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    DVD player buying guide

    Check out the top 5 things you need to know when buying a new DVD Player with our helpful guide.

    DVD Players have stood the test of time and they remain an important part of any good home entertainment system. Enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies and more in impeccable quality whenever you choose - all from your own home. We’ve rounded up all the best features to help you pick the perfect player to suit your needs.

    HD Upscaling

    Most DVD Players now have a clever bit of technology that boosts the picture quality of your discs from standard resolution to Full HD. All you need to do is hook up your new player to a compatible HD Ready TV with an HDMI cable and you will be able to kick back and view your DVD collection in amazing clarity and quality.

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    USB connectivity

    You’re not just restricted to watching DVDs. Some models come with a USB input that allows you to connect a stick so you can watch all your content. Compatibility varies between players but most let you listen to music, view photos and play movie files. Listen to your favourite playlist, revisit your old photo albums or enjoy that flick you’ve been meaning to watch – all on the big screen.

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    Recording

    With recording capabilities, you’ll throw it back to the good old days and record just as you used to on a VCR, but with blank DVDs. So, you can keep those unmissable shows and revisit them whenever you like. Some models allow you to record to a spacious hard drive or even a USB, allowing you to store hundreds of hours of films and TV programmes without the need to buy discs.

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    Sound quality

    When it comes to your home entertainment set up, immersive sound is just as important as a good quality picture. An HDMI cable not only transfers high definition images, it also carries amazing levels of audio, so you can hear every moment of the action. If you want to give your DVD player an extra boost, connect up to a surround sound system or a soundbar. You’ll get the cinema experience in the comfort of your living room. A number of our DVD Players come with Dolby Sound Technology as standard, giving you outstanding sound quality.

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    Disc formats

    DVD disc formats can be a bit of a minefield, but we are here to help. On the product page of the player you are interested in, take a look around the specifications and you’ll find exactly which disc types are readable. Compatibility varies with each model so we recommend finding one that is the ideal fit for you. If you like to listen to CDs through your entertainment system, have a look for CD readable players.