A good DVD player is essential if you want to have a nice (and realistic enough) home cinema. The Philips I have is cheap (I bought mine at Rs. 3000) and can read many many types of media (CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW). This is very important for me as I use the player to:
- listen to Audio CD which I have bought over the years,
- listen to Audio CD-R/RW that I’ve burnt from tracks purchased online,
- watch DVD that I rent most of the time from Flamingo in Quatre-Bornes,
- watch DVD-R and DVD+R that I’ve authored myself from video shots of Kyan, Anya and Christina.
I don’t care about MP3 (even though the player plays this format properly) or DivX (even though my brother has loads and loads of movies in this format).
Now, as far as connectivity is concerned, nothing could be more simple. I have only two cables (three if you count AC power) coming out of the DVD player. One composite video cable and one coaxial digital audio cable both going directly to the corresponding inputs of my home cinema amplifier.
Take care not to fiddle too much with the settings (i.e. picture “enhancements” or whatever). A DVD is good enough ; you don’t need to “enhance” it! Just don’t forget to calibrate your TV properly.
And I am perfectly satisfied :-)