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★★★☆☆

“I have had a Mustek V560 DVD player for less than a...”

Written on: 24/05/2002 by Alistair. (1 review written)

Good Points
Value for money,
lots of features,
AC3 decoder built in.

Bad Points
Picture quality sometimes a bit iffy,
Manual doesn't cover all the features,
Manual lists menu items that aren't actually on the machine.

General Comments
I have had a Mustek V560 DVD player for less than a week and bought one movie (U571) to test it on install. Title sequence to this movie starts with a computer generated sequence leading up to the root menu. Immediatley I noticed pixelisation on the colour boundaries in this sequence, and in several other scenes where a sky or underwater shot meant low contrast colour changes across the picture. It seemed to have trouble blending the colours smoothly. As I am new to DVD I am unsure if this is to be expected, but I can't see how it could be. Normal high contrast scenes were very clear and sound quality seemed very good (once i figured out how to turn on the AC3 decoder for 5.1 output). I have a friend with the same machine and he says he has noticed it too on other disks. I even went to the extent of taking the disk to a shop and trying it in the Mustek floor model. Same problem. This is very disappointing as it seems to be a very good machine otherwise. I have not watched the movie on a "high quality" brand machine so dont know if it is normal, but it is not the disk, as my friend reported the problem on several disks he has watched. I welcome anyones input into this problem and if it is "normal" as no-one else in any reviews i have read has mentioned it.

Cheers

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