JVC XV-K503 DVD Players

3.67/5 (3 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gokul nath a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Not my repeat purchase brand; Can someone help me in solving my problem

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $310.00

Purchased At:   Sharjah, Jackys

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen B a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I was dying to get a DVD player but with HDTV and Progressive scan players realistically on the horizon as comsumer level products I did not want to spend more money than I had to. I needed a entry level player that provided excellent video quality without any onboard DD5.1/DTS decoders. The JVC XV-K503TN fit my requirements perfectly. Lets have a quick look at the specs

* High-bit/high-sampling (10-bit/27MHz) video D/A converter
* Composite video, S-video and
* DD5.1 and DTS Digital Out for external DTS decoder (Optical)
* Digest Function
* Karaoke Functions
* GUI/OSD - Graphic User Interface/On Screen Display
* Optical digital output for PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS and MPEG Multichannel
* 3D-PHONIC for virtual surround sound
* Separate construction throughout:
Power supply, digital circuitry, analogue video and analogue audio circuits are physically separated
* ‘Digest’ Zoom’ and ‘Strobe’ functions‘functions
* Bit-rate indicator with peak hold (audio and video signals separately indicated)
* 3-mode screen-saver (Modes 1, 2 and dimmer)
* CD Text function

First lets start with the cosmetic. This unit is gorgeous and I really mean that, its dead sexy. The GUI is the most useful/relevant and good looking GUI Menu ever. It contains a "preview" windows which actually plays the movie while you make your setting changes to the player allowing you to see and hear the effect that your changes are making in realtime without having to exit out. The bit rate indicator, which is just a toy on most players, is taken to a whole new level. The Bitrate is actually a VU style graph showing the current audio and video bitrates seperatly in the GUI Menu, VERY cool. Comes with a whole host of other useful functions such as Zoom, Strobe and Digest. I use the digest function constantly (Digest basically created an animated display of the chapters available on the disk), This is a very useful feature.

Now to the more important. The image quality is crystal clear and I am yet to spot any visual artifacts that usually plague many DVD players in high bitrate scenes. Very clear audio is delivered throughout the entire range with the provided outputs. Downmixing is available for people wanting to hook up their older prologic decoders and a very useful compression mode is available for night viewing. Most players these days also come with a small army of useless 3D DSP effects and the JVC is no different except for one thing... They ACTUALLY WORK! This was the most suprising feature of this player as the Yamaha and Sony DSP effects did not impress me at all.

Nothing is perfect and I cant say that the JVC is the odd one out. It lacks Component Video outputs and onboard DD5.1 decoders. This did not worry me as I wanted DTS as well as DD5.1 so I had purchased a seperate receiver/amplifier and my Sony Trinitron TV does not support component video and I dont plan on purchasing a new TV till HDTV. If you need these extra features you might want to consider their next model up, the XV-D705GD.

Personnally I love this player to death. Its crammed with features however not laiden with "spec fillers" such as built in decoders and useless video filters, that will never do as good a job as the real thing anyway. I could not recommend this player more highly enough to anybody. It fit my requirements perfectly with extra USEFUL features to boot. Excellent as an entry into the DVD market or as a stop gap player until progressive scan and HDTV become affordable.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Viwen a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   
one if my fav DVD player now (1999), it looks like a million bucks! This is the latest and improved model, realease for the Asian/Australia Market first because of the karaoke function, which is very well features as u get many karaoke functions (if u ever need it).
Plays all region as it's modified my JVC Australia.

Picture quality: Superb! so clear and detail, makes any lousy TV looks better too! The sound is ok i guess, never really can hear the different but it sounded ok, so i guess it's good. Cant say much on that, sorry.

for this price, u can only get pioneer 414, sony 525, or Toshiba 3109, which i thing the JVC is the good pick above all.

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