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AVS Media Player

CNET Editors' review

Many users opt to replace the quirky Windows Media Player, either with one of the popular freeware open-source players or a for-pay "pro" player with more options. AVS Media Player is the latter type, only it's freeware. Like the open-source players, it handles a wide range of video, audio, and image files. With an attractive, up-to-date interface that will complement your video system, it's an excellent choice if you're looking for something a bit different from VLC, MPC, and the other free alternatives.

AVS opens with both its media player and playlist sections showing, though it's easy to close the playlist as well as switch between video and music layouts. The player's black skin, Aero highlights, and white fonts give it a sleek yet subtle look well suited to video duty. While such skins are hardly rare among media players, few boast such a skillfully designed layout. For instance, the settings and adjustments are a bit more like a TV's controls than most media players are, with a simple series of tabs where you can set the player's behavior, loudspeaker environment, aspect ratio, and subtitles.

There's an audio visualization feature that definitely improves on Windows Media Player's display, with a series of fractal-based animations that usually but not always indicate their intensity. For example, our favorite (in low doses) is called "Ambient," but "Seizure" might be more accurate. You can switch to the smaller music player view if you don't want visualizations.

We played video in both window and full-screen mode as well as audio with and without the visualization feature. The quality of both video and audio is excellent and will be limited only by your system (the minimum recommendation is DirectX 9 or better). AVS supports 3.1, 5.1, and 7.1 surround sound, too. If you'd like an attractive, easy-to-use alternative to Windows Media Player and other free players that doesn't compromise on performance, try AVS Media Player.

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  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    1.5 stars

    out of 2 votes

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    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT"

    March 27, 2014  |   By DavidMcCr

    Version: AVS Media Player 4.1.10.99

    Pros

    Free (but nothing else)

    Cons

    AVS (or one of the 3 or 4 programs that are attached) took over all of my web browsers and deleted the pages I had saved.

    Also, I had to remove a ton of malware after I removed the programs (at least I hope they are removed).

    Summary

    Stay away. Free is a great price, but this company can't be trusted. This isn't the first time that this has happened with a CNET recommendation.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Difficult to remove"

    June 1, 2013  |   By MacHesney

    Version: AVS Media Player 4.1.10.99

    Pros

    A very large number of audio/video codecs that is for certain. QT for Windows is very limited in comparison.

    Cons

    It truly needs a standalone uninstaller.
    Even AVS Media provides extensive manual uninstalling information even if the Windows program removal is successful.

    In my case I, after the Add/Remove uninstall, and had to manually delete the program folder, check for hidden user folders, and clean out the registry.
    In my case - deleted an AVS Media folder in registry, and then a registry search revealed over 600 AVS entries to delete that were not in the two locations they specify to check.

    Summary

    Free trial could lead to much unpaid time spent as removal is done thoroughly, or instead just leaving an unfinished uninstall.

    Updated on Jun 1, 2013

    Version is unknown because like I said I deleted all traces of it. Sorry.
    I visited the website today for the uninstall info.

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