Magazine article Newsweek International

I Want My Dvd Player

Magazine article Newsweek International

I Want My Dvd Player

Article excerpt

They've been around for only six years, but DVD players are already one of the fastest-growing consumer-electronics products ever invented. If you're wondering whether it's time to join the revolution, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about DVD:

I want a DVD player, but I don't have much cash to spend. Am I out of luck?

Not at all. There are many bare-bones players available for under $100, but spending an additional $50 or so for a few key features is a good idea. Look for a player that has multiple audio outputs, because you'll get a noticeably better experience with digital or coaxial audio than with the standard "RCA" connectors. Don't get sucked in by features you may not need, like digital video zoom or karaoke mode.

What can I get if I'm willing to spend more money?

One of the first things to consider is whether you'd benefit from a progressive-scan DVD player. If you have a high-end television (rear- projection, plasma or LCD) with component input, you'll get a significantly improved picture. Combination units are also something to consider. While a DVD/TV combo unit isn't ideal--what if one element breaks down?--a DVD/VHS player might help you make the transition to the digital age, especially if you already have a library of movies on VHS. Keep in mind that these players generally don't allow you to make VHS copies of DVD movies.

I want to put my home movies on DVD. Is that possible?

There are a handful of different DVD recording formats, but the basic standard for movie playback is DVD-R, a one-time recordable format that is similar to CD-R. …

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