Date: November 30th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Merconnet
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PRODUCT WALKHROUGH (cont'd)
On the left hand side is the unit's power switch. This
little switch had me puzzled for about five minutes seeing I really
didn't know it existed. I thought you popped in a DVD, pressed play
and the unit would power on which in this case didn't happen. After
finding the tiny switch, the unit fired up without a hitch. If anything
can be said, I wish the switch would have been a little bigger. You
borderline have to have women's fingernails to access it.
The right side of the player is where you can access the
standard headphone jack and its dedicated volume control. For the love
of god, please turn the volume all the way down and then put on your
headphones and adjust the volume. My particular unit had the volume
maxed out and when the movie started, my ears got the blast of their
lifetime. They are still ringing today.
The unit's rear panel is where all power, video and audio
connections are made. Moving from left to right, you first have the
digital optical out to hook directly into your AC-3 home theater system
amplifier. I was initially only expecting two channel stereo and was
surprised that this player can output full digital 5.1 surround.
Moving to the right you have your S-Video video output
along with the composite audio and two channel stereo connectors. You
cannot use both video connectors at the same time and have to choose
whether you want your TV to use the higher quality S-Video connection
or just a standard composite. Either way, choose one. Closing out the
connections on the far right is the 12 volt adapter connection for the
included power supply.
If you have a rather old TV with only the coaxial connector,
you will be forced to take a trip to your local electronics store to
buy an RF Modulator. This is not out of the ordinary seeing that even
the bigger standard DVD players require the modulator to combine the
audio and video into a raw coaxial signal. A little hint of advice,
invest in a better TV before you pay for a modulator. That way you can
take full advantage of the video quality.
Now I know some people will be noting that the unit lacks
any sort of component connections. Is that a draw back? Not at all really.
Although a component connection will give you the best overall visual
quality, it is hindered by several other factors. For one, you will
have to have a TV that has the special connections which is only included
in the expensive models. Secondly, decent component cables are awfully
expensive and the difference in picture quality in my mind doesn't justify
the price. I have used both and really, I can't see a difference on
a standard 27 inch television set.