Toshiba has announced ten new DVD models, including five standalone DVD players, three DVD recorders (two with hard drives), and even two with VCRs built-in, for those of you still attached to tape. Three standard DVD players — the SD-180E, SD-185E, and SD-280E — offer usual functionality you'd expect, including JPEG viewing, DivX playback, and MP3 support. Taking a step up, the SD-480E and SD-580E offer upscaling of standard DVDs to 1080p high definition, feature HDMI outputs to connect to a suitable TV, and have Toshiba's REGZA-Link which synchronises compatible equipment using a single remote control unit.
Denon has launched upgraded entry-level DVD players, offering more eco-friendly, upscaling, sleekly designed goodness. The DVD-1740 offers "Near Full HD" upscaling of DVDs via an HDMI connection, progressive scan via component inputs, a clear front display, larger control buttons, and smooth, curved edges matching Denon's 2008 Home Cinema receivers. There's also DivX ULTRA functionality. Priced at £149.99.
Philips has announced six new high-performance portable DVD players, two of which include an iPod dock which allows for the playback of video, audio and photos from an attached iPod. First up are the widescreen DVD players, available in 7, 8.5, and 10.2 inch screen sizes. They all feature a full in-car mounting kit, internal power supply unit, two headphone jacks, USB connection, AV in and out, and digital audio output.