Summary: DVDs are really exceptional, and no store or salesman that I've talked to has really done them justice. Even their boxes don't tout all their capabilities! You really need to know someone that already has one working to realize the proper excitement level.
Pros: Clean, stylish design, many features in basic dvd unit (2x audio, zoom in, many speeds +&-).
Excerpt: VHS is almost dead. Not today, and maybe not tomorrow but one day it we will look back at the humble video cassette and laugh our socks off. We did it with music cassettes when the CD came along and we’re going to do the same with VHS now that the DVD has arrived.
Excerpt: I have owned the Samsung 709 DVD Player for about a year now. One of the reasons I purchased it was because of it's modern design and funky silver colour, it's a must have to complete your entertainment centre. There are two types of DVDs, Region 1 or Region 2. Region 1 is US and Region 2 is UK.
Excerpt: I have owned this DVD player for 1 year now, it was purchased as a region 2 machine, and thanks to the good folks at DVD review magazine, I managed to hack it to multiregion without having to undo the case at all – nice one!
Excerpt: I bought my 709 about 18 months ago and it's a great player - and still working perfectly. So I'd highly recommend it as a second hand purchase. It's easy to make it region free and it also plays RCE disks. So it will play anything that you throw at it.
Excerpt: I have had 2 other DVD players before this one and I can say that my Hitachi one was much better. I would recommend a Sony. This DVD player is a good quality product for the price. But its cheap for a reason. It is not that well made.
Excerpt: ... then how many features does an advanced one have. I ask this as I examine the remote control of my Samsung wondering how to swith the arabic dubbing off and wondering what picture size to have. The remote really contains a mass of controls and resembles an explosion in a button factory.
Excerpt: The Samsung 709 has had a lot of bad press because it failed to play 'There's Something About Mary' (R2) & 'The Matrix' (R1) when first released, which I feel was unfair as Samsung quickly made available a firmware upgrade which solved the problem - the discs now play fine.