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Pioneer DV C503 - DVD changer - black

3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Color: Black

Product Description

From Digital Living Today

For those who want to play both DVDs and CDs but don't want their stack of equipment to pile up like the Tower of Babel, Pioneer has made a 5-disc changer that can play CD-Rs, CDs, and DVDs. The DVC503's features are similar to earlier generation 5-disc CD changers, boasting an optical and a coaxial digital output, as well as two sets of audio outputs, one composite video, one S-video, and one component video out. The D/A converter is a fine 24-bit audio and it comes with a one-year warranty. Space saving, versatile, high quality phonics at a very reasonable price make the DVC503 a choice to seriously consider when looking for a DVD or new CD player.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 17.6 x 15.4 x 5 inches
Item Weight 10.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 10.8 pounds
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #192,196 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#544 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Players
Date first available at Amazon.com March 16, 2006

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By digerati VINE VOICE on November 15, 2000
I selected the DVC503 because I wanted a multi-disk DVD player with excellent image and sound quality, Dolby and DTS support (but no decoder built in), but also as a replacement for my 3-disc CD player. So CD and CD-R support was critical. CD-video support is an added bonus, but I can't see myself using it much.
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.
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I did a lot of research before buying this player. And it paid off. If you want a good 5 disc player that plays CDR's or VCD's flawlessly? Look no further. I primarily bought this to replace my CD Player which was dying and this full 24bit DAC sounds amazing. The bass defintion compaered to my old Technics is like comparing apples to oranges.
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!
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I wish I could have found more info on the various changers available prior to buying this unit. I was down to comparing two specific units: the Pioneer 503 and the Sony 660. If I had better information on how the Sony handled CDs and CDRs, I'd probably have bought it, as I think the DVD replay is superior in that unit versus the Pioneer. Since Sony doesn't claim the 660 will play CDR's but Pioneer does claim it for this unit, and since I only have space for a single changer for both CDs and DVD I went with Pioneer.
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"!
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Initially I had no intention of buying a regular DVD player, but when my Playstation 2 wouldn't play some of my favorite DVDs I started shopping around.
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.
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