Well, not sure where to start with this one. It does play DVDs but thats about it, it is pretty no frills to be honest. It is hit and miss as to whether it works correctly or not. It seems to get hot very quickly, however the biggest problem is you can be sat watching a DVD and it will let out a very large Whirring sound, which is VERY loud. I have tried to pinpoint where it is coming form in the past, I assumed it was the tray vibrating, which led me to sellotape it up. However, this wasn't the problem and the whirring continued. It gets so annoying I often have to stop the DVD. Had it a year, sometimes it will work fine, other times I get this whirring. And still a year later, we have no such clue where it originates from. However when it does work, the picture quality is OK, the DVDs play fine, and it is easy to use
This was the first ever DVD that I ever brought. I knew nothing about DVD player and so off to my local Comet store and I came across the Proline 2000. I bought it and have had it since June and it has very rarely let me down. All the disc's work on my DVD player apart from the odd little things like Air Force one and one the extras from Buffy season 1 R1. This machine is good because it is hackable to play all regions by entering a code, a feature which isn't available on the more expensive Sony players. This player is dual region and so it can access most of the extra's on the disc's. The player isn't very aloud apart from if it is searching for something specific on the disc and also the player can have a few seconds when it freezes but the DVD box says the player may freeze. The player comes with extra's such as parental control which is good as varying levels for this can be set and also various other aspects of the player can be adjusted such as picture size and also the sound settings. Overall, this is a good player that although some disc's don't work on this player (although depends on region) it is a good player to start off with and especially if you are strapped for cash.
Around the time of XMas 2000, I really wanted a DVD Player. I decided to go out and buy one on the 26th, so of I went to Comet. The cheapest one I could find was the ProLine DVD2000 for £159. I thought should I wait or go ahead and buy it. Well, I bought it and also bought a DVD film to go with it. I eventually got home and set it up. I played my DVD Film with no problems and decided i was going to aim for the biggest collection of DVD Films. Now, onto the DVD Player. It is a stylish silver colour looking DVD with a excellent remote control. It plays original DVDs and Audio CDs, with no compatibility for CD-R/RW, VCD, or MP3. The On-Screen menu is very good, and the LCD display shows the standard information.(Time, Scene, Title, etc.) I have bought a total of about 25 DVDs, and only 3 did not work. I think I know why they did not work, which is because on the disc, there is a code (e.g. D1XXXXXXXX) and all of the discs that work on the ProLine DVD2000 start with D1, and one that did not work started with D3. When I played Charlie's Angels, the DVD Player Locked Up(Crashed, Paused, etc.) and I had to switch it off via the plug. The positive thing about this is that it has never happened on any other DVD I have played. The Support for this product however, I am not at all happy with. Although it is not legally neccessary to have a website, I was unable to find a website for the manuufacturer of this product. Overall, I feel that this is the best DVD player I have bought, and although it is the only one, it has satisfied me for what I wanted to do. It does not have features of other DVD players i could have bought if I waited a couple more months.
I bought this player based on the recommendations on dooyoo! I've had it about a month now, cost £130 from Comet. It's cheap and cheerful - I decided not to spend big money on a player right now as I'll save it for when a decent-priced DVD recorder comes out. Comet supplied 3 free DVDs with it, you do NOT get to choose. We got The Perfect Storm, Gossip and a Friends disc. Easy to connect - plug in and then connect a SCART lead from the player to the TV. Pah. I like a challenge!! What's this plug-and-play nonsense? ;) Two gripes about it, both fairly minor - when playing DVDs it makes a clicking noise. I don't know what's causing it, but during quiet scenes of a DVD you can hear an annoying high-speed clicking. Second gripe -when machine is switched on (and particularly when playing a disc) the front display is very bright, and the animated picture of a disc going round and round is distracting. I *know* it's playing, OK?? Having said all that, for £130 I'm not complaining. It was easy enough to connect to my TV, please note you *don't* get a SCART cable with it, so you'll need to buy one if you don't already have a spare. So far I've played about 10 DVDs on it, from blockbuster SFX movies to, well, Friends. Picture quality is great, disc navigation is fine, and the remote control is well-designed and easy to use. I've also played Region 1 discs on it quite happily - when the player is empty and the drawer closed, press MENU, then 1,6,7 and MUTE (or 1 for Region 1, 2 for Region 2) to select ALL REGIONS. NB - I haven't tried any RCE discs yet, these are the Region Coding Enhanced ones which supposedly won't play on 'region-free' DVD players. So far only Columbia and Warner seem to have signed up to this standard, but look out for it. I'll be trying to borrow one from a mate to try out rather than risking bu
ying one in case it doesn't play. Opinion to be updated when I've had a go...!
Looking at my budget in the last few months I was not really up for buying a DVD, that is until I went to the Comet factory outlet and got the Proline DVD for........wait for it £69. I had to rub my eyes but its true £69. Now it was an ex display but there were over 10 of them, and you get 1yrs guarantee as well. Ok so on to the player itself, its nice and compact, has one scart out socket and sits nicely in my hifi and tv cabinet. Ok I was worried about it being so cheap, and I still dont have any discs so I had to borrow a few to check that I didnt have a turkey on my hands. I do not have a turkey :) I have an absoulute bargain and I am over the moon with it, for starts the picture is great and the remote though was a bit tricky at first is now easy. If you havent got a DVD then I suggest this model as it is cheap and more than does the job. Oh and its multi regional which means you can buy and watch DVDs from the USA, all you need to do is type in the code which is: Press Menu Type 1,6+7 in order Press mute This is typed in from your remote control. So good luck and try and find a Comet factory outlet as there is other items too.
I did'nt think a DVD player was on the cards this year as i am inthe process of buying a new house, but when i saw the DVD 2000 for sale in Comet fro only £128,95 i thought why not, it has many of the features of the more expensive machines I was after like the Hitachi DVP505 which was £250!!!!. I have had the player almost a month now and I have been blown away by it I just love it, the play back quality if great far better than any VCR and the sound is great, although you will need to read the instructions as there are sound sound settings you may need to adjust as some movies (like the matrix) have very quiet scenes followed by noisy ones and out of the box the setting caused the quiet sounds to dissapear and the noisy one's to bust your ear drums (once sorted though it is great). All other functions work well, and I have even talked my dad into getting one. The only problem I have found is that on two rental DVD's they sound has gone out of sync and the picture has pixelated (like on digital tv), aside from that is the BBC Walking with Dinosaurs discs which have a glitch where by on my player to animated menu screen needs to load 3 times before it works, on my dads DVD2000 it just hangs a while, neither effect is a main biggy, and the other 9 DVD's i own work fine.
Proline dvd players, it has to be said, have had a distinctly shaky start! The first model had to be recalled when it wouldn't play The Matrix. The second, sprayed gold and supposedly bug free, came to a sticky end when it wouldn't play the Gladiator features disk. Having just invested my hard earned cash in the third edition I'm hoping, for both our sakes, it'll be a case of third time lucky! Aesthetically speaking the Proline 2000 isn't the best looking bit of kit in this price bracket. Whilst Proline appear to have taken on board criticisms with the 1000 model the overall impression is still disappointing. The 2000 model is far smaller than its predecessor, ideal for a hi-fi unit, but on the downside less sturdy than it's sister. Gone too is the tacky gold finish, we now have a tacky silver finish! The window display and title screen have both improved, nothing dramatic just a bit of polish!, and the much maligned remote has been redesigned ( more about that later ). Overall it's not unpleasant looking item but let's be frank - you won't fool your neighbours that it's a top notch player! Okay so what can this player do? Well it can now handle DTS ( a criticism of the first player ) but still can't handle CD-R. I tested out several of my more worrying disks, Disney's Tarzan, The Matrix and Gladiator and it handled all of them with ease. It still takes a few seconds to load ( a new feature is you now get to monitor this process by watching the logo that automatically appears ) but it runs pretty silently and there was no pixellating ( something that haunted me with my Proline 1000! ) This player is still region hackable ( make sure that the drawer is empty and closed, then enter 1, 6, 7, then press region number needed or mute for all regions, then press exit and insert disk ) and also plays RCE encoded discs - which is rather reassuring seeing as the majority of discs I buy now are region 1!!!! One
thing to remember is if you choose to switch your player to region 1 and then try to insert a disk from another region it won't play - turning off the machine doesn't take you back to original settings either! You will have to use the hack each time you change region unless, of course, you select the 'all regions' option. There are several features that concern me about this player. Firstly the sliding drawer is rather alarming! it fires out with such force you rather expect it to launch out into your sitting room, and appears worryingly flimsy - I wouldn't recommend balancing a cup of tea on it! ( not that that would be a good idea even if it was more sturdy! ) Another bug bear for me is the remote. The Proline 1000 was absolutely slammed because of it's difficult to use remote but I actually rather liked it - maybe I just love having hundreds of keys to press! The new, supposedly 'improved', version completely baffled me! None of the keys seem to have the obvious symbols next to them and everything is outlined in silver ( very nasty! ) Whilst I recognise the logic behind the design ( aids visibility ) it looks absolutely dreadful! This remote is definitely going to take some getting used to, what especially annoyed me was the fact that they've removed the on/off subtitle key - I used to find that invaluable! Overall this player has promise. It, dare I tempt fate by saying this!, does the job that it has been designed to do, has excellent picture quality and great sound. It's not the best looking player on the market but I would like to think that Proline have simply placed emphasis on the interior! You can buy the Proline 2000 at Comet now and even get three free discs thrown in! But if you choose to purchase this player then remember to throw in a scart lead because you won't find one in the box! ( tut tut! )