Best DVD Players

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 9, 2017
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 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Formats
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 insert an Ethernet cable to the player.

CONS

The player only offers 150MB of onboard storage space.

OUR VERDICT

The device features an incredible 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.

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Formats

CD-R, CD-RW, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, HD-JPEG, AVCHD 1.0, MVK, WMV, MP3, LPCM, AAC, WMA, FLAC

Resolution

1920x1080p

Connectivity

HDMI, LAN, Optical Digital Audio out, WiFi, Bluetooth

Warranty

1 Year

PROS

The device supports Ultra-High-Definition resolution and High-Resolution Audio providing the sound and image quality like you have never seen before. It also comes with a Bluetooth audio transmission so you can use your favorite headphones without wires.

CONS

You may face some issues with uploading the software updates.

OUR VERDICT

With the support of High Dynamic Range, Dolby Atmos 3D and DTS:X object-based surround sound, the Sony UBP-X800 is the best choice for those people that are looking for technological quality above all else.

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Formats

BD-ROM, CD (CD-DA), CD-R/-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD+RW, DVD-Audio, DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, SA-CD (SA-CD / CD) Playback, Stereoscopic 3D (profile 5), Ultra HD Blu-ray™, AVCHD Disc Format, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1 Video/PS, MPEG-2 Video/PS, TS , MPEG-4/AVC, MPEG-4 AVC, VC1, WMV9, Xvid

Resolution

4K Ultra HD

Connectivity

2 x HDMI port, Coaxial Audio Output, Ethernet Connector, USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Warranty

1 Year

PROS

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

CONS

Being slim and lightweight, a unit is quite flimsy and hence, requires very careful attitude.

OUR VERDICT

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

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Formats
CD/DVD, CD-R/DVD-R, CD-RW/DVD-RW, DIVX, MPEG, MP3, JPG, JPEG
Resolution
1920 x 1080p
Connectivity
HDMI port, USB 2.0, composite video output
Warranty
1 year
PROS
This DVD player supports dual supply voltage and can operate from both 110V and 240V power sockets. The device also has an overvoltage protection.
CONS
The front panel control buttons are quite small, which makes controlling the player less convenient.
OUR VERDICT
This LG progressive (noninterlaced) scanning player is capable of playing DivX video content directly from USB flash drives to provide more versatility and convenience of use.
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Formats
DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MPEG4, MP3, WMA, DivX, JPEG, VCD/SVCD
Resolution
1280x720p
Connectivity
USB 2.0, Coaxial Audio Output, Analog Audio Output, Composite Video, Component Video RCA type(Y/Pb/Pr)
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
It doesn't include an HDMI cable and it doesn't have blue-ray player functionality.
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.
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Formats
DVD, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW; Audio: CD, CD-R, CD-RW, JPEG, MPEG-1
Resolution
1920 x 1080p
Connectivity

HDMI, Component video output, composite video output, digital coaxial audio output, analog audio output

Warranty

N/A

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

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.

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.

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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Samsung BD-J5700

Your Type of Movie Experience

Technically speaking, a film is just a series of still images 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 live in 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 Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi

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 Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi 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.

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Samsung BD-J5700
Samsung BD-J5700
 

Sony UBP-X800

What Makes a Player Great

Watching movies is one of the most popular and beloved pastime activities all over the world with hundreds of millions of people watching different films every single day. It is safe to say that everybody has his own reasons for watching motion pictures and has his own preferred aspects of it and ways of viewing them. But how many people and how much actually care about the quality of a picture? It may seem like a silly question since you would think most individuals hold that factor in at least somewhat high regard but think about it for a second. How many people would you wager are able to clearly see and tell the difference millions of colors your TV set is capable of producing? To what number of individuals 1920x1080 or Full HD isn't just a set of numbers and letters but the obvious visible difference between display resolutions presented by the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed. And last but not least, how many folks would you bet can recognize the difference between an LCD or an AMOLED? Although probably not a whole lot of people know that much about movie technologies, all of these factors can be very important in choosing the correct device in order to enrich your viewing experience. Fortunately, we did that job for you and the Sony UBP-X800 will be able to satisfy any customer regardless of his knowledge and expertise in the field of cinema.

Review of Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Ultra High Definition

The Sony UBP-X800 is a Blu-ray player that supports ultra-high-definition, meaning it gives you the ability to work with an image 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall (8.29 megapixels), which is four times as many pixels as 1920 x 1080 (2.07 megapixels). This kind of resolution provides you with an option to view your favorite movies with a level of detail and clarity like you have never seen before. The device also features a high-dynamic-range imaging (HDR) which is a technique used in imaging to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than it is possible with a standard digital imaging equipment. Combined with the clarity of 4K, HDR provides a greater range of color contrast and brightness, enhancing details from the original movie format. The Sony UBP-X800 additionally supports the new BT.2020 color spaces meaning access to a much wider range of colors than a regular TV signal is capable of providing.

Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player in the use

Sound Quality to Match the Image

Naturally, a great picture is only half of the equation when it comes to a movie experience with the other half obviously being the quality of sound. People behind Sony are aware of that which is why they included the support of Dolby Atmos, DTS:X object-based surround sound, and High-Resolution Audio. With Dolby Atmos 3D and DTS:X object-based surround sound, you will experience the feeling similar to being in the middle of the action with the sounds of people, music, and objects moving all around you in a three-dimensional audio space. Not dissimilar to the visible quality improvement of going from High Definition video to 4K, High-Resolution Audio tracks offer a far greater quality than MP3s and even CDs, allowing you to listen to every breath, every heartbeat, every drumbeat, every note. And if you prefer a more intimate atmosphere when it comes to watching movies, the UBP-X800 supports Bluetooth audio transmission so you can use your Bluetooth headphones for private viewing without the nuisance of having to deal with wires. All in all, the Sony UBP-X800 is the kind of Blu-ray player that will be able to satisfy even the most picky customers.

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Sony UBP-X800
 

Panasonic DVD-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 DVD-S700 DVD Player with 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 DVD-S700 DVD Player with 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.

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Panasonic DVD-S700
 

LG Progressive Scan Region DVD Player

Forget About Format Support Issues

The support of multiple video formats is often very important for a DVD player because it is impossible to predict the sort of multimedia content you'll want to watch. At the moment DVD discs are still among most widely used video carriers, but it is prudent to purchase a device with very limited video format support and conform yourselves only to DVD video? We decided to examine one of DVD player models by LG more thoroughly and it left quite an impression. This ultra-thin DVD player by LG Electronics company can read nearly all existing CD/DVD disc formats. With this LG DVD player, you can listen to MP3 music from CDs or to Audio CD tracks together with your friends enjoying an excellent playback quality. You will be able to watch all your favorite movies and TV shows on DVD discs with the family. The player also supports video content encoded in DivX format directly from an external media connected to the USB port. Don't you find this feature excellent? Why spending time on writing information to CD/DVD discs when you can quickly write it to a USB flash drive? And if we take into account a quick data rewriting capability for USB media, we are sure many users will appreciate this feature, at least in terms of convenience.

Review of LG Progressive Scan Region DVD Player

Technical Advantages

LG D522 has a progressive or non-interlaced scan technology implemented, which allows rendering a clear image and eliminates the motion blurring inherent to the interlaced scan. The manufacturer furnished this DVD player with a video output format converter, which enables the player to display PAL video content (interlaced scanning) on NTSC TVs as well as NTSC-encoded videos (non-interlaced scanning) on PAL TVs. Needless to say that having a DVD player capable of playing an HD video content on both PAL and NTSC TVs. Thanks to this versatility you will not encounter any incompatibility issues even if you have an old TV model at home. The variety of the LG D522 DVD player connection ports allows its pairing with practically any TV set. For connecting a TV you can use the component video port and a YPBPR cable or a composite video out available. Audio system connection can be done via the coaxial digital audio out or via RCA analog audio ports. The front panel of this DVD player carries a USB port, using which you can play music, video content and view pictures and photos from the connected USB media.

Considering the aforementioned features it is safe to say that this DVD player is among the best in its class, which is capable of playing almost any media format and offers a compatibility with a huge number of TVs along with high-quality image rendering. Those who appreciate comfort and functionality definitely should not miss an opportunity of purchasing this outstanding DVD player model.

LG Progressive Scan Region DVD Player in the use

More Products to Consider

If you want to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows or simply listen to music on audio CDs on the road or in the out-of-doors we recommend you to read our review on Portable DVD Players to choose the best option.

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LG Progressive Scan Region DVD Player
 

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 Ultra Slim 1080P Upscaling DVD Player

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 Ultra Slim 1080P Upscaling DVD Player 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.
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Sony DVPSR510H
Sony DVPSR510H
 

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