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Hitachi DVP305U
42 Reviews
rating  2.88 of 5
MSRP  299.00
Description: Component Video Output (Y, Pb, Pr) S-Video Output Composite Video Output Digital Audio Output, Optical Digital Audio Output, Coaxial Analog (Mixed 2 Channel) Audio Output (L, R)


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by melissa_crow a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
OH MY where do I begin. I received this DVD player as a gift. Along with several new DVD's I put in the first one fine. I put in the second and "no disc". After a few minutes messing with it I finally get it to work. Then I started renting DVD's. GOod luck watching one of these in full with no skipping. I Hate this machine. I assumed it was the quality of DVD's I was renting but after checking with others that own Sony's, even less expensive brands like Sanyo & Apex - no one has the problems I do. I called Hitachi Customer service they said sorry warranty is up call a service center. Even the service center they provided me says Hitachi makes a piece of junk DVD player. Now that has got to be telling me something. To have it repaired will cost over $250 - I can buy 2 DVD players for that now! I have written a letter to Hitachi requesting they provide me some sort of assistance, I suggest you all do the same. You can just call hit the contact button on Hitachi.com or call them at 1800-hitachi. Let them know there consumers don't like to get screwed!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Wei a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
We bought this product a year ago. After 1 or 2 months, it starts to have reading problem. Since it's still under warrenty, we had it repaired. They send us a new unit instead of repairing it. Then, after 3 months, same problems occured. We don't want to waste money to repair it. Don't buy this product, it's garbage.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Future shop



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Reviewer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This machine has been nothing but trouble from day one. It is noisy and I have come to find that the lack of controls on the front panel is somewhat annoying.

Other than the nice negative comments, I have some rather large issues with this machine. It hangs, skips, screws up images and (most annoying) totally locks up about 60% of the way through most movies. I'm not talking about rented, scratched, warped disks here, I am talking about brand-new out of the shrink-wrap new DVDs. The machine can't properly play a new disk, so you can imagine my frustration in trying to get new disks to play.

The machine would not even offer to read an audio CD.

At my wits end, I called Hitachi technical support. They were somewhat helpful and customer service was fairly helpful. However, the customer service center that they sent me to locally has been a joke. They have had my unit for over two months now and they can't seem to get the right part, they're too busy, they're out on a service call, yada, yada, yada.

Do yourself a favor, buy a Sony or Panasonic. Even if Hitachi has improved things in a later model, it is not worth the risk.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have found this to be an excellent player, I have had no problems with it (even with rental disks) at all.

I recently upgraded the firmware to ersion 4.03 and I'm not sure, but I think layer cahnging time has actually reduced! Great!

I would reccomend this to anyone, especially if they have an external surround sound processor, the picture is amazing for the price.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Comet



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Daniel Brady a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have owned my DVP305U for almost a year. Like many others I figured it would be a quality product since it had the Hitachi name. BIG MISTAKE! Don't buy this one folks. Locks up for not reason, won't read many disks, and skips alot. This thing is Sh.....t! Smiles. I wasted my money. Next time I will read the reviews here. Wish I had found this site earlier. Oh well. Good day people....cheers.....Danny :)

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   REX




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