After casting our eye over the outrageously stylish Samsung DVD-F1080 recently, we didn't think DVD players could get any more desirable - but then along came this stunning LG deck to prove us wrong.
The DVS450H is what LG calls a floating DVD player, but after searching in vain for some sort of jet pack or David Blaine style levitation trickery we realised to our disappointment that it only looks like it's floating, and only when you wall mount it. Sigh.
No matter - the DVS450H is so stylish it'll charm the credit card out of your wallet the moment you lay eyes on it. The design is a million miles away from your average DVD player, sporting a large gloss black front panel with a circular door on the front, which slides open to reveal the disc chamber. Below it is a row of touch-sensitive buttons, which no ‘style' product should be seen dead without, but another nice touch is the display panel that appears as if by magic and greets you with a warm hello.
On the back a circular section sticks out to create the all-important ‘floating' gap between the wall and the player, and it features two screw holes for wall mounting. It also sports a disc that swivels out to create a tabletop stand, or you can lay it on its back with the disc door facing skywards, rounding off a pleasing range of mounting options.
The rear panel also finds space for a small selection of sockets, including HDMI, component, composite, analogue stereo and coaxial digital audio outputs. These are all housed inside a hollowed out section that doesn't interfere with the wall mounting mechanism.
The feature list makes for good reading, particularly its support for high-definition DivX files burnt onto CD or DVD. This is the first DVD deck we've encountered that plays DivX HD and it's an attractive feature for those who want to watch hi-def content but aren't interested in Blu-ray. Of course the usefulness of this feature might be hampered by the lack of worthwhile content out there, but at least it's a step in the right direction.