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The best upscaling DVD players don't just play your favorite movies and videos, they actually make them look better. Upscaling is a process where a piece of equipment or software takes a piece of media and sharpens it by improving the resolution (the number of pixels in an image—the more pixels, the clearer the image). While upscaled media will never look as perfect as media created in the higher resolution natively, it can still have a dramatic effect, especially when deployed on low-resolution video.
Our top pick, the Sony DVPSR510H at B&H, not only does a masterful job of upscaling (it's one of the best hardware solutions we've seen for the format, ever), it supports a broad range of media. It will play virtually every permutation of the DVD format without issue, and even let you play audio CDs or view image files on discs. It's the best upscaling DVD player currently available, but for an on-the-go solution, our best portable DVD player roundup has you covered.
Every single feature on the Sony DVPSR510H DVD Player helps it land the top spot on our list. The under-$45 compact, energy-saving DVD player upscales with HDMI outputs of 720p/1080i/1080p and features a massive playback compatibility of standard DVDs, most recordable formats from DVD+R to DVD-RW, VCDS, audio CDs, and file formats of MPEG-1, JPEG, and MP3.
The Sony DVPSR510H DVD Player weighs 2.6 pounds and measures 8.3 x 10 x 1.26 inches, similar to A4 style paper measurements, making it small enough to fit in most home entertainment cabinets. It can memorize the resume points of up to six DVDs, making it easy to pick up where you left off and includes a variety of picture settings, fast and slow speed controls, an A/V sync feature, and subtitles. The unit comes with a one-year parts warranty and a 90-day labor warranty.
The full-sized Sylvania SDVD1096 is simple but effective with a front panel design that gives off a bright and clear digital time and function display with a rounded navigational button. It plays CDs and DVDs, upscaling your movies to a crystal clear 1080p full high definition display on your TV.
The video connectivity of the Sylvania SDVD1096 uses an HDMI, composite, and component video outputs that give you more options for displaying on your TV. Its audio connections include sound production using its HDMI connectivity as well as providing both analog stereo and digital coaxial outputs. A fully functional wireless remote control is included.
The Panasonic DVD S700 is a true jack of all trades providing an upscaling DVD player with a whole lot of additional of features. The region free DVD player includes HDMI upscaling to 720p/1080i/1080p resolutions with playback that extends to DVD-Video/-R/-RW, CD/-R/-RW, VCD, MP3-CD, JPEG-CD, and WMA file types.
The dust-proof Panasonic DVD S700 features a smooth black finish and measures 14.2 x 11.2 x 3.2 inches, suitable for larger entertainment spaces. It features a power resume mode which means it automatically bookmarks the last second you watched on your DVD so you can start where you left off in the event your power goes out or your TV glitches. As for sound, the Panasonic DVD S700 delivers 108Mhz with a 12-bit digital audio connector from two-channel audio outputs.
Take any DVD in the world and the LG DP132H will have no problem playing it thanks to its region free capability. The DVD player is guaranteed to upscale to 1080p HD and play DVDs from any region (0-9) on any TV so you can watch everything from BBC television series to cult-classic Japanese animations.
The LG DP132H doesn’t just read the DVDs, either, but all formats with playable media types including DivX videos, DVD/CDs, video decoding formats like DVD+R, DVD-R, Dual Disc, and LPCM, MP3, MPEG, WMA file types, and more. Its USB direct recording capability allows you to extract any audio track from a CD and transfer them to a USB device. This unit includes an auto power off option and comes with an HDMI cable.
The Impecca DVHP9117 leaves no option off the table when it comes to file accessibility. Aside from offering its upscaling conversion with full-HD at 1080p, it reads multiple data formats to optimize itself for entertainment use and even includes a USB input so you can access digital files on portable hard drives.
The Impecca DVHP9117 features playback compatibility from a wide range of data formats including CD, MP3, WMA, DVD+-R/RW, DivX, DVD-R/-RW, and DVD-video. Its playback features allow you to skip around, play in slow motion, and advance zoom so you can highlight captured moments like when watching sporting events or special moments. It comes with a fully functional remote and anti-shock protection in case it gets rattled around.
For a solution that covers virtually all disc-based media and does a great job of upscaling, the Sony DVP-SR510H is a great choice. For something with a sleek design that surfaces a lot of information, check out the Sylvania SDVD1096.