I bought this Samsung DVD H1080 in the middle of last year when I upgraded my TV to a new HD set and got Sky HD to go with it. I thought I might as well complete the set by getting a DVD player with HD features and not knowing much about DVD players, I had previously had my player for quite some time, so pretty much bought the first one I saw.The first thing that appeals to me about this device other than the technical details is the way it looks. My whole TV stand is black and all the accessories on it are too so I wanted something that matched them. Secondly, the size of the device was handy as my Tv stand like I am sure many others are, is packed anyway so being small it works well in my unit. Plus at around £50 for the player, given the performance and general quality inherent here it is well worth the money!
The main feature though was the way in which this device upscales DVD’s to 1080p thus giving you a high definition feedback. Is this noticeable? Of course it is. Watch DVD’s on a normal player on a HD TV and then use one of these players and you will notice a huge difference. The device performs some of the bets up scaling I have ever seen and it has enhance my viewing quality and means I get the most of out my TV and DVD’s. It does all these without any slowdown in speed or extra loading times too!It connects to the TV via HDMI cable and being part of the anynet range gives you such an easy connection to a Samsung TV as I have. Its quick and simple to set up and gives you excellent feedback. The whole machine is silent and runs smoothly with a front opening tray. You can also control the device via touch buttons on top of the unit but mainly its going to be the remote you use. There is no LED display, thus no clock, timer, progress or anything…everything is done on screen via the remote and it does take a while to get used to all the options and ways to do things.
The remote is small and useful, but almost too small as I keep loosing it. Nevertheless it has all the functions you require without taking up the space of older remotes.Also on handy feature people may use, but I don’t, is the usb functionally meaning you can connect USB devices and play videos and music etc which some people may find handy and I must admit I haven’t ever seen on a DVD player before.
Problems….only one fault with mine. If I stop a DVD to change channel it knocks the DVD player off and takes a good 30 seconds to get back into gear. It places the DVD in the place where I left it as it has some sort of memory built in there but sometimes this comes back on with subtitles which is odd and thus I am forced to turn them off!Other than that minor issue I have been fully satisfied with this player and have found in terms of quality, value and all round performance it has been more than worth the money!
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