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NeoDigits Helios HVD2085 DVD Player

by May 16, 2006
Neodigits Helios HVD2085

Neodigits Helios HVD2085

  • Product Name: Helios HVD2085 DVD Player
  • Manufacturer: NeoDigits
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: May 16, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 199
  • Supports 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


Pros

  • True 720p/1080i/1080p upconversion via component video outputs and HDMI
  • Much improved remote control with helpful resolution and format buttons
  • 480i support via HDMI

Cons

  • Poor deinterlacing capability
  • No flag-less 2:3 error detection
  • Plasma-killing screen when powered up with no disc
  • Slow response time (power up, eject, etc)
  • DVD menu button lost in remote
  • User manual STILL missing certain images (same missing images as NeuNeo player manual)

Introduction

I hope it’s never too late to say “I’m sorry”. At least, that’s how I feel about the new Helios HVD2085 DVD player. You see, I really judged this player harshly in its former incarnation under the NeuNeo moniker. Sure, it failed the HQV tests miserably and had a remote control that was designed by Fisher Price, but the fact of the matter is – I did not have the ability to play the unit in conjunction with a 1080p display. This time I do. Using the Westinghouse LVM-42w2 1080p monitor, I connected the reworked Helios DVD player and felt like I was seeing it again – for the first time. Make no mistake, this is pretty much a re-badged NeuNeo HVD2085, but I am seeing the player in a new 1080p-powered light. While it still has its share of drawbacks, there is at least more balance to the unit now.

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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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