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- Review Price: £52.86
The price of upscaling DVD players is falling faster than the Prime Minister’s popularity, which means you can now get near-HD picture quality for a quarter of the price of a high-definition deck. So if you’ve got a big DVD collection and don’t fancy re-mortgaging the house to replace them all on Blu-ray, then a DVD upscaler could be the most cost-effective option.
One of the manufacturers driving this DVD price dive is Philips, and with the DVP5980 (launched last year but still going strong online) it brings 1080p upscaling to a truly mass market price point – which is a real boon considering the growing number of households with Full HD TVs that need a suitable movie source to go with it.
In terms of design, the DVP5980 is one of those effortlessly classy products that Philips seems to churn out in its sleep these days. Its sleek black finish gives it plenty of 21st century chic and at 38mm high it’s one of the slimmest decks you’re likely to come across. Philips has been canny enough to keep the fascia uncluttered, fitting it with just five buttons and a minimal display panel, which draws your eye towards a USB port for your memory devices, card readers and digital cameras.
This USB port makes it possible to play music, video and photo files through your TV and home cinema system without having to load up a disc. Supported formats include DivX (the unit is Ultra certified), MP3, WMA and JPEG, and with the latter the unit will display them in high-definition via the HDMI output. Any of these formats can also be played back from CD or DVD. And in terms of disc formats, the unit will play every type of recordable platter except for DVD-RAM, which means your collection of home-burned discs should be in safe hands.
On the back of the deck is an HDMI output, the conduit for video upscaled to 720p, 1080i or 1080p, plus a set of progressive scan capable component outputs and an RGB-capable SCART. Meanwhile, the coaxial audio socket lets you send Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks to your AV receiver.
Elsewhere you’ll find a run-of-the-mill feature set, though picture perfectionists might get excited by the Personal mode, which enables you to set your own levels of brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness – but there’s also a couple of presets if you can’t be bothered with all that. On the audio side you’ll find 12 different audio effects that mimic a variety of listening environments and movie genres.
For playback the DVP5980 performs all the tricks you’d expect from a DVD player, such as slow motion, zoom, fast search and a slideshow for JPEGs. In fact, the only real omission from a features perspective is SACD playback but that’s hardly surprising at this price.
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Your dream player with flawless, true-to-life picture quality and the ability to play virtually any disc! The Philips DVD player delivers your movies and music entertainment experience.
Brings audio and video to life
HDMI 1080p upscales to high definition for sharper pictures
HDMI 1080p upscaling delivers images that are crystal clear. Movies in standard definition can now be enjoyed in true high definition resolution – ensuring more details and more true-to-life pictures. Progressive Scan (represented by “p” in “1080p”) eliminates the line structure prevalent on TV screens, again ensuring relentlessly sharp images. To top it off, HDMI makes a direct digital connection that can carry uncompressed digital HD video as well as digital multi-channel audio, without conversions to analogue – delivering perfect picture and sound quality, completely free from noise.
Progressive Scan component video for optimised image quality
Progressive Scan doubles the vertical resolution of the image resulting in a noticeably sharper picture. Instead of sending a field comprising the odd lines to the screen first, followed by the field with the even lines, it writes both fields at the same time. A full image is created instantaneously, using the maximum resolution. At such a speed, your eye perceives a sharper picture with no line structure.
Screen Fit for optimal viewing every time
Whatever you’re watching, on whatever TV, Screen Fit ensures that the picture fills the whole screen. Annoying black bars on the top and bottom are eliminated, without any tedious manual adjustments to make. Simply press the Screen Fit button, choose the format and enjoy your movie in full screen
Plays all your movies and music
DivX Ultra Certified for enhanced DivX video playback
With DivX® support, you are able to enjoy DivX encoded videos and movies from the Internet, including purchased Hollywood films, in the comfort of your living room. The DivX media format is an MPEG-4 based video compression technology that enables you to save large files like movies, trailers and music videos on media like CD-R/RW and DVD recordable disc for playback on your DivX Ultra Certified® Philips device. DivX Ultra combines DivX playback with great features like integrated subtitles, multiple audio languages, multiple tracks and menus into one convenient file format.
Connect and enjoy multiple sources
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Link plays video/music from USB flash drives
The Universal Serial Bus or USB is a protocol standard that is conveniently used to link PCs, peripherals and consumer electronic equipment. Hi-Speed USB devices have a data transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps – up from the 12 Mbps of original USB devices. With Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Link, all you have to do is plug in your USB device, select the movie, music or photo and play away.
Easy to use
One-touch MP3 creation directly from CDs onto USB sticks
Convert the contents of your favourite CDs to MP3 files on your Philips product and store them directly on a thumb drive or on your portable media player through a USB cable. Enjoy the convenience of creating MP3 files right in your living room, without a PC and even while the CD is playing.
My Wallpaper for a personalised welcome screen
Personalise your DVD player’s wallpaper with your favourite photo. My Wallpaper lets you upload your favourite photo to be the wallpaper of your Philips DVD player. My Wallpaper works with most photo formats and you can even change the contrast on your uploaded photo to create unique lighting effects. No more boring generic welcome screen when you turn on your DVD player. My Wallpaper is easy to use and fun for everyone.
EasyLink controls all EasyLink products with a single remote
EasyLink lets you control multiple devices with one remote. It uses HDMI CEC industry-standard protocol to share functionality between devices through the HDMI cable. With one touch of a button, you can operate all your connected HDMI CEC-enabled equipment simultaneously. Functions like standby and play can now be carried out with absolute ease.