Best DVD Players

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 19, 2018
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 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Disc Support
Formats
Max Resolution
Connectivity
Warranty
 
PROS

The device comes with a built-in Wi-Fi connection giving you the ability to access online content via Samsung's Smart Hub menu system without the need to connect an Ethernet cable to the player.

CONS

Doesn't include some sort of an indicator, making it difficult to tell if the player is on or off. 

OUR VERDICT

The device features a stylish design, a great upconversion option and is one of the cheapest options on the market, making it a steal for anyone looking for a great Blu-ray player with a price tag under $100.

detailed parameters
Disc Support

BD / DVD / CD discs

Formats

DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, AVCHD, MKV, WMV, MP3, LPCM, AAC, WMA, FLAC

Max Resolution

1920 x 1080p

Connectivity

HDMI out, LAN port, Coaxial audio out (digital), WiFi, Bluetooth, 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
1920 x 1080p
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
1920 x 1080p
Connectivity

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

Warranty

N/A

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

1920 x 1080p

Connectivity

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

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

720 x 576p

Connectivity

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

Warranty

1 year

Samsung BD-J5700

Your Type of Movie Experience

Technically speaking, a film is just a series of still shots that, when shown on a screen, create an illusion of moving images. This kind of optical illusion induces the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed rapidly in succession.

But to so many people, a movie is so much more than that. To some individuals, a movie creates the ability to escape our boring mundane lives and to experience a completely new world that may or may not differ entirely from the one all of us are used to. To other people, a movie is all about meeting a group of intriguing new characters and experiencing an exciting new story through their eyes, with all the twists and turns that accompany them on their journey. Some folks watch films in order to induce or experience a certain kind of emotion that is absent from their day-to-day lives, be it fear with horror movies, deep emotional connection with romance flicks, or adrenaline from watching an action film.

Last but not least, some people don't even care that much about the core of the movie and they're more attracted to the experience of watching a film overall, with certain individuals preferring the intimate atmosphere and others being more attracted to a group gathering experience.

Of course, regardless of whatever group you see yourself more aligned with, one thing all of them have in common is they need a way to watch said movies. As it usually is in the case of electronics, Samsung with their new BD-J5700 Blu-ray Player has you covered in that regard.

Review of Samsung BD-J5700 Curved Blu-Ray Player (HDMI, USB, LAN, 1080p)

Blu-Ray and DVD Alike

The Samsung BD-J5700 is a Blue-ray player. But in addition to playing your favorite Blu-ray discs in 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, this model provides you with a full online access to web content through its built-in Wi-Fi connection giving you the ability to access online content via Samsung's Smart Hub menu system without the need to insert an Ethernet cable to the player.

The device features a great upconversion option allowing you to watch DVD disk while the player displays a picture that looks nearly identical to high-definition. The lines look very crisp for a standard-definition source, and while some people have reported the noise to be a bit too visible on the flat surfaces of their screens, the picture generally looks incredible. You also have the option to select your screen size so that you can watch your videos and movies the way you wish to view them.

Samsung BD-J5700 Curved Blu-Ray Player (HDMI, USB, LAN, 1080p) in the use

Faster Than a Bullet

This particular Blu-ray player model has a specific design that helps it stand out from the rest of the other brand's Blu-ray players. This device has a curved design along with ridges on the top and on the front. In order to make sure that your Blu-ray player can function with your television, you need to plug it in with an HDMI cable that is included in the package, along with a remote control, 2 AAA batteries for the aforementioned remote, an Xtech High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet and a HeroFiber® Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth.

 The device also features a ridiculously fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds compared to an average of 10 seconds for your typical Blu-ray player. Last but not least, it comes at a ridiculously cheap price of less than $100 making it one of the cheapest Blu-ray compatible options on the market. So if you're looking for an affordable piece of technology that offers some great functionality and quality, the Samsung BD-J5700 is one of the best places to start.

Detailed review of Samsung BD-J5700 Curved Blu-Ray Player (HDMI, USB, LAN, 1080p)

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Features

I needed a dvd player that played .mp4, .avi, and .mov files. This bluray dvd player plays them all and more.

Outputs

Very good Blu-ray player I also like the built in Wi-Fi and the usb port.

Accessories

Comes with cleaning cloth
 

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

The instruction book shows how to perform various connections. You can play a disk or connect via the USB port. HDMI is supported.

Accessories

The remote is full function and the player has quite a few customizable options.
 

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

This unit provides good up-scaling. Up-scaling is the ability to play standard definition DVDs on a high definition TV

Outputs

It has HDMI, Coaxial 5.1, RCA Red, White stereo out's and Yellow RCA Video out....great connectivity..

Accessories

Standard RCA jack cables are included as are batteries for the remote
 

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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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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