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      08.01.2011 16:41
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      An OK dvd player but mine did not last years as expected!

      I had my DVD player as part of a package when buying my TV. The DVD came with a subwoofer and four speakers. Mine is in black but comes in silver. It is easy to set up, the scart lead that it came with plugs directly into the tv, and the player works straight away. There is nothing to install. Instant play. It is not slim looking and in my opinion does not look very smart on my TV cabinet. This is quite a bulky dvd player and there are lots around that are much slimmer which I prefer. It comes with a remote control so will play, pause, fast forward etc as well as opening and closing the drawer but there are also a small numbers of buttons on the player to enable play if the remote controller has ran out of batteries. There is also a volume adjsuter on the player. The speakers connected are small square ones but I found I can't put them around the lounge to creat surround sound as they did not come with any stands and the wire connected to each speaker is not long enough to put to the back of the room. I have had this DVD player four years now and now in need a a replacement. It has lasted me well and played all my dvd's with no problem. However in the last six months the DVD player decides which dvd's it wasnts to recognise. It will not read all dvd's and sometimes I have to open and close the drawer many times before the dvd becomes readable. I was expecting the DVD player to last longer than four years as I dont think this is the average length of time for a DVD player. As it came as part of a package I can not complain but in future I would pay a little extra for one that will hopefully last me longer. This can be bought from most electrical retailers.

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        28.04.2002 15:34

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        Good, but no good for CDR or VCD. There's no reason it shouldn't play these. - Advantages: Multi Region, Optical Digital Out - Disadvantages: No CDR, No VCD, No SVCD

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        21.04.2002 22:12
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        Have to go against the majority opinion here. I noticed this player in the window of my local WH Smiths where it had been reduced from £150 to £100. This appealed obviously, and I also liked the look of the machine. I was impressed to read it had been voted best buy by various magazines and DooYooers. However, I set mine up to my TV with a Scart lead. All went well until after 3 hours play, the screen would flash blue lines sometimes. This eventually became more frequent until the screen became totally illegible and began to buzz. White lines appeared even when there was no disc in the machine. To remedy it we tried different discs, we tried different scart leads, used alternate sockets, we used AV leads, and eventually, a different television. The same problem each time. The machine broke down after 3 hours use! I will be taking it back to the store for another machine, but I don't hold out much hope. This was a disappointment and I can not rate this as a good player in my experience. ADDENDUM: The replacement player seems to be working fine, especialliy as when I opened the new box, it was obvious the old one had been opened. This looks bad for WH Smiths, selling a player which has obviously been tried and repackaged, perhaps even returned once already. B******s.

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          01.08.2001 03:14
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          • "Initially slow to read disks"

          I have read only one other members opinion of this machine (that of Slim Lee) and it put me off writing this piece because I thought I would only be re-treading old ground. Check out Slim Lee's opinion for a very detailed analysis. However i felt i had a few further points to add. The LG DVD 3200E offers exceptional value for money, my player cost me just £129.99 from Richer Sounds. The 3200E focusses on getting the basics of DVD right by offering exceptional picture quality and sound. Also the player is easily made Multi-Region by using a simple hack using the remote control. Sounds perfect so far doesn't it? Well it is if all you are looking to do with your player is playback movies. But people want DVD players for many different reasons and the LG 3200E may not be suitable. For Example many users want to hook their DVD player up to a state of the art sound system, but the 3200E is unable to do this because it has only 2 sound outputs. Other functions are also missing like a Digital Optical Socket or 5.1 decoder. If it's a budget player with extensive features that your after I recommend the Yelo 800 DVD. This player is also available for under £200 pounds but offers multi region playback as standard, 5.1 decoder, DTS, Digital Optical and Coaxial, as well as playing back MP3's, CD-R's and CD-RW's(a relief for all those techies who love burning things onto blank disks). Having said all this the LG 3200E is still an excellent machine, i just recommend you work out what you want from a DVD player before purchasing.

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            18.07.2001 17:47
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            Working in a video rental store I have had many people telling me of the delights of the world of DVD. Unfortunately, working in a video store means I haven't got much cash to spend on one. Routing around the internet I came across an ad for the LG3200E (multi-region) for £130.00 and decided to take the plunge. I was pleasantly surprised on its arrival to discover a classy piece of equipment: slim, sleek, silver and with a scart lead. Unfortunately this is where my own problem started. The set-up manual made no sense to me (and I have set up many a home PC etc.). It suggested by use of large pictures (and little text) that a scart lead, audio plugs and s-video were needed. This was confirmed (I thought) when I could get a fantastic picture but no sound. The next morning a call to Richer Sounds (my supplier) cleared it up. Bad quality scart leads supplied by the manufacturer were the problem. I had a fiddle with the connections and sure enough the problem was solved. That out the way, I cannot fault the machine in any other way. Picture quality is brilliant, sound good (I especially like the 'fake' 3-D surround sound option). Having not had a DVD player before I was not aware that it was particularly slow at reading the discs - it just gives me the opportunity to pour a glss of wine before the film starts!

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              17.05.2001 16:37
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              At the risk of repeating what other DooYoo members have already written, I have to add my name to the list of LG's 3200E DVD player. It's the first player I've owned, so perhaps I'm not in the best position to comment on how good it is compared to other players. So I won't. I will, however, point out that the 3200E produces a fantastic picture and delightful sound (when wired through my stereo), to the point where I can't see why anybody would want to pay more when quality like this is available for £170 (multi region version). Problems? Again, I make no excuses for mentioning problems which affect all players - this is my first, so I'm simply calling it as I see it. The discs take a very long time to start up, once inserted; you can expect a good 10-15 second wait before seeing any picture. A major issue I've encountered is that of keeping my place on a disc if I need to stop it. Pressing 'play' after stopping a disc resumes from where you left off - perfect, but if you leave the player unoccupied for a few minutes, it turns itself off, thereby losing your position. You then have to spend five minutes fast forwarding through the disc chapters until you find your place. Very annoying! I've tried to bring to light a few things other members haven't already mentioned, but essentially you won't be disappointed with the 3200E. It's great value for money, well built, and it does all you'd expect from a good DVD player.

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              15.05.2001 01:15
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              I’ve been meaning to write this opinion for a while now, as when I originally looked around for a DVD player I was quite frustrated at the poor quality of DVD opinions here on dooyoo at the time, particularly on the DVD players on the cheaper end of the market (i.e. under £250). A few hundred words on how much you love your £500 DVD player are not going to be very useful. If I’m going to spend anything over £100 then I need details, and lots of them! But, in the interests of fairness, I’ve been testing my new DVD player out to the full in the meantime. Well, that’s my excuse anyway, and it’s been great fun researching this opinion! • Why the LG3200E? As the only DVD player I had was one that came with my PC, it was about time I splashed out on a proper machine. Countless hours watching (straining at?) the PC screen, with dodgy speakers to boot, wasn’t the best way to experience the wonder of DVD. I’d got some Dolby Pro-Logic surround sound speakers already and an amplifier, so it was only a matter of time before the DVD was essential. I initially set a target of spending under £250 on a DVD player, and after spending weeks / months trawling through dozens of DVD magazines (and annoying the hell out of a few dooyoo users!), I finally decided on the LG3200E. For my budget it was one of the most feature packed and highly recommended models on the market, and also was available to be made multi-region. I came highly recommended, as best buys, by both the “DVD Buyer” and “Home Cinema” magazines for DVD players under £300, so I thought it couldn’t be that bad. • Erm, who are LG Electronics then? Better known for other products including microwaves, air conditioners, televisions, Hi-fi systems and video players, they are a relative newcomer into the DVD player market, and seem to be pricing their products ve ry competitively and aggressively. They recently sold the UK version of this machine (i.e. Region 2 only) through branches of Tescos for a number of months at a price (£145), you would have found very difficult to beat elsewhere. LG are actually a South Korean company, but don’t let that put you off. The UK arm, LG Electronics Ltd are the distribution and service representation side of the group over here. Check out the LG website (the English version) at the following address: http://www.lge.com/eng/index.shtml • LG3200E specifications -Connections include Scart, audio outs, composite video out, S-video outs, coaxial digital audio out; - Sound formats supported are Dolby Digital, MPEG and DTS; - Zoom; - Slow motion rates of 1/16, 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2; - Scan mode x2, x4, x16 and x100; - Frame advance (even slower than the slow motion as it moves frame by frame); - Repeat and A-B repeat - Multi-angle - Random and program modes - 3D Spatialiser surround sound; - Screen saver facility (not that it’ll ever be used though) - Parental lock; - On screen menus; - Dimensions of 430(width) x 88(height) x 215(depth) all in millimetres - The weight comes in at a feather light 3.2kg - Capable of playing DVDs, CDs and DTS CD; - Video output is PAL to PAL, and NTSC to NTSC / PAL60 / PAL50; - TV select switch at the rear to move between NTSC, PAL and automatic settings; - Mains supply ratings of 100-240v running at 50 / 60 Hz; - Regional coding selection: Automatic and manual (feature supplied by techtronics.com chipping); - Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE) compliant, with no workaround tricks needed. RCE is a script or program which is now being written into many US DVDs to try and stop them being played on multi-region players abroad, so a very useful feature to have right now (feature supplied by techtronics.com chipping); <br><br>• Instructions / Owner’s Manual I’m going to have to split this part into two sections, one for the standard LG instructions and another for those supplied by Techtronics (for the multi-mod chip). The LG DVD-3200E Owner’s Manual is nicely and clearly laid out, and is simple enough even for a novice such as myself to wire it up to the TV and speakers. It weighs in at thirty-nine pages in all, detailing installation and connection of the player, the player’s functions (and where they are on the remote control) and some trouble shooting advice. All in all it’s a good handbook, and reminds me much of the ones I have had previously for Japanese electrical equipment, particularly video recorders. The Techtronics manual is without doubt short on the presentation side of things, as it is only a photocopy of the original one. Hey, it saves on cost so fine by me. Basically, it deals with the terms and conditions of the upgrade and some general instructions on the use of the Multi-mod upgrade, such as switching from automatic regional coding selection to manual selection, and disabling macrovision. • What’s it like? At last. On to the most important part of this opinion by far. I may not be an expert in discerning picture quality of one DVD player compared to another, but what I can say about this player is that the picture quality is, for me, great. Testing it out on films like “The Matrix” and “MI2” gives you a good feel for the capabilities of this machine as I’ve seen other, more expensive players, struggle slightly on the explosion and special effects portions of the films. The sound output is pretty solid too, but unfortunately I only have Dolby Pro-Logic speakers so cannot vouch for the quality of the DTS output. Playing CDs through the LG 3200E is satisfactory, without really blowing me away with qua lity, but from a DVD point of view it is certainly adequate on the various films and music DVDs I’ve played to date (superb on “Gladiator”). It really only noticeably varies with the lower quality films that have been poorly transferred onto DVD. It was easy enough to set up out of the box, and I would definitely advice you to purchase a full scart lead to get the best results. It’s one of the lightest players I’ve seen around so I wouldn’t want to place much weight on top of it. Keeping the back of the machine free is quite important too as this will stop it from over heating. The features offered on the player are impressive too for the price but I suspect I’m like many people who, in reality, don’t use them too often. Yes, they’re nice to have but how important are they really? Zoom? I rarely use it! Frame Advance? I’ve used that once just to test it out but I doubt if I’ll ever use it again. The remote control is a bit on the grey and plastic side (dull, dull, dull), but it’s functional. It fits the palm of the hand snugly enough, and the important buttons are nicely sized and chunky, so not much chance of tapping the wrong ones with clumsy fingers. The features buttons at the bottom are a bit small, but luckily you won’t need to use those ones too much. The big bonus with this particular player is the upgrade to make it multi-regional and RCE compliant. This affords me the luxury of buying my DVDs from anywhere around the world and not being restricted to the inferior selection of UK discs. It saves me money and allows me to get hold of the latest releases sometimes months in advance of the UK discs. Nice! The biggest complaint I have with the LG 3200E is the painfully slow time to load a disc. It takes roughly thirty seconds or so to load one up, whereas other players do it within four or five seconds (in my experience). Not really a big c ompliant I know, but it’s a frustration nonetheless. I have even got used to the shiny silver case colour now! • Guarantees There is also an option to buy additional insurance (warranty) on your LG player for up to five years, but with the player only setting you back under £200 then the insurance premiums of £129.00 really are quite laughable. Three years cover (two years extra to the standard manufacturer’s cover) at around £64 looks like a more sensible alternative to those of you that simply must have this additional peace of mind. Personally, I won’t be taking it up, as I’ll probably be looking to update it in three years time anyway. Oh, while I’m on the guarantee, remember to post off the card for your one years free manufacturer guarantee. It’s something I always forget to do and one day I’m going to regret not doing it straight away! It’ll only take five minutes to fill out and only costs you the price of a stamp to post it off. • Where to buy one I narrowed down my search to two places in the end, both offering good value for money and with well-respected recommendations. I chose to buy my LG player from www.techtronics.com in the end as, although a little more expensive in comparison to the same model offered by www.richersounds.co.uk, it was chipped to act as a multi-region player and would then let me use cheaper foreign discs. For the extra £30 or so it was certainly worth it when you can get identical DVDs from abroad for around £2-£5 cheaper than UK ones, and quite often they will be released in advance of the UK release date. The service I received from Techtronics was superb, from the information supplied via the website, to the emails they sent each step of the way during delivery. One thing to note about their website is that the prices are quoted without VAT (17.5%) included so you need to add that cost on yourse lves. The player came safely wrapped up (that was always my biggest fear) within a week of placing the order, and to this day has worked without a blip, which as many DVD owners will testify is quite some achievement! Not one picture-freeze or skip so far. Right, I’m off to watch another masterpiece …. Adeus amigos, Slim P.S. No I didn't buy it off David Essex!!

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                27.04.2001 02:47
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                I bought my LG3200E after getting sick of my Samsung 511 overheating, and I haven't looked back. With prices ranging from £130 (Toys R Us) to £150 with 3 free DVDs (Comet), you really can't go wrong. LG are quite a decent brand, as they design and manufacture all of their own electrical goods. This player was bought on recommendation as a result of this. The unit itself is platinum, which looks very sleek and stylish. The remote control is one of the best I've seen in this price range, and is extremely well thought out giving access to all of the more important functions (menu, pause, stop etc) without even having to move ones fingers. Picture quality is fairly good. It doesn't state that it offers RGB on the box, but I assume it does as I plugged it into the RGB scart socket on my TV, switched to 'component RGB' and saw an enormous improvement. You can also connect via s-video or composite av connectors, so there should be no problems with connecting it to your TV. One thing to note is that the player doesn't come with a scart connector; if you have cable digital you should be able to use the lead that comes with your digibox with the LG player - it works great! The area where this player really shines is the sound. I've tried various combinations - standard two speaker stereo, dolby 5.1, and headphones, and all have been fantastic. Indeed, I actually prefer listening through headphones. The player doesn't come with a headphone socket, but you should be able to put the phono outputs through an amp or stereo for a great headphone experience. There are no onboard decoders (The LG3350 is a good buy for built in dolby 5.1), but there are DTS and Dolby 5.1 outputs which are useful if you already have a decoder. The layer change is barely noticeable, and the player can easily be hacked via the remote to multiregion. A bonus is that if you change it to region 1 for RCE disks, it still plays r egion 2 without needing to be hacked again. The range of features is also fairly impressive - fast forward goes up to X16, and the A-B loop option is really useful when you're trying to get picture/sound right. One further bonus is the one year swapout warranty which LG offer - any problems, you just give them a call and they send somebody round with a new player within 48 hours. This is the sort of after sales support which builds brand loyalty. Overall this is an outstanding DVD player and one which I have no regrets about buying. My parents have now also bought one, along with several of my friends. Highly recommended.

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                  28.03.2001 00:26

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                  Searching for an affordable multiregion DVD player is hard and i was having quite a hard time, luckily I saw an advert which was selling the LG 3200E, multiregion ready for £167.00! A great deal by Bennets who have various stores in the UK. The unit can be purchased from outlets such as Virgin but do shop around for the best price. The 3200E is great at playing movies, quality is amazing and it features 3D Surround sound. Its worth attaching it to your Hi Fi for optimal sound. It's ready for use straight out the box and has an easy to follow remote control (even though it is a wee bit ugly). happy DVDing

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