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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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    Features

    This is where the LVR-1001 shines. The 2nd drive tray is obviously there for a reason. At first look, most probably think itís for DVD duplication. Unfortunately, itís not for that. What it is for is for hooking up another video device, such as a TV, camcorder, or VCR. Then, you put in a blank CD-R in the drive tray, and you can burn the audio and video from the other device right onto a CD-R. Iíll go into this in more detail later.

    You can also duplicate VCDĒs with the drive easily. Just put the original in the DVD player and the blank CD in the other drive and press Duplicate. Itís easy as that!

    Like the LVD-2001, the LVR-1001 features a memory card reader to view photos on your TV. Unlike the LVD-2001 however, you can burn your pictures right on to a CD-R and make a Picture CD, which is really cool for distributing photos to family and friends. This feature also worked great, and is really easy to do. The LVR-1001 did not include a memory card reader, and is sold separately. It would have been nice for Lite-On to include one, considering the $400 price.

    Thereís also an 8X zoom, which is cool. Quality is drastically reduced when zoomed, but if you have to see something in detail, itís nice to have.

    The LVR-1001 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 LVR-1001, or any other PS DVD Player, donít expect a huge difference in quality from the regular interlaced picture. While the difference is there, it is not very noticeable.

    Like the LVD-2001, the LED on the player turned on when the player was off and off when the player was on. While many people find this logical, I canít. I must agree that it is nice to not have an annoying LED on while watching a movie, I still found it weird.

    Drive Menus

    When you press the setup button on the remote control, the menu is opened up. There are three categories; System, Playback, and Record. Iíll go through each one.

    In System, youíll find system language settings (English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese), TV Type (NTSC, PAL), System Time Settings, Video Out (Composite, S-Video, Component), and Set VFD Dimmer (Above Normal, Normal, Below Normal).

    In Playback youíll find TV Aspect (16:9, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan Scan), Sound Effect (Analog Output, Digital Output, DTS Output), PBC (playback control) on or off, Disk Language settings, and finally, Parental Control.

    Lastly is the Record setting. Here, you can change the recording type. You can select from VCD, SVCD, Audio CD, or User Confirmation. VCD hold 74 minutes of video, SVCD holds 80 minutes, with slightly less quality, and audio CD records just the audio of the TV, which is nice for concerts, etc. You can also set up whether the disk is finalized automatically after writing, actually finalize the disk, and prepare a blank disk for recording. You canít just pop in a blank disk and record right away. Disk preparation must be done. Itís quick, less then 30 seconds, but it can be annoying. Disk finalization is even quicker.

    Features

    This is where the LVR-1001 shines. The 2nd drive tray is obviously there for a reason. At first look, most probably think itís for DVD duplication. Unfortunately, itís not for that. What it is for is for hooking up another video device, such as a TV, camcorder, or VCR. Then, you put in a blank CD-R in the drive tray, and you can burn the audio and video from the other device right onto a CD-R. Iíll go into this in more detail later.

    You can also duplicate VCDĒs with the drive easily. Just put the original in the DVD player and the blank CD in the other drive and press Duplicate. Itís easy as that!

    Like the LVD-2001, the LVR-1001 features a memory card reader to view photos on your TV. Unlike the LVD-2001 however, you can burn your pictures right on to a CD-R and make a Picture CD, which is really cool for distributing photos to family and friends. This feature also worked great, and is really easy to do. The LVR-1001 did not include a memory card reader, and is sold separately. It would have been nice for Lite-On to include one, considering the $400 price.

    Thereís also an 8X zoom, which is cool. Quality is drastically reduced when zoomed, but if you have to see something in detail, itís nice to have.

    The LVR-1001 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 LVR-1001, or any other PS DVD Player, donít expect a huge difference in quality from the regular interlaced picture. While the difference is there, it is not very noticeable.

    Like the LVD-2001, the LED on the player turned on when the player was off and off when the player was on. While many people find this logical, I canít. I must agree that it is nice to not have an annoying LED on while watching a movie, I still found it weird.

    Drive Menus

    When you press the setup button on the remote control, the menu is opened up. There are three categories; System, Playback, and Record. Iíll go through each one.

    In System, youíll find system language settings (English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese), TV Type (NTSC, PAL), System Time Settings, Video Out (Composite, S-Video, Component), and Set VFD Dimmer (Above Normal, Normal, Below Normal).

    In Playback youíll find TV Aspect (16:9, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan Scan), Sound Effect (Analog Output, Digital Output, DTS Output), PBC (playback control) on or off, Disk Language settings, and finally, Parental Control.

    Lastly is the Record setting. Here, you can change the recording type. You can select from VCD, SVCD, Audio CD, or User Confirmation. VCD hold 74 minutes of video, SVCD holds 80 minutes, with slightly less quality, and audio CD records just the audio of the TV, which is nice for concerts, etc. You can also set up whether the disk is finalized automatically after writing, actually finalize the disk, and prepare a blank disk for recording. You canít just pop in a blank disk and record right away. Disk preparation must be done. Itís quick, less then 30 seconds, but it can be annoying. Disk finalization is even quicker.



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