I have had this DVD player since 2002. So it's not long off its tenth anniversary. I think that says a lot.
Almost all homes have a DVD player these days, I still own a VCR for recording the odd programme here or there and would not want to be without it because for me, currently, digital recorders are still quite pricey.
However, for watching movies and so on, it's DVDs all the way. I know that blu-ray and online content is growing in popularity but I see it being some time till DVDs mark a significant decline in popularity.
At the time, I think this model was roughly around the £100 mark though I couldn't say for sure it was so long ago. You may be able to pick up this model on somewhere like ebay but the shops will have long stopped stocking it themselves.
DVD players aren't too complicated and I don't think that they have changed that much over the years. This, the Toshiba, I was drawn to by the brand name, Toshiba is known for reliability in general, and the favourable reviews in magazines.
It's a smart looking player, not too big, perhaps bigger than some of today's models, not too heavy, but it looks fine with my TV. It's silver, not sure if it came in black or not, but I like my electronics in silver myself. There's a scart at the back to set it up and connect to the TV and it came with an instruction manual.
The player is simple and user friendly. When you want to watch a DVD, by pressing the Open/Close button, the tray comes out and it automatically switches your TV to the DVD channel. There are a standard row of button functions on the machine front itself, play, stop, power on, eject, skip, fast forward etc. There are further controls on the remote control but I find everying I need is on the machine. I don't like models where you are almost reliant on the control.
The functions work very well, you can move through movies scene by scene or go forward or backward at 6 different speed variables which is very helpful especially when trying to skip 20 minutes of trailers.
I also quite like the screensave feature, if you leave it for about 10 minutes on pause, it will automatically go to screensaver - the picture on screen starts to float around in a box. If 15 mins or so later, you still haven't re-activated it, it powers itself off saving you money and electricity.
I've never had problems with picture quality, when it was flickering once, I went to investigate anf found it was because the SCART was slightly out. Once back in it was back to normal.
I'm quite happy with this machine and hope to continue to use it for some time...
I have been searching for a DVD player for a while due to the lack of ability the Playstation 2 has of playing DVD's well. Now my playstation 2 has broken I decided I needed to get myself a stand alone DVD player instead of playing them on my Playstation 2.
MY VIEW ON THE PLAYER
I had been very aware of the Toshiba SD220E after reading many glowing reviews of Toshiba's budget DVD range. This DVD player is part of an award winning range that came out a couple of years ago which including the SD210.
BUYING THE PLAYER
I happened to find this player on ebay so I thought I would bid, As it happens I won the bid at a total cost of £20.50 and it arrived today after the bidding ended on 27th February. You will also be able to find similar deals on various websites like ebay and amazon and also on some HIFI stores sites.
The build quality follows in the footsteps of previous Toshiba players, solid stylish fascia with a nice display make this DVD player a very nice player to look at and have in your setup.
The Silver fascia looks very smart and is one thing that makes the product look and seem a lot more expensive that it really is.
The picture quality of this player is quite brilliant for a player that originally cost £180. Many reviewers for HI-FI magazines have said that the picture beats many players up to £100 more expensive. Now that's good.
Colours are vibrant and life like and there is no picture noise unlike some budget dvd players.
I have seen many great Toshiba players around this price and they seem to be able to just come out with DVD players with superb pictures without even trying that much.
The sound with this machine is superb aswell and this is fully shown on music dvd's and action films, whereas my TV would save the Playstation 2 from sonic embaressment this DVD player integrates equally with the TV to give a punchy informative sound. Hooked up to a good amp will really show what this can sound like.
There is great impact and detail with this DVD player that just wasnt there when you played DVD's with the Playstation 2. If you are a film fan then get yourself a dedicated DVD player like this one.
Like any other DVD player this Toshiba also plays CD's aswell, this always seems to be the one criticism about all DVD players but this Toshiba is very good indeed with CD playback. I recently sold my speakers on ebay and am currently playing cd's through my TV with this DVD player and I have been very impressed by the detail on show and also the bass is very taut.
It seems that over the last three or so years DVD players are starting to get more and more talented with CD playback. Which is a good thing because some people want one player for DVD and CD use.
DVD Type DVD Player
Number of Discs 1
Progressive Scan Without Progressive Scan
Playable Disk Types VCD DVD-R DVD Audio CD (Audio) CD-R CD-RW
Playable File Formats MP3
TV Resolutions 480i
Surround Sound Virtual Surround Dolby Digital (Digital out only) DTS (Digital out only)
Dialog Enhancer Yes
Remote Control Standard
Parental Control Yes
Height 6.9 cm
Width 43 cm
Weight 2.3 kg
Depth 22.5 cm
Exterior Color Silver
Product ID 20611531
This is still a fine DVD player, very well made and with a superb picture and amazing sound this will still rate very highly against a lot of players from 2007 and last year too. A very fine product.