Zenith XBS444 250-Watt Home Theater System with Progressive-Scan DVD/VCR Combo

Zenith XBS444 250-Watt Home Theater System with Progressive-Scan DVD/VCR Combo

Zenith XBS444 250-Watt Home Theater System with Progressive-Scan DVD/VCR Combo
Manufacturer: Zenith
Product Type: CE

Editorial Review:
Product Description
Zenith Electronics is focused on the digital future, building on a proud heritage of leadership in entertainment products for the home and professional markets.PRODUCT FEATURES: Complete home theater sound system: DVD/VHS combination with 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR, digital receiver and AM/FM tuner; Five 35 watt speakers with one 75 watt subwoofer that provides 600 watts of ultra-clear, dynamic sound; Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and dts digital surround sound provides a theater-like atmosphere with six separate audio channels; Plays DVD?RW, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, JPG and KODAK Picture CD; Progressive scan and component video output produce superior, crisp, clear images; Front A/V jacks provide easy access to A/V inputs for camcorders and video game systems.
Amazon.com Product Description
It may be small in size, but Zenith's XBS444 home theater produces cinematic and musical excitement that's larger than life. The system consists of a combination DVD player/VHS player-recorder with an integrated surround receiver and FM tuning, five 2-way satellite speakers (left, center, right and left/right surround), and a 50-watt powered subwoofer to drive home the dramatic low-end frequencies.

Whether your living room is currently home to a high-definition-ready or HDTV or if you're merely thinking of "someday," the XBS444's DVD component stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The integrated surround receiver decodes DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound and processes stereo and music sources with Dolby Pro Logic II, generating enveloping, 5.1-channel surround from any 2-channel input. You can also choose from a suite of nine DSP (digital signal processing) algorithms to further tailor the sound to your taste or programming preferences.

This system is made to handle music, too: just pop in a CD-R or CD-RW full of MP3 music files and sit back to enjoy up to 10 hours of your favorite digital music.

The XBS444's 4-head VHS design ensures smooth slow-motion play (forward and reverse) and clear still-frame images. And, with hi-fi sound, the unit records and plays back stereo audio tracks. Its 19-micron heads deliver the clearest possible picture when recording or viewing in EP (extended-play) mode, and a handy one-touch-record button lets you tape programs "on the fly."

With 250 watts total power (40 watts per channel) and a 7-inch driver on the subwoofer, you'll enjoy dynamic, ultra-clear sound. All speakers are ma genetically shielded to prevent image distortion when placed near a television, and a .125-inch headphone jack lets you listen at night or in private. The system includes an FM antennas, and its phase-lock-looped tuner offers 30 memory presets to keep all your favorite FM/AM radio stations within a finger's reach.

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR/amplifier unit, 5 satellite speakers, 1 subwoofer, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, subwoofer interconnect, requisite speaker cabling, an FM antenna, foot pads for the speakers, a registration card, and warranty information.


Average customer rating: 3.5
  • good product
  • Early technology but decent camera
  • Something to remember
  • ordinary
  • I have to say GET THIS!

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Manufacturer: JVC
Product Group: Photography
Binding: Electronics
ASIN: B000E15B18

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Product Description

With the JVC GZ-MG21 Everio Hard Drive Camcorder you can record all the great stuff that makes life more fun. Whether you're recording the family football game or your child's first play, the 1/6" 680k pixel CCD gets every part of the action. The 32x optical & 800x Digital Hyper Zoom lets you record every event, and the 2.5" LCD monitor lets you preview while you record. The built-in 20GB hard drive lets you record everything without having to carry tapes or memory cards; you can then transfer directly to a computer through the USB port. 470 lines of resolution 16 - 9 video mode (high-quality) Digital still capture (640x480) SD card slot USB 2.0 6x transfer rate Auto illumination light Power-linked operation Includes remote control PictBridge compatible Data battery (VF714) Multi-language controls (4 languages) Stick controller button MPEG editing, Cyberlink & Photo Navigator software included

Customer Reviews:

4 out of 5 stars good product.......2007-05-06

a good DV camcorder! the reason i did not rate it as 5 stars is i don't like its light function. The light is a little bit weak.

4 out of 5 stars Early technology but decent camera.......2007-04-17

I don't think the camera is worth the 400 dollars, but it is a decent HARD DRIVE camera nonetheless. One of the major drawbacks is that you need great light sources to have an excelent shot. In addition, the proprietary .mod extension files only play on the given software. Be ready to know how to produce the clips and turn them into a playable mpeg or mpeg2 files if you want to share these files with family and friends. The major advantage is not having to buy all kinds of tapes. This is simply a camera for the the Dad or the soccer Mom who want to have movies of their kids. I would say that if you really want quality pictures, save your hard earned 400 dollars and hold out for an pricier HD camcorder.

3 out of 5 stars Something to remember.......2007-04-13

I got this camera about a year ago mainly to film myself throwing discus.. anyways it had worked really well for doing that (discus), but when i used to make a film for a class at school, it was on a rolling tripod and i was rolling it down the hall filming and the tripod got kicked, and now i have to replace the hard drive. Not that JVC should replace it, but it is a point to think of when getting this camera. You would never have that problem with DV or SD. Otherwise it is a great camera for non professional video like families or students.

3 out of 5 stars ordinary.......2007-04-02

This is my first camcorder. I purchased it because of my new-born son. The reasons that I chose this one are the 32x optical zoom and hard drive storage. The pixel is not bad,680000,like most other camcorders. It is very small and convenient. About the videos, I do not know how good it is compared to others, such as miniDV. But I am not satisfied with it. Like other reviewers said it is very bad for indoor videos. I tried different set-ups, it improved a bit, but still not good. If you choose night mode, videos actually get worse. The only way to solve this problem is to turn on all of the lights in your room and make a very bright scene(if you have enough lights). The day videos are just fine. I used auto mode. But, sometimes, it is not that "auto". If you shot at the early afternoon, the videos become very bright. I think you should use manual mode to get the good videos if you are kind of familar with camcorders.

I like the software. I easily installed in my computer and used it right away. You can edit your videos and make a short movie.
In summary, it is a ordinary camcorder for beginners.

5 out of 5 stars I have to say GET THIS!.......2007-03-13

This is just plain cool!

This camcorder is so worth the money! And the software it comes with is just so user friendly!!!

I have no complaints about this device, cheap, reliable, and so easy to use!

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