Product Type: Samsung DVD players
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Samsung DVD 709
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Samsung DVD 709
Date: 20/04/01, updated on 20/04/01 (173 review reads)
Advantages: Many features
Disadvantages: Newer model available
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.