Guide to Buying a DVD Player
By: Cliff PennockPrintableSingle Page

Watching movies in the comfort of your home has come a long way since the days of the early video recorders. The first VCRs (Video Cassette Recorders) were big, clunky machines and a videotape would hold one hour of video at best. Picture quality was less than perfect and sound was monaural and nowhere near movie theater quality. Nevertheless the experience was just as enjoyable as modern day DVD players are today. For the first time we were able to watch a movie wherever and whenever we wanted.

But even today’s DVD players are far superior to the first generation of players. The technology continues to mature at break neck speed, and when you go out to buy one, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the technical terms a sales person will throw at you. Most of the time they themselves don't know what all these terms mean and that's not all too surprising. To keep up, you either must be a home theater fanatic, or a video technician.

As with everything, the choice of DVD player depends highly on what you want to use it for. Sure, we all want to watch movies but not everybody is interested in watching movies on super large screens with full digital sound. Purchasing a $1000 DVD player for your 20" CRT-TV is serious overkill. On the other hand, getting a $39 player at your local Wal-Mart to hook up to your media room’s home theater system is seriously under-estimating the technology.

But, as Shakespeare said, there's the rub. What is best for you?

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