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Samsung DVD-M301 DVD Player

by Samsung

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  • DVD player with CD-R-compatible dual-laser diode pickup
  • Convenient front-panel shuttle dial
  • Component-video outputs for optimal video connection
  • MP3- and CD-R-compatible decoder
  • Universal joystick remote control
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Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight6.2 pounds
Product Dimensions9 x 16.9 x 2.8 inches
Item model numberDVDM301
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
  
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Additional Information
ASINB00005AK8T
Shipping Weight8.9 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 4, 1999
  
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  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: DVDM301
  • Warranty: Yes

Product Description

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The Samsung DVD-M301 DVD player is an affordably priced model that features state-of-the-art component-video outputs, a slim design, and a dual-laser pickup. The dual-laser design, which employs separate laser diodes for DVD and CD playback, enhances video and audio quality and extends format compatibility to CD-Rs. In addition, this unit includes an MP3 decoder for playback of MP3 files recorded on CD-R discs.

The player's Spatializer N-2-2 sound circuit simulates surround sound through your TV or stereo speakers, while its 96 kHz/24-bit audio converters deliver pristine audio quality from DVDs and CDs. The back-panel Toslink optical terminal passes a 96 kHz/24-bit audio stream for use with the latest high-end audio recordings (though be aware that your receiver must be able to decode your 96 kHz recordings if you use a digital connection there).

The DVD-M301 includes left/right analog-audio outputs for compatibility with Dolby Pro Logic receivers and, in case you don't have a receiver yet, TV inputs. This unit also supports both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel formats through its digital outputs for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver or an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

In the video realm, the M301's 10-bit video DAC ensures precision playback of high-resolution DVD signals. Analog video components are also selected to optimize performance. Composite-video output terminals provide the optimum connection between the DVD-M301 and an advanced direct-view or projection TV system. The unit also offers standard component- and S-video outputs and a universal joystick remote control.

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes it will not play the SVDs after it has played fine days ago though.
J. Miller
I would have to take out the disc, turn off the player, and reinsert the disc until it decided to play the tracks from the beginning.
Ryan Woods
Granted I have only owned the Samsung M301 for about a month now, but so far I am highly satisfied.
HL

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 27, 2001
I have had great luck with a Samsung VCR and Samsung DVD-709 DVD Player in the past so I was loyal to my confidence in Samsung products by purchasing the Samsung DVD-M301 DVD Player. What I found out was that not all DVDs would play correctly in this machine. I had played 4 movies without any trouble and was impressed by the video display quality of this model. But when I tried to play Artisan Entertainment Studio release "Bad Boys" with actor Sean Penn it would not play the audio for this movie at all! This is not some high-tech movie either - it is a basic real-life film made in 1983 with no special effects like most of the newer movies have. It displayed the video portion just fine but there was absolutely no sound during the playing of this DVD. The movie had played fine on my older Samsung DVD-709 model so I know it was not a problem with the DVD itself.
I wanted to know if it was a defective player or a product design flaw in the M301 Player so I took it to a local store who had the same model Samsung DVD-M301 Player that I could try the "Bad Boys" DVD with. Well it was the same result with the store's player also - NO AUDIO! That made my mind up for me to return the Samsung DVD-M301 and I purchased a Panasonic DVD-RV31 player instead. The Panasonic plays the movie just fine - audio and all. I did not feel comfortable keeping the Samsung not knowing how many other DVDs I would buy or rent that would have similar trouble.
I am writing an email to Samsung about this player and my experience and hopefully soon they will address the problem and correct it on future models. Until then BEWARE!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2001
I bought this DVD because it was the best I could find that featured a headphone jack and control located in the front. That's very convenient for watching DVD's in a noisy room, especially since many sounds from a film are muted at low volume otherwise. Also it would be great for someone using this DVD as a CD.
I believe this Samsung has a one year parts/labor warranty. Many other DVD's give only 90 days' warranty on labor.
I had a different manufacturer's DVD of similar price which I'd returned. In comparing them, this Samsung is also better because the remote control does a great job of acting as a "universal" control, at least on my Toshiba TV. The remote is fairly intuitive. It also fits nicely in the hand. The on-screen controls are also fairly easy to maneuver.
Consumer Reports this month rates the M201 well, possibly even as a "best buy," if I remember correctly. I would imagine that the M301 is an updated version, since I haven't seen the M201 around.
I didn't buy a progressive scan DVD, which would have been ...more. I wanted the headphone jack. Also, by the time I get a new TV that could benefit from prog. scan (ie, HDTV ready), I figured that at that time, I could get another DVD for about 100 or 140 that featured prog. scan.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2001
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i don't know anything about dvd--but i decided there were too many cool titles that i would never see on vhs tape--and--this unit says it also will play mp3 files thru your stereo-
i got the unit--it is sorta small--which is good--it is easy to hook up ----it works great--the remote is nice and easy to use--it plays movies !!!--and--- i put in a cd that i made with about 185 beatle mp3's on it--and lo and behold-it played it thru my stereo-it sounds really good--however--and this is a drawback-it will not play mp3 files in random order--it will play them sequentially or you can select which file you want it to start playing from--the video display (on your tv screen)for the mp3 player is a little on the unimpressive side--but--the unit is inexpensive(i had a coupon for 15 dollars off--it does a lot for the money--i am sure that before long they will offer a dvd unit with complete random mp3 play-so--maybe i will buy one of those when they come out--this unit is less expensive than most vcr's--i read lots of reviews on a lot of units and i agree--this one is great--the audio when u are watching a dvd movie is nice and big sounding--i am a low tech person--i am sorta amazed at all this..
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a on May 2, 2001
This DVD Player has it all, it can play CDR VCDs, 74 mins. AudioCD, 80 mins. Audio CD (some players dont support 80mins.) Havent tried CDRW yet, The MP3 support is good but a bit buggy forwarding tracks. So if you are buying a DVD Player make sure it can play CDR and MP3 and this has it all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gorn on January 24, 2002
First of all, a response to the reviewer who had problems with brightness and/or jumpy DVD playback: this DVD player, like all others made in the U.S., has circutry called "Macrovision" that is designed to prevent you from copying DVDs onto your VCR. The technical details are unimportant, but the result is that you cannot connect your DVD to your VCR and pass the signal through to the t.v.; instead, you'll have to connect it to the t.v. separately, using the video and audio jacks, or through an RF modulator box (you can get them at Radio Shack). Past Samsung DVD players allowed you to bypass the Macrovision protection by using certain secret codes on the remote control, but this model doesn't seem to support that.
Besdies the fact that you are prevented from setting up your entertainment center the way you want, this model does have a few other pesky features. The machine takes an unusually long time to read a disc upon insertion and recognize whether it is a music CD, mp3, or DVD and respond accordingly. Also, I've sometimes had difficulty pulling up the DVD menu while in the middle of a program.
Otherwise, the unit does a good job with the DVDs I've used, including some relatively scratched DVDs from Netflix. Audio quality with both DVDs and CDs is good, although I haven't tried it with mp3's. The remote is ok, although there are lots of tiny, somewhat badly labeled buttons and a joystick that takes some getting used to.
If you don't need the CD/mp3 features, you're better off buying an older Samsung model-- the 700 and 900 series can be easily reprogrammed to turn off region coding and Macrovision. If you do want the audio features, this model supplies them at a decent price, but be prepared for some annoyances as well.
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