and manage to lose it you can buy a replacement for under ten pounds. I was impressed though that I could still use the player without the remote, because the basic funtions are on the box itself.
All in all I have been most impressed with our bargain DVD player, it hasn't broken yet which is the main thing!
Several months ago when I was looking for an additional DVD player for the house, I found the Philips DVP3120 model on Amazon. To be honest, the main thing that attracted me to the DVD player was the price, as at just £30, I thought this was fairly cheaply price considering it looked quite attractive with it's slimline silver body.
The design of the DVD player is very good, and I found that with it's silver metal body and tiny height (just 4cm) it fitted into our TV cabinet easily and looked very good. It works in the same way as most other DVD players, with an opening tray on the front (opened with either the remote or by pressing the open or close button on the front of the machine. Similarly, the machine has standby, play/pause and stop buttons on the front, which is useful if you can't find the remote to operate it from afar. The remote is again very simple, taking 2 AAA batteries to power it. It's easy to use and I found that it was intuitive and quick to figure out.
I don't really expect much from DVD players, I just want them to play normal DVDs and ideally rewriteable DVDs which I like to put my programmes onto. This DVD player does just that, playing DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CDs and VCDs. All in all, this plays much more than I need it to at the moment, which is a bonus. It can also play JPEG, MP3, and WMA files on discs, which is useful if you want to show your photos or play music via the player. I don't really use this feature though!
The menu system on the DVD player is easy to figure out, and when it's playing films and DVDs the picture it plays is clear and doesn't skip or jump. For the price I paid for this device, I think it does it's job well. There are more expensive DVD players around, that have a lot more features, but for me this cheaper player does exactly what I want it to do and more. If you're looking for a good, basic DVD player, that does it's job well, then this could be the one for you.
Plays CD, (S)VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, MP3, WMA and JPEG.
12-bit/108MHz video processing for sharp, natural images
192kHz/24 bit audio DAC to enhance analogue sound input
High quality outputs for analogue & digital audio
Progressive Scan component video gives optimised image quality
There was a time when DVD players were expensive and large devices - in fact, my first DVD player was a tank-like Matsui which cost around £300! Nowadays, DVD players can be picked up incredibly cheaply, and they're a lot smaller than they used to be. A perfect example is the Philips DVP3120 - a slim-line model which can currently be purchased from amazon.co.uk for only £30.
Design & Appearance
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Constructed from silver grey metal, the DVP3120 is an incredibly slim player with a height of only four centimetres. It's fairly minimalist in appearance and although not especially beautiful, it's certainly unobtrusive. The front of the device features four buttons ('standby', 'open / close', 'play / pause', and 'stop'), and there is a small screen which illuminates with green text when in use. Discs are entered into the player via an opening tray on the front left hand side, whilst the power cord is of the non-removable variety and attaches into the left rear of the unit - it's around a metre-and-a-half in length, and is certainly long enough so that the player can sit happily in most cabinets without too much of a stretch to the mains.
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The player will read standard DVDs as well as audio CDs and VCDs. It will also accept recordable media such as DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW discs - impressive considering the fact that many cheaper players struggle to do so. Another bonus is the player's ability to read discs containing JPEG, MP3, and WMA files - so you can also view your pictures and listen to your music via the device. As a multi-region 'capable' player, the DVP3120 will play region two discs by default, but will also read region one discs if you press the 'setup' button on the remote, and then navigate to the preferences page and enter '138931' - it's as simple as that!
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Normally advanced features are reserved for high-end DVD player models, but the DVP3120 comes with a progressive scan option - this means that the vertical resolution of the image is doubled, resulting in a noticeably sharper picture. Of course, achieving a progressive resolution depends on how you hook up the player to your TV - more about that in the next section.
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Round the back of the player, there are a number of connectors which should suit the majority of TV inputs - there's a standard SCART out, plus component video out for a higher quality of picture (you'll need this for the progressive scan mode). Finally, audio is catered for via a standard white and red stereo output, or a coaxial digital out. Unfortunately, a digital optical out is missing (my preferred choice for achieving Dolby 5.1 surround sound) - but hey, let's not forget that this is only a £30 player.
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The DVP3120 comes with a rather squat plastic remote, which, although simplistic in appearance, contains everything you will need to operate the player from a distance. Light grey in colour, the remote is comfortable to hold, and the rubberized buttons are large and easy to press - it takes two AAA batteries which are included.
Audio and Picture Quality
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In terms of the picture quality, the Philips is especially impressive considering its tiny price-tag - images are sharp and move with a smooth motion, whilst colours are vibrant and natural looking. One downside is the fact that audio output is actually quieter than it would be from your TV normally (without the player attached) - to be honest it's not a massive difference, but it's certainly noticeable.
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The DVP3120 features what is essentially a basic yet functional set of options which are accessed via the 'setup' button on the remote - there are settings for brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, and all the picture control basics, plus options (which should be set when you first use the product) for changing the default TV type (e.g 4:3 / 16:9).
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If you're after a budget DVD player, then you certainly can't go wrong with the Philips DVP3120 - it provides a decent picture quality whilst including high end features such as progressive scan and multi-region compatibility. The player is very user-friendly, and would undoubtedly suit an older user, or someone who hasn't owned a DVD player before - highly recommended.
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12-bit/108MHz video processing for sharp, natural images
192kHz/24 bit audio DAC enhances analogue sound input
High quality outputs for analogue and digital audio
Plays CD, (S)VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, MP3, WMA and JPEG.
Progressive Scan component video for optimised image quality
Having needing a new DVD player for our bedroom, we decided to get one 'on a budget' as were unsure whether to get a Blu Ray player yet or not. So, as with most electronic goods I buy, I set aboutbwith some research.
After reading many reviews, I ordered the Philips DVP3120 from Amazon as I was impressed with other owners comments on it's ease of use and facilities. Delivery was as prompt as ever and I soon had it hooked up to the TV.
On first impressions, I liked how slimline it was, measuring approx 35cm W x 20cm D x 4cm H. It sat very neatly un the TV. The remote control was quite small with a very basic layout. One of the first thing I noticed was that there was no tray open/close button on the remote and so this had to be operated on the unit each time. Not much of an issue but it would have been nice to have as it comes as pretty much standard on DVD remotes these days.
Picture quality was obviously very good although the unit does make very loud clunking noises when playing from one menu to another. It can also be made to be multi-regional, which is a huge plus point. If you search the product name and 'multi regional', you should find how to do it. It's very simple.
Overall, this isn't a bad DVD player for around £30. It plays all standard formats (DVD, MP3, JPGs, etc) and does so well. The remote control could be a little more ergonomically pleasing and that tray release button would have been quite sensible.
All in all,if you want a cheap and cheerful DVD player, this will certainly do the job quite well.
Generally hailed on Amazon.co.uk as the cheapest, slimmest and best "no frills" DVD around, Philips DVD player really is rather slimline and simple!
Picture and sound quality are great and the set up was extraordinarily simple. Simply plug in a SCART lead (not included), plug into the mains, switch on power and off you go.
The remote control (with batteries included) is really nice and small - yet another remote to add to our already unnecessarily vast collection! But it's got everything you could want - fast forward, skip, all sorts of program features (that I doubt I'll ever use).
One disadvantage of the player is that there is no "last memory" feature, that is, if you're playing a DVD, then switch the player off, the player won't remember where you stopped your DVD. I know some players do come with this handy feature built in. All this means though is that you just have to remember where you were in your film / series etc.
I've had no problems with the machine yet. The box claims that the DVD can "fit anywhere" (or words to that effect). Well, obviously this is difficult to believe, but it really was no problem to install on a shelf. One other problem I have heard of is that the machine won't sit on a combined "TV / DVD Wall Rack" - that is, one of those brackets you can use to elevate your home cinema entertainment system.
Hope this has been helpful. I got mine in a Woolworth's sale for £30. Amazon have them for £29 but seem to be frequently out of stock!
As a student I spend the majority of my time watching daytime TV and sleeping, but on the odd occasion that I want to watch a DVD I have a handy little one perched under my TV. I started out uni life with a small Ultrabrand Asda £20 thing, but halfway through it's third year of life it did something funny and wouldn't display properly. My dad took me to Curry's and we found the Philips DVD players on offer for £30 in a great stack next to a rather intimidating 32" widescreen TV.
The thing itself is very slimline, hardly taller than the dvd drawer. Not many buttons and neat little screen that handily tells you the function you've asked it to perform. Overall it's very basic, and the codes to make it multiregion are easily found after a google search for the product code.
It does take a little while to react sometimes to the button you press on the remote, but it does it. Also, the remote has about 50 buttons that you don't use or even know what they're for. It would be useful to have an eject button on the remote, but for £30 I can reach across the room and do it manually. #
I've never had a problem trying to play any type of disc, DVDR's DVDRW's as well as normal shop bought DVDs. Written CD's and bought CD's also work perfectly - as do region 1 DVD's thanks to the multiregion code.
Overall this a good piece of kit that is well worth the £30 paid.
The DVD player is one of the oddities of modern technology - the cheaper and older they are the more likely they are to play rental discs, and its very annoying. I think we have all had the frustrating experience where state-of-the-art kit won't play discs and we are up and down to the player to get through the movie, eventually whacking the box in irritation. For some reason £300 pound players will find every scratch and mark on the disc whilst those sturdy £29.99 jobs with just three buttons on the fascia will pretty much play any film, even those with the disc as rough as Cameron Diaz skin.
The good thing about this situation is the rental stores are very sympathetic and know that DVD movies are indeed crap after about free rents and offer to clean them up there and then, or give you a refund or replacement. But again that does involve more annoyance taking them back during the rental period. Music wise I have refused to buy CDs for this very same reason, right from the day they took over from the trusty and durable tape player. Portable CD players are useless and not a patch on tape players. I sued to run a lot and listen to music when I trained. Portable DVD players had to be handled even more delicately than those nuclear triggers they used to pull out of the bombs...don't touch the sides...one false move and they jump... Fortunately the MP3 format saved the day and I think they really do need to design likewise for movies as this rental disc thing is very irritating. I was equally in love with video tape, but once Choices went under and Blockbusters started to just rent DVDs I had no choice in the matter and so went in search of a player.
To be honest it was a short search, a herring bone pile of them in the aisle at Dixon's at a clearance price of £30 bucks fine by me. I'm not into lots of lights and twiddly buttons and with play and fast- forward clearly marked I took one off the top and was out of their before the annoying spotty attendant could even attempt to sell me a 48 inch plaza to go with.
As you would expect my telly wasn't exactly what you get around the Beckhams, a square analogue peg in a round SCART hole. But I'm like a surgeon with those wires and if you plug the SCART from the Video player into the SCART on the DVD player it doesn't need a SCART socket in the telly. Job done!
I prefer black electrical goods over the silver ones because in my experience black ones are better. To prove it the black box in aero planes is actually silver. The place crashed! You see what I mean?
Although the player is basic it's the input and output plugs at the back that's important. You can plug in anything you need in there and boost up the power and ability of the slender oblong. Sound-surround speakers will slot in nicely and that 48 inch monstrous TV. Another amp, maybe, your home video kit straight in. No problem. The DVD player's only job is to spin the disc-all lasers that read the discs are all the same. The player has no other job than to just get a laser to read the disc. Your extra hundred quid won't buy you a better laser. When you pay big bucks for a DVD player, never mind how many multi-regional chips it's got, you're paying for the brand full-stop. You can get multi regional codes off the internet.
The action is with the remote control. Oh yes! All those buttons that mean nothing mean something. You could be sitting there with a movie dragging on and your finger accidentally pressing a button with initials above it. Suddenly the audio commentary comes on. Interesting? That's the language button by the way. Try it! No one knows what the 'PBC' button is for. The 'Display' one will give you how much of the movie has gone, and if you keep pressing, how much is left. Those buttons mean things. Press away. All the other buttons are there and there is a 5 x slow motion for your porno and horror replays. This model doesn't record TV programs though. It will play your music though. Yes, DVD players are also CD players. What do you mean you didn't know that girls!
12-bit/108MHz video processing for sharp, natural images
192 kHz/24 bit audio DAC enhances analogue sound input
High quality outputs for analogue and digital audio
Plays CD, (S) VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW
Plays MP3, WMA and JPEG digital camera photos
Progressive Scan component video for optimized image quality
Ultra-slim design that fits anywhere?
I bagged it at £29, 99 and I think it's on Amazon for about twenty quid. With cheap cell-phones as little as ten quid, now is the time to buy a cheap DVD player for your bedroom when the main pansy one down starts won't play your rentals. For once the best technology is not the best technology. Keep it generic, keep it cheap guys!
How can I say? I can't compare it to the other hundred makes. For me I went cheap because I knew I was buying the laser and not the brand. This will do the job and you won't have to get up to many times during the film and have to eject the disc and polish it with your bloody sleeve.