Price: $54.99 USD
Occasionally when buying things from Amazon.com, you find a good deal that you want to pass along to friends. Here is one from this year’s Christmas shopping.
The DVD player in our bedroom conked out after 5 years of playing DVDs, serving as a cat roost/launching pad and falling on the floor a few times. So, I trolled Amazon.com looking for a new DVD player that can play any of the DVDs we have in our house.
I am an avid collector and have many DVDs from Europe in PAL format that just won’t play on most DVD players sold in America for various reasons: either the player won’t convert PAL to American NTSC format or the DVD is region-coded not to play on North American DVD players – or both. (We’re region 1 – but many of my cherished DVDs are not.)
So what I needed was a DVD player that was compact, played any of the DVDs in the house and was within my budget (less than $100). I found what I needed in the Philips DVP3140 as sold by VCT Electronics on the Amazon Marketplace.
I ordered the DVD player on a Saturday. It shipped for delivery on Sunday, and arrived on my doorstep a few days later. The packaging was superb. The jar-resistant box was packed inside a larger box filled with foam peanuts to insulate it from jostling during shipping.
Upon opening, the small and compact DVD unit was plug-and-play. I had it hooked up to our system within a few minutes (less than 10). It instantly played a store-bought DVD, a PAL imported Farscape DVD from the UK, and homemade DVDs in both standard DVD and Divx formats.
Here are the Specs:
It supports: DVD, DVD+/-RW, DVD+/-R, CD-R, CD-RW, CD, VCD (Video CDs), SVCD (Super Video CDs), MP3 files, WMA files, JPEG pictures, DivX (3.11, 4.x, 5.x, and 6.0)
Composite Single video out (YELLOW RCA), NTSC jack, or
Component YPbPr Video (720p) (three jacks: Red, Blue, Green)
Standard stereo RCA (RED & WHITE) jacks, or
PCM Digital Coaxial (Single RCA jack)
Those are the only jacks on the back. It isn’t top of the line or cutting edge technology, but is perfect for those who want a reliable and compact DVD player that can play almost any DVD or CD on any TV – on an under $60 budget.
In all it is a nice little system that comes pre-hacked to allow plug-and-play out of the box. 3.5 out of 5 stars.