An Absolute Bargain

Although it may look like a standard DVD player, the Zensonic Z300 is equipped with the new MTK1389 chipset. This adds MPEG-4 to its list of supported file formats, including DivX and XviD codecs with advanced encoding features like Qpel and Global Motion Compensation. Audio files are equally well catered for, with variable bit rate support for MP3s, plus WMA playback and promised firmware upgrades for future codec releases.

Zensonic Z300

The only current disc format not supported by the Z300 is DVD-RAM, so you can play back your still, video or music collections from virtually any type of CD or DVD. Outputs include S-VHS, component and composite video connections (both PAL and NTSC), and even a 15-pin VGA connector for playback through a standard PC monitor. Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS streams are decoded internally, with the requisite speaker connections for a 5.1 speaker setup, but the Z300 also has co-axial and optical pass-throughs for external amplifiers.

With six 12-bit video converters, the Z300 provides high-end video quality on both interlaced and progressive scan displays. It's let down a little by build quality and a rather cheap remote control, but with a price this low and a feature set this comprehensive, who's complaining?

Zensonic Z300

Price: $159

Distributor: PC Range

Phone: 1300 762 192

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