Best DVD Players

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 2, 2019
Consider our review of the best 5 DVD-players that are definitely worth your attention. Our in-depth analysis of their functionality should help you find the best pick for your needs. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Disc Support
Formats
Max Resolution
Connectivity
Warranty
 
PROS

The USB Direct Recording will let you directly extract audio tracks from CDs and transfer those tracks to your USB drive (or just about any other USB device). The matte finish is less prone to scratches and isn't as easily soiled. 

CONS

The quality of the RCA cables leaves quite a bit to be desired. 

OUR VERDICT

The LG DP132H DVD player will be able to satisfy a solid range of different customers. It does not trail behind in functionality, it isn't a bad model from the practicality standpoint, and there isn't much to complain here as far as the price-performance ratio is concerned.

detailed parameters
Disc Support

DVD / CD discs

Formats

DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, WMA, AAC

Max Resolution

Up to 1920x1080

Connectivity

HDMI out, Composite video out, Stereo audio out (analog), USB port

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A versatile DVD player with the support of Full HD video streaming and Up-Conversion option.

CONS

The slim and lightweight unit requires extra careful attention. 

OUR VERDICT

A compact size, multi-functional and cheap DVD player that outperforms by times most models within the same price range.

detailed parameters
Disc Support

DVD / CD discs

Formats

DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, WMA, AAC

Max Resolution

Up to 1920x1080

Connectivity

HDMI out, Composite video out, Stereo audio out (analog), USB port

Warranty
1 year
PROS
This is a compact size and inexpensive DVD player that is capable of playing dual layer disks without a hiccup. Unbeatable price!
CONS

Doesn't work well with scratched discs. 

OUR VERDICT
If you're looking for a simple, and yet decent quality DVD player at a moderate price, you can easily opt for this unit. No bells and whistles, basic, functional and durable.
detailed parameters
Disc Support

DVD / CD discs

Formats

DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, WMA, AAC

Max Resolution

Up to 1920x1080

Connectivity

HDMI out, Composite video out, Stereo audio out (analog), Coaxial audio out (digital)

Warranty

N/A

PROS

You'll be able to choose fast or slow playback with sound. It will let you customize your experience with skip, slow motion, advanced zoom, single step play functionality. The player's anti-shock protection profile will enable you to enjoy uninterrupted viewing.

CONS

The letters and numbers on the remote are really small. 

OUR VERDICT

The Impecca DVHP9117 is not impeccable but it is definitely up there. As far as DVD players go, there's very little the model will not allow you to do. It will work with old CRT TVs as well as LCD models. The player is very much practical and functional to boot.

detailed parameters
Disc Support

DVD / CD discs

Formats

DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, WMA, AAC

Max Resolution

Up to 1920x1080

Connectivity

HDMI-out, Composite video out, Stereo audio out (analog), Coaxial Audio out (digital)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The Custom Picture Mode will allow you to improve the sharpness and noticeably increase the contrast and the color range. The picture enhancing technology will make the 720 x 576 resolution look almost as detailed as the 720p HD one.

CONS

Doesn't incorporate an HDMI port or an upscaling feature.

OUR VERDICT

Considering the price tag that it comes with, the Sony DVPSR210P is a pretty damn impressive player. It features a variety of playback options. At your disposal, you'll have high-speed search, instant replay, instant advance, and just about everything you could ask out of a budget DVD player.

detailed parameters
Disc Support

DVD / CD discs

Formats

DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, WMA, AAC

Max Resolution

Up to 720x576

Connectivity

Component video out, Composite video out, Stereo audio out (analog), Coaxial audio out (digital)

Warranty

1 year

LG DP132H

Any Format and Any Region

DVD isn't necessarily a format that is currently at the forefront of the technical frontier, so to speak. Some would even go as far as to describe it as outdated. But we don't think DVD is there yet. Like all formats, it isn't here to stay, but its heydays are also far from over. There's quite a lot to it and, with the help of the LG DP132H DVD player, you should be able to enjoy everything that it has to offer.

Sure, what we know as the DVD-Video format is far from what you would describe as HD given that it doesn't support a resolution higher than 720 x 576 pixels. But the player in question has a few "tricks" up its sleeve to help you with that.

First, the model features 1080p upscaling so you will have the opportunity to enjoy Full HD imagery regardless of the original video source. Plus, the player supports an array of different video formats, including DivX, MPEG1, MPEG2 (PS/TS), MPEG4, MPEG 1/2 L2, so your options won't necessarily be as limited as you'd think. Sure, none of it is revolutionary per se, but it's not a bad list of options either.

Naturally, just like any other DVD player, it can also be used to listen to music. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with the FLAC format. But, other than that, anything from LPCM and MP3 to WMA will do. Needless to say, the player supports the JPEG image format too.

Review of LG DP132H DVD Player (HDMI, 1080P Upscaling, USB)

Make Your Own Music Collection

Of course, it's not just about the formats either. What we like about this player is also how functional it is. For example, the model features USB Direct Recording. With its help, you will be able to directly extract audio tracks from CDs and transfer those tracks to your USB drive (or just about any other USB device). Again, it's nothing we haven't seen before, but it is good to have the option to insert a disc and make your very own MP3 collection without using a laptop.

What else is there? Well, we could also mention the rather sleek 25-centimeter profile. It may not look as stylish as some of its Sony counterparts but you'll easily be able to find enough space for it. Plus, the black matte finish is far less prone to scratches.

Finally, the model is also region-free, meaning that it will play DVDs from just about any region (0-9) on any TV set. All things considered, the LG DP132H DVD player will be able to accommodate a solid range of different customers. It does not trail behind in functionality, it isn't a bad model from the practicality standpoint, and there isn't much to complain here as far as the price-performance ratio is concerned.

LG DP132H DVD Player (HDMI, 1080P Upscaling, USB) in the use

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Panasonic S700

Formats

The Panasonic HDMI DVD player is rather basic when it comes to functionality and yet, it does a brilliant job. It will play literally all disc formats that are played around the world. The Up-Conversion option ensures high precision of pixels by correcting the brightness of media content and smoothening up all little irregularities of an image. It also has the capability to playback most burnt content, including MP3 and JPEG files. Most customers who have used a different model in the past are quite impressed with its performance and are happy to have bought it for such an affordable price.

Review of Panasonic S700 DVD Player (HDMI, 1080p Upscale, USB)

Resolution

This is a simple and cheap DVD player, however when it comes to the quality of video streaming, it firmly outperforms most of the similar players within the same price range. For whatever TV screen you’ve got at home, it will playback a high definition video in Full HD 1920x1080p. People love the fact that it's small size, easy-to-use and great in work. But the best part of it is its auto shut off function that will turn the unit off after some time when it’s been out of use.

Panasonic S700 DVD Player (HDMI, 1080p Upscale, USB) in the use

Connectivity

The Panasonic DVD-S700 comes equipped with the HDMI-port that ensures high throughput, multi-channel transmission of audio and privacy. A DVD player paired with HDMI port hardly needs any additional jacks for the use of other cables. This makes most modern DVD players stand out from the rest analog devices - the HDMI port is equally good for high-speed cables and those that you’ve already got.

Detailed review of Panasonic S700 DVD Player (HDMI, 1080p Upscale, USB)

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Panasonic DVD-S700P-K Player Unboxing

What customers say about this product

Features

It does a very nice job of playing DVDs, although I haven't tried all the different formats, Blue-Ray etc. But it played some of my older DVDs which were a bit damaged.

Outputs

This player has a HDMI output, video output, and a connection port for a USB device.

Accessories

Two Panasonic AAA batteries are included for the remote.
 

Sony DVPSR510H

Formats

Sony DVPSR510H is a basic, but versatile DVD player, designed for multi-purpose use. This player can become a part of your everyday's life and bring out plenty of impressions due to HD video quality, a wide range of supported formats, including usual CD-Rs, and multiple connectivity options. Upon using Sony DVD player, you'll be able to play back literally all DVD disks, listen to your favourite tracks and view the pictures on a full screen.
Review of Sony DVPSR510H DVD Player (HDMI, 1080P Upscaling)

Resolution

This is an inexpensive DVD player, but with a decent picture quality, close to High Definition. It might not work on all TV screen, but for most it work great. It easily scales resolution to the TV-set and ensures that you view high-quality picture. Most of the customers who've already purchased this player, are amazed with the fact, it's so much reminds blue-ray quality. For the money it's sold, it can definitely become a good choice for most.
Sony DVPSR510H DVD Player (HDMI, 1080P Upscaling) in the use

Connectivity

If you're looking for a basic player but with versatile functionality and at a good price, don't look any further. This unit has got all you need. It's got an HDMP input (though, the cable is not uncluded), a composite video output, a component video output, digital coaxial audio output and analog output. However, with the HDMI cable connected, you'd hardly need any more cables to use. It's going to play high-quality video together with audio, not requiring the use of any extra connectors.
Detailed review of Sony DVPSR510H DVD Player (HDMI, 1080P Upscaling)

VIDEO
Sony DVD DVP-SR510H HDMI Unboxing

What customers say about this product

Features

I like these dvd players cause they reconnise all formats, and when you make onw dvds can watch them on this dvd player, this is the only player I have found that does this

Outputs

It also has RCA output jacks for composite video and stereo audio.

Accessories

Decent basic DVD player, comes with component cable and full function remote.
 

Impecca DVHP9117

Any Disc Will Do

Impecca DVHP9117 is about as good as DVD players get these days. The technology has seen better days but there are still ways it proves useful and you'll need a quality player like this one to put it to good use. Of course, the biggest issue with the DVD format is its 720 x 576p resolution that doesn't give you the HD/full HD quality that people have come to expect these days.

The model does not entirely solve this issue but it does help you mitigate the damages, so to speak. Its up-convert feature will let you turn DVD videos to the full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution. It does not necessarily mirror native full HD footage but the feature gets pretty darn close, ensuring high pixel precision by correcting the brightness of media content and smoothening up all these little image irregularities. You'll be able to enjoy DVD movies in fine detail with crispness and subtlety to match.

Other than that, it is the more or less usual features that we have seen before. The model is very much able to playback from many different formats, including but not limited to CD/SVCD, MP3, WMA, DVD+-R/RW, DivX, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-Video. There's very little chance you'll have any issues with just about any file format in that category.

On top of that, the DVD player is capable of reading and burning onto scratched and worn-out discs. The drive is really quiet too. You'll be able to enjoy your favorite movies at low volumes without the usual drive accompaniment spinning the disc as loud as possible.

Review of Impecca DVHP9117 DVD Player

USB Makes Things Better

The people behind the model claim that the player will be able to "revolutionize your video and multimedia experience by meeting entertainment needs prolifically". Now, that's what we call overselling things. However, we're not saying that they're necessarily wrong.

The fact that you'll be able to work with digital files directly via USB will let you create a somewhat soothing ambiance that not too many DVD players can offer. You'll have the means to take your home entertainment experience to the next level and watch your favorite videos with very little hassle thanks to the convenient USB port.

As far as the model's functionality is concerned, you'll be able to choose fast or slow playback with sound. It will let you customize your experience with skip, slow motion, advanced zoom, single step play functionality. The player's anti-shock protection profile will enable you to enjoy uninterrupted viewing.

All in all, the Impecca DVHP9117 is not impeccable but it is definitely up there. As far as DVD players go, there's very little the model will not allow you to do. It will work with old CRT TVs as well as LCD models. The player is very much practical and functional to boot.

Impecca DVHP9117 DVD Player in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Sony DVPSR210P

Sharp and Detailed Images

For one of the most modestly priced options on the market, the Sony DVPSR210P actually has quite a lot going for it. Now, this is a DVD player that will cost you about 20 bucks (give or take), so there are some obvious limitations. Unfortunately, it doesn't support the upscaling feature.

Of course, as most of us know from experience, it isn't the most reliable feature to begin with, often bordering on gimmicky. It doesn't really replicate the 1080p Full HD experience as much as they'll have you believe, but it's still a nice option to have nonetheless.

On top of that, the model does not incorporate an HDMI port, which is a real shame since the latter would have given the device that quality multi-channel transmission of both audio and video that you want from your player. But, again, that's to be expected from a budget model.

Now, we did say that the player actually has quite a lot going for it, so let's move on that. First, we would like to point out the Custom Picture Mode. Using the latter, you will be able to improve sharpness and noticeably increase the contrast and the color range. This way, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a much deeper and more detailed picture.

By the way, despite the fact that the model doesn't support the 1080 upscaling feature, it does come equipped with a surprisingly effective picture enhancing technology that will make the 720 x 576 resolution look almost as detailed as the 720p HD image.

Review of Sony DVPSR210P

Not too Bad for a Budget Player

Aside from everything we've said earlier, there isn't that much that makes this model different from your typical budget DVD player. The multi-brand remote is pretty nice as it can be used with a variety of different devices. The player supports multi-format DVD and CD media playback but, again, that's not something that can't be said about most of these players.

It is pretty compact, featuring 12.6 inches in width, 10 in length, and precisely 1.26 inches in height, so it won't take away too much of your space. The model supports the JPEG image format, so you'll be able to enjoy a slideshow playback with some MP3 music in the background if you ever feel so inclined. Aside from JPEG and MP3, the device works with MPEG-4, WMA, AAC, and LPCM, more or less your usual lineup of audio and video formats for a budget DVD player.

In short, considering the price tag that it comes with, the Sony DVPSR210P is a pretty damn impressive player. On top of everything else, the model features a variety of playback options, including fast playback with sound as well as the slow playback with sound. At your disposal, you'll have high-speed search, instant replay, instant advance, and just about everything you could ask out of a budget DVD player.

Sony DVPSR210P in the use

 

What Is a DVD Player?

A DVD player is a popular multimedia gadget that transmits video clips and movies on a TV screen through cable connection. Most modern DVD/BD players are capable of playing not only old disk formats, but also some newfangled multimedia files that would surely come to liking to true movie fans. Such DVD players are universal and multifunctional, and they greatly surpass their obsolete analogs. Those users who’d also like to access the Internet through their DVD player, should consider an idea of buying a smart console. With this little accessory, any typical TV will turn into a proper multifunctional station in a flash. Hopefully, our review of the best 5 DVD players should help you find the right device for your needs.

If you can’t imagine traveling without being able to watch sports events or your favorite TV series, take advantage of car DVD players, which can be mounted in headrests or unfold in front of you on a dashboard. 

What Features to Compare

Formats

Modern DVD-players support all types of media storage drives and formats. Not only can they play standard CD and DVD-disks, they can also play back images and MP3 files. BD-players, for example, support all the same functionality, and a Blu-Ray feature. If you plan to watch movies on a bigger screen with a large diagonal and you don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the image, it’s definitely the choice for you. However, those customers who have used to watching films on a small TV with standard resolution may easily opt for a regular DVD-player.

Resolution

The foremost thing to consider when choosing a DVD-player is its resolution parameter. It directly affects the quality of an image. To decode a signal on a larger diagonal, a DVD player would need to have more CPU, this is where you can clearly see the difference between images that playback on small and big screens. The standard 1920x1080 resolution is the optimal choice for owners of large-screen TVs. For smaller TVs 720x480 should be a sufficient parameter.

Connectivity

We’d also like to draw your attention to connectivity options. Different DVD/BD-players have got a different number of video- and audio slots that more or less influence the quality of both, video playback and sound. For example, if you want to have high-quality 1920x1080 resolution and a multi-channel sound, you should consider buying a DVD-player equipped with HDMI jack. It will ensure that your sound and video are transmitted in a digital format. TV with smaller resolution would work well with SCART and Component. They are both designed to transmit a signal in an analog format. A great lot of DVD-players are also equipped with additional jacks for karaoke, one or two microphones and a USB media storage for viewing images and playing MP3s. Almost every BD-player has got a built-in Ethernet for easy access to the Internet (the required feature for downloading additional resources together with films). Another advantage of having Ethernet on a player is an option to quickly update your DVD player software online and watch new disk formats along with the old ones.

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2. Choosing a DVD Player, dummies.

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4. Mark Lindsay How To Choose A Dvd Player, Streetdirectory.

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