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      24.03.2009 21:15
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      a really great dvd player

      Following in the footsteps of Samsungs legendary 709 comes it's newer, stronger little brother, the Samsung 511.
      It borrows very heavily from it's older sibling but improves on it in almost every way. Again Samsung have made one of the most attractive looking players on the market. This particular model includes a 3D sound spatialiser. For those of us who don't have dolby 5.1 sound systems this does a pretty good job of mimicking a surround system. The picture quality and performance of the machine is excellent. It's not plagued as much by the delay as the machine makes transitions between layers of discs. The remote control is also much improved from the 709's bohemoth effort with nice, easily organised buttons which don't require a Phd in Quantum Physics to operate it. The one minor gripe would be the connections at the back. Would it be too much to ask for connections for those of us who actually want to get a Dolby 5.1 decoder as this seriously enhances the DVD experience.

      One of the best features of this player is that, like the 709, it is multi-region hackable by the use of it's remote control, meaning you can play American discs months before they are even released over here. Their discs are generally cheaper than ours too. I hacked mine about ten months ago and have had no problems so far. The beauty of hacking your machine this way is that it does not invalidate your warranty and it even plays the new RCE (Region Coding Enhanced) discs with no problems.
      I would recommend this machine to anyone, though I have heard that the YELO 800 is currently the best budget DVD player on the market so I'd look there first before making a choice.

      Because I'm so generous I've typed out the multi-region hack below -
      This hack also works on the Thomson DTH-3600, DTH-4000, DTH-4200 and DTH-4500 models, along with the Samsung DVD-709, DVD-809, DVD-909, DVD-511, DVD-611, DVD-811 and Hitachi DV-P305e

      On various Samsung models this hack will also disable Macrovision, but you have to turn off the Quasi-PAL option and set the SCART output type to Video rather than RGB.
      Always perform a Cold Start before applying the hack below
      1. Power on your player
      2. Press and hold both the Play and Stop buttons on the player
      3. After a short while you should be presented with a set of language options. Release the Play and Stop buttons on the player
      4. You will now need to select a language option between 1 and 6
      To convert this player to Multi-Region playback
      1. Press the Repeat button on your remote control
      2. Using your remote control enter the code below, note that you must know what Region your player is currently set to in order to know which code is appropriate
      for Region 1 use 2, 9, 3, 3 and 4
      for Region 2 use 3, 8, 7, 6 and 7
      for Region 3 use 5, 6, 7, 3 and 2
      for Region 4 use 7, 6, 8, 8 and 4
      for Region 5 use 5, 3, 8, 1 and 4
      for Region 6 use 2, 4, 4, 6 and 2

      3. A code should be displayed on the screen indicating the current Region setting of your unit.
      4. Press the 9 button on your remote control for Region free, or 1 for Region 1, 2 for Region 2 and so on.
      5. Press the Open button on your player
      6. Press the Standby button on your remote control
      You are now ready to play region 1 discs. Enjoy!

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      08.06.2003 19:37
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      Samsung dvd players are known for their quality and this one is no exception. When I purchased this a month ago, I was a bit sceptical about how it would perform. But I needn?t have been such a sceptic, because it surprised me with how well it performed. The 10-bit video DAC delivers an excellent picture with high saturation and contrast, particularly if you are using the RGB Scart connection. Sound reproduction is up to the mark but doesn't quite match the picture quality, although you'll need a good ear to notice under most circumstances. In general a fine dvd player.

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        03.03.2003 22:00
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        I first made the purchase on the grey market about 2 years ago for about £160. It looked quite stylish for its time and had a number of features including: 2x Audio Playback Motion Zoom (2x, 4x) NTSC to PAL 60 / PAL 50 Conversion Multi-Region Playback Decent Remote Control I made the purchase as it was one of the best value for money multi region players I could get at the time. 2 years later on though, I'm having trouble with it skipping and jumping, especially if the player has been on an hour or so. Obviously when I made the purchase pretty much at the start of the DVD revolution it was a good machine, now however its a bit dated.

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          18.09.2001 23:39

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          I bought this from John Lewis under their price match scheme, £135 not bad for a multiregion DVD player. I used the handset hack to set it to multiregion, and bingo multiregion works. Stuck in region 4 The Matrix, wow. I am now buying stuff from Australia and the US because they are so much cheaper. Output quality is outstanding, picture and sound are excellent. Don't have a Dolby digital setup yet, but here's hoping. It is a shame it does not turn off macrovision or playback cdr's, this is the big downside if you make your own audio cd's. The Macrovision thing is a pain, how many people have more than one TV but only one DVD player, most people. So far I have found this player to be reliable, accurate, could do with more memory for the layer change, but from what I have read about many more expensive models it does an excellent job. Would I buy a Samsung again, if it supports CDR's and VCD's, yes. It works, I like it and my four year old can use it. Excellent.

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          17.08.2001 01:48
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          Following in the footsteps of Samsungs legendary 709 comes it's newer, stronger little brother, the Samsung 511. It borrows very heavily from it's older sibling but improves on it in almost every way. Again Samsung have made one of the most attractive looking players on the market. This particular model includes a 3D sound spatialiser. For those of us who don't have dolby 5.1 sound systems this does a pretty good job of mimicking a surround system. The picture quality and performance of the machine is excellent. It's not plagued as much by the delay as the machine makes transitions between layers of discs, usually only taking a second or two (though a buffer would be nice as it would end this problem altogether). The remote control is also much improved from the 709's bohemoth effort with nice, easily organised buttons which don't require a Phd in Quantum Physics to operate it. The one minor gripe would be the connections at the back. Would it be too much to ask for connections for those of us who actually want to get a Dolby 5.1 decoder as this seriously enhances the DVD experience. One of the best features of this player is that, like the 709, it is multi-region hackable by the use of it's remote control, meaning you can play American discs months before they are even released over here. Their discs are generally cheaper than ours too. I hacked mine about ten months ago and have had no problems so far. The beauty of hacking your machine this way is that it does not invalidate your warranty and it even plays the new RCE (Region Coding Enhanced) discs with no problems. I would recommend this machine to anyone, though I have heard that the YELO 800 is currently the best budget DVD player on the market so I'd look there first before making a choice. Because I'm so generous I've typed out the multi-region hack below - This hack also works on the Thoms
          on DTH-3600, DTH-4000, DTH-4200 and DTH-4500 models, along with the Samsung DVD-709, DVD-809, DVD-909, DVD-511, DVD-611, DVD-811 and Hitachi DV-P305e On various Samsung models this hack will also disable Macrovision, but you have to turn off the Quasi-PAL option and set the SCART output type to Video rather than RGB. Always perform a Cold Start before applying the hack below 1. Power on your player 2. Press and hold both the Play and Stop buttons on the player 3. After a short while you should be presented with a set of language options. Release the Play and Stop buttons on the player 4. You will now need to select a language option between 1 and 6 To convert this player to Multi-Region playback 1. Press the Repeat button on your remote control 2. Using your remote control enter the code below, note that you must know what Region your player is currently set to in order to know which code is appropriate for Region 1 use 2, 9, 3, 3 and 4 for Region 2 use 3, 8, 7, 6 and 7 for Region 3 use 5, 6, 7, 3 and 2 for Region 4 use 7, 6, 8, 8 and 4 for Region 5 use 5, 3, 8, 1 and 4 for Region 6 use 2, 4, 4, 6 and 2 3. A code should be displayed on the screen indicating the current Region setting of your unit. 4. Press the 9 button on your remote control for Region free, or 1 for Region 1, 2 for Region 2 and so on. 5. Press the Open button on your player 6. Press the Standby button on your remote control Enjoy!

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          31.07.2001 04:45
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          I like to enter competitions and a lot of them offer DVD players as prizes these days. The one we won was the samsung DVD 511. I have to say that I am surprises at some of the other comments which indicated production faults. To date I have not had any problems. I have to say that I am not technical and do not have a range of experience to draw on. However, I have to say that i consider this unit a s a budget player and it does the job nicley. DVD has a lot of advantages over video. As the name states it is versatile. Bookmarking where you left a film - due to an interuption or a sudden call of nature - is excellent. This is more important when you need to complete viewing the film a few days later. I do not have a Hi-fi so I cannot conect my player to another audio output device to use the 3D surround mentioned in the handbook, which is a pity for those films which relies upon the atmosperical music to scare the life out of you. The zoom is a nice touch which I like. "What was that". Qucikly go back and zoom in. "Ooooh, thats neat". Not that we do that a lot, but you cannot do it ona standard video recorder. The clarity of the sound the picture makes it worth investing in. You just have to make sure that the disc is clean and you will not have a problem. "What lies beneath" has a scratch in the last scene and this ruined the film. Naturally, if you can afford a more expensive unit then go for it. Evenso, I have enjoyed this nice prize and being able to se the latest hits using the latest technology.

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            04.06.2001 05:19

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            I have had this model of DVD player now for about 7 months and have had nothing but pleasure from it. At the time it cost about £220 but that price should have come down since then and for that price you simply can't go wrong. As far as i can tell a DVD player is a fairly simple device. It plays DVD's and that's about it. Anything more than that is not really going to be a great improvement and will only mean you parting with more cash than necessary. This is not to say that this model has no added features than playing DVD's. It has a 4x zoom facility and a great, intuitive 32x scan facility that makes finding the right point in a dvd movie easy. It comes with all the right connectors for SCART, audio and dolby digital and you can't ask for much more than that. The picture quality is excellent, it looks great and so far i have had absolutely no problems with it. As well as all this it is possible to reprogram the machine via the handset to play multi-region DVD's. Stop thinking, start buying - this DVD player won't let you down. Please add your comments below.

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            27.04.2001 04:18
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            The Samsung 511... what could possibly go wrong with a DVD player from a reasonably good manufacturer like Samsung? A lot, I'm afraid. I swapped this player twice and still had problems. Maybe it was a bad batch; I'll never know. First of all, the player seemed to overheat after about 30 minutes. "Don't put is on top of anything else", I was told - hands up who keeps their Audio/Visual equipment stacked up in a cabinet? Overheating is just not the kind of problem one expects. The unit plays MP3s, apparently. This seems like a great feature until you realise it doesn't read CDR's - are we supposed to be buying MP3s in the shops or something now? What a useless feature. The laser itself doesn't seem to be up to much - it struggled with DVDs with even the slightest scratches on which my LG 3200E had no problems with. Maybe I expect too much from a player? I just wanted it to work. I'm not really that bothered about picture quality and sound, and all cues to Samsung on providing very high picture quality on a unit this cheap. The sound was also quite good. The player itself seemed to be very light and the front of it was kind of drab to say the least. It was a nice silver, however, and the remote was also impressive. It has RGB/S-Video SCART outputs (doesn't come with a SCART lead though), and standard composite AV outputs. It also outputs Dolby Digital 5.1; I don't think it outputted DTS but I'm not sure. Not a particularly impressive player in my opinion. Maybe I'd think differently if there weren't excellent players like the LG3200E around to compare it with. I really wouldn't recommend this player even if you're planning to keep it well away from your other AV equipment. The LG offers so much more, and excellent sound to boot. Anybody who has had no problems with their 511's feel free to comment on this opinion. Thanks for reading. :)

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              17.03.2001 23:05
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              I purchased the Sammy 511 about 6 months ago. Lets start with the build quality, this is good and the player looks good with a metallic finish. The drive mechanism seems of good quality and the buttons are sturdy enough. Next on the list is the remote. No problems here everything falls to hand quite easily and it is very responsive only do not lose it as the buttons on the player itself are very basic. The 511 has an RGB scart socket and an s-video socket. It also features a coax and optical audio connection. The player will play DVDs CDs and VCDs. It does not officially play CDrs but seemingly some do work with it. Now onto the sound and vision. For the price of this player the picture it displays is excellent and the RGB out seems to handle all the colours very well. It displays a crisp clean picture and would put other more expensive players to shame. The audio is along the same lines it handles DD 5.1 and DTS although there is no decoder on board. The sound is impressive when playing DVDs and CDs. The menus are clear and responsive and there are various features like slomo and bookmarking available. The player itself can be made multiregion with a very simple handset hack. It seems to handle all disks well although seems quite sensitive to scratches so look after your disks! The layer change is about 1 second and is hardly noticeable, the drive itself is relatively quiet. If you want a player under £200 and are not looking for loads of features but a good picture and sound then this is the player to get. But if you want loads of features then look at something else as this seems to do the basics and not much else but it does it really well.

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                23.02.2001 20:08
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                The Samsung 511 is a very good budget level DVD player with more than average features for a player in that price range. I didn?t buy mine but won it in a prize draw so I can?t comment much on value, price, etc. although, at an average price of around £150, it does seem good value for money. The specifications/features are very good? Video output can be set to PAL to PAL or NTSC to PAL 60/50 for NTSC playback so you can play NTSC / Region 1 DVDs on an ordinary PAL TV. It plays audio CDs as well. Signal outputs are ? Audio Terminal Stereo L/R, 1 Coaxial digital out, 1 Optical digital out, 1 video SCART, 1 S-video and 1 Composite video out. The onscreen menus are straightforward and easy to use. The remote is a bit dinky but perfectly functional and comfortable to use, with all the usual extras like angle, subtitle, audio, etc and it even has a novel 2x/4x motion zoom control. On top of all that is the best bit of all ? you can use the remote to permanently change the player to multi-region compatibility. I won?t go into the details here but you can find out how easily on the net. Hint - check our some of the other reviews. All in all a good budget/average player.

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                21.02.2001 01:12

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                After trying to put it off as long as possible, I finally caved into buying a DVD player The Samsung 511 is modestly priced with the average price being anywhere between 150-180 The player itself is housed in a nice shiny brushed aluminum-look-alike case, with a Samsung logo embossed into the top. The on-screen display is attractive, and the in-disc menus for subtitles, audio track etc are kept small and at the top of the screen without getting in the way of the picture. The remote looks cheap, there is a zoom function which you can pan around while zoomed in. It also has four "bookmarks" available, so you can save your place in a film,i find the picture quality very good, An excellent budget player with features you're more likely to find in mid-range models. Along with the easy multiregion hacks a definite contender for your home cinema setup.

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                09.02.2001 15:52
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                I scanned the net for the easiest DVD hack for a machine I could get hold of quickly. On checking out www.beststuff.co.uk, which lists the best items in any given category, I went for the Samusng 511. Armed with my new machine, a region 1 and a region 2 DVD I went ahead with the hack mentioned here. Five mins later I had a multi-regional machine. I encountered no problems initiating the hack. Its also permanent where as some machines require the hack to be entered with each disc loaded. Just as a foot note. When will manufacturers get into to their heads that we are not going to tolerate being controlled like this. Region coding should be scrapped. It will save them money in the long run, I think. I understand that some DVD's are coming out with a new region coding system, "The Perfect Storm" was one of them. It was cracked with hours. What a waste of money, eh ? Anyway, what to watch now ? George

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                09.01.2001 02:32
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                The Samsung DVD 511 is basically the new Samsung 709. The 709 was a vey popular player due to a multi-region hack that was avalible. Well the 511 also has a hack and it is a lot better than the 709s. It is easy and only needs to be applied once. It is as follows; To make sure your player is in factory settings cold start the player Power on your player Press and hold both the Play and Stop buttons on the player (not the remote) After a short while you should be presented with a set of language options. Release the Play and Stop buttons on the player. Select the language To convert this player to Multi-Region playback Press the Repeat button on your remote control (not repeat A-B) Using your remote control enter the code 3,8,7,6 and 7 The code 02 should be displayed on the screen indicating this is a Region 2 unit. Press the 9 button on your remote control for Region free, or 1 for Region 1, 2 for Region 2 and so on. Press the Open button on your player Press the Standby button on your remote control. (NOTE: This is done using the remote supplied NOT an Awia remote as with the 709.) Once done there should be no problem playing regions 1 and 2 but that is all i have tested. Now on to the player its self. It is a standard player with few frills but the picture and sound quality are quite good. All the simple functions are there including variable speed fast foward and rewind and chapter selction and a stereo downmix of a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. It also has a zoom mode but the quality when zoomed in is very poor so it has little use. The looks of the player are simple and do not stand out but the functionality of the player is good with the main functions on the front of the player. The remote is simple but functional although some buttons are a bit oddly placed. This is my households second DVD player (it was free wit
                h the TV) and i prefer my other player (Bush DVD 2002 see my review for more) as it has a slightly better picture and sound. This is a budget machine from Samsung and not the best around but the Multi-region hack should make it popular. (Note: The hack above works for my machine and no problems have persented themselves for the UK machines but some people have had trouble with gray imports. If possible buy the player from a store with a returns policy just in case the hack will not work.)

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