Standard DVD Player Reviews 2012
For anyone who has recently upgraded to a HD Television, using a DVD player can feel like a step down from the crystal clear picture you are used to. However, contrary to popular belief, buying an costly new Blu-ray player is not the only option for those looking to improve their viewing quality. Standard DVD players with upconversion technology can display your existing DVDs at the highest possible resolution, and mean that your whole DVD collection does not end up serving as a set of expensive coffee coasters.
|Products||Sony DVP-SR500H||Toshiba SD7300||Samsung DVD-H1080||Panasonic DVD-S68||Philips DVP3560|
|Energy Star Approved|
|Warranty||1 year||90 days||1 year||1 year||90 days|
|Video DAC||12 bit/108MHz||14 bit/108MHz||14 bit/108MHz||12 bit/108MHz||12 bit/108MHz|
|Audio DAC||16 bit/192kHz||24 bit/192kHz||24 bit/108MHz||24 bit/192kHz||24 bit/192kHz|
|Power Consumption (W)||8.5||6||8||12||10|
|Component Video Output|
|Composite Video Output|
|Digital Coaxial Output|
Upconversion DVD players are able to run discs at Near HD quality. While they cannot transform your DVDs into high definition masterpieces, the players are capable of scaling up image resolution to fit a HD Screen. To upgrade your DVD collection the Toshiba SD7300, Sony DVP-SR500H, and Phillips DVP3560 are some of the best options on the market.
DVD Player: What to look for
DVD players have been out for a very long time, and as such, there are a wide range of minor updates and improvements available. If it has been more than 5 years since you last looked for an new DVD player, then upconversion is not the only new update you can expect of find. Possible upgrades include:
An SD card or USB terminal - These terminals give you the option of playing, saving and watching your digital media without the hassle of burning discs.
Additional HDMI - With an additional HDMI terminal you have more connectivity options at your disposal, and you can avoid the tedious job of rearranging cables whenever you want to use the device.
Appearance - More recent DVD players are sleeker and more stylish than their chunkier, bulkier predecessors.
Newer DVD players come with a range of multimedia options. Naturally, all can play DVDs, but some are also able to read CDs, Dual Layer DVDs, and VCDs. Having an SD or USB terminal is an advantage, but the file types that each DVD player can support varies. Most will play JPGs and MP3s, but some also support DivX movies. Check the DVD players specification if you interested in the compatibility of a certain media.
Different TVs come with different hook options, so it is important to make sure the DVD player you pick is compatible. HDMI is usually recommended because it provides the quickest and easiest connection. Composite video, component video, and s-video are good alternatives.
The resolution of your specific HDTV screen is one of the most important considerations when choosing a DVD player with upconversion technology. Your DVD player needs to be able to scale up to either 720 progressive, 1080 interlaced, or 1080 progressive, depending on which screen type you have. While some DVD players are capable of switching between these options, some are only suitable for one screen type, so be sure to check your HDTV carefully before you make a purchase.
As a result of some much need competition from Blu-ray, the image standard of DVDs is better than ever. If replacing your whole DVD collection with expensive Blu-ray discs seem like a daunting task, an upconversion DVD player could be the ideal solution.