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I bought my Wharfdale 750 from Richer sounds for ony £149.95 after my Cyber-Home ADL528 had an unfortunate encounter with a falling shelf. Why not just buy another Cyber-Home? My reason was CD playing performance. In addition to the player's excellent DVD picture and sound, it also has a very reasonable CD playback performance. The improvement in quality when playing CDs thorugh my mini system amp using the Wharfdale rather than the onboard CD player was amazing! This makes it an ideal purchase for somone looking to move into hi-fi separates, as it can act as an perfectly good CD player until a dedicated player can be purchased. I have also tested the Wharfdale on VCD and MP3 playback, and despite no obvious mention of it's capabilities in the manual, it can playback both VCDs and MP3s recorded on CD, a very useful feature. The remote is OK. I find it's colour scheme slighty odd, but at least it's not too bulky. My only real gripe with this player is that it seems to have a very long seek time. This means a slight pause when selecting menu items before arriving at the desired section. This pause is only slightly longer than with other players I've seen, but is slightly irritating none the less. Overall I'd say this is a great performer, in addition to the above points it can be easily set to region free with a few button presses on the remote
Okay, this player has now been bettered by the M5 model also at Tesco, but when it came out in 1999, I snapped this up for £180. Multi-region, great picture and sound, easy to use, I would have recommended this to anyone. New players now can play MP3, VCDs, etc, this one can't but it'll play any DVD on the planet give or take a handful. The menus though are a bit basic and the aesthetics of the design of the box are basic in the Skoda sense, i.e. it does the job. It's easy to see why all the DVD reviewers made this DVD player of the year as it embarrassed players that were thrice the price. The box doesn't mention that it has Dolby Digital (though it's sub modification does), but sure enough the chip is in the box and does work! If you find one of these second hand, you've got a loyal friend. No mechanical problems, but be careful of some players. The player disc spindle isn't 100% aligned and can give a slight whining noise, but shut it in a cupboard or display unit and you'll be fine.
The Day I got this DVD player from my local Tescos, was also one of the best days of my life! On the same day, I had to go to work in the afternoon, I had a job interview in the morning, and I had got the job in the late morning! When I first used it I thought it was broken (because the only DVD I had was a region one), but then my friend told me that I can hack it by using remote control commands and make it multi-regional! I would reccomend this DVD player to anyone who is considering buying any DVD player, as it is as great as Platinum.
I bought the Wharfedale on recommendation from my parents, and have not regretted it since. Not only does it look nice, but it plays like a dream. And, bargain of the century, it will play region 1 as well as RCE encoded!. As I buy most of my DVD's from the states (I collect rare horror), having a multi-region DVD player was a must, and I was most pleased with this one. I cannot fault it's user friendliness, easy to use menus and doofer; or it's sleek looks. I have never had any problems with discs not playing, except Gladiator, but I don't count that as everyone had probs with disc 2! At only £180, i would recommend it to anyone!
I've had a wharfedale 750s for 5 months now and it is exceptional. Everything about it is practical and efficient, and any negative points are really quite insignificant. The company itself is reknown for producing high quality audio equipment, and very few manufacturers have made such an impact with their first effort. Picture-The picture quality is superb, watching in either PAL or NTSC formats. The colours are vivid, and it handles realistic fleshtones and detail with ease, as it does explosions and complex pyrotechnics. I watched Blade when I first got the player, and I was truly impressed at the crimson of the blood and the definition and detail in low light scenes. The only drawback would be the quality when playing some region 1 DVDs. On certain titles the picture can be awkward, giving the impression it is missing out the occasional frame. Sound-I have mine linked up to a Videologic Digitheatre, and it provides clear sound with good base definition. Having DTS and 5.1 is impressive, and watching films like Gladiator and Braveheart I felt as though there were scots and barbarians dying all around me. If you are considering getting a DVD player with 5.1 or DTS I would seriously recommend this player. The sound is split up precisly and accurately between the 6 channels, and although you need a seperate 5.1 decoder this is still excellent value. Design-This would have to be the field where the player lets itself down. Whilst all of the relevant functions are clear and easily defined on the player itself, it is boxy, and the LCD display is basic and uninteresting. Worse still is the remote. Even though it is reasonably appealing to the eye, the buttons are badly spaced out. The menu buttons are situated right next to the film controls, meaning that it is all to easy to flick to the main menu when trying to pause in the dark. Very Irritating. Functions-Amongst the different sound modes this player offers 3 levels o
f zoom, different camera angles (where available), 3D sound, a full audio options menu, 5 scanning speeds and a simple yet detailed running time menu. Connections-The back of the machine is simply to use, with stereo output jacks, as well as the optical output for digital sound. The TV is connected predictably enough through a SCART socket. Aftersales care-Not having experienced any problems with this player, nor knowing any one who owns one experiencing any either it is hard to say, although Tescos usually have a reasonably good after sales care service for their electronic products. Compatibility-This player must have the easiest code for multi-region playability. Once changed it plays all foreign DVDs, despite BBC Watchdog claims that some will not. Even the newer American disks with RCE encoding such as Hollow Man played with no problems. Value-For the facilties it has this is excellent value. Althought there are some cheaper products on the market, if you take into account the fact that the components that make up the player are taken from some much more expensive players, this is superb quality. Another satisfying advantage to this player was the distributer, Tescos. Knowing that only one retailer sells a product is reassuring as you know that there will be no problems with competitors undercutting the price a week after you have bought it. Overall-Put aside the small design issues and sit back and enjoy the best DVD experience for under £200. Well done Wharfedale.
After rave reviews on the web and in magazines I finally succumbed to the Wharfedale 750s from TESCO. This was not my first experience with budget DVD players after auditioning several duff 'CYBERHOME' DVD players from WH Smith. I dont want to come across as being cheap but cost does play a large factor in my buying decisions! Connection of the DVD is extemely straight forward and I was playing my first disk within minutes of unpacking the box. Picture quality is pin sharp on my Sony Wega TV which is pretty unforgiving to bad digital sources (On Digital...Ahem!). It has several features that are normally only found on the higher end players such as DTS sound and support for MP3 playback which I still cant get the hang of. For bargain seeking purists out there I will warn you about one thing about the sound. It may crackle... This is only slightly noticeable but once you hear it sometimes you find your ears listening out for it. I basically couldnt stand it so I called Tesco and they arranged for an engineer to come and collect the model to try and repair it. They gave up after 2 weeks and I was told to take it back to Tesco for replacement. This is fortunate as when I got it back it had a great big muddy footprint in the centre of it! Tescos were great about it and in fact as the price had reduced they gave me a partial refund also. When I got it back I was disappointed to find the same problem but 2 replacemts on I am happy as larry. So the moral is if you're a sound purist like me listen very closely....
I bought my Wharfedale dvd750 about 9 months ago and it has served me well. It is an incredibly powerful machine. Excellent picture quality and plays practically everything you through at it. Also plays CDr's and will play video cds too. If you are lucky enough to find a tescos that stock the 750s verison then buy it. It fixes the problems that were in the ordinary 750 version and also tescos are doing a deal at the moment on both the wharfedale 750 and 750s. The reason that you don't want the standard 750 is that it has problems with some of the DVDs out there such as the Gladiator DVD and the Jaws DVD. The upgraded 750s fixes these problems and alows you MP3 playback whhich is a bonus. One slght problem though with the 750s is that when you are playing audio cds, it always puts in a 2 second audio gap between songs whether the CD has a two second gap or not! But apart from this it is still a great player. Both can be made into multiregion players by entering a remote control hack that can be found easily enough on the internet. FEATURES: Dolby Digital 5.1 And DTS 5.1 Outputs Plays Ordinary CDs as well as CDRs Universal switch mode power supply Full remote control operation Scart (including RGB), Composite video(phono) & S-Video outputs. Electrical digital(Coaxial Digital) and optical digital audio outputs. Analogue Phono Outputs (750 has 2X pairs, 750s has 1X pair) On Screen Graphical Display. Wide range of trick play facilities (zoom, pan, subtitle & multi-angle view) For a good budget multiregion player you can't go wrong with a wharfy!!!
This DVD player is not pretty, (though the 750s that I have has a better looking remote than the 750) but for the specification and price the machine cannot be beaten. The main attractions for me were the shockingly easy multi-region hack, the ability to set the DVD to a particular region (very important for new imported DVDs that check for multi region players and will not play if the DVD can use DVDs from more than one region) and the excellent NTSC to PAL conversion (I won't bore you with the details, the Whafdale web site has then) that make R1 discs play perfectly. As an aside, the ability to play R1 discs should not be understated, we are REALLY sold short in the UK as my last purchase demonstrated, it was Dinosaur (2disc) from Canada for less than the cheapest price quoted in the UK even when you add the cost of shipping (www.dvdboxoffice.com has free shipping) and this title is not released in the UK till 29th March 2001 (I got mine on 31st Jan!!)
I decided a couple of months ago to purchase a DVD player after months of being jealous of my brother who has a Sony. Not being the richest person in the world I decided to buy the Wharfedale 750 from Tesco after seeing reviews on it in DVD magazines who gave it top ratings in its class. And I have to say they are right! The picture quality and sound is as good as my brothers Sony player. The menu is a bit 'tacky' (very ZX81 looking!) but then once you have decided on your settings, you shouldn't have to go back to it. But, there is a cautionary tale here as well. I purchased the Gladiator DVD recently because I had seen it at the cinema and it was probably one of the best films I have seen. There are two DVDs in the box, the second disk has all the special features. BUT it won't work on the Wharfedale, not just mine but ANY Wharfedale. It is a problem that they know about. And to their credit, they told me that they will be putting the problem right in the very near future either with a replacement disk or a modification to all players. So the moral of the tale is that basically you are getting what you pay for. Don't get me wrong it is an excellent machine and I am very happy with it but I wouldn't imagine somebody owning a more expensive machine having problems with incompatibility with a particular DVD.
The Warfdale DVD player was a must have, especialy at the price it was going for. We were looking around for a DVD player for an afordable price. We looked in a few magazines and all signs pointed in the dirrection of TESCO's. We decided if we were going to get one, that it should be this one so we did. The goodthing about this player is that it is region free, so you can have DVD's imported from a different country before they even come out over here! It is extremly simple to use, so this make useful to even the people who arn't use to all this new technology. DJlew's final thought: If you are thinking of buying a DVD player, then don't spend all your money on an expensive player buy this one, and have some money left over to actualy buy the DVD's to watchon it!!!
After having read all the reviews and asked around the local retailers who reassured me on this one. Despite the delay and the subsequent up grade by Tesco at no extra cost. I took receipt of my player. Quality as I had expected and value for money. Feeling good about such a purchase is essential and the user friendly system was an instant sign that all was well. Buying via the local supermarket had worried me at first. Was this really going to be a Wharfdale product or just wishful thinking on my part. Dream realised. Thank you Tesco!
This is the best cheap DVD player on the market. Pop along to your local Tesco and for £180 you get a brand spanking new DVD player. The Wharfedale is better than most expensive DVD Players. It plays Region 1 and 2 DVDs, VCDs and CD-Rs. Not only that but it has DTS sound. It plays all American imports without fuss although you have have to use a remote hack to access Region 1 playback. The sound and picture quality is brilliant. Anyone who wants to get in to DVDs with a small budget should buy this.
I am writing my review of the newer version Wharfedale DVD player "Wharfedale DVD-750s" rather than the older, original "Wharfedale DVD-750". Some Tesco stores are still selling the older model, so make sure you buy the second edition of this great DVD player! People have said the remote control on the original version was poorly designed and the buttons stuck. The remote control in this version is very well designed indeed, it is actually very stylish and the buttons do not stick. The player itself is black and plays DVD's very well. The Wharfedale DVD-750s has all the features of a DVD player with a big brand name on but at half the price! The zoom and perfect freeze are brilliant and it is easy to skip forward or back scenes. The hack code to make the player play multi-region DVD's has changed from the original version. You need to open the tray door and press "Step", "Skip back", "Skip next". If you have done this correct, a message in green will appear at the top of the screen saying "Region Free". I recently purchased a Region 1 (American) DVDof Mission Impossible:2 and it plays perfect with brilliant picture and sound quality. At just £180, this is THE DVD player to buy. I also bought the 28" Wharfedale tv a few months back and the picture is actually better than my Hitachi 28" tv I have! The quality of the Wharfedale products is incredible. It is only available from Tesco stores and it oftem out of stock because it is so popular. I highly recommend this DVD player. Thanks Wharfedale for such a top-performing DVD player at a great price! Hurry to buy yours before your local Tesco store sells out! (Remember to buy the newer version "DVD-750s" and not the older version "DVD-750".)