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: I bought the Apex 3201 and I found this bug: I turned on the player and inserted a VCD. It played fine. I stopped and ejected the DVD tray without remove the CD or turned the power off; I loaded the DVD tray again and it would not play correctly. There was no sound and the picture skipped. I tried other VCDs and the same thing happened. I don't think it is the disc, because it played fine if I turn off the player and turn it back on again.
Summary: First of all I wanted to say that I am researching also on DVD-players with PAL function. And I am also not sure if this one would play on my NTSC TV, since I read that most of the time one needs to have a PAL compatible TV in order to view PAL DVD's. I am from Europe but have been living in the US for a while and would like to enjoy DVD's from home too. That's the main reason why I would like to buy this DVD Player.
Summary: I own an Apex unit, and while it serves it's purpose, it is lacking in a few departments. It has a zoom function, which works well enough, and an internal volume control which is also handy. A few issues though: The RCA audio output level is relativly low, meaning you need to crank your receiver up pretty high. There is also a small glitch with the subtitles; after using the pause/rewind/fast-forward functions, the subtitles automatically turn on.
Summary: I purchased this player for my father's birthday. It was simple to connect, and played most discs well, but we found that longer movies, such as The Godfather, didn't play as well towards the end, as they began to skip. Upon removal of the disc, it was very warm, which I have been told, is not the norm for DVDs. All in all, it is a good player for the money, and I would recomend it to anyone who is living on a budget, but needs a DVD player.
Summary: I compared 6 DVD players (...) The Apex had more features then most (including the...sony) and is compatable with the most CD formats. I am buying this as a gift for two young kids....Ill let you know how it holds up.