EXCLUSIVE: Wharfedale's new DVD player

Wharfedale have launched a replacement for their hugely successful DVD-750 DVD player. The new Wharfedale DVD750s is similar to the original in build quality and features, however there are a number of minor improvements.

Unlike the original player, the 750s features a new chipset by Zoran. Not only does this mean the player has improved menus, it is also faster in operation and known problem discs such as Jaws no longer cause any trouble. The new player also fully supports DTS (the old one did, but it wasn't an advertised feature), has a new improved remote control and can play SVCD, VCD, CD and DVD discs.

Now for another interesting feature - the player even converts NTSC discs to PAL50 (PAL60 and PAL60R options are also available). Finally, I have heard reports that it may also support MP3 playback - this isn't confirmed yet. The old region hack is no longer present - don't panic though, we already have details of a new hack and I'll put it on-line as soon as I confirm it works.

Wharfedale will not be offering upgrades to owners of the earlier models as the new chipset is incompatible with the old players. The newer model is a replacement and not an upgraded version of the 750. The 750 is capable of playing all Region 2 discs and therefore this isn't a huge problem.

The Wharfedale DVD750s is now appearing on Tesco shelves across the country - in very limited quantities. It is likely that for the next couple of months, both the 750 and 750s will be sold side-by-side but all future batches will consist of only the new model. If you want one of these machines, it will set you back £180.

Colin Polonowski

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