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“Firstly, for the money, this is a great entry level...”

Written on: 19/11/2002 by chichichu. (1 review written)

Good Points
Plays all formats I can think of. Built-in bi-directional PAL / NTSC modulator. Miltiregion / Region Free. Macrovision On / Off

Bad Points
Poor internal layout. Overheats and malfunctions.

General Comments
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 future-proofing here.
There is also the option to switch off macrovision support.
Now for the overheating problem.
This model uses a rather large and Shinawa SHD-2502V drive unit, this takes up all of the vertical space inside the case so not allowing enough air flow laterally. If you look under the drive unit you will see that two of the chips mounted on the underside are covered by a heat-spreader. I found that replacing the thermal paste between the chips and the heat-spreader with a thermal transfer compound having a higher thermal conductivity has helped.
I have not done so but you may find that attaching a heat-synch to the decoder chipset with a thermal-epoxy could improve performance.
Air flow is the key factor to the heat problem here and placing this unit into any kind of enclosed space or stacking system is the worst thing you could do. I needs free flow of air around the case.
Well. Overall this is a very capable unit and gets my thumbs-up (apart from the overheating).

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