For those on a limited budget or who do not own an HDTV, it's hard to find a better basic DVD player than Sony's DVP-SR200P/B. Most reports say that playback is solid. Reviewers particularly like the player's ability to play discs in less than perfect condition. While this cheap Sony DVD player can't upscale standard DVDs to match the higher resolution of an HDTV, it can output video in a progressive format for compatible TVs. It's also a reasonable budget choice for those with an HDTV since those sets can do their own upscaling as well.
Connectivity is relatively limited, and the Sony DVP-SR200P/B lacks an optical digital audio output and an HDMI output, though the latter is not a surprise since the player does not upconvert. Overall, the Sony DVP-SR200P/B is a top choice among basic DVD players, especially for those on tight budgets.
If you need a DVD player for use with an HDTV, reviews point to the Sony DVP-SR500H (*Est. $50) . This is an upconverting DVD player that experts and users say delivers great video performance and a few extras. You might also want to consider a Blu-ray Disc player, which can do a great job of upscaling standard DVDs to near-HD quality. See our report on Blu-ray Disc players for some suggestions, including some budget options.
Professional reviewers rarely cover budget DVD players such as the Sony DVP-SR200P/B, but users do have their say. Amazon.com has the most user reviews, and the site is easy to use. BestBuy.com and Walmart.com also provide some feedback. JR.com, the website for New York City electronics giant J&R, has fewer reviews, but reports there can be meaningful when considered together with opinions gathered elsewhere.
More than 350 owners have weighed in on the Sony DVP-SR200P/B DVD player at Amazon.com, granting the player a solid 4-star overall rating. Most reviewers say they are generally pleased with the player. Value, ease of use, small size and performance are all stated pluses. Negative reviews can be found as well, with some complaints of freezes and skipping with certain discs. Some owners say that their player failed out of the box or within a short time thereafter.
Review: Sony DVP-SR200P/B DVD Player, Contributors to Amazon.com
BestBuy.com has fewer reviews than Amazon.com, just over 120, but the Sony DVP-SR200P/B scores even a shade higher, at 4.2 out of 5, and notably higher than any other current and available DVD player in its price class. Nearly 85 percent of reviewers here say they would recommend the DVD player to a friend.
Review: Sony - Progressive-Scan DVD Player with MP3 Playback, Contributors to BestBuy.com
Walmart.com hosts nearly as many user reviews as Amazon.com, and user opinion is similar -- most but not all owners are pleased with the Sony DVP-SR200P/B, rating it at 4.3 out of 5. However, there are some durability complaints.
Review: Sony DVD Player with Progressive Scan, DVP-SR200P/B, Contributors to Walmart.com
The J&R website only attracts 30 owner reviews of the Sony DVP-SR200P/B, but what's here is valuable when considered with feedback collected elsewhere. One nice touch is that most reviews are verified, which adds credibility. Most users seem pleased, and 90 percent say that they would recommend the DVD player to a friend.
Review: Sony DVP-SR200P DVD Player, Contributors to JR.com
The Sony DVP-SR200P/B enjoys a 4.7-star rating at B&H after more than 30 reviews. Owners say the DVD player has great picture quality, and users like that it's easy to use and compact. Nearly all the reviews here are positive.
Just over 20 owners review the Sony DVP-SR200P/B at TigerDirect.com, but opinions echo those at the other online retailers, resulting in a 4.3-star overall rating. The reviews themselves are brief, but each user rates the player on value, features, quality and performance.
Review: Sony DVP-SR200P/B DVD Player