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I was pondering the thought of going *high tech* when I receive my tax return and I was wondering if anyone could help. I'm considering a DVD player, but I was wondering if there is anything specific I should look for in one. I'm probably just going to buy one at one of the stores around, as I really don't like to buy things online. I'm also hoping to spend no more than $200-$250 dollars...although I don't know if that's even possible since I've yet to look around. Anyway if anyone wants to help me crawl into the *future* post away with whatever advice you have.
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My advice would be to buy one that can play multiple media forms. I bought one without really doing in research on them and it only has the capacity to play DVDs and CDs. A lot of models can play those plus MP3s and VCDs. Also, models that can be made region free can come in handy if you eventually get a DVD-R or buy DVDs from countries outside of Region 1. You should be able to find one that applies to all the above within that price range.

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Hey BigDaddyLoco.

What exactly do you want for your money? Do you just want something that will play DVDs on your TV, or do you want the full cinematic experience? You could get a great stand alone Sony model for that money, which if you're not planning on expanding later with anything too fancy would suffice. On the other hand you could get a cheaper Panasonic player, with less frills but and integrated Dolby decoder and surround sound speakers.

Personally, I'd go for the Panasonic if you don't intend to spend lots of money later buying extras to upgrade your player. The speakers, while seemingly not that important, allow you to truly appreciate what DVD has to offer, the sound really is that awesome on these things. I think I'm safe to say that image quality doesn't vary that much from player to player, although you may have trouble using the extras on some of the cheaper players. Also, a PS2 isn't the best or most user friendly option, despite what you may be told.

Finally, about the multi region thing, it's not that big a deal IMO. If you were European and got less extras to make the room available for non-english subtitles, you may want a multi region player, but it depends on how into DVD collecting as a hobby you'll get. If you're just going to casually buy DVDs, then don't spend extra money on a player just because it's multi-region. Besides, many players have hacks that will make them play DVDs from other regions anyway, if you do think it's important.

Hope this helps in some way.

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If you already have a PS2, I would reccomend getting the GameShark2 with the upgrade disk. It can play any region, but you still need a pal convertor for your TV of course.

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You'll want to avoid the under $100 crowd for the most part for the obvious reasons. A popular player for the "region-free" crowd is the $100-$150 Sampo DVE-611, which also converts PAL to NTSC televisions. Unfortunately, it has been pretty problematic on dual-layer discs. I have one, and I use it for PAL and MP3 stuff, but it's back to the Panasonic for movies.

Panasonic, as noted, is a solid performer. At your price range, I would suggest the Panasonic DVD-RP56, typically priced at $229 or less. Aside from the usual DVD player offerings of today (DVD, VCD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 playback), it's a Progressive Scan player. Progressive Scan effectively acts as a line doubler for a better picture quality on HDTV sets. That probably means nothing to you now, but it will mean something in 2-3 years, and you'll already be ready.

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