Buying A New Dvd Player

Buying A New Dvd Player

Whether you are buying your first DVD Player or​ replacing an​ old one it’s important to​ know what’s available on the market at​ the moment. It’s also useful to​ know what some of​ the terminology means – many of​ us think terms like HD and Progressive Scan sound impressive but don’t actually know what it​ does!

The fact is​ these days there is​ so much more to​ DVD Players than just watching movies. The newer models offer high quality audio and video connections providing crisp clear images and impressive surround sound. as​ well as​ playing recordable and rewritable CD’s they can handle your MP3 mix discs, some can also play WMA (Windows Media Audio) files. Some Players have SACD (Super Audio CD’s) or​ DVD audio decoding for high resolution multichannel music.

Obviously the perfect DVD Player for you is​ the one that best meets your needs – it​ should have the features that matter most to​ you. For instance, if​ you still have (and watch!) a​ lot of​ VHS tapes then a​ DVD/VCR Combo Player is​ a​ good choice. These are extremely affordable and provide the familiarity of​ a​ VCR Player with the enhanced music and movie quality of​ DVD. You can use it​ to​ record your favourite TV shows on VHS, watch movies on DVD and listen to​ your audio CD’s. if​ you want to​ archive your VHS tapes consider a​ DVD Recorder which offer convenient tape-free recording with the functionality of​ a​ DVD Player. You can also back up home movies onto DVD. There are a​ variety of​ writeable and rewriteable formats available to​ enable you to​ use the right disc for the right job.

If you travel a​ lot a​ Portable DVD Player could be the answer. These are compact and lightweight and some also offer dual headphone jacks enabling more than one person to​ listen at​ the same time. Many of​ these portable players are car-friendly – as​ well as​ having rechargeable batteries some also come with features like cigarette lighter power adapters and car mounting kits.

If you have a​ High Definition TV HD DVD is​ a​ high definition disc format designed to​ maximise your viewing experience when using HDTV. Another option is​ a​ DVD Player with Video Upconversion which will convert DVD video to​ a​ resolution that more closely matches that of​ your High Definition Television. The signal remains digital as​ it​ travels through the connections to​ your television for the cleanest possible transfer.

If your TV is​ Enhanced Definition (EDTV), High Definition or​ HDTV-ready a​ Progressive Scan DVD Player is​ an​ option. in​ fact, even if​ your existing TV is​ not progressive capable your next one almost certainly will be which means you would get a​ great picture now and an​ even better one when you upgrade your television. So what is​ Progressive Scan? Progressive Scan displays the entire frame in​ one sweep (unlike Interlaced Scan which splits each video frame into two fields) and since the whole picture is​ displayed together it​ has less flickering and clearer details. to​ view the progressive scan signals you need a​ progressive capable TV so if​ you don’t have one at​ the moment choose a​ DVD Player that allows you to​ select either 480i interlaced scan for use with a​ conventional TV or​ 480p progressive-scan output for compatible TV’s.

A big part of​ choosing the right player is​ ensuring it​ has all the necessary connections to​ perform with your other audio visual equipment. Nearly all current DVD Players have at​ least three video jacks – composite, S-video and component. Component inputs are typically only found on mid-priced to​ high end TV’s made in​ the last few years. The component connection provides the best picture quality. if​ your TV only has an​ antenna style RF input you will need to​ install an​ RF modulator between the TV and DVD Player. Also a​ DVD/VCR Combo might be worth considering as​ some can pass DVD signals through their RF output.

Current players have a​ digital audio output – coaxial, optical or​ both. This enables them to​ send Dolby Digital or​ DTS signals to​ your receiver for multichannel surround sound. All DVD Players include standard stereo audio jacks for connecting to​ stereo receivers and stereo TV’s. Some players also have built in​ decoding with 5.1 channel analog outputs to​ connect directly to​ 5.1 ready receivers. These models usually also play multichannel DVD Audio or​ SACD discs. Some high end players have IEEE1394 jacks (known as​ FireWire or​ i.LINK); these single cord connections carry 5.1 channel music to​ a​ compatible receiver.

This article was written by Lorraine Simpson, Director of​ Fifth Ace Ltd. who sell DVD/VCR Combos, Progressive Scan, in​ Dash DVD and HDTV on their website

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