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Thursday, May 20, 2004
Kiss DP-1000 DVD player

2. Unpacking - Control menu

Kiss DP-1000 DVD Player - page 2

Unpacking - Control Menu

The retail package includes the unit, the remote control, the stereo and the video cables, the Scart cable and the power cable.

As we can see the player has only two buttons on the unit, which are the play/pause and the stop/eject respectively. On the left side is the loading tray.

Below we can see the inside of the DP-1000, after removing the cover, something which is not recommended since you void the manufacturer's warranty. (Click on the image for an enlarged view).

Below are the two main chipsets used in the unit.

The unit's main chip is the MT1388E from Mediatek.

The other main chip is Sigma's EM8500, a premium solution for DVD players, enabling manufacturers to easily incorporate support of MPEG-4, MP3, WMA and Picture CD content, progressive DVD-Video, high definition scaling and audio CD playback. The convergence of these applications into a single, cost-effective appliance represents a substantial benefit to the consumer.

Video decoding capabilities include MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 compressed video formats while audio decoding includes Dolby® Digital, Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MPEG-1 Layers 1, 2 and 3 (MP3). MPEG-4 video support is based on the advanced simple profile and supports DVD resolution content. MPEG-2 video support includes full precision DVD decoding and Macrovision protection. Any form of decoded content can be output in either progressive or interlaced format. Beyond the normal decoding of content, the EM8500 offers a sophisticated scaling and scan conversion of standard video to various HDTV resolutions, which recreates many elements of cinema picture quality. Also supported is Kodak's Picture CD (JPEG) format for viewing digital photo content, which provides a substantially enhanced image when utilizing the high definition output. Additionally, the chip offers an 8-bit full-screen on-screen-display capability with alpha blending and flicker filtering, composite and S-video TV outputs, interlaced or progressive analog component video outputs (YPbPr or RGB) scalable up to HDTV resolution and 5.1-channel and S/PDIF digital audio outputs.

The EM8500 is designed around the system-on-chip concept with an internal 150 mips RISC CPU, system interfaces, busses and control ports to implement a complete DVD player. Supporting a range of DVD drives, the EM8500 offers both IDE and DVD loader interfaces for use of either standard or lower cost proprietary devices. A built-in memory controller provides a direct interface of up to 16MB of SDRAM and 4MB of Flash. Additional interfaces include I2S, I2C, UART, 16 GPIO pins and front panel control.

On the rear panel are all the appropriate audio/video outputs. Analytically they are:
the coaxial and optical audio (digital)
analogue stereo audio output (L & R)
composite video and S-video output
the component video outputs and the universal (Scart) line out

There is no built in 5.1CH decoder, but this is something we wouldn't necessarily expect to find on a low-priced DVD player.

For excellent sound reproduction, DD5.1 and DTS, we recommend you to use one of the two digital outputs.

As was mentioned, the DP-1000 also offers Component Video outputs (PbPrY) for better image quality.

The all in one SCART couldn't be missing.

The package also includes the remote control for the device, which is the same as that included in the DP-450 package. The remote control is absolutely necessary for operating the device, since other than the two buttons on the front panel, play/pause and stop/eject, there no other buttons.

Click on the remote image for an enlarged view.

 

 

 


 

  • Menus

Below we have included screenshots of the main menus from the player.




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