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    1. Pioneer DVR-520H-S DVD recorder
    $322.99 list($349.90)
    2. Pioneer DVR-320-S DVD recorder
    Too low to display $242.95 list($549.99)
    3. Audiovox VBP-4000 "Video-In-A-Bag"
    list($69.99)
    4. Apex AD-1200 DVD Player
    list($249.00)
    5. SONY DVP-NC615/B 5-Disc DVD Changer
    list($139.99)
    6. Zenith DVB211 DVD Player
    list($129.99)
    7. Sony DVP-NS315B Slim Design DVD
    list($149.99)
    8. Panasonic DVD-RV32K DVD Player
    list($199.99)
    9. JVC XV-S502SL Progressive-Scan
    $599.00 list($749.99)
    10. Panasonic PV-DM2792 27" Triple
    $67.50
    11. SAMSUNG DVD-S222 Multimedia DVD
    $729.00
    12. Audiovox VOD806 Overhead 8" TV-DVD
    $124.95 list($179.99)
    13. Samsung DVD-C621 5-Disc DVD Player
    14. GE DGE100N DVD Player
    $695.00
    15. Audiovox DV9000 TV-DVD Floor Console
    $700.00
    16. Sony 10-Disc DVD/CD Changer (DVX-100)
    17. Broksonic DVD/VCR Combo (DVCR-810)
    18. Onkyo DV-CP500 5-Disc Progressive-Scan
    list($269.99)
    19. Panasonic PV-D4742 DVD-VCR Combo
    list($99.99)
    20. Apex AD-5131 3-Disc DVD Player

    1. Pioneer DVR-520H-S DVD recorder + 80GB digital video recorder
    list price: $599.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002IG6A8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Pioneer
    Sales Rank: 5123
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Pioneer's DVR-520H-S DVD recorder houses an 80 GB hard drive, making the component a one-stop choice for both time-shifted TV viewing and video archiving. The hard drive holds up to 102 hours of programming. Once you record TV shows or home movies to the DVR-520H-S's hard drive, you'll have terrific editing and playback options: store programs and keep them indefinitely; delete them after viewing to free up disc space; or edit your favorite programs and home movies and set them up with brilliant menus, wallpaper, and playlists.

    When you find yourself with a recording you want to watch again, you can keep it on the hard drive or simply burn it to a DVD-R (permanent: can't be erased) or DVD-RW (can be erased or written over many times). The DVR-520H-S features high-speed dubbing in both directions (disc to HDD, HDD to disc). You can burn content to recordable DVD-R and DVD-RW at high speed: a 1-hour program recorded in the Extended Play mode can be transferred to an 8x DVD-R in less than 2 minutes.

    A feature called Disc Backup lets you make a direct file transfer of a home movie DVD to the unit's hard drive, and from that make perfect copies of your original DVD for all of your family and friends--at blazing 8x speed. The Chase Play feature lets you watch your favorite TV show from the beginning, even while it's still being recorded. The DVR-520-S also features the ability to create full-motion thumbnails with sound and a built-in TV tuner. You can also play a DVD while recording a TV show to the hard drive, or play programs from the hard drive while archiving something to DVD.

    Additionally, DVD-RW permits non-destructive on-disc editing. The newly created DVD-R can be played back on most other home and portable DVD players, as well as DVD-ROM computer drives. A great feature for home-movie directors is the ability to create a professional-looking menu for home movies, similar to the menu found on DVD movies. Users can choose from nine graphical navigation menus to personalize their disc.

    The DVR-520H-S also features PureCinema 3:2 Progressive Scan for a film-like presentation when watching movies. DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. (You'll need an HD-ready TV to appreciate this feature.)

    Heading up the connections are DV (digital video) inputs and outputs (1 each, IEEE 1394) for seamless integration with your camcorder and/or your computer. You get a trio of audio/video inputs (composite- and S-video with stereo analog audio) and 2 sets of composite-/S-video outputs with left/right analog-audio outputs.

    Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output (Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. An RF coaxial AV input and output help you interface with older TVs, VCRs, and cable boxes.

    What's in the Box
    DVD recorder, remote control, 2 AA/R6P batteries, an audio/video cable (red/white/yellow), an RF antenna cable, an AC power cable, a user's manual, and a warranty card. ... Read more

    Features

    • built-in 80GB hard drive for recording/playback
    • records to DVD-R & DVD-RW
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
    • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
    • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)

    2. Pioneer DVR-320-S DVD recorder with i.LINKĀ® camcorder input
    list price: $349.90
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002IRYVS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Pioneer
    Sales Rank: 13890
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    Product Description

    Pioneer has been a leader in DVD recorder technology for years, building both DVD computer drives and component recorders like the slim, sleek DVR-320-S. Everything you'd normally record with your VCR can now be recorded with the DVR-320-S -- it has a built-in TV tuner, clock/timer, and VCR Plus+®. And DVD recordings look and sound so much better! For time-shifting your favorite weekly shows,use a rewriteable DVD-RW disc, which can be erased and re-recorded over and over. For material you want to hang onto, record to write-once DVD-R discs, which can't be erased, and which play in nearly all DVD players. Camcorder owners will love the ability to make pristine DVD copies of videos for easy playback, and for sharing with friends and family. The DVR-320-S's front-panel i.LINK (IEEE 1394) jack will make transferring video from a digital camcorder fast and easy. Start archiving your precious home movies on DVDs and stop worrying about tape failure! The DVR-320-S provides other advanced recording and playback options that just aren't possible with a VCR. For example, "Chase Play" time shift playback employs a memory buffer to let you watch the beginning of a recorded program while the show is finishing recording! In fact, you're not limited to watching the recording in progress -- you can watch anything else already on the DVD. (Use of a DVD-RW 2x disc is required to be able to use this feature.) ... Read more

    Features

    • records to DVD-R & DVD-RW
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
    • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
    • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
    • ultra-slim chassis design

    3. Audiovox VBP-4000 "Video-In-A-Bag" 5.6" LCD TV/DVD Player
    list price: $549.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068ERY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AudioVox
    Sales Rank: 5578
    Average Customer Review: 2.68 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Mobile DVD player with 5.6-inch LCD screen;12.2 x 13.8 x 7.3 inches (W x H x D)
    • 1 Set of A/V Output Jacks and 2 Sets of A/V Input Jacks
    • DVD/AV1/AV2 Switchable Source Select
    • Dual Speakers
    • 1 S-Video Output

    Reviews (34)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great product for thos long car trips
    I bought the DVD Video-in-a-bag along with the extra LCD screen (the VBPEX5, the VBPEX56 was not available at that time). This unit is great for taking those long road trips, plus it gives you a DVD player you can use once you arrive at your destination. The only drawback I have found is the size. This is a pretty large unit considering it does not have batteries. You must provide external power from a wall outlet or a car adapter.

    You can connect up to 3 LCDs to the unit. One connects through the normal connection, the other two through a special cable. Each screen also has stereo speakers and local volume control. You can also use the remote control by pointing it at any of the LCD screens, the remote detector is built into the screen housing.

    The power for the screens comes through the cable, so you don't need extra power for each screen. The screens are switchable between the DVD player and a set of external A/V connectors for game machines, or anything else that provides a video signal.

    We put one screen on the back of the seat for the child in the back seat, and the other in the front seat so my wife can monitor and control the DVD with the remote.

    I will buy the VBPEX56 (a 5.6 in screen, identical to the one that comes eith the unit) next so we have two in the back seat , one for each child.

    1-0 out of 5 stars cheap junk
    have to wiggle and bend power cord to get it to work if your luckyit will work for 5 minutes.have owned for about a year.more frustation than its worth.having to pull over and fix all the time.mine got thrown out the window on i90.next one definatly wont be audiovox..

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
    A few days ago I would've given this product a 5. We used it all summer on a road trip and it worked beautifully. A few days ago the power connection became loose. Now you have to position the power cord just so or the unit will shut off. We bought the unit in May and paid full price for it. We relied on the product name and reputation. What a let down! We are past our 90 warranty period and Target doesn't offer an extended warranty option. What a complete disappointment! Too much money to break down this fast!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Our first quiet ride to the beach!
    My husband and I bought this dvd system over the past weekend and it's worth the money (on sale elsewhere for $199.99 though). My son is 2 and watched his movies on the ride to the beach. The screen mounts to headrest and we are looking forward to buying another screen for our younger son (a little too young still). We love the idea that we can play cd's in it and can play dvd's inside our beach home. We recommend it, for sure. The only draw back is the smaller screen, but hey, you don't want it too big since your child is practically right on top of it anyway while in the car:-)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for the kids
    I purchased this just before our vacation. It was wonderful. With the option of purchasing the additional monitor, I was able to fulfill all my childern's dreams. My younger children watched movies, while my older child disconnected the additional screen and attached it to his PS2. The versitility was wonderful and provided enough entertainment for our 8 hour drive. ... Read more


    4. Apex AD-1200 DVD Player
    list price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000063Y7E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: APEX
    Sales Rank: 12436
    Average Customer Review: 2.47 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    At an appealing price, the Apex AD-1200 DVD player accommodates a range of media formats: DVD-Video, CD, MP3 CD, and even JPEG image and Kodak Picture CDs. For audio connections, you get one set of left/right analog outputs for compatibility with Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. This unit also supports both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel formats through a single coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a surround-decoding AV receiver. The back panel offers one output for S-video and two standard composite-video outputs in case you'd like to channel one output into a different room.

    A screen saver keeps paused images from burning into your television if your viewing is interrupted, and parental controls help you keep the kids away from mature-content discs (high shelves are useful, too). Picture zoom (2x, 4x) lets you focus on scenes in greater detail, and the unit's fluorescent video display is snazzy and easy to read. The box includes the DVD player, a full-featured remote control, an owner's manual, a stereo analog audio/composite-video interconnect, and two AA batteries. ... Read more

    Features

    • Composite- and S-video outputs accommodate most televisions
    • Supports DVD-Video, SVCD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
    • JPEG and KODAK Picture CD compatible
    • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround sound (through coaxial digital-audio output) gives you immersive surround sound when used in conjunction with compatible AV receiver
    • Programmable playback and parental lock

    Reviews (79)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied customer (so far...)
    I've only had the AD-1200 for a week now but it's performing well so far. I'm no audiophile but the DVD picture looked good on several movies and I've also watched VCDs and played mp3s with no problems. The remote's range could be better though and showing more characters on mp3 song titles and a shuffle play option would be nice. Having to leave the power button depressed on the unit in order to use the remote is also a minor gripe. Overall, I'm satisfied and maybe a little surprised. I had read about problems with Apex quality but the Apex owners I know seem pretty happy so I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my receipt handy! For the average DVD watcher, this player deserves a look.

    I'm giving it 4 stars, mostly based on it's bang for the buck value.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Go with another player
    I've had this player for 1 year, only used it on the weekends.
    Now the the player will not play a DVD completly. Tried cleaning, no help. Try another brand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 4+ years and still going strong!
    I've had my Apex AD-1200 for about 4 years now and I've never had any problems. I've moved about 8-10 times (recent college grad), transporting the player with me every time which hasn't affected it at all. It plays virtually EVERY format (besides the most recent DVD+/- R/RW, & RAM), including VCD, SVCD, mp3, CD-R. It's not meant to be a top-of-the-line player, so with that in mind it does EXACTLY what it's supposed to do! Would highly recommend this product.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Apex AD-1200 DVD player broke in less than three months!
    I got this player as a special gift on August 25, 2002. It was working fine until it started to mess up the first week in December 2002. The player froze in the middle of the movie several times. I had to turn off the power and turn the power back on. After I did that, it froze again. I tried cleaning the lens with my CD/DVD lens cleaner, did no good it messed up again. I returned it to the store and got a better model, the Apex AD-1201, no problems yet anyway. I will never get a low-end piece of el cheapo garbage from Apex again ever. Shoppers beware of that! Get a Sony, JVC, Samsung, or Panasonic DVD player. You won't regret it. I wish you luck!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Resilient
    I have owned this unit for over 3 months. It has performed flawlessy, my only qualm is that it does not play dvd+r. The unit is packed with features most $300 players dont have. My favorites are dts decoding and optical audio, other options include MP3 playback, and .jpg slideshows. The unit is a great player overall, and you can get it for a even better price. ... Read more


    5. SONY DVP-NC615/B 5-Disc DVD Changer
    list price: $249.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006AN5I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 21002
    Average Customer Review: 1.62 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Supports the playback of DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+RW / CD-R / CD-RW / MP3 media
    • Dynamic Tilt Compensation
    • Block Noise Reduction
    • SmoothScan Mode
    • SmoothSlow Mode

    Reviews (8)

    1-0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE player, terrible customer service from Sony.
    I got the NC615 (not from Amazon) in July 2002 primarily to check for DVD-R playability and quality control (I'm a video producer and burn DVDs for clients). I had a total of about 3 hours use on the player in the first 8 months I owned it. Then I bought Sopranos DVD sets and started using it more regularly.

    It was then I noticed it would stall, freeze, and then cut off periodically. At first it was so infrequent that I tried to attribute it to disc abnormalities and let it go.

    Dealing with defective products is such an incredible hassle . . . expensive shipping, multiple calls and many, MANY minutes on tech support hold lines, pulling out entertainment centers and dealing with a mass of wires and dust in a small spaces, etc. Also, since the measly 90 day labor warranty (by far much more important than parts) had long passed, I knew I'd likely be footing 90% of any repair bill at that point anyway, so I succumbed to the denial that the player was at fault.

    I could only delude myself a few months longer as the problem got worse and worse, the player eventually freezing and shutting off 5-10 times during any viewing session longer than 20 minutes. Of course by this time, the parts warranty had also conveniently expired.

    But since I've dropped over $20,000 on professional Sony video equipment in recent years, I thought Sony customer service just MIGHT want to keep me happy, so I phoned them. I was wrong. I was met with absolute indifference, abruptness, and a refusal to consider the individual circumstances which made it a travesty of fairness for me to have to pay for the repair of this product, which cost well over $200 at the time I purchased it.

    To make matters even comically worse, my sister was given the same player for Christmas of 2002, and hers started to exhibit similar problems late in 2003, also conveniently well after the labor warranty had expired and just as the parts warranty was expiring.

    Two out of two identical products with the same defects in one family is hard to attribute to sheer bad luck. This was very likely a lemon product, an inherently defective player with an abnormally short useful life that Sony is refusing to stand behind, even for a loyal customer that's given them many thousands of dollars in business. Because of this unforgivable customer service breach, I will never buy another Sony consumer electronics product and will certainly try to avoid purchase of as many of their pro products as possible.

    I advise others to STEAR CLEAR of this player and all those in direct succession to it, which is likely to be anything with a model number like NC6##.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It's true
    I've always recommended and purchased Sony brand. I didn't buy mine at Amazon.com, but I'm here 10 months later to buy a replacement. It stopped reading DVDs yesterday. I removed the cover expecting to find the sensor needed cleaning. What I found was that the disc motor isn't spinning it up to speed any more. Reading the other reviews, it's clear this isn't an isolated incident.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good product
    I ordered this DVD player before reading the reviews here, and that was a mistake. It plays normally about 50% of the time, and the other 50% it looks like it has a tracking error, even though there's no such thing on DVD's. My experience with Sony trying to get this fixed has been laughable, as they always say it's the DVD's, which always play fine on my PlayStation2. Support is terrible, so I'd recommend against buying this unless you like a nice looking paperweight.

    1-0 out of 5 stars disappointed with sony products
    I purchased a Sony dvd player and a Sony vcr player within a few months of each other. About 2 years later with minimal use they both broke. The dvd player was under extended warranty (which cost me extra to buy), so the repair was covered. But it broke again just after the warranty expired and will cost more than we paid for the unit (!!!) to repair it. No thanks. I am replacing with another brand and will never buy Sony again.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Broke after six months
    Like one other reviewer, mine stopped recognizing DVD's after six months. Unlike hime I have not had good luck with Sony lately. My DVD player, VCR, and Playstation 2(all sony products) stopped working within 4 months of each other. It costs almost as much to repair them as replace them, so I'm replacing them with a different brand. ... Read more


    6. Zenith DVB211 DVD Player
    list price: $139.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000065BO3
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Zenith
    Sales Rank: 13520
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • S-video and component-video outputs offer high-quality image with compatible TVs
    • Coaxial digital-audio output transmits Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround sound
    • MP3 decoding of CD-R/CD-RW discs
    • 4x and 16x moveable zoom
    • Future-ready with upgradeable software

    Reviews (6)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Special Sales
    I'm interested in the DVB 211 DVD Player, one day it was on sale but I didn't realize it was only for a few hrs. so I missed it-waiting for another sale!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Reviews
    It is pathetic and distressing that the reviews here aren't edited for truth value.
    This DVD player DOES NOT play VCDs. It plays only DVD, CDAUDIO and MP3.
    I got RIPPED. I have a bunch of VCDs to play and this one's a waste.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great
    i love this product, and i would love it at any price.
    the picture is unbelivbly clean, the sound is crisp!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent a t any price
    I am very impressed with this dvd player.Excellent vidio and very good sound even through the tv speakers.Very good and easy to understand manuel comes with it. A definate buy for this item.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good deal for a DVD/CD/VideoCD/MP3/DVD-R/CD-R/CD-RW player
    Great model for this price. When my friends came to visit,they were all amazed becasue this UN-EXPENSIVE one can play not only DVDs or VCDs,it can also play MP3s. It means that I don't need to change audio CDs for the BACKGROUND music while we are chatting since one CD can record more than 100 MP3 files and it can be played for several hours. I would say this one can be a extremly good deal for people who have tight budget but want to enjoy the convinience of technology. ... Read more


    7. Sony DVP-NS315B Slim Design DVD Player (Black)
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000066SSZ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 13261
    Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Make favorite movie moments come alive with Sony's slim-design DVP-NS315B DVD player. The player has high-quality component-video outputs and Sony's Precision Drive 2 system, which maintains quality audio/video performance even when discs are scratched or warped. The DVP-NS315B is compatible with just about every disc format out there, including DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW (video mode), CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CD. BNR (block-noise reduction) minimizes choppy image distortion during scenes where the whole image changes quickly. SmoothScan and SmoothSlow modes provide clean playback of DVD in slow motion and scan speeds.

    Top-of-the-line component-video outputs help minimize line scan and digital artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, and composite-video and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television. The back panel offers one output each for composite-video, S-video, and component-video. A 10-bit video DAC with 27 MHz processing ensures accurate video with smooth gradations of color and contrast.

    Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. Built-in 96 kHz, 24-bit linear PCM decoding extracts the full performance of all the linear PCM audio formats in CD and DVD-Video. You can also process two-channel sources for surround sound--Digital Cinema Sound DSP reproduces the precise acoustics of acclaimed Hollywood mastering stages. TV Virtual Surround System generates the effect of surround sound speakers, even when you're limited to the stereo speakers inside your TV. Instant Replay jumps back 10 seconds and commences play. It's great for those times when you miss a line of movie dialogue or when you just have to see that dance move again. Custom parental control locks playback of user-designated discs with a four-digit code, whether or not the discs carry an MPAA rating. ... Read more

    Features

    • Composite and S-video outputs
    • Digital coaxial and component video outputs
    • 24-bit/192kHz sudio DAC
    • BNR and custom picture mode
    • Quick setup and parental controls

    Reviews (34)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Entry-Level Machine For Its Price
    ...I am extremely happy with the Sony 315B. This is a great entry-level player for those who are simply trying to switch from those old VCRs to the DVD. There are no fancy features such as Progressive Scan - but who would notice the difference if your old television still requires an RF modulator to connect to the DVD player? I still have many friends and relatives who refuse to upgrade their TVs because it is simply working fine. For these people, the Sony is a huge improvement over the VCR. I have given 8 of these Sonys to friends and relatives for X'mas and they all love it.

    I have owned my machine for almost a year and it works great. What I especially liked about it was the ability to play DVDRs and VCDs. It is basically a workhorse - plays hours of DVDs without digital "breakout" or any other noticeable problems.

    I must admit that there might be some "lemons" out there since all DVDs are massed produced. But Sony always stands by their warranty - though I have never had problems with my player. That is why I buy this player as a gift for friends and family - can't beat the value and brand name...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice player - Sony finally adds MP3 capability
    This is a good solid basic player witha few features that you actually can and will use. Plays DVDs well, no issues to speak of (yet) and it offers component outputs in addition to regular outputs. It plays DVD, CD, CD-R(W), and my favorite, decodes MP3. The MP3 software work just like a normal CD player (track numbers and all that), so you don't have to have the monitor on to play MP3s. It does have a nice GUI if you do want to use the monitor, though. Nice added touch. I've enjoyed the unit so far, but since it's a newer model, I will post again if I have additional comments. Only 4 stars because it most of its features are operated from the remote only :(. Don't lose that remote.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Unit
    I bought mine when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out on DVD, so I have had it a while. So far it has been great. I do not want anything fancy; I just put in the DVD and watch the movie. I also have many concert DVD's, which look and sound great through my very good stereo system. I have had no problems playing concert DVD's and choosing specific songs from the menu. Also, mine has played CDR's many times with no problem. It is a very good basic unit.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Cannot play Disney DVD (and some others)
    I bought a brand new Finding Nemo DVD, 3 times, from 3 different places, and the dvd player would have problems playing it. The screen color would fade in and fade out, it was just terrible. I bought another brand new disney cartoon, same problem. The only DDVD i can play without any problem is "Lord of the Ring". Man, i will NEVER buy any Sony stuff ....at least not the low end DVD player.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great when it works...
    I got it for the price and the styling. It looks great. Best looking one I could find actually. I was only looking for a basic DVD player, so I have no insight into any of it's special features, lacking or otherwise.

    I actually like the remote. However, I have a SONY TV, so that may be why I haven't encountered any problems with it.

    The unit worked just fine until now though. It's been around a year now, maybe more maybe less, but I've lost the receipt by now anyways so I can't check for warranty. It's stopped spinning properly. Which is pretty pathetic IMO. I have CD players that have lasted for YEARS with never a problem.

    While this unit looks great, the "SONY Quality" is obviously no longer there... ... Read more


    8. Panasonic DVD-RV32K DVD Player (Black)
    list price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000063Y7F
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 13832
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    It's a digital world. A world where sound surrounds you and pictures dazzle the imagination. It's a world where the excitement of the movies is captured and brought to life on a simple five-inch disc - the size of a CD. Welcome to the incredible world of DVD. As a leader in digital technology, Panasonic made possible and forever changed the face of home theatre. Panasonic has packed big-screen excitement into the world's smallest and lightest DVD players. Come and experience the ultimate in home theater entertainment.With great features and newly redesigned cosmetics, the DVD-RV32K is an extraordinary value. It includes the popular combination of features known as A-B-C-D - which stands for Advanced Virtual Surround Sound, Bass Plus, Cinema Mode and Dialogue Enhancer - all designed to improve the movie viewing experience. One-touch preset buttons for each of the A-B-C-D features are found on the front panel. The DVD-RV32K's twin laser pickup flawlessly plays through the microscopic disc defects and layer changes that often cause budget players to stumble. The high-resolution audio D/A converter will make your CDs sound great, and the DVD-RV32K also plays CD-Rs, CD-RWs, plus MP3 and WMA files burned to CD-R/RWs. ... Read more

    Features

    • S-Video, subwoofer, and video outpu
    • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, Video CD, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, and WMA formats
    • Advanced Surround functionality provides theater-style audio
    • Bass Plus allows an optional subwoofer to be connected
    • Also features zoom, hi-speed scan, and quick replay functions

    Reviews (60)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Still no problems with mine
    More than three years of light to moderate use and still no problems (I probably just jinxed myself and it will die tonight...).

    This player has performed admirably with DVDs. I've not had as much luck with certain VCDs playing, however. Overall, it's been a good buy that I hope holds out for many years to come.

    Despite not having the H07 error, I'd probably not consider a Panasonic in the future due to their apparent lack of care concerning with obvious flaw.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This is junk. Do not buy.
    It's a very average DVD player but a decent enough price (at least at the time). After a year and a half of light use I got the dreaded H07 error and looks like it's unfixable.

    1-0 out of 5 stars H07 ass
    I just got this error message for the first time after about 2.5 years of occasional use. It now does not seem to play any DVDs anymore. I suspect it's either a joke by Panasonic, or some kind of DVD virus... although I can't recall that I played any illegal or downloaded items on my DVD player... my display now always says "H07 ass" (ok maybe H07 bASS), but I think it's a message to all panasonic consumers.... read into it what you like... has Panasonic said anything about this message???

    1-0 out of 5 stars H07? Call Panasonic
    If you still have a unit that has experienced the H07 death message, call Panasonic Executive Customer Relations at 201-392-6870. Politely but firmly ask them what they are doing about this widespread problem, and tell them you would like them to fix your unit at no charge.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Stopped working after 1 year!HO7 Error
    I bought my Panasonic DVD-RV32 dvd player in late 2003. Here it is January 2004 & I tried to play a Star Trek movie today & it would not play the movie. It recognized the disc... read the disc... went into the stop mode, displayed "STOP" on the unit's display & then displayed "HO7", which I later found out is an error message. The funny thing is that it worked fine yesterday.

    As so many other people have reported about this unit, I am joining the league of disappointed owners of this product... the PANASONIC RV-32. It worked ok while it lasted, but it didn't last!I hope that this dvd player is not evidence of something pandemic in the entire line of Panasonic products. I've always had good luck with Panasonic televisions... even as I write this!

    Robert
    Severna Park, Maryland ... Read more


    9. JVC XV-S502SL Progressive-Scan DVD Player (Silver)
    list price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000065SP5
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JVC
    Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    In the old days, only bottom-of-the-barrel DVD players came this cheap. DVD players have come a long way in a short time, though, and so have features. The slim, silvery XV-S502SL doesn't use much shelf space, but its benefits are huge: premium progressive-scan video outputs (for use with HD and HD-ready TVs), MP3 and JPEG disc compatibility, and a range of audio hookup and playback options. We found the XV-S502SL's slide-show feature one of its coolest. Be warned, though, that higher-resolution images take longer to load--up to 10 seconds on shots from a one-megapixel camera. But then, higher-resolution pics offer greater rewards when zooming: the unit takes you beyond 4x and 16x all the way to a blurry but amazing 1,024x. It also lets you reduce the image size to .125x.

    A handy top-menu button zips you past the FBI warnings, previews, and other pre-menu annoyances written into many commercial DVDs. We were happy to be able to switch the audio format while playing (as from Dolby Digital to uncompressed PCM on a music video), an option some affordable players don't offer. The sound is great from the unit's 1-bit P.E.M. D.D. converter, which boasts 192 kHz/24-bit audio resolution. When playing an MP3 disc, the player displays the artists and song titles onscreen, simplifying navigation.

    You get two digital-audio inputs (optical and coaxial), a stereo RCA analog output, and one each composite-video and S-video output. A set of component-video outputs feeds a DVD signal to a compatible TV. The unit comes with a remote control, two AA batteries, a user's manual, a component-video cable, a composite-video cable, and a stereo analog interconnect.--Michael Mikesell

    Pros:

    • Easy setup
    • Fast disc operations (start-up, chapter advance, etc.)
    • Pristine, progressive-scan video output
    • Top Menu function a real time saver
    • JPEG slide shows a nice option
    • Remote control sits nicely in hand

    Cons:

    • Will not scan within MP3 tracks
    • Cannot switch to/from progressive-scan from the remote
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Sleek DVD player with Direct Digital Progressive-Scan output for seamless, flicker-free display on HD or HD-ready TVs
    • Plays DVD-Video, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, SVCD, JPEG, and MP3 formats
    • Top Menu zips past previews and other barriers to movie watching
    • Slide show feature scrolls through all images on a disc (up to 150 images per group or folder; up to 99 groups)
    • Component-video, composite-video, and S-video outputs for compatibility with a range of TVs

    Reviews (28)

    5-0 out of 5 stars For VCD/SVCD/MP3 enthusiasta
    I purchased this specifically for its capability to play VCDs and SVCDs. It wasn't the cheapest player on the store shelf but it was the only one that specifically stated support for the above formats. The case is slim and elegant, almost delicate looking with its streamlined buttons and low key styling. It weighs almost nothing and while in operation doesn't even get slightly warm...a good sign that quality components are inside. The drive is quiet and spools up quickly and the remote is a joy to operate. As i also have a JVC television the small TV/DVD switch allows me to operate both devices. Video quality is outstanding and the onscreen menus are slick, attractive and intuitive. If you have never seen progressive scan output this will be an eye-opener, wow. This is one well-thought out DVD player. MP3 support is excellent with long filenames. It does not have shuffle or playlist features though, and JPEG picture view speed could be better. Picture loading is very slow but the output is excellent. One possible firmware bug I discovered is that the screen saver kicks in while watching a movie. I simply turned off that annoying feature and all was well. Other features include a stereo enhancer and Theatre Mode.
    Support for VCD, SVCD, MP3, DVD is excellent. This sucker will play just about anything you put in the tray. It is not picky about CDR/CDRW media at all and even 200-pack generics work great. No need to waste your cash on expensive brand name media. The outputs include component video, S-Video and digital fiber optic audio option. Considering how wonderful the video is out of the plain RCA single port, The S-video or component out should be all that much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great player
    I'm not necessarily a video-phile, but I know enough about DVD players to know a good one when I see one.

    This JVC player has a ton of great options. Progressive scan, component video, etc.

    All this stuff comes second to buyers like me, who demand not really picture perfect video quality, but simply that it works and it works well. This is where the JVC shows its stuff. It has never skipped on me. Layer changes are barely noticable. The load time is little to none for a DVD, and skipping through MP3's is pretty painless as well. One of my older players would take almost twenty seconds loading an MP3 disc; not so on this JVC.

    Any complaints? Sure. As other reviewers have said, the buttons are a bit frail on the player. But this is overcome by the great remote control. Also, the disc tray seems a little fragile as well. But if you are careful, this will never become a big deal.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Same problem as the Dec 24 2003 reviewer
    Will not turn on out of STANDBY mode. The unit is about 15 months old. If anybody has figured out a cost-effective way to solve this, please post

    2-0 out of 5 stars LASTED A MONTH PAST WARRANTY
    After reviewing and deciding to buy this unit, I was satisfied with the performance until 13 months after buying....wont turn on out of standby. The problem is, it is cheaper to buy a replacement than get fixed based on labor and parts. However, my next unit will not be a JVC as the timing at one month out of warranty is not a good sign.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great machine
    I checked all the ratings on this DVD player. They were all good,
    except for maybe 1. This is my first DVD Player and I've had no problems with it. So far I have had it for 6 months.
    I'm glad I bought this model. Also very easy to hook up. ... Read more


    10. Panasonic PV-DM2792 27" Triple Play TV-DVD-VCR Combo
    list price: $749.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005YU7S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 33430
    Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 27-inch TV with built-in DVD player and VHS hi-fi stereo VCR
    • Plays DVD, VHS tape, Video CD, audio CD, CD-R, and CD-RW (including MP3 encoded discs)
    • PanaBlack picture tube enhances contrast and depth of all video sources
    • VCR Plus+ simplifies programming
    • Dolby Digital and DTS outputs (for use with compatible surround receiver)

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Panasonic a great product
    This television has a great picture and the ease of operation between the TV,DVD,VHS is fantastic.
    The owners manuel is an encyclopedia (lol) but pretty easy to follow. To be honest the hardest part was converting the Panasonic remote control. I still haven't figured out how to make the cable remote work on the Panasonic remote.But that being the only problem. The picture and options on this television is fantastic. I have a 52" TV in the living room and I watch the Panasonic.A great buy............

    1-0 out of 5 stars what a mistake. NEVER AGAIN
    TV works fine, as does DVD. Six weeks after we bought it, the VCR unit didn't work. Wouldn't accept tapes. Sent it for repairs, gone two weeks. Got it back, worked fine for another few weeks. N ow it's broken again. And guess what? Panasonic says that, since it's over 90 days, the labor charges are our responsbility. We'll see about that.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Great for a year, then: IMPLOSION
    This product worked fine for a year. Then, one night, a series of pops and bright flashes on the screen became more frequent during the course of two hours. Finally, they became rapid-fire and the TV died! I had had it for 13 months. Happily, I bought it with AmEx and they will repair or replace it under their double-the-warranty protection plan. ... Read more


    11. SAMSUNG DVD-S222 Multimedia DVD Player

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000065CDZ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
    Sales Rank: 24911
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • The Samsung DVD-S222, by contrast, is fluent and totally at ease in codecs including DVD-Video, CD-Audio, and CD-R
    • A dual laser pickup--one for high-resolution DVD and one optimized for CD audio--assures smooth, error-free playback
    • Advanced 10-bit DAC
    • High speed/high linearity 96kHz/24-bit audio converters
    • Motion zoom -2X, 4X

    Reviews (1)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good but slow load/seek times
    I like everything about this player (especially the price) except for one thing. The load/seek times are slow. If you put an audio CD in, as soon as the door closes it takes approx. 10 seconds to recognize the CD. If you put a CD-R in, it takes approx. 25 seconds. Can be aggravating at times. But other than that, it's a nice player. ... Read more


    12. Audiovox VOD806 Overhead 8" TV-DVD Player Combo

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006AVC9
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AudioVox Communications
    Sales Rank: 8723
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Traveling Movie Theater Works Great
    I have this DVD player installed in a 2001 Suburban. It fits and looks great with the optional Audiovox overhead console for the Suburban. I opted for that so I wouldn't lose the back seat air controls from the original overhead console.

    The unit is easy to operate and works very well. Its screen doesn't close easily and I probably would have thought this to be a defect if the installer hadn't mentioned it when he was showing me how to operate it. A 16:9 screen would be cooler, but for the car the screen size is just fine.

    The only problem I've noticed is that it seems to have problems handling imperfections (scratches/fingerprints/debris) on a DVD. It sometimes gets stuck (i.e. pauses) at certain points in a movie. So far this has only happened on DVDs that have visible scratches, fingerprints or debris on them. Skipping forward a little works to get past the problem. Since these same DVDs work flawlessly in our home DVD players and any flaws in the DVDs are very minor I've thought about taking this player back for a replacement. But, since it hardly ever happens I'm okay with it.

    Our kids (4 and 2) really like having this in the car. We recently took a trip across the state and when the kids weren't sleeping or coloring, they were watching movies. It was the first long trip during which we didn't hear the "are we there yet" chant from the back seat. The kids were totally content.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not sure if worth the money
    I bought this and had it installed and within the week, it stopped working. I had it replaced and had to add an extended warranty because I'm not sure how long it will work. The 8 in screen is great. It is annoying to have to select the FM reception each time it is turned on to hear it. The screen doesn't close very easily into unit. I haven't had any problems with the Audiovox video in a bag so I thought I'd give their DVD system a try. It's only been a week, but it's still working. ... Read more


    13. Samsung DVD-C621 5-Disc DVD Player
    list price: $179.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000632FW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
    Sales Rank: 5207
    Average Customer Review: 2.83 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Five Disc Carousel Style Changer mechanism
    • Dual Mode optical pickup compatible with CD-R/RW Media
    • Integral MP3 decoder plays back music files from CD-R/W
    • Dual Audio and Video Outputs terminals
    • Full size stereo headphone output with rotary volume control

    Reviews (6)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very slow; terrible CD player
    If you're looking for a multiple DVD/CD player, do yourself a favor and buy a higher quality unit than this one. First of all, it's very, very slow when loading or changing disks. Also, it will not automatically switch disks without programming it. If you put in 5 cds and expect it to play all five in a row, you will be disappointed. So it makes a terrible CD player. My 15 year old JVC CD player is 20 times as fast at reading a disc and going to a particular song. Plus, the toggle thing on my remote works only about half the time. The picture and sound quality are fine, but the damn thing won't even display how much time is left on a cut or a disc. You've been warned...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice system, terrible support
    I bought this component to replace my aging CD changer (it's also my first DVD player). My old changer lacked a remote and would skip at the slightest vibration. So when I set up my system with the C621, I threw in Van Halen "Hot For Teacher", cranked up the subwoofer for the drum solo, and hit Play. Nothing happened. It wasn't even trying to read the disk. Hmm. So I look over the remote and try to find a button that might help. I hit "Disk Skip", "Menu" and nothing worked. So of course I start hitting random buttons and voila! The CD loads up and starts to play. At the time, I wasn't sure what made it work, but I didn't care because the drum solo sounded great. In spite of rattling the windows and vibrating glasses right off the coffee table, the C621 didn't miss a beat. It kept right on playing even with the subwoofer turned up to 11 (my old player would skip at about 4).

    However, the next time I tried to play a CD, the same problem happened, it wouldn't load the CD, didn't even try. I called up Samsung tech support and the guy didn't know what was wrong.
    "Did you try another CD?"
    "No, but it eventually plays it if I mash on random buttons on the remote. Do you know which button is making it play?"
    "Sounds like it might need a repair, you better ship it to our repair center in New Jersey."
    "What?!?!?"
    "Yeah, or try some other disks, maybe they'll work better."
    "Thanks buddy, bu-bye."

    So now I try contacting Samsung through their tech support webpage form to see if they know what button to hit. I describe the telephone support guy's ineptitude and suggest maybe I should return the system and get a model that works. The six word reply I get from Dario at Samsung is: "If they will take it back." Nice customer service: dumb AND rude.

    Later that day I purchased a couple of DVDs. When I put in a DVD and turn on the TV, there is an initialization menu waiting for me on the screen. Apparently, the first time you use the C621, you need to select the default language by selecting the corresponding number on the key pad 1-5 (Dario, are you reading this?). THEN the C621 loads the first disk. THAT was probably the problem I was having with playing CDs. But because the TV wasn't turned on, I couldn't see the language initialization menu waiting for a number response. It either timed out and loaded the disk, or when I mashed on the remote I happened to select a language and it proceeded.

    I haven't had any problems with the C621 since that episode. Overall, I'm satisfied with the component. The joystick on the remote feels a little cheesy, like it might eventually break. But it works fine for now. And for [the money], you can't beat the price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good quality for the money
    I've only had this player for a few days but here are my initial reactions. I've played a few DVDs in the unit and the picture and sound are great I have no complaints but I did notice a few things.
    1. The optical cable does not click in, it fits very loosely and seems like it would fall out, I took it back to the store to exchange it but when I got there I realised the display model had the same issue and they had no more in stock, the next comparable model (a Toshiba I think) so I decided to keep it. I guess another option would be to use a digital coaxial cable instead. If you're not using surround sound then this isn't even an issue for you.
    2. I find the lights on the side indicating which disc is playing annoying but that's a minor issue
    3. When playing mp3 CDs only the first 8 characters of the filename are displayed, not nearly enough to give you an idea of which artist/song it is

    Overall I like it, I wanted a 5 disc changer with carousel that plays mp3s and this was the best deal I could find.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cheap and very good quality
    cheap and very good quality for its price. It's not the top of the line dvd player but it does the trick. If you want to buy a really good dvd player, you shouldn't really look for a dvd changer in the first place. look for a single disc player (local store has great ones). it plays all the CD's i have (CD-R's included) and it works great

    1-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and deservedly so
    I purchased this to serve as a CD changer which could also function as a DVD player. The DVD capability was an after thought but the price was the attraction. However,it will not advance to the next CD even though Samsung tech support assures me that it should. It skips parts of the CD that it plays. This includes both regular CDs and CD-Rs that play on other players. It did play the one DVD that I tried in it. I will shop for another CD changer. The Samsung is fodder for the next garage sale. ... Read more


    14. GE DGE100N DVD Player

    Asin: B00006B5VF
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: General Electric
    Sales Rank: 87433
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This GE DVD Player has a slim design that will fit nicely into your home theater arrangement. The slim design is complimented by the wide array of features available on this player. Viewing digital photos will be even more special when they are on the television - use a CD-R/RW JPEG encoded disk. You can also listen to your favorite MP3, CD, or CD-R/RW. TruSurround lets you experience a six-speaker home theater system with only two-speakers. GE packed all of these features into the slim, compact design of this DVD Player. ... Read more

    Features

    • SRS TruSurround simulates surround sound from any two channels (speakers, headphones, TV)
    • MP3 and JPEG CD playback
    • Reads DVD-Video, DVD+W, DVD+R, DVD-W, DVD+RW, DVD-R
    • Composite- and S-video outputs accommodate most televisions
    • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel digital output for immersive surround sound when used with a compatible AV receiver

    Reviews (10)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Completely Unreliable
    I don't know if this player is still being sold but if so, steer clear of it. When it works, mine works reasonably well but it rarely works. Most of the time it gives me a "no disc" message when it has just spooled up a DVD that works in every other player I have.

    More interesting is GE's response to this. They don't acknowledge that it even exists. Could it be some kind of illegal copy, I ask? No response.I think they know there's something wrong with it.

    The only good thing about it was the price, but on a per-play basis, I probably should have bought a different player. What also bothers me is what this says about GE. Would this be true of all their other products? I wonder.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I agree with others here
    I bought this unit because it was cheaper than others and was recommended by the guy in the store.Since I bought it it has been problematic.It's very tempermental about reading the discs.When i called the store about the problem I was told that that was how DVD players worked and that it would work itself out eventually, like a bug in the system.It conitnued, well past the point of warranty and returnability.It refuses to read most DVD's unless I tinker with it, opening and closing the tray 6-7 times.It skips and stops a lot.There is a problem with the pause feature.Now, only a year after I bought it, it's refusing to work entirely and I have to go buy another unit.DO NOT BUY THIS DVD PLAYER!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Common Problems
    It looks like there is a common bug on the chip in this machine. I bought a DGE100NA at Circuit City so I could play a VCD a friend sent me - and because the Apex DVD player I had could not read the VCD, even though it was supposed to be able to. The GE was able to play the VCD.

    This DVD player does NOT resume properly from Pause. But I've found a work-around. When you are ready to resume, press the Pause button and immediately press Stop. Then press play and the movie will USUALLY start from the place where you paused. If you try to resume by just pressing Pause, the unit locks up, and as the others have said, the ONLY way to get it to re-start is to pull the power plug - even the Power On/Off button is frozen.

    The fact that it sometimes also randomly starts movies in the middle is another annoyance. This unit will PLAY a DVD, but it is sadly lacking when it comes to reliable functionality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
    I have used this product for over a year now and I have never had a problem playing any of my 100+ DVDs. I would never claim that is is the best DVD player on the market, but I argue that it is the best for the money.

    The front panel layout is plain and simple, as it shouldbe. The remote control is divided nicely into DVD controls and TV controls (if you have RCA or compatible). The only drawback is no backlighting, but I have never really missed this feature.

    The player itself is fast in loading DVDs, and has all the features you would expect from a player in this class. However, I must agree with an earlier reviewer who noted that for non-DVD's, the user interface is poorly designed and only show the first twelve letters for a filename. Therefore, if you have mp3 collections sorted first by artist and then by title you might have some guessing to do.

    Overall, I think this is a great product and I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is on a budget (college students, for instance). It was designed for its video capabilities and not as mp3 player, and it should be used as such. You're better off keeping your mp3's on disc and playing them through your computer or stereo.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Malfunctions out of the box
    I have to second Ryan's opinion.I almost could have written his review.I, too, received a DGE100N for Christmas and have experienced almost identical problems especially the problem with pause.We stumbled on the same 'fix', unplug it to reset the unit.When it freezes up, not even the front panel buttons will work.

    When I first hooked up the unit, nothing seemed to work.It would not respond to the remote when pressing the open button.Then suddenly it started making a loud clattering noise that sounded like every tooth on some internal gear was being broken off.That went on for a few seconds until the tray finally opened.There hasn't been a repeat but that certainly was not the way it should have worked.

    I haven't taken it back yet but I'm thinking about it.There's sure seems to be something inherently wrong with this thing and reading the directions hasn't helped.I've tried.

    I would have to advise anyone considering the purchase of one of these to look at the competition. ... Read more


    15. Audiovox DV9000 TV-DVD Floor Console

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006F2JL
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: AudioVox Communications
    Sales Rank: 39727
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    16. Sony 10-Disc DVD/CD Changer (DVX-100)

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006BSTN
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 64881
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    17. Broksonic DVD/VCR Combo (DVCR-810)

    Asin: B00006AN5P
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Broksonic
    Sales Rank: 14069
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • DVD/VCR space-saving combination
    • Also supports DVD, CD, Audio CD, CD-R/RW, MP3 discs
    • Composite and S-video outputs
    • Digital coaxial, digital optical, component video, and RF coaxial A/V outputs
    • 4-head VCR with built-in head cleaner

    Reviews (9)

    2-0 out of 5 stars "Broke" sonic
    After reading the glowing reviews about this product, I, too, bought this player. Now after only 7 months use, the the DVD player starts and stops, stutters every few seconds. None of my (newly purchased from Amazon) DVDs will now play all the way through without this truly aggravating display.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great product
    We had a Sylvania combo VCR/DVD and decided to replace it because was a POS for so many reasons. We researched several combo VCR/DVD units (Sony, JVC, Panasonic, Samsung). Only the Broksonic and the high end (expensive) Sony and JVC were getting good reviews. We have been very pleased with the Broksonic. Plays DVDs that our old DVD player would not. VCR works ok. Sound and video are great. Easy to program VCR. Remote control button layout is a little scattered but ok. MP3 player sounds great. Song titles are shown on TV but there is not enough room for long titles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Price is right:)
    I am horrible at buying gifts. Last year I bought my mother a DVD player that she used about 3 times and complained about for the rest of the year because she couldn't work it. This was a perfect choice for her.
    This Broksonic DVD/VCR is so easy to use. If you aren't familiar with all those red/yellow/white cables and what to do with them. This one can plug directly into cable ready tv's with a normal tv cable. That was something I didn't think of when buying it. I'd only read the reviews that it worked well. The ease of installation as well as operation makes this perfect for anyone. It is the perfect addition for those that aren't electronic's savvy or just want one unit instead of two.

    It's got a good clear picture and easy to read remote and menus.
    As someone else mentioned this would be great for your children's dvd's.

    For the price it's a good buy. It's a basic system without a lot of the extras the others have but it works well.

    2-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE
    I liked this DVD/VHS player at first, but I have just started to realize in the past 2 or 3 weeks that it has started to scratch my DVD's. Just bought a brand new DVD yesterday and its already scratched up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Winner
    I read the reviews of other people that own this unit. Went to
    my local Circuit City store (Lincoln,Ne) and got two. They worked
    great, play back on all modes was super, very easy to operate/
    install. If you are look for a good vcr/cd combo this is a good
    bet. ... Read more


    18. Onkyo DV-CP500 5-Disc Progressive-Scan DVD Player

    Asin: B00006IJLC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Onkyo
    Sales Rank: 35799
    Average Customer Review: 1.46 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Progressive-scan DVD player with 5-disc carousel
    • Plays DVD, CD, CD-R/RW, Video CDs, and MP3 CDs
    • Dolby Digital and DTS digital outputs
    • S-video, composite video, and component video outputs
    • Features include true random play, programmed memory playback, and 8 language soundtrack capability

    Reviews (13)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd Read These Reviews 18 Months Ago!
    You can add my name to the list of "victims" on this product! I also bought this DVD Player 18 months ago as part of a Home Theater system which included the Onkyo TX SR600 Receiver/Amp and the fantastic Bose Acoustamass 15 speakers. No complaints on the receiver or speakers, but the DVD player started acting up after 12 months and has now just quit altogether. It lights up but can't get the drawer to open. I found all of these negative reviews while researching a replacement, which I guarantee will NOT be another Onkyo.

    1-0 out of 5 stars avoid like the plaque
    Echoing the woes of previous reviewers, I add the story of my experience with this DVD player. I bought it as part of a home theater package with the TX-SR600 receiver and speakers. The receiver and speakers have worked fine, but this DVD player stopped working after 14 months of extremely light use (1 DVD or CD played a week or less). This DVD player now gives a "disc error" for any CD or DVD I put in. I'll have to add this one to the growing cemetary for Onkyo DVD players as the 1 year warranty is over and it will probably cost more to fix it than get a new DVD player from another company.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor reliabilty and Poor service
    I bought this DVD player as part of an Onkyo home theater package. The other components work well, but I've had the same problems as others listed here -- it finally quit working completely 13 months after purchase. Onkyo's authorized service center claimed it was due to abuse (not!) and refused to honor the warranty. In addition, the national service center drug their feet, didn't return phone calls, lost multiple faxes of my receipt - it took over a month for them to tell me they weren't going to pay to fix it, while there were DVD rental disks trapped inside!!

    I've owned Onkyo products for 13 years, but my replacement DVD player won't be another Onkyo. Very unhappy with their Service Center and authorized repair center.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buy the CP500 with caution
    I thought this would be a good value - lots of features for a lower price...but the performance issues are not worth the trouble. Consistant with other reviews here, my CP500 is very slow to react to commands (Start/Stop/Open tray etc.). It also stopped playing most CDs (both store bought and burned), just spins for a long time and returns a "Disk Error". I wish I'd have paid more (paid $200 in Jan 2003) for a better DVD; I'll probably never buy an Onkyo again, we'll have to see how they honor their warranty.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Never buy ONKYO
    After 1 year my ONKYO DV-CP500 will not even open the tray. This will be the last ONKYO product that I ever buy. PLEASE avoid this product at all cost, it sucks. ... Read more


    19. Panasonic PV-D4742 DVD-VCR Combo (Black)
    list price: $269.99
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    Asin: B00005V9Q2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 4431
    Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The handy Panasonic PV-D4742 DVD/4-Head Hi-Fi VCR Combination plays your videos, DVDs, MP3-CDs, and more.

    Video Features
    Featuring a four-head hi-fi VCR for excellent picture and sound resolution with VHS tapes, this device is compatible with VHS, DVD, and MP3/CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats. The DVD function features a high-speed viewing mode with Smooth Motion Scan for scanning DVDs at five speeds, up to x100. There's a still-frame mode, and Dolby Digital and dts composite, component, S-video, and digital audio outputs.

    Audio Features
    This player sports Simulated Surround Sound, which replicates a movie theater audio experience using only two speakers, making multiaudio channel DVDs effective without an elaborate home theater system. It's also home theater ready, sporting the necessary outputs and connections for easy hookup to speakers, preamps, and other home theater devices. Connections include front A/V input, composite, component and S-video-outputs, and a digital audio output.

    Other Features
    The PV-D4742 also comes with Panasonic's Multi-Brand Universal Light Tower remote control, an illuminated remote that operates your DVD/VCR, and most TVs and cable/DSS boxes, and even a head cleaner for the VCR. ... Read more

    Features

    • DVD-Video, MP3-CD, CD-R/CD-RW playback
    • Component-video, composite-video, and S-video outputs offer optimal connection with compatible DVD player
    • Front AV input for easy camcorder or game console hook-up
    • DVD High Speed, Smooth Motion Scan: 5 speeds up to x100
    • Auto Clock Set with Backup; Multi-Brand Universal Tower Remote Control

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Panasonic PV-D4742 DVD/VCR Combo Deck
    EXCELLENT UNIT! Like most people who buy a DVD/VCR combo, I didn't want to give up my VHS tape collection, but needed to save space. I wasn't able to find too many reviews to read on this particular unit, but I decided to take a chance and I wasn't disappointed. I connected my unit from a cable box using the VHF/UHF connector. I used the Video & Audio output connectors from the VCR/TV side to connect to the TV. I also bought an S-Video cable with the unit to connect the DVD output to the TV. The improved picture quality is worth the money. The VCR played both purchased videotapes as well as tapes I had recorded on my old Mitsubishi VCR. It even detected the index marks written by the old machine. I haven't recorded a great deal on this new unit, but what little I did, gave excellent video and audio results. It plays DVD's flawlessly. The picture quality is superb with the S-Video cable. I have also played a few music CD's just to make sure the unit would read them properly and it did. The sound was great (I have the 2nd audio output jacks connected to my stereo system). The remote control is relatively easy to understand and the operator's manual is pretty well written. I did have a small problem when I first connected the unit getting it into the initial program setup. But, I called the toll free Customer Call Center and the technician helped me correct the problem in short order. I would highly recommend this model to anyone looking for a combo unit.

    1-0 out of 5 stars VCR Has Problems
    I had the unit just over a year and only used the VCR ten times or so. It started rejecting and eating tapes. I called Panasonic, described the problem, and told them of the many people on-line who reported problems with the unit. Since it is out of warranty, Panasonic was unsympathic. They do not seem to care that they manufactured a faulty device, and are not going to do more than their warranty obligates them.

    When I had problems with a Sharp Camcorder that was out of warranty, and Sharp knew that they were at fault, they sent me a new model free.

    Panasonic knows this is a faulty unit, and is hoping that customers won't use it enough to discover the problem within the warranty period.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor
    I received this as a Christmas gift last year. My father purchased it at an electronics store. He was told it was "the Cadillac" of dvd/vcr players (I had picked out a less expensive item), but the salesman talked him into "upgrading". Poor choice. It took 3 months, which happened to be the warrenty period, then the vcr started rejecting tapes. Some tapes must be inserted over and over again until the machine accepts them. Other tapes are never accepted. The dvd player works but the sound has to be turned clear up in order to hear. This is deafening when I turn the dvd off. Overall I feel this is a bad choice. Save your money and buy a different product

    1-0 out of 5 stars Take my (our) word for it, and don't buy this machine.
    This lemon was given me by my sons for my last birthday, and I was delighted because I was looking for such a combo and have always had great luck with Panasonic products. In case you did not come across it in my Amazon review of Toshiba Model SD-V291 combo which I bought to replace this unit, this Panasonic was trouble from day one, intermittently "rejecting" VHS tapes, i.e., a tape could be inserted in the "door", but the door wouldn't close and the tape would be ejected. At Panasonic's instruction, I made two, 120-mile round trips to bring the unit to the Panasonic service center in Albany, NY, which professed never to have encountered the problem and "could not replicate" it, though they were impressed, but unable to help, when I brought along two tapes, one of which the machine promptly rejected. Panasonic finally offered to give me a new unit for an exchange fee of $156!!!!!, which offer at least provided a good laugh. I eventually gave up, bought the Toshiba, and the rest of the story is recounted in my review of that machine. The important thing for y'all to remember, and notwithstanding the favorable reviews appearing elsewhere for this unit, is DO NOT BUY IT because if you have the problems I (we) did, Panasonic will tell you to get lost. As for me, Panasonic is on my permanent Black List.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I agree with the concensus of reviews on this one: don't buy
    I got one of these units because I needed a machine that something beyond auto tracking control. It had tracking adjustment, so, I got it to replace my old unit. Within 2 weeks, I wanted something else. The store wouldn't accept it back (Not an Amazon.com store, though.) so, I sold it to someone else.

    The unit has several problems, most of them related to the digital drive. The VCR portion I didn't have as many problems with as others report, no ejected tapes, etc. but it has its own irks. First, the RF In. Was very staticy, peppered with little colored dash marks. Other units did not display this static when the cable was connected. Plus, its search function is an abysmal failure. You can't search to a predefined position on the tape, you can only search to a position in X hours/minutes, not a precise time into the tape. While this works fine when the counter is at 0:00 at the start of the tape, but, when it's not the start of the tape anymore, searching becomes an absolute mess, especially when you want to go backwards.

    The digital unit, though, is where this dog starts to bark. For DVD's, the way it manuevers through chapters, etc. is not exactly the most user friendly method. There's no easily programmable A to B function. Plus, a real annoyance with CD's. The programmer's apparently decided to code the CD player to automatically skip 2 seconds at the end of each track. Which is fine for music CD's; most people who burn their own discs tend to remove the 2 second gap anyway... I don't. I like the 2 seconds, and, automatically skipping the gaps, WITHOUT giving the user the option to turn this off, makes playing audio CD's impossible, as the last 2 seconds of a track's lines and the first 2 seconds of lines in the next track get swallowed up by the skipping! Poor, poor design.

    While the digital drive does accept writable and rewritable CD and DVD formats, except for DVD-RAM, this is very little consolation compared to how much is left out and what doesn't work right. PASS on this model. ... Read more


    20. Apex AD-5131 3-Disc DVD Player
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B00005T3Y4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: APEX
    Sales Rank: 13563
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Whether you're planning a sing-along party, putting together a digital slideshow for the family, wanting to play homemade MP3 CDs, or simply feeling ready to park yourself in front of three favorite DVDs back to back, the triple-disc Apex AD-5131 is ready to deliver.

    The unit's two karaoke microphone inputs have dedicated volume controls so you can tailor the balance to match the singers and the music sources. A suite of complementary technologies--from pitch and echo control to vocal assist (which works with multiplexed discs to let you hear a prerecorded lead vocal in headphones while an audience just hears you)--helps master the fine art of karaoke presentation.

    In addition to playing MP3 CD-Rs and CD-RWs and Kodak Picture CDs, the player is also compatible with both NTSC- and PAL-formatted discs, letting you play non-region-encoded European movies alongside standard U.S. releases. And, since the player is firmware upgradeable, it's future-ready for new audio or image formats (such as AAC, Advanced Audio Codec) as they become available. Apex's active full screen function (AFF) helps resize widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) video images to fill 4:3 aspect-ratio sets.

    Top-of-the-line component-video outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television. Two sets of left/right analog-audio outputs channels sound to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions, letting you plug one set into your receiver and the other directly into your television for greater viewing flexibility. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's optical digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver and surround speaker system. ... Read more

    Features

    • Triple-disc DVD player with play exchange, karaoke ability, and 2 microphone inputs
    • MP3 and Kodak Picture CD playback
    • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel digital output (for immersive surround sound when used with a compatible AV receiver)
    • Component-, composite-, and S-video outputs accommodate a wide range of TVs
    • Includes Apex Full-screen Function for viewing widescreen movies in full-screen on 4:3 TVs

    Reviews (32)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Apex AD-5131 ...
    We bought one of these in late 2001 or early 2002. For the price, it couldn't be beat. It supported just about everything, and it's 3-disc. Here are the drawbacks
    Complex remote - you have to look at it most of the time to use it.
    Power button unit is a hard power off only, so if you power it off from the unit, you can't use the remote to power it on.
    Will not automatically recurse subdirectories in MP3 play mode.
    MP3s are displayed 13 characters max.
    The tray jerks rather quickly. Early on, the 3" cd's would skip out of the tray and get jammed/scored on top. After a few months, full-sized CDs and DVDs skip out of the tray. Not always, but enough to be annoying.
    If the player is on, the spindle is running. Always. There is no power-save mode, so if you are prone to leaving things on, expect the spindle to wear faster, and the whole unit to stay warm.
    Now, at 1-1.5 years, we find that the unit locks up periodically, requiring a power reset to use. It won't play through an entire dvd before crashing.
    This unit is no longer listed on apexdigitalinc 's website.
    The firmware available for update is ONLY hacked / unofficial firmware.
    That being said, there's alot of good support out there for these units...Just be sure to get extended warranty.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Coolest stuff inside!
    That's a cheapest and feature-load DVD changer I could ever Imagine.
    It plays virtually anything - any media CD/CDR/CDRW/DVD/DVDR any file mp2/mp3/wav/jpeg/mpg, you don't even need to bother putting your mpg video into VCD/SVCD format! It'll play it! Actually you can put everything on one CDR (mpg video, jpg pictures, mp3 music) and play it! You can create directory structure and it will act as a computer to dig up your files from existing CDs. Plus it has microphone input and Caraoke capabilities!
    It comes with everything for basic connection, including audio&video cables, even batteries for remote.
    Jpeg rendering is really fast even for big files, plus you can make slideshow and it has zoom capabilities too!
    Just to say, this is not an ideal DVD player, but for this money it just amazing!
    Remote is kinda mess, small buttons and digits is hard to read and sometimes features are not intuitive, but after a wile you can feel comfortable enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fixing the Remote Control Problem...
    Best investment I ever made. Now for fixing the remote... It's easy. The problem is that APEX used the wrong plastic (the red transparent plate over the display), and it attenuates the IR from the remote. Two ways to fix (take your choice).
    (1) Pop off the plastic window (it's just adhesived on). You can just leave it off (not recommended) or proceed to step two...
    (2) If you want to replace it, look for the sensor in the lower right side of the unit; mark the position on the faceplate, and drill a 1/4 or so hole in the faceplate to expose the sensor. Stick the facplate back onto the doublesided adhesive on the unit.
    Your operating range should be about 3 to 5x what it was before!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Burnt Out after a year
    Be aware of this procuct. A little over a year and it will not read a disk. Trash.

    1-0 out of 5 stars $40 Labor after 90 Days
    I bought this player at July 2003, it stops working right before Christmas. When I finally got connected to the APEX customer support (1-866-427-3946 and it's always busy), the lady told me it's a defect on the Laser Pickup and I need to send it in and pay $40 labor to fix it. ... Read more


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