DVD vs. Blu-Ray Players

DVD or Blu-Ray Players -- Which is Better for a Home Theater?

Black Friday's coming - it's time to get your holiday shopping lists in order. If you're on the hunt for a gift for your favorite movie-lover, or just want an addition to your home theater, consider picking up a Blu-ray or DVD player this holiday season.

Before deciding on a player, check out the pros and cons of each.

Blu-ray players offer:

  • Extras, like pop-up menus, downloadable content, and picture-in-picture commentary.
  • High definition image quality, with a resolution of 1,920x1,080 to DVD's 720x480. Some Blu-ray players (coupled with 3D HDTVs) even allow viewers to watch their favorite movies in 3D. Sound quality is far better than regular DVDs, too.
  • Backwards compatibility. If you want to keep your old DVD collection, you're in luck-- they'll still work in a new Blu-ray player.

However, they also have the following drawbacks:

  • They're expensive. Players can run well over $150, and expect to pay about $25 a pop for Blu-ray disks.
  • There's less of a selection for Blu-ray disks than DVDs.
  • Blu-rays aren't as portable, and generally don't come bundled in other devices. If you want to watch a Blu-ray disk on your laptop or in your car, you'll probably be out of luck.

Meanwhile, DVDs give you:

DVD vs. Blu-Ray Players
  • Lower prices. DVD players are relatively cheap and plentiful, especially when compared to Blu-ray.
  • Portability. Portable players for DVDs can be found in cars, laptops, and other devices.
  • Speed. DVDs load much more quickly than Blu-ray disks. Even though Blu-ray load times have improved over the years, DVDs are still much faster.
  • The ability to "upconvert." Upconverting DVD players can take regular DVDs and improve their image quality to nearly high definition.

Unfortunately, their drawbacks include:

  • Lower audio and video quality. Even upconverting players can only improve DVD image quality to a certain extent; they still won't look as good as genuine HD.
  • No backwards compatibility, and no ability to play Blu-ray disks.

When it comes to DVDs versus Blu-ray players, there are benefits and drawbacks to both and only you can decide what fits your needs. Whether you choose a flashy, high-quality Blu-ray player, or a fast-loading, budget-friendly DVD player, Black Friday tech sales can help you grab your new device at a deep discount.