How To Choose A DVD Player
How To Choose A DVD Player
A guide to some of the features available on modern DVD players. Learn how to choose and purchase a DVD player by watching this simple video tutorial. This film gives you information on the basic and advanced features of a DVD player.
Step 1: Blu-ray and HD DVD
We consumers are now on the verge of the next big format war. Two high definition DVD formats are battling it out as VHS and Beta-max did in the 80s. Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Both of these formats can store far more information than traditional DVDs. These machines cost significantly more than standard DVD players, so many consumers are a standing back until a clear winner emerges.
Blu-Ray discs can store more information than HD-DVD. Both deliver high quality, high definition performance including clearer pictures with truer colours and up to 10 times the detail of traditional DVD.
Both formats also have heavy backing from major companies in both the technological and entertainment sectors: so this battle could run and run.
You should only be considering Blu Ray or HD DVD machines if you own an HD television.
Step 2: Upconverting DVD players
If you have an HD TV at home, but don't want to invest in one of the two high definition DVD formats, an upconverting DVD player, may help you get the most out of your existing traditional DVD collection.
Simply put, these machines act as a sort of supercharger for traditional DVDs by adjusting the video signal to approximate an HD signal.
Most HD TVs will play the old form DVDs and adjust the signal themselves, but when correctly installed these players can push that bit of extra performance out of your discs.
To make sure that you can appreciate the difference on the particular model you are interested, it is a good idea to bring your own DVD in and test the machine instore. Pick a DVD that has a lot of fast camera moves, with lots of detail on screen. You're paying for performance, so make sure you are happy with it before you commit.
Step 3: DVD Recorders
Another option you may want to consider is a DVD recorder. Like the old VCRs, these enable you to record television programmes. They also allow you to make digital copies of your old VHS tapes, meaning not only can you keep your old movie collection, but also you'll be able to bring your old home footage into the digital age.
Step 4: DVD /HDD Recorders
So the day of the tape is over, but how long will the day of the disc last? Why not choose a DVD player that also has a hard drive on it. As long as you have digital TV, these machines can pause live TV, automatically record your favourite shows and store them on the hard drive, they'll even record one channel while you watch the other.
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Step 5: Combo DVD/ VHS
The fact that DVDs are so prevalent today, does not take away from the fact that many people have invested time and money into their vhs collection.
Having both a DVD and VCR connected to the TV can start to make the front room look a little cluttered. So consider buying a combo DVD / VHS machine, while they are still available.
Step 6: Multi-Region
Some DVD players can be altered to become 'multi-region' meaning they play discs from around the world. This involves downloading a code for your model from the internet and entering it. Be aware that doing this may void your warranty, so check in store before you attempt to do this.
Step 7: What discs can it take?
All DVD players will play the pre-recorded DVDs bought and rented by consumers. However, if you want your machine to also play DVD plus R's, DVD minus R's, DVD plus RW's, and DVD minus RW's you will need to ask if these formats are compatible. These days some machines will even play the DVD RAM discs.
Most DVD players will play standard audio CDs, but if you want to watch VCDs or CDs with your digital photos on, you will have to check before you buy.