DVD on the move

Personal audio entertainment sensai Sony has presented consumers with yet another dazzling reward for their audio-visual enthusiasm, the DVD walkman.

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By  Kate Concannon Published  November 8, 2001

Since the first Sony walkman was produced in 1979, portable music systems have become travel, workout, and even office essentials. From tape casettes through to CDs, walkmans have literally moved with us every step of the way.

But, until now, the enjoyment of DVD and VCD, and the compact audio/visual platform they represent, has been restricted to home theatres and the PC — for those who’ve placed their bets in the DVD format stakes and invested in a drive accordingly.

With its stunning personal entertainment history, it’s really only natural that it is Sony who has now delivered the portable DVD walkman, the D-VM1.

The D-VM1 includes a separate 3.5” colour display, which features that handy Sony jogdial for easy one-handed control. Another well considered feature is NTSC and PAL compatibility, making the D-MV1 extra travel-friendly for all you globe trotters.

Typically cool Sony, the designers have had fun with this kit, giving it an industrial tag with a twist: is that a player or car disc brake?

The D-VM1 incorporates virtual surround sound to simulate the much desired 5.1 channel effect at the heart of quality home theatre. Best of all, despite this units name, it is by no means limited to playing DVDs.

No, this clever and delightfully (albeit curiously) moulded portable home theatre is equipped to spin DVD-R, DVD-RW, VCD, regular audio CD and any music files you can burn onto either CD-R or CD-RW.

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