- Good manual, easy to use
- Image quality not great
The Sanyo could have been quite a decent combination device, but it gets too many little things wrong.
Price$ 279.00 (AUD)
We had some trouble coming to a conclusion on the Sanyo HV-DX300A. It gets some things annoyingly wrong, but then has some very good features to make up for it. It has no S-Video output, for instance, but does have excellent progressive scan support. You can record from DVD to video, but then it supports Macrovision, which will often make such an operation pointless. It has a nice, usable remote, but doesn't put an eject button on it. The manual is very easy to follow, but doesn't cover everything the Sanyo can do. You get the gist.
Bizarrely, the integral DVD player and VHS player seem to exist in different worlds. The interface for the VHS player is a throwback to the early '80s. It's extremely raw, with just a blue screen and text during setup. Switch over to the DVD player, however, and press setup and you get something totally different: a graphical GUI that's easy to use and allows you to get things changed very quickly. On the upside, the two work almost completely independently, allowing you to watch a DVD video while recording a TV show, for instance.
We weren't impressed by either the tuning, playback or recording capacity of the VHS component. It did not come near matching the Toshiba SD-34VLSY in terms of image quality, in spite of both players having six heads. Switching over to DVD, the playback was competent, although we detected a slight flicker in the DVD playback using composite video. It disappeared when we switch to component video and progressive scan (but you need to have a progressive scan screen to do this).
To connect the Sanyo to your TV, you can use the RF loop-through, composite RCA cables, or component video. You can also hook it up to a Dolby Digital amp via the coaxial or optical digital output cables.
MP3 fans would appreciate the Sanyo. Like most other devices in this category, it can play CDs full of MP3s file and present slide shows of images stored on disc. In spite of the specifications saying that it only supports MP3 CD-R and CD-RWs, we tested a DVD-R with images and audio and it worked perfectly.
The MP3 playback dialogue has two advantages over most of the competitors: it shows the full filename (others often truncate the name), and you can set up playlists of songs (although you cannot save the playlists). The quality of the audio was very good, but navigating through the directories was painfully slow.
The flicker present in interlaced display of DVD video was also in evidence in the JPG viewer, which was otherwise very good, offering an image preview and a slideshow. Again, however, it proved painfully slow to navigate through the images--another case of the Sanyo HV-DX300A delivering, but not quite getting it right.
Join the newsletter!
Bitdefender solutions stop attacks before they even begin! Get cybersecurity that 500 MILLION users already have and trust.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG E8 OLED TV (2018) and SK10Y soundbar review: If you've been on the fence about OLED, now might be the time to jump it
- 2 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 3 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Full, in-depth review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Razer Nommo Pro now available for purchase
- Volareo's blockchain smart speaker launches on Indiegogo
- Foxtel announce iQ4 set top box & first 4K channel
- Samsung enter smart speaker market with Galaxy Home speaker
- Fetch expands offering with new beIN Sports pack
PCW Evaluation Team
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
- Canon EOS 1500D: Full, in-depth review
- HTC U12+: Full, in-depth review
- Dell G5 review: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies