Last Updated 21 September 1999
What comes in the box?
What connections are available on the back?
What video output formats are supported?
I can't find the Quasi-PAL setting!
When should I change the Quasi-PAL setting?
What output format should I choose and what connection method?
How do I enter the multi-region code so that I can play region 1 DVD's?
Will the Samsung 807 play the DVD's that cause problems on other region 0 players?
Can the Samsung 807 play CDR or CDRW media?
Can Macrovision be disabled?
Are there any known faults with the Samsung 807?
The Samsung has an option called 'Quasi-PAL' which will play back an NTSC film in PAL60 format instead of the standard PAL50 which will not look as good.
When playing a NTSC film the quasi-PAL settings are therefore:-
|Quasi-PAL ON||PAL 60Hz (better quality if your TV can cope)|
|Quasi-PAL OFF||PAL 50Hz (best for compatibility)|
Note that the Quasi-PAL setting still switches between 50Hz and 60Hz when viewing the RGB output. Quasi-PAL therefore should still be turned on even if you only watch the RGB output.
It appears that only the UK model has the Quasi-PAL feature. The European models do not have it.
If your TV supports the 60Hz picture that you get when playing a NTSC DVD with Quasi-PAL turned on then you should leave Quasi-PAL turned on all the time. Follow the procedure below because it is best to change setup menu's without a DVD being loaded:-
Now without a DVD loaded or a NTSC format DVD loaded the picture will be in 525 lines 60Hz format. When a PAL DVD is loaded the picture reverts back to the standard 625 line 50Hz PAL standard.
The best connection you could make to your TV is using a fully wired SCART lead and selecting the RGB input on your TV. Getting a home cinema grade SCART cable from the likes of http://www.lektropacks.co.uk/ or http://www.keene.co.uk/ will also make the picture a little better (if you have a good TV to start with).
Next if you are playing a NTSC DVD then you should have the 'Quasi-PAL' setting as 'ON' so that the Samsung displays the picture in the same format as on the DVD and does not omit frames (which causes jerkiness) or insert extra lines (which causes 'jaggies') to convert it to full UK PAL50 format.
However not all TV's work properly with the PAL60 signal when Quasi-PAL is ON so you may have to turn it off. All TV's which can show NTSC should be fine with PAL60.
Follow the procedure below exactly. Use the keys on the remote for all operations.
Yes. People have tried it and nobody has yet found a DVD that it will not play and that includes BuenaVista, Warner, and MGM titles together including the likes of 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and 'Con Air'.
In general CDR media cannot be played because the laser used to play back DVD's is slightly outside the spec required to read CDR media which is why many DVD players cannot read CDR media. PC based drives and the more expensive separate DVD players have a dual laser system for reading DVD's and standard CD's. You may be lucky and find a brand of CDR which does work in the Samsung.
CDRW's do tend to work because they are more similar to standard CD's in their colour.
No. Have a look at the CM-1 Copymate Video Copy Enhancer at http://www.lektropacks.co.uk/. I have not used it myself so cannot guarantee if it will work but others have tried and reported that it has worked fine for them.
Yes but they are fairly minor:-