Date: June 21st, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor / Hardware Reviewer)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The included remote control in my mind is perfect. It is simple, light and extremely easy to use. It also has the ability to control any make and model of TV if you go to the back of the user's manual and follow the easy programming instructions. Although I am not going to bother and annoy you with every single function of this remote, I will say that you can do practically anything you need from the comfort of your livingroom sofa. Just make sure you protect the remote from damage or the fun will be over.
Through the remote, you can navigate through the settings using the remote's central navigation pad. Pressing menu will bring up the following.
The two sections you should focus on are the Function and Setup submenu's.
The function submenu contains the following:
Info: Displays the information for that particular DVD/VCD/CD track. (Eg: Track Number, Time, Sound Setup, Subtitle Capability)
Zoom: Allows you to access the zoom functionality
Bookmark: Allows you to bookmark certain parts of a DVD so you can quickly find them at a later time.
Repeat: Allows you to repeat a portion, track or the whole DVD/VCD/CD.
EZ View: Allows you to change the screen orientation on the fly for better picture placement when viewing widescreen or standard DVD's.
The main submenu you will use a lot initially is the Setup section. From here you can setup your audio and picture along with the language and parental control. Navigating to the Audio Setup submenu will show you the following.
This submenu contains the following:
Digital Output: Allows you to select PCM for analog output and bitstream for 5.1 digital.
DTS: Allows you to toggle this functionality on or off whether or not you have a DTS capable audio decoder in your home theater center.
Dynamic Compression: Allows you to turn dynamic audio compression on or off.
PCM Down Sampling: Allows you to downgrade the audio signal to 48kHz if the connected amplifier is not 96kHz capable.
Speaker Setup: Allows the user to setup their specific speaker setup for optimal sound reproduction.
When you navigate to the Display Setup submenu, you will be allowed to access the following:
TV Aspect: Allows you to choose between 4:3 Letterbox, 4:3 Pan Scan or 16:9 widescreen for those lucky guys with a plasma TV.
Still Mode: Allows the user to choose between Auto, Field and Frame when they want to view something while pausing. This will clear up the picture if you want to view text or a certain part of the screen without any shaking.
Screen Messages: Use to turn screen message on and off. (I honestly don't know who would use this.)
Black Level: Brightness control so black will actually look black when viewing a DVD.
Video Output: Choose between S-Video, Component Output and P-Scan DVI mode.
DVI Output: This function corrects a biased TV screen to secure a normal view.
Seeing that both my LCD monitor and 40 inch LCD TV were no capable of testing the player in full DVI digital mode, I was forced to test the product out using both a composite and a s-video connection. Viewing through the supplied composite connection on a high quality Panasonic 27 inch TV was nothing but perfect. Picture quality was excellent and there was no picture distortion or misrepresented colors whatsoever. Although Samsung doesn't supply a S-video cable (which they should), picture quality was equally as good. Due to a lack of component video cables, I was not able to test the player on my larger TV. One thing to also note, if this is targeted as a HD DVD Player, why aren't the component video connections included as well? Would be a nice addition and should be included with a high end product.
Sound reproduction was also excellent if you set the product up properly and you have a 5.1 speaker setup attached as part of your home theater. You will also love the DTS functionality which makes the digital listening experience even more crystal clear.
This is sort of a tough thing to actually gauge. The picture quality really depends on the compression quality setting you used to actually make the VCD. As like DVD Viewing, picture quality was excellent and you could only see the difference when viewing certain scenes in some movies.
Photo CD Viewing
Viewing a photo CD was painless. After creating the JPEG photo CD or having one made for you from a photo establishment, all you need to do is pop it into the tray and allow the CD to load. Just make sure the photo CD is ISO9660 or Joliet format. The navigation pad allows you to navigate through the photos and enjoy your digital vacation photos from the comfort of your sofa. This is great for showing your family your photos when they come over instead of breaking out the photo albums which you know can get a little tedious and time consuming.