The Best Upscaling DVD Players

Although DVD has given way to Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray, and internet streaming, if you have an HDTV or even a 4K Ultra HDTV, and don't want to spend the money for a Blu-ray or Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player, an upscaling DVD player can still make your DVDs look their best. Here are some great DVD players with 1080p upscaling to consider.

NOTE: Since about 2013, most manufacturers are no longer making new DVD player models, but have continued the same models for two or more years, without any changes. The listing below includes some of those brands/models as well as some newer ones. However, there are a lot of similarities between many of the players in this listing.

Philips DVP2880 1080p Upscaling DVD Player
Philips DVP2880 1080p Upscaling DVD Player. Image Courtesy of Amazon

1080p upscaling via HDMI isn't the only practical feature of this special edition of the Philips DVP2880. This player will play just about any commercial or home recorded DVD and CD (sorry, no Blu-ray or HD-DVD). In addition, the DVP2880 is both NTSC and PAL compatible and is region code free. This means that you can play DVDs from anywhere in the world and view them on any TV.

Two additional bonuses include Divx Ultra Certification and playback of still images, music, and video images stored on a USB flash memory drive. The Philips DVP2880 is definitely worth checking out, whether you are on a budget or not.

Samsung DVD-C500 DVD Player
Samsung DVD-C500 DVD Player. Image Courtesy of Amazon

This Samsung DVD-C500 has everything you would expect from a DVD player, including DVD/CD playback and Dolby Digital/DTS bitstream output. However, this unit also offers up to 1080p upscaling via the HDMI interface.

The DVD-C500 is a good choice if you have a large screen HDTV, but can't afford a full-fledged Blu-ray Disc player. However, even if you don't have an HDTV, this unit has all the output options of a standard DVD player and is priced about the same as many "budget" units.

An added bonus is that this edition of the DVD-C500 is both multi-system and region code free, which allows movie fans to view DVDs from other parts of the world.

This is definitely a DVD player to consider.

Sony DVP-SR510H 1080p Upscaling DVD Player
Sony DVP-SR510H 1080p Upscaling DVD Player. Image Courtesy of Amazon

If you are aren't ready to make the jump to Blu-ray, or just prefer DVD, the DVP-SR510H might be what you need. The DVP-SR510H is a slim-line player that features HDMI with 720p/1080i/1080p upscaling and playback compatibility with standard DVDs, most recordable DVD formats, VCDs, and CDs (including CD-R/RW and JPEG Photo CDs).

In addition, the DVP-SR510H has a variety of picture settings for fine-tuning the quality of the image, as well as a useful A/V sync feature. If you are looking for an upscaling DVD player for about $50, check out the Sony DVP-SR510H.

Sylvania SDVD1096 Upscaling DVD Player
Sylvania SDVD1096 Upscaling DVD Player. Sylvania SDVD1096 Upscaling DVD Player

The Sylvania SDVD1096 is a full-size size DVD player that features a front panel design that incorporates an easy to read display and onboard controls (a wireless remote is also included). Of course, it plays DVDs and CDs, but what is great is that DVDs can be upscaled to 1080p, making it a good match for an HDTV.

Video connectivity includes HDMI, composite, and component video outputs, but remember, 1080p video upscaling is only provided via HDMI. Audio connectivity includes analog stereo and digital coaxial outputs - and, of course, the HDMI output also provides audio.

If you are looking for a really basic DVD player that still provides built-in video upscaling, check out the Sylvania SDVD1096.

Funai DP170FX4
Funai DP170FX4. Images courtesy of Amazon

Funai is a familiar brand name in inexpensive consumer electronics products, and that trend follows into their DVD players. The DP170FX4 is a DVD player that plays both DVDs and CDs, but with the additional perk of providing up to 1080p video upscaling for DVD playback when using the HDMI output. However, if you don't have an HDTV - you can still connect the DP170FX4 to old TVs that I only have a composite or component video input. For audio, the DP170FX4 can output 2-channel analog stereo, as well Dolby Digital bitstream surround sound when using the HDMI output. Control features include 3-step forward slow motion - and if you want to get a closer look at something, the DP170FX4 also provides a 3-step Zoom function.

Panasonic DVD-S700 Upscaling DVD Player
Panasonic DVD-S700 Upscaling DVD Player. Image Courtesy of Amazon

If you are still resistant to make the jump to Blu-ray and you need to replace your DVD player, check out the Panasonic DVD-S700 (Region Code Free Edition).

This modestly priced unit includes HDMI with 720p/1080i/1080p upscaling, DVD-Video/-R/-RW, CD/-R/-RW, VCD, WMA, MP3-CD, JPEG-CD playback. In addition, the DVD-S700 also features a USB input for playback of digital music and photos files. However, it must be pointed out that audio can only be accessed via the HDMI and analog stereo outputs - there are no Digital Optical or Digital Coaxial audio outputs provided.

One additional feature that is included is "Power Resume". If you have a power outage while watching your DVD, the player automatically makes a bookmark point. When power to the player is restored, you can start playback automatically from + or 1 10 seconds from the point that power was interrupted.

If you are looking for a good DVD player, definitely check out the Panasonic DVD-S700.

NOTE: This player has been discontinued by Panasonic, but may still be available new or used via third parties.


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