Originally Posted by The_Stuff
they play dvd's???!!!?!!?? I did know know that!
Yes, but the video output is still "composite;" a yellow RCA plug. With an older tube TV (non-digital 4x3) it will be perfect. With a newer flat screen 16x9 widescreen you will not be as happy. This article explains why.
Commercial DVDs are recorded in 720x480i but the 700 will only play them "down-sampled" to composite resolution 640x480i.
I have a Concertone 700 but do not use the internal DVD player at all (except for music mixed MP3 party CDs). I use an up-converting separate (small footprint) DVD player and its HDMI output to send 1020x480P signal to the flatscreen TV. That way I can get true widescreen. With the composite you would not only get an unacceptable picture, but your widescreen movie choices are "very tiny with large black bars at the top and bottom" or "zoomed in and miss the sides of the image".
I was extremely disappointed there was only a composite output, but was happy that it still played homemade movies on DVD-R format blanks with no problems. You would think the 700 would have had at least a component option since that output on DVD players has been around for YEARS.
Here is the product gallery to figure out which unit you have.
Looks like the Concertone ZX700/ZX690 are used interchangably unless there is a subtle difference between the two I am unaware of.
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