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★★★☆☆
Pioneer DV-350

“Great value for money, and would recommend the DV-350...”

Written on: 30/10/2008 by drewie (1 review written)

Great value for money, and would recommend the DV-350 to my friends. Its got a great standard of images and sounds. I cant think of any bad points as mine did everything i wanted it to… Read Full Review

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Pioneer DV-350

“I spent a good few months researching and physically...”

Written on: 20/01/2003 by Cave Homme. (1 review written)

I spent a good few months researching and physically seeing many DVD players. Looking for something inexpensive (don't want to invest a lot in something that may be outdated in 2-3 years due to fast rate of technology change), yet needs to be of good quality in the meantime. To cut a long story short, ended up buying the Pioneer 350 multizone version over Christmas. Tested various the following DVDs via a Sony TV, the most recent being:- 1. Lord of the Rings 2. Harry Potter 3. Spiderman 4… Read Full Review

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Pioneer DV-350

“Broke down after only one month's moderate play.”

Written on: 15/01/2003 by Gaz. (1 review written)

Broke down after only one month's moderate play… Read Full Review

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Pioneer DV-350

“A GREAT ALL ROUND MACHINE THAT WILL PLEASE ALL THAT...”

Written on: 22/12/2002 by tiger. (1 review written)

A GREAT ALL ROUND MACHINE THAT WILL PLEASE ALL THAT INVEST. WITH A GREAT SLIMLINE DESIGN IT WILL BLEND INTO ANY SILVER SYSTEM OR SETUP ALREADY INPLACE. ( PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT ITS ONLY BAD POINT )… Read Full Review

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67323_Cave Homme.'s Response to 59793_tiger.'s Review

Written on: 22/01/2003

For the Macrovision dis-ablement, I think you need a customised SCART cable, check this at the www.techtronics.com website where you can check those details and buy it if it the right thing to work.

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Pioneer DV-350

“I just got this unit as a region free player (normally...”

Written on: 16/12/2002 by Angelthing. (1 review written)

I just got this unit as a region free player (normally these come to Greece as region 2 locked) for 300Eu which for the local market is a bargain price. I've hooked it up with a Sony AV rec/amp (STR DE 485) and a set of AIWA 5.1 speakers and it sounded great using the AV connectors (will get the digital cable soon) in the surround modes. Until now I have tried it with CDR MP'3, CDRW MP'3, both closed and open disks and these work ok - It does not like multisession MP'3 CD's though - only… Read Full Review

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Pioneer DV-350

“I bought this player for 3 reasons. 1. To play a...”

Written on: 14/12/2002 by Alienturnedhuman. (1 review written)

I bought this player for 3 reasons. 1. To play a couple of DVDs that were incompatible with my 18 month Toshiba. 2. To be able to play Region 1 DVDs. 3. To be able to play DVD-Rs. Now, on everything bar points 1, and the speed of reading standard manufactured discs I would consider my old Toshiba to be a far superior model. It was much better constructed, had an optical digital out for connecting to my speakers and was much simpler to set up and use. The machine specified it would play DVD-Rs… Read Full Review

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Oddjob.'s Response to Alienturnedhuman.'s Review

Written on: 02/01/2003

Hi,
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<br>I've just ordered the same player from Amazon. One of the main reasons for buying this model is the DVD-R capability, and your review has got me a little worried...
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<br>Did you use Nero to burn the DVD-R? I've read that there's a bug in Nero regarding DVD-R.

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82711_Appleworks.'s Response to Alienturnedhuman.'s Review

Written on: 24/03/2003

This works 100% with DVD-R made with Apple iDVD.
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<br>Its a great player and I got it for less that £100.
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<br>nice.

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Urbez.'s Response to Alienturnedhuman.'s Review

Written on: 21/03/2003

I've just bought one Pioneer 350 and it works great. Picture is superb and the sound is awesome. I decided to retire my old but very good Denon CD. Besides that, I try the Pioneer with some burned DVD-R, and it worked without problems. I've made some DVD copies of DVD movies for my internal use with the DVD Decrypter - DVD2One - Copy2DVD and I didn't have any problem with them.

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63909_Alienturnedhuman.'s Response to Alienturnedhuman.'s Review

Written on: 09/01/2003

I only used Nero to burn one of the DVDs that I tried to play. All the others were written using Ulead DVD Workshop.
These discs played fine (they even loaded as quickly as normal DVDs) on a friend's 6 month old Toshiba which did not state DVD-R capatability.
I might have just been unlucky and got a faulty player, but as there were other concerns with the player (such as a lack of an optical out) I decided I wouldn't waste the time risking a replacement player and switch to another model.

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Pioneer DV-350

“The dv350 is a great piece of kit. The first dvd...”

Written on: 02/12/2002 by mudstuff. (1 review written)

The dv350 is a great piece of kit. The first dvd player i had was a Pioneer over 4 years ago. I sold this to a friend and it is still going strong and playing ALL dvds, even RCEs, which his Sony F-11 did not! Next in line was a Sony DAV-S300 as i wanted full 5.1 in a sleek little all-in-one unit. However, the Sony lacked power and i decided to go the whole hog on the home cinema front - I am a film production undergraduate. I therefore, bought a good reciever - Sony STR-DB940, a good tele Sony… Read Full Review

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55668_Ty.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 04/12/2002

life story but very little useful information.
does it output to pal from ntsc?,
can you disable the macrovision??
for somebody who claims to be technical this review reads like a homage to pioneer and other kit he aspires to own - bit of an anorak!!

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Mudstuff's Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 07/01/2004

DanT, its impossible to know if a player is multiregion or not without trying other region discs!
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<br>Did you buy it off the high street? If its from dixons etc then it will be region 2.
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<br>If it was from an independant, video store or off the internet, chances are that it could be.
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<br>Find out where it was purchased from and contact them if it is not immediately obvious.

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Dant's Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 05/01/2004

Can anyone tell me how I check whether or not my 350 is multi-region without actually testing a region 1 disc?

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Mudstuff's Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 18/09/2003

Purecult, it sounds like neither of the tvs are NTSC compatible and that the pioneer does not down-convert the signal to PAL.
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<br>Basically, get yourself a convertor or buy a new TV!
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<br>As for copies not working, they are probably in the wrong format or something - ie if they are divx they would obviously not work as the machine does not decode these

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Purecult's Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 04/09/2003

Hi,
<br>I have one of these(multiregional) dvds but I am having a problem playing region1 discs and copied ones.Firstly on my sanyo tv which is about 8 years old it only plays in b+w. If I try it on a brand new portable ,toshiba, a copied dvd starts off in colour the goes to b+w and a r1 disc just plays b+w. Any ideas?

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114279_Mudstuff.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 09/07/2003

Hi matt, have you checked the region of the disc or capabilities of your tv? If you have a multiregion version of the player and have region 2 films, they will naturally play fine on a PAL tv. The pioneer does not downsample to NTSC however, so it could be that this dvd is american and your tv is not multistandard.
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<br>Also, some region 2 dvds are NTSC stangely.
<br>Check what your tv is and what the dvd is and get back to me here if you like.

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113506_Matt.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 06/07/2003

The DV-350 is indeed a fine piece of machinery and looks pretty good too! I have, however, a problem which I hope you may be able to help with. It refuses to play a particular dvd in colour even though it plays on my friend's player just fine. All my other dvds play as they should, just not this one. Any ideas?

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98408_Yowza.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 16/05/2003

I agree, for what you pay the DV350 is an excellent player. It has CO-AX digital out which is every bit as good. If you think of it, an optical interconnect has to do the following
<br>1 convert electrical signal to light
<br>2 send the light via a "pipe to the reciever
<br>3 the reciever converts the light back to an electrical signal
<br>Using a co-ax means there is no need for electrical-optical conversion
<br>For those of you who want to disable the macrovision you can get a hardware solution. I have built a box years ago to do this (I am an electronic eng)
<br>for my VCR. You can buy these off the shelf from someone like www.maplin.co.uk (they may be marketed as video restorers)
<br>One think I would dislike is the display only shows the first 8 characters of the song title I would have liked a scrolling display This means that navigating an MP3 disk is awkard without having the TV on
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70017_Mudstuff.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 03/02/2003

Hi Lion.
There are millions of ways to convert DVD to avi, svcd, mpeg1+2 etc.
To convert avi to svcd to test the pioneer, i simply used a small 2 minute video clip and converted it using burning software such as nero or instant cd+dvd. If you go to create a svcd in these programs, it will convert the file for you before burning to cd/dvd.
If i was doing films, i use software such as TMPEnc, DVD2AVI, Flask Mpeg etc.
Search for these online and search for tutorials. And remember, do not copy DVD's etc unless you own the film yourself. Copying films and selling them is illegal.

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69514_Lion.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 31/01/2003

Mudstuff. How did you convert an avi file into svcd? Please can you tell me the instructions.

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62565_Mudstuff.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 05/01/2003

Hi. The Pioneer does indeed play SVCD. I burned an avi to SVCD and it worked fine on CD,CDRW and DVD formats.
There is not an optical output, no. How would a lack of optical output affect the results?? Not sure what you mean here Robert. The Pioneer features a coaxial digital output which is my preferred type - generally, coaxial cables are a lot better than optical.
As for Mark, the DVD player was purchased from Amazon for £199.99

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62109_Marc.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 02/01/2003

I am planning to buy a dvd player and have been looking around for a good one that plays dvd-r and dvd -rw does it play them? How much did you pay for it and where did you get it from. I am also looking for a tv to play it on which has to have pal and the ntsc capability does yours if so could tell me where and how much was that too. Thank you very much. All this looking is giving me a head ache. cheers

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61920_Robert.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 01/01/2003

Hi Mudstuff !
<br>What is the status now, can you play S-VCD allready and can you explain how you did it ?
<br>I see on other reviews a comment it hasn't have an optical out, does this effect the results in any way ?
<br>Thanks

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56063_Pj.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 05/12/2002

Right on.
Eventually

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55975_Mudstuff.'s Response to mudstuff.'s Review

Written on: 05/12/2002

You are quite right ty, i got carried away!
Macrovision is enabled and the machine does not downconvert except to PAL60hz.
I have a mulitstandard tv which is 100hz so i have no problems playing back different video standards.
To the general public, to which this £120 dvd player is going to appeal, i believe i covered the strengths of the player in the good points section.
You can burn mp3s as a data cd as opposed to a normal cd, therefore having hours of music on one cd - the pioneer only plays the first 250 mp3 tracks on a cd though.
Multiregion is automatic and i have had no problems and have tested several region 1 and 2 videos. I have also burnt films to vcd which also play fine. I am in the process of converting an avi to svcd to see if it plays those. Hope this helps and is more technical for you. Any q's, let me know. (",)

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★★★★☆
Pioneer DV-350

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Written on: 01/11/2002 by Ripper. (1 review written)

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Pioneer DV-350

“An elegant and stylish piece of kit, the Pioneer DVD...”

Written on: 27/08/2002 by Chalky. (1 review written)

An elegant and stylish piece of kit, the Pioneer DVD 350 is a snip at the price. It comes with a range of functions which would normally put it into a much higher price bracket and once you've seen it and used it a few times you will be hooked. Go out and get it today - don't waste your money on inferior supermarket 'bargains'!… Read Full Review

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Pioneer DV-350

“This machine is well worth the £150.00 I paid for it...”

Written on: 09/08/2002 by Rigpig. (1 review written)

This machine is well worth the £150.00 I paid for it it has played every format of disk that I tried without so much as a glitch it's packed with features and as an added bonus it's great to look at and most people would think it was in the £300 + bracket.

Disks that I've tried

VCD
SVCD
DVD-R
Mp3

DVD's from regions 1,2,3 and 4
RCE disks no problem and all region switching is automatic.

Why pay for an inferior "supermarket special" when this is only a few pounds more?… Read Full Review

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Pioneer DV-350

“After a problematic relationship with a Cyberhome dvd...”

Written on: 24/07/2002 by tliet. (1 review written)

After a problematic relationship with a Cyberhome dvd player, I was relieved to see all my discs played flawlessly with this basic DV-350 DVD player from Pioneer.

The images are crisp and colorful with brilliant sound. The setup menu is really nice with easy to remember icons and menu's. The operating system can be a little slow sometimes with the player responding seconds after the disc eject command has been issued for example. But that is the only complaint I have… Read Full Review

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