“ Manufacturer: Pioneer / Remote Control: Yes / Region free: Yes / Video CD Play: Yes / DVD-R Play: Yes / Scart socket (number): 1 / Built-in decoder: Dolby Digital / DTS „
I bought my 565S (the S is for silver) online at Techtronics.com - http://www.techtronics.com/uk/shop/50-pioneer-dv-565-s-multi-region-dvd-player.htm l - and can highly recommend both the player and the store. It cost £186.99 for the multi region version. Why pay so much for a DVD player when you can get one at Asda for £40? Well, I always do a lot of research before I buy pretty much anything. My research paid off big time because this is a cracking player. It?s well worth paying the extra to have the multi region version because it gives you so much more choice as to where you can buy your DVD?s. For example, I bought ?Finding Nemo? on region 4. At the time of writing this DVD can?t be bought on Region 2 (the Europe region) and when it is available it will be around £15 ? around £5 more than I paid to have it delivered from Japan to my door. It doesn?t take a mathematician to work out that you quickly get your money back. But many DVD players are multi region these days so what?s so special about the 565? It plays everything for starters. I filled a DVD with MP3?s today, several days? worth of music. It plays this no problem at all and has a random setting too. Great for when you have visitors ? endless background music. It plays VCD?s too. I made my own VCD today with 3 different mp4 video files on it, again no problem. Normal DVD?s are also playable, which is nice. I have played discs from 3 different regions without a hiccough. The full list of disks it will play: DVD/SVCD/VCD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-AUDIO/SACD/SACD MULTI. Note the last 3 in the list especially if you like your music. These are pretty rare for a player of this price. It?s not just about the type of discs and where they are from though. The connection options are superb. Two scarts and every audio connecter you can think of but the best connector is the component video output. That gives you perfect picture quality. It?s no exaggeration to say that the picture qu
ality is staggeringly good, though I guess that depends on what screen you are watching it on. Needless to say, if you have the inputs on your TV to use component video, you should use them. The player is a doddle to use. When you first turn it on it asks you what screen type you are using (wide or normal) and that is as difficult as it gets. Answer that question using the well laid out remote and you?re done. There are many options to tweak the picture and sound but you don?t have to bother really. This is as plug and play as anything gets. To top it all it also looks really good and that is very important to me. In conclusion: If you?re looking for a nice looking player that can play any disc you throw at it and gives great sound and vision then you can stop looking now, do yourself a favour, buy the 565.