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    Lite-On LVD 2001 and LVR 1001 Review
    Author: Daniel Toppler
    Date Posted: June 11th, 2003
    SLRating - Lite-On LVD 2001 DVD drive: SLRating: 8/10
    SLRating Lite-On LVR 1001 DVD drive: SLRating: 9/10
    Bottom Line: Lite-On have launched their new DVD players, we got our hands on two of them, read on to find out what we thought of them in our official review...

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    The LVD-2001 is much like regular DVD player, but it does offer one thing that no other DVD player has, which is the memory card reader. The LVD-2001 has a PCMCIA port that can accept a memory card reader so you can view pictures from your digital camera right on the TV. A memory card reader came included with my review unit, but I am not sure if it will be included or sold separately in final shipping versions. It works very well though, and while you canít do anything to the pictures from the TV, itís nice to be able to view pictures from your digital camera without needing to connect any wires. I did get annoyed, however, by the fact that it takes at least 5-7 seconds to load each picture. While this seems like a minimal wait, when you are showing your family a vacation album, for example, the delay is very noticeable and extremely annoying. But, it is a welcome feature to have on the drive.

    The LVD-2001 also features Progressive Scan playback for TVís that support the high resolution, but I was unable to test that because I didnít have a high resolution TV for testing. Progressive Scan DVD players do improve playback of movies, but if you do have a TV that supports Progressive Scan and you pick up the LVD-2001, or any other PS DVD Player, then donít expect a huge difference in quality from the regular interlaced picture. While the difference is there, it is not very noticeable.

    The LVD-2001 can also play MPEG-4 videos, but I was unable to test this claim. It also plays MP3/WMA audio files, and this worked perfectly.

    The LVD-2001 also has the standard connectors, composite, S-Video, as well as composite video. Youíll also find digital audio out and optical out audio.

    There was one thing that drove me crazy about the player. Whenever the player was turned off, the power light turned on, and when the player was on, the light turned off. Does that make any sense? While it is nice that the bright LED turns off during the movie, and many people donít mind the light while itís off, itís still awkward for me.

    The drive also had features such as 4X Zoom, and bookmarks. I thought that the Dimmer feature was cool. When that button was pressed on the remote, the LED on the player would dim down, so it doesnít stand out while you watch movies.

    Drive Menus

    There arenít too many settings within the menus on the LVD-2001 DVD player, but Iíll go through the ones that are there. When you turn on the DVD player without a DVD in the tray, you'll see the Lite-On logo taking up the entire screen. Clicking the Setup button on the remote will bring you to the Setup menu. It consists of three different menus that have various settings in each. I will go through each of them.

    First up is the Initial Setup Menu. Here, you'll be able to set the system language (English, German, French, Spanish, or Chinese), choose whether an ISO disk will autoplay, and you'll be able to see what version LVD-2001 you have (in my case, it was V0.02.10).

    Next is the Video menu. Here, you'll find the settings for aspect ratio (4:3 Pan Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, and 16:9), DVD Parental Control settings (as well as the ability to change the password to Parental Control), and finally, the option to turn on or off VCD PBC.

    The last menu is the Audio settings. Here, you'll be able to change the Audio output settings (2CH/PCM or Off/Bistream).

    As you can tell, and like I said, there are not too many settings to change for the LVD-2001. Keep in mind that this is a preproduction unit, so there may be more or less settings in the final shipping version.


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    1. Introduction
    2. LVD 2001 Design
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    6. LVR 1001 Design
    7. LVR 1001 Features
    8. LVR 1001 Results
    9. LVR 1001 Conclusions
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