With Blu-ray DVD players continuing to drop in cost the original DVD experience can be had on a standard DVD player at ridiculously low prices that have never been seen. It truly is possible to purchase a standard DVD player for $30 that performs better, and is half the size, of a DVD player that may have gone for $200 just a few years ago. There are still unreliable players that aren’t even worth their cost in parts, but that is the case with any product. Instead of wondering if you should gamble on the $40 player at Target or pay for the $70 DVD player at Best Buy because it may last longer – use this guide and stick to the best value DVD players on the market. We’ll make sure you go home happy and stay happy.
Whether you have a limited budget, don’t own an HDTV or simply only require the picture quality of a standard DVD player, it’s going to be almost impossible to find a better basic player than Sony's DVP-SR200P/B. Not only does it read discs quickly but it has patented technology intended to play discs in less than perfect condition. So if you have kids or don’t take care of DVD’s well – this player is for you. While it can’t upscale it can output video in a progressive format if your television is compatible. There is no optical digital audio output or HDMI output, but if you’re looking for those bells and whistles you really should be looking for a Blu-ray player instead. The best thing about this DVD player is that it can be purchased for anywhere from $40-$50 and has a small, sleek design perfect for any entertainment center.
If you have an HDTV, but aren’t yet ready to make the jump to a Blu-ray, there might not be a better DVD player on the market than the Pioneer DV-420V-K. This $80 player can upscale your DVD’s all the way up to 1080p if you use the HDMI output and picture quality is widely reviewed as above-average. There is no optical digital output available but you do have a coaxial one on board. One great bonus feature is the USB port that can be used to read video, audio and picture files from any thumb drive our USB device. Another plus is the Pioneer’s ability to play DVD’s from regions outside the U.S. This is something that can certainly enhance your ability to purchase lower cost DVD’s, but be warned that if you enable this feature you will void the manufacturer’s warranty!
No matter which corner of the Internet you check, the Phillips DVP3560/F7 is rated almost flawlessly by consumers. With a $45 price tag, HDMI upscaling to 1080p and Screen Fit for optimal viewing this DVD player is a keeper. You’ll also get Progressive Scan component video, DivX video playback and a USB port for all your picture and music needs. If you don’t need anything fancy and simply want a DVD player with value that will not only last but give you a few features of the more expensive players – the Philips DVP3560/F7 was meant for you.