Samsung DVD-V9650 DVD Player/VHS Recorder At A Glance & Ratings

AT A Glance: Samsung DVD-V9650 DVD Player/VHS REcorder


Video: Composite video (2), coaxial cable/antenna (1)
Audio: Analog stereo (2)
Video: HDMI (1), component video (1), S-video (1)(DVD only); composite video (1)
Audio: Digital optical (1), digital coaxial (1)(both DVD only); analog stereo (1)
Compatible Playback Formats: DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD, CD-R/-RW, MP3, WMA, SVCD, JPEG, DivX (MPEG-4), VHS
Possible Playback Resolutions: 480i; 480p/720p/1080i (DVD)
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 2.3 x 17 x 10.8
Weight (pounds): 8.1

Ratingss: Samsung DVD-V9650 DVD Player/VHS Recorder

Build Quality: 88
• The mostly metal chassis endured slightly more abuse than I usually dish out
• The substantial innards also serve to dampen disc/tape operating noise

Value: 93
• A bargain even within the bargain category
• Tremendous functionality and lots of pleasant little surprises

Features: 87
• Generous array of video tweaks and front and rear inputs; many available outputs
• DivX certified for video on demand downloads from the PC

Performance: 89
• Despite a definite softness on all material, picture quality at 480p was respectable
• VHS picture quality was as good as could be expected

Ergonomics: 83
• The slim black box is designed to complement Samsung's latest HDTVs
• The front panel's Progressive and HDMI buttons seem to be an afterthought; rear panel is confusing

Overall Rating: 89
In the relentless march of technology, the prices of mainstream DVD players continue to plummet, while quality and features continue to advance, resulting in the DVD-V9650, an easily affordable deck that could actually impress.

General Information
DVD-V9650 DVD Player/VHS Recorder, $129
Samsung Electronics America
Dealer Locator Code SAM

Samsung Electronics America