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Coby under-the-counter DVD player
Mar 18, 2009 (Updated Mar 19, 2009)
Review by Dane Ericksen
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Good LCD screen quality. Small, under-the-shelf footprint. The shiny white plastic case looks good.
Cons:Poor owner's manual. DVD player is slow to respond to input commands.
The Bottom Line: This unit was a bit of a disappointment, but it still does it's job, and the price was right. An acceptable secondary DVD player for my garage.
This review pertains to the Coby KTF-DVD 7093 under-the-counter DVD player and AM/FM radio. Although the Epinions tag line say's "car DVD player," it's not; it's an under-the-counter DVD player/radio, requiring AC power (via a provided separate power supply).
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The unit was bigger than I expected, but still fit okay in my garage, where I installed it under a convenient height shelf. However, don't forget that clearance is required on the rear of the unit for the power cord and antenna connections, and make sure that there is sufficient clearance under the until to deploy the swing-out screen from its storage position.
The radio is digitally tuned, and works fine. It comes with over 50 radio station presets, which starts to defeat the purpose of a preset. You can do forced mono for FM stations, which is good if the signal is marginal. A loop antenna for the AM reception, and a 6-foot long wire for the FM antenna, are provided; both work fine.
The DVD playback quality is fine, but the unit is annoyingly slow to react to commands, either via the provided remote control or by direct entry. I have never had a DVD player with such slow response time until now.
The unit also has a built-in over the air (OTA) TV tuner, which the instruction manual says can tune both analog NSTC and digital ATSC. Since I do not have a convenient antenna in my garage, and since I purchased the unit for its DVD playback and radio modes, I have not tried the unit's OTA reception.
The swing out display panel is great, and easyily rotates from its out-of-the-way storage position under the unit to a convenient vertical (or inclined) display position. The display screen and pivot assembly appear well made, and should be able to stand up to many position cycles. But, of course, time will tell.
The unit mounts using four 2-inch long machine screws, requiring that four exactly spaced holes be drilled through the cabinet or shelf under which the unit is to be mounted. A from-the-top-side drilling template is provided, but be careful, the template is several inches smaller than the total footprint of the unit, so you can't use the template to align the front of the player so that it's exactly flush with your cabinet or shelf. For that reason I instead used four 1/8-inch center-finder inserts temporarily placed in each of the four screw holes. This allowed me to precisely position the player where I wanted it, and then drill the clearance screw holes.
The instruction manual is frustratingly cryptic. It's too brief in a lot of areas, like setting the date. It's left to the user to figure out the date format; it turns out that it's YY/MM/DD. The mystery "week" display apparently means the day of the week, with 1 = Sunday, 2 = Monday, etc.
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