If your interested in buying a DVD player your options are far and wide. With hundreds of retailers both online (such as ebay and Amazon) and offline (such as supermarkets and Argos), offering an almost endless list of DVD players ranging in price from next to nothing to pretty damn expensive, your spoilt for choice.
Towards the budget range of players is this Samsung DVD-D530 DVD Player which retails at around £34.99 (depending at your choice of shop.) Does budget player mean budget playback? I set to find out.
As reflected in the price don't expect the range of the features you find on more expensive models. On offer here is 1080p Scaling, DivX and MP3 support, a single USB and HDMI and SCART socket and Dolby Digital Surround audio decoders - and that's about it. However if your only interested in sticking in a DVD to watch then do you really need a feature rich product?
One advantage is that this Samsung player can playback MPEG-4 files, I don't know how common or uncommon this is, but I know that my Dad's slightly cheaper DVD player won't playback these file types. However it will still playback original DVD's, photo disks and most popular video types.
Photo and sound quality is generally excellent regardless of what your watching. With some films that are naturally very dark you do sometimes notice a decrease in picture quality but nothing major.
It's easy to use with the rather fat remote control with a well designed menu system. There is a lack of buttons on the DVD player itself, if you ever lose the remote you might struggle. This isn't the fastest DVD player in terms of loading disks and there is always a few seconds of a delay when choosing options through the menu.
Build quality of the DVD player isn't brilliant and it does look a bit "cheap" especially as it's pretty large and heavy. The LCD screen is also rather basic and not the easiest to read over a few meters away.
There is a slight humming noise as soon as you switch on the player which is a bit off putting, but as soon as you playback a DVD its hardly audible.
To be honest there isn't anything major to fault here. The Samsung offers good value and while it's not the cheapest model on the market and not the cream of the crop, I wouldn't really recommend going any cheaper as you risk comprising on the basics.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
We purely wanted a DVD player for the sole use in our bedroom to accompany our 32 inch Panasonic TV, didn't want anything too flash or expensive but wanted it to last a good few years.
It is black and has a scart socket at the rear along with the usual phono output for sound, component and composite video. Has a handy USB port for streaming content such as pictures or anything from your PC. The added HDMI Port is a better option for clean sharp pictures as opposed to using the SCART cable which is now old technology. Other features include Region 2 playing, the ability to upscale to 1080i and 1080p which is high def, supports all the usual types of writable DVDs and CDs, plays MP3s, MP4s etc and supports Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. Comes with a remote and the overall size is: H4.2, W36, D20.7cm. Whilst it's on it consumes up to 6 watts, which is extremely energy efficient. We needed to connect this to our second Virgin box but couldn't as it only had one HDMI port that we found slightly annoying.
As always I let my husband set this up as he knows where all the cables go, but it took no time at all before we were enjoying a variety of DVDs on our bedroom TV. As for aesthetics it looks very modern, however we have it set up in the top section of our cupboard so it's well hidden away. One thing that I love is that when I hit play on the remote it automatically selects the DVD input on the TV, this basically means that I don't have to fish around for the button on the main TV remote to change the channel just to watch a DVD. We have it connected to the TV via the HDMI cable and the picture is amazing, along with the fantastic sound too.
A cheap little DVD player that I would certainly recommend to anyone, although don't expect too many great features. Ideal for anyone on a small budget.
Purchased from Amazon for £43 including delivery 1 year ago.
We used to own the Samsung D530 model DVD player and it was a good one, but it was replaced by another after about one year as we wanted to update. We paid about £15 for it from Amazon, which I thought was a pretty good price to pay. Inside the box, as well as the DVD player, was a manual, leads and a remote control - it all looked very simple and easy to setup and as I am fairly technically minded I wasn't too worried about it.
It was a good design and I really liked the look of this DVD player. The overall colour was black and it went well with the décor in the room we had it in at the time.
The measurements were 26cm x 21cm x 4cm so it was fairly compact, as you can see. It was modern in its design and not bulky. Setting it up was a simple procedure and took all of fifteen minutes tops, but as I say, I am fairly adept when it comes to gadgets and the like.
You could operate the DVD player either from its remote control or by getting down on your hunkers and pressing the buttons on the box - obviously it's easier to sit back and use the remote! The remote has all the usual control, play - stop - fast forward - record etc., it's very basic and very simple at the same time. Nothing complicated here.
Everything I have taped was crystal clear and of excellent quality, both visually and sound quality-wise. I could find nothing to complain about. Pre-recorded DVD's were the same, never any problem. Colours etc are perfect and clear and sharp.
Overall I could not fault this DVD player. It made no background noise either when it was on switched off but on standby, which was an added bonus, as my previous one gave off an odd and irritating fridge kind of humming noise.
Great DVD player and really recommended.
My boyfriend moved in with my last year and, once we'd decided he was going to make the move, I couldn't wait for him to arrive. The night before he was due to move in I went to bed feeling extra excited... There is one of two thoughts probably going through your mind right now, either "Ahhh how sweet" or "Pass me a bucket!" Now the reason for my excitement wasn't that I was going to wake up next to him every day, nor was it the fact that he'd be halving my household bills (although that was obviously a big bonus) but it was actually the fact that he was bringing his forty six inch (please behave!) television with him to go in my bedroom! When I was younger I was never allowed a television in my bedroom and then when I moved home from university I couldn't afford one. After moving into my own house I considered it to be a luxury item I just couldn't justify so him bringing one was making one of my long term dreams come true!
The television satisfied me enough for the first couple of months but then I began to notice I was spending more and more late nights downstairs... watching DVDs. I absolutely love films and tend to watch at least two a week so it seemed a good idea to purchase a DVD player to go with his television upstairs. We started off looking at some very hi tech and expensive models which we could never have afforded at the time but hey, doesn't everyone always start with more they can afford! Eventually we invested in a Samsung DVD player (the D530 model) and somehow I was given the job of setting it up (after moaning for a whole week about being unable to change a light bulb, this was apparently my pay back)! The DVD player arrived in a fairly typical looking box which weighed 2.3kg. Inside was the actual DVD player, a remote control, some leads (these were the things that caused me the most concern), a plug, a manual and a warranty.
The DVD player itself is both modern and smart looking as well as having an overall "compact" experience which I like. It's black in colour with the front area showcasing the brand and product name along with all the buttons you'd need to operate it. It weighs nearly 1.3kg and measure 36cm by 21cm by 4cm. The front display is LED which looks very smart when it is in use and lit up. Overall in terms of visual appeal I'd say this DVD player has everything I could ask for - it's clean looking, modern and smart. Connecting the DVD player would take the average person about three or four minutes (it took me about ten) as it was fairly simple really. The manual was very helpful and explained (along with diagrams) how to plug it in and also connect to the television too. It has a HDMI output for high quality connection to your TV. After that I had it switched on, with the use of the remote control, and playing a DVD within about five minutes!
Operating the DVD player can be done from the actual player or from the remote control depending on which you prefer (or how lazy I'm feeling)! The main buttons are obviously the on / off button and the play button too. They're all easily recognisable on the remote control, as are other important buttons such as stop, fast forward, etc. Both the picture and the sound quality are crystal clear when playing a DVD, I really can't fault either of them and don't remember reading hardly any reviews that did prior to buying it either. One of the main bonuses is that it offers something known as upscaling which basically means it plays all DVDs in near high definition with Samsung's built in 1080p scaling. This originally meant nothing to me but since using it I can see just how clear and precise the picture colours, lines and quality really are.
Other additional things that you can do with it include showing jpeg pictures as a slide show through the television and also both playing and ripping an audio CD to a USB device (both things my boyfriend has had to show me how to do). It plays any of the following formats: DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R and CD-RW. We've had it now for about four months and use it at least once a week. In all that time we've never had a problem with it - it's easy to use, the picture and sound are great and the DVD player itself is very quiet. Now that might seem like an odd thing to comment on but the other one we have downstairs makes quite an irritating whirring noise when it's in use. This is currently on sale on Amazon for £36.54 with free postage while Tesco offer it for £39.97. I managed to get mine when it was on offer for under £30 and so consider it to be quite a bargain! This is getting the full five stars from me as I can't fault it!
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Having looked in the argos catalogue, this dvd player was the cheapest one that was a brand I thought was reputable, and with the features I needed (e.g playing dvds I had made of home videos on my macbook etc). In a way I am happy with this dvd player but there are a lot of cons that I would like to advise people on before they should consider ourchasing this model.
Simple to connect to tv (HDMI)
Slim, VERY lightweight
Have played a music CD on it through my TV and it works fine
The remote does not seem to connect with the tv at some moments. It NEVER seems to fastforward, or rewind although of course all of these buttons are on the remote (as are about a gazillion others that do nothing productive.) But if I press the stop button of course the dvd stops playing instantly, or if i press pause it pauses etc. But it doesn't seem to do anything else (insert angry face here)
For some reason the dvd player seems to only play the dvd from the last point of viewing. For example: this DVD player is situated in my daughters room and I often put one on for her to watch. So on monday she was watching dora the explorer, after about 30 mins she fell asleep so I turned the DVD player off. Tuesday when I turned the DVD player on with dora still in the disc tray it resumed playing from the 30 mins cut off point. I pressed stop and play, and it still was at the same point. As I explained before the rewind/fast forward button on the remote is obsolete and there are 3 buttons on the set top box. 1) Eject 2) Play 3) Stop. So there is actually no other method to change it. (INSERT VERY ANGRY FACE HERE.) I even removed the dora DVD, put in a peppa pig one (which she did not want to watch so there was no tricking her) then put back in the Dora DVD and it was still at 30 mins. So we were stuffed. She just had to watch it from where it was left off and I have found this repeatedly occurs every time I put in a DVD we have watched in it recently.