23 May 2013 by Shifali Rao
The objective behind having a nice home theatre system is sort of lost if you don't have one of the best DVD or Blu-Ray players along with it.
Since you're on this page we know you're hunting for a DVD player, but nonetheless, our collection is made up typically of Blu-Ray players. This is due to the fact people often look for DVD players either because of a budget restraint or because they've got a nice little DVD collection they don't want going obsolete. The good news is, Blu-ray players are available today for less than $100 and will play your DVDs just as well.
A good home theatre setup, in our opinion, requires not a DVD player but a Blu-Ray player and there are several reasons for this.
Firstly, you want a player that can display the best video quality (we're talking Full HD!) like the 1080p content that's steering the market now. A DVD player can not give you this.
Next, Blu-ray players have several audio decoding technologies that will give you the most immersive surround sound experience through your home theatre speakers. The latest and best of DVD players too have inclusions for 5.1 and 7.1 channels, but definitely can not compare to the sound dynamics of a Blu-ray player.
Coming to how your DVD/Blu-ray player connects to the home theatre, the best link is an HDMI cable which till date gives the clearest and best audio/picture quality. HDMI transmits high definition audio as well as high definition video through just one cable and is therefore hassle free too. But for this, your DVD player must come with an HDMI output port. All Blu-ray players have at least one HDMI output. Having a dual HDMI output on your Blu-ray player might be useful if the AV receiver of your home theatre is not HDMI compatible. You could also look for other options that fit your devices, like component video as well as digital audio output, if HDMI is not an option.
It would also make life simpler if you purchased a model that supports the audio and video formats you generally play, and the best DVD/Blu-ray players for a home theatre should be able to play some or all of these files- MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, MP3, WMA, WMV, FLAC, DivX, AVCHD and JPEG. So scroll down to begin your shopping by checking out specs, reviews and price options.