LG DVS450H 'floating' DVD player
Cool looks, cool playback
Review At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking that the heavily polished DVS450H is a victory of style over substance. But not a bit of it. This player has looks and brains, and has enough surprises up its sleeve to genuinely impress.
LG's DVS450H: 'It's a floater alright...'
OK, let's get one thing straight from the start. This DVD player doesn't actually float. Put it in the bath or the local duck pond and it will plunge to the bottom the same as any other piece of consumer electronics. The 'floating' claim refers to the fact that the unit’s design means the player can be mounted on the wall with the supplied bracket, which actually comes in pretty handy if you are into the whole hanging your TV on the wall thing.
Even if you're not, it provides a way to get the unit up and out of the way. The other placing option is to use the fold-out circular foot built into the base of the unit. Our only (slight) gripe here is that the unit is 430mm high and might be too high to fit easily on the shelf of some AV furniture.
LG has gone to great lengths with the appearance and form-factor of this unit and on the whole it has got it right. The now familiar LG black with pearl colored buttons combines with the unusual upright style well, which is different enough to provide and intriguing alternative without being too outlandish to not be user friendly. In fact, a few years back, LG had a wall-mountable projector that used the same basic design as this DVD player.
Designed for wall hanging
One slight snag with a vertical deck is that it can be a little difficult to get the hang of putting a DVD into the player without getting your fingers all over the surface of the disc or even dropping it.
I don't care for them. If I'm concerned about the appearance of my entertainment center, I want everything hidden as much possible; not displayed like a painting on the wall. There's no getting around it with the TV, but I don't want this principle applied to things that don't involve looking at them for their primary function.
I wouldn't mind having something about the size of a portable cd-player that sits on the end-table with wireless ability to transfer raw data to a receiver somewhere out of sight for processing/display. That would be best.
"...picture quality is good, driven along by the machine’s Progressive Scan technology, delivering natural looking colour and flesh tones."
You *do* realize that sentence makes absolutely no sense at all, right? It's like saying 'the car's handling is driven along by its Automatic Transmission technology, delivering neutral cornering response'. WTF?
It's not exactly what i was looking for....i require some kind of large sheet of fabric material assembled in a large open funnel design above the player, then i can frisby my media through the air across my high end executive apartment, whereby it then slides softly down the material into a media slot which then recognises which way the disk has come in and either flips the disk or the read/right head (i'm not fussy) so that it can be played. Ejection shall take place from a slot below into a removable bucket that can be carried to my library for re shelving.
What's the use?
It cannot play files from NFS or SMB network shares. OK you might say it's a DVD-Player it's just made to play DVDs. But then you have the problem of the machine beeing non-stackable. With hardware based media, it is crucial that you can stack the individual devices, as you will need lots of them, one for every format, unless try to buy everything for one standard.
I guess all those companies will be dead-meat once the chineese find out that they can just sweep the market by making high quality cheap devices which, for example, just playing stuff from NFS, SMB or HTTP streams.
"the unit is 430mm high "
Can I have a peek at that tape measure?