Analysis and Conclusions
The Bravo D1 represents an excellent chance for early adopters to check out the possibilities inherent in fully digital playback of DVD content. The quality of the scaling at 720P was startlingly good, and watching movies in this manner was a distinct pleasure.
However, its tough to recommend the D1 for users who lack a DVI connector. In many ways, the Bravo D1 seems like a one-trick pony. At a remarkably low price of $199, you get an excellent DVD movie experience if you have a digital display with a DVI input and can display at the native 720P resolution. We certainly cant recommend the D1 if your only input possibilities are S-Video or component video, however.
Also, there are quirks with the unit that are annoying to live with, like the unresponsive, ergonomically-impaired remote and less-than-robust playback of content generated by video sources. But its certainly far lest costly than a home theater PC (HTPC), and about a hundred bucks less expensive than the Samsung DVD-HD931.
And the image quality in the movies we viewed was simply stunning. At that price, experimentation is relatively cheap. If your main goal is to watch DVD movies with amazing clarity and visual quality, and youve got a 720P display, then the Bravo D1 is definitely worth checking out.
|Product:||Bravo D1 DVD player with DVI|
|Pros:||Excellent image quality with DVD movies played back through the DVI port to a digital display device equipped with DVI input; low cost|
|Cons:||Pathetically bad remote; minor audio quirks; quality with video-generated source material a tad sub-optimal. Inferior analog playback|
|Price:||$199 (direct from V, Inc).|