NeuNeo 1080p DVD Player Review

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NeoDigits NeuNeo hvd2085 Well, NeoDigits bragged to our Audio-imbibing friends over at Audioholics, and they decided to write a review of the NeuNeo 1080p upconverting DVD player.

I’ve already covered a NeuNeo review here and an avs review mention here. But, our thorough, HT-loving brothers at AA (hic) are a source of wisdom to count on.

Pros
– True 720p/1080i/1080p upconversion via component video outputs
– HVD support for true HD DVDs

Cons
– Poor deinterlacing capability
– No flag-less 2:3 error detection
– Fisher Price remote control
– Cheap aesthetics
– Soft Picture
– User manual missing key graphics in diagrams

Conclusion

We received an email from NeoDigits some time ago which prompted this review. In it they bragged a little bit about how this player didn’t have the ‘macroblocking bug’ because it didn’t use a Faroudja chip for video processing. While this is certainly true, the downside is that it also failed most of the video tests we ran it through. I think I’d prefer the macroblocking bug personally. Still, no Faroudja player I know of outputs 720p, 1080i, or 1080p from its component video outputs. Actually, I am not aware of any player that outputs 1080p at this point save Denon’s new $3,800 flagship DVD-5910Cxi with 1080p upgrade. The performance of the HVD2085 is akin to many HTPCs I’ve seen – great picture resolution, provided you don’t ask them to do anything fancy. If you’ve absolutely got to have a 1080p source or you have an older analogue projection system that can take HD over component but not HDMI, I suppose $249 isn’t too much to ask.

If you are interested in these types of features, I highly recommend you check out the Oppo OPDV971H:

NeuNeo 1080p DVD Player Review

One Response to “NeuNeo 1080p DVD Player Review”
  1. Grant Zelych Says:

    title: HVD2085 Player Continues to Disappoint!

    I’ve purchased the subject player and have viewed it on the following sets at 720p and 1080i over component video:

    toshiba 50HX70, rear projection CRT
    toshiba 72MX195, DLP

    I’ve set up the subject player using the THX optimizer test patterns for contrast and grey scale. I’ve observed the following serious problems, or deficiencies:

    – on source video that is dark like; room interiors, caves, night the video this player
    produces is an unwatchable mass of black with very little visible detail ( observed in
    several movies but very noticeable in Raiders of the Lost Arc opening scenes, etc ).
    – player will not display 1080p on my 1080p capable toshiba 72MX195
    – player “skipped” a minute of the arrival in venice in Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.
    It did this repeatedly. I was not able to watch that minute of the movie. Then, through
    out venice, and after, the movie would stutter over seconds of video. It would also lose
    video and audio sync ( voice and mouth movement would not match ).

    I am astonished at how badly the HVD2085 player performs on video that is dark. Of the several DVD players I’ve had ranging from $25 to $600, i.e.: several toshibas, an apex, a koch, and the panasonic RP-91, this NeuNeo player is by far the worst I’ve ever seen when it comes to reproducing blacks and dark scenes in general. The remote is weak, difficult to use, and generally the worst remote I’ve ever tried to use.

    Conclusion: Avoid this player and this company.

    Contacting Neodigist technical support was equally frustrating. I sent them an email, waited for two weeks, and recieved no reply. I finally recieved a reply to an email the seller of this player sent on my behalf.