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I have been the owner of a Samsung DVD-709 for over a year now, and on the whole I am very impressed with the unit. The sound quality is great, the picture quality has never let me down, and the quantity of features on this budget priced model (now around £149 but costing £259 when I bought it :( ), make it stand out from the crowd. It did everything I wanted it to do, well almost. Being an avid movie fan I purchase quite a few DVD's, spanning multiple regions, and have had no problems with any of them. I use the well know AIWA remote control hack to set my player to region free (never quite fancied the 'chipping' solution for this unit, not when the remote only cost £20 delivered), and have never had cause to complain. Except for VCD playback. And this is a real problem for me. Basically I used to buy many more VCD's than DVD's, primarily because I could get a brand new imported VCD of a film for £5-£6 as opposed to twice that amount for a DVD. Generally speaking I would buy my 'quite like to have' films on VCD and the 'must haves' on DVD's, especially of they were feature rich. However, I also discovered the fine art of downloading films from web sites, peer-to-peer networks etc, and was quite happy to burn a home made VCD to evaluate a fiolm before it came out at the cinema, or to decide if I wanted to buy it. And this is where my only gripe with the Samsung DVD-709 is. It will quite happily play the original VCD's, I have over 60 and they work fine. But it is very hit and miss with home spun ones. It would seem that this is a common problem with the unit, in that it is very finnicky as to the make of CDR, or the CD Writer on which it is burned, or indeed even the software/speed at which is created. This all amounts to my being virtually unable to play copied/home made VCD's! Serves me right you may say, I should buy the originals! We ll perhaps thats true. But it I like to ensure that the film I am watching is worth the cost. yes I can view it on my PC, but it doesn't compare to viewing it on my Toshiba 32" TV with Dolby surround sound. And besides, it is frustrating when it seems that a certain feature on a DVD player only works when it wants to. I have tried sourcing VCD's from various CD writers, and cd brands and cannot fijd a working solution. In fact, I have even had the case where i can view one cd out of a set of tow, both of which have been produced identically. Frustrating to say the least. I just wanted to air this point as I know many people have an interest in this unit, and on the whole it is fantastic. But for those avid movie fans who also download films, this may not be the best choice. Hope this is of interest. W.
I knew DVD was going to be big years ago, when my Dad came back from Japan babbling about the new format.."same size as CD's but with MPEG-2 movies". Since he works in broadcasting I understood his excitement, and could see the potential. Sick of the VHS video tape standard (crap colours, crap soundtrack, limited lifespan) I looked forward to DVD. As the owner of over 400 video tapes, I wanted a format that I could invest in, so waited a few years till it became widely accepted and prices dropped. Reading reviews and buyers comments, it became clear that there were many duff players on the market. Of course, they would playback a disc adequately on a 14" portable tele, but I wanted a decent player that would do my 32" Hitachi widescreen real justice. Samsung was a name that came up again and again in conversation, with some great reviews on their 709 and 909 players. Since I live in a rented flat, I couldn't annoy the neighbours with a 5.1 channel sound system so there was little point in investing in the 909 (onboard Dolby Decoder and multi-channel output). Every review of the 709 read "Excellent second generation player, great picture and sound quality". Taking a jaunt to the mecca of UK electronics, Tottenham Court Road, I saw prices between £280 and £199. Several vendors offered multi-region versions too... Multi-region is a must-have for dvd owners. I refuse to buy into Hollywood's anal attempt to control Worldwide movie distribution. Familiar with the internet, region 1 (USA) dvd's could be had for £12-15, including shipping costs. Several favourite titles (like T2: Judgement Day and Event Horizon) had no release day for the UK market. Therefore a multi-region player was a must. And considering that many high-street stores are still selling new releases at £19.99, it would end up saving me money. I ended up paying £220 for a multi-region 709, this was last year, and pri ces have tumbled as the 709 has been superceded by new models. I've seen Richer Sounds selling it for as little as £140. I guess you could call this a long-term test as I've owned my 709 since February 2000. Picture quality is very good, no artifacts or jitter, and sound output is sharp and solid. The player itself is well built (I've had a look under the hood), but then Samsung has a great reputation for build quality so no surprises there. The 709 is silver, which matches well with many of the new widescreen televisions. Outputs are standard, the Scart socket is solid (no wobbly plugs like cheaper dvd players), there is a digital output for Dolby decoding and S-Video too. Multi-region is transparent, I've played loads of Region 1 discs and none have ever been refused. But strangely, the 709 refuses to play CD-R, which I get sent from time to time as I review music albums for a skate magazine. My 6 year old Arcam Alpha 5+ cd player happily plays CD-R, which didn't even exist when I bought the Arcam, so I am a bit puzzled about that. The 709 does play VCD and normal CD's without any hassles though. Whether you should get a 709 depends on what is now available on the market? I'm sure that Samsung's engineers have introduced even higher quality components and features to their new models. However, if you can get a 709 for around £140 then you'll do much better than getting a non-name budget player from a discount shop. Quality lasts a long time, the 709 was around £300 when released, so bear that in mind if you find one for £140. My only criticism would be that the remote control is a bit plasticky, with a joystick-like control used for menu selection. The remote is solid and well built, but has a few too many little buttons for my taste. Otherwise, a great player.
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Samsung is a japanese company that have made a great dvd player here. i say they are great because i went round my mates the other day and we watched a film on his one of these and i liked the fuilm so if i liked the film it must mean that the dvd player is probably good or maybe i just liked the film either way i liked the film and the dvd player didnt break and explode which means it is probably good and thats a good thing probably sometimes it breaks and thats not good
very good for money and very good product. - Advantages: you can go to what part you want to go to, no jolts - Disadvantages: none really
I have had 2 other DVD players before this one and I can say that my Hitachi one was much better. I would recommend a Sony. This DVD player is a good quality product for the price. But its cheap for a reason. It is not that well made. It has a picture quality which will not WOW you like that of a Sony or Panasonic model. You might as well buy a good quality one such as this and youll be able to really experience cinema quality. The colours are over-saturated and run into each other on the screen! The buttons on the front feel quite solid and feel like they will last if you dont press them too hard. Im not sure that its build quality is up to scratch, though. 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
Samsung wins again; the best DVD player in history. Samsung's quality range of monitors has blown us sky-high with amazement as picture quality is so superb, and now they have turned to DVD! With Samsung quality and reliable Sony televisions plugged into the back of them, these DVD players are a marvel! And whilst youre on the subject, why not check out www.samsung.com. Specs are: Video Compression Tech MPEG-2 MPEG-1 Analog Number of Pixels 720 X 480 352 X 240 Vertical Resolution Max 500 Lines Max 240 Lines Approx.. 420 Lines Compression Rate 1 / 40 1 / 140 Analog Bit Rate Max 9.8Mbps (Variable) 1.15Mbps (Fixed) Aspect Ratio 16:9 / 4:3 4 : 3 4 : 3 Audio Audio max 8 streams 2ch stereo 2 Analog ch.2 Digital ch.(16bit 44.1khz)or1 Analog ch.1 Stream of Dolby Digital Ch. (16bit 44.1khz) Recording Method Dolby Digital Linear PCM MPEG-1 Layer 2 Bit Rate 448Kbps 6.144Mbps 224Kbps (Fixed) Channel 5.1Ch 8Ch 2 Channel Only Sampling Frequency 48KHz 16,20,24bit 48, 96KHz; 16bit, 44.1KHz Trust me, it's good stuff!
Soft hack with the remote control is now available see www.709online.co.uk. Very easy to do. - Advantages: Hackable - Disadvantages: Poor sound
VHS is almost dead. Not today, and maybe not tomorrow but one day it we will look back at the humble video cassette and laugh our socks off. We did it with music cassettes when the CD came along and we’re going to do the same with VHS now that the DVD has arrived. It didn’t arrive yesterday though, it’s been here for quite some time now but it’s really starting to break loose into the buying public’s world. A year ago DVD sales were starting to look healthy, now they’re becoming bigger than VHS releases and that trend is only going to get bigger. A DVD (or Digital Versatile Disc) is basically the video equivalent of a CD. It can contain around ten times more information than a CD and that’s how you end up with movies and just a single CD-sized disc. DVD’s don’t just contain the movie either. Check it out! Animated menus, multiple languages, behind the scenes extras, trailers and much more. For fans of movies the DVD is the ultimate way ahead – it is revolutionising the world of visual entertainment and you really don’t want to miss out on what’s available! The prices of DVD’s is falling to a reasonable level, in some cases they’re only a couple of pounds more than a VHS tape. If you buy online that price can become even cheaper! The good news for us is that the DVD’s aren’t the only thing falling in price – the DVD player prices have decreased dramatically too. Here I am to tell you about the Samsung 709 DVD player. Samsung are in my eyes a very respectable electronics manufacturer and I was more than happy to give one of their DVD players a try. There is a newer model available (the 511) but I picked this up at a bargain price so if you see one for around £120 then don’t hesitate too long. Picture – There is no point in buying a DVD player and using it on a 14” portable TV. You’ll enjoy the wonderful world of DVD much more if you’ve got a larger screen or preferably widescreen TV. It’s not essential but this is about maximum entertainment! Therefore the quality of the DVD player will depend just as much on the quality of your existing TV. On my 28” TV (a Ferguson) the picture quality is pretty impressive and the difference compared to VHS is quite incredible to be honest. Everything is crystal clear and if you’re watching something like Toy Story (which is made from the digital source) the picture is literally perfect. Digital perfection, wow. Sound - Is it possible that the sound is even better than the picture? I think that it possibly is. Most DVD’s have a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack which when used with a Dolby Digital amplifier/decoder means you have digitally perfected surround sound. You’re really going to feel like the cinema has come to town. Some DVD's have a DTS soundtrack too which is slightly better than a 5.1 soundtrack due to the way it is created, for now 5.1 will be just fine thanks!! Features- This player almost has it all. Remote control, perfect pause freeze-frame with frame by frame advance, zoom feature, 3d spatializer sound (artificial surround sound that works pretty well) as well as parental control features and several more. You’ll probably never use many of the features that this player has – but you never know when you might just need to so it’s nice to know they’re there. Connections - You’ll need to connect the player to a TV of course and you can do this with the scart socket or the S-video connection. There are two connections for sound – analogue and digital (coaxial) connections although the player sadly misses out on an optical sound connection. Multi-Region - Yes, it can be made multi-region too and you can find out how at www.709online.com – a great 709 website R 11; reviewed on dooyoo too. The player is region 2 (Europe) by default but can be modified so that you can watch DVD’s from around the world so you can get cheaper discs and also get films earlier from the United States/Canada. Overall this player is great, especially for the money and if you don’t get this then get the 511 – has a few more features and keeps the good ones from this player. I’m impressed with it and unless you’re looking for the very best you can buy , this one will do nicely. The ENFORCER
I have owned the Samsung 709 DVD Player for about a year now. One of the reasons I purchased it was because of it's modern design and funky silver colour, it's a must have to complete your entertainment centre. There are two types of DVDs, Region 1 or Region 2. Region 1 is US and Region 2 is UK. This DVD Player plays Region 2 DVDs. You can convert it into a multi region DVD so that it can play both. When I bought this DVD Player it was priced at about £290, but I have noticed that the price has come down to about £150, which is probably to do with the fact that most people have one now. The picture is really crisp and you are able to pause the screen and then zoom in on a particular area, which is realy cool. Overall - this is a great DVD player at an affordable price.
This player is/was the best selling DVD player in the UK, and rightly so. With a low price it falls into the budget DVD player catagory, however it really doesnt deserve that, as many people may consider it not to be as good as as £300 players, whereas in some cases, it is. The player comes in a nice silver/champagne colour and it has 6 buttons on the face on the player:Power, Eject, Play, Stop, and Skip forward and back functions. The LCD screen is easy to read, and is not extremly bright as to distract your attention when watching DVDs, there is a 3-step dimmer, so you can see what you prefer. It has a function light just below the disc tray, which is red when the power is off, and green when in use, and again it does not distract attention. On the back on the machine, there is one scart socket, one s-video socket and audio/video connections also. Personally I use the scart connection. The player does not come bundled with a Scart lead, so you will have to spend about £10 on a new one. This is in some ways good, as the quality of the scart lead can affect the quality of the picture and sound. When the DVD is first switched on, when using the scart, it automatically brings up a title screen with 'SAMSUNG DVD', which is also the screen saver if you pause or stop the DVD during play. The LCD screen on the player displays 'no disc' before a disc is inserted, and 'loading' after you enter the disc, and 'menu' when the menu for the disc is loaded. The LCD screen marquees 'Good Bye' when you turn the power off on the player. The picture quality of the player is great with the scart and s-video connection, and may be downgraded using the A/V connections, but most people have Scart connections on their TV nowadays anyway. When moving between frames, the picture may freeze momentarily, but this is rare, and is common to many players and can be related to dust on the disc. When watc hing a disc you can stop it (as opposed to pausing), and the 'screen saver' will turn on, and then when you come back and play it, and it holds where you were in memory, even if you turn the player off. The sound quality is good also, although I dont have a complete cinema sound system (I'm a poor student) you can still appreciate good sound when you hear it. It also plays audio CDs, and the sound seems to be not as good as when playing DVDs, but lets face it, if you want to play CDs, use a hi-fi. I found that it doesnt always play copied audio discs, but I guess you shouldn't really copy CDs anyway, haha. The remote control is quite large, and is nicely moulded to be comfortable in your hand. It is a dark grey colour, with light grey and red buttons. The remote uses a small tactile 'joystick' to navigate the menus screens, and may take some getting used to but it is very comfortable. The joystick is pressed down to make a selection. The remote has a zoom function, which is a nice extra. The remote is universal, and so I guess can be used with Samsung TV’s and maybe other manufacturers, however it has decided not to work with my Sony TV, but it really doesn’t cause me any concern at all, I just use the TV remote. Quick review of features: *VIDEO* -CD Digital Audio / Video-CD 2.0 / DVD- Video Compatible -10 Bit Video D/A Converter -Smooth Motion Scan & Slow - Slow Play : 1/2,1/4,1/8 - Scan Play : x2, x8, x32 -Frame by Frame Advance (Step) -Auto Switching Field/Frame Still -Digital Conversion System(NTSC/PAL/SECAM) *Audio* -DTS Digital Out -Virtual 3D Sound (Spatializer N-2-2) -96KHz / 24Bit Audio D/A Converter -AC-3 Digital Audio Out -MPEG-2 Digital Audio Out -Master Volume Control *Extras* -Universal TV Remote Control with Joy-Stick -Advanced on Screen Display Menu -Z oom in on Still & Moving picture -x2 Audio During Scan Foward -3 Step Display Dimmer -Resume Play (Last Memory) -Introscan Function in CD Playback Mode -Digest Function in VCD Playback Mode *Conenctions* -S-Video Output : 1 ea -Video Output : 1 ea -Audio Output : 1 sets (L/R) -Digital Audio Output : Coaxial (1 ea) -Scart Jack : 1 ea *Technical* -Horizontal Resolution : More than 500 Lines -Video S/N : More than 68 dB -Audio S/N : More than 110 dB -Dynamic Range : More than 96 dB -Total Harmonic Distortion : 0.003% -Power Requirements AC 100V-240V, 50/60 Hz -430 x 89 x 280(WxHxDmm) You can find larger picture of the face and back of the player at this address: http://dvdmagic.net/players/bigpics/s709.html In conclusion I would definately recommend this player to anyone looking not to spend a fortune on a great DVD player.
I have owned this DVD player for 1 year now, it was purchased as a region 2 machine, and thanks to the good folks at DVD review magazine, I managed to hack it to multiregion without having to undo the case at all – nice one! This hack also allows NTSC (region 1) discs to be played at PAL50 (all non samshing players I have found will only allow output as pseudo PAL - or PAL60 - which cannot be recorded using a video without an NTSC function) The one criticism that I have is the remote control. Overall the control seems very good, until you try to use the piddly little joystick that you use to navigate, it would be ok but the enter/select button is on the end of the stick, so when you press it in about a third of the time you accidentally press a direction button (therefore causing you to choose the incorrect option). The sound and picture seem very good on this machine, but I have had some of my discs jumping lately, even though they seem clean and free of scratches. I would definitely recommend this machine, but if you have several other scart devices I would suggest that you buy the 909 machine instead, as this has an extra scart socket.
I'm a big gadget fan, and enjoy movies and surround sound, so a DVD player was an obvious purchase to make. At £299 the Samsung DVD-709 was the cheapest DVD player on the market at the time I bought it, though since then cheaper models are available. However, in terms of quality the DVD-709 is unbeatable for the price. You get a high-quality DVD player in sleek silver, digital audio out for connection to a Dolby 5.1 decoder for surround sound, zoom feature and DTS compatibility. The picture quality is first class, and when connected up to a Dolby 5.1 processor, the digital surround sound is superb. The model had difficulties playing certain discs, such as the MAtrix, but there is an upgrade available from the shop you purchsed from which corrects this ... and there is a region hack so you can play DVDs from anywhere in the world as well! See internet sites for details.
I bought my 709 about 18 months ago and it's a great player - and still working perfectly. So I'd highly recommend it as a second hand purchase. It's easy to make it region free and it also plays RCE disks. So it will play anything that you throw at it. The player is classified as a "budget" player which makes it sound cheap - it's an excellent player with great sound and vision and best remote control on the marker.
Samsung has established itself as leader in the DVD market by offering highly specified, well-designed machines at sensible prices. Samsung DVD player creates a level of excitement and experience that virtually turns your living room into a screening room.
10-bit video digital-to-analog converter system embedded into DVD 709 ensures precise playback of the high resolution DVD video signal. S-video output terminals provide the optimum connection between your DVD709 and an advanced direct view or projection TV system. Multi-angle viewing function allows simple selection of the available angles on selected DVD discs. A single button on the remote cycles between the available angles. This player also boasts the remarkable sonic performance. High-speed 96kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter delivers pristine audio quality from every disc. Most importantly, it accurately reproduces super audio discs that are recorded in the 96kHz/24-bit format. Left/right audio output terminals allow the DVD709 to be used with a Dolby Pro-Logic Receiver. The 6 channel Dolby Digital signal is automatically mixed down to a Pro-Logic compatible signal. Coaxial digital output terminal provides a direct connection to a full Dolby Digital receiver or external Digital-to-Analog converter. Both outputs are compatible with the DTS Surround sound format. Convenience features include Advanced On Screen Display Menu, Zoom in on still & moving picture, 3 Step Display Dimmer, Resume Play (Last Memory), Introscan Function in CD Playback Mode and Digest Function in VCD Playback Mode. Universal TV Remote Control with Joystick is also included.