Helios High-Def DVD Player

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No, this isn't an HD DVD player, but it claims to be a high-definition DVD player—big difference. The Helios HVD2085 tries to turn your moldy oldy DVDs into pretty, high definition-ness. Via the component cables this DVD player can output to 720p, 1080i and even 1080p. Via HDMI the HVD2085 can output to an assload of resolutions: 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 640v480, 800v600, 1024v768 and 1280v1024. It supports DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD, HDCD, MP3, WMA and Photo-CD playback.

This all sounds good, but it's impossible to create pixels out of thin air, although they can be approximated. And then, well, you end up with approximate HDTV—not the real thing but better than nothing. Maybe. The HVD2085 retails for $200.

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