What To Look For In a DVD Player
DVDs are encoded in a 480i format. Upscaling will be necessary if you plan on watching DVDs on a 720p, 1080i, or 1080p HDTV. Upscaling can be done by your HDTV, but you will more than likely get better results using the DVD player’s upscaling capabilities. The DVD player’s ability to upscale video and sharpen the image is what separates the $1000 DVD players from the $50 DVD players.
Some attributes to look for in a DVD player are:
- Upscaling options (480p, 720p, or 1080i)
- Upscaling and sharpening quality (if any)
- Digital video connection such as HDMI and DVI
- Digital audio connection
- DVD-Audio and SACD playback
- THX Certification
- Plays other formats such as DVD+/-RW, MPEG4/DivX/XviD, VCD, SVCD, CD+R/-RW, HDCD, MP3, WMA, and digital picture (JPEG) CDs
DVD Player Tips
- You get what you pay for. There is a difference in video quality between a $50 DVD player and a $1000 DVD player. It might not be noticeable on a standard definition TV, but it will be notable on a big screen HDTV.
- Make sure your DVD player has a digital video and digital audio output for the best performance.
- The best value DVD player is a Home Theater PC (HTPC). The immense processing power of a PC can be used to upscale, reduce motion blur, and sharpen video to an equivalent of a $1000 DVD player. See the HTPC page for more info.
- Make sure your DVD player can upscale DVDs to 720p or 1080i in order to give you the best video quality.