Summary: I bought my first one of these on April 26, 2002 (I have since bought 3 more as backups). I got it because it was supposed to be able to be modified to play DVDs from all regions. It was and lasted me for over 8 years (having recently expired) which is quite a long time as I watch a lot of DVDs. Was it perfect? No.
Summary: This is a good DVD, based on the price. I bought it in 2003 and I have no problem with this device, it works perfect with DVD-R, RW,. It does have some issues with DVDs recorded on high speed units, so it is a good advice to use DVDs recorded at slow or medium speed. It can play MP3 very well, but doesn't have MP3-Playlist feature -only drawback-. It is incredible, but for me the importants features of this DVD are the remote & the menu options.
Summary: No, I don't mean to say that the player has been been great for a year. In fact, it's taken a year and three returns to get this player to play correctly. 1. When it arrived new it didn't recognize there was a DVD in it 2. After it came back from repair it recognized but wouldn't play a DVD 3. After it came back again it played the DVD but froze and/or the screen went blank. 4. After it came back again it seems to be playing beautifully.
Summary: It is very upsetting to find out after a few days that your credit card will be refunded with the next billing cycle. I hope it isn't happening to lot of people and that's the company's( whynotpayless or similar) way of getting to money.
Summary: I bought this for one reason only - my friend told me it could be made 'region free' without even having to mess with changing the firmware. This is true - there is a 'trick' you use on the remote control that turns off region locking. Very cool. I bought it and was immediately playing my DVDs from the UK (PAL/Region 2) on my standard US TV (NTSC). But - this player locks up when playing Apollo 13 (at 44:02, precisely!).
Superb for PAL and VCR taping; poor on reliability
25 October 2002
Summary: I purchased two (2) units based on the fact that they can easily be reprogrammed to disable both region encoding and Macrovision. This enables me to play PAL encoded discs that I purchase overseas. I can also make tape copies on a VCR for use in the car without worrying about Macrovision copy-protection. However, one of the two units failed within a few days. Getting anything resembling tech "support" from Apex was next to impossible. ...
Summary: This player is great! I picked one up because it was on sale, but it really is nice. And as a bonus, it also plays MP3's and VCD's. If your looking for a DVD player, this Apex is the way to go.
Summary: I purchased this DVD player as a gift for my fiance last Christmas and it has been nothing but trouble. About 3 months after I purchased it, it started skipping and pausing on brand new DVDs. One day I was watching a movie and a loud popping noise came from the player. I went in for a closer look, opened the door and was greeted by an unpleasant fishy smell.
Summary: My sister in law and I both bought these machines. Both have blown their fuses even though they were connected to surge protectors. Computers and other gear on same protector are still fine. These 3201 models continue to blow fuses as soon as they are plugged in. Dont waste money on this product!!!! They are both just out of warrarty. Thats when they blow. Any other machine must be better.
Summary: We bought this particular dvd player so we could watch foreign films purchased abroad in October 2001. It started malfunctioning within a month of purchase, with the picture and sound "sticking" or "pausing" for a split second every minute or so, which is very annoying! I emailed the customer service people with the problem, which they diagnosed as a misaligned crystal and directed me to customer service via telephone.