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DVD or Blu-ray players?

Home Cinema systems come with either a DVD player or Blu-ray player, which form the hub of the system. It's worth understanding the difference between them to ensure you get the most from the experience.

DVD Players

  • DVD PlayersA standard DVD player will play all your pre-recorded discs, with surround sound capability, through the accompanying speaker system
  • Most DVDs include a 5.1 soundtrack, but even if used with a 2.1 system the decoding software will make the sound experience far better than that from the TV speakers



Blu-ray players

  • Blu-ray playersThe DVD of the 21st century, Blu-ray allows you to display movies in full high definition through a HD TV
  • All major movies are released to Blu-ray disc, so you can enjoy the latest blockbusters in stunning detail
  • If you already have a large collection of DVDs, the Blu-ray player will give them a new lease of life by upscaling them to near HD quality


3D Blu-ray players

  • 3D Blu-ray playersMany Blu-ray players now support 3D
  • A 3D TV is required to view 3D Blu-ray content. Please see our 3D TV guide for more information





Connecting up your Home Cinema system

Connecting up a Home Cinema can seem daunting at first, but the reality is that they're fairly straightforward.

  • Most use colour coded connectors and labelling to ensure you connect the correct speakers to the correct inputs
  • Once all the speakers are connected to the player all you need to do is connect the player to the TV

Generally DVD systems will connect using SCART and Blu-ray will connect using HDMI. It's important to check you have the correct inputs available on your TV for the type of system you are buying.

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