Samsung DVD-M301 DVD Player Page 3

Fast Facts:

Key Features:

  • Plays CD-R and CD-RW discs
  • Decodes MP3 files on disc
  • Spatializer N-2-2 virtual surround sound
  • Component-video output
  • Headphone output with level control

Dimensions: 17 inches wide, 2 3/4 inches high, 9 1/2 inches deep Weight: 6 1/4 pounds Price: $230 Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics America, Dept. S&V, 105 Challenger Rd., Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660; www.samsungusa.com; 800-726-7864


In The Lab

CD AUDIO PLAYBACK All tests except defect tracking were made with Sound & Vision's test CD-RW using signals containing dither, which sets limits on measured distortion and noise performance.
Maximum output 2.0 volts
Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.05 dB, -0.1 dB
Noise level (re -20 dBFS, A-wtd) -74.7 dB
Excess noise (without/with sine-wave signal)
16-bit (EN16) quasi-20-bit (EN20)

+0.4/+0.4 dB +13.4/+13.9 dB

Distortion (THD+N, 1 kHz)

at 0 dBFS at -20 dBFS

0.0047% 0.021%
Linearity error (at -90 dBFS) +0.2 dB
Noise modulation 0.5 dB
Defect tracking (Pierre Verany test disc) 200 µm

DVD-VIDEO PERFORMANCE Measurements were made from a variety of DVD test discs, all through the player's composite-video output except as noted.
Maximum white level +2 IRE
Setup level +7.5 IRE
Differential gain 0%
Differential phase
Horizontal luminance frequency response
(re level at 1 MHz) at 4 MHz ±0 dB at 5 MHz -0.6 dB at 6 MHz -0.9 dB at 6.75 MHz (DVD limit) -1.1 dB
Onscreen resolution 540 lines
Pixel cropping left 0, right 0, top 0, bottom 4
In-player letterboxing poor
Component-output level error
(Y/Pr/Pb) +5.3/-11.6/-12.7%
Component-output timing error
(Pr/Pb) +9/+8 nanoseconds

The player's main deficiency on the test bench was its large component-output color-level errors, which can lead to less saturated colors in the image than from the other outputs. Not all component-input monitors can correct for this problem. - David Ranada

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