Instead of buying a DVD player to watch DVD discs, why not try to find others solutions. One of them can be using the computer. But even here you need to pay for almost any DVD software. Almost, because AVS DVD Player is for free. And the good news is that the last version includes every options that a normal software player should have: volume and playing controls, support for skinnable menu, devices control, panel for left and righ, up and down controls, etc.
The player supports aspect ratios from 4:3, 16:9 to 2.35:1 and even custom ones. From the sound aspect, you can choose every format from the original one to DolbyProLogic and DolbyProLogic II. For the more special DVD discs you can even change the region settings.
Besides the DVD format, the player can also play audio and video files. Using a classic playlist, this player is very similar to RadLight or BSPlayer. For creating a special mood, while listening to music, the player can do some audio visualizations.
With the same package comes also AVS Video Tools 5.3 which in order to work properly should be registered. Actually this tool is a ripping one. It means that the DVD movies can be converted in almost any known video format, including the one for portable devices such as iPOD, PSP, PDA, etc.
What's new The update to full-featured MEDIA player. Customizable aspect ratio. More presets for multichannel audio. New skinable interface. Playlists support and management. http://www.avsmedia.com / DVDPlayer / whatsnew . aspx
Pluses: free; no hidden advertising; ergonomic interface; supports custom aspect ratio; it can play also audio and video files; support for skins; the video tools module
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In conclusion: AVS is not a DVD player anymore, but a full-featured MEDIA player.