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Old 05-04-2012, 08:19 PM - Thread Starter
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Yes, I know they are cheaper that dirt NOW that they are on the back burner, but I don't remember DVD players being as cheap as you can find BluRay players now when DVD was the only game in town.

Sony has a refurb (which seem to be much more common now) for 40 dollars. It isn't 3-D, but it simply amazes me how inexpensive the hardware can be had.

Is it just evolution of the market, cheaper built units every year, or the last gasp of physical media?

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The last DVD player I bought was a Phillips for $29.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:23 AM
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5?? years ago I bought several DVD players new for under $15(of course they were junk and crapped out within a year or two). While those were Black Fridays specials you could still get somewhat name brand players for under $30. Heck my first BD player was a Element, 3?? Christmas seasons ago for $49, of course I returned it a few days later because contrary to popular opinion of the time, not all BD players outputted the same quality....even for BD discs, DVD output was even more atrocious.
My guess is rock bottom BD players will level out at about what similar(upconverting) DVD players did. Unless another physical media comes along(doubtful) my guess is BD will trudge on while new DVD like VHS all but disappears.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:38 AM
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There were tons of cheap DVD players six years ago. It was just that DVD adoption had peaked and Asian companies were churning out tons of players to be sold under various names in third-world countries where DVD was taking off.
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