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Zenith XBV442 Progressive-Scan DVD/VCR Combo

by Zenith
21 customer reviews

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  • Plays DVD-Video, CD, MP3/WMA (CD-R/CD-RW), JPEG CD, and VHS cassettes; onscreen MP3 file and folder navigation simplifies track access
  • Coaxial and optical digital audio outputs route Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround sound to a compatible A/V receiver
  • Component-video, composite-video, S-video terminals and RF output
  • Hi-fi stereo VHS performance with 19-micron video heads for clear recordings in EP mode
  • Measures 16.9 x 3.8 x 11.5 inches (W x H x D)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Zenith
  • Model Number: XBV442

Product Description

Product Description

Progressive Scan DVD/VCR Combination; ONLY 3.1" High; Plays DVD Video/DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, Audio CD,CD-R,CD-RW, MP3, JPEG, Kodak Picture CD, WMA

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From quality VHS cassette recording and playback and high-resolution DVD performance to easy spinning of homemade MP3 CDs, Zenith's XBV442 handles all your movie and music needs. This stylish combo unit saves space while simplifying your entertainment hookups, providing convenient front-panel audio/video jacks simplify hookup with camcorders and video game consoles. The XBV442 plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, MP3 and WMA CDs, JPEG image CDs, and of course standard DVD-Videos.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the XBV442 stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs through its progressive-scan component-video outputs. 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.

Composite- and S-video outputs (select between S-video or component-video outputs) bring compatibility with nearly any television. Other features include 4x and 6x moveable zoom, variable high-speed scan (2x, 4x, 16x, and 100x), parental locks, bookmarking, 20-track CD programming, and repeat and resume play.

The VCR section offers 4 heads (for clear slow-motion and stop-action features) and stereo sound. The deck's 19-micron video heads maintain clarity during recording or playback in EP (extended play) mode, auto digital tracking adjusts for optimal picture settings for every tape you load, and auto clock set maintains the correct time and even adjusts for daylight savings. You can't program the unit to record at specific times, but it does come with a handy Instant Recording button.

For the simplest hookup with your TV, you can use a single RCA composite-video connection to handle both DVD and VCR outputs. If you want a higher-quality connection from the DVD player, you can use a component- or S-video cable to an additional input on your TV (the VCR image requires a composite-video or RF connection with your TV). You can choose between an optical and a coaxial digital-audio output to feed a surround-sound signal to your Dolby Digital- or DTS-decoding audio/video receiver.

If you don't have a surround receiver or 6-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: the unit simulates surround sound through two speakers (even the stereo speakers on your TV).

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR, remote control, 2 AAA batteries, a user's manual, a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, a registration card, and warranty info.


Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameZenith
Item Weight11.8 pounds
Product Dimensions10.2 x 3.1 x 16.9 inches
Item model numberXBV442
  
Additional Information
ASINB00023CFC6
Best Sellers Rank #155,944 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableApril 21, 2004
  
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101 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Bad Willow on December 2, 2004
During late November 2004,I looked at all the major brands for a combo.I looked at Panasonic,Sony,Toshiba,JVC,Samsung and Magnavox to name a few.The horror stories I read on Amazon.com were not kind.At that point,I decided to take a chance on this model by Zenith.I knew Zenith made great TV's so I gave them a try.Glad I did.As long as it did what the company said it could do I was happy.It has ALL of the latest features and a really good picture.
On the vcr side,after dealing with "high speed rewind/fast forward" for three years,it was refreshing to see things slowed back down to normal.

Altogether I would highly recommend this one.It's well built,setting it up is exactly like hooking up a VCR.
Not bad.Not bad at all Zenith...
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kolbasik on January 14, 2005
I bought this DVD/VCR after painful 3 weeks of exhaustive research on Amazon, Circuitcity.com and Epinions.com. It seemed like there is no perfect candidate as far as combos are concerned, but this model was the highest rated among the alternatives.

Don't fool yourself, though. Keep in mind that you are buying a piece of high-tech video equipment for under $100. The first one I bought had defective sound performance, whereas one channel made a cracking noise. I wasn't shocked or awfully upset for reasons above. I took it back to the store and got it exchanged. So far, I am happy with its performance and quality of both DVD and VCR components. Sony's and Hitachi's are twice as expensive, but based on the reviews I read they are not worth even half of their prices.

Pros:

- Reasoanable features, some hot-buttons available on the remote

- Nothing super-fancy that always confuses housewifes and teenagers (I am pretty tech-savvy, but I get frustrated with too many options and buttons)

- Quality of playback and recording

- Price

Cons:

- Fast-forward and rewind are slower on VCR than I would desire.

- The most upsetting drawback: the "universal" remote only works with certain models of TV's (LG, Goldstar, Zenith and two or three others). You would think, for the 21st century technology, it will at least be compatible with Panasonic or Sony. Now I have to have a second remote (my TV remote) to adjust volume and other TV options, something I hate and don't use anywhere else in the house.

Still, I would give it an "A", or 5 stars, for the value.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Wimberley VINE VOICE on February 27, 2005
I spent a good few days doing research on DVD/VCR combos on amazon.com since so many people seem to have problems with Sony and Panasonic models. I found the Zenith model seemed to have the least number of bad reviews so I went to Circuit City and bought it (for the same price as Amazon had it, but this way I could forgo shipping costs)

That being said, I got home and hoooked it all up... and had the SAME exact problem as Kolbasik wrote abought a few entries below. The one sound channel made a horrible crackling noise. Obviously this a fault in production. Yes, it played the audio, but theres was high pitched static throughout it. So, it was another trip to Circuit City and I exchanged it.

What I did notice, however, is the model I had with the audio problem was manufactured in August of 2004. The working model I was given as an exchange was manfuactured in Spetember of 2004, so maybe whatever flaw in the audio was fixed? You can't find out when it was made unless you open up the box and look at the back of the unit itself, but it's something to think about.

As for the working DVD/VCR player itself, it works great! The only qualm I have is that it does not automatically format DVDs at times. If you are watching a 16:9 widescreen format, it will sometimes leave it at full screen or at the wrong format of 2.35:1 which will either make everything squished or everything stretched out looking. Not a huge issue since you can easily go into the menu and change the screen format, but I just find it a little odd it doesn't do it automatically from time to time like my old DVD player did.

The video quality is excellent, and the same goes for the audio.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Li on February 28, 2005
The first one I bought had a static noise on the dvd player, So I brought it back to bestbuy, and changed a new one. After a month, the VHS part is broken --- not exactly broken, but blurred badly, on every tape, even brand new one -- Then the picture disappeared on the dvd player, I can only hear the voice ( the voice is great), but no picture anymore. I tried to call Zenith ( bestbuy won't take care of it anymore, because I bought it over a month) 2 times, everytime after 20 minutes waiting, I was asked to leave telephone number and expecting them to call back, of course, no one called back. I decided just throw it away and buy a no-Zenith brand.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AverageJoe on February 27, 2005
The VCR function broke after two times of use. I went to BEST BUY to get a price of how much it would be to fix and it turned out to be more than the price of the product itself! All you folks considering buying it should reconsider.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. M. McComb on August 22, 2005
Someone was kind enough to add a note under a similar product (the XBV443) that if you use the remote control (instead of the front panel) to do the on/off and play, the audio static disappears. This turned out to be completely correct, and fixed the loud static I was getting on the left channel.

That said, while this is a "satisfactory" solution, having this problem at all on a new player seems rather ridiculous. Anyway, I mainly wanted to post about the fix, since I'm sure any of you with audio problems are as frustrated as I was. (And we're not talking subtle here... it's as loud as the signal.)
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