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With so many types of DVD player on the market, finding the right model can be tricky whether it's for you or a present for someone else. Below is a guide beginning with standard DVD players and further down lookng at upscaling models.
Which size will be appropriate for you? Will you be putting it with a home entertainment system in your lounge or is it to go with your TV in your bedroom? Standard DVD players are wide so check your measurements before purchasing. Heightwise, they are rather thin and will slot nicely into some places. If you look around you'll find a size that suits you as there are so many available. Also, if you still like to watch your old videos, DVD/VHS combo players are available that will play both as well as saving space. Not all will have every feature available so it's good idea to decide what you need, or don't need, before choosing a model.
Now, let's take a look at upscaling DVD players. Many provide a 720p or a 1080i output from HDMI outputs. Some models even provide 1080p. So how do they do this? The answer is, as you might have gathered, by upscaling. Remember though, upscaling can't add detail that wasn't there in the first place. So while it's an improvement, the quality of picture won't be as good as Blu-ray.
As lots of us have a vast DVD library, getting an upscaling DVD player can be a good purchase to get the best out of our collection. So what's behind the technology of upscaling?
All flat panel displays and projectors contain a part called a 'scalar'. It's main purpose is to convert the signal from the source which creates the display resolution. If the display's resolution is 768 x 1336 then a native fed DVD would be upscaled to 768 x 1366 and deinterlaced. 720p would see some small scaling but no deinterlacing as the source isn't deinterlaced.
To get the best out of upscaling you should select the output that produces the best results. Upscaling DVD players let you choose the output resolution; SD, 720p, 1080i and some newer models offer 1080p. So you should play a DVD and try all the resolutions to see which one gives the best picture for you.