Written on: 14/11/2003 by sarrebmat (1 review written)
Although the Dansai 852 is a great machine (it does help to have the remote control), i have lost mine and need to get a replacement, any help out there to locate one, i live in manchester if that helps. (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2003 by femartin (1 review written)
Price wise the Dansai 852 is the best buy i've ever made, believe me! I paid £79.99 and i am enjoying every penny of if. This DVD player can only be matched by more expensive models of DVD players. (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2003 by Gr@y.
When I first got the Dansai 852 (Tesco) I was
overjoyed for the budget price of £89.99 it plays anything I put in it :)
you can make it region free, and turn off the macrovision. This was to good to be true !
Now a year down the line I am not so sure :( its stop recognizing certain disks at random also when watching a movie the sound sometimes breaks up and the picture becomes pixalated making it impossible to watch a movie, very frustrating when you have been sat there for over an hour... (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2002 by Gum ^Alter.
This is a very cheap player. Paid less than 100 Euro. It plays EVERYTHING on ANYTHING. I have tried all kinds of CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW on all kinds of colors. Black, Silver, Green, Blue whatever. I takes it all. Plugged the player to my Sony widescreen tv with a SCART-connection and the picture quality rocks. (Okey it is not THE VERY BEST thing in the world but for less than 100 Euro it is damn good!) I brought a DVD-genie friend over and he took all of his "problem"-DVDs... (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2002 by chichichu.
Firstly, for the money, this is a great entry level unit. It is more that capable of handling the average collection of media including DVD, CDA, VCD, mp3. The ability to set the output to PAL, NTSC or AUTO is for me an invaluable feature. Add to this an option to bypass region coding and even to set a specific region (for RCE encoded discs) and you are well on your way. I especially like the ability to select regions 7 and 8, which have not yet been assigned. A little forward thinking and... (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2002 by Lars T..
Worthless piece of equip!! Well, concidered the low price,one couldn't expect better maybe, but there are a lot of other budget players that are much better. This one has so bad picture quality that most menues on DVD's are unreadable and you have to guess what you're selecting. When playing audio discs or MP3's...the whole player starts to vibrate and generates a loud hum when the disc is spinning. The hum is so loud that it can be heard even though the audio level is at normal... (read more)
Written on: 22/07/2002 by Gote Johansson.
When I wrote my first review of the dansai 852 DVD player here, I was so impressed by this player; all the formats, the price, the hack for making it region free but most of all macrovision free and so on. My player broke down four months ago and the Swedish reseller (SIBA) say they can't find any spare parts... (Probably a lot of b-s!)
I'm still waiting for it.
I don't have any good advice for anyone on whether to buy one or not. The quality of this player obviously varies a lot. If you... (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2002 by myredvan.
I bought my Dansai 852 DVD player as I'd been off sick for a while and deserved a treat so I entered the dvd market totally blind and I can't believe I landed such a good player. It still plays everything I throw at it and I've watched so many films on it. If it messes up I don't know what to do as all Tesco's current dvd players don't read s-vcd or vcd's, so I just hope it carries on working perfectly. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2002 by Bossy.
I had the Dansai 852 DVD player for six months and I was very happy with it until suddenly it stopped reading CD_RW. It comes up with (NO-DISC) message when a CD_RW is inserted with any type of data (CD audio, mp3 or vcd). A week later it stopped recognising DVDs. Now it only plays audio CDs. I was hoping for the fun to last a bit longer! (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2002 by Mike.
The Dansai 852 is a versatile and excellent DVD player. Why mess with expensive units that are difficult to get region free when this baby (only from tesco's) is in town. I can't fault the playback quality myself. It's only the casing that feels inexpensive. Unless you touch it you wouldn't know that it isn't 'brushed aluminium' would you?
Even has two headphone jacks (never seen that before)! (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2002 by tp.
Brilliant!! had a few players and i must admit for a cheap player the Dansai 852 DVD player out does most of the expensive ones. Would recommend this to anyone, so easy to use and brilliant will play all it says. The fact that you can turn off microvision and make it region free is a plus also. (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2002 by Johnny Knoxville.
Thanks very much Tesco for this great bit of kit-the Dansai 852 DVD player. No more 'dodgy rip off/don't work' worries when forking out £99 for a DVD, unlike some other supermarkets.
The kids have got a Dansai 1010 in the bedroom and we've got an 852 downstairs so welcome to the Dansai family household!
However I've heard through the grapevine that a newer sexier model is due out shortly for the same sort of cash as the 852 but is far slimer and better looking along with a 5.1 de-coder built... (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2002 by pip.
The Dansai 852 DVD player plays anything and is easy to hack-not bad for a dvd player. cd play is so-so. (read more)
Written on: 02/05/2002 by gidon.
The Dansai 852 is a very impressive DVD player - has most of the features you could want. Its compatability is excellent - nothing has not played in the machine so far - including CD-R(W)'s - with (S)VCD's, MP3s, MPEG and VOB files. MPEG, MP3 and VOB files can be burnt to an unclosed multi session disc and still be played - ie they don't even need to be burnt as a (S)VCD!
Fast forward is jerky on VCDs and only goes up to 4x (as opposed to 32x for DVDs) - but not a major problem. The player... (read more)
Written on: 30/04/2002 by Amigo.
The Dansai 852 is a great DVD/MP3/VCD Player for the money.
Too many people whinge about this and that but for under £100 it's an 11 out of 10 buy.
Stop pratting about and go and buy one NOW ! (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2002 by Teescottage.
Wow. I`ve been looking for a DVD player which could do it all for quite a while now. I have a LG 3660P which has been a trusty beast but doesn`t have the extras which I wanted.
Then last week I noticed the Dansai 852 in Tesco. I checked the web and rushed back to the store to buy one before they sold out. And boy was I glad I did. I have thrown everything at this machine and it has accepted it all. MP3's, VCD`s, CDR, CD-RW... you name it.
The main thing I like is the zoom. I was expecting 2x... (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2002 by Trev.
The Dansai 852 is a nice little DVD player. Looks a little cheap (that's cos it is).
Does exactly what it says on the box with what I would say is good at the price.
Don't expect to be blown away by the picture quality and sound but buy one anyway you'll love it. (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2002 by colin.
If you are looking for a cheap versatile dvd player below £100 then the Dansai 852 is the one for you. It plays dvds, mp3, vcds and svcd, also macro disabled (sweet).
I have recommended this to many people and 3 have bought one this week alone and gave it the thumbs up. The other one to watch for is the dansai 1010 for £85.00-smaller than the 852 but works the same with the exception of there is no LCD so you have to use the OSD but still worth the money and fits nicely under your hifi just... (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2002 by Flash.
The Dansai 852 is the 2nd DVD player I have bought. I previously had a Wharfedale 750s which was good but not as stylish as the Dansai. The Dansai has played ll cds I have tried so far. VCD, SVCD and without any lip sync problems. This is a must for bargain hunters looking for a DVD. The latest Mico doesn't have the disable Macro feature as has been removed from the firmware so if you can still get your hands on a Dansai 852, buy it fast. (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2002 by dcf.
My Dansai 852 has been an excellent little DVD player so far - only just bought it. Cds are handled excellently -a little hiss but barely audible. Dvd picture is great -skin tones are a little pale but this is easily fixed by turning up the colour on your tv. All the functions you're really going to need are here, it hasn't got the outputs for dolby 5.1 but handles it and you really need a digital receiver to benefit from 5.1 anyway.
All in all an excellent player. I'm glad I didn't fork out... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2002 by TonyCo1.
The code for accessing the factory menu is turn on player -with no cd in tray - press set-up on remote.(Normal setup screen appears) now press stop - RRW (Previous chapter) - FFW (next chapter). The secret Factory Menu appears - you can now bypass the region control and switch off macrovision. [Does anyone know what the CSS feature is?]
This player worked well with MP3's showing a PC type screen, you use the arrow keys and play button (as enter), to go through the folders and select your... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2002 by DVDMASTER.
I am very pleased about this purchase and I have to say that the Dansai 852 DVD player looks a lot better than the latest 1010 and with ability to disable macrovision what more do you want for 99 quid?? (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2002 by LAZAROU.
Tye Dansai 852 is pretty much a top-notch DVD player. Couple of problems with a few (R1) discs, didn't like 'Planet of the Apes' possibly the 'NUON' , 'Sex in the City' season 1&2 - produced semi-transparent bands across picture half way through each episode ??? - bizarre. However, this WAS removed by having an on-screen display in the corner, such as time-display (not ideal, but better than nowt!).
Everything else has been fine, MP3, CDR etc...can't complain............ (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2002 by Tekkie.
The Dansai 852 DVD player is so easy to set up and use.
Picture clarity fantastic as most peoples TV's need upgrading for cinema quality viewing anyway.
Ask in Tescos if you can't see any-often they are stored out back-Have fun (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2002 by The Doc.
The Dansai 852 is a great DVD player for the price. Very very flexible, everything you should need from a dvd vcd and cd player all in one box.
Very difficult to fault. Other than in very minor ways. Have had no problems playing region 1 and 2 disks or playing home produced SVCD and MP3 disks. (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2002 by slimothy.
After looking at all types and makes of dvd plyers, i found the Dansai 852 model to be the best and after visiting the web i found that i could make my player multi-regional-now that is also a bonus. (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2002 by cgwiz.
On the whole the 852 could be a promising DVD player if Dansai could sort out the existing problems. (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2002 by thesiteman1.
After Tesco replace my defective Dansai 852 DVd player I will come back with more comments. (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2002 by Gary.
I paid £85.00 from Tescos for the Dansai 1010 DVD player.
The specification is remarkable - what an unbelievable bargain *****
To make it multi-region:
1. Press set-up on the remote
2. On the front panel press -
and the factory setup menu appears
Select Region ID and you get the choice of regions 1 to 8. (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2002 by ste.
The dansai 1010 DVD player is much better than the 852. They have improved the graphics and it plays every cd you throw at it including dvd-r. Ain't tested dvd-rw yet but going to. (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2002 by patrik.
My Dansai 852 DVD player broke down today. When I tried to listen to Depeche Mode's CD "Ultra", the Dansai started to hum ALOT, and nothing happened. Tried to start it 3 times (I have listened to this CD before on the Dansai). The 4th time I tried the Dansai went totally dead, the display is black.... Have to take it to the repair shop. Not fun! So beware, it has nice features, but the quality???????? (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2002 by kona.
You may have to put up with a ping when you open tray + tesco helpline screen but for under a £100 for the Dansai 852 DVD player why complain seeing it plays mp3,cdr,cdrw,dvdr etc. What a bargain go and get one:-) (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2002 by MagicMan.
The Dansai 852 DVD player is a superb unit, looks good, low price, good quality picture and audio, easy region hack. For the past 18 months I've been used to playing all my DVD's (Region 1 and 2) on my PC with either software (for monitor watching) or my Hollywood + to output to TV etc. Couldn't really see the need to buy a "real" player until I saw this in Tesco on Monday. Did a little research (how to hack region etc...) and bought one first thing on Tuesday!!!! very impressed and the... (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2002 by Andrew Scandrett.
The Dansai 852 DVD player is a brilliant piece of kit. I was originally going to get a Sony but spotted it on the shelf while doing the weekly 'being dragged round the supermarket by the wife'. Saw it and fell in love. I've spent over £1000 quid on my home cinema so was nervous about buying a 'budget' player. When I hooked it up and the sound came out of my Wharfedale speaks I knew my mission to create the perfect cinema experience at home was finally complete. (read more)
Written on: 08/03/2002 by WishmasterUK.
I've had my Dansai 852 DVD player for about 5 months now, and have had no problems at all. I had to return the first one i bought though. It played fine for about 2 minutes, then flickered between black & white to colour, before it stuck on black and white, and that was that. So i took it back and this new one has been fine. It's got every type of output you should need so it's compatible with pretty much all hi-fi systems, to 5.1 surround setup's. Such a crazy price for loads of features... (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2002 by Brian.
As this Dansai 852 is my first DVD player, I don't have anything to compare the 852 with, but it seems to me to be as fully featured as players costing 2 or 3 times as much.
Very pleased with the performance, it even plays my mp3 and mpeg discs.
Very good all round, the best £99 worth I've seen this year! (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2002 by mickle.
Wonderful machine. It will play anything you throw at it.
£99 in the uk from Tescos. Get there quick! (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2002 by Gote Johansson.
What a GREAT player, the Dansai 852(S) DVD player! I haven't yet tested all the formats it can read, but most of them and I'm impressed!
I bought mine in Sweden for only 145 USD, which made it one of the cheapest ones here.
Before buying it, I looked it (and a United 3151) up on the web and I found lots of good reviews here and elsewhere. The hacks page was also an important input to my decision.
Regarding the hacks, it should be pointed out that there should be NO disc in the player, when... (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2002 by SteveF.
The Dansai 852 DVD player is fantastic value for money-does the job well.
Easy to set up and get going.
Even plays multi-region if you want it too.
I was looking to spend as little as possible thinking it would tide me over for a few years when I might invest in a super-dooper all singing and dancing DVD player - don't think I'll need to bother now - FANTASTIC! (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2002 by Treboeth.
The dansai 852 DVD player is my first DVD. Bargain of the decade. Can`t recommend enough (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2002 by Tel.
Can't work out how loads of Dansai 852 DVD player users are criticising the discs tray, it is both smooth and quiet! What else do they want? (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2002 by Dave.
This Dansai 852 DVD player is a superb price for what you get.
Sound sounds good on MP3 play pack, and DVD's look well clear (1st DVD player and pictures will prob. look better anyway since used videos).
The 1st one I brought from Tescos, was faulty (started flickering while playing back in PAL mode after 40 minutes), but for the price I just replaced. (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2002 by dansaidvd.
The Dansai 852 is a great little DVD player and so cheap. This thing plays everything and then some! Would recommend it to anyone, get down to your local tesco store ASAP. See www.dansaidvd.co.uk for lots more info (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2002 by Paul Attfield.
The Dansai 852 is a great DVD player from Tesco certainly giving the Wharfedale a run for its money. I originally went to buy the Wharfedale M5 only to find that Tesco are no longer stocking them! Maybe a new player is on the horizon? Anyway, I didn't know much about the Dansai player so trawler the net and read some reviews. This site really convinced me that this could be a good buy and I must say I'm not disappointed! Not the most aesthetic player available, compared to Wharfedale and... (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2002 by miger.
I've got the Decca video clone of the Dansai 852 DVD player & my only gripe with this machine is the audio out jacks --------- my speakers have 6 jacks!! Anyone know of a way round this please? (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2002 by garE.
The Dansai 852 DVD player is sex on 4 little legs. So much for for so little pounds. macrovision remover allows dvds all regions to be transferred to vhs. mp3 oplayer as well. words fail me now. go get one while you can. excellent! (read more)
Written on: 18/02/2002 by John Henry.
This Dansai 852 DVD PLAYER is Excellent! It offers all the things you require. Not only that, but the Price is the best! You can't go wrong! Only thing is that i don't know if you can make a copy of DVD to VHS. And also is it possible that you can connect extra speakers to the dvd player? Please, if any one knows about it can you please let me know! Thanks (read more)
Written on: 10/02/2002 by Blackadder.
Stop wasting time reading these darn reviews and go out and buy a Dansai 852 DVD player before they're all gone (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2002 by Lee Jones.
The Dansai 852 DVD player has exceptional picture quality and enough features for the under £100 price. Easy to set up and with region restrictions removed it's the dog's whatsits. Still some features I haven't tried yet, but the ones I have work great. A must for anyone who's looking for a cheap but good player that can handle any type of DVD/CD media. (read more)
Written on: 06/02/2002 by reno.
The Dansai 852 is without doubt an extemely good buy. It can play any 80min. disc on vcd format. It is very easy to operateand the microvivion function is just the job.
The two jack phone sockets are too big for modern cd player earphones (read more)