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I bought this product wanting a cheap replacement for my old DVD player that I'd given to the kids.
Unlike most DVD players this DVD player is small compact easy to use and will play any region (they have all worked so far)!!!. It you are looking for a DVD player that has it all, has a name or more gizmo's than most, then this is not the player for you. It has the necessary features for basic usage.
**Specifications** (See Ciao Product Information For More Information)
DVD/CD/CD-R/Picture Disc Compatible On Screen Display Digital Stereo Sound Multi Angle Feature Parental Lock Remote Control Multi - Region Player
Dimensions: 255mm (w) x 38mm (h) x 248mm (d)
The unit is about the size of a sheet of A4 paper and Silver in appearance. On the front of the machine there are the simple operating buttons. Standby, Eject, Play/Pause, Stop, Backward, Forward. On the rear there are audio Output sockets, Coaxial Output Socket, S-Video Output, Video Output Sockets and CR & Cb & Y Video Output Sockets and finally a SCART socket.
The player has all the usual facilities of a good DVD player, and will play:-
8cm/12cm DVD Video Discs including DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. 8cm/12cm Compact Disc Audio Discs including CD-R and CD-RW. 8cm/12cm Photo Compact Discs including JPEG and Kodak picture CDs.
The remote control is light and very versatile. It has the following keys - Play/Pause, Stop, Eject, Numeric Keys, Mute, Setup key, Title Key, Shuffle, Arrow Keys, Reset button, and a few more technical keys. They are:-
This feature allows you to play a small portion of a scene over and over until cancelled. Simply press A and then at the place you wish to stop at, press B and the DVD player will play that section until cancelled.
It has three Zoom settings, simply press the key until you get the level you want.
To change the language of the subtitles / to turn them on/off.
To allow you to select the audio language of a movie or listen to any voice over commentaries.
To change between Left and Right Audio Tracks
Some films may have had different angles recorded. To access these various angles you press this key. (Not all films support this)
To jump to a certain point in the film etc.
To get to the Disc Root Menu on the DVD, simply press Menu.
To allow you to go to a menu when playing a VCD disc.
Allows you play random chapters or titles / tracks.
**DVD Format Function**
Some DVD's are produced in different formats to suit a specific TV System. Playing the DVD in the wrong format can cause picture scrolling or will not play at all. Simply press the N/P button to select between PAL, NTSC and AUTO.
Apart from those mentioned above you can also select different viewing modes (4:3PS, 4:3LB, and 16:9).
Using Smart Picture, you can adjust the four preset picture conditions to improve the picture quality for your TV and there is an Audio Menu, Rating Menu (child locks) locked by a password and a Misc. Menu for all other options, including the screen saver.
The package that came with the unit was a :-
Remote, 2 x AAA batteries RCS leads, Instruction manual
Installing this player for me was a doddle, although depending on what equipment you may have, this might not be so straight forward for you. I simply connected my Scart lead to the television and that was it.... Although the manual was very easy to understand and does show you how to connect your player.
I have found that this DVD player is simple to use, small and compact with most of the features that you would expect to have on a DVD player with a few more added in. The quality of the picture is very good and the easy to use menu & remote makes the whole experience of this DVD player a pleasure to use. It was low in cost (£24.99) and to say that it will be play all regions for this price is amazing.
Whilst it is true that it doesn't have Real Dolby, DivX Playback and other features (See Ciao product information) that some brands do, for a simple cheap and very reliable DVD player then I would have to recommend this one. It is stylish in design, small and slim and would fit in to any room without looking out of place.
In essence, a very good unit, good price and will give good results for those of us that want simplicity and not a technical nightmare. As yet I have found nothing wrong with the player, it does just what it says. I should note that it does not say on the box that it will play any region but Amazon, where I purchased it from states that it does, and it does!!!
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