Pioneer DV-C503 review: Pioneer DV-C503

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Five-disc changer; crisp picture; clean sound; a gaggle of features.

The Bad Dog-ugly front-panel display; cluttered remote; no zoom.

The Bottom Line Affordable, versatile, and easy to use: this is what to expect from a DVD player.

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The designers of the Pioneer DV-C503 CD/DVD five-disc carousel changer nailed it with this one. Not only does this player deliver great sound and video, it also has a number of easily accessible features you can take advantage of. And when you consider that it does all this for less than $400, you may conclude that this is the ideal system for people with too many discs--and too much time--on their hands. The designers of the Pioneer DV-C503 CD/DVD five-disc carousel changer nailed it with this one. Not only does this player deliver great sound and video, it also has a number of easily accessible features you can take advantage of. And when you consider that it does all this for less than $400, you may conclude that this is the ideal system for people with too many discs--and too much time--on their hands.

Disc-o-tech
At its core, the DV-C503 is a solid, five-disc carousel player capable of playing DVDs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and VideoCDs that provide MPEG-1 content. Like RCA's RC5910P, the DV-C503 also performs well under pressure. Equipped with a single set of S-Video, component, and composite video jacks, this system makes visually stunning DVDs, such as Fight Club, look crisp and clean, even during dark, underground scenes. You'll need a receiver, though, to connect to the DV-C503's digital optical or digital coaxial outputs for Dolby Digital and DTS sound, and stereo aficionados can use the analog outputs. The 96KHz/24-bit audio DAC makes CD and DVD sound sparkle.

We didn't fall in love with the cluttered remote, but this player is a responsive machine. It switches swiftly between DVD chapters or CD tracks and swaps discs at a brisk clip. The player is quick at changing audio tracks and subtitle tracks and when jumping between scenes with the Repeat A-B functions.

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Pioneer DV-C503

Part Number: DV-C503
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  • Media Type CD-RW
  • Type DVD changer
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound