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      18.03.2010 16:43



      Reliable, cheap to buy and use.

      Brought this player in Dec 07 on the basis of a positive review by Which and am still using as my primary means of DVD playback.

      The player is sliver grey in colour with a plastic fascia and metal body. Its quite slim and overall build quality is fine. It comes with an easy to use remote and a comprehensive owners manual. It has both component (which will give best picture quality) and scart outputs for connection to your TV.

      Audio wise if you wish to connect to an external amplifier you have a choice of digital coaxial output (for Dolby 5.1 audio) or analogue (stereo, Dolby Digital down mix).

      Other than DVD it will also play back other video sources, they been Video CD, SVCD and DivX. Audio wise it will play both music and MP3 CD's. Its will also allow you to view Picture CD's (JPEG)

      DVD playback is good, disks are loaded and play quickly and image quality (using a standard definition TV) is more than acceptable. Sound is obviously dependent on what you are playing it through (i.e the TV or external amp) but is nevertheless pleasing enough.

      I have also tried other video sources (SVCD and Video CD) and these played back fine.

      As for music playback for occasional use the player is OK but its unlikely to be usurping your dedicated CD player anytime soon (and this is true of most DVD players even the more higher end). Its also very slow to respond to track changes such that if your listening to track 1 and press for track 7 there will be a noticeable delay before the new track starts playing.

      Finally a word about energy use this player has no off switch so its always using a trickle of electricity when plugged in. I measured this using an energy monitor and it works out at 0.0033 KwH or put another way costing about 8p (based on 14p/kwH) if left in standby for a week! Even in use 10hrs of DVD viewing would cost approx 1p (at 0.005 KwH) so nothing to worry about.

      In summary then this player does its job more than well enough, is reliable, cheap to buy and use.


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