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The Scott dvd player is packed with features. It plays all regions and even those region coded enhanced dvds. (RCE dvds are those that have had a code put in them to prevent them being used in a different country. Even if the dvd player in question was a multi region one.)The best thing about it is the ease of use. I bought a few region 1 dvds and all I had to do what slot them in and away they played. With Scott you don't have to enter codes or reset the machine, it does it all for you. The one drawback with reg 1 dvds I noticed, is that the player makes a slight high pitched whistle. With region 2 dvds it is very quiet. This isn't a big drawback and if put in a cabinet would not be heard but I have mine in the open on a table and it did niggle me at first. The picture quality seems really good. The only gripe I noticed was on one reg 1 dvd called "left behind" stripes on a suit or lines of a building seemed to flicker somewhat. I also noticed when playing "The iron giant" whenever there were large areas of black colour they seemed to move or swirl very slowly as if it was comprised of a living creature. Compared to my computer Sanyo dvd I would say picture quality is undistinguishable. Scott is noticeably better on the digital tv in the living room. I've played a fair few dvds now eg. Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon, Shrek, The Grinch, Bicentennial man, Revelation, Super nova, Unforgiven and many more. The player seems able to handle anything. Atleast thats what I thought. A friend lent me "Message in a bottle" to watch and it kept freezing. On inspection I found it had hairs on it and wasn't in as good condition as new. Despite cleaning it I couldn't get it to work fluently. Yet when I put it in my computer dvd the Sanyo played it ok. I had a similar experience with another dvd I bought called mystery men. This disk wasn't in as new condition when I bought it but played ok
on my Sanyo dvd but Scott only played it making a loud grinding noise which forced me to hastily remove it. I bought another "Mystery men dvd" and it played fine on my Scott. I have just played Shrek and there was no problem so I haven't bothered cleaning it yet. New dvds i've bought play fine and continue to do. So these two problems don't worry me. Having read the manual it does warn against playing cracked,distorted injured or inferior discs. Perhaps that was the case. It also gives advice on pulling the power supply if a disc freezes. I didn't read this until after I gave my friends dvd back! It comes with very useful helpful manual, remote control and scart socket. Most impressively it has a 2 year warranty! Looking at the features offered on Scott it plays dvd/svcd/vcd/cd/cd-r/cd-rw/dvcd/cvd/oko/mp3 discs.. It has the usual ffrwd-rrwd, mute, echo, 32 language subtitles - time, zoom, multi view angle, multi picture scales etc which I don't bother with much. Other features include parental lock, multi story plot selection,screen saver, dolby 5.1 channel and dts digital surround sound output. Other facts which don't matter to me are: dimensions: 430mm(l) X 300mm(w) x90mm(h) video/picture: mpeg1 ver 2.0 mpeg 2 audio: mpeg1 layer 2 standard signal output: video 1.0 vp-p audio:5.1 channels 0.5vp-p mixed stereo 2vp-p consuming power :25w On the back of the machine you get the following jacks: scart, svideo, coaxial, video, left 1 & right 1 channel, optical fibre. I just use the scart jack. Modern tv's all have scart sockets and Scott comes with a scart lead. It's really easy just to connect it up with that. In the future I wouldn't mind buying some flash speakers to take advantage of the surround sound - that's where the left 1 and right 1 channel jacks come in handy. Despite all this it's as light as a feather! Overall i'm very happy with
this purchase as it cost me only £169 on ebay. When it arrived it was set in German language but referring to the manual which is in English I managed to set it to English language. One of the main facts I like about it is that its so easy to use and reliable. Some dvd players have problems playing RCE dvds and new dvds. I was relieved when it played Shrek flawlessly. My friends recently spent £400 on a Sony 400 machine. Whilst that is a great machine mine seems to play just as good. They believed the picture quality on theirs to be slightly better. However they were using an expensive scart socket where I was using just a standard one that came with the Scott. I've owned it for 3 months or so now and I can't see myself replacing it for a long time. If you want a good budget dvd that offers stacks of features then this could be for you. I did look to find reviews of this player but didn't have much success. It's possible that the picture quality is somehwere around 7/10 - 9/10 going on what I read about other players. For me it's great though. The thing is region 2 dvds have a very high quality and its only region 1 dvds that aren't quite as good but this is possibly down to the television i'm using. I can say i'm very happy with it and will be buying "Stingray" box set soon. ps for buying check out ebay. Now and then it appears there. I haven't come across it anywhere else!