- Brand Name: Pioneer
- Color: Black
Pioneer DV C503 - DVD changer - black
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The DVD image quality is superb -- it is definitely worth using the component video outputs if you have a TV that supports them. I have seen other DVD players run into problems with scratched DVDs and/or highly compressed scenes giving poor picture quality. No such problems with the Pioneer. The player loads DVDs quickly and starts playing them quickly, and I have yet to come across a DVD that doesn't work -- even with a wide variety of DVD's of varying quality from netflix.com.
Regular analog stereo sound is great, and the unit performs very well with regular CDs -- sounding just as good as my old NAD CD player. Digital audio outputs go to your external Dolby and DTS decoder via coax or optical interconnect.
I took off one star for the fact that the unit often does not recognize audio CDs. You have to open the sliding tray, re-seat the CD and try again. Reading the Amazon reviews, this seems to be a problem for lots of DVD players, but it is still irksome. On the other hand, the Pioneer does have a CD-only mode which makes the unit behave more like a regular CD player for those times when you just want to listen, and this goes a long way to compensating for the CD recognition problems.
The Pioneer remote is logically laid out and easy to use. The on-screen menus are simple to understand, and once you have the unit set up it's unlikely you'll need to use them again.Read more ›
THe Video is just as good for a player in this price range. Good features, fast loading, great sound and a good picture. A bit thin on scanning features but so what. The only con I have found, is the drive is a bit loud when playing DVD's. So if your placing it very close to your viewing seat it could be annoying. Remote is fair, could be better. But it's more than usable.
I'd buy it again!
What I Like: The 503 plays DVDs fine, CDs fine and CDRs fine (individually).
What I don't like: The 503 only has one speed scan forward or reverse on DVDs, and it does this in a "step" fashion showing a short frozen snip of a next scene 30 seconds or so further ahead or behind on the track. Versus multiple speeds (fast and faster forward/reverse) and a smooth continuous picture. A bit hard to find an exact scene your looking for and to stop at the point you want. Next dislike: The 503 doesn't recognise some CDs or CDRs right off the bat. Here is the test I used: I loaded the unit with one DVD, 3 CDs and one CDR, then played back using random all discs. The unit doesn't try to play the DVD (good), but only goes between two of the CDs randomly selecting tracks, skipping the 3rd CD and the CDR all together (bad). I could force the unit to "see" the other discs by manually skipping on the remote (it then would stop on all CDs and CDRs) -- go figure...
All-in-all this is an ok combo unit for the price, however I wish someone would do a thorough review of the Sony DVP660 and reveal if it can play CDRs. Maybe I'll buy one and keep the one that can "do it all"!
I mainly focused on this player and a 5 disc Sony DVD. While the Sony player was a comparable and nice piece of equipment the Pioneer model had everything I wanted in a DVD player and more. It plays CD's so I was able to take out my CD player when I got it home, and I could also watch VCD's on it as well. The last selling point over the Sony model was it was much more inexpensive [..at the time].
What sold me even more on this player when I got it home is it's features. I was able to set the screen color when I change DVDs, it has adjustable letterbox and widescreen modes (a necessity for any big movie buff). Last of all is that I am a huge anime Otaku and it has a feature that enhances all of the colors in animated DVDs, making them seem more vibrant and thrilling.
With all those features, great picture and sound quality, I don't see how you can go wrong. I've had this player for 6 months and have never been disappointed by it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh my god! A DVD player that plays CD's too! Finally I can get rid of my vhs collection!Published 13 days ago by sean kelley
I bought this because I LOVE 5 disc carousel DVD players. For the life of me I don't understand anybody that prefers a single disc tray that limits you to one disc at a time,... Read morePublished on May 15, 2009 by jape55
Received this for Christmas in 1999. It has been demoted to bedroom use, however it gets plenty of play and I have not had one problem with it. Read morePublished on July 6, 2008 by NeAlvey
Great for DVD's and playing music. I never had a problem the entire time I owned it!Published on June 6, 2007 by Donald D. Gagen
I'm using this as the CD player in my studio with a Pioneer VSX-D411 receiver, I needed a Pioneer DVD changer because the VSX-D411's remote is not a universal and has controls for... Read morePublished on December 17, 2005 by cosmo
I own Pioneer DV-C503 that I bought for about $250 in 2001.
* I have played endless hours of audio and video and it plays all commercial disks & burned... Read more
First of all, I've read a number of reviews for this unit that mention some issue with laser pickup functionality loss over 1 year of use. Read morePublished on July 25, 2005 by T. Madrid
I enjoyed (past tense) this player right up until two weeks ago. It had a great picture, was easy to use, and had a lot of nice features. Read morePublished on September 10, 2004 by James Toy
Well - from the looks of the other negative reviews, I have been lucky. I managed to get 3.5 years out of it and now will play CDs fine but will not play DVDs... Read morePublished on July 19, 2004