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Joined on: Monday, 11th September 2000, 04:06, Last used: Monday, 11th September 2000, 04:06

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About this user: http://www.second-spin.com/acatalog/disc.gif`>Bought two MiCO DVD-A980`s from http://www.unbeatable.co.uk
Sent the first back as it wouldnt read RW media. The second one scratched my discs!!!
But I`m not disheartened...

Will be ordering the new MiCO DVD-A980S for £199.99 + £10p+p from MultiZone.
https://www.business-ecommercesoftware.co.uk/actinic/softech/MultizoneDVD_MiCO_A_980S_Multi_Region_277.html

Get back to you soon

BIOS Hacks:
A980 - With No Disc In Drive Press 7,7,ENTER (or 7,7,Select)
A980S - With No Disc In Drive Press 7,4,ENTER each time you power up!


Formats:
DVD / VCD1.0,1.1,2.0 / DVCD / SVCD / CVD / XVCD* / X(S)VCD** / CD-DA / CDi-FMV / PhotoCDs / MP3 (All Bitrates 32kbps-320kbps) From 22050Hz Upwards + VBR + Mono. Maximum 999 Tracks Per Disc With Recursive Directory Search / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / 80min / 99min Media. (MiCO`s Dual Optic Loaders are made by Hitachi/DVS/Raite)
MiCO`s Firmware Ignore`s UDF CDs And Will Also Only Play First Session Of Multisession CDs.

Connectors: (A980S Has Component Added)
S-Video Mini Din / RCA RGB Video Out / 21-pin SCART Jack (With RGB Signal) / RCA Video Out (Composite) / RCA Audio Out (Left&Right) Down Mixed / Dolby Dig 5.1 Channel Decoded Surround Outputs + Built-In AC3 Decoder / DTS Digital Output (Optical/Coaxial) / Twin Mic Karaoke (With Digital Echo Effects) / Universal Power Supply: AC 110V-240V 50/60Hz.

Extras:
1,1/2,1/4,1/8,1/16 Speeds / Reverse Play / 2x-4x Zoom / Repeat AB / Frame-by-Frame Advance / 7-Band Graphic Equaliser (Standard-Classic-Rock-Jazz-Pop-User Defined) / Surround Sound Modes (None-Stadium-Amphitheatre-Live-Concert-Church-Passive-Wide) / Speaker Setup / 28 Program DVD Playlist (Disc ID) / Favourite Condition / Skip FBI Warnings / Child Lock / Multi-Language / Screen Saver.

*XVCD - 5,600kbs (Video+Audio) Up to 10,000kb/s with a PC loader). CDRW play great! Havent tested above this!

**X(S)VCD - 5,600kb/s. (5,600kb/s for video + audio). eg 5,400kb/s video + 192kb/s audio or 5,200kb/s video + 384kb/s audio. Above this picture/sound gets the jitters.

Clock invariably runs fast or jumps for all XVCD/X(S)VCD bit-rates.

* I have tried the two XVCD sample files at www.vcdhelper.com and both work fine.
1) XVCD NTSC Sample (352 x 240, 2.5 MBit/s, Nero Image) http://www.commcenter.de/vcdhelp/xvcd-2500kbit-352x240.zip
2) XVCD NTSC Sample (720 x 480, 3.5 MBit/s, Nero Image) http://www.commcenter.de/vcdhelp/XVCD-NTSC(3.500kb).zip
The 720x480, 3.5Mb/s clip is AWESOME! Near DVD quality on a CDRW.

It`s doubtful I could have found a more versatile budget player. Is 10,000kb/s a record for XVCD at 720x478 NTSC?

Just tried burning PhotoCDs with Nero. Just drag `n drop and the MiCO will display the pictures at DVD resolutions even if you`re creating a standard SVCD!!! Undistorted too. Yippee!

Great value

Duh.. BUY ONE!

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Recent Messages Posted:

RE: CLAYTS IS A MOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DanB - DVD Trviewer: "The thread is perfectly justified to comment on Clayts as a Mod (within reason). However, don`t waste your own time and everyone else`s turning it into yet another flame battle."

Must disagree, totally!

My intention was not to turn another thread into a little war but to get the thread deleted! READ IT AGAIN!

If you cant moderate this place properly without employing third parties to do so for you, perhaps you should think about getting out of the forum business.

IT CANT BE THAT HARD PRESSING THE DELETE BUTTON ONCE IN A WHILE AND BANNING PEOPLE/THREADS. FOR SOME INEXPLICABLE REASON YOU SEEM TO LET ANYTHING GO!
PERHAPS PAEDOPHILES SHOULD THINK ABOUT COMING HERE!!!

On a parting note, perhaps I`ll start a thread saying DanB is a useless tosser. Maybe you`ll delete that! Strange thing is I`m not that sure you would!

THIS PLACE HAS BECOME A CESS-PIT AND IT`S ALL YOUR OWN DOING!

There is no point banning me. I`m outta here. I leave Ironduke and his flouting of your rules (RULES? LOL) to you.

Serious DVD enthusiast should also consider going up market.

Ta-Ta

RE: CLAYTS IS A MOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Clayts is a Mod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

First job will be to delete this unnecessary thread.

Then the unnecessary person who posted it as he wont fall on his own sword.

RE: My Only Problem With Scan DVD Player.

Fry it with a low current, high voltage electric charge (Mega Testet).

The will provide you with a brand new one (hopefully).

RE: VICTORY IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I`ll smile when Duchess has topped himself.

;-)

RE: VICTORY IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Yes carrot and you winged like a tart to have my posts deleted from that crap mico forum:)"

Winged? I did not. Do not!
Steve (aka Kolobos) spent much time deleting your unhelpful comments which I felt needed pointing out! Another attempt to ruin a nice little forum by following others to the end of the earth with your bile.

"and your post in my forum was disgusting filth."

BOL*OCKS - No one believes you now. You lie to make a point. The truth is too painful for even you to admit. One clean joke about Juan Cere`s s***achi Consortium and you flip your lid.
CANT TAKE A JOKE FUNBOY?

TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT YOURSELF - IT AINT PRETTY!

"RJS: You now have the perfect excuse. Stop pussyfooting around and neuter old Duchess ;-)"

this coming from the funboy who was banned by TRIPOD and LIBERTY SURF!"

Banned by LibertSurf for using their unmetered service too much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Banned by Tripod? Yes, but who did the dirty deed? Anonymous complaints are all you can muster.

Complain all you like to RJS. YOU ARE FINISHED HERE!

"H I P O C R I T E !"

We all are to some extent. YOU SHOULDNT BANDY ABOUT WORDS YOU DONT KNOW THE MEANING OF (Or cant even spell).

"THROUGH THE BYYYYYYYYYWAAAAAAAAAAAYY"

THROUGH THE CEEEESSSS-PIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTT of your own making!

"The Ironduke
singing his final song on these forums.
HITACHI ROCKS!!!!!!!!!"

Good riddance and GET A LIFE!

This item was edited on Tuesday, 20th March 2001, 04:44

RE: VICTORY IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"I care about my own more then the forum`s, so when some one attacks me I flame the bastards..............I believe it is called an eye for eye?"

The Ironduke


"Here in lies the problem, you care more about yourself than what your actions do to others. And I will think you`ll find that having moderators will result in you getting banned far quicker than without."

RJS


Seems to me IronDuke/RJS are both right for standing up for their own interests.

Eye for an eye, Duke? You banned me after just one humourous post in your Hitachi Forum. I believe do unto others.. is the phrase I`m looking for.

RJS: You now have the perfect excuse. Stop pussyfooting around and neuter old Duchess ;-)

BUT KEEP THE BEAR!

RE: hitachi tv question

"i have a hitachi 28w511tn tv and want to know if i can plug any speakers directly into the input sockets at the back or are they only for amp inputs(would the sound board in the tv go pop if i did just plug them in?)"

If they are input sockets then `NO`. Theyre for your VCR/DVD/External Source to be able to play thru your TV speakers.
You need output sockets and perhaps an amplifier in between.
If you did though, the loudspeakers shouldnt destroy your TV, but the best you can expect is the speakers acting like some kind of crude microphones.
Howling (feedback), WHISTLING may occur.

DONT TRY THIS - as Hitachi TV`s produce there own kind of whistling anyway :)

You could try posting your query at http://www.theironduke.plus.com/HitachiSyndicate/ in his TV forum.

He really loves newcomers likeyourself and he needs the hits as his site is dwindling like the bargain basement 505 :)

This item was edited on Monday, 19th March 2001, 07:47

RE: is the yelo mellow?

Go for anything BUT the Yelo.

I had one in October and it was great except for the picture quality.

The picture was the biggest PILE OF SH*T going. Seek out reviews in the Forum search engine.

Yelo recalled the players due to quality control/picture issues.

They use the same cases as the SMART but that is where the similarities end.

Perhaps theyve improved recently, so might even be a good buy, but there has been no admission /apology from them, so F*CK THEM!

This item was edited on Sunday, 18th March 2001, 23:08

RE: MiCO DVD-A980S (New Model) - FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hi kd,

A few months ago I emailed MiCO (Joe Chen) regarding some technical issues regarding the 980. I havent followed up on this, but here are his replies concerning firmware updating

1) AMD is one of our MCU supplier. We have other MCU for different models. Basically and technically, the software can be uploaded and download.
2) Normally, we would use CD-R to "up-grade" the software when necessary.
3) Most of the time, we use high level language, but sometimes not depending on different application.
4) We cannot provide the source code because a) It contain pattern, and b) It is commercial secrete. Normally, we will do put something in the source code to prevent some body downloading the source code.

Would you contact eoj[at]kh.moc.ocim and ask for a firmware update?

Let us know how you get on! Hope the answers good as I`d like to examine the code.

You may have to wait a while for the answer as these guys are busy producing 5,000 MiCO`s a day!!!

Carrot

RE: UPDATE on MiCO DVD-A980S EXTRA FEATURES

Just been informed about a new place to buy the MiCO DVD-A980S.
About £11 cheaper than mine taking p+p into account.

ADVERT BELOW: (Check all details before ordering)



This player is now available from http://playstationmods.com/ for £199 INC Next Day Courier
Not On the site yet but if you call can take orders - been abit busy with the NEO 2

We also have the NEOTEK DV3000 (£179 inc Delivery) in stock that - quite frankly is the best player we`ve tried - all the cons featured in this great revue of the mico are all Pros with the NEOTEK...


I doubt the Neotek is that good! But who knows?

This item was edited on Saturday, 17th March 2001, 06:57

UPDATE on MiCO DVD-A980S EXTRA FEATURES

Wow! as Kate Bush once yelled.

Just been playing around with the RECORD button on my MiCO`s remote control and recorded (YES RECORDED) my first Karaoke song!

Up to 74 seconds of voice can be recorded in highest quality output (much longer in medium/low quality) and synchronised to play with the VCD/SVCD/Karaoke track.

Sing along via either or both of the Mic`s together with a range of sound processor effects:
Pitch control / Variable Mic Echo / Mic Effects [Harmony,Chorus,Flange] / Widesound [Low,Medium,High] / Treble [Low,High].

Unique features from MiCO Electric.

RE: MiCO DVD-A980S (New Model) - FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hi kd,

Your Mico A980s is 7, 7, enter? Same as the old model?
You may then have an earlier firmware version than mine.

All C-Cube 3.x have the same bios screen and usually follow a hack pattern of X,X,ENTER(SELECT).

MiCO is the mutts nuts!!! and we now out-number Hitachi 505 owners 4 to 1 ;-)

RE: Mico DVD-A980 and RCE DVDs

I have had both models but have never tested RCE discs.

I`m 100% sure both will as you can manually specify the region [1,2,3,4,5,6] as well as use the auto-region facility [13].

Set RCE for region 1 (Country Code)



MiCO DVD-980 Model Hack 7,7,SELECT (With no disc in drive, or tray open)



DVD MK-3*3 SYSTEM SETUP

FIRMWARE VER *******
MICROCODE VER W-2306
#COUNTRY CODE 13
#OP PROH ON 1
PARENTAL PSWD 7890
#PARENTAL C*C* 8583
DVD-ROM:KOREADVS
MOD:DVS-LDR DSL-710A
REV:L007
NEXT PAGE


DVD MK-3*3 SYSTEM SETUP

#MACROVISION 1
#ERROR CORRECTION OFF
SOFTWARE VER:
HONGYU
DATE:2000.6.14



ABOUT


COPYRIGHT C-CUBE
MICROSYSTEMS





MiCO DVD-980 Model Hack 7,4,ENTER (With no disc in drive, or tray open)


DVD MK-3*3 SYSTEM SETUP

FIRMWARE VER ******* --> Always blanked out!
MICROCODE VER W-2354 --> Firmware release. Higher the better (Generally!).
#COUNTRY CODE 13 --> Region. [13] = Auto-region. Manual Region can be set for RCE protective discs.
#OP PROH ON 1 --> Set to 0 to be able to skip FBI warning on DVDs.
PARENTAL PSWD 7890 --? Needed to bypass chosen censorship setting (Child-Lock).
#PARENTAL C*C* 8583 --? ``
DVD-ROM:KOREADVS --> Loader manufacturer. Mines made by DVD in Korea.
MOD:DVS-LDR DSL-710A --> Loader model. Provided by loader to MiCO. DVS/RAITE/Hitachi are known to be used by MiCO.
REV:L009 --> Loader firmware revision. Again, higher the better (Generally!).
NEXT PAGE --> Press [ENTER] to proceed to hack page #2.



Hack Page #2


DVD MK-3*3 SYSTEM SETUP

#MACROVISION 1 --> 0 = Macrovison Protection OFF / 1 = Macrovision Protection ON. Resets to 1 on entering standby.
#ERROR CORRECTION OFF --> [OFF] / FRAME / SLICE. ???






ABOUT --> Press [ENTER] to proceed to hack page #3.


COPYRIGHT C-CUBE --> MiCO Chipset manufacture. C-Cube 3.0 ZiVA.
MICROSYSTEMS






The OP PROH is there to enable you to see the FBI warnings without being able to skip it. Change it at 0 then you`ll probably being able to skip it.

Carrot

RE: Does anyone have Hitachi 505 for sale? :-)

"You can now get the lustfull Hitachi DV-P505E from empire direct for 216 quid, then all you need to do is download the Multiregion and macro disabled firmware from my site!

HITACHI 505 ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Coutesy of IronDuchess

RE: MiCO DVD-A980S (New Model) - FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hi Andy,

Good to hear you enjoy the MiCO too.

"1) What is the hack to disable macro, the old hack doesn`t seem to work because of the lack of a `Select` button on the remote (unless it means the enter button`"

With no disc in the drive (or tray open) press 7,4,ENTER to view/change your BIOS.
Your loader make will be shown on the first page.

Mine`s a DVS DSL-710A

Hack Page #1



DVD MK-3*3 SYSTEM SETUP

FIRMWARE VER ******* --> Always blanked out!
MICROCODE VER W-2354 --> Firmware release. Higher the better (Generally!).
#COUNTRY CODE 13 --> Region. [13] = Auto-region. Manual Region can be set for RCE protective discs.
#OP PROH ON 1 --> Set to 0 to be able to skip FBI warning on DVDs.
PARENTAL PSWD 7890 --? Needed to bypass chosen censorship setting (Child-Lock).
#PARENTAL C*C* 8583 --? ``
DVD-ROM:KOREADVS --> Loader manufacturer. Mines made by DVD in Korea.
MOD:DVS-LDR DSL-710A --> Loader model. Provided by loader to MiCO. DVS/RAITE/Hitachi are known to be used by MiCO.
REV:L009 --> Loader firmware revision. Again, higher the better (Generally!).
NEXT PAGE --> Press [ENTER] to proceed to hack page #2.



Hack Page #2


DVD MK-3*3 SYSTEM SETUP

#MACROVISION 1 --> 0 = Macrovison Protection OFF / 1 = Macrovision Protection ON. Resets to 1 on entering standby.
#ERROR CORRECTION OFF --> [OFF] / FRAME / SLICE. ???






ABOUT --> Press [ENTER] to proceed to hack page #3.


COPYRIGHT C-CUBE --> MiCO Chipset manufacture. C-Cube 3.0 ZiVA.
MICROSYSTEMS



The OP PROH is there to enable you to see the FBI warnings without being able to skip it. Change it at 0 then you`ll probably being able to skip it.

"2) the first disk i played was an R1 release, i then inserted an R2 and it said wrong disk type, so i opened the tray, closed the tray again and it worked, will this happen everytime i swap regions"

Yes, maybe. Once I got my BBC R2 PAL disc (At least I think its R2) to convert from NTSC to PAL automatically. But your problem seems more likely. I havent got any R1, just NTSC regionless, but I get the same error. I manually select PAL in the TV mode setup. Perhaps yours is a better way.

"Apart from that i am very happy and only slightly sceptical of Duke`s views that the reliability is sh*t."

He really hasnt a clue, but as reading somewhere that 78% of all electrical goods need to be returned to manufacturer, he might be right!

Keep an eye out for scratches on discs. My last MiCO (old model) did this so it went back. I`m still conducting tests on this. IF IT DOES, I`ll be joining IronDuke in his campaign and having a word with Trading Standards!

Hope ours are gooduns!

Carrot

This item was edited on Friday, 16th March 2001, 22:46

RE: MiCO DVD-A980S (New Model) - FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Ironduke:

Guess your campaign against the MiCO has finally killed off interest!

Just two people here own a MiCO (Briley & myself), against a couple of Hitachi owners! STALEMATE :) However interest is growing elsewhere :)
I wont tell you where :)

Back to the article...

"Finally Carrot has highlighted the pro`s and con`s of the mico."

I have always been honest with my appraisals. The truth being that MiCO`s con`s are virtually non-existant to us serious users.
Home-brewed smut/bootlegs was the vestage of Chinese DVD players, making it ideal for me. I believe MiCO may be attempting to suck-up to the DVD industry by imposing restrictions on these `extra` functions.
Perhaps the dropping of VCD and CDR from the manual and casing is a message from MiCO that they want to be taken seriously again by the Warnker/Sony mafia.
Sadly it might work.

Perhaps this MiCO is the last of its kind. Firmware can be altered to comply to terms set out by High street shops. I believe that day will soon come :(

"although you did seem to mention quite abit about artifacts, seeing as the mico is not supposed to have any:)"

Ha-ha. One freebie `throwaway` disc showed artifacts. It was a 6Mb bitrate advertisement authored by the BBC. What would you expect from these jokers?
I mentioned artifacting in VCD and SVCD modes. Thats what these modes use to create the picture. Artifacts! If there werent any they would be called DVD!

"The 505 has that daft digest feature, but only for VCD etc, Hitachi couldnt be arsed implementing it for DVD eventhough the ESS chip supports it!"

DAFT??? Does yours show the first two seconds on each clip when passing the cursor over it? No? MiCO does and I dont think its daft at all.
Then again on an Hitachi... hmmmm.

"It seems Mico have aimed this model directly at the european, seeing as it wont convert pal to ntsc."

Possibly, but that doesnt explain why there`s component out included now, a system widely used in the states.
Anyhow, it doesnt upset me as I`d hate to think of all those Yanks exploiting the qualities of the MiCO while they deny us decent R2 DVDs on time.
Who the hell do they think they are. F*ck Hollywood.

"The picture improvements that you see carrot are probably down to a new Analogue/Digital Video chip."

I`ll open her up and find out. Need some clips for MiCOShrine 2 anyway :)

RE: Your advise please on what dvd player i should GET!!!

Oh no. Another Hitachi Fan!!!

That`s two now!

RE: What is the best MP3 capable DVD player...

Not the MiCO if you want filenames or fast searching or random thingamy.

It will however play the full range 32 - 320 kb/s. I only know of one other player that will do this... Aiwa 370.

MiCO also plays VBR and sample rates down to 22,050. Doesnt matter what characters you use in the filename either. As long as a PC will take it, the MiCO will too.
999 tracks in over 63 directories. Recursive directories are searched too.

RE: Scan - Delivery Company

"Scan now use city-link for both UK and Ireland....
you may be put off by the delivery charge though.

£30 minimum up to 5 kilos
DVD player = 10 kilos..... £45"

I got my MiCO DVD Player (4kg) today from London E17.

City Link delivered it within 24 hours and I was charged just £10 p+p by the company.
Perhaps the high rates are for returns/non-business users?

MiCO DVD-A980S (New Model) - FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hi MiCO fans. (cue the cricket noises)

Got the new-and-improved* MiCO DVD-A980S today from MultiZoneDVD for £199.99 + £10p+p
https://www.business-ecommercesoftware.co.uk/actinic/softech/index.html

Better delivery times than Unbeatable! Site states 3 days, but delivered it next day, 10am. That`s the way to do it.

I had a `severe` shock when I opened the box to find no mention of CDR or VCD/DVCD/CVD on the MiCO or manual (The older MiCO had)
My fears were quickly dispelled as all my CDR MP3/CDDA collection played fautlessly. Not surprisingly as all MiCO`s utilise dual-optic loaders.
Additionally, a home made VCD (industry compliant via Nero) played without a hitch. Phew!
But there was some bad news to come.
All my non-standard DVD resolution XVCDs failed to play properly! I tested them on CDR/CDRW and came up with the same results, green and purple blocks all over the place. 640x480 and 640x400 were also affected.
After nearly vomiting up my dinner (diced carrots, of course) I tried my 720x576 X(S)VCD`s samples.
PERFECT! and still fautless up to 5,600 kbs :) Phew again!
As MPEG2 is considered better than MPEG1 (smaller size for same quality), I didnt let the fact that XVCD wouldnt now play put me off.
But why did they remove this???
Losing DVD resolution XVCD though has now knocked MiCO off the budget king position (sic) ... or has it?

A closer look...

IMPROVEMENTS :)
===============

Redesigned remote control. Much more sensible. Still a nice solid remote :)
The MiCO feels a tad more responsive to button presses too :)

Old model remote control. Yelo 800 clone. Basic but did the job well.
http://www.geocities.com/micoshrine/A980_RCU_150dpi.jpg
New Model. More features.
http://www.geocities.com/micoshrine/A980S_RCU_150dpi.jpg

Component out (Y Cb Cr) takes the place of the RGB phono`s. Not to worry as RGB is still selectable via SCART.

New low-power standby feature, as well as the nice clunky mechanical power switch up front. Best of both worlds :) [Curious though that the mechanical power button has no effect if the MiCO is in low-power standby!]
**** UPDATE - SCRAP THAT. CAPACITIVE CHARGE LEAKS AWAY AFTER A FEW SECONDS ****
Oh, and of course a standby button on the remote! ABOUT TIME!!!

Banding artifacts on similar coloured backgrounds have GONE!!! Yippee. I`d only noticed this effect on one freebie disc, but it was nice to see it has cleared up.
Better filtering on its C-Cube 3.0? :)))))

Pause added to MP3 mode.
Directory/Track numbers bug fixed which usually caused false readings of directory totals when reversing through the disc. Perfect now :)

MiCO no longer needs a reset between playing MP3 and DVD discs. Famous MiCO problem solved :)

Two interesting preview modes (VCD / SVCD / X(S)VCD only).
Either view a single track as 9 pictures on screen (3x3 grid) or view the beginning of eack track, 9 pictues (tracks) at a time.
Then select the section you want to jump to. VERY NICE!

One other thing I`ve noticed is the marked improvement of VCD playback. With my last MiCO (old model), I didnt rate VCD at all. Now even if the MiCO is set to PAL or NTSC output, the reproduction is very watchable.
Was the old MiCO under performing in this department? YES!
Even SVCD show less artifacting.

Added pitch control (15 settings flat/sharp). Works on CDDA and DVD etc, but not MP3. Sound like Donald Duck/Minnie Mouse via the twin karaoke mics. Digital echo too :)

When playing CDDA there is an option to select DTS Compact Disc. Anyone know what that is?

Sticky label on from fascia stating `C-Cube ZiVA` inside. Nice to see that sorta thing these days. C-Cube Rocks!!!
Duchess: Do,ya wannit? £50. :)

Manual has nice protective glossy cover. More professional all round :)

Fascia/Remote buttons look more solid with professional clearer labeling :) MiCO is definately going up market.

Many more changes that I dont yet fully understand (Manual is a bit lacking). Replay mode and even `RECORD`!!!
No it cant, can it? :)

DISLIKES :(
===========

As stated earlier DVD resolution XVCD (and maybe other resolution too) is gone! I`m very glad I didnt backup anyhing in this format.
Perhaps this is a good lesson. Dont rely on obscure non-standard formats. YOU`LL UNDOUBTEDLY COME A CROPPER. Betamax!
Best to stick with MPEG2 SVCD authoring - the highest quality standard to date.
MiniDVD will always be compatible with PC software player, unfortunately neither the new or old MiCO will play them :(

No mention of DVCD/CVCD any longer! But still may do it. (I`m sure it will)

There is no longer the ability to covert a PAL Disc to NTSC! At least it wont work thru the SCART. It never looked good anyway, so I guess thats why it was dropped.
The player sometimes will not play a PAL disc if it is in NTSC mode. (`No Disk` or `Wrong Disc Format` error!).
Manual selection of PAL mode in then necessary.
This fact nearly made me chuck up again!
First DVD in drive returned No Disk. Arrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh. You should have heard me swear!

At other times PAL mode is automatically configured! Weird!
At least it provides a sort of auto selection.
PAL60 is mentioned on MultiZoneDVD`s web site. My TV is will do both automatically, so I cant confirm this. No detectable flicker/jitter from an NTSC disc output in PAL, so perhaps it`s working.

Slow `reverse` speeds appear a bit jerky and produce artifacting (large squares) at times. Not something I`d use though.
I didnt notice this on my last MiCO but it may be dependant on the DVD.
Forward speeds are fine - 1/16 - 1/8 - 1/4 - 1/2.

Picture `may` be fractionally darker overall. Perhaps the extra filtering to remove artifacts/miniscule grain?

Macrovision reset to ON each time either standby mode is entered.
Not important to me, but may annoy those who watch via their VCR`s.

THINGS TO IMPROVE!
==================

Fast-Forward/Reverse for MP3. It`s about time it was implemented. :¦
Filenames?

Still `some` low bitare MP3`s (32kbs) terminate early or are randomly skipped. Strange :(

All-in-all, MiCO DVD-A980S is an improvement over the old model. But not by as much as it could have been.
The inclusion of a PREVIEW mode, adds class to an already superb player.
If you still own the old model, dont feel it is second best.
You have a beauty, capable of XVCD too. First issues are always more collectible anyway. ;P
It`s all a question of swings and roundabouts, but I wouldnt swap it for the old one. :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))




There are some changes to the firmware which add auto-functionality such as RGB/Composite/Component/S-Video output selection.
Before, selection could (probably) be obtained from all sockets simultanoeously.
Why change this? Reduction in circuit noise?

Anyhow, no scratched discs so it gets the Carrot`s thumbs-up :)

This item was edited on Thursday, 15th March 2001, 08:52

RE: Your advise please on what dvd player i should GET!!!

Sadly the 505 has the worst pixelation of any player, including SCAN.

Otherwise it would be a great buy. Pity. "

why have you owned a scan & a 505?"

No. I read a review that states the 505 "had the worst picture theyve ever seen". As for SCAN reviews. err.. look around!

"The answer is no you have not TROLL!"

The answer is not on your Nelley!

MiCO keeps winning awards and awards for great picture/sound/extras.
Even the BBC recommend them!

"Who said this?
"Waaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaa. Its a TOASTER!""

Yo. Briley. Ironduke fell for this trap I laid.
I WAS ONLY JOKING. FunBoY. Its quality thru-and-thru.

Hitachi 505 is the most joked about player read here:
http://s***achi.stormpages.com/

and if thats down check the mirror site:
http://website.lineone.net/~hitachirocks/

Nuff Said!

RE: Time for bear to go me thinks

"THE IRONDUKE ENDORSES BEAR!"

Like a bluebottle endorses s***!

"on the other hand mico sucks s***e:)"

New & Improved MiCO specs include. NTSC/PAL50/PAL60 conversion.
Better Remote. Standby Button. Added Component Out and much much more!
Cant wait for City Link to turn up!

I`m not bitter. The best thing that ever happened to me was that crunching.

RE: Your advise please on what dvd player i should GET!!!

"You can now get the lustfull Hitachi DV-P505E from empire direct for 216 quid, then all you need to do is download the Multiregion and macro disabled firmware from my site!"

Sadly the 505 has the worst pixelation of any player, including SCAN.

Otherwise it would be a great buy. Pity.

RE: DONS RULE SW19 er... actually I`m a bit out of date!

UNBREAKABLE: 100% Don I was!!!

Not now, and not since they left Plough Lane.

A small group of us thought we`d make a point by boycotting Selhurst Park. I stuck to my guns!!!

Cork`s departure (along with his hair - sing it) was also mine.

Moved to Hastings the same year and never looked back.

Hastings Town FC for me now.

RE: Your advise please on what dvd player i should GET!!!

MiCO DVD-A980 / A980S will do all your requirements and more.

Click on my name `Carrot Cruncher` to see more about the MiCO`s specs in my user profile.

Put simply - It`s the best budget DVD player in the known universe.

RE: Time for bear to go me thinks

I personally like the Bear, even though he has the occasional swipe at the MiCO.

Anyhow, he`s only saying what the rest of us are thinking about SCAN.
If it wasnt true, it wouldnt be funny! FACT.

ESS Sucks!!!

RE: DONS RULE SW19 er... actually I`m a bit out of date!

"I think your on the verge of going postal old son ;-)"

I may be Jesus Christ but even I didnt get the above!

going postal?

Alan Cork was God.

DONS RULE SW19 er... actually I`m a bit out of date!

UNBREAKABLE? Not if you come round Wimbledon way!

Up the Wombles!!!

RE: What is the Best dvd player under £200?

The MiCO`s `slight` failings are well catalogued in my User`s Profile here.

I believe in being brutally honest. Worts and all !!!

I also saw that competition. I entered my details and got a CGI script error. No doubt they wanted to keep it for themselves.

Perhaps I`ll get two of them! Spares I`m thinking ;-)

Yelo and Hitachi obviosly have the same video quality. No wonder you got confused into thinking it was good! You had nothing decent to compare it with!

I forgive you. (Like Christ forgave his Judas)

RE: What is the Best dvd player under £200?

MiCO DVD-A980 has more features than any other budget player.

Just click on my name in red `Carrot Cruncher` to find out more.

You can also buy the newer `S` model for £200 at https://www.business-ecommercesoftware.co.uk/actinic/softech/MultizoneDVD_MiCO_A_980S_Multi_Region_277.html

MiCO Rocks!!!

This item was edited on Tuesday, 13th March 2001, 03:08