Sunday, September 1, 2013

Samsung DVD C370 (experiment as backup transport)

The Samsung C370 is definitely not a vintage hifi component.

I bought it for $39 (with remote!!!) from a local supermarket chain as an experiment to determine the viability of using a stock el-cheapo DVD player as a transport since it has SPDIF output for a DAC. Must say the choices of DVD players with SPDIF output is getting rarer nowadays. Most newer DVD players are ship with HDMI outputs instead of SPDIF or even TOS.

Samsung C370 paired to the Meridian DAC
Construction material is in the category of you get what you paid for! Nice clean presentation though ...

When playing a CD and shaken (not stirred!), music stops (unlike the CD650) but resumes from where it was playing from once the earthquake stops. Noise from the lens tracking mechanism can be a little distracting from about 1m away but hardly noticeable once further away. Remote is usable and handy though the information provided by the LED display on the C370 is minimal.

Initial (out from box) analogue output via RCA was louder than my Meridian DAC output, treble just a little bright, presentation just a bit larger than life but with acceptable details. Sounds surprisingly acceptable after a couple days of usage.

With the digital out to the Meridian DAC, the resultant audio was surprisingly good (for what I paid with a remote nevertheless!). Not in the Meridian transports league but worth consideration if the unthinkable happens and your transport becames incapacitated!!! Resolution improved after the 1st hour of usage after removal from original box and begins to actually sound decent???

WIth the positive results from the C370, decided to compare the SPDIF and TOS digital output from my Samsung and LG HDD-DVD recorder(s) to the Meridian DAC ... errr... results are best forgotten!

Guess I found a viable and cheap backup transport for emergencies!!!


  1. Hello,

    Do you accept requests out of the blue for restoration projects?
    (Sansui AU-5900)

    Can you recommend repair/restoration people in the UK and/or Italy?


    John Puma

    1. Hi John,

      Yes I do.

      Unfortunately I am not in the UK and can not recommend any in that region.

      I had a AU5900 but my mistake was to used my newly recapped unit as pre-amp for the 2 Arcam Alpha 8 power amps I was selling and the buyer liked the setup so much it was all or nothing!!!