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. There are so many good performance options, and degrees of quality in the video and the audio presentations, that is is a real challenge to understand them all.
Pros: Clean, stylish design, many features in basic dvd unit (2x audio, zoom in, many speeds +&-).
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. It has a picture quality which will not WOW you like that of a Sony or Panasonic model. You might as well buy a good quality one such as this and youll be able to really experience cinema quality.
Excerpt: Samsung wins again; the best DVD player in history. Samsung's quality range of monitors has blown us sky-high with amazement as picture quality is so superb, and now they have turned to DVD! With Samsung quality and reliable Sony televisions plugged into the back of them, these DVD players are a marvel! And whilst youre on the subject, why not check out www.samsung.com.
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. It didn’t arrive yesterday though, it’s been here for quite some time now but it’s really starting to break loose into the buying public’s world.
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. This DVD Player plays Region 2 DVDs. You can convert it into a multi region DVD so that it can play both.
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! This hack also allows NTSC (region 1) discs to be played at PAL50 (all non samshing players I have found will only allow output as pseudo PAL - or PAL60 - which cannot be recorded using a video without an NTSC function) The one criticism that I have...
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. The player is classified as a "budget" player which makes it sound cheap - it's an excellent player with great sound and vision and best remote control on the marker.
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. The joystick is probably a neat way of reducing the number of actual buttons but I find this difficult too use - though my fingers are somewhat larger than the norm.
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. People will tell you that the player is cheap - this much is true! Therefore it performs badly - this is certainly not true!