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Helios X5000

Helios [formerly NeoDigits] X5000 at first glance appears a compelling product with its innovative streaming and Internet capabilities. This means you can connect the DVD Player to a PC via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and stream content to your TV.

It can also connect directly to the Internet [with its built-in browser] and stream online TV and other video, Internet radio, podcasts and more.

1080p HDTV owners can scale DVDs and streaming video to up to 1080p resolution, and if the streaming video is HD, it can be played at its native definition. However, as great as this makes the Helios sound, the X5000 cannot play high-definition Blu-ray or HD DVDs.

Several reviews claim the Helios X5000 is not a very good DVD player. Both Audioholics.com and About.com published that it was unable to pass many of the benchmark tests on the Silicon Optix HQV test disc (the standard test discs used by professional DVD player reviewers).

Audioholics.com - claimed the Helios as "disappointing", with the image "stunningly vivid and detailed" when still, but the resolution drops noticeably when images are in motion. This is supposedly due to the X5000's poor deinterlacing performance. In addition, this site claimed the DVD Player

  • Suffered "numerous crashes
  • DVD menus failed to operate properly
  • Occasional dropped video frames.
  • Problems with the X5000's Internet features

The Helios X500 does not come cheaply - at $630 direct from manufacturer.

 

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