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Apex AD-600A DVD Player

    April 04, 2002


Apex AD-600A DVD Player
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What They Say


The Review!

Apex AD-600A DVD Player


Models marked "Manufactured 9/99" and before in the
back of the player can be made region codefree and have macrovision
disabled
just by using the href="http://marcyu.tripod.com/secret_menu.html">remote control.


These sell at Circuit City for about $149-169. It is being
replaced this year with an updated model. If you can't find one at one of your
local CC stores, there are reports that the central region warehouse still has
hundreds left. The salesperson can order it for you at no additional charge. Ask
for model number "APX AD-600A" or "APX AD600A". I've also
found a lot of them on eBay, but, as of February 2000, they have been auctioning
for $227-285 each.

This player does not have a decoder built in, so you will
need an A/V receiver with Dolby Digital 5.1 and/or dts decoding. If not, you can
use the analog audio plugs and just be content with regular stereo or Dolby pro
Logic.

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Pros:

Permanently disable region coding using remote

Permanently disable macrovision using remote

Permanently disable CSS using remote*

Component video output (Colorstream)

Audio output has both Dolby Digital and dts

Plays CD's, CDR's, and CD-RW's

Plays MP3 files (CD, CDR, & CD-RW)

Plays VCD's

Plays Karaoke discs

Dual Karaoke Microphone inputs

Plays both NTSC and PAL discs and outputs to NTSC and PAL displays

Comes with S-Video and composite/analog cables when bought new

90 day labor/1 year parts warranty on new machines

Fast menu

*(if you disable CSS, it will not play non-Region 1 DVD's;
however, if you keep CSS enabled, it will play a DVD from any region if you have
set it with the secret menu instructions)

Cons:

No optical digital output

No longer being manufactured

Region Coding:

Worked fined with a couple of Region 2 DVD's. I initially had CSS disabled,
which gave a massively pixelated picture. After enabling it again, it played the
Region 2 DVD's fine.

MP3:

It does indeed play MP3 files, even with discs with subdirectories by pushing
the "Program" button. †You can either play them straight through
(no rewinding or fast forwarding within a MP3 file)†or shuffle (random)
through them, but playlists are not supported. Low bitrate MP3's (24 or 32 kbps)
do not appear to work, but 128kps or higher had no problems. File names with
more than 8 characters are truncated (i.e. TENCHIN1) on the display, but they
play fine.

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Technical:

Video Outputs:

Color difference (Y, Cr, Cb) (aka YUV) - 1

S-Video (Y/C) - 2

Composite Video Out plug - 3

Audio Outputs:

2 pairs of Analog audio out plugs - 4

DTS/PCM/Dolby Digital (AC-3) Audio Out (Coaxial only) - 5

Inputs:

2 Microphone inputs for Karaoke (in front of player)

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Info Links:

http://www.nerd-out.com/apex/

(unoffical unit home page)

http://www.ugeek.com/hwswrev/conel/apex600a/apex600a.htm

(general review, does not discuss secret menu features)

http://marcyu.tripod.com/secret_menu.html

(the secret menu commands to permanently disable region coding and macrovision)

http://forum.arstechnica.com/forum/ubb/Forum3/HTML/004377.html

(Apex player message forum)

http://www.vddv.com/products.htm

(VDDV AD-600A information; this player is supposedly its twin)

Miscellaneous:

The menu is very fast - the fastest I've ever seen. The remote doesn't have a
toggle switch (surprise, surprise), but at least it's better than the Pioneer
remote. Heck, anything is better than the Pioneer remote. Go to the href="http://www.nerd-out.com/apex/">unofficial unit home page (first entry
under "Info Links"). It has more information and pictures than you can
shake a stick at. †By all reports, this company does not even have a web
site yet. Still, by far, it is one of the only true bargains I have ever bought
in my life. And that includes getting my Toshiba 3107 for $500 below MSRP.

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Marc Yu


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