Everything You Should Know about DVD Receivers
It’s Saturday night; it’s cold and raining out. You don’t want to go out, but you want to do something…fortunately for you, you won’t have to go anywhere to have a good time. Pop some popcorn and invite a bunch of friends over for a movie fest at your place. Well, you could do that, assuming you have what you need: a good DVD receiver, the precursor to a good home theatre.
Or imagine, if you will, a long road trip with nothing to entertain the kids but your screaming of “stop fighting now!” over and over again. Not too enticing is it? How about instead, quiet, happy kids fully engaged in their own movie courtesy of your DVD receiver and mobile entertainment center in your car.
But what do you really know about DVD receivers? What constitutes a good one? This article will cover the highlights and fill you in on everything you should know about DVD receivers before you run out and buy one.
The birth of DVDs and DVD receivers began in the early nineties when optical disc storage formats were being developed. Several formats were created but eventually the Digital Video Disc or DVD came out on top. And it is the same DVD format we know and love today. The DVD receiver was originally designed to play DVD discs to both DVD-Audio and DVD-Video technical standards. DVD receivers are all about the sound and it’s technology is what predicts the sound quality of the DVDs you play. The beauty of the DVD receiver is that they can be mobile, in your car, or an integral part of your home theatre. Good sound is good sound.
There are a multitude of DVD receiver manufactures our there: Jensen, Alpine, JVC, etc. Think of all the names you normally associate with stereos and sound equipment, these are the same major players in the DVD receiver arena. The price point varies but DVD receivers typically hover in the mid-one-hundreds; anything over $800 and I’d expect a Hollywood star to perform in your living room.
So now you know why you need a good DVD receiver, how much you’re going to spend and which manufacture to go with, but what about features? Again, the available feature list varies from product to product, but the following are some nice inclusions with any DVD receiver: touch screen display (allowing for easy and intuitive devise control); customizable display (being able to put buttons where you want them and expect them to be can make a world of difference); proximity sensor (allows the equipment to save energy by “resting” in between use and only coming to life when someone is about to use it); Bluetooth capability (allows for making and receiving calls, quite useful when used in the car). And another nice feature includes a 2-way iPod control. Again this is a nice extra to have in a car-based DVD receiver. And the best feature of all is a good warranty at no extra cost.
Whether you are looking to host movie nights playing blockbuster action films with real-life, startling surround sound in your home theater, or you just want a quality sound system with DVD playing capability in your car, a quality DVD receiver is key. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.