We tried something a little slower paced in the form of the comedy Knocked Up, and the machine still did well, giving a pleasingly realistic stage for the action to unfold. Although there are some scenes in this movie, like the birth sequence, when a really clear picture isn't as welcome as you might assume.
A really decent DVD player then, but the unit also has the ability to play DivX HD content downloaded from the internet. DviX movies can then be played back from a DVD, or external hard drive connected to the player’s USB port.
Placing a horizontal DVD is easy - but it's harder when the player's vertical
All these functions can be accessed quickly and easily from the slick and snappy on-screen GUI. The unit it itself has basic touch-sensitive playback controls on the front of the unit, and these work well enough. However, access to the whole set of features is only available from the remote, which although small, is well laid out, with each button sensibly labeled.
Other useful attributes include and auto power off if the machine is idle for a short time and a parental lock feature. Connectivity is pretty well catered for - video out options include HDMI, component- and composite-video, and there are also audio out L/R options.
In the end, this machine isn't just a good DVD player, but quite a nice little media hub too. As such, £130 isn't unreasonable, even in an era of Tesco-sold £20 DVD players. Everything the LG does, it does well, and you can find the function you want with minimum fuss from the front of the machine or the remote, making it a doddle to use. It generates a great looking picture, and it's not bad looking itself.
LG DVS450H 'floating' DVD player
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?