Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2008 13:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV Helios Labs was very kind in sending me their H2000 upscaling multi-function DVD player, which is region free. The device playbacks just about anything you can throw at it, and can upscale standard definition content to high definition - functionality you really want when you have a high-definition ready television.
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Regions
by anevilyak on Tue 29th Jan 2008 14:40 UTC
anevilyak
Member since:
2005-09-14

I'm curious, is that player region locked, or is that something you have no way to check?

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RE: Regions
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2008 14:47 UTC in reply to "Regions"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Ah, good addition. It's completely region-free. Let me add that to the review. Thanks!

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Skipping UOP flag
by ahwayakchih on Tue 29th Jan 2008 15:07 UTC
ahwayakchih
Member since:
2006-03-22

Can it skip annoying advertisements and "don't steal" bull**** (which just make me think that maybe i should go for pirated copies after all? ;) .
My current DVD player (old Sony) does not allow me to skip that crap ;) .

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RE: Skipping UOP flag
by qroon on Tue 29th Jan 2008 15:55 UTC in reply to "Skipping UOP flag"
qroon Member since:
2005-10-21

My el cheapo Konzert can skip that stuff ;)

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Wow! Thom, that player's input options are wicked! And yes, I also prefer matted black finish for my 'appliances'.

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drewunwired
Member since:
2005-07-06

Shouldn't that read "component is your best choice"? Composite maxes out at SD, while component can do up to 1080p (assuming your TV will support 1080p over component).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Shouldn't that read "component is your best choice"? Composite maxes out at SD, while component can do up to 1080p (assuming your TV will support 1080p over component).


Duh! You're right of course, fixed. I mix them up all the time.

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drewunwired Member since:
2005-07-06

Good... I'm glad I'm not going any more insane than I already am. ;)

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Milo_Hoffman
Member since:
2005-07-06

I did side by side testing on my new Vizio GLV42 using a couple of copies of the same dvd showing the same scenes..I used a $29 standard DVD player over component at 480p, and a 4x more expensive 'upscaling' dvd player at 1080i/720p.


My Conclusion... if your TV handles SD content well already with its built-in upscaling, then the DVD players upscaling is worthless. Maybe if your TV sucks as upscaling SD content like if you have one of the older LCDs or Plasmas, then maybe it might be worth it.


But, in my experience the new Vizio GLV series LCD's are AMAZING with their quality of SD content. Regular DVD's and SD channels look VERY good on these LCD's so there is no need to use an upscaling player, they are a waste of money.

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AV equipment translations
by Gorgak on Tue 29th Jan 2008 16:17 UTC
Gorgak
Member since:
2007-05-30

About the translation to Dutch: Some native English speakers may not be aware of this, but the language in localized versions of AV equipment is often horrendous. Both in the manuals and on screen menus / info. This is true even for some high-end equipment. There are _lots_ of times that I've laughed out loud at some translations, and I believe there are even websites dedicated to collecting funny translations.

I set all my devices to use English because I'm fed up with horrible translations to Swedish. (And English looks cleaner too, without the "a and o with dots on" crap. ;-))

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RE: AV equipment translations
by StephenBeDoper on Tue 29th Jan 2008 17:03 UTC in reply to "AV equipment translations"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

[q]About the translation to Dutch: Some native English speakers may not be aware of this, but the language in localized versions of AV equipment is often horrendous.[/]q

The English on this products is getting just as bad - E.g., I recently picked up a LCD monitor/TV for a client, the marketing blurb on the box described it as "Heart touching" and the bag around the monitor itself had a sticker saying "The content is made in China."

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh yes, and I forgot a particularly good bit of "English" I read recently in the install app for the "ULi AGP Driver":

"You should install this driver before the installation of graphy driver, we recommend you to reinstall graphy driver later if you have installed graphy driver before the installation of this driver."

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RE: AV equipment translations
by WereCatf on Tue 29th Jan 2008 18:19 UTC in reply to "AV equipment translations"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I set all my devices to use English because I'm fed up with horrible translations to Swedish.

I have come acoss a few devices that came with manuals which had just been translated by word-for-word translator program. The result: total gibberish which made no sense whatsoever. Apparently they couldn't hire anyone to just translate the manual... >_< It just amazes me sometimes how cheap some companies can be..

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Support for HD video sources?
by BrianH on Tue 29th Jan 2008 18:21 UTC
BrianH
Member since:
2005-07-06

Does this player handle video files that are already HD resolution, and so don't need to be upscaled?

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RE: Support for HD video sources?
by Eugenia on Tue 29th Jan 2008 23:08 UTC in reply to "Support for HD video sources?"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

No, the device does not playback HD files.

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review policy
by ihaveabuginmyeye on Tue 29th Jan 2008 20:22 UTC
ihaveabuginmyeye
Member since:
2005-11-30

In the interest of full disclosure you should mention whether the reviewed items are returned after review or kept as gifts in exchange for featuring them on the site.

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