Best HDMI DVD Players for TV

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 30, 2021
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
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Disc Support
Formats
Max Resolution
Connectivity
Warranty
 
PROS

The Sound Retriever feature works wonders upscaling compressed audio files' (like MP3 and WMA) quality. The Dialogue Enhancer tech makes sure you're always able to hear the dialogue in those movies where you can barely pick up the lines because the sound effects overwhelm them.

CONS

The remote control is not that practical. 

OUR VERDICT

The Pioneer DV-3052 is as good as DVD players come these days. You'll be able to enjoy movies looking and sounding as well as they can look and sound. Plus, you can use the remote control to manage the player's features and settings from the couch.

detailed parameters
Disc Support

DVD / CD discs

Formats

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

Max Resolution

Up to 1920x1080

Connectivity

HDMI out, composite video out, stereo audio out (analog), Coaxial audio out (digital), USB port

Warranty

1 year

PROS

You'll be able to view media content from USB flash drives. The player is dustproof, meaning that you can place the device on dust-prone shelves without worrying about any DVD/CD performance issues coming from dust buildup. The slim unit will barely require any space.

CONS

The slim and lightweight unit requires extra careful attention. 

OUR VERDICT

What we have here is an affordable, slim, lightweight, and multi-functional DVD player that, in most ways, outperforms and outclasses its competition within the same price range. It will be able to playback almost all discs and all formats.

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 device is able to memorize the resume points of up to six previously played discs, letting you pick up where you left off any time you want. You can accelerate the playback to quickly consume the news or slow-paced dramas. Slow playback with sound, on the other hand, is ideal for watching sports action in detail or listening to language programs.

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 here, the device is basic but as functional and durable as budget DVD players get. You'll be hard-pressed to find an equally impressive player for the same price. 

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

The player incorporates skip, advanced zoom, slow motion, and single-step play features. The anti-shock mechanism makes sure that you can enjoy nothing but uninterrupted viewing pleasure. Playing from memory rather than from the discs, the mechanism reads ahead and compensates for any bumps on the proverbial road.

CONS

The supplied cables are passable at best. 

OUR VERDICT

The Sindave S188HD brings massive value to the budget DVD players' price bracket. The model packs every tech in the book. You'll be able to customize pretty much the entire entertainment experience. The parental lock feature will let you prevent your children from accessing inappropriate content.

detailed parameters
Disc Support

DVD / CD discs

Formats

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

Max Resolution

Up to 1920x1080

Connectivity

HDMI out, component video out, composite video out, stereo audio out (analog), USB port, SD card slot, mic 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

Max Resolution

Up to 720x576

Connectivity

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

Warranty

1 year

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Pioneer DV-3052

Best Multi-Region DVD Player

The Pioneer DV-3052 is pretty much as good as DVD players come these days. As much as these players are becoming more and more obsolete, there's not much we can say against this particular model.

First and foremost, the player will play pretty much anything. You'll have no issues with CDs and DVDs from just about any country on any TV - PAL scale and NTSC DVDs from 0-9 regions. As far as playback is concerned, the device will be able to work with DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, SVCDs, VCDs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and more.

Of course, that's the case with all DVD players these days. Likewise, the model matches these players on the video/audio/image formats/codecs, letting you work with DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, and WMA.

We've seen these parameters before. The USB port, on the other hand, is much less common with these players. The model will let you copy files from different discs onto USB drives. Needless to say, you'll also be able to playback different media files from USB drives.

The model's performance is where we see the biggest separation though. There are multiple audio and video technologies/features here that make the DVD format much less obsolete.

Review of Pioneer DV-3052 Multi System All Region DVD Player

Awesome Video and Audio

Deep Color is awesome. The tech adds color depth, making different scenes look and feel richer, more vibrant, and nuanced. At the same time, the model's excellent upscaling tech will turn the utterly unremarkable 720 x 480p or 720 x 576p resolution into pretty much proper 1920 x 1080p.

The player's audio performance is even more impressive than its video reproduction though. First off, the Sound Retriever feature works wonders upscaling compressed audio files' (like MP3 and WMA) quality.

Meanwhile, the Dialogue Enhancer tech makes sure you're always able to hear the dialogue in those movies where you can barely pick up the lines because the sound effects overwhelm them.

When even the Dialogue Enhancer doesn't cut it or when you want to enjoy foreign movies with the original audio, the player works with DivX external subtitles (.smi, .srt, .sub, .ssa).

Last but not least, the Equalizer here comes equipped with solid pre-sets (Rock, Pop, Techno, Soft, Live, Dance, Classic) that will let you enjoy different genres to the fullest.

In short, again, the Pioneer DV-3052 is as good as DVD players come these days. You'll be able to enjoy movies looking and sounding as well as they can look and sound.

Pioneer DV-3052 Multi System All Region DVD Player in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B00OBL5OM8

 

Panasonic S700

Solid Up-Conversion

The Panasonic HDMI DVD player is relatively basic when it comes to functionality. At the same time, the device does an excellent job and we don't have much to complain about here.

Sure, the slim and lightweight unit will require especially careful attention. On the bright side, the device is, again, slim and lightweight. Measuring 8 x 12.2 x 1.5 inches, the player basically enables you to find enough space for the device pretty much anywhere. Its ~2.5-pound weight will let you easily lift this unit and move when necessary.

As far as compatibility goes, the player's as good as these DVD players get. It will play literally all disc formats that are played around the world. Meanwhile, the up-conversion tech ensures high precision of pixels by correcting the brightness of media content and smoothening up all little irregularities of the image. It also has the capability to playback most burnt content, including MP3 and JPEG files.

As far as we can tell, 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)

USB Too

This is a simple and relatively 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, the device will have no issues playing back high-definition videos in 1920 x 1080p Full HD quality. Sure, people love the model's compact size and all. But one could argue that the best part here is the model's automatic shut-off function that will turn the unit off after some time when it’s been out of use.

The Panasonic DVD-S700 comes equipped with an HDMI-port that ensures high throughput, multi-channel transmission of audio and video. A DVD player paired with an HDMI port hardly needs any additional jacks for the use of other cables.

This makes most modern DVD players stand out from other analog devices - the HDMI port is equally good for high-speed cables and those that you’ve already got. At the same time, you'll be able to view media content from USB flash drives, which is nice considering that these budget players rarely give you that option.

Finally, the player is also dustproof, so you'll be able to place the device on dust-prone shelves without worrying about any DVD/CD performance issues coming from dust buildup.

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

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $47.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B00KC0HVTQ

VIDEO
Panasonic DVD-S700P-K Player Unboxing

What customers say about this product

Features

I'm generally satisfied with Panasonic electronics as a rule, and this multi format DVD/MP3/CD player works as described

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

Excellent Upscaling Tech

We've seen DVD players like Sony DVPSR510H before. On paper, there's not much to talk about here. Still, we've added this device to the list, meaning that there's something separating this product from its peers within the same price bracket.

Following this logic, let's start with the fact that this DVD player has been designed for multi-purpose use and is as versatile as they come.

First things first, this device is more than compatible with CD-R/RWs, DVD-RWs, Plus R/ Plus R DLs, DVD-R/-R DLs (including 8-cm DVD).

As far as formats are concerned, you'll be able to work with DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, WMA, AAC, and linear PCM playback. In other words, you'll be able to listen to music, view photos, and, needless to say, watch decent-quality movies.

Sure, the DVD format isn't all that and a bag of chips anymore. The 480p resolution looks terrible compared to Full HD. That's okay though. You don't have to settle for 480p.

The device's upscaling tech is up there with the best devices on the market right now. Using the supplied HDMI port and HDMI cable, you'll be able to upscale standard-definition movies into smooth, jagged-free, Full HD 1080p quality.

In other words, you'll be able to revisit the classics without having to toss away your favorite DVD discs and stream them to the laptop.

Review of Sony DVPSR510H DVD Player (HDMI, 1080P Upscaling)

Choose the Playback Speed

Having said all that, the Sony DVPSR510H starts with its form factor. Measuring 8.3 x 10 x 1.3 inches, this unit is ridiculously slim. You'll be able to place this device pretty much anywhere you want. There are practically no cabinets that won't accommodate this player. You won't have to remove everything from the shelves to find enough space for this tiny unit.

Plus, weighing less than 2 pounds, this device is practically weightless, so you'll have no issues lifting the player when necessary and moving this unit from one place to another.

All things considered though, the player's biggest selling point has to be the fact that this device is able to memorize the resume points of up to six previously played discs, letting you pick up where you left off any time you want.

Apart from that, you'll be able to watch DVDs at 1.5 times the original speed, which is the best way to consume news as far as we're concerned. Slow playback with sound, on the other hand, is ideal for watching sports action in detail or listening to language programs.

In conclusion, the Sony DVPSR510H is better than pretty much anything you'd find within this price bracket.

Sony DVPSR510H DVD Player (HDMI, 1080P Upscaling) in the use
Last updated price $0.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B007F9XHAY

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

Installs easy, HDMI compatible, compact.

Accessories

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

Sindave S188HD

Even Karaoke

The Sindave S188HD is compact and affordable first and foremost. You can pretty much acquire the device with pocket change. Considering the price, this is an excellent player though.

Starting with the compact statement, the model measures 10.8 x 9.8 x 3 inches, so you shouldn't have any issues finding enough space for the player. It is pretty sleek (again, taking the modest price into account) and not necessarily attractive but somewhat elegant and even tasteful. The polished accents and relatively smooth curves make the player look as good as budget consumer electronics can look.

You're not buying these players for the looks though, that goes without saying. You're buying these players to play CD and DVD discs and you'll have no issues on this front. The model accepts DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, DVD-9s, VCDs, CDDAs, HDCDs, CDG, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and pretty much everything in-between.

As far as formats are concerned, the device is compatible with the standard DVD player lineup, including (and pretty much limited to) DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG, MP3, and WMA.

At the same time, the player's interfaces aren't limited to that disc tray alone. In addition to every input and output in the book, the model comes equipped with USB and SD card slots. You'll be able to play different digital media files (like wedding/vacation photos and things like that) and effortlessly share these precious moments with family and friends.

Plus, the player even packs a microphone port that will let you enjoy some good ol' karaoke at home.

Review of Sindave S188HD Multi Region DVD Player

Customized Entertainment

On the tech front, the player will let you choose between fast and/or slow playback with sound. You'll be able to customize pretty much the entire entertainment experience with the skip, advanced zoom, slow motion, and single-step play features. The advanced zoom is especially cool because the feature lets you zoom into different details that you won't be able to pick up otherwise.

Meanwhile, the anti-shock mechanism makes sure that you can enjoy nothing but uninterrupted viewing pleasure. Playing from memory rather than from the discs, the mechanism reads ahead and compensates for any bumps on the proverbial road.

Long story short, the Sindave S188HD brings massive value to the budget DVD players' price bracket. The model packs every tech in the book. You'll be able to enjoy different content precisely the way you want to. The parental lock feature will let you prevent your children from accessing inappropriate content.

Sindave S188HD Multi Region DVD Player in the use

Additional Info

User Manual

Last updated price $19.25
Stock In stock
ASIN B07VC5JBLC

 

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
Last updated price $33.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B007F9XHBI

 

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.

Sources:

1. How to choose the right DVD Player/ Recorder, CCM Benchmark Group. September 2016.

2. John Lewis DVD & Blu-ray buying guide, John Lewis.

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