|neodigits Helios H4000 top view|
Besides HDMI, the H4000 also has
component video output, composite video out, S-Video, VGA, 5.1 audio
outputs, optical audio out and coaxial audio out. Neodigits bundles
a component video cable and a HDMI cable to the player. As you know
Sony does not give you
a HDMI cable with the Sony PS3. So I was pleasantly surprised
that Neodigits is able to bundle it with their DVD player.
The good thing about the independent DVD player makers is that they have no region coding and play anything. The Helios H4000 supports also PAL and NTSC output. Supported media include besides DVD movie discs, SVCD, VCD, CD, HD-CD, MP3 and JPEG.
|The full backside.|
Now to the important topic: image
quality. I tested the H4000 on a 50 inch Panasonic Plasma HDTV (TH-50PV60E).
The difference to an analog connected (SCART) dvd player to the
H4000 is pretty dramatic. The image o the screen when looking close
is crisp and detailed and nearly without artifacts. The Panasonic
only supports 720p. I do not have a 1080p display available to test
the 1080p upscaling of the H4000. The 720p upscaling works
I can switch the resolutions directly from the remote control. Switching takes a couple seconds and you see a black screen in the meantime.
I also tested the Helios H4000 with the Sanyo PLV-Z4 projector. Here there is no improvement visible. The reason is that the projector is already doing its own upscaling.
|screen shot from the setup menu|
The helios has a rather rich setup menu for video and audio settings and also an overlay menu while playing a movie. The front LED display shows the current status and chosen actions. It is bright and easy to read. The remote control is too cluttered for my taste. I suggest to train the needed buttons onto your universal remote and store this one in a drawer.
|The remote control|
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