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“The Cambridge Audio DVD53 is a wonderful machine that...”

Written on: 16/10/2004 by Kingdom Come (3 reviews written)

The Cambridge Audio DVD53 is a wonderful machine that I cannot recommend highly enough. Was purchased at Richer Sounds… Read Full Review

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“I used review centre and happened upon the excellent...”

Written on: 16/09/2004 by HitmanhowieT (1 review written)

I used review centre and happened upon the excellent reviews for Cambridge. Bought it, set up is easy and I was ready to go. The picture is clear, sound is excellent and it plays everything. It looks good and feels solid… Read Full Review

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“My Cambridge Audio DVD53 Seems to be ok, will come...”

Written on: 16/07/2004 by newdvd (1 review written)

My Cambridge Audio DVD53 Seems to be ok, will come back when I know what I'm looking for?
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“Purchased the Cambridge Audio DVD53 DVD Player from...”

Written on: 20/03/2004 by Andy Twigg (1 review written)

Purchased the Cambridge Audio DVD53 DVD Player from shop with slight worries as It came not playing many formats. 45 seconds after plugging in with a quick hack supplied on the box it plays everything and I mean everything. Just this week purchased some DVD R discs and tried them on 9 yes 9 other machines, NONE of the other machines played them, this little beauty plays them like a dream. 30p a DVD R. Machine has paid for itself there. Sound quality is excellent and picture quality sharp… Read Full Review

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Silas's Response to Andy Twigg's Review

Written on: 02/03/2005

Interested with your hack from the box,
<br>Any chance you could email it or comment it here.
<br>My email is [email protected]
<br>I bought mine at richer sounds but haven't found any hacks so far,

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“I have just bought this from Richer Sounds. I have had...”

Written on: 15/01/2004 by jasonmoss (2 reviews written)

I have just bought this from Richer Sounds. I have had two Cyberhome 528's which were both good till they failed after 11 and 13 months respectively. Even though it failed out of warrenty, Richer Sounds replaced with another, and recommended the Accoustic Solutions 651. This was had bad LipSync problems and you have to keep goind into DVD setup to choose between 2 channel (down scart) and digital to decoder. As the kids use this, it is a major pain. Anyway, I returned it and took home a… Read Full Review

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“Bought this Cambridge Audio DVD53 DVD player after...”

Written on: 06/01/2004 by Broggie (1 review written)

Bought this Cambridge Audio DVD53 DVD player after taking a multi award winning Cyberhome unit home only to find it was truly horrid...bass notes like banging a big bit of bamboo..yuk.
Anyway returned the Cyberhome unit and bought the Cambridge audio 53 player home...opened the box...oooh very nice...plugged it all in and no more Bamboo, doesnt like SVCD's very much but I guess that can be fixed with a bios update. plays cd's as good as my home cd deck...now all I need is a decent AV receiver… Read Full Review

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“i have noticed a lot of peaple saying that they can...”

Written on: 14/12/2003 by aleuk (1 review written)

i have noticed a lot of peaple saying that they can only find cambridge audio at richer sound i have been informed by the guy at richer sounds is that the owner of richer sounds helped out cambridge when they had a lot of money problems and so they made them the main trader also you will not find any other DVD player the same as this one as they are still made in england by cambridge audio in cambridge along with all the other items thay make wich i will say are all great not a bad one in there… Read Full Review

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Dearskippy's Response to aleuk's Review

Written on: 03/01/2004

I have just purchased this DVD player and was wondering if it plays MP3's randomly? Cannot find anything in the manual?

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“For the price this machine has it all, its multi...”

Written on: 27/06/2003 by aphextwinned. (1 review written)

For the price this machine has it all, its multi region for a start which for the price is great value for money.It also plays also my vcds and dvdrs no problem which is a god send as i've been through numerous players trying to find one that will play all the formats i require.

Picture quality is great with the blacks being very impressive on this player compared to similar priced players, while its audio playback is the nearest i have heard to cd player quality ever. Not only is this player… Read Full Review

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Stigada's Response to aphextwinned.'s Review

Written on: 16/01/2004

Can anyone help me then I can't get it to play any VCD's and the lip syn is off!
<br>[email protected]

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“I bought this player as a replacment for my bedroom...”

Written on: 05/05/2003 by Marko. (1 review written)

I bought this player as a replacment for my bedroom DVD player, a high end sony player which my wife recently broke while cleaning lol. As always I researched the currently availablbe dvd players to find the best quality, at a reasonable price. This really is a case that does clearly show that a little research into what you buy pays off in heaps.
Some may not be familiar with the brand Cambridge Audio, unless you're into high/mid range audio seperates, and in which case you will know they… Read Full Review

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Stuartmc.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 24/05/2003

I've read on another forum that Cambridge Audio went bust. These units are only for sale through Richer Sounds and are essentially badged as Cambridge Audio but may not be from quite the same organisation. I'm not an expert on DVDs etc - but the unit looks good, plenty of bang per buck but my unit has a lip sync problem. Returning to Richer Sounds for a swap - hope the next one is OK. PS Lip sync problem shows up well on LOTR esp. the bit with Galadriel.

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Farleysmaster's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 07/09/2004

<a href=http://www.area450.com/thesampozone/players/dvd5000internal.htm>http://www.area450.com/thesampozone/players/dvd5000internal.htm</a>
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<br>says:
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<br>"Whilst the casing of the DVD5000 (which is incidentally shared with at least two other "badges" - UK's Richer Sounds manufacturing plant Cambridge Audio, who have used the casing on no less than three models, and Canada's Norcent DP305) is very familiar to fans of Sampo Taiwan's domestic DVD player market."
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<br>I'll check the innards when I get home.

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Marty1962's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 26/06/2004

These players do appear on the CA website:
<br>http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/dvd53.html
<br>http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/dvd55.html
<br>http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/dvd57.html

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Nigelw's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 14/05/2004

Hi, I've got a ca dvd53 and I've just got an hitachi plasma 32pd5200 from richers. I've noticed on the EE version of FOTR that there seem to be vertical lines (of contrast?) down the screen, especially in well lit scenes. I'm using component leads straight to the screen. I was wondering whether it's worth 'upgrading' to s dvd55 (or a compacks machine if it's 50 quid!) as it says it's progressive scan. Anyone know if this might fix the problem. Sorry, I'm not a techie when it comes to these things.....

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Marko 1's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 27/01/2004

Boomer mate, I think you will be happy with either of the 2 players you are looking at, I've heard good things about both in the past. Toshiba always make great DVD players, and the only negative point I've heard about the Toshiba sd 530 is that its a little bit noisy when playing DVD's. Some people who have the player say they dont have that problem though. Marantz are also good at this, and also read some good reviews on the maranzt dv 4300, has great features like the toshiba icluding component output and progressive scan. Personaly I'd go for the Toshiba mate, just has something about it :)

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Dearskippy's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 26/01/2004

I have bought a DVD 53 from richer sounds and I was really pleased with it. What I would like to know is does anyone know how to play MP3's randomly on this machine. I was hoping to be able to play my collection this way on the player. Also are there any firmware updates available?

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Boomer's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 26/01/2004

i was looking at the marantz dv4300 (£150) or toshiba sd530 (£180). any thoughts or info?

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Marko 1's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 23/01/2004

Personaly I'd stay well away from this player and other Cambridge audio dvd players. Two of my mates have purchased the dvd 57 since i first made this review, and their opinions have been similar. Ive become very happy with pioneer dvd players. Have purchased 2 since making this review, and although i havn't done reviews for them on here, it seems pioneer really know what they are doing when putting a dvd player together. Excellent picture, sound, setup and menu structure make pioneer a much better choice than cambridge audio products. Pioneer dv-454 can be purchased for around £90 multiregion, and its a top machine! :)

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140887_Dvdbuyer's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 23/01/2004

In my last post, I meant to say 55 at £120. The 57 is above what I want to pay at £150.

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140887_Dvdbuyer's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 23/01/2004

It's interesting that Cambridge Audio don't mention these players on their website, and that Richer Sounds are the only retailers selling them. I've been looking at the 53 (£100) and the 57 (£120) - can anyone recommend anything better at around this price?

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Boomer's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 22/01/2004

These reviews are proving very interesting reading, especially as i was just about to go buy a DVD57 for £150.
<br>What is the current verdict of these machines by those of you that have had them for some time? should i be looking at a different unit - if so which is my best bet for this type of price range? thanks.

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Bonzobanana's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 15/01/2004

PBC is playback control. Its when vcds/svcds have menus. You can have the disc control the player i.e. boot to menu or turn it off and just play the vcd/svcd straight away. Sometimes with it on it can be annoying as you try to picture search and it takes you back to the beginning. Its a nice feature to be able to turn it on or off. Sometimes it also works with dvds and you can skip intro/copyright screens etc.

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Deetyork's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 14/01/2004

I've just bought a '53 which seems ok up to now
<br>gripes are
<br>1. Rubbish Manual (probably translated) What does PBC mean in prefs menu? No mention in manual.
<br>2. When in zoom mode (to make 2.35:1 ratio films more viewable on our 4:3 TV set)the picture stutters often.
<br>3.The neon display is Way too bright (I've been standing the DVD box in front of it 'cos it destracts while viewing!!)could do with a dim/bright setting for day /night.

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S2468's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 27/08/2003

I have the DVD53 and have zero sync problems and I've checked closely on the LOTR section mentioned.
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<br>It's also worth pointing out that Cambridge (like many smaller DVD manufacturers) don't actually machine all their own components. They certainly don't make their own cases. These are bought from 3rd party suppliers. It's entirely possible that other companies use the same generic DVD box for their machine. It doesn't mean they share the same internals.

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Aathanas's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 17/08/2003

I am looking to buy a multiregion dvd player..and I am between the toshiba 330e and the cambridge audio dvd53 (that richer sounds recommneded- to my surprise)...Anyone able to help me decide please? I am really torn after reading your detailed reviews on the cambridge audio faults...After all the toshoba 330e does get the best reviews in the market for that price range.

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Stuartmc's Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 15/08/2003

Anyone care to comment on LipSync problems as discussed in my post of 3rd July. To re-iterate, DVD53 and DVD55 both have lip-sync problems with some movies. As anyone seen the same problem?
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<br>Many thanks.

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115229_Bonzo Banana.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 12/07/2003

Well Clayts may be right about the Compacks and Cambridge DVD57 not sharing the same internals but of course the comment was actually referring to the Cambridge DVD55 not DVD57. Two completely different players as the DVD57 is fully dvd audio enabled which would mean a completely different chipset anyway. Has it been confirmed that the DVD55 is not based on the same chipset as the Compacks? I seem to remember reading somewhere that it had been but I'm unsure.

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114963_Morko.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 11/07/2003

both the dvd 53 and 57 that ive owned both semed to work fine with picture cd's. I had a kodac picture cd from a few years ago before i got my digital camera, and although the pictures looked really naff when using the slideshow on the dvd player, it sure worked. I also used Ahead Nero Burner to create my own slide shows of pictures and as far as i remember they worked fine too. Check this link for the roxio website, there should be a trial version of the nero software that you can try and see if that works.
<br>http://www.roxio.com

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Somkoi.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 10/07/2003

I too bought the Cambridge Audio DVD57 on advice of Richer Sounds staff. One of the features I wanted was the ability to play back picture files. I have since been unable to to do so. I first used Roxio cd creator photo suite, then the internal Windows XP copy to disc.
<br>The machine is badged as kodak picture disc compatible, is there a way to make your own compatible discs?
<br>Cambridge Audio Web page and manual offer no help.

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112840_Stuartmc.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 03/07/2003

Re: Lip Sync Problem on DVD53.
<br>As previously stated I had a DVD53 with a LipSync problem on some DVDs. I took the unit back to Richer Sounds who didn't have any replacements so they gave me a DVD55. Result. (And some speaker cable free). Unfortunately, this replacement has the same problem. Conclusion. There is a design flaw in hardware or software/firmware on all units or there was a bad batch sent out in May. It seems unlikely that by random chance two different units with slightly different specs could have the same fault.
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<br>Please test your players using LOTR esp. bit with Galadrial and the mirror (OK elsewhere). Eminems 8 Mile (anywhere around the middle of the movie) - everyone talks (sorry Raps) so fast in this that the sound is almost one word out of sync with lip-movement. Also, Donnie Darko ("Its only a Rabbit") cast commentary (this could be a genuine editing fault but what can be heard of the movie is well out). Note, most movies are OK.
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<br>I spoke to Richer Sounds sorry Cambridge Audio Tech support who claim they haven't heard of the problem. I should take the unit back but I'm keen to get some consensus that its not my imagination. A colleague tried my LOTR in his Sony machine and reckoned he could see a slight lip-sync problem. Sigh. And no its not a dodgy far east copy.
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<br>Oh and as for the CA going bust bit I think being taken over by a cheap and cheerful shop chain probably qualifies as some kind of organisational upset. A bit like Linn being taken over by Dixons.
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<br>Happy Hunting. Please let me know for good or ill.
<br>StuartMc

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112489_Clayts.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 02/07/2003

Just to ease a few concerns, the Compacks player uses much cheaper components than the Cambridge Audio players. The casing may be the same, but the innards are completely different.
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<br>Contrast this owner's review of a DVD57, at http://www.dvd.reviewer.co.uk/forums/thread.asp?Forum=211&Thread=193519&Type=1, which includes details of the components under the bonnet, with my look at the guts of the Compacks player at http://www.area450.com/thesampozone/players/dvd5000internal.htm.
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<br>Hope that alleviates some of the frustration whereby some CA owners may have thought they'd been hoodwinked - chaps, you've still got a far superior player, component-wise :-)

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109017_Marko.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 20/06/2003

You sure can do. I cat remember the actual scan forward speeds, but most dvd players will do this.

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108731_Bonzobanana.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 19/06/2003

Can anyone tell me if you can search individual mp3 files on these players? I mean to say you don't have to play mp3 tracks completely from start to finish but can instead scan through them at high speed to find the bit you want to hear.

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108473_Marko.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 18/06/2003

That's good to hear :) I always have been a rather unlucky person, esspecially when it comes to technology hehe.

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108296_Mat.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 17/06/2003

I must add that I purchased a Cambridge Audio DVD 55 player and it was indeed also faulty, with a very flickery picture, very similar to how you described. However this was duly replaced by Richer Sounds without any trouble, the picture is now absolutely fine, crisp and clear. Haven't really given the sound a good test run yet so I can't comment on that. But I would say that you must have had a stroke of bad luck with your faulty machines, sure some machines beat it. But mine works so I guess that's one happy customer.

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107742_Marko.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 16/06/2003

Well the 2 dvd57 that I owned certainly didn't deserve 5 out of 4 stars at all. I mean whats the point in having a dvd player when it looks as bad as a VHS? Which is the sort of picture quality i got from both of them. Even my girlfriends relativly cheap pioneer dv454 has a far superior picture, for considerably less money. Granted the dvd57 does have pleanty of connectivity, but as what hifi said, doesn't mean its any good at them though, which it really isn't at all. I prefer quality over quantity, and no amount of outputs can change that opinion.

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107628_Bonzobanana.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 15/06/2003

To be fair safeway are doing it as a loss leader to get people in store. Its probably meant to sell at £90-100. Cambridge Audio for some reason allow Richer Sounds to rebrand chinese dvd players with their brand no doubt after paying a licensing fee. Cambridge Audio do not support these dvd players though and they are not mentioned on their site. The player itself is a good player made by Sampo which has a great reputation. Don't forget the Toshiba 330 and Pioneer DV350/360 all come out of the same type of chinese factories. They too are badge engineered although I suspect they have more input in the final design and circuitry. I bought the Compacks player and its quite excellent. Comparing it to a mainstream japanese deck does not show it to be rubbish. The picture isn't quite as good as a Toshiba 330 but then what is? Its still very good and I think the review of the DVD57 in what hifi was fair. Its media compatibility is amazing. I threw a load of jpegs, mpegs and mp3s onto a cdr and the Compacks was happy to read them all. I was very impressed. No problems with dvds either from any region. I realise the Cambridge Audio dvd player may have a modified firmware compared to the Compacks but electronically the dvd55 and Compacks DVD5000 are near enough identical.

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107026_Marko.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 13/06/2003

Thats terrible. Think the other guy mentioned they were just rebadged machines too. Can't say I think very highly of Cambridge Audio any more. I was a bit angry to see the DVD57 get 4 out of 5 stars in what hifi magazine, it just doesn't deserve that at all, not even 2 stars. As for richersounds, I've made my final purchase from there now as still ive not received any replies to the emails i sent when i had this dvd, asking for help and contact info for cambridge audio. I think once they get their money, thats it, there not interested. We all live and learn I guess hehe.

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106909_Bonzobanana.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 13/06/2003

Just to say that Cambridge Audio also do a DVD55 player available from Richer Sounds. This costs £150 and appears to be the same as the Compacks DVD5000 player available from Safeway at £49.49. As you can imagine paying 3x as much for the same item is pretty disgusting. As much as I like Richer Sounds I think it has to be said they have lost their value reputation. Many of the items they sell are at rip off prices and you must be wary of them nowadays. They do some good deals but only some.

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102140_Marko.'s Response to 95155_Marko.'s Review

Written on: 28/05/2003

I do appologise, Ive actually being meaning to update this review for a while now.
<br>Ive not heard anything about Cambridge Audio going bust, and I'd be very supprise if they did. I know quite a few people who work for certain AV and hifi equipment magazines and they say it's news to them also. Infact cambridge audio is bringing out a machting AV reciever later this tear, to match this range of dvd players. I have heard of many have had similar problems to the ones you mention.
<br>The fact that this range of players is only available from richersounds is something a lot of people have found hard to find a reason for, and does pose questions.
<br>Being as impressed as I was with this player, I returned it to richersounds to purchase the top player in this particular range, the cambridge audio dvd57. It's exactly the same except for the addition of component output, progressive scan and dvd audio, costing a further £90. This change my opinion of cambridge audio dvd players for the worst.
<br>I was firstly dissapointed with the manual that it came it, very poor indeed. Infact this sent me on a search for more documentation on this player. I could find none at all. Infact the cambridge audio website doesnt even mention these dvd players. A further concern was that there is no contact info for cambrige audio, no customer support, no email address, nothing. I emailed richersounds to see if they could help, that was weeks ago, still not had a reply from them.
<br>The player itsself has a problem, in that its like there is a strobe light at each side of the screen, causing colours to seem as if they are flashing on and off very fast.
<br>Returning it for another cambridge audio dvd57 gave me the same problems, so it wasn't as if i just had a defective 1 off.
<br>Lastly, the mixture of capital and non capital letters that make up the dvd display can be very confusing at times and is something I have only ever noticed on cheap super market special dvd players.
<br>Ive learned from this that I should wait for a while longer to make these reviews, and that first impressions, though important, are not always correct. My appologies to everyone for making this product sound better than it is.
<br>Since returning the Cambridge Audio dvd player ive bought the Philips LX7000SA dvd home cinema system which seems fantastic, but ill wait a while longer before doing a review :)

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“I spent quite a while looking for a DVD player and...”

Written on: 24/04/2003 by Mr Moose. (1 review written)

I spent quite a while looking for a DVD player and didn't want the spend the eqivalent of a small cars worth of cash, and this is the player that has it all. Seriousy - the only thing this model won't do is progressive scan. It has outputs for component video, Scart, RGB, S-Video, Coaxial and Optical Digital as well as being able to NTSC-Pal convert. Although the manual says it wont play VCD it will (I watched one last night). It has so many other features too. Looks wise it is a slimline… Read Full Review

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100335_Brian40.'s Response to Mr Moose.'s Review

Written on: 22/05/2003

Hi I bought the Cambridge Audio DVD57 with dvd-audio and prog scan - it is a brilliant machine - however it wouldn't play my svcd/vcd's - i spoke to richer sounds who know about this glitch- they advised that a new batch has been ordered with the svcd chip switched to active - fingers crossed - sound and vision are excellent - is there a macro hack for this machine yet?

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