Samsung DVD-V4800

DVD/VCR combo with multi-memory card slot

  • Samsung DVD-V4800


  • Samsung DVD-V4800


  • Samsung DVD-V4800

  • Samsung DVD-V4800


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Our take on the Samsung DVD-V4800

by Dave Bar

Samsung delivers all of the features you would normally expect in a high-quality DVD/VCR combo player, then throws in a few surprises. A digital photographer's delight, the DVD-V4800 sports a multi-format memory card port right on the front panel! Simply remove the memory card from your digital camera, plug it into the card slot and share your favorite photos right on the TV screen. This super-convenient, 7-in-2 multi-card slot is compatible with all major types of memory cards (see "Key Features" below) and can even read MP3 music files!

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Samsung's exclusive EZ View function lets you quickly convert letterbox images to full screen viewing on a conventional, non-widescreen TV. Imagine — no more black letterbox bars.

The DVD-V4800 has front-panel A/V inputs for fast and simple hookup of your game system or camcorder. Plus, you get Phantom Surround processing to provide rich, simulated surround sound from just two speakers — ideal when connecting to a stereo television or 2-channel audio system.


    DVD Player:
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+RW, Video CD, and Super Video CD
    • plays CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW, MP3-encoded CD-R & CD-RW
    • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
    • front-panel 7-in-2 multi memory card slot (compatible with Memory Stick® and Memory Stick Pro®, MultiMedia card, Secure Digital® card, SmartMedia card, Compact Flash®, and Micro Drive)
    • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
    • EZ View letter box eliminator
    • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby® Digital/DTS/PCM
    • composite video output for DVD/VCR; S-video & component video outputs for DVD only
    • Phantom Surround processor
    • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
    • 4 video heads
    • HiFi Stereo w/MTS decoding
    • 181-channel tuner
    • HQ and luminance noise reduction
    • digital auto tracking
    • intro scan
    • Quasi S-VHS playback (VHS resolution)
    • one touch recording
    • no internal dubbing from DVD to VHS

    Consumer Alert: This component has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

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    Features and Specs
    DVD Recorder
    CD-R Capable
    CD-R/W Capable
    MP3 Playback
    Built-in Surround Decoder
    Recording Speeds
    MTS Reception
    Shuttle Function
    Tracking Adjustment
    Slow Motion
    Commercial Advance
    Auto Clock Set
    Timer Weeks/Events
    Width (inches)
    Height (inches)
    Depth (inches)
    Parts Warranty
    Labor Warranty
    Inputs and Outputs
    HDMI Outputs
    Composite Video Outputs
    S-Video Outputs
    Component Video Outputs
    Analog Audio Outputs
    Front Panel A/V Inputs
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • DVD/VCR combo unit
    • Wireless remote control (00008X)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 48.5" RF coaxial cable (with slip-on male "F" connectors on each end)
    • 48" A/V cable (with stereo audio RCA and composite video plugs on each end)
    • Instruction Manual
    • Product Registration Card

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    DVD Features
    VCR Features
    Card Reader Features
    Remote Control
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Warranty Note

    DVD Features

    Video D/A Converter: The DVD-V4800 uses a 27MHz/10-bit video digital-to-analog converter, which, combined with carefully selected analog components, ensures accurate recreation to the original DVD image.

    Audio D/A Converters: This unit features 96khz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converters to ensure greater audio accuracy with every disc, especially releases recorded in the ultra-high fidelity 96kHz/24-bit format.

    PCM Downsampling: If your connected receiver cannot reproduce a 96kHz signal, PCM Downsampling should be applied to the digital output. When Downsampling is turned on, and you are playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, the signal is down converted to 48kHz/16-bit before it is passed through the digital outputs. When No is selected and the unit is playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, a 96kHz/24-bit signal passes through the digital outputs.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs and Memory Cards using the ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. MP3 files with a compression rate from 128-192 kbps and WMA files with a compression rate from 64-192 kbps are supported. This unit can play up to a maximum of 3000 files and 300 folders. When playing an MP3 or WMA disc, you can access the following playback features: Track Repeat, Folder Repeat, and Random File Play.

    JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-R discs or Memory Cards using the ISO 9660 or Joliet formats. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. The slide show has a selectable interval that can be set to 6 seconds, 12 seconds, or 18 seconds. You can zoom in on any selected image (2x or 4x) or rotate an image 90-degrees clockwise. Each disc can have a maximum of 3000 files and 300 folders.

    Motion Zoom: Motion Zoom allows magnification (2x or 4x) of selected screen areas, without distortion, even as the movie is playing. You can move the zoomed image around the screen.

    EZ View: This feature enables the elimination of the black letterbox bars of 4:3 TV screens with the push of a button on the remote control. For a 4:3 TV, you can choose Screen Fit, Zoom Fit or Vertical Fit. For watching a 4:3 program on a 16:9 TV, you can select 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan Scan, Screen Fit, or Zoom Fit.

    Resume Play: Resume play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once or the disc tray is opened.

    Bookmark: This function allows you to store bookmarks on a disc that can be easily recalled. You can bookmark up to 3 scenes at a time.

    Display: The front panel display will indicate elapsed time for DVD, CD, and VHS tape in hours and minutes only (00:00).

    Auto Power Off: The unit can shut itself off after a predetermined period of time after the last button is pressed. The Auto Power Off feature can be set to 1 hour, 2 hours, or turn the feature off.

    VCR Features

    Recording Note: Internal dubbing from DVD to VHS is not possible.

    Quasi S-VHS Playback: This feature allows you to play S-VHS recordings using a standard VHS VCR. When S-VHS recordings are played, they are displayed with standard VHS resolution.

    Timer Recording: You can program the VCR's timer to record up to 7 broadcasts, as far as a month in advance. You can also record programs on a weekly or daily basis.

    One-Touch Recording (OTR): Using One-Touch Recording, you can record in 30-minute increments up to a maximum of 4 hours.

    Auto Speed Select: When you are recording a program in SP mode and the remaining tape becomes shorter than the remaining recording time, the tape speed is automatically changed to SLP mode.

    Variable Search System: The VCR utilizes the VHS Index Search System (VISS), which uses index marks at the beginning of a recorded program to help you navigate through the tape and locate specific recordings. Features that use the Variable Search System include:

    • Intro Scan: You can search forward or backward for an index mark (made at the beginning of each recording). When an index mark is found, the VCR plays for about 5 seconds. If you want to view that program, you can press Play. If not, the VCR will automatically search for the next index mark.
    • End Search: If you are searching for a blank position on a tape to record a program, you can press the Enter button and the VCR will search for the next blank portion of the tape. If the VCR reaches the end of the tape during End Search, it will eject the tape.
    • Go to 0:00:00 Stop: This feature allows you to reset the counter to zero during play or record. When in stop mode, press the "Up" arrow and the tape will advance or rewind to the last point where the counter was set to zero.

    Skip: In play mode, the Skip feature allows you to cue ahead 30 seconds of recorded program. You may press the Skip button up to 4 times to cue ahead 2 minutes.

    Repeat: This feature allows you to review the last 5 seconds of tape from the current playback point.

    Shuttle: From the play mode, "Shuttle>>" gradually increases the cue speed from Double-speed playback to Picture Search to Jet Search. "Shuttle<<" gradually slows down the tape, then goes into Slow mode, Still mode, Reverse Picture Search, and Reverse Jet Search.

    Card Reader Features

    7-in-2 Multi-Format Card Compatibility: The DVD-V4800 features a front panel memory card reader with 2 slots, and compatibility with 7 different digital memory cards. This unit will accept Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Smart Media cards, Secure Digital (SD) cards, and MultiMedia Cards in the top slot, and Compact Flash cards and MicroDrive in the bottom slot. If cards are inserted in both slots, the card in the lower slot will have priority. Note: Memory cards over 2GB may not be compatible.

    File Types: This unit will play MP3, WMA, or JPEG files recorded onto a Memory Card.

    Remote Control

    Multibrand Remote: The remote is pre-programmed to fully operate this unit and the basic functions on other brands of TVs.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    "Alternative" Video Out: If you plan to connect the DVD/VCR to the TV using either the S-Video or Component Video outputs, you will need to select which output you are using in the "Alt Video Out" section of the DVD Setup menu. The S-Video and Component Video outputs cannot be used simultaneously, and they work only during DVD playback; for VHS playback, the composite video or RF output connections must be used.

    Rear-panel A/V Input: In addition to the front-panel A/V input, the unit has an A/V input on the back panel that consists of stereo RCA jacks and an RCA composite video jack.

    DVD Outputs: The DVD video signal is output through the RF, composite, S-video and component video outputs.

    Warranty Note

    Warranty Note: The DVD-V4800 has a standard 1-year parts and labor warranty, which is reduced to a 90-day parts and labor warranty for commercial use.

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