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Samsung DVD SH895M
A while ago, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law teamed together to buy me and my partner a joint birthday present in the shape of this DVD recorder. I do not usually check for prices though for the sake of this review I did and was astounded to find that this DVD player can be bought between approximately £189 to £230 depending on where you go. Suffice to say, I was very nice to my mother-in-law for a long time after that! I actually couldn't believe I had got into her good books at long last!
Anyway, back to the review!
The DVD player is black in colour with a built in freeview. It is not classed as streamline, though it is a lovely compact shape nonetheless and fits perfectly into my television cabinet. The set up is very easy; Simply plug it in and follow the instructions on the DVD menu.
The picture quality is amazing. I do not think I have seen a DVD player of this kind which such a clear viewing. It is an extremely clear picture and sound is equally as clear.
As well as being a DVD recorder, you are also able to add music in MP3 format (and also play CD's). Formats which can be used with this player are as follows;
MPEG2 / MPEG4 / DIVX (DIVX 3.1 ~ DIVX 6) / audio CD / JPEG Playback Media DVD-video / DVD-RAM / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / HDD
Do bare in mind, though, even though it is a costly player, you still have to buy your scart leads separate which I think is a terrible money maker and for the cost, they should be added to it though rant over!!
Another handy feature is the child lock though so far we have not actually got around to trying this out as out little ones are very good at keeping away from the DVD player.
We have had this player for a nuber of months now and is still running as good as new.
Overall, although the cost is extremely high, I think that this is a great DVD recorder. Not only does it have some great features, it also looks really lovely too!
I use this DVD player in the bedroom, where it is perfect. I have a smaller LCD TV in there and this player provides an amazingly high quality viewing experience for all my DVDs.
My favourite thing about this product isn't actually one of it's most obvious abilities, it is the fact that you can use this as a freeview box. I love that as my TV only has one scart socket and therefore it is impossible for me to have the DVD player plugged in at the same time as a freeview box, this product fixes that and gives me both in one (although I don't actually use freeview, you can see why I would consider this to be useful for consumers)
Another great little feature is that you can rip your music CDs on this product and then put them straight onto MP3 players, that's quite nifty and I've never seen it before and although I never use it I would consider that a great little feature.
When it comes to the actual DVD playing feature this player does exactly what you would expect, and in great quality too! It is HD ready and when coupled with an HD tv works great and really makes the videos more crisp, even the ones that are old and not filmed in HD come across a little crisper.
Overall this is a DVD player offering extras to it's users that could come in really useful, and although it is expensive using it as a freeview box could save you a bob or two overall.
This HDD ready DVD player is quite impressive although it is a tad costly, you can find it at Tesco's for £199 and may pay a little more at other stores such as Curry's or Comet. Although having said that if you go to the checkout at Comet and tell them you've found it cheaper elsewhere they wil look it up on their computers and match the price, I have done this several times at Comet and they have always matched the price of other retailers. So don't just buy from the store straight away, shop around and compare prices.
The Samsung DVD is black and has built in freeview, which saves on buying two items separately. Its easy to set up, just plug in and go to the menu to tune in the free view and away you go. The quality of the picture is excellent, I noticed the difference in quality straight away, the picture is cleared and crisp.
It doesn't come with extra scart leads though so you have to buy these separately.
It has a CD ripping function for adding music to your MP3 player from your CD's. I like this as I play music in my car all the time.
DVD's can be downloaded on the computer and played on this player.
Although the price is high and you may be like me and have to save up for luxury items, it is worth the price. My kids are grown up now and love to come round and have DVD nights now. I like having freeview too, as you get lots of different channels to chose from.
It may be a luxury item but it has changed my life a bit, I don't go out as much and have cozy night in front of the television with my hubbie, as there's always something to watch on television, instead of the five channels we have before.
If you can afford one then I'd recommend you buy as the picture quality and ease of use is good. The instruction booklet is easy to follow and set up is easy too. Its dimentions are, 43cm wide 30cm deep and 5.5cm high. It fits nicely on the bottom shelf of my television stand and looks good. It would make a great present for hubbie as Christmas if your stook for idea's.