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The SD220 has an interesting footprint. From the front it looks like a standard size, measuring 430x69 mm. However, a shallow depth of just 222 mm differentiates this from many competing models. The Toshiba is well constructed and has a good weighty feel to it at around two and a half kilos. The angled front fascia provides an aesthetic appeal, as well as being home to most of the player's basic controls. Advanced controls can be accessed from the supplied remote which is compact, comfortable and efficient, without being overstated. Connectivity is generally very good. A single RGB SCART socket is complemented by S-Video, composite and even component video (Y/Pb/Pr) outputs. There are analogue, digital co-axial and digital optical outputs for audio. It would have been nice to see an additional SCART socket, but is otherwise hard to fault. At its most basic, you simply need to connect the SCART socket to your TV to be up and running.
Various other connectivity options are possible, depending on your other AV equipment, but the manual provides clear guides to cover most eventualities. The Toshiba SD220 has an elegant on screen menu system that is a joy to use. Whether you are looking to change the subtitle language, or delving into advanced settings, the system remains intuitive to navigate. There are various features, which while not essential to making a good DVD player do add an extra touch of class. You can access parts of films by entering the time into the disc that you want to access. Disc resume is also supported. You can dim, or even switch off the LCD display.
The video and audio quality is superb and can even be tailored to suit your viewing preferences. Enhanced Picture Mode gives you five settings, covering Light, Normal, Movie 1, Movie 2 and Animation. There are three choices for sound, covering Normal, a virtual 3-D "Spatialiser" and a special dialogue setting. The player supports a variety of disc types, including DVD video, Video CD, Audio CD, MP3 CD and CD-R.
The Toshiba SD220 has a lot in its favour and very little to criticise. Despite this it manages to come at a competitive price, which will surely see it emulate the success of its predecessor. --Jason Weston
Would of given it 5 stars as it still works well but just discovered it's not playing other regions. Read morePublished on 27 Jan 2011 by luv the funk k-sun
The Toshiba SD220 DVD player is the successor to the award winning SD210. This new model has improved looks thanks to the stylish angled fascia, which carries the bulk of the... Read morePublished on 17 Sep 2004
After reading the glowing reviews I bought a Toshiba SD220e in Dec 2002 and until now was very happy with the superb picture and sound quality. Read morePublished on 17 Aug 2004
Player once played a region 3 dvd, then a few months later sontaneously refused to play region 3 dvds, even the one it had already played. Read morePublished on 3 Aug 2004 by Mr Stephen Herlihy
Very good player for the money. But the only time I've used its'multiregion' capability (with a Chinese Region 3 disk) the picture soonbecame black & white and stays that way until... Read morePublished on 22 April 2004 by "col33"
This player has a mid range level of features at a very cheap price.The picture quality is fantastic with no loss of picture even with a scratched disc. Read morePublished on 17 Mar 2004
As a first time DVD player buyer I was not sure which one to get. Having read several reviews in various mags, I finally went for this one. How right the reviews were. Read morePublished on 1 April 2003 by Simon Sweetman
Overall I was very impressed with this Toshiba player. It really did live up to the hype. The picture quality was excellent the sound was very good, but even though it stated it... Read morePublished on 29 Mar 2003 by Ravi
This replaced my Sony NS305 as the sony had problems playing SVCD's this one has no problems! VCD, SVCD DVD+R & DVD+R/W! my home DV footage is edited with Adobe Premiere 6. Read morePublished on 25 Mar 2003 by Mike