I recently watched an old movie in which one of the main roles played projectionist. This man traveled between villages on a special automobile and arranged film shows. All people converged on such film shows as for holiday. The good old times…
People go less and less even in super-new cinemas now. The presence of several different devices which can play movies in almost every house led to this state of affairs.
Videocassette recorder was very cool movies demonstrator in 90th years. Now the demands for the picture quality and sound significantly increased and people have adopted digital technologies.
Modern HD media player (as one good man says: a player for watching HD video) is one of the most prominent representatives in the field of multimedia demonstrations.
Tips on how to choose a good home media player are the basis of today’s post.
Please note that the notion of media player is quite broad. Even Mp3 player which plays video may be get under this definition. We will focus our attention on stationary HD media player today.
Universal HD media player is a digital device that is designed for quality video, audio and image playback on your TV or other output devices.
Chipset (media processor) is the main part of the media player. This chipset is responsible for processing audio and video. In fact, it is an equivalent of desktop computer CPU.
Frequency is one of the main media player chipset parameters, like as in a computer processor.
Chipset frequency shows how many operations it can perform per time unit. Frequency of HD media player chipsets measured in megahertz. Greater frequency leads to more productive chipset activity.
Chipset frequency located in the range of 300 to 800 MHz in most models of modern media players.
The most popular media player models have a frequency of 400 or 500 MHz, which is sufficient in most cases.
In addition to the media processor features the most important parameters of HD media players include the following characteristics:
1. Internal media storage presence.
The hard drive (HDD), which stores files to be played, could be placed in the media player, as well, as in the personal computer. This media player HDD can have capacity up to 6 terabytes, which is quite respectable, even for PC.
The presence of internal storage allows you to use the player without any external media storage and store a library of your favorite files. It is clear that digital media player with internal hard drive is more expensive than player without it.
Some players may have a special pocket into which you can install an external hard drive.
Built-in hard drive is nice, but with the growing of popularity of external HDD and other external storage device importance of built-in HDD gradually decreases.
2. Number of supported formats.
Many different formats of media files are available now. For example, the videos can be in MPEG, AVI, MOV, VOB, FLV and other formats. Images and sounds can also be stored in different formats.
The ability to recognize a big number of these formats is very important for the media player in this regard.
In fairness it should be noted that most of the HD player supports almost all formats of audio, video and graphics.
However, before buying you can ask whether the player supports a file format that you are using.
3. Video resolution.
Media player should support playback of high quality video because it has the prefix HD (high definition).
However, HD video also has several formats. Standard HD video has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Full HD video has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Support of full HD video is a standard for media players. Full HD (1080p) media player is a tradition for present time.
4. DVD drives presence.
Although DVD players gradually yield its place to the media player, but the presence of DVD drive in the media player can be useful.
Many people keep important family videos (like shooting a wedding) or movie collection exactly on DVD discs.
You can, of course, use a computer to overwrite the content of the disks to another storage device to use it in the media player, but it is very inconvenience. Therefore, the possibility of movie media player to play DVD discs directly is a very desirable.
5. Connectors availability.
Media players are not used alone but in conjunction with some displaying device in most cases. TV is such device most often, although it can be used projector or something else.
It is clear that both devices must be connected somehow. Special input/output connectors used for this purpose. A significant number of these connectors allow connecting the media player to a larger number of devices without the use of adapters.
A standard media player connectors list most often includes:
– HDMI connector. It is used most frequently and is used to connect the player to the most modern TVs.
– USB connector. This connector is used mainly for connecting external storage media (flash drives, disks, etc.). There may be several USB connectors in player for allowing of several device easy connections. USB 2.0 used in media players mainly.
– LAN connector. It is called RJ-45 yet. You can connect a computer network through this connector. LAN connector provides the media player connection to LAN or Internet.
I was recently asked: “How do you connect the media player to the computer?” You can do this with a LAN using LAN connector or via Wi-Fi.
– Composite video and audio connectors. If you want to connect the media player to a TV which has no HDMI or other digital port, you will have to use composite connectors. Such connectors are easily recognizable, because their nests have different colors: yellow jack used to connect video, white and red jacks connect sound.
– Card reader for memory cards. Many top media players are equipped with special built-in card reader that allows you to use different digital memory cards.
S-video, S/PDIF, SCART, Optical and others connectors can be used on some models besides these most popular connectors. Most manufacturers try to unify the connections ways at this time, so these connectors are used less frequently, although for someone their presence may be necessary.
All these connectors are used for cable connections, but it is possible to use wirelessly connection. Wirelessly connection uses with the technology of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi adapter (module) can be embedded into the player or can be connected externally via USB connector.
6. Ability to work with Internet services.
Home media player can be used for viewing images and videos on popular online services (e.g. You Tube) or social networks. Client software of such internet services installed in the software of player for this purpose. More number of such agents allows you to work with more services.
Also, some media players can handle torrents, while player can load and save files in torrent links.
Also, you should pay attention to comfort of remote control panel when purchasing a digital media player. Even the best HD player will give you a not so good if it is uncomfortable remote control. Even the best HD player will seem you a not so good if it will be the uncomfortable remote control.
Well, hopefully this information will help you understand the specifics and you’ll know exactly which the best quality media player to buy.