199 of 202 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2010
This upconverting DVD player is very small and slim and lightweight. The quality of the picture on my new plasma TV is excellent. I compared the same DVD played on my previous (5 years old) Samsung player with this player and the difference was obvious.
I'm guessing this improvement is due to two reasons: the upconverting process plus the HDMI output. The player also has Component and Composite outputs, but the picture is much better using an HDMI cable to the TV. One slim cable for excellent picture and sound compared to the five bulky cables required by my previous player -- that is also a big improvement.
** Update 8/14/2011 ** This DVD player and remote are still working very well.
** Update 9/13/2012 ** Still working perfectly after a couple of years of frequent use.
** Update 10/9/2013 ** Player and remote still working perfectly.
** Update 02/9/2015 ** Everything still working perfectly. In contrast to some other reviews, my player is fairly quiet. And it resumes a disk left in the player right where I stopped it.
81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2013
Everything about this DVD player is fine except for one major flaw. You cannot resume play where you left off. Every time you stop a DVD and come back to it later, you have to fast forward to where you left off. This is such a major oversight on the part of the manufacturer it almost makes the player not worth buying.
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2010
The DVD picture looks very sharp via the HDMI cable. Only problem is that it's quite noisy when a DVD is playing inside the machine. If you can deal with a slight hissing noise (emitting from player), get it. If not, you should look for another product.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
If you enjoy watching movies never buy this product. I received it last year as a gift. It started giving me trouble almost immediately and it has only gotten worse. First, the machine is excessively noisy and has a constant loud humming and vibrating sound while playing a movie. When you turn it off it makes a violent sound like it suddenly slammed on its breaks to avoid running a red light. It freezes up constantly as well. Its latest trick is choosing which dvds it would like to play and which ones it does not. The films play fine on my computer and other dvd player but when you put it into this product it hesitates doing anything for 20 to 30 seconds and then it stops itself as if you hit the stop button on your remote. It also chooses which parts of a dvd it wants to play as well. It will play one episode from a disc and when you go to play the second episode on the same disc it does the same thing I mentioned above. Once in a while it will also stop when you hit play. No logic to it. Save yourself the frustration and buy a much better quality machine.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
I bought this for my wife to use with her Samsung TV in her office, so she could use the same remote.
I've had 7 or 8 DVD players since my first one, and I've NEVER had one this noisy. If you're watching something kind of quiet, like a Yoga instruction DVD (one of the things she wanted it for) It's completely useless, because the sound of the drive really drowns out the audio of the DVD.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
This is an affordable DVD player. On first glance the construction and eye appeal was good. Had an issue develop after a week of use, that the eject button rarely worked on the unit itself. I was ok with that, as you could eject using the remote just fine. Picture and sound quality was pretty good. No complaints.
THEN.... almost one month to the day it failed. Would not load or play DVD's any more. WOW that was a waste of money. Oh well, live and learn... Hey, at least it was cheap, Right??
I gave it TWO stars, because when it worked, it worked ok.
Replaced it with a Samsung BD-5100 Blu-Ray player. Purchased a four year extended warranty.
Look for future reviews on my new player...
Used a DVD Laser cleaner (Phillips) and it worked again.. :)
Upped my review to three stars.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
As I haven't had this long, this will be initial impressions, but for now.
First player was DOA, the tray wouldn't open, but Amazon were great about sending a replacement that arrived the next day and UPS picked up the dead player.
This player is hackable to make it regionless following instructions at this link: [...]
You're looking for the description by Milesy, April 06 2011. It's detailed and easy to follow. On the grid of numbers mentioned, I didn't have 8 or 22 highlighted, so I left them alone and only changed the 3 to a 2 in the first step and then followed the second step of the process and it worked perfectly.
As the player is inside a cabinet, we can't hear the DVD tray noise that other people have mentioned, but even with the cabinet open, it's not noticeably loud at all.
The firmware on the player, which is one shy of the current one listed on the Samsung website has fixed the issue of the player not turning on when you open the DVD tray, so that you don't have to power it up first, so that's no longer a issue.
Set up was easy, I used a HDMI cable I had, but it's a shame that one isn't included, just component cables. The video and audio quality is great and the upscaling does look really impressive, much better than our old Philips player, which also did a great job.
Some initial cons would be the lack of full control buttons on the front of the player. You have power, tray open and play/pause. Also it's a shame the player can't play mpeg4 type movie files, even though the info in the settings says the system is a C550, which is the model up that has the USB socket to allow those files. It's also a little slow to load up when switched off, but on the other hand it does go straight back to where you were if you stopped a movie mid way through and it also loads up the movie pretty quickly.
Over all I say it's a really good player, especially considering it's $40. I did knock one star off though because it didn't have the newest firmware already installed and the first player was DOA.
Edit: I initially said it came with a component cable, I meant it came with a regular red/white/yellow video/audio cable. There are also AAA batteries for the remote.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2014
Oct 2014. It has all the outputs I've ever used including the one I needed for proper aspect playback, component. It has HDMI, Component, Composite, L/R audio.
This player appears to be very good. The unit played flawlessly through a commercial disk which had multiple confirmed glitches on another manufacturer's player. It has played every DVD I tried including, commercial, DVD-R, Full Screen, Wide Screen on standard definition, and native wide formats such as 2.35, 16:9, 16:9 letterboxed (2.35), and 4:33. One way or the other I managed to get the aspect correct and usually it was trivial. Normally I adjust with the TV but it appears the player will do the adjustments also.
The controls are a little weird at times including one time the player had to be unplugged to reboot it. This happened when I was called away after powering up and did not insert a DVD soon enough. The tray opening sounds harsh but might be fine. Only time will determine its long term durability. Check with me in a year if you need to know.
Nov 2014. Some non-fatal oddities and one annoying problem have been noticed on DVD-Rs recorded from broadcast recordings on three other recorders.
1) One disk kept changing the speed on the video playback. Sometimes it was faster than the audio and many times slower. The audio was good throughout. On another brand player, the disk played fine.
2) On all DVD-Rs and some commercial DVDs there is an audio pause or pop at the chapter marks. If the chapter is at an ad or other logical place, it is not noticeable but many of the disks have marks every 5 min and it pops on each one. Again, they play fine on another brand player.
3) The player squeaks lightly sometimes.
4) On the DVD-Rs made on one brand recorder, the first show auto-starts and the menu is not accessible. To get to the second and later shows, it is necessary to 'tab' through all previous chapters. This does not happen on any other player I have tried and could be a problem on some DVDs.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
With my new Samsung 1080p 120Hz 40" LCD TV, DVD's look better with the Samsung upconverting player than with the generic 720 player. The pans look smoother than in the cinema, and it is compact and easy to use with an intuitive menu. The price on Amazon was good, too. Very satisfied.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
Would not play region 2 UK or region 1 USA.. Unit would power up but would not read a US region 1 or UK region 2 dvd.