Release List Reviews Shop Join News DVD Giveaways Video Games Advertise
DVD Reviews | Theatrical Reviews | Adult DVD Reviews | Video Game Reviews | Price Search Buy Stuff Here
DVD Talk
DVD Reviews DVD Talk Headlines HD Reviews


Add to My Yahoo! - RSS 2.0 - RSS 2.0 - DVD Talk Podcast RSS -


Go Back   DVD Talk Forum > DVD Discussions > DVD & Home Theater Gear

DVD & Home Theater Gear Discuss DVD and Home Theater Equipment.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-09-03, 10:10 AM   #1
dtcarson
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Triangle, NC, USA
Posts: 8,217
Cheap DVD player recommendations?

My brother and I are thinking about getting our parents a DVD player and a gift sub to Netflix for Christmas.
Looking for recommendations on 'cheap' [ie, inexpensive] DVD players.
Desired features:

* Easy to hook up.
* Perhaps having a coax hookup [don't know if any have this] [I don't know if their tv has the RCA yellow/red/white jacks, I can get my brother to check, or, they make adapters for that, don't they?]
* Easy to setup.
* Easy to use.
* Userfriendly remote.
* Doesn't have to be progressive scan [they probably will never get a digital tv.]
* CD-R compatible.
* JPEG on CD-R compatible
* Good quality
* Less than, say, 60 bucks
* Any other features that you think would be good for non-cinephiles/hometheaterphiles, to make their renting of DVD's better.
* Good picture/built in sound [their tv is, i think 29" inches or so.]
* One of those 'virtual surround' features.

They probably won't buy any dvd's, unless we give them to them, but they will be renting a lot, from Blockbuster and from Netflix.
The JPEG on CDR would be a nice bonus, because I take a lot of pictures of their only grandson on a digital camera, and burn to CDR and send to them. They currently look at them on their computer, but I thought having this accessibility would be nice.

Thanks for any tips; I'll go browse the websites, but let me know of any brands/models to look for/avoid.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-03, 10:17 AM   #2
renaldow
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 8,322
Under $60 I think they're all going to be about the same. For another $20 or so you could get something quality like the Toshiba SD3900 that's going to do all that and be a major brand name. It has the surround mode also. Going to the $80 price point opens up a few other really good players as well. Eveything $60 and below is going to be in the Apex, Classic, Cyberhome, Bob's DVD Player realm of quality.

The only players I know of that have a built in coax type is going to be a combo DVD/VCR. Those have fallen in price though and can be had for around $100 if you look. You can get an RF modulator that converts it from the composite and 2 audio cables to the coax at radio shack and other places. They run $20-40 though, which might make getting a combo DVD/VCR unit make more sense.
__________________
The ball is round, the game lasts 90 minutes; everything else is theoretical.

www.horrortalk.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-03, 10:57 AM   #3
dtcarson
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Triangle, NC, USA
Posts: 8,217
Hmm, I hadn't thought about a DVD/VCR combo unit....They do still have some videotapes, and might still rent stuff that's only on video. And of course that would be easier to hook up [I assume] than two separate units. Even if their tv has the composite cables, this might be worth getting for the added flexibility--I think the two TV's theyd hook it to do have vcr's. I'll check into the Toshiba SD3900 also.
Thanks for the info.
__________________
I have nothing to say.
My dvds
360 Gamertag: dtcarson
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:11 AM.

Rules - DVD Talk - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0
Copyright 2011 DVDTalk.com All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.