DVD Player Buying Guide

DVD Player Buying Guide

When DVDs were first produced in 1995, the product took over the market. VHS tapes were being replaced with the DVD in most cases to purchase or rent movies to watch at home. This new technology gave us double the resolution, quick access to any scene and no rewinding.

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What are some things to consider?

  1. What is a DVD Player?
  2. How much is a DVD Player?
  3. Can you still buy a DVD Player?
  4. Can I play my CDs on a DVD Player?
  5. Can I store my CDs and DVDs together?
  6. Do I need a VHS player as well?
  7. Can I record movies on a DVD Player?
  8. Do I need additional cables with a DVD Player?
  9. What is HDMI?
  10. What are the limitations of a DVD Player?
  11. Do all DVD Players have HDMI compatibility?
  12. What disc formats can be played on a DVD Player?

1.) What is a DVD Player?

A DVD player is a device that plays Digital Versatile Discs produced under both the DVD-Video and DVD-Audio technical standards, two different and incompatible standards. DVD players are connected to a television to watch the DVD content, which could be a movie, a recorded TV show, or any other content.

2.) How much is a DVD Player?

A DVD Player can range from $50 all the up to $1000, depending on the quality and features it includes.

3.) Can you still buy a DVD Player?

Yes, you can still buy a DVD Player. Many people still use DVD Players to enjoy their favorite films and tv shows.


4.) Can I play my CDs on a DVD Player?

Yes, you can play both CDs and DVDs on a DVD Player. A typical DVD player will be able to play CD-R/RW and DVD±R/RW.


5.) Can I store my CDs and DVDs together?

If you are looking to store your CDs and DVDs in one location, a multi-disc changer may be right for you. With a multi disc changer, you can switch between DVDs and CDs at the press of a button. You can store up to 400 discs at a time!


6.) Do I need a VHS player as well?

If you are looking for a VHS Player, along with a DVD Player, luckily there is an easy solution. DVD/VCR Combo Players will allow you to play VHS tapes and DVDs as well. Some machines can also transfer VHS to DVD, but those are more pricey.

7.) Can I record movies on a DVD Player?

No, you cannot record movies and cable TV on a DVD Player. In order to do so, you will need a DVD Recorder unit.

*What is a DVD Recorder?

A DVD Recorder allows you to record anything you can think of as long as you have a connecting cable.


8.) Do I need additional cables with a DVD Player?

What kind of TV you will be connecting to your DVD Player depends on the cables you will need. With most older TVs, you can connect one of three ways: component, S-Video, or composite. If you are using an HDTV, you most likely will need an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable. With an HDMI cable, you can send the best audio and video to your TV from any number of components.

9.) What is HDMI?

HDMI, which stands for high-definition multimedia interface, supports the connection between a device such as a Blu-ray player or cable box and a flat-screen HDTV or projector. They are the best connector for the best quality audio/video available. The cables are also used for audio equipment such as mixers, recording systems and speakers. If you are using a smart TV, you will most likely need HDMI cables to connect your device to your TV.

LG DN898 DVD Video Player HDMI 1080p

10.) What are the limitations of a DVD Player?

Some DVD Players do not play in High Definition format. Unless you are purchasing a DVD Player with HD Up Conversion, the best picture quality you can expect is 480p. If you have a generic TV, then 480p will do just fine. But if you have an HDTV, you'll most likely want to choose a DVD Player with HD Up Conversion, which could bring the format up to 720p-1080p.

11.) Do all DVD Players have HDMI compatibility?

If you are looking for a DVD Player with HDMI compatibility, you will need a DVD Player with HDMI Up Conversion.

12.) What disc formats can I play on a DVD Player?

Most DVD Players will recognize commercial DVDs, DVD±Rs and DVD±RWs, DVD-RAM along with CD-R/RW. You may need a higher end DVD Player if you are going to view WMA, MPEG-4 video discs, and JPEG photo discs.

Features To Consider:

  • 1080P HDMI Upconversion-
    With 1080p quality, you will maximize your viewing experience. You will get both the best possible video and sound. You can also get 1080i which is just a step down.
  • Change the way you view:
    With a DVD Player, you can change the way you view your DVDs. You can view in either widescreen, full screen or letterbox format. You can also view in slow motion and zoom, giving you the ability to watch scenes in more detail.

  • Single or Multi Disc Compatibility:
    With the option for multi disc changers, you have the ability to store multiple discs and change between them easily. There are multiple options for multi disc changers, ranging from 5 discs all the way up to 400! Check out this Mama Jama!

  • Adjustability:
    Most DVD Players allow you to adjust the brightness level or black level so you can adjust the playback to your liking.

  • Recording Capability:
    With DVD Recorder Players, you have the ability to record your favorite programs at ease. Record to a DVD±R to record and have the ability to play on any DVD player or record to a DVD±RW and have the ability to continue re-recording over old content.

  • All In One Functionality:
    Some DVD players have the ability to be your all in one media device. You can view photos, watch videos and movies, view photos from an SD card, listen to your favorite music, record cable and even watch your favorite VHS Tapes.

  • High Definition:  
    Some DVD Players offer the ability to play in high definition. 1080p, 720p, and 1080i are the numbers that are associated with High Definition TV (HDTV). The numbers stand for the lines of pixels in the screen, and the total number of pixels is measured by multiplying the lines of pixels by the columns of pixels. The "p" means progressive and an "i" means interlaced. 1080p is the highest quality that you can get and it requires an HDMI output.


SONY DVP-NC85H 5 Disc DVD Player with HDMI

Recommended for picture quality and versatility with it's 5 disc changer.

Toshiba SDK990 Single Disc

Recommend for the most basic of uses.

SONY DVP-CX850D 200 Disc Explorer

Recommended for someone who LOVES watching movies. It holds up to 200CDs and DVDs



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Andrina Sofos - February 1, 2021

I have an older dvd panosonic lecteur )dvd/cd model dvdcp67 dvdcv52/dvdcv37 but misplaced my player can I use it without the telecommande (N2QAJBO00051) player thank you andrina sofos

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