I'd be ready to wager it doesn't go for the $240 we paid... although they probably had to pay up the booty for EC testing and approval - just to make sure we don't get electrocuted by such great value for the Euro.
At least it shows that they know a good thing when they see it, and found a way to broaden the market for this fine product - I love mine.
What is also nice is that they probably took a peek inside, changed the culprit capacitor and did some tweaking? Carlos (CarRod) was here a couple of days ago, and put my Skyworth though the ropes of the Avia DVD using its interlaced (pre-Faroudja) S-VHS output: next to no visible Y/C delay (each color being equally a smidgeon above zero).
What this does point to as a possibility (Mark Foster are you listening?) is an impending Vigatec Matrix firmware update which could be used by Skyworth owners too! If nothing else, I'm sure the folks at Vigatec at least negotiated an update CD-rom along with the rebadging of their OEM series of Skyworth players.
Furthermore, a company such as Vigatec could easily design an input board feeding the Skyworth's Fli2200 chip, for those of us wishing to feed it external interlaced composite and S-VHS sources. If they haven't planned on it yet, then they might look into it for the next model, the Matrix II based on the current Skyworth's higher definition successor. I can already imagine my LDs pumped through its DCDi deinterlacing out to 720P.
One can dream - but will Vigatec make our dreams come true?
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