Summary: After a power fluctuation, my JVC player would only play G-rated movies, even with the parental controls turned off. Found out that the EEPROM needed to be reset and it solved the problem. I haven't had any problems with it where multi-layers is concerned. In fact this is one of the few machines that I haven't had that problem with. Anyone having problems with their machine should see about resetting the EEPROM. Great player otherwise.
Summary: This is a very good, easy to use DVD player. It has all the necessary inputs and outputs ( S-Video, Component Video, Audio/Video, AV Compu Link, and Optical Digital). Also has a multipurpose remote.
Summary: As one of the earlier reviewers has written, the player could not play "Cruel Intentions" additionally my Player would not read "The Mummy" or "Saving Private Ryan". It will read my other DVDs. Question is what should I be looking for on the DVD to determine if my JVC will be able to read it. From the reviews it appears to have problems reading a "double layered" DVD.
Summary: Picture and sound quality for sub-$500 players is pretty much splitting hairs. There are lots of goodies on all these players like DTS, Digital Dolby, optical outputs - but for me, these features don't really mean much to my system that consists of a 1984 Sony KV25XBR bolted to my stereo. What I was looking for was reliability, ease-of-use, price, cool features like zoom and some control over picture quality.
After looking at several other players, I like this one.
18 October 1999
Summary: I have a part-time job in a stereo store, and there are several DVD players running on demos. What I particularly like about the JVC is the quiet operation, just a little "whoosh" when the disk comes up to speed compared with an extremely annoying high-pitch whine other players, notably the SAMSUNG made. I also like the counter showing the total time elapsed, unlike the SONY which shows only the time per chapter.
Summary: EXCELLENT ! BRAVO ! I, too, own this player. The bright blue flourescent digital readout face is visible-friendly.The JVC XV501BK even has the appearance of a high-end DVD player. It also rivals more expensive players with regards to sound and picture quality.The construction of the chasis feels solid. This player, although not a Denon, could still give Sony and Toshiba a run for their players.
Great Player - Don't worry about the horror story below.
19 August 1999
Summary: As usual, the horror story review below has one grain of fact and the rest is false. I just bought this player, and the picture quality is nearly perfect, by far better than any in it's price range (if you use the SVideo or Component out) and almost as good the several thousand dollar Sony Reference Player.
Summary: I was orignally attracted to this player for its top of the line features. Indeed, it does have several. However, behind all of these features is an inferior machine. How would I know? Well, I have owned two of them now and both malfunctioned the exact same way. The player is supposedly capable of reading all Region 1 discs, but this is not true.
Summary: The folks at JVC have outdone themselves with this player. The video clarity is awesome even with composite output. The video fine processor lets you apply filters including a custom filter to further enhance the picture. Another nice feature is crystal clear search. Whether searching in slow motion or at high speed, forward or in reverse, the picture retains its clarity. The menu system is very simple to use. You don't even have to stop the video to use it.