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In this opportunity we will review which are the best DVD players that we can find in the market. The acronym DVD stands for Digital Video Disc. These devices allow the playback of both CDs and DVDs on TVs or monitors.

We want to provide you with all the information you need to find the best DVD player for your budget. We will show you from the basic specifications to the most important features so that you know everything about these devices and which ones are the best at the moment.




Summary

  • DVD players are devices which, depending on their player, can play any DVD or CD format except Blu-Ray discs. In addition, there are models that have a USB input for playback from USB sticks.
  • In the beginning, DVD players had readers that were distributed by zones in order to avoid piracy, but nowadays there are universal readers that can read even rewritable CDs and DVDs.
  • A DVD disc can hold up to 4.7 GB of information. This allowed extra material to be added to film DVDs, such as picture galleries, comments from the actors or director, trailers for upcoming releases or mini-games, among other options.

The best DVD Players: Our Picks

Buying Guide

When buying a DVD player you should know what it is and how it works in order to enjoy all its functions and advantages. It is important to research everything about DVD players in order not to be fooled by unscrupulous sellers who only want to sell for the sake of selling.

Find the DVD player to enjoy with your friends or family. (Photo: Dean Drobot / 123rf)

What are DVD players and what are their benefits?

DVD players are electronic devices that allow the playback of uncompressed audio and video files stored on discs such as CDs or DVDs. These devices are connected to a TV set via an HDMI cable or via RCA cables.

Nowadays we can find DVD players with universal players, but in the beginning, in order to prevent piracy, these devices had a restriction as to which DVDs they could play. This was achieved by locking the device so that it could only play DVDs encoded for its region.

Today, while the market for DVD players has declined in favour of Blu-Ray, there is a wide range of brands and models. Each offers a different function in order to stand out from the competition.

Advantages
  • They allow uncompressed picture and audio playback
  • They are inexpensive compared to Blu-Ray players
  • Certain models allow the use of CD-R/RW, DVD-RW/+R/+R-DL and DVD-RW/R-RW/R-RDL.DVD discs are much more robust
Disadvantages
  • DVD player drives are delicate and will wear out over time
  • Depending on the model they may be coded to only work with one region
  • Many manufacturers are no longer producing DVD discs.

DVD player by region codes – what should you pay attention to?

When the first DVD players were released, they were devices that only played one type of DVD disc. This was because the equipment was coded to only work with a specific region.

DVD region codes were a technique designed for film distributors to protect their distribution rights and content against piracy. This was made possible by locking the equipment so that they could only play the disc encoded for their region.

Region Code Area
0 Free Region
1 USA, Canada and Bermuda
2 Europe, Japan, Middle East, Greenland, and South Africa
3 South East Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau
4 Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
5 Former Soviet Union countries, Africa, Central and South Asia, North Korea and Mongolia.
6 Used for Mainland China
7 Not allocated to a region
8 International events on Aircraft and Cruises
All (ALL) Can be played by all DVD players

It should be noted that there are now DVD players with players that can read DVDs no matter what region they belong to. This has made it possible for users to have no restrictions when purchasing their discs anywhere in the world.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of DVD Players

There is a wide variety of models on the market, but before you go out to the nearest shop to buy the first DVD player you are offered you should consider certain elements that will help you make the best purchase. We want to show you what you should know and take into account to buy the best DVD player for you.

  • Playback Capacity
  • Connections
  • Maintenance

Playability

The region on dvd players is important, look for the right one for where you live

When buying a DVD player, we need to know if it can play discs from different regions or if it only supports a particular region. It is very important to find this out because we run the risk that our DVDs will not be played by the player.

That your dvd player reads the file formats stored on the disc

You should also pay attention to whether the device plays more than one CD format as it is very common for us to have files stored on recordable CDs or DVDs and their other versions (DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-G, CD-R and CD-RW).

In both cases, it is best to purchase a DVD player with a reader capable of reading and playing the different formats of CDs, DVDs and all the regions that currently exist on the market. This way we will be sure to be able to enjoy our contents.

Connections

If we want our DVD player to offer us the best picture and audio quality, we must pay attention to the type of connections that the equipment offers. Today it is common to find devices with HDMI and RCA outputs.

The HDMI connection is the one to look for when buying a DVD player as it allows for an uncompressed data stream. This provides HD or Full HD picture quality and stereo sound.

In addition, another connection to consider for these devices is a USB input. This would allow the user to connect USB sticks to the DVD player and enjoy the content inside the device.

Maintenance

DVD players are very reliable equipment, but as with almost any electronic equipment, they can suffer from breakdowns. Among the most common failures are the failure of the drive and the tray.

Reader failure can occur for 2 reasons. The first one can be due to lack of cleaning, while the second one can be due to the lifetime of this part. The best way to avoid this is to clean the discs with a little alcohol and a cloth. In the case of the second one, it will depend on the use of the equipment.

Tray failure can be caused by misuse of the DVD player. There is equipment that has a motor that makes it open or close, but there may be people who, due to lack of knowledge, try to force it and end up breaking it. That is why it is very important to read the manual before using the equipment in order to avoid improper use.

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