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Which player should I buy?


There are many good players available. Video and audio performance in all modern DVD players is excellent. Personal preferences, your budget, and your existing home theater setup all play a large role in determining which player is best for you. Unless you have a high-end home theater setup, a player that costs under $250 should be completely adequate. Make a list of things that are important to you (such as ability to play CD-Rs, ability to play Video CDs, 96 kHz/24-bit audio decoding, DTS Digital Out, internal 6-channel Dolby Digital decoder) to help you come up with a set of players. Then try out a few of the players in your price range, focusing on ease of use (remote control design, user interface, front-panel controls). Since there is not a big variation in picture quality and sound quality within a given price range, convenience features play a big part. The remote control, which you'll use all the time, can drive you crazy if it doesn't suit your style.

Some players, especially cheaper models, don't properly play all discs. Before buying a player, you may want to test it with a few complex discs such as The Matrix, The Abyss, Independence Day, and DVD Demystified.

In certain cases, you might want to buy a DVD PC instead of a standard DVD player, especially if you want progressive video.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

* Do I want selectable sound tracks and subtitles, multiangle viewing, aspect ratio control, parental/multirating features, fast and slow playback, great digital video, multichannel digital audio, compatibility with Dolby Pro Logic receivers, on-screen menus, dual-layer playback, and ability to play audio CDs? This is a trick question, since all DVD players have all of these features.

* Do I want DTS audio? If so, look for a player with the "DTS Digital Out" logo.

* Do I want to play Video CDs? If so, check the specs for Video CD compatibility.

* Do I want to play recordable DVDs? If so, check the specs or compatibility reports for ability to read -R, -RW, +R, and +RW formats.

* Do I need a headphone jack?

* Do I want player setup menus in languages other than English? If so, look for a multilanguage setup feature. (Note: all players support on-disc multilanguage menus.)

* Do I want to play homemade CD-R audio discs? If so look for the "dual laser" feature.

* Do I want to replace my CD player? If so, you might want a changer that can hold 3, 5, or even hundreds of discs.

* Do I want to play discs from other countries? If so, beware of regions and TV formats.

* Do I want to control all my entertainment devices with one remote control? If so, look for a player with a programmable universal remote, or make sure your existing universal remote is compatible with the DVD player.

* Do I want to zoom in to check details of the picture or get rid of the black letterbox bars? If so, look for players with picture zoom.

* Do I have a DTV or progressive-scan display? If so, get a progressive-scan player.

* Do I want to play HDCDs? If so, check for the HDCD logo.

* Does my receiver have only optical or only coax digital audio inputs? If so, make sure the player has outputs to match.

* Do I care about black-level adjustment?

* Do I value special deals? If so, look for free DVD coupons and free DVD rentals that are available with many players.

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