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This Samsung C550 DVD player is the one we keep in our bedroom, to be honest it's not often either me or Mark watch tele in bed but a nasty chest infection has meant I've spent much of the past few days in bed so I've found myself putting the DVD player through its paces. It's a standard player with no record function, although it will play a fairly wide range of disc types and also features a USB socket for connecting a hard drive (or presumably anything else you feel the need to connect to your DVD player via USB).
This DVD was very easy to set up, something I'm very grateful for actually as every time it loses the power supply it needs to be set up again. The majority of the set up is done on the television, it's really a case of selecting the channel you want to reserve for DVD playback and giving the tele time to 'find' the player - this takes literally seconds and after that you're fine to pop your DVD in and get watching. To set the clock on the display is equally easy to do using the remote control, you can have the time showing in either 12 or 24 hour clock - I have mine on the 12 hour setting as once it gets past 'sixteen hundred hours' I get a bit confused! The time is crisp and clear, easily visible from the other side of the room both when the room is in darkness and also when it's lit.
Playing a DVD couldn't be easier, pressing the 'play' button will get you to all the irritating trailers and once those have finished you will find yourself at the main menu. Obviously the options available here will depend on the disc you're watching, but it's usually the 'Play Movie' option that will initially be lit up - handily as I am forever clicking the wrong option on the DVD player in Alice's room as it seems to force the 'Extra Features' link to light up! Playback starts pretty much immediately upon pressing play with only a second or two delay, again an improvement from another DVD player we have in the house.
The picture quality is excellent; there are no horizontal lines across the screen when a DVD is playing and absolutely no interference at all. Everything I've played on here has been fine; completely watchable with no skipping or issues relating to general playability. One thing I've noticed is that sometimes while watching subtitled films I have to change a setting on the television itself otherwise I lose the bottom edge of the words, I'm unsure whether this is a TV or DVD issue though. When we first connected it to the tele in the bedroom there was a problem with interference, but Mark tells me this was a simple tracking issue which he resolved by retuning the TV.
The Dolby Digital aspect means sound quality is super; we had extra speakers connected to it at one point and these provided crisp, clear and very loud sound. After a few weeks though I decided this was overkill for a bedroom DVD player so Mark removed those, even minus the large speakers we have found both the sound quality and volume to be ideal. The DVD player volume works separately to the TV volume, and while watching films I find the sound is actually clearer when set through the DVD player. The last film we watched on it was Apocalypse Now (not my choice of soothing bedtime movie, but...) and the quality of sound really came into it's own when relaying the various explosions and roaring helicopter noises!
As well as 'normal' original discs, this DVD player will play audio CDs, DVD-RW, DivX, MP3 and MP4 formats. There is also a CD ripping function which allows you to convert CD audio into MP3 format for ease of play - I haven't used this aspect of the DVD player myself, but my eldest daughter and Mark have and they both tell me it's very simple to do and always works perfectly. It's played mostly everything I've asked it to, copies made on very cheap discs won't always play but in the main everything is fine - the player copes admirably with scratched discs, unless it's one that looks like it's been scored with a knife a few light scratches won't make the slightest bit of difference to the quality of play. The same is true of CDs, with everything apart from poor quality discs playing as they should.
As far as looks go, the DVD player is fairly sleek with a basic but stylish appearance. The disc tray slides flush into the body of the player with no gaps or edges jutting out even slightly, there are just three buttons on the front of the DVD player - eject, stop and play/pause. These all work as they should, but as their counterparts are all on the remote control I rarely use them. Speaking of the remote control, it's excellent. Responsive, works to a reasonably long range and in typical Samsung style is very straightforward and simple to use - the buttons themselves on the remote are a bit smaller than I'm used to, this doesn't cause a problem for me but if this DVD player was for a child or elderly person they may struggle to hit the right button every time.
When I bought this DVD player I paid £62 for it, which I thought was very reasonable considering the quality of the machine and how good the films look and sound when played on it. I've since noticed you can buy the same player for under £50 if you're prepared to shop around - it's a bargain for that price, and highly recommended by me.
When i was out looking for a dvd player, i had numerous recommendations from friends and family to go with Samsung. I had positive experiences with Samsung before, so i thought that a Samsung dvd player would work well.
When i went out and bought the dvd player, i quickly came home and set it up. i had a few difficulties setting it up, but it wasn't too much of a problem. I tested a few dvds on it, and i was happy with the quality of the images on my tv. I had a dvd player beforehand that broke, and this new Samsung dvd player was a major step-up in the quality. The images were crisp and clear, just what i would expect from a Samsung.
I was very disappointed by how loud it was. at first, i thought that this would be a non-problem, but it started to get annoying after a few weeks. If you are using this dvd player for watching something quiet, the noise of the drive spinning is really infuriating. This overly-obnoxious sound drowns out some of the audio. If this is a problem for you, i would recommend looking for another dvd player.
Overall, this is a good dvd player when it comes to the image quality. but when you hear the sound that comes out of the dvd drive, it will make you regretful of your purchase.