the increasing popularity of DVDs, prices have been dropping
incredibly. Now, it's not hard to find DVDs at the same cost,
or cheaper, than VHS tapes. The only item left is a DVD-Drive
itself. While the price ranges greatly with the speed of the
drive, any 2x-dvd drive is plenty for acceptable movie playback.
The price for the drive itself can get as low as $45. That is
less than a third of a good quality standalone player.
computer at 400mhz or higher is set for optimal software DVD
playback. Fortunately, those with slower computers can buy an
add-on DVD decoder for roughly $50, that will allow anything
with a 133mhz or greater to play DVD's efficiently.
decoders are often full of useful features such as surround
sound decoding, de-interlacing, and even screenshots. Software
decoders often have better image quality than Hardware, due
to the necessity of a passthrough cable when using a hardware
decoder. For software decoding, nothing beats WinDVD
, or PowerDVD . In
the hardware field, the king is the Hollywood Magic line of
products. Compatible with almost all hardware, and equipped
extremely high quality TV output, with a reasonable $50 price
tag, there is nothing better.
Setup: $45 - $150
Retail Setup: $179 - $400
Saved: $134 - $355