Pioneer DV-410V DVD Player - Pioneer DV-410V

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

In terms of picture quality, the DV-410V isn't the best we've seen from Pioneer but it does a pretty good job with the Gladiator disc on our Toshiba 40ZF355D LCD set, bringing out most of the movie's rich detail when boosted to 1080p. The scenes within the Roman coliseum are the most impressive, with the deck making light work of the various patterns and textures, such as the gladiators' chain mail and the densely populated crowd.

Also impressive is the player's reproduction of skin tones, which look utterly convincing throughout, and during the film's brighter moments (like the gladiator training scenes) colours look radiant thanks to the deep black level that gives the image a dense and cinematic feel.

It's not perfect though - the scene where Russell Crowe addresses his troops before the film's opening battle is fairly noisy, with some ringing around certain outlines, while shots of wide open spaces like blue skies reveal some pulsing noise. But on the whole the Pioneer's picture quality compares well with similarly priced players like the Samsung DVD-1080P8 or the Philips DVP5980.

We also ran through our gamut of test files and it played most of them without any problems, although we experienced a few lip sync problems with a couple of WMV files.

Finally, we're impressed by the deck's audio capabilities, delivering hugely enjoyable CD playback through the analogue outputs and crisp stereo sound through the HDMI output and TV speakers. MP3, WMA and AAC files also scrub up nicely.

Verdict

It boils down to one question: does the DV-410V deserve your hard-earned cash? The answer is a resounding yes. Picture and sound quality are impressive and there are more features on offer than you'd normally get for £90 - but if that price still seems steep remember that you're getting a player from reputable and reliable manufacturer whose products stand the test of time - and on that basis the DV-410V is a sound investment.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 8

Beaky69

June 30, 2008, 4:20 pm

I'm curious to know what exactly are the differences between this model & the previous DV-400?

Danny P

July 2, 2008, 9:34 pm

Nothing revolutionary, just some cosmetic tweaks - the USB port and buttons have been repositioned.

siowkow

July 3, 2008, 2:27 pm

i know this is probably not a fair comparison, but how does the dv-410's picture quality compare to OPPO's 980? is the 980 marginally better or significantly better?

siowkow

July 5, 2008, 12:43 am

Beaky69, apparently the USB output for the DV-400 was in SD and the one for DV-410 is in HD format.

Danny P

July 7, 2008, 6:02 pm

i don't think a USB port can be described as being in SD or HD format, perhaps you're referring to its ability to play WMV in HD via the USB port? If so you can only play WMV files in SD on the 400 and 410.





As for picture quality I think the OPPO is better but the difference isn't massive.

Manhouch

September 18, 2008, 12:31 pm

Hello,


This is really a great review that is made here.


I am interested in this dvd player and I am surprised to read so different review


http://whathifi.com/Review/Pio...


maybe you have an explanation?

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