We end up watching the same movies over and over when testing the glut of TVs that come through the office, which is why we're going to love having the Samsung DVD-HD850 around. It's one of these new-fangled DVD players that will upscale your movies to high-definition resolutions, so that they look better on your flat screen or projector. "What voodoo magic is this?" we hear you ask.
Well, when you're using a high-definition TV to watch your Columbo DVD collection, the TV is struggling to make Peter Falk's face not look like it's one huge mass of wrinkles. Samsung's DVD-850 will process the video and transform it into shiny, sparkly goodness. It's the same idea as Denon's DVD 2910, except it's £80, whereas the Denon is about £500.
The DVD player itself is beautifully designed, like some ancient Greek statue. It has HDMI and component video outputs on the rear, as well as all the regular Scart and S-video gubbins. Excitingly, it will also play DivX video and if you want to spend around £40 extra on the DVD-950, you can get DVD-Audio and SACD playback too. We'll have a full review on the DVD-850 sooner than you can say 'progressive-scan DVD playback'. -GC
Update: this review is now live here.