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As well as standard DVD Players, you may want to consider different types of DVD Players to ensure that the DVD Player that you buy serves its purpose, therefore, making your purchase, ask yourself the following questions to ensure that you make the right choice when finalising your choice:

Multi Region DVD Player
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Multi Region DVD Player

Do you watch DVDs from other regions other than Australralia?

You may want to consider purchasing a DVD Player with multi-region capabilities so that you can watch full-length movies from regions from all over the world.
 
 
There are 6 DVD Regions based on area in the world:
• Region 1: United States of America, Canada
• Region 2: Europe (including France), Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Japan, South Africa
• Region 3: Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam
• Region 4: Mexico, South America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Caribbean
• Region 5: Russia (former USSR), Eastern Europe, India, most of Africa, Nort Korea, Mongolia
• Region 6: China

Portable DVD Player with USB Input and SD Card Reader
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Portable DVD Player with USB Input and SD Card Reader

Do you require the option of 12v battery operation and/or mains power operation for portability?


Portable DVD Player: Portable DVD players offer home entertainment almost anywhere — perfect for:
the home.  Whether you want to sit on your back porch; or, snuggle up in bed, the Portable DVD Player is perfect to watch your favorite DVD almost anywhere.
frequent travelers, or those with young, impatient passengers on long family trips in the car, plane or train. Compact and lightweight, a lot of portable players also offer dual headphone jacks, allowing more than one person to enjoy the show. In addition to rechargeable batteries, features like 12-volt power adapters and car mounting kits make some portable players very car-friendly.

DVD Player with Twin Dual Screen and USB Input
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DVD Player with Twin Dual Screen and USB Input

Do you travel in the car a lot?


Twin (Dual) Screen Car DVD Player: A DVD player with dual screens, car head rest mounts and built-in stereo speakers with remote control enables you to watch your favourite DVDs, play CDs, listen to MP3s, plus much more providing entertainment for back seat passengers. Many of these types of units also feature a USB port and SD/MMC card slot.

DVD Player / Mini Hi Fi System with USB Input and Bluetooth
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DVD Player / Mini Hi Fi System with USB Input and Bluetooth

Do you require a Multi-Purpose and Compact DVD Player / Hi Fi System?


A Home Theatre system with DVD Player and Bluetooth is an excellent choice if you require a multi-purpose, all-in-one set-up to include both a DVD Player / Hi-Fi System.   These days, you can buy a complete multimedia entertainment solution to suite your home theatre requirements that are compatible with most formats including DIVX, DVD, MP3, MP4 and more.
Depending upon their features, these systems can include the following features:
· Listen to your favorite tunes via its Bluetooth connection or Aux In Port to your smartphone;
· Record MP3 songs with the CD to USB Recording function;
· Sing along to your favorite songs with your friends with the Karaoke function.
· Tune into your favorite FM Radio station.

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Do you have a High-Definition TV?

Bluray DVD Player:  You might want to consider purchasing a Blu-ray Disc™ player. This high-definition disc format is designed to maximize the viewing experience available from today's HDTVs. Blu-ray discs boast high-resolution video up to 1080p, as well as new, more detailed surround sound formats. Blu-ray players can also play DVDs, and most can play CDs as well.
Blu-Ray discs have region codes which have been separated in three different zones.
Region A: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Region B: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Region C: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mainland China, Pakistan, Russia, Central and South Asia.

Other Considerations

All those audio disc formats: CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, DVD-Audio and SACD
In addition to playing regular CDs, many DVD players can also play music discs you record yourself on a CD recording deck or computer CD-R/W drive. Current DVD players can play CD-R (recordable CD) and CD-RW (rewriteable CD) discs, including MP3 files burned to CD-R/RW. Some can also play WMA (Windows® Media Audio) files.
A lot of new models are also able to play either DVD-Audio discs or Super Audio CDs (SACDs) — and a few "universal" models can play both. These competing high-resolution formats capture subtle details that make music sound richer and more real. Both are capable of delivering 5.1-channel music that surrounds you. There are now over 3,500 SACD titles available, and well over 700 for DVD-Audio.
Making the right connections
A big part of choosing the right DVD player is making sure it has all the necessary video and audio connections to perform to its full potential with your other A/V gear. Below, we'll discuss the connections you'll find on current players.
Video
Nearly all current DVD players include at least three types of video jacks (from basic to best quality): composite, S-video, and component. If your TV lacks any type of direct A/V input and only has an antenna-style RF input, you'll need to install an RF modulator between the DVD player and TV. You also might want to consider a DVD/VCR combo, since some combos can pass DVD signals through their RF output.
 
Digital video and upconversion
Some DVD players can upconvert DVD signals to resolutions that match those of HDTVs, and send them to a compatible TV via a digital video connection. HDMI (High-Definition Media Interface) and DVI(Digital Visual Interface) both offer high-quality digital transmission of standard- and high-definition video signals. HDMI can also carry multichannel audio, and is backwards compatible with DVI (video only).
 Audio
Current players include a digital audio output — optical, coaxial, or both. This connection enables them to send Dolby Digital or DTS signals to your A/V receiver for decoding into multichannel surround sound.
Some models also have built-in decoding, with 5.1-channel analog audio outputs to connect directly to any receiver with multichannel inputs (frequently, these models also play multichannel DVD-Audio or SACD discs). A few high-end players are equipped with IEEE 1394 jacks (also known as FireWire or iLINK); these single-cord connections can carry 5.1-channel music to a compatible receiver. All DVD players also include standard stereo audio jacks for connecting to stereo receivers and stereo TVs.


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