Lenoxx DVD-9000 DVD Player

    The Lenoxx DVD-9000 DVD player is the deluxe model in the Lenoxx DVD player range, supplementing the budget-priced and lowly-rated DVD-725B. As with the 725B, the DVD-9000 plays DVDs, CD, Video CDs, CD-Rs and MP3s. As with the 725B, the player is region-free. As with the 725B, it is very aggressively priced at $499. Unfortunately, also as with the 725B, it is a sub-standard performer.

What's In The Box

    The following items are included with each player;     The Lenoxx DVD-9000 is only available in Silver.

Front Panel

    The Lenoxx DVD-9000 has an attractive and functional front panel.

    The left side of the front panel carries a hard power on-off switch. The player does not have a stand-by mode. To the left of the power switch are two microphone jacks for Karaoke mode, a microphone volume control and an echo control.

    The center of the front panel carries a blue-green fluorescent display whose digits are reminiscent of old-style calculator displays. The display cannot be dimmed, and four faint diagonal orange lines can clearly be seen in the background of this display. Below the display is the disc tray, which is nice and quiet in its operation.

    To the right of the disc tray is the OPEN/CLOSE button and various lesser-used navigation buttons. A loud sound-effect accompanies the opening of the disc tray, which is startling until you get used to it. The rightmost part of the front panel carries a circular and somewhat counter-intuitive arrangement of the commonly used DVD navigation buttons; PLAY, FAST FORWARD, FAST REWIND, CHAPTER SKIP BACKWARDS and CHAPTER SKIP FORWARDS.

Rear Panel

    The rear panel of this player is equipped with a limited selection of outputs. From left to right, we have;

Remote Control

    The Lenoxx DVD-9000 has a remote control which is very similar to that found on many other DVD players in this price range. Unfortunately, a number of critical changes and additions have been made to this remote control which significantly hamper its functionality. In particular, the PLAY button has been merged with the OK/SELECT button in the middle of the remote control, and the PAUSE button has been placed in the position where the PLAY button typically is on these remotes. This is a major ergonomic gaffe on the part of the designers of this remote, as the PLAY button is now highly counterintuitive to find and use.

    The central arrow mechanism of the remote control is well laid out and easy to use, but it has far too many small buttons surrounding it, all of which are difficult to differentiate and none of which are particularly important function-wise.

    The SUBTITLE and ANGLE buttons are grouped together, but the confusingly-labelled LANGUAGE button is placed poorly at the bottom left of the remote, next to an inappropriately-labelled AUDIO button. The MENU button is also awkwardly located and difficult to find.

    The operating range and angle of operation of the remote control were passable, however, I found that the remote needed to be aimed directly at the DVD player in order for it to operate correctly. On a more positive note, the DVD player was very responsive indeed to remote keypresses, far more so than many other remote control and DVD combinations that I have tested.


    The manual for the Lenoxx DVD-9000 is a fairly difficult read, however, all pertinent information appears to be present and accounted for.

Set-Up Menu

    The set-up menu of the Lenoxx DVD-9000 is text-based. Its initial relatively spartan appearance is somewhat misleading, as a comprehensive set of options is accessible via the menu. Particularly pleasing is the full control afforded over the inbuilt Dolby Digital decoder, a relative rarity in DVD players of this type.

Video Playback

    All video playback tests were performed with the player set to 16x9 output mode, utilizing its S-Video output. The Lenoxx DVD-9000 is not capable of outputting a blacker-than-black NTSC signal, which made calibration a little more difficult than normal.

    The initial appearance of the image output of the Lenoxx DVD-9000 is misleading. It produces a very soft but seemingly good-looking picture, but its faults become more and more obvious the more the player is used.

    The biggest problem for this DVD player is its inability to complete image transitions cleanly. During crossfades between images, the background of the image becomes very noisy, losing resolution and becoming somewhat blocky in appearance. The poor detail shown by this DVD player effectively hides the blocking of the image, but does not hide the excessive noise that this produces in the resultant image. One DVD in particular that I tried on this player was horrendous in this regard - Barry Manilow-Manilow Live! On the DVD-9000, the image on this DVD was extremely noisy and poorly-defined, particularly in the large fields of blue to be found on this DVD. On my reference DVD player, the image from this DVD was razor sharp and as clean as a whistle and a magnificent example of superb DVD mastering.

    The Snell & Wilcox test pattern on the Video Essentials DVD was problematic. The central section with concentric circles in motion displayed cross-colouration artefacts as did the closely-spaced lines in the bottom left section of the test pattern. I have never seen this artefact crop up via an S-Video connection and it indicates an unacceptably high level of crosstalk between the luminance (Y) and chrominance (C) signals.

    The Video Essentials DVD Image Montage also proved to be problematic for this DVD player, with a noticeable latticework of diagonal interference lines frequently marring the image during pans. Additionally, the smooth black to white transition test pattern (Title 18, Chapter 6) was rendered as a series of fairly closely spaced discrete grey bars instead of being a smooth transition from black to white.

    The manual indicated that this player was a Zone 6 player (sic), however it played various Region 4 and Region 1 DVDs that I tried in it. It did not play The Patriot R1, which is protected with RCE code.

    The fast forward and fast reverse functions of this player are generally of average smoothness. 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x speeds are available, with 2x fast forward being particularly smooth, leading me to believe that the DVD-ROM transport used by this player is at least a 2x drive.

    RSDL layer changes resulted in a very short pause, typically of the order of 1/4 second, and may well go unnoticed by many viewers.

On Screen Display

    The on-screen display is very basic and text-based. It provides information on total time elapsed, total time remaining, chapter time elapsed and chapter time remaining.

    The DVD player knows a limited amount of full names for languages, so you either get the full name of the language displayed or UNKNOWN if the player does not recognize the language in question.

    Functional key-presses on the remote are accompanied by various text messages appearing on-screen.

Standards Conversions

    The Lenoxx DVD-9000 is capable of converting NTSC to PAL-50. It does this conversion relatively well, with little in the way of artefacts visible in the final image. There is the occasional skipped frame to contend with as well as the more usual aliasing artefacts inherent in this conversion, but the resultant image is more than serviceable.

CDR & Video CD

    The Lenoxx DVD-9000 can play back CD-R media and Video CDs.

Audio Playback

    I only used this DVD player with its optical digital output and had no specific problems.

    Subjectively, there were no audio sync problems noted with this player. Objectively, I was unable to measure the analogue vs digital delay as this player did not output digital and analogue audio at the same time, seemingly a characteristic of the ESS MPEG decoder chip family.

    DTS digital output is supported by this DVD player. MPEG audio bitstreams are output as Linear PCM only.

MP3 Discs

    The Lenoxx DVD-9000 can play CD-Rs with MP3 files. The player managed to find all 108 MP3 files on both test CD-Rs that I use, and displayed them as a directory listing, albeit limited to 8 character filenames.

    MP3 output was excellent, with no audible flaws.

    There appeared to be no shuffle function for MP3 playback, so playback will only occur sequentially, a potential problem for those interested in this unit for MP3 playback.

Disc Compatibility Tests

    No DVDs that I tried on the Lenoxx DVD-9000 had any specific playback problems other than the previously referred to RCE disc which failed to play.

User Convenience Features

Screen Saver


The Good Points
    Plays CD-Rs.

    Plays MP3s.


    Inbuilt Dolby Digital decoder.

    NTSC-to-PAL-50 conversion.

The Bad Points
    Very poor image quality.

    No stand-by mode.

    The fluorescent display cannot be dimmed.

    No coaxial digital audio output.

    Poorly laid-out remote control.

    Unable to output analogue and digital audio at the same time.

Features At A Glance

Video Component Output RGB Output
Audio DTS Output MP3 Playback
Plays CDRs
Conversion PAL-50
Inbuilt Decoder Dolby Digital

In Closing

    The Lenoxx DVD-9000 is a DVD player that is significantly hampered by a poor quality image, one which is amongst the worst I have seen on any DVD player, and one which on cursory inspection looks misleadingly good. This is a shame, as the only other significant flaw it has is its lack of a coaxial digital output, which is a flaw that can be accommodated.

Ratings (out of 5)

Build Quality
In Operation
Value For Money

Technical Specifications (Manufacturer Supplied)

Product Type: DVD-Video, Video CD, MP3 and Audio CD player
Region: Zone 6 (China), although the test unit played back non-RCE discs from all regions
Signal System: PAL / NTSC
Serial Number Of Unit Tested: D9000-8-0811
MPEG Decoder: ESS 4408F
Audio Frequency Response: 4Hz - 22kHz (48kHz sampling) 
4Hz - 44kHz (96kHz sampling)
Signal to Noise Ratio: >89dB
Dynamic Range: >89dB
Total Harmonic Distortion: Not stated
Dimensions: 430 (w) x 300 (d) x 96 (h)
Weight: 5kg
Price: $499
Distributor: Lenoxx Electronics (Australia) Pty Ltd
5 Grace Court
Sunshine  VIC  3020

© Michael Demtschyna
14th November 2000