DVD players are so standard that almost no home is complete without one. The type of DVD player that will suit your needs best largely depends upon your viewing intentions. Ranging from Blu-Rays to DVD/VCR combos, there are plenty of great options available. Price-wise, a DVD player can range from $100 to $1000.
Identifying Your DVD Needs
Different DVD players perform specific tasks. Some players allow you to insert more than one disc at a time, while other players have been specially manufactured for use with high definition televisions. Identifying your DVD needs will bring you one step closer to selecting the right player.
Blu-ray: Blu-ray DVD players work exceptionally well with high definition televisions. These machines can play DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and most can also play CDs with ease.
Multi-Disc DVD: as its moniker suggests, a multi-disc DVD player is capable of holding more than one disc at a time. Most multi-disc players can also play CDs, eliminating the need for a separate CD player.
DVD/VHS Combo: some people still have VHS tapes kicking around. If you’re one of those people, consider a DVD/VHS combo. You will be able to play both DVDs and VHS tapes. There is one drawback: if the VHS or DVD player breaks, neither one is likely to work.
Portable DVD Players: popular with kids and business people the world over, these portable machines are great when you’re on the go. You can also use these players inside your home or apartment if you want to watch movies in bed or plug headphones into a player.
Know Your Audio
A DVD player can be hooked directly up to your TV or receiver. Alternately, you can purchase an audio receiver that has been made exclusively for Digital Theater Systems (DTS). Some DVD players even come with a DTS processor. Higher-end DVD players also come with built-in decoders. When it comes to DVD audio, you pay for what you get.
The sound that comes from connecting your DVD player to your television or receiver will prove to be decent. Purchasing an audio DTS audio receiver will mimic the sound found in movie theaters (of course, having a surround sound speakers also helps). Players that come with built-in decoders have been known to impress even the harshest sound critics. Ultimately, the sound that you choose is up to you.
DVD players usually have a composite, S-video, and component jack. Most modern televisions have an A/V input, which is what you need to connect a DVD player to a TV. Televisions that have antennas are not compatible with modern video connections. Purchasing an RF modulator is the only way to connect an antennae-type television with a DVD player.
If you have an antenna-type television, another option is a DVD/VHS combination player. Many of these machines have an RF output, which would effectively connect this type of DVD player with an antenna-type television.