The prices of DVD players just keep on going down here. Yesterday I bought my very first 99RMB [that's under $15] model in Carrefour. I couldn't wait to get home to see how it sounded.
First up I listened to one of my favourite BIS recordings - Mozart 40 in a version for piano, flute and strings. The sound really wasn't as bad as I'd expected - the cello sounded really 'reedy' rather than full-bodied and the flute was akin to a sopranino recorder in its higher register with very little bloom. But there was a fair approximation to a soundstage and really quite decent dynamics, not at all 'bitstream'.
Rebecca Pidgeon's 'Spanish Harlem' is the test disc I use to check for sibilance (it has lots of 's' sounds), and sure enough there was some but definitely not terrible considering the price.
This undoubtedly had potential for the price - I wondered if it could be improved. Inside almost all the functions are integrated on the MediaTek chip (although it...