PRICE UPDATE & HACKS ADDED I was attracted to this solution as I'm not interested in a pile of black/silver boxes covered in buttons but what they can give me. This unit attracts because it combines my Tuner, CD, Amplifier, DVD(VCD) player and Dolby digital/prologic surround speakers in one neat package which I can tuck away. SETUP All speaker wires are supplied and are of sufficient length for the average British living room. The manual makes this process straightforward. A sound test mode is included to ensure you've made the correct connections and get the sound levels right for your room. Once set up ( using S video to my TV; there is no SCART but it has Svideo and Composite phono) it was a doddle to use, although the remote has fiddly little buttons and is utilitarian. The manual and on screen menus are very straightforward with the exception of setting the aspect ratio which I struggled with. IN USE The unit has the usual DVD functions plus is an amplifier and Tuner. In DVD mode everything runs smoothly but menu operation is a little slower than other DVD I've seen. CD and Tuner operation has all the usual basic functionality. Changing tuner channels is slow, with a massive 1 second gap between stations. With a decent ariel reception was good. If an MP3 disc is loaded then the basic directory structure is displayed and allows direct selection on screen, with an untested limit of 256 tracks displayable. The unit read CDR/W discs as well as CDR for CD and MP3. The only problem so far is occasional hiss in surround modes which is only cured by poweroff/on, whereupon the hiss usually disappears. Disc loading and function switching is a little slow for my impatient self. I've copied camcorder tapes of my child to VCD and was able to play them via a remote hack (see below). A VCD cut to CDR/W did not work! A multiregion hack is also available (see below). It won't play SVCD (a chipset limitation according to ittr
oll). SUMMARY All in all this is compromise solution which will not suit the enthusiast, but it more than meets my needs and I'm a happy consumer. PRICE UPDATE 07/05/2002: £300 in Safeways. PRICE UPDATE 05/08/2002: £250 in Safeways, £280 at Argos. Also, new model 3525 seen in Currys at £300 looks like a cosmetic makeover (maybe more). TECH STUFF Twin Lasers DVD Video, Audio CD, CD-R/RW Compatibility PAL / NTSC 27 MHz / 10 bit Video DAC 96KHz / 24 bit DAC Integrated AM / FM RDS Radio Tuner Integrated MP3 Decoder 3D Virtual Surround Sound (Spacializer) Integrated Dolby Pro Logic Decoder Integrated Dolby® Digital 5.1 Decoder Integrated DTS Decoder Video Input 1 (RCA) Video Input 2 (RCA) S-video Output (Mini DIN) Video Output 1 (RCA) Monitor Output (RCA) Video 1 Audio Input Stereo (RCA) Video 2 Audio Input Stereo (RCA) Video 1 Audio Output Stereo (RCA) Satellite Speakers (30W) Passive Subwoofer (30W) Active Subwoofer (RCA) On-screen Graphical User Interface Rating Level Control & Parental Lock TV Aspect Select (4:3 / 16:9) Condition Memory (1 Title Only) Marker Store & Resume (5 Scenes) Speed Scan (2x, 4x, 16x, 100x) Slow Motion (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16) Digital Zoom (x4, x16) Playback Functions (Random / Program / A-B Repeat) Receiver: 360w x 82h x 388d mm 4.6 Kg Subwoofer: 160w x 350h x 325d mm 4.78 Kg Satellites: 90w x 125h x 106d mm 0.7 Kg MULTIREGION handset hack (I set mine to region 0 and have successfully played region 1 and 2 thereafter): Power on the player with no disk in the drive Press "PAUSE" on the remote Enter "3 1 4 1 5 9" on the remote (the word COdE appears on the display) Enter "0" on the remote (0 = All Regions, 1 = Region 1, 2 = Region 2, etc.) Press "PAUSE"
; on the remote Power the player off and then back on VCD Hack (It worked for me; your mileage may vary): Power on the player with no disk in the drive Press "PAUSE" on the remote Enter "1472" on the remote (the characters 01 47 should appear on the display) [If your player is a non UK model, this number will probably be different - don't worry] Press the UP arrow three times (the characters 04 Fd should appear on the display) [This number may be different depending on the configuration of your specific model - don't worry] Press "PROGRAM", "6", "PROGRAM", "5" (the characters 04 FE should now be displayed) Press "ENTER" (the display should flash briefly) Press "RETURN" Power the player off and then back on Thanks to http://members.lycos.co.uk/ittroll/ for the hacks
Pro's: For DVD and also with audio CD and mp3 its producing a good sound. Picture quality is good too. All in all, for the price its a good value. Con's: It has only S-Video and Composit outputs, there is no Component output. The Audio Volume has Limits. For a room until 5x5 meters you will get enough sound volume out of most DVDs and CDs, but there may be CDs which contain datas with not enough sound volume. I use to resample them on the Mac, and produce mp3 with more volume, then it comes good on the DA 3520. The 3520 has not enough flexibility to adjust volumes on each speaker. It gives out PAL signal as PAL and NTSC as NTSC, so if you have an NTSC TV, PAL DVDs will not play or only b/w. But the great Problem with the DA-3520 is LG, if you need help or support from them, dont expect much. The LG support here (southamerica) doesn't even know the diference between PAL and NTSC. And LG online with email to Korea or USA is not really a help. If I ask how to solve the PAL b/w problem (I have an LG Flatron TV) they only told me that its not possible. But I know its possible, only I need some help to solve it as I am not electronic specialist, but there are decoders, converters etc. on the market.