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Friday, May 12, 2006
Packard Bell DVX460 USB

4. The Tests - Page 1

The player has been tested with several test files of different formats. All tests were carried out with the DVD player connected to a Samsung 32R51B 32" HDTV, either using an AV or Component cable.

Disc Compatibility:

  • The player recognized DVD±R/±RW/±R DL discs without any problems.

Audio compatibility:

  • The DVX 460 recognizes the following formats: AC3, DTS, WAV, MP2, MP3, MP4, AAC, OGG. The player will not play WMA files or OGG with 6 channels.

Video Tests:

  • The player supports AVI, DIVX, MPG and MP4 files. The player supports progressive scan and when set to HDTV function, we were able to "lock" our TV at 720p.

To connect to a TV using HDTV mode (with a compatible TV only):

  1. Connect the DVD player to your TV set using the Y Cb/Pb Cr/Pr and YUV connectors.
  2. Set the TV to HDTV mode
  3. Press the remote control Video Out button repeatedly to select 'CVBS+YUV'.
  4. Press the 'Display Mode' button twice to switch to HDTV 720P mode.

The picture quality was very good. However, we had a major issue when connecting via the component output (and using progressive scan). When playing several files or trying FF/RW, the picture was distorted. This happened with all AVI, DIVX and MP4 files, indicating a rather strange bug.

When connected via the component output, you cannot use the "Zoom" function. There's also no special info available about the current file, only the elapsed/remaining time.

Looking at the tests results, we were satisfied with the performance of the ESS 8380 chipset. In short, the chipset supports both Qpel and GMC advanced settings for both the DivX and Xvid formats. This isn't something you can find easily elsewhere.

The player is being advertised as DivX certified. We confirmed this claim, since we didn't have any problems playing back DivX encoded files, at up to 8Mbit rates. DivX format is supported, in terms of Audio tracks and Subtitles, but there is no menu support. Slideshows also are not supported. DivX encoded tracks with two Audio tracks (VBR Mp3 and AC3) are also not a problem for the DVX460. Lastly, DivX HD files cannot be played, due to chipset limitation. Xvid files are also not a problem for the player. 8Mbit, QPel and GMC 3 way points are supported, making it ideal for enthusiast users.

When trying Mpeg files, we didn't face any problems with our Mpeg1 test files. However, we did notice a problem with Mpeg2 files. After using the FF/RW function, sound had become out of synch. The ESS 8380 chipset can handle up to 12Mbit encoded Mpeg2 files, which is typical for this category.

Subtitles are supported, mostly in the SRT format but not IFO/Sub format. Greek characters are not recognized, so your only choice here would be to use the NeroDigital format. Pictures can be displayed, but only Jpeg files captured at up to 2272x1704 pixels resolution.




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