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      28.10.2001 01:57

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      Ideal one-box solution - Advantages: Very neat player unit, Great sound, Small speakers - Disadvantages: Complicated remote

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      24.10.2001 06:44

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      I have had the Pioneer system for almost a year. It is almost a full home cinema system! Setting up the system takes little time - the system is pretty straight forward. the sound quality is very impressive, offering true surround sound and very realistic theatre sound system. The DVD itself provides very high quality picture and sound system. The sound system is greatly helped by the sub-woofer, giving a real bass system. The system can also play as a home music system - playing all types of discs, with fully incorporated tuner i.e. RDS, radio systems. It actually works very well as hi-fi system. As an added bonus the remote control provides full functions for the system + the ability to learn to control most other electronic systems - TV's, Hi-fi's, Video's, Satelite systems etc..... Overall - i have found the system to be amazing! Excellent sound system, amazing DVD quality + a great overall music system!

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      06.09.2001 03:56
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      My first DVD system was a Samsung 709 and a cheap Sony Dolby Digital 5.1 system. Not too long after I decided to upgrade and went looking for a system that would do it all but still be small and stylish. With the influx of DTS discs from the USA I wanted a system that could handle this audio format. I also wanted a player that would be 110% in every category and still look stylish. And I found one, this system is unbelievable. The picture quality is clear and crisp, colours jump out at you. Since it is an all in one system it has an RDS radio system and plays CD's. But the most important feature of any system with home cinema capabilities is the presence of the system in a room. I have listened to other all in one systems before and they sound tinny and underpowered. But this system has presence, it owns the room with dialogue that is punchy and clear. The small left/right/rear speakers have an unbelievable ability to project sound, I have friends whose speakers cost more than my system and they cannot believe how clear this system is. The rears are perfect, they appear magically when needed and then disappear again. Rears should never intrude into a sound field, they should simply enhance and this system has it perfect. The subwoofer is not a cheap passive sub but a dominant sub with its own inbuilt amplifier, anything which should have bass .. does have bass. But not too much, it is just right. The Dolby Digital sound quality is great, but the DTS sound quality is amazing. This system has it all built in and you will not be sorry. With DTS you get a clearer crisper more impressive sound system that will make you think you're in the local multiplex. Try Saving Private Ryan on DTS and the beach landing scene will come alive with bombs flying past your head and bullets whizzing all round. Try Gladiator DTS and the coliseum will come alive with the roar of the crowd and the danger all arou
      nd. Add all that up with the learning remote which can be taught to control your other appliances and a separate LCD display so your player can be put out of the way and you've got a system that will make you glad you bought it every day. I cannot recommend this system enough, it is worth every penny and you will not find a better all in one DTS capable DVD system.

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        03.04.2001 00:07
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        Quite right, they belong in Jumbo jets. But what if you want surround sound, DVD and all the trimmings. need your living room, bedroom, prison cell look like Jean Luc Picard's work place. Ladeeez and gennnelmen, I proudly present the Pioneer NS DV 55 DVD player receiver. No it has nothing to do with American football. Here we have a discreet tasteful powerful piece of electronic wizardry which will enhance, yes enhance your living space and will not disrupt you carefully fengshui'd surroundings. item 1 a head unit the size of a 9" pizza box,with so mich more goodness packed inside. item 2 a big subwoofer with most of the gubbins tucked inside. Not many trailing wires. items 3 to 7, 5 (count 'em) 5 satellite speakers all tastefully matching the sub in a nice beech or black. small enough to be tasteful and can be hidden somewhat, large enough to scare the dog when Aliens is playing item 8 a separate display like that on the popular NS hi fi item 9 a remote the size of Rhode Island. This is a preset/learning remote,which learns from your other remotes so you can get rid of your others. However, it doesn't speak Finnish as it won't learn my Finlux TV's controls but it does speak Dutch as it and our Philips video have bonded so well I won't be surprised if they disappear to a hotel room together. The manual is fairly lengthy, but worth the read just so you get some idea of what it can do. Set up is easy, various phono/coaxial connectors at the back of the head unit and custom connectors to the sub. The wires come with labels so no mistakes there. We spent more time hiding the wires to the rear speakers under the carpets than actually putting it all together so it was pretty easy. How is it with film? Great, quiet operation, good visuals and you can dim the display so no flashing lights. Dolby digital/5.1 DTS sound is great with a
        real rumble of bass. Speech, is clear too. The remote takes a bit of time to learn but lights up when touched (I remember my wife used to do that......sigh) so you can sit and fumble in the dark....steady! CD's sound magic too, though I suspect the size of the speakers limits things, but the satellites are rated at 40w and the sub at 65 so fine for me. A DSP means you can customize the sound to a set series of theatre, club and cinema sounds with echoes etc. The speaker volumes can be individually set so the sound can be shaped for your room. The receiver has multo multo presets, RDS display and fm and am ariels so you can surround sound The Archers. All in all this is a fantastic looking discreet tasteful, but useful piece of equipment. it cost us £630 but included 2 dvd's. Compare that to a low grade DVD plus cinema amp and speakers and it looks great value as the DVD drive is high quality. The only additional cost was a couple of IKEA speaker stands and a new beech tv video unit to stand it on. Oh, and complete redecoration of the lounge as it made everything else look shabby. Sony do a dvd receiver too, but the speakers don't look as good and the display is a bit too garish for my tastes. You can get this as region 2 (which we have) or multi region which is much more expensive. Finish is brushed silver for the head unit, nice glass for the separate display (which can be difficult to read at a distance)and beech/grey or black for the speakers. I love it and ditched my old hi fi a week after I got it.

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