Best DVD Players for Your TV in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 13, 2018
Do you have a collection of movies or special events recorded on DVDs but your DVD player is out of date or order? If you wish to have a more up-to-date device and breathe new life into your recordings, then our comparison of the best 5 DVD players is definitely worth a read. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

This model boasts an advanced progressive scan technology that ensures extremely clear and accurate image with no glint effect.

CONS

To work properly, a remote should be close to the player.

OUR VERDICT

This LG media player is a great solution for those who are planning to create a home theatre and enjoy the ultimate video and audio experience.

detailed parameters
Formats

DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA, MPEG2, MPEG4, DivX

Max Resolution

1920 x 1080p

Connectivity

HDMI Output, Component Video Output, Composite Video Output, Optical Audio Output, Analog Audio 2ch Output, USB

Warranty

24 months

PROS

With the custom picture mode, you can make the image sharper and colours deeper. Plus, thanks to the picture enhancing technology, video quality is near Full HD.

CONS

The signal of a remote control could be stronger.

OUR VERDICT

This DVD player by Sony is a classic model equipped with all the needed features to help a user enjoy their old favourite movies in better quality.

detailed parameters
Formats

CD-R/RW, DVD+RW/+R/+R DL, DVD-RW/-R/-R D JPEG, MP3, MPEG-4, WMA, AAC, Linear PCM and Xvid

Max Resolution

1080p Upscaling

Connectivity

HDMI Output, Composite Video Output, Analog Audio 2ch Output, Coaxial Audio Output, USB

Warranty

12 months

PROS

This multi-region DVD player allows watching your favourite movies without coding, while the built-in Dolby Digital decoder creates an immersive sound.

CONS

A bit flimsy disc drive.

OUR VERDICT

The Denver DVH-7784 won't take much space on the shelf near your TV set and will let you watch high-quality pictures on a screen.

detailed parameters
Formats

CD, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, AVI, JPEG, VCD, PICTURE CD, PAL/NTSC

Max Resolution

1920 х 1080р

Connectivity

HDMI Output, SCART, Optical Audio Output, Composite Video Output, USB

Warranty

12 months

PROS

This model has a USB port that allows you to play video not only from memory sticks but also HDDs (FAT 32), a great option for those who have big DVD collections and wish to store them in one place.

CONS

RCA cables are poorly designed.

OUR VERDICT

The MAJORITY player is a feature-rich model with lots of settings that allow for adjusting picture and improving almost any kind of video recording.

detailed parameters
Formats

CD-R/RW, DVD+RW/+R/+R DL, DVD-RW/-R/-R DJPEG, MP3, MPEG-4, WMA

Max Resolution

1920х1080р

Connectivity

HDMI Output, Component Video Output, Composite Video Output, Analog Audio 2ch Output, USB

Warranty

36 months (registration required)

PROS

The DVD player features CD ripping option that copies audio files from CD discs to USB storage devices. The model is also available with a 3-feet HDMI cable.

CONS

The buttons on the remote are too tiny.

OUR VERDICT

The Panasonic DVD-S500EB-K is the best choice if you're looking for a device to play various video formats from different media. 

detailed parameters
Formats

DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW, XviD, MP3, JPEG

Max Resolution

1280 х 720р

Connectivity

SCART, Composite Video Output, USB

Warranty

12 months

LG DP542H

The Key Element of any Home Theatre

If you have no time for yourself let along visiting cinemas but you still want to be able to enjoy watching your favourite movies in great quality, the LG DP542H player should be right up your alley. This model will provide you with an immersive viewing experience in near HD quality any time you want. Just connect the player to your TV using one HDMI cable and you're good to go - no more wires and unnecessary cables required. What's also important is that the HDMI cable is of high quality and perfectly transmits both picture and sound ensuring that your video content is produced without sound lugs. Plus, the player uses the progressive scan technology which allows it to convert older movies into near modern HD quality.

The LG DP542H player includes a remote control so you can adjust the settings on your system without coming up to TV. And you can also control the player using the buttons on the front panel. Next, the LG DP542H player has an LCD screen: it displays the play time and doubles as a clock when the player is turned off.

It is also important to note that the LG DP542H reads all disc formats and supports all video formats. And, you aren't going to be limited to viewing movies from CD and DVD discs only. Along with the control buttons and the screen is a USB port which allows you to connect different media devices.

Review of LG DP542H HDMI/MULTIREGION DVD Player 1080p HD Upscaling

Some Extras for Your Comfort

To make the DVD player ultimately comfortable in use, the manufacturer has fitted it with several useful features we'd like to tell you about. Let's start with a shut-off function that can automatically turn the unit off after some time of disuse. It can save money on electricity bills and prevent shortcuts. We also liked the zoom control feature of this player. It lets you blow-up the picture if you want to see some fine details on the screen or get rid of those black lines that might irritate you.

Parents will highly appreciate the parental control feature that blocks all the buttons on the DVD remote so that their curious children couldn't switch the channel or turn off the DVD player accidentally.

LG DP542H HDMI/MULTIREGION DVD Player 1080p HD Upscaling in the use

Matches Any Interior

The classic design with the black square-shaped housing makes the LG DP542H player suitable for any room. It will match both classic and hi-tech interiors, so if you are looking for an elegant player for your bedroom, this sleek device will fit the bill.

Detailed review of LG DP542H HDMI/MULTIREGION DVD Player 1080p HD Upscaling

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Sony DVPSR760HB.CEK

Deeper Sound, Better Picture

Would you like to get a DVD player that will let you rewatch your collection of films in better quality and won’t cost you an arm and a leg? If so, the DVPSR760HB.CEK player is a perfect match. Though not 4K, this model uses upscaling feature and is able to significantly enhance the native quality of images making them look closer to Full HD.

Like most modern DVD players, the DVPSR760HB.CEK allows for adjusting the settings on the system: changing background colour, switching subtitles, as well as adding effects to images. All changes are easy to do manually, but if you don't want to engage in the setup process, the player offers a custom picture mode. Whatever mode you choose, the content will be of great quality.

Aside from several picture modes, the DVPSR760HB.CEK allows for slowing down or accelerating the playback of movies or sport matches - you can play movies at 1.5x default speed. Also, the player supports most any popular formats and can play movies back from multiple sources including a flash drive.

The great thing about the DVPSR760HB.CEK is that it takes the most out of its compact design. Small and sleek, it needs very little space under your TV and it uses only one HDMI cable allowing you to cut down on wires. Plus, the HDMI output makes it possible to connect this player to your home theatre system and experience the surround sound with crisp picture detail.

The memorising option is sure the one we particularly liked in the DVPSR760HB.CE. The player can remember the place you’ve stopped on 6 different disks and resume movies exactly from those points you've watched last time. Agree it's a nice feature to have. Another feature worth mentioning is parental control which can be useful if you have kids and want to protect them from the adverse media effect.

The DVPSR760HB.CEK comes in a box with a remote control enabling you to control the settings without getting up. Some users report that the signal on the remote control isn't very strong and you need to direct it right at the device to adjust the settings, but a slight con like that isn't enough to spoil our impression of the player, especially considering its price.
Review of Sony DVPSR760HB.CEK DVD Player

Small Size, Big Performance

Compact size is one of the strongest advantages of this player. With just 270mm, the player is likely to fit any shelf or cabinet for a stereo system, making it a solid choice for people limited in space. It is also very simple in use. It has a a handy LCD screen and clear control panel with a few buttons making it very convenient to use.

Overall, if you want a DVD player that will be easy to use, won't cost an arm and a leg, and will allow you to watch movies from various media sources via your TV and home theatre, the LG DP542H can be a fine choice. Less expensive than other players, this one packs many useful features and displays images in near Full HD.

Sony DVPSR760HB.CEK DVD Player in the use

Additional Info

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Denver DVH-7784

Watch Movies in High Quality

If you want to experience high-definition, crisp and lifelike picture while watching your favourite films, you should definitely consider the Denver DVH-7784 player. This device converts lower resolution content from your DVD discs to nearly Full HD quality so that you can watch and enjoy an incredible image with vivid colours and sharp details. In addition, the player has an integrated HDMI port that transmits high-quality audio/video stream, making the content on your DVD discs nearly as crisp as that on expensive Blu-Rays.

Being a multi-region DVD player, this device doesn't require any specific codes, which means that it supports all DVDs purchased anywhere across the globe. What's important, you don't need to be tech savvy to set up this player, as it requires connection to the mains and your TV only. It supports almost all video formats and can read various disc types. On top of that, the DVD player features a USB 2.0 port located on the front panel for streaming photos and videos from external media.

Review of Denver DVH-7784 Small Multi Region DVD Player

Compact DVD Player

At 4.5cm x 21cm x 22.5cm only, this Denver player is just a bit larger than an A4 paper sheet. Owing to such compact size, it can be installed wherever you want. That's why people who lack free space but want to have a functional DVD player choose the DVH-7784 model. We would like to point out that the player from Denver can be connected to both modern and older TV models, as it features HDMI and SCART ports. Additionally, the player allows users to select a screen format and, thus, can be connected to various-sized TVs.

As all the modern DVD players, this one comes with a remote control that lets you switch between different settings remotely. And if you somehow lose it, don't panic! The DVH-7784 model features handy control buttons on the front so that you can start or pause a film, open or close a disc drive, and turn off the DVD when needed.

Denver DVH-7784 Small Multi Region DVD Player in the use

Immersive Sound

No one would argue that true-to-life images on the screen are worth nothing without the realistic stereo and bass sounds coming out from the speakers. Fortunately, this player boasts a built-in Dolby Digital decoder that offers distortion-free sound and an immersive sound experience. This technology not only encodes the sound by converting the analogue signal to digital one but also analyses an original audio track and improves it. This way it delivers an excellent multichannel and enveloping sound experience.
Detailed review of Denver DVH-7784 Small Multi Region DVD Player

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MAJORITY Scholars Milton

A Serious Competitor to More Expensive Brands

The Majority Scholars DVD player is a popular choice of many users not without a reason. It has as many features as some of the more expensive players yet it comes at a considerably lower price. Let's check out the key features this player offers.

First things first, the Majority Scholars DVD player can play audio and video recordings from almost any disk or flash drive. The quality of the image totally depends on the video source you use and, obviously, your TV. The connection type also matters. For better results, it's recommended to connect the player via a HDMI cable (not included in the purchase). Although this player doesn't have an upscaling feature to convert the resolution of your old favourites into a higher one, you can improve the picture quality manually by adjusting the brightness, sharpness, contrast, gamma, and colour settings. Video quality isn't the only thing you can adjust on the system. Other settings designed to tailor your viewing experience include the following four menus:

  • General menu lets you set up TV values, angle marks, select a digital filter and save the minute you’ve stopped watching a film so that you can continue watching it from the exact point later.
  • With audio settings, you can switch between audio channels and turn on the stereo mode.
  • Dolby Digital menu will help you improve audio and create fine and detailed sound when you need to reduce the bass and make it softer. A handy option when you want to watch a horror at night time.
  • Preference set-up includes switching between TV types (PAL and NTSC), subtitles, parental control, and password set-up.

As for the design, this player is simple and compact, which makes it a good fit for almost any interior. It is also equipped with a quite large LCD display for more convenient viewing. The control panel is not cluttered and all buttons are neatly arranged on the front. If we had to name one thing we didn't actually like about this player, that would be the fact that the control buttons do not stand out well against the control panel making it less convenient to manipulate. That said, an issue as minor as that is not enough to detract from the many advantages the Majority Scholars DVD player has, especially seeing as it comes with a remote control which you can use instead.

Review of MAJORITY Scholars Milton Compact DVD Player, Multi-Regions 1/2/3/4/5/6, USB port

Handy Option

In addition to all the useful features the Majority Scholars DVD player offers, it allows users to create their own playlists. That is to say, if there are several films, series, chapters, etc. on a disk, you can set up their playing order. Well, this option may not be that crucial but still, it can make life a bit easier.

All in all, supporting a great deal of audio/video formats and offering many useful settings, this DVD player is probably the best solution for those users who are looking for a budget-friendly device that does exactly what it's supposed to.

MAJORITY Scholars Milton Compact DVD Player, Multi-Regions 1/2/3/4/5/6, USB port in the use

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Panasonic DVD-S500EB-K

Stylish Player

This multi-format DVD player from Panasonic is a real catch for those who have collected tons of CDs/DVDs over the years and now want to watch some old films on a large screen instead of playing them on a PC. The device reads CD and DVD discs and features a USB 2.0 port that can be used for streaming music and video from various data storage devices like HDDs, USB sticks, and even your smartphone. The USB port is located on the front panel to be easily accessible for a user. No need to move the player or look for a flashlight in order to find the needed port at the back. We also like the fact that this Panasonic player boasts CD ripping option that is meant for copying audio content from removable media to USB drives. Thus, you can have your music archived and don't worry that it might be lost (all CD and DVD discs tend to wear out over time).

Another important thing we should mention about this player is the dustproof design of its housing. Therefore, you can worry not about constant dusting and a false operation as a result. The DVD player is pretty lightweight (1.1 kg), so you can easily carry it from one room to another and enjoy music, photos, slideshows, and films wherever you want.

Review of Panasonic DVD-S500EB-K Multi-format playback - Xvid compatible

Control it Remotely

No surprise that this DVD player can be controlled remotely, however, you will be definitely astonished by the functionality the included remote control offers. Perhaps, a great number of buttons located on it will confuse you at first, though they are extremely convenient if you want to have point-and-click access to all the settings. You can use the remote to play or stop a video, shift between reading modes, manage photo gallery, and even tune your TV settings. As for the control buttons located on the DVD housing, the choice is poor: On/Off, Play, and Eject. However, do you need more?

Panasonic DVD-S500EB-K Multi-format playback - Xvid compatible in the use

Device Connection

To make the DVD player suitable for both outdated and modern TV models, the manufacturer has designed it with the SCART interface. What's important, the SCART cable comes in the kit so that you won't need to buy it separately or search for different adapters. It should be mentioned that this player is also available in a more advanced version that features HDMI port. Thus, you can choose the one that suits your needs best.

Detailed review of Panasonic DVD-S500EB-K Multi-format playback - Xvid compatible

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What Is a DVD Player?

There were times when recording a new film on a DVD was epidemic and a DVD player was almost in every house. Today, we have flash drives and HDDs that make our lives simpler, but the need to burn a CD or DVD remains. Weddings, birthdays, and many other special events are better to store on several sources. Plus, who would refuse to rewatch an old film in improved quality? That is where an up-to-date DVD player come in handy. A DVD player is a popular multimedia gadget that transmits video clips and films on a TV screen through the 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 film fans. Such DVD players are extremely multifunctional, and they greatly surpass their obsolete analogues.

If you can’t imagine travelling without your favourite TV series, we'd recommend you turn your eyes towards portable car DVD players that can be mounted right in a headrest. And if you live with a family that isn't as keen on watching movies as you, especially during nighttime, consider buying a pair of noise-cancelling earphones.

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, but they can also play back images and MP3 files. BD-players, for example, support all the same functionality, plus a Blu-Ray feature. If you plan to watch films on a big 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 screen 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 are played back 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. By the way, some DVDs can upscale the image quality to near Full HD, thus, letting you enjoy all the films in your collection in higher quality.

Interface

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 multichannel sound, you should consider buying a DVD-player equipped with an 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 analogue format. A lot of DVD-players are also equipped with additional jacks for karaoke, one or two microphones and a USB port 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.

Extras

It is always good to have some useful extras in addition to essential features. For example, some players allow users to change viewing angles and watch a film from various character’s perspective. Some models also feature digital zoom that can enlarge one part of an image on the screen. Frame-by-frame fast forward, built-in surround sound decoding, recording options, parental control, image set-up... these all make the use of a DVD player more convenient and enjoyable.

Design

The last but not the least thing to consider when selecting a DVD player is its design. And while this feature doesn’t influence the quality of sound and picture, it is great to get the device that will blend with the interior nicely. As for the size, most modern models are made quite compact, but if space is an issue, it is better to check the size of the device in advance.

FAQ:

Q: What types of DVD players are good for home use?
A: There are 4 types of DVD players for home on the market: standard, multiple, portable, and recorder. Both standard and multiple models play 1 disc at a time, but standard player holds only 1 disc, while a multiple player can store several DVDs in a drive. A portable DVD player is a standalone device that resembles a laptop - it has a monitor and doesn't require TV connection to play videos. As for recorders, they allow a user to record programmes and films from TV or VCR on a DVD disc.

Q: What is a DVD Region Coding and why do we need it?
A: Region coding is a system used to protect copyrights and control the distribution of DVDs worldwide. There are 6 regions the world is divided on, and if your player has a region code it means that it supports discs coded for a specific region only. Yet, you can always opt for a region-free DVD player and play any disc from around the globe. If you'd like to check out the whole list of DVD region codes, this link will help you.

Q: Do DVD recorders also have a region code and will my recorded discs be encoded?
A: Yes, DVD recorders are region specific for reading commercially burned DVDs. However, these devices do not encode the DVD discs they record.

Q: What is the max resolution a standard DVD can display?
A: The highest resolution any non-HD DVD offers is 480p, though most DVD players offer "upscaling" capability to match the performance of TVs with higher resolution.

Q: How does upscaling process work?
A: This process lies in matching the upscaled pixel output of a DVD player to the TV's native pixel resolution to make the picture and its colours more detailed and consistent. Of course, a player won't be able to convert your content from 480p to 4K, but it will do a great job of upscaling video to 1080p.

Q: Why are there so many various connectors on my DVD player? Do I need them all?
A: No, you don't have to use them all, you will have to pick one type of connection for video and audio transmission. Some connectors are made to be redundant to match various TV models, so you should check your TV manual before booking a DVD player. To specify, there are three most common connections you can use: HDMI or SCART, A/V Cables, and Component Cables. Each connection type has its own benefits and disadvantages that affect video and sound quality.

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