Summary: I bought this player in 2001, about 18 months ago, and I have had no problems so far whatsoever, performance has been very impressive. I have connected it with regular components, a Panasonic widescreen TV, a Sony surround receiver. The Pioneer's been reliable and above all good quality, it shows the expertise of Pioneer in the field of disc players.
Summary: The most important consideration in buying a DVD player for me is the colour. What you don't want when you have a black Sony television with matching black video player is a silver DVD player sitting underneath it. That is a bummer. When you're facing it in the chair it ruins the whole look. My mum says it's something to do with Feng Shui. But let's leave the Dutch out of this.
Summary: I purchased this machine a couple of months ago. I have to say that I'm very happy with the machine. Setting it up was simple. The picture is great. Setting up the video preferences is a piece of cake - if the screen looks warped (as it did the 1st time I put in a 4:3 aspect ratio film), you can easily change the setting to fix it.
Laurentian University c/o Hoi Cheu & Kelly Smith, Amazon
30 June 2000
Summary: This player has advanced picture and sound quality for its price. It out performs JVC and Toshiba in the mid-low price market because it has higher picture resolution and better sound. It is certainly true in this case that a mid-price DVD player can sound better than some pricier CD players (I am comparing it to Nakamichi SS-8b). Only some audio specialist brands like Rotel and NAD have CD players that sounds better than this DVD mechine.
Summary: Very good picture and great sound. I've had it for several months now and no mechanical problems so far. It actually plays my audio CD's better than my normal CD player. It had many standard features compared to the other DVD players I looked at. Only thing I didn't like about it was the awful remote control with it's small, badly organized buttons (although I noticed recently in the store that this model now has a better remote).
Summary: Although the complaints about this player are true, that should not stop you from buying this machine. I investigated, read over 500 reviews, and asked around. I heard about the pros and cons of this particular player and decided to buy it. I am very pleased with the results. PROS- Great picture, Great sound, Dolby Digital ready, Plays damaged discs with ease, and Overall a great player.
Summary: FOR ANYONE THINKING OF BUYING A DVD PLAYER, LOOK NO FURTHER. THE PIONEER DV-525 IS VERY IMPRESSIVE; THE TV SCREEN IS CRYSTAL CLEAR AND CRISP AND THE SOUND IS TRULY AWESOME. YES! THE REMOTE IS NOT BACKLIT (BUT I DON'T CARE ANYWAY! ). JUDGE A DVD PLAYER ON HOW IT PERFORMS, AND GUESS WHAT? THIS MACHINE PERFORMS!
Summary: It is good to hear that people in the USA also know a good product when they see one! Here in SA I bought a Samsung DVD-Player and after about a year it let me down, BIG time! After months of browsing I stumbled apon the PIONEER DV525. I'm a Pioneer fan and the look of this player is typical Pioneer design. As for picture and sound you can't beat this. Although the remote is not backlit, it's still user friendly.
Purchase delayed due to research, well worth the wait!
Barry Bembry, Amazon
3 April 2000
Summary: After about two months of reading reviews and asking questions, I had it narrowed down to the DV525 and Toshiba's SD1200. Both were on sale last weekend. The latest issue of Home Theater magazine has a good article on the Pioneer, but was still worried about the dark picture I was reading about, also the artifacts on the Toshiba display. I wrote to the author of the review; he was kind enough to respond and reiterate his thoughts on the Pioneer being a worthy DVD player.
Better than Toshiba, Sony or JVC on its price range
29 March 2000
Summary: I've done some research before I bought this and I think this is better compared to all based on price and performance. If you think the picture is dark , that's easy turn the TV's brightness a notch. Thats what they are for. But personally I dont see much or any difference in picture quality on any DVD players if the decoding method is the same. This Pioneer DVD uses 10 bit D/A converter to decode DVD's 8 bit data.