Summary: Pathetic excuse for a DVD player. Cannot read many DVD discs. Very picky when burning your own dvd. Remote control is pathetic. You must be directly in front of player in order to even have a possibility of the player receiving the signal from the remote. I would sell mine, however my conscience will not allow me to!!!!
Summary: I was disappointed to find two major flaws in this DVD player -- the first, its failure to provide a digital DVD-Audio signal, is unfortunate but not unforgivable. The analog outs, which require pausing the music and switching to a different input on the remote whenever you want to listen to anything, sound fine. The bigger problem is the unit's inability to maintain proper syncing of audio with video.
Good Dvd player but dont listen to Electronics Fan "Paul"
31 January 2006
Summary: The reviewer below me ( Electronics Fan "paul" ) does not know anything about electronics. -- "Let me begin by saying, while this player does NOT offer HD upconversion, it outperforms the Sony and Samsung upconverting HD players. I carefully compared the three models on my Hitachi 51 RPTV, and found this to clearly be the best." - First off, he's making the comparison with his hitachi rear projection tv.
Summary: I'm very disapointed with this Kardon product being an avid fan of the past products from the respective company, but this one is off the chart. Playing a DVD movie using either the digital coaxial output or the optical output, the audio plays on and off out of sync. I've pushed the dealying time up and down both on the player and the AVR and it makes no diffrence. That tells me that there is something wrong with decoding device in the player.
Summary: The audio and video of this DVD player is what you would expect for a $350 unit - very good. It would be nice if it played SACDs, as most of HKs competitors equivalently priced units do. A nice feature is audio delay adjustments for each channel (in terms of ft or meters, not ms), allowing better system setup if you have a receiver lacking this ability.
Summary: I dont hate HK. In fact, I have one of their receivers which I LOVE. This DVD player however is junk. Reason? Well, it cant keep the audio in sync with the video. Its absolutely unwatchable I tried 6 different DVD's, and ALL of them lost sync - this is inexcusable performance for a player of this "class". Furthermore, its "per-pixel" rendering software was actually worse than the on-board system of my Panny AE500 projector.
Summary: I have had this for a month now and am slightly disappointed in it. I bought this to replace my XBox, which had the sharpest image I had ever seen in a DVD player (with the added Monster component cables and on an Sony HDTV). My first buy was a $60 Panasonic with Philips component cables, which was nowhere close to the XBox. I had to take it back and decided to spend more to get DVD 31.
Summary: This DVD player is totally fantastic. I got mine on sale new online for $250 including shipping. The sound quality for CD's, DVD's & DVD-A's is fantastic as is the great DVD picture quality. This player looks great too. I got this to go with the Denon 3801 incredible receiver I got (retails for $1200 I got it online for $450 in excellent used condition). The Denon with the Harmon Kardon 31 rules.
Summary: I have been a loyal HK customer for years now. but i am a little let down in this device. i have the new NIN Downward Spiral DVD-audio disc and it has trouble playing. i took the disc to a friends and put it in his pioneer and it worked perfectly. i cant seem to get an answer out of hk as to weather this is just my unit or all of them.