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LG DP132 Review

The LG DP132 is an easy-to-use DVD player meant for DVDs from all regions. In our tests, we found it to be fairly easy to set up and use. It measures 9.8 x 1.5 x 8 inches, and its slick black construction helps it blend in with the other electronics in your home entertainment center.

Our Verdict

The LG DP132 is a decent choice, offering region-free playback and fast load times, but it loses points because it lacks upscaling and HDMI connectivity.

For

  • It is region free.

Against

  • It offers no HDMI connectivity.
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The LG DP132 is an easy-to-use DVD player meant for DVDs from all regions. In our tests, we found it to be fairly easy to set up and use. It measures 9.8 x 1.5 x 8 inches, and its slick black construction helps it blend in with the other electronics in your home entertainment center. It’s also backed by an outstanding warranty, and the company hosts a variety of informational resources on its website where you can troubleshoot a problem or learn more about the player whenever you want. They also offer direct technical support via phone and email.

The player can handle both standard and rewriteable DVDs and CDs, including DVD-ROM, DVD+-R, DVD+-RW, CD-G, CD-R and CD-RW. It can also read CDs that have been loaded with JPEG files, if you want a way to review your favorite saved images. It also has a USB 2.0 port, which you can use to connect a flash drive containing video, audio or image files. The player also has a unique feature not found on any other device, USB Direct Recording, which can rip audio from CDs and transfer the files to a USB device. The feature is handy, but not one that we tested, or that we anticipate many people will use.

With the DP132, you can enjoy watching foreign films, as it supports multiple-language audio and subtitle output. It is also compatible with Dolby Digital audio, so you have the option to enjoy quality audio.

And though it has many of the features found in the best DVD players in our comparison, there are a few places where it falls short. Its lack of an HDMI connection means it’ll only work with older TVs, and that you won’t be able to access high-quality video. And in part due to the lack of HDMI connectivity, the player lacks an upscaling feature, which is meant to improve the visual quality of a video through an upconverting algorithm. This function is ideal if you tend to watch a lot of older, low-resolution movies. If you want a DVD player that has this ability, check out the Panasonic DVD-S700.