Last night I eagerly opened the box for my Lite-On LVD-2001 â€œmedia playerâ€. Iâ€™m choosing to call this unit a â€œmedia playerâ€ because DVD player just does not do it justice. A DVD player usually will only play DVDs from a single region. The LVD-2001 player will play DVDs from every region, MPEG 1, 2, 3 and 4 files and will even display JPEG files using a PCMCIA adapter.
When I first connected the LVD-2001 unit to my television, I quickly dug through some CDs of divx files I already had burned. I found a movie that I previously had viewed on my PC, one that I knew was of high quality. I waited a few secondsâ€¦ first it told me it was detecting and diskâ€¦ then I waited a few more seconds. The unit then reported that the file was of an unsupported format; so back to the CD pile I went. For the next 5 disks, I did not find a single divx file that would play on the unit.
Then I thought about firmware updates, so I went to look in the setup to see if it would give me a revision date. I pushed the setup button on the remote, but nothing happened. I pushed again, still nothing. Then for no apparent reason, I thought to remove the disk that was currently in the unit. Only then would the unit bring me into setup mode. It was a little annoying that the unit was so picky, but it was an acceptable annoyance.
I saw that the unit shipped with firmware 0.2.23, so off to the web I went. I first tried www.liteon.com, but the server was not found. OK, so now off to Google to find the right URL. I spent the next 10 minutes fruitlessly searching Google but could only find the Taiwan Lite-On site that didnâ€™t list the LVD-2001 unit and did not have a link to the US site. I then spotted an email address on some paperwork and plugged that URL into the browser, this time it worked. www.liteonit.com turns out to be the companies website.
I then went to the support page and found the firmware update link for my unit. I downloaded the firmware zip file, based upon itâ€™s name it was version 0.2.27. After the download completed, I unzipped the file to find 2 word documents, 1 pdf and one .nrg file. I read the documents to see how to create an update disk, but couldnâ€™t find any obvious information.
The pdf was the same as one of the word documents; it started off with instructions on how to create a boot disk with Nero, including that you need to point Nero to linux.bin. Great! I need linux.bin to update my drive, but the only binary file included is an .nrg file. Then I began to wonder, could .nrg be a Nero file? So I did a Google search and found that my hunch was right. I then went back to the firmware instructions and saw that under the linux.bin instructions was a second set of instructions telling that the .nrg file could be used to create a CD.
At this point I was a little annoyed, not only did Lite-On use a proprietary CD image format for software they did not include and software I did not have, but they also included installation instructions that included a ton of steps that had nothing to do with the files it was packaged with. I ended up downloading the Nero demo and creating the disk, but by this time an hour had passed since I unboxed my unit and I still had not played any divx files.
I took the firmware CD to my unit and successfully updated the firmware in about 2 minutes. After the update, the unit played virtually all of my divx files, however there were a couple of divx files that had an unsupported audio codec. I do not blame Lite-On for this, I do realize there are idiots out there who use random-audio-codec-x for reasons God only knows.
I am very happy with my unit, however I wish they had better information on how to update the firmware and wish they would use the standard ISO CD format. I do not use Nero because I choose to use another package that I paid a good bit of money for. I canâ€™t say that I understand the rational behind their choice to use the .nrg format instead of an ISO.
All in all I think this is a good unit and well worth the $150 price tag. I just hope Lite-On smoothes out the rough edges a bit.