While these days more and more people download their movies online, we still enjoy your simple DVD player. We still like to rent actual DVDs from the local rental shop and there is almost nothing better than a great movie night.
The DVD player feels very light and is black in color with silver edges. It has a very good design. At the front you can see the display and far left is the light that indicates whether the DVD player is on or standby. At the right of the display are the buttons for play forward and backward. At the back you have the power plug and the HMDI cable. The cable is not included. With the DVD player you do get a remote and two batteries. Also you get a manual.
The remote is handy. It is small, flat and black. 5cm wide and 15 cm long. On the remote control all the basic buttons you would expect such as pause, play and stop etc are there. In addition there is also the buttons for zoom out, repeat, mute, slow playback, setup and more.
Setting up was very easy, unpacking the box, putting the cables in and the batteries in the remote.
You can change the language settings and sound settings. The brightness of the colors you can set subtitles on and off. Only when this is done you can put a DVD in the player. You do that and the LED display indicates that he is loading the DVD. On TV you see this too. And then picture appears on your TV.
It has No Blue ray and no recording capability. It does have a superb pictures and sound. It's no device with luxury features but we bought this DVD player for around 80 pounds so we didn't really expect anything fancy.
I picked this up for a bargain £48 off eBay after tiring of all of the extremely cheap players that my parents have owned in my house since forever! Movies and CDs would jump often and what you could do with them was limited. This has proved to me and them how not all DVD players are unreliable and poor in quality, I never thought I would see the day when I didn't have to worry about it breaking down or the quality being poor.
Not only does it support normal DVDs but also your copied discs and most importantly the use of USB pen sticks. The inclusion of the DivX codec means that you can copy your .avi or .mpeg files easily and efficiently and watch them in comfort in front of a TV rather than in front of a laptop or computer screen! I'd never heard of DVD players being able to do this and it's made my life so much more easier now that I own one of them which is capable of it.
The output is HDMI, which means that with a HD compatible TV you can enjoy all of your media in great quality. Everything looks better this way rather than the aforementioned cheap and nasty players, so it's well worth investing in if you don't have a quality product in this area.
The setup was fairly easy and straightforward - if you're not experienced in the technical side of things, there's a manual that explains it all that comes with the product in question that will help you overcome any difficulties.
I've had this for 4 months with no difficulties so I am confident that if you pick it up, the reliability factor will rub off on you as well. Great value for money and it goes without saying something I don't regret buying!
After I bought my first LCD HDTV, I only had devices which connected via SCART (DVD player and streamer), so the TV was really not being done justice. After some research I found that the HD streamers at the time weren't particular good quality and Blu Ray was still expensive, so I decided to just replace my existing DVD player with one that had upscaling capabilities.
After a lot of research, I found myself with a few choices: budget DVD players for about £20 but there were a lot more negative than positive reviews, mid range ones for about £50-80 but the feature sets were not always what I wanted and the high end upscalers that cost upwards of £200. As nice as these were, a bit out of my price range.
Fortunately, though, the Philips DVP5990 was one that really stood out from the rest in terms of features. Not only does it upscale DVDs and have a HDMI connection, but can also play back (via USB) DIVX, XVID, mpeg2, mp3 and probably others but I've never tested. The playback is flawless. It does not play HD videos, but this is to be expected for £62 (including delivery). I did not have a problem playing any files or DVDs at all.
I was able to connect a flash drive, external hard disk drives of 2.5" and 3.5". The 3.5" of course needs a PSU, but the 2.5" was able to run off the USB without a problem (although it's not a guarantee for every single brand and model).
A slight problem with it was the fact the full file name was not displayed, only eight characters, so I had to rename all my files to this length before connecting the usb HDD up to the DVD player. Not too much of a problem as it took just a few seconds.
Otherwise, no problems at all. Quiet, easy to set up, a comfortable remote and excellent picture quality.
I have now replaced it with a PS3, but have no regrets purchasing it (a bargain at £62 including delivery).
Highly recommend for anyone who is in need of a DVD upscale that also plays DIVX/XVID and has a USB connection.
It was time for a new DVD player and after a lot comparing, I decided to go for the Philips because of its good price and its many options. I only got him a week ago, but I can only say that it is a must have! It really is a super device, you can do a lot with it. The USB connection allows you to transfer your music, but also DVDs, from your USB flash drive or external hard disk! You can listen to music without problems. This means that you don't need to use DVDs. The only thing you need is an external hard drive with a USB connector where you can store all of your movies and music.
You can scale up, this means that you can increase the resolution. It works very well and the quality is excellent! (You must have a LCD screen or plasma of course, if you want to benefit of it)
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