Choosing a DVD player is as simple or hard as you want to make it. Either you can go for the price and availability, or you can get one to cater for your individual needs; i.e., whether you want to be able to play discs from other countries (a non-region or multi-region player), or whether you want to have different camera angles or zoom facilities, etc. When my husband said that we couldn't live without a DVD player in the house, my first thoughts were a) Why do we need one? b) Can we afford one? He convinced me that we could afford it and that I would wonder what I had ever done without one. So, we consulted various Consumer reviews and catalogues from retailers to make our choice. This done, we went to our local branch of Comet, in Chesterfield town centre, to see what offers they had. We left half an hour later, proudly clutching our new Proline 1000 DVD player. It had been reviewed favourably, was reasonably priced (it cost about £100) and had won a couple of consumer awards. My husband quickly connected it to the television set and we sat down to watch a film we had borrowed from our local library. Before I relate our experiences and findings I should first provide the technically minded among you with the system details. PROLINE 1000 DVD PLAYER FEATURES: DVD/VCD/Video CD playback. Resume play option. Dynamic range compression. Zoom mode. Repeat play. Parental lock. Two speed. Slow motion. One Scart (RGB/ composite compatible. S-video (an alternative to Scart) mini-DIM socket. Optical and coaxial digital output. 96Khz 24 bit DAC. Multi-language support. On screen display. DIMENSIONS: 430 (W) x 300 (D) x 85 (H) mm WEIGHT: 4.2kg. AWARDS: What TV & Video award 2000. Best Budget DVD Player winner. Right, glad that's over with. Most of that means nothing to me, but it does to some people and it says all this on the box and in the reviews. I'm not sure about the cur
rent price, ours was about £150 pounds at the time, but prices and offers are changing all the time. One other selling point was that it was a nice gold colour and shiny things have always appealed to me! Generally I was quite pleased with its performance, it did what it was supposed to do and the picture quality was good too. It was simple to understand and the remote control, though not remarkable, was user-friendly. I was particularly impressed by the repeat and zoom functions. So up until now this is quite a positive opinion and it seems as though I am recommending this product. It was only when we came to eject the disc that the problems began. The tray opened but, to our shock and dismay, there was no DVD! It had become trapped inside the machine and my husband had to remove it using his fingers. We thought that maybe we hadn't put the disc in correctly so we tried it again and the same thing happened, meaning the old fingers in the tray routine again! This was dangerous, painful and not to be recommended; but it had to be done before we could return the player to Comet. When we returned it to the shop we were told that we had probably "seated" the DVD incorrectly or that we had played the disc too long and it had got too warm. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the point of watching the film is to see it all, not watch a bit, let the player cool down for a bit and then watch some more! Woe betide anyone who wants to watch Titanic! He asked if we would like a replacement Proline machine, but we declined. It might just have been a fault with that particular machine but we didn't want to risk it. We are now very happy with our Toshiba DVD player and have given Proline a wide berth from now on. So, I am afraid I will not be recommending the Proline 1000 DVD player to other buyers. My bad experience has put me off and meant that I could not trust the same thing to happen again. It may just be a one
off, but it is a potential fault that people should be aware of when choosing a product. The cheapest is not always the best option and it did damage one of the DVDs quite badly.
About a year ago, after earning my first ever wage packet from work and wanting to spend it as soon as possible, I was looking around on the ‘net at various things I could buy. I thought about acquiring a Mini-Disc player, although they seemed a bit too expensive, and I also dabbled with the idea of a new VCR (my current one makes a noise not unlike that of an exploding hedgehog every time you try and insert a tape) but in the end I decided on a DVD player. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc, like a CD, but only with more data on it and used for watching films, and for playing games, not listening to music (yet!)) has grown massively over the past 2 years – so much so that it has changed from a relatively unknown area of entertainment to a hugely well-developed and extremely popular area of entertainment, so much so that it now makes up 40% of the films that are bought on the market (a number which is on the increase all the time). Part of the attraction to DVD is the new and fascinating technology, although the picture quality and the surprisingly low price also contribute to consumers embracing the new form of home entertainment. So was my need to have one of these machines of my very own. Whilst searching around on the net on various price comparison sites, to discover the best possible price and machine my money could get me, I came across the Proline 1000 DVD Player. It was at, what I considered to be an unbelievable price (around £80), which led me to be slightly dubious about the quality of the machine, although I now know I needn’t have worried. One of the things about DVD players, I have since discovered, is that generally you are only paying for either the brand name (such as Sony, Sharp etc.) or the design, functions and ease-of-use of the player. The actual quality of picture doesn’t vary that much at all. The thing that made this particular model stand out to me was not only the price, but also the number o
f functions it had. I honestly couldn’t believe it when I saw that the DVD player not only played Region 2 DVDs, but Region 1 as well, meaning that not only DVDs that had been bought in this country could be played on the machine, but also any from America and Japan. Unbelievable. As well as this, it not only had the option of changing angles mid-way through scenes, instant menu access and a subtitles button, which means that you can turn subtitles on/off mid-way through a movie, but it also came with a very fetching palm-size remote, complete with batteries. The machine itself is not altogether that attractive – though unique in the sense that it is the only player that I have seen on the market to be gold in colour, as opposed to silver, grey or black. It has quite sharp edges, and the size of the thing is massive, at least twice as big as some other models I have seen on the market. The front has a number of pretty standard buttons on it, such as play, pause, open/close and power, and it also has a display telling you what scene you are on, as well as how far into that scene you are in minutes and seconds, although annoyingly, not how far into the movie you are as with some other players. The installation takes seconds, literally – once it has been loaded out of its dull but well-packaged box, it can simply be plugged into the nearest available socket, the SCART lead put into the TV, and you’re away. Simple, quick and excellent, especially if you’re someone like me who the second they get anything, they’re desperate to try it out. It’s also very durable, providing you don’t drop it as I nearly did, and as long as you treat it correctly, it should last you, well, perhaps not a lifetime, but certainly long enough to see you build up your collection sufficiently. The picture quality is faultless, and the machine is incredibly easy to use, even if you are a first time DVD user. The instruct
ions are full of detail and very easy to follow, but unfortunately don't tell you how to switch from one region to another. To find that, you have to look on the internet or at the manufacturer's site. It’s the design of the player and the unknown brand which reduce the cost – great for the consumer, although it does add a definite ‘oo-er’ factor as to whether it will be reliable and be of a high quality. For value for money and features alone, this DVD player deserves 5-stars in my opinion. It’s easy to use, isn’t overpriced and would make a great Christmas or birthday present, if not buying one for yourself. The only problem with it is the size of the thing - you need quite a space to fit it in, it is after all, the size of your average VHS machine, whereas most DVD players are smaller than this. I would thoroughly recommend this machine, though – don’t be put off by the price or the name, trust me – it’s reliable and will deliver. Well worth a look.
I bought my proline little under a year ago, at first I thought i had a bargin, a dvd player for little over a £100. However on release of Meet the parents on dvd i decided to rent it. On placing it into my player it went through the intro and to the menu. This is where it stopped and would not continue. The proline will not play more modern DVDs, on returning it to comet they explained that in order to cut cost they cut memory size, and as DVDs are becoming more complex it cannot handle them. After two weeks of pestering they came to the conclusion that they could not infact upgrade the machine and had to give me my money back. So what do i suggest to fellow owners? Take it back, get your money back and buy somthing like a phillips that will play anything off any dvd or cd media.
This DVD player is cheap for a reason. It is badly made. It has a picture quality no better than that of my 4-head Sony VCR! You might as well buy a good quality VCR such as this and youll be able to record as well! The colours are so over-saturated they run into each other on the screen! The buttons on the front are really flimsy and feel like they will break if you press them too hard. I really regret buying this unit. If you want a DVD player buy on with a reputable brand name on the front. A friend has a Panasonic one which gives truly beautiful pictures and sound almost as good as the cinema! Get one of these or a Sony for that bit extra if you want a real DVD Player. Dont Waste Your Money on this.
As an ex-employee of Comet plc, I can honestly say that the proline (Comet's own brand) 1000 is a throughly good enty level DVD player. It may not have the style of the higher range DVDs but then it does not fall in that price range. The 1000 is an excellent purchase for a first time buyer, looking for realiability and value for money. However, if you are more keen on high quality labels and looks the proline is not for you! I suggest you look deeper in your pocket for another 100+ pounds. If you are a 'Home Entertainments' person you'll be dissapointed as there are not many extra features on the proline. If you have the Digital setup at home then I recommend the Pioneer - Excellent piece of kit! Finally, the majority of people who own DVD also still have their Video recorder, DVD recorders are far too expensive for all you sane people at the moment, well for the next 18 months at least, so to be cost effective buy the 1000 and enjoy it for 2 years by then you'll be selecting your DVD recorder. Proline 1000 - cheap affordable fun!
DVD is the film format of the future and being a film fanatic I decided to purchase the Proline DVD 1000 because I had read several magazine reviews that said it was great value for money. This is very true since it is one of the cheapest players out there at only £159. It is available in Comet and Woolworths but I am sure it could be purchased elsewhere. It is worth the money and I shall explain why later in the review. Firstly I feel I should explain a little about the DVD format for those readers who don’t really know much about it. DVD is a digital format unlike videotapes, which are analogue. This means that you can watch it an infinite amount of times and it will never degrade in quality, which does happen to videos. It is basically an entire movie that is stored on a disc the size of a CD. What is so good about it I hear you ask – well the picture quality is incredible with vibrant colours and no grain. The sound is also brilliant and many most discs offer a Dolby Digital soundtrack, which if played through a surround sound system will provide ground shaking cinematic sound. The format is such that it cannot only contain a film but can allow hours of special features (like makings of, outtakes, trailers etc) as well as animated menus. Discs are region coded for certain countries. For example Europe is region 2 and America is region 1. Region Zero discs can be played on all machines. This player is excellent. Firstly the appearance screams quality even though it is relatively cheap. It has a shiny gold finish all over and the actual disc tray is well concealed by a gold flap with an almost holographic DVD logo. The main unit contains all the main buttons so you can still play a disc even if you misplace your remote. If you are like me then this is very helpful since losing my remote is a common occurrence. The LCD (liquid crystal display) is a little full with information and would have benefited with being slightly larger. Howe
ver it displays all the necessary information like which chapter the disc is on and how much time is has elapsed. It tells you all the obvious things like whether it is a DVD, Video CD or Audio CD shows whether it is programmed or not. Lets face it you are going to be watching the film not the LCD anyway. All in all the built quality is superb, as it really appears to be sturdy. The set up menus are very easy to use and navigate. They allow you to select the language the menus are to be displayed in. It enables you to choose you viewing preference from these screen formats: 4:3 pan and scan, 16:9 widescreen and 4:3 letterbox. You can also set the parental controls choose the audio output from: Dolby Digital, PCM and Mpeg. The player contains the features that most of the more expensive players have as well. You would then think that since it is cheaper it doesn’t do these tasks as well as its more expensive counterpart – wrong. First of all it displays a crystal clear perfect picture that doesn’t flicker when you pause it. This seems slightly pointless but if you want to see a picture clearly to spot something in the background then it is great. Another feature that would help you in that situation would be the zoom feature, which will enlarge the picture to give you a closer look. It also has two slow motion speeds enabling you to watch back a fast piece of action at a slower speed. Again you may think that this is a bit pointless but you can miss certain events in the movie because they happen so fast. I have used this feature on Armageddon and spotted a lot of actions that you miss during normal speed viewing. You can even choose which speakers output the sound. You can choose either right, left or both speakers. This is particularly useful when Video CD have bi-lingual languages contained on it. One feature I like is the fact you can control the volume from your DVD remote rather than hunting for your TV remote. The remote p
rovides buttons to select your audio preference (language), which angle you wish to view, whether or not subtitles are to be displayed and enables you to select chapters and titles very easily. So I hear you say it has all these features but what is the playback like. Well it is brilliant. The picture it produces is like nothing a video recorder will ever produce. It is crystal clear on every film you watch and doesn’t flicker or show sign of grain or artefacts ever. The sound quality is stunning and provides great depth and clarity whether in stereo or in Dolby Digital. It plays every disc I have brilliantly. Even discs like The World is Not Enough and Godzilla which other players had difficulty with. More recently though I have experienced difficulty playing Hollow Man but that is only one film out of my vast collection. One superb feature of this DVD player is the ability to play multi–region discs by following these steps: 1. Open the disc tray. 2. Place a region 1 disc in the tray, but don't close it. 3. Press the buttons 0, 1, 2 and then 3 on your remote control in order, one at a time. 4. Press the play button on either your remote or the player. This really does work as I have been to America and purchased eight discs all of which work. Another great thing is you only enter the code once then you can simply insert a region 1, 2 or any region disc and it will play. It is also very easy to remove this code and revert back to the factory setting s by doing the following: 1. Open the disc tray Press the Zoom button on the remote. 2. Press the Return button on the remote. 3. Your player should now go into Standby mode. 4. Press the Power button on the remote. The factory settings will now be restored. The remote control is a quite small (hence the reason why I lose it so often) but it contains all the necessary buttons to perform all the features described. The on
ly problem are that the buttons are a little small but once you press play you don’t need to worry about that anyway. It is quite light and sturdily built so if you drop it won’t break easily. The player has a vast number of connections to enable it to be connected to Television and Hi-Fi equipment. It has the following outputs: 1. Scart – for connecting to your television. 2. S-Video – an alternative to scart. 3. Digital Audio Out – coaxial/optical to connect to a surround sound system. 4. 2 sets of Audio outputs left and right to enable connection to a Hi-Fi. This is an amazing player for the money and although Proline isn’t comparable to Sony the product quality is superb. It will do everything you could ask for and more. I highly recommend this to anybody think of purchasing a DVD player.
We bought this DVD player on recommendation... actually we only had to read Reciful's opinion, that did it, we went the next day and bought the thing. I am not going to talk technicality here, I am clueless at all of that, if you want technical details, I would advise you to go and read Reciful's opinion. The main reason why I wanted a DVD player is for the language facilities. I am French and I am raising my two little boys to be bilingual. The DVD player allows me to buy DVD CDs in England that will play films, ie. Disney ones, in different languages, including French. With the PAL video player, when I played the French SECAM tapes they were viewed in Black and White, which was not very appealing for my little ones... So we bought it and a few disk with it, and about £200 later including the disks, what do we think of it...? Well it is absolutely brilliant, the picture quality is amazing. It does make you wonder how much better the picture can get? And the sound is not bad either. My boys can see things like Hercules, The Little Mairmaid (that's 'La Petite Sirene' in French, bet you glad you know that now!), Winnie the Pooh..... all in French, my husband can have it subtitled too(!) and I am happy that I can just stop talking French for 89 minutes in a row! Though I would say I am not impressed with the remote control. It is very temperamenatal but does the job in the end. We are only buying kiddies disks but we rented one over the week end and I don't think we will want to rent a video ever again, the picture quality is so good that it is like watching real life through a window - that the best I can describe it. The pity is that the disks are still quite expensive to buy and the choice to rent is very limited, but I am sure it won't be long before the DVD takes over the Tapes. I don't regret that expence at all.
Well what a machine for £130 , you can't really complain unless you're tight-fisted and a snob! And if you are why did you buy this machine because you could probably afford to buy the company itself! Anyway, the DVD player isn't bad lokking and is very sturdy - I think they've used bullet-proof plastic or something. The back is a metal socket party gig - there are loads of connectors and one, the most important of them all, is the Dolby digital sound port. For you movie buffs this will be important since you want your movies sounding ultra-cool. Unfortunatley you'll have to fork out extra cash if you don't already have a Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder of sorts. The picture quality is good but certainly could have done better - I know it's only £130 but still. Make a good machine or not at all! The menu selections are good and not really graphical - I love graphical stuff, with bits of pizzaz here and there but as far as the Proline is concerned, it's over there! Many top titles play on this machine including the snazzy Matrix and recent releases such as ID4 which is spec hungry. Not a bad DVD for the price but if your saving for a DVD wait a few more weeks to save enough for the DVD daddys like Sony and Bush!
I purchased one of these players after reading comments on DooYoo and several reviews elsewhere and i have been very pleased. The tech specs are, DVD/VCD/Video CD Playback Resume play PAL/NTSC Dynamic Range Compression Zoom mode Repeat play Parental lock Two speed slow motion One scart (RGB/Composite compatible) S-Video mini-DIM socket Composite Video phone socket Optical and coaxial digital out 96Khz 24bit DAC This DVD player will not play CD-R's As mentioned in some of the other reviews, the first thing that puts you off this player is the colour, as gold is not everyone's first choice. But even sitting in place with my other black components, it doesn't look that bad. The remote is also a very minimal, but again still has all the important functionality and is comfortable to hold. In use, the first thing i found is that this player seems to need to warm up before use, so you will find that the first disc you put in after switching on will skip or pause a little initially. I have found that if you put a disk in, wait until the menu appears and then open and close the drawer again, it works fine. Any disks used after this initial warm up work without any problems, whether dual layer or double sided. Disk access is smooth and layer switching is seemless. I have had no issues with any of my DVD's so far including 'The Matrix,' 'Armageddon,' 'The Iron Giant' and more. The other advantage to this player is that it can be used to play region 1 (USA + Canada) disks, which can be picked up very cheaply. To activate, open the disc tray, drop in your Region 1 disc but don't close the tray. On the remote press 0 1 2 3 and then play in sequence, the disk will play. I got my player from Woolworths under a current offer of buy the player for £150 and get the matrix, armageddon and the world is not
enough for £30. I also got another £15 off as mine was the last display model (enough to get the missus 'pretty woman') Overall, a well rounded player with some very basic advantages, even if it is not the best looking. If you have the money to burn, buy a sony or other top range, but if you want a decent player at a good price this is it. *****UPDATE***** This player served me well, but it finally broke down for no apparent reason one day towards the end of last year. I got half way through watching a film one night, got tired and paused it and put on standby, but when i woke up the next morning the player would not power on at all. Luckily it was still under warranty, so i swapped it for an 'ALBA 103.' (see review)
I purchased this machine a few months ago now. Firstly, be warned there are two versions!! The Proline 1000 was originally launched back in 1999 but had major problems playing high profile releases such as The Matrix. The main retailer selling this machine is the Kingfisher Group (eg. Woolworths) and they pulled this machine from their shelves, made corrections and then reissued it in about May of this year so make sure you get the most up-to-date one. I have to say it is an excellent machine for the price. The main selling point is that using a remote hack it an be made region free meaning that you can play sometimes more favourable dvd's from different regions such as those from the USA. It does not have a Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS decoder but it does have Dolby Digital 5.1 support (although an external decoder/amp will be required). Both the sound and the picture are absolutely superb especially considering that in most places this is now a sub £150 dvd player. The only real downfall of this machine is that the remote is a bit muddled with the important control keys being very small. There are obviously a lot better machines around but you will have to pay a lot more for them. If you are new to DVD this player really is an excellent choice. Buy this machine and you will become addicted to the DVD Format!!
We have this DVD in work. It is the cheapest one on the market, and for such a cheap DVD player, you would expect it to be poor. Well it isn't. It has a crystal clear picture, excellent sound and all the DVD player features you'd expect for a player that would cost twice as much. It is very easy to install as well, I had it up and running in under five minutes. The remote control is very small, with small close together buttons, and the gold finish looks a little tacky, but those are minor, unimportant points. Heartily recommended to anyone looking for a DVD player.
I've just learned how to make my proline 1000 DVD player even better! And I've now just read all the other reviews on here - and it seems to be well known! Oh well, for what it's worth, here's how... The way to change your region code is; 1. Open the disc tray and insert a region 1 disc. 2. DO NOT CLOSE THE TRAY,type 0, 1, 2, 3 on the remote control. 3.Press play on the hand set. Now you can play region 1 discs. To change back to region 2. 1. Place a region 2 disc in the tray. 2. DO NOT CLOSE THE TRAY. Press return followed by play on the remote control. Now you can play region 2 discs. The DVD player itself is great. It plays the matrix, no problems, and produces good picture quality. I haven't got the sound going through a dolby digital amp, just through my pro-logic TV, and it is still pretty impressive. The only problem I have, is that sometimes when I first use it, the picture breaks up. I also had a problem with 'The Bone Collector' DVD - it kept crashing whenever the menu was loading. I got the film to play eventually, after some fiddling (pausing the introduction before it reached the menu, and then hitting play, thereby bypassing the menu). After I'd watched the film, and the DVD player had warmed up, I could read the menu without it crashing. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has found anything similar to this.
Having worked on proline products for many years i can safetly say that this machine is a breath of fresh air.the smart colour design moves away from the traditional black in favour of trendy gold.But not stopping there the picture play and pause are crystal clear.The remote is small but very functional with many buttons for all you button pushers. the units can be adjusted to multi region very easilly (found on the net)it will (now that they have freely upgraded)play multi layered dvds eg;MATRIX. Faults.... customers complain of breakup of picture quite often this is usually due to dirty discs indeed now these have been modified we see even less numbers now.all round value for money now 139.99.
I've had one of these for over a year now and it is one of the best things I've bought for a long time. I originally bought it from MVC for £250 with 5 free DVDs and a DVD disc holder almost a year ago. I knew what I wanted - a player that could do US region DVDs and UK (region one and two) which the sales rep at MVC assured me it could do. Great, I bought it, plugged it in. I was impressed with the picture and sound quality. Half a year later I visited Florida and bought some region one DVDs. On my return I immediately tried them in the Proline 1000 DVD player. It didn't work. Naturally I was furious as that was one of the main reasons for purchasing it. Several months later I bought a DVD magazine and to my suprise the DVD player had a hack to play US DVDs. Great, I was happy again (apparently this has been corrected on more recent players after a recall to fix it). I then bought The Matrix, one of my favourite films. But it didn't work. The player cannot handle the Internet links placed in the DVD for PCs. Naturally I am disappointed with this but hey, it is just one DVD, for the moment. The only criticism about the player is that it can be slow loading menus and the DVD.
I've got one of those widescreen Tosh televisions with the prologic sound and extra speakers connected to a Sky digibox. I had bought some DVD's out of curiousity value and played them on my PC which has a DVD player. Fancying a DVD player I wondered down to Comet where I saw the Proline player going for a song (£150ish). Whats more it had got rave independent reviews in the Comet newspaper as a budget machine. What put me off was the a) the colur - my other equipment is black and b) the problems some prople had had with playing certain DVDs - the Matrix being one of them. Comet had a load of them on sale with re-fitted chips to solve the problem. I thought about for a week and took the plunge. For a cheap machine it has a good instruction manual. DVD is the dogs wotsists compared with tape. The picture is excellent, sound is good and I am extremely happy with it. I have since read through reading other reviews that by inserting a Region 1 disk (from the US) and keying in 0123 it allows you to play it. I must admit I struggled with that until I put the disc onto the tray, keyed in the 0123 and hit play. The disc disappeared into the machine and it burst into life. They never tell you these things !! Gold colour is still off-putting - but is hides behind a frosted glass door in the cabinet so I will live with that !! PS I understand that the machine was especially made for Kingfisher - unknown manufacturer using good quality components perhaps. **** Update 14/11/2000 My machine is poorly. It won't play certain region 2 DVD's. My Wife took back a DVD to Comet whereupon she was embarrassed to find that the DVD played perfectly on the same model as ours. Woops !! I am taking the little gold box back to Comet tonight. I will let you know how I fair. ***** Update 30/11/2000 The machine is back from the menders and it will play all the problem DVD's. Howev
er it won't play the limited edition Gladiator disk !! Everything else is fine apart including the main Gladiator disk with the film on it !! If it doesn't work after the next 2 repairs - I'm due for a new player under Comet's 'No Lemon' policy !!! *** update 16/12/2000 I've come to the conclusion that there isn't a fault with my player other than it can struggle to play disks with lots of sections. The Gladiator disk mentioned above takes about 20 seconds to load up each 'deleted' scene. Its a pain - but this is what you get for £150+. This model is no longer on sale - hopefully its replacement has had this irritating fault cured. Other than this - its a cracking machine !!