At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking that the heavily polished DVS450H is a victory of style over substance. But not a bit of it. This player has looks and brains, and has enough surprises up its sleeve to genuinely impress. LG DVS450H LG's DVS450H: 'It's a floater alright...' OK, let's get one thing straight …
..the world of 80's B&O design...
You know, the cd player where you waved you hand in front of it and the door slid open....
Multi-region? Knock a few points off (IMHO) if not.
"giving a pleasingly realistic stage for the action to unfold" - oh please.. this is the kind of hi-fi magazine wankery we don't need on a sensible site like this. What you really mean is, "yeah, picture looks alright, same as just about every other DVD player you can get."
Does it support long filenames over USB?
@ anonymous coward
If you were tasked with making a 3-page review out of "looks good, hangs on wall, plays dvds okay, has usb port" I'm sure you'd come up with some flowery prose, too. ;)
The waffle is often amusing and that's why we're here instead of... somewhere else.
It's the internet, sites have to be pretty good to compete with all the porn.
Not much use if you don't know what the songs are called. I'm looking at YOU, Apple.
Where/when can I get one?
Can't find it anywhere in the UK!
Nice but not Blu-ray
I've got plenty of DVD players already, one under the TV, one in the Xbox, one in each computer in the house. To be honest the next disc spinner I get has to be blu-ray to give me anything extra, otherwise I may as well get a cheapie from Asda or Tesco knowing it only has to tide me over a year or two till Bluray really starts drops in price, both in hardware and software costs.
Dixv is nice, USB is nice, HMDI and Component out is nice (I assume it also has digital out either Optical or Co-ax to the surround amp but that's not stated, really big Negative if it hasn't) but my £50 philips already has these things in it. OK the Philips doesn't do Divx HD, but then again does anyone know anywhere that does Divx (let along the HD) legally for anything you'd actually pay to watch? Lets face it apart from P2P use does anyone supply anything via Divx?
It may not look as pretty but I don't see any reason to chuck what I have out for this player.
Media Hub Features
>> In the end, this machine isn't just a good DVD player, but quite a nice little media hub >> too. As such, £130 isn't unreasonable, even in an era of Tesco-sold £20 DVD players.
Really worth £130? - for the design quality and name perhaps, but not for the 'media hub' features. You can buy a generic DVD player that does 1080p upscaling, DivX, HDMI, 5.1 surround, USB and an inbuilt card reader (which the LG omits) for £35.
A what now
A shelve, is that what they're calling them in Ikea.
£130 for a DVD player? that made me lol irl.
Yeah okay then. When I saw that price I assumed it was Bluray, I had to check again to realise it's not.
DivX support, MP3 support, Region free (is this even region free???) etc. all come as standard on even £20 DVD players now so there's nothing to justify the cost- style alone does not justify a £110 markup. Hell, it's not like it's even from one of the real high quality named companies like Sony, Samsung and Toshiba, it's LG crap ffs.
Nah you're alright, I'll pass. You'd have to be a real sucker, a complete muppet to pay this kinda money for a plain old DVD player that possibly isn't even region free.
@ Anonymous Coward • Friday 19th December 2008 09:30 GMT
I take offense to that!!! Since when has El Reg ever been a sensible site?
The question is when will B&O sue?
Wow. Like Totally Wow. You've seen 'every other' DVD player on the market in order to make this 'they're all the same' statement?. That's either impressive or sad, I can't decide.
Either that or your making a completely inaccurate sweeping generalisation.
I wonder which it is.
All the images of the player containing a disk appear to show the disk label-side-down. That's disappointing, for in combination with the recessed enclosure not much larger than the disk itself, the DVD will be difficult to handle.
Visible cords and wall hanging
My living room A/V setup looks pretty good because all the power and interconnect cords are hidden behind the equipment and TV stand. This DVD player, unlike a framed picture, will need cords for power and connectivity. Unless you already have a clever way of running and hiding these, you'll likely be displeased with the appearance.
Installing some junction boxes and conduit inside the wall is the usual answer. Another technique is to mount it close to or next to a bookcase, then semi-hide the cords along the corner or even drill into the furniture and continue the cable runs concealed. It looks like a very nice player; I'm just trying to raise awareness of the specific additional work that wall hanging requires.
"the unit is 430mm high "
Can I have a peek at that tape measure?
What's the use?
It cannot play files from NFS or SMB network shares. OK you might say it's a DVD-Player it's just made to play DVDs. But then you have the problem of the machine beeing non-stackable. With hardware based media, it is crucial that you can stack the individual devices, as you will need lots of them, one for every format, unless try to buy everything for one standard.
I guess all those companies will be dead-meat once the chineese find out that they can just sweep the market by making high quality cheap devices which, for example, just playing stuff from NFS, SMB or HTTP streams.
It's not exactly what i was looking for....i require some kind of large sheet of fabric material assembled in a large open funnel design above the player, then i can frisby my media through the air across my high end executive apartment, whereby it then slides softly down the material into a media slot which then recognises which way the disk has come in and either flips the disk or the read/right head (i'm not fussy) so that it can be played. Ejection shall take place from a slot below into a removable bucket that can be carried to my library for re shelving.
I don't care for them. If I'm concerned about the appearance of my entertainment center, I want everything hidden as much possible; not displayed like a painting on the wall. There's no getting around it with the TV, but I don't want this principle applied to things that don't involve looking at them for their primary function.
I wouldn't mind having something about the size of a portable cd-player that sits on the end-table with wireless ability to transfer raw data to a receiver somewhere out of sight for processing/display. That would be best.
"...picture quality is good, driven along by the machine’s Progressive Scan technology, delivering natural looking colour and flesh tones."
You *do* realize that sentence makes absolutely no sense at all, right? It's like saying 'the car's handling is driven along by its Automatic Transmission technology, delivering neutral cornering response'. WTF?