This DVD player is everything you would associate with quality. It does everything you would expect from a normal DVD player and improves on it. It also does a lot more. I purchased this DVD player when it first came out at around £100 and has performed admirably and is even still in use today.
Aside from the usual features it features a high-speed processor for quick performance and response, zoom features to suit various displays and also a multitude of sound and picture options.
For your money you also get a well-performing DivX/XviD player with DivX video-on-demand (although this never really caught on). Other features include a slideshow player with music playback, a top-quality SACD and DVD-A player and also MP3 and WMA audio playback.
Now for some technical details. The player features a 192KHz/24-bit Digital-to-Analogue Converter, which means the player has full support for high-quality digital audio that most players won't even touch. The player also comes fully equipped for those with a surround sound 'kit' and features a full Dolby Digital and DTS decoder with 6-channel phono outputs. For those with audio processors or surround sound Audio-Video units you have both Optical and Coaxial outputs to satisfy your surround sound options.
The DVD player features a stylish on-screen Graphical User Interface that allows all aspects of the DVD player to be controlled and setup. The audio menu will allow you to set what speakers you have installed and also the distance each speaker is away from you so that delays are set correctly as well as equaliser settings and the audio output mode. The video options allow you to set how the picture is displayed including Contrast, Brightness, Sharpness, Chroma, Hue and many others. Depending on the software installed, you can also adjust things such as subtitle placement for those with full home-theatres and projectors.
A great feature of this player over others is the ability to upgrade the internal software to enable new features. This is done by simply burning the new software to a CD and loading it.
Many other owners of this player have praised it for its great sound quality and features. It does also have a progressive output mode for High Definition screens, but unfortunately does not support upscaling to 720p/i or 1080p/i through HDMI.
An excellent DVD player, I bought this machine specifically to play Divx and Xvid movies that I have downloaded from the Internet, and it plays them all flawlessly (unlike a lot of DVD/Divx players).
This machine was a replacement purchase of my Toshiba SD340, which never played a single disk correctly EVER! (Jerking picture, pausing then jumping, and screen blotches, even on brand new DVD disks). I had the Toshiba SD340 replaced twice, both replacement machines never played any disks or file formats correctly)
This Pioneer DV 575A does everything you want from a DVD/Divx machine, easy to use, terrific picture and sound quality, simple uncluttered menu (and actually looks good, unlike the no-name chepo machines that have god-awful menu screens), the Pioneer DV 575A even plays DVD audio disks.
One big bonus is that this machine auto corrects the displaying of MPEG2 files, which many machines do not do, which means you do not have to zoom in to get the correct aspect ratio on files of this type.
This is the perfect machine for internet movie file downloaders, you get a sturdy machine with a great quality picture and sound (inc Progressive scan), and if you have a CD or DVD burner, you know you can just download any movie file, quickly burn your downloads onto CD/DVD and watch on your TV, no file format conversion needed at all. Download Burn - Watch.
If you want a Grade A quality machine that plays every file format that you throw at it perfectly every time. Buy this machine, in the UK this player retails for about £100,