Hello all. This is about the Sumvision, Bonzo1, but I have to mention the Yamada as well. I bought a Yamada 8400x a few weeks ago but returned it due to excessive noise and the fact that the remote had to be at 90 degrees to the player before it would work - even then it often took 2 or more presses to work.
I eventually bought a Sumvision SV1001 which turned out to have exactly the same 'engine' as the 8400x (exactly the same menus, operation and presumably firmware). The Sumvision is very quiet and the remote works fine.
The only difference is that the Sumvision has no one touch timer record function (record for 30/60/90 etc mins by pressing the record button) but I feel sure the 8400x did have this - perhaps a different/later version firmware? There doesn't seem to be any firmware around for the Sumvision but perhaps the Yamada one might work?
The Sumvision's picture and sound quality are excellent, especially using the built-in component video and optical-digital audio outputs. The remote is rather crowded and many of the buttons are very small and difficult to find, but everything is there somewhere. On screen menus are rather crude but quite functional once you get used to them. There are a few annoying quirks, such as timer dates being in american mm/dd format and having to cycle through the rear CVBS and SVideo inputs to select the Scart option (surely Scart should be the default?) there are separate buttons for front, rear and TV tuner inputs though, which is handy.
You can remove ads by using the add/hide chapter functions - clunky but it works ok if you are prepared to spend a little time on it. You can also split one title into two separate titles - again, this works ok but can take up to 30 mins apparently. Neither of the machines play video via the USB port:(
A weird thing about both machines is that when playing the Ghostbusters DVD, they display a subtitle message over the picture saying that the TV should be switched to 4:3 format for the commentary to work (this shows continuously alternating between English and German even when the commentary is turned off). I can obviously live without ever seeing Ghostbusters again, but I wonder if it will do this with any other DVD's?
Overall, the Sumvision is excellent value and does what it says on the tin.
Oh yes, and be prepared to be blinded by the blue lights that encircle the control buttons when not in stand-by! They really are very bright and alittle distracting sometimes.