Product Type: Philips DVD players
Newest Review: ... forty pound plus games!) so we ended up with this modest little model. Well, Philips are an electronic brand I trust, and the specificat... more
A DVD player that is cheap but quite cheerful!
Member Name: KennyG5000
Advantages: Super slim and solidly built, all basics covered here
Disadvantages: The frame jumping that occurs when the screen is dark may be too much for some
So if you're looking in to picking up this DVD player you are obviously at the budget end of the market, as we were when we got it! When our last bells and whistles Sony DVD player gave up the ghost, I was in a quandary as to whether to dig deep in to my (unfortunately quite shallow!) pockets and opt for a Blue Ray player, or just spend the bear minimum to get the job done and still be able to watch a DVD every now and then. I figured that Blue Ray players were still yet to really crash in price, and also if you do want one you may as well cough up an extra hundred quid or so and bag yourself a nice shiny Playstation 3 (which can already play Blue Rays off the shelf).
Though I did try, alas, my wife would not go for the PS3 option (claiming it would quite rightfully lead to more expense when purchasing the forty pound plus games!) so we ended up with this modest little model. Well, Philips are an electronic brand I trust, and the specification all looked right for a DVD player; it plays 'CD,(S)VCD,DVD,DVD+R/RW,DVD-R/RW and MP3', so all bases covered there. The player is multi-regional, which I believe is a must these days when it is so convenient to pick up cheap imports of US discs (or even for rarities that have not come out in the UK at all). It also has 12bit/108 Mhz image processing, which according to the blurb makes everything look better. Well the picture quality I can say is spot on, and it features a sort of quality 'upscaling' feature in that it does a 'progressive scan' of the picture (techno babble for rendering both the odd and even lines vertically on the screen simultaneously rather than one after the other as normal). This again noticeably adds to the clarity of the picture even through a good old modest scart connection (which is all you are going to get on this model). So far, so good. However, I believe this also causes one little nag with this player that is sure to bug anyone. When watching a DVD and you come to a particularly 'dark' scene (not in the emotional sense, just basically any scene at night!) suddenly there's some jerky frame skipping going on, like you've suddenly dropped the DVD into slow motion. I think the image rendering just can't keep up with this progressive scan, (well that's my best guess anyway!), but is certainly annoying.
Oh well, you get what you pay for in this world I suppose. Everything else about the player is exactly what it says on the tin, and to be honest, it's pretty good for what you pay. The setup is a breeze, it loads discs nice and promptly and is not too noisy when spinning (have you ever tried to use a Playstation 2 to watch DVDs, now that's noisy!). It's robust; my toddler has had a few goes at pulling the DVD drawer in and out and so far the motor has held up well! It also looks sleek enough and is unobtrusive in black (obviously helps if TV, Sky Box etc are also that color mind!). Go for this DVD if you want something to tide you over until Blue Ray players become more reasonable is my best advice.
Summary: This player is now so cheap that it will tide you over nicely until you want a Blue Ray player!
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