Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ottawa (Orleans), ON
I spent 2-1/2 hours tonight trying out the LDA-530 (using component video and digital coax audio). The menu was straightforward and the remote is pretty user-friendly, so set-up was quick. The tray is as flimsy as some reviews indicate, but as long as you don't push down too hard when removing a disc, it's a non-issue. The player is a bit noisy when searching, but fairly quiet at all other times.
I had no problems playing the PAL- and XviD-encoded "Star Wreck" CD, the PAL-encoded AC/DC concert DVD or any of the DVD-R "back up" DVDs I have ("LOTR", "Hellboy", etc.).
I also played clips from "Monsters, Inc.", "Spider-Man", "Toy Story" and "The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over" and looked for image discrepancies between the LG player and my Panasonic DVD-RP62. To the best of my vision, there was no difference - both players handled all material equally well, although the LG went one step better than the Panasonic and didn't display the occasional red flicker I see with the latter.
For $80, it seems like a hell of a deal.
Last edited by eljay; 2005-10-22 at 12:40 AM.