Best DVD Players for Your TV in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 12, 2017
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
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Formats
Resolution
Connectivity
Warranty
 
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

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

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

Resolution

1920 х 1080р

Connectivity

HDMI,
Scart,
Optical, Video,
USB input

Warranty

12 months

PROS

The player offers slow-motion video playback to get the most out of the image on the screen. The player also can read the majority of modern video formats.

CONS

The buttons aren't very responsive.

OUR VERDICT

Having purchased this affordable Sony DVP-SR170 player, you will get an optimal combination of an excellent design and wide functionality.

detailed parameters
Formats

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

Resolution

1920 х 1080р

Connectivity

Scart RGB, 
Component Output, 
External Video Output

Warranty

12 months

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

Resolution

1280 х 720р

Connectivity

SCART,
Composite Video Output, 
USB Slot

Warranty

12 months

PROS

Convenient large buttons and intuitive on-screen menu make the model extremely easy-to-use for everyone. Great choice for seniors!

CONS

The player is a bit noisy.

OUR VERDICT

This player can read various music and video formats from CD and DVD discs, so you will be able to share the most exciting moments of your life with your friends and family.

detailed parameters
Formats

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

Resolution

1280 x 720p

Connectivity

SCART,
HDMI,
Component,
Composite Video

Warranty

12 months

What Is a DVD Player?

A DVD player is a popular multimedia gadget that transmits video clips and movies 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 movie fans. Such DVD players are universal and multifunctional, and they greatly surpass their obsolete analogues. 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 travelling without a TV on, you can get used out of one of the car DVD players, mounting it in a headrest and having your favourite movies before your eyes.

What Features to Compare

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, supports 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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LG DP542H

The Key Element of any Home Theatre

If you are always short of time for visiting cinemas but still want to fully immerse yourself in films, the LG DP542H player will do the trick. This model will help you create a real cinema at your place and host movie nights whenever you want. Just connect this DVD Player to your TV using HDMI cable and get ready to experience high-definition picture on a large screen. What's also important, HDMI cable perfectly transmits both picture and sound, ensuring that you will watch films with no sound lugs. Plus, the progressive scan technology by LG ensures high-density images without glint effect.

You can control the player using an included remote or with the buttons located on the front panel. For the maximum convenience, this LG player is designed with an LCD screen that displays 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. Though, you won't be limited to CD and DVD discs only, as the player has a USB port on the front panel. This feature is quite handy, since it allows connecting different media devices directly to the player.

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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 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.

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LG DP542H
LG DP542H
 

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.

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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 the 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 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.
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Denver DVH-7784
Denver DVH-7784
 

Sony DVP-SR170

Great Features in a Compact Body

When choosing a DVD player, we often focus on both its functionality and design, since the device should not only support all video formats and stream high-quality video but also blend in with our interior nicely. The Sony DVP-SR 170 player does tick all the boxes! It's pretty compact and sleek looking device that offers multi-format playback and connects to your Hi-Fi system to enhance the sound quality. Apart from streaming videos, this model also plays photos and music (recorded in MP3 and AAC formats). This means that you will be able to enjoy the memorable moments of your life on a big screen and create your own slideshows with background music.

This DVD device would also please sports fans with its slow-motion feature. They will be able to set the player to playback the most interesting moments of a game in a slow motion and watch the action in details. Being a budget-friendly model, the player offers pretty good picture quality and adequate sound. What's more, the device is very easy to set up, just plug in SCART and power cables. However, bear in mind that a SCART cable is not included in the kit, so if you don't have one, you will need to buy it additionally.

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For a Wide Range of Video Formats

This outstanding player does support almost all available video formats and reads CD and DVD disc including RW types that can be rewritten for many times. Therefore, you can simply download your favourite film, TV series, or music album in the format you have found and record it on a disc you have got. However, you should not forget that the DVP-SR170 DVD player is not a multi-region model and plays regions 2 discs only.

Sony DVP-SR170 in the use

Start from Where You've Left Off

Perhaps, everyone has ever faced the situation when he/she have paused a film on a certain moment to resume it later, through a player hasn't memorised it. If you get the Sony DVPSR170 player, you will never face this problem again, as this model can memorise resume points of up to six previously played discs. As you may see, this device doesn't cost a fortune but offers excellent functionality. So, if you are looking for a straightforward player to playback those old-school DVD discs, the Sony DVP-SR170 is just the best option for you.

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Sony DVP-SR170
Sony DVP-SR170
 

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.

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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 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.

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Panasonic DVD-S500EB-K
Panasonic DVD-S500EB-K
 

Goodmans GDVD3607HDMI

DVD Player for Everyone

If you are looking for a straightforward media player that doesn't require technical skills to set it up and use, you should definitely consider the Goodmans GDVD 3607. It is ready for operation right out-of-the-box, just plug it in, attach a SCART or HDMI cable, and off you go. This model is the best option for elderly people hopeless with anything technical and those who just don't want to spend extra time to play a DVD disc. Depending on a TV model you have got, you can choose between SCART or HDMI connections. It is not a secret that the HDMI technology offers better picture and sound quality. We would like to note that this DVD player comes fitted with a SCART cable, while HDMI cable is not included in the kit (you should buy it separately). Speaking of the picture and sound, the player guarantees fabulous picture quality even if it plays non-HD DVD discs and provides surround sound experience, as it features Dolby digital decoder.

You can enter DVD's intuitive menu using a remote control or buttons located on the front panel. The menu is intuitive and easy to navigate. Everything here is designed for a user's convenience. With the Goodmans GDVD 3607, your pastime in front of the screen will be even more enjoyable.

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Proper Care for Optical Discs

All optical discs are prone to the wear and tear, and the main threat that puts them out of service is scratches that can appear if the discs are handled incorrectly. To help you prolong the service life of your discs, we would like to give you some useful tips:

  • Hold discs by the outer edge or the middle ring. Never touch the shiny side;
  • Wipe the discs with a lint-free soft cloth using a non-solvent solution. Wipe from the centre towards the edge of the disc;
  • Return discs to the cases every time after use;
  • Always keep your discs clean and dust-free.
Goodmans GDVD3607HDMI in the use

DVD That Reads All Video Formats

Do you catch yourself thinking about the format of video or music you are going to listen or watch? Of course, not! Nowadays, all devices are designed to be multi-format to meet the needs of any customer. The player from Goodmans is no exception as it reads almost all popular video and audio formats and supports various types of CD and DVD discs. Thus, having purchased this player, the only problem you will face is which film to watch or what music to listen.

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Goodmans GDVD3607HDMI
Goodmans GDVD3607HDMI
 

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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