- Boxed-product Weight: 9 Kg
- Item model number: 30080
- ASIN: B0000UXOR6
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2003
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
The mirrored front facia sports a microphone socket with volume control for those wanting to partake in a spot of karaoke. The play and eject buttons are handily placed on the curved top above the microphone socket. While around the back you'll find all the standard outputs for video and audio including SCART, S-Video, Component, Coaxial, optical and Dolby 5.1 outputs. When connecting the DVD player's component video output to a compatible television, you'll get better image quality with lifelike colours and crisp details. For those without a component video compatible TV, you will still get a great picture via the RGB SCART output.
The Prism 30080 will keep audio fanatics entertained with its plethora of sound options and audio outputs. The player features a high quality 96 kHz/24-bit Audio D/A converter for superior audio reproduction of encoded discs. Add to this Dolby Digital and DTS support, coaxial digital audio outputs and the ability to downmix audio. For those without a home cinema setup, the Prism 30080 also includes a virtual surround sound mode.
One impressive feature is automatic television conversion of NTSC/PAL discs. Basically, what this means is that if you play an NTSC disc on a PAL only TV, you'll get a good colour picture, meaning you don't need an NTSC compatible television in order to play discs from another country. This depends on the television as some older models may not playback in colour.
This pack contains the following titles spanning 25 extended play DVDs: Alice Through The Looking Glass, Back To The Secret Garden, BFG, Bruce Lee: The Man The Myth, Call Of The Wild, Carry On Doctor, Chopper, Cruel Deep, Death Train, Dollar For The Dead, Enemy Within, Eye of the Beholder, Final Scream, Fire On The Amazon, Grand Theft Auto, Gulliver's Travels, Help I'm a Fish, Home Team, Human Traffic, Hurly Burly, Im Still Waiting For You, Jet, Jigsaw Man, Kickboxer, Kid Called Danger, Last Line Of Defence, Last Patrol, Lawnmower Man, Letter From Death Row, Lost World, Master With Cracked Fingers, Mortal Conquest, Night Master, Revelation, Robocop: Dark Justice, Robocop: Meltdown, Robocop: Resurrection, Robocop: Crash & Burn, Shawshank Redemption, Shivers, Storm, Strictly Ballroom, Taxi, Titanic (animated version), Train To Hell, Treasure Island, Total Reality, Who Dares Wins, Witchcraft, Year Of The Gun
The first thing that strikes you about the Prism 30080 is the Quality. It is very well made for the price and would embarrass some more well known (and more expensive!) manufacturers.
The front panel has a really 'expensive' looking mirror finish which sets off the blue LCD display well. This player looks sexy!
The rear panel boasts a wide number of sockets and even includes a digital optical out, something that is normally found on more expensive machines.
So far the machine has played every type of disk I have thrown at it and includes all the usual 'trick' features. In use the machine performs flawlessly with excellent picture quality and sound.
The remote control, however, is very directional meaning that you have to aim pretty accurately at the machine for the remote to work. This, along with the fact that the batteries for the remote were missing are the only negative points against the machine. However, these are only minor quibbles with an otherwise brilliant product. On the plus side the machine comes complete with a quality SCART lead, something that could cost you £15 upwards..
The instruction manual leaves a bit to be desired as it has been poorly translated. Sentences such as "This function is only valid for some DVD discs which has limited lever" lead to confusion but anyone who is 'Techno savvy' will be able to get the machine running in minutes. Granny, on the other hand may need some extra tuition!
As a bonus the machine has a Karaoke mode where you can plug a microphone into the socket on the front panel and sing along to the music!Read more ›
Player wise, it'll play just about anything you throw at it being region free and you also get a Scart lead to hook it up to the back of your TV set with. It's so simple to get started with - plug the Scart lead in, power the unit up, turn it on and you're away. Play DVDs, music CDs, MP3/Video discs on it as well.
The manual leaves a bit to be desired, though this seems more to be more of a trend with products in general rather than this particular unit, with badly phrased English and copy that looks like it's been fed through an online translation utility. Fortunately though as most of the user interface explains itself, you won't need the manual after a bit.
The user interface is a menu driven system, from where one can set subtitles, volume levels and so on and so forth. Onscreen display is also present so one can track running time and chapter time from the sofa without needing to squint at the blue LED screen.
The unit is very fussy about its remote control, you have to point the remote just right to get the unit to listen to it. It takes two AAA batteries.
The 50 movies bundled with the unit come on double sided discs. Don't expect any fancy features with this lot though you do get scene/chapter selection capabilities.Read more ›
And you never know, you may find yourself watching some of the more questionable titles on a rainy day, when there's nothing else to do but whittle away a few hours watching mindless trash.