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NeuNeo HVD2085 1080p DVD Player Review

by December 18, 2005
NeuNeo (Helios) HVD2085 DVD Player

NeuNeo (Helios) HVD2085 DVD Player

  • Product Name: HVD2085
  • Manufacturer: NeoDigits
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 18, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 245
  • Support 1080P(1080 Progressive Scan), 1080i, 720P, 576P and 480P output, VGA output support 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x1024.
  • Upscale DVD playback to high definition (1080P/1080i via component, 1280x1024 via VGA).
  • HDMI pure digital interface.
  • Supports 1080i/720P/480P/576P/640x480/800x600/ 1024x768/1280x1024.
  • Built-in high end level scaler delivers astonishing high definition image.
  • System contains one 32bit Risc CPU, one 24bit video processing CPU and one 24 bit RISC audio processing CPU. Total power equal to 1Ghz Pentium CPU.
  • Fast 16bit 149Mhz Video DAC and 192 kHz 24 Bit Audio DAC (32 bit/133Mhz Audio DSP).
  • HDCP is not required for playing copyright DVD title in high definition mode.
  • Brushed stainless steel front panel.
  • Fast forward / back forward (up to 40X) and ZOOM (up to 8X)
  • Easy use full color navigation system.
  • Fully compatible with DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD, HDCD, MP3, WMA, Photo-CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW
  • Built-in Dolby and DTS decoder.
  • Progressive scan, PAL/NTSC TV system compatible, support 4:3 & 16:9 TV mode.
  • Smart update function ( firmware upgradeable ).
  • Component, S-Video, VGA, HDMI and Composite video output.
  • Optical, Coaxial S/PDIF and RCA output. Support Dolby 5.1 and DTS digital output or 2 Channels analog stereo output. Built-in Dolby 5.1 / DTS decoder, 5.1 channel output.
  • Ultra slim and stylish design. Dimension: 17 x 10.5 x 1.7 inch (430 x 270 x 43 mm).
  • Package includes 1 DVD Player, 1 Remote Control, 1 pair analog Video /Audio Cable and User manual. Power 100 ~ 240 AC/50 ~ 60Hz.

Pros

  • True 720p/1080i/1080p upconversion via component video outputs
  • HVD support for true HD DVDs

Cons

  • Poor deinterlacing capability
  • No flag-less 2:3 error detection
  • Fisher Price remote control
  • Cheap aesthetics
  • Soft Picture
  • User manual missing key graphics in diagrams

Introduction

It was only a matter of time until a company released a fully "unlocked" player that upconverted DVDs to 1080p. Just think of the marketing angles: "Why wait for high definition DVD when you can have it now!" or "Who needs Blu-ray Disc when you can get 1080p from your home movie collection!" What has people so excited about the NeuNeo player (pronounced "New-Neo") is the fact that it outputs 480p/720p/1080i/1080p from its component and HDMI outputs (latest firmware required). How do they do it? Well, I assume they run very quickly from anyone representing the MPAA since this violates the DVD spec. In any case, feel free to get them while they're hot - if 1080p output over component is something you've secretly asked Santa for this year and you don't mind some odd quirks and questionable video performance.

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About the author:

Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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