The Sony DVP-SR210P DVD player plays CDs, data disks with MP3 files, and can display pictures in JPEG format.
It’s among the most inexpensive DVD players we’ve seen. Yet it appears very well constructed; we’ve used a similar model (the HDMI version) for several years now without problems. This player epitomizes a mature technology; one that has been perfected, but features very low prices. Good machine.
Sony DVP-SR210P DVD Player Features, Benefits, Advantages, and Pros
Very Small and Light
The Sony DVP-SR210P player measures 10.6 X 1.5 X 8.2”, and weighs less than three pounds.
The Sony DVP-SR210P costs less than $35.
Plays NTSC DVDs
Region One DVDS supported.
Progressive Scan Support
Progressive scan in the Sony DVP-SR210P offers crisper video and still pictures.
Energy Star Compliant
The Sony DVP-SR210P consumes just five watts during operation.
Little Ventilation Needed
The Sony DVP-SR210P has no ventilation holes in the case, and we hear no fans during operation. Yet this DVD player runs just lukewarm. So long you don’t place it above any heat-producing devices (audio amplifiers, DVRs, heaters, motors, et al), it will be fine. Further, keep the player out of direct sunlight. Put it inside a TV stand without fears of overheating.
Audio Dynamic Range Control (DRC)
Allows selection of either reduced or full aural dynamic range when playing DVDs, depending on your listening environment and which your audio equipment performs best playing.
Selectable Digital Audio Output
In the Sony DVP-SR210P DVD player, you can choose whether to output the audio signals via the analog stereo jacks or the single digital RCA jack.
Dolby Digital Type Selector
Pic what type of Dolby digital signal you wish to hear. Choose the D-PCM signal type whenever your connected audio playback device has no built in Dolby digital decoder. Choose the DTS option whenever you audio reproduction device DOES have such a decoder (DTS decoder).
Picture Slideshow Feature
You may play data discs with JPEG picture files on them, in a slideshow format, in which you may select various image-to-image transition options.
Plays Many Video Disc Formats
DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW.
Supports numerous file extensions on data CDs and data DVDs
These include jpg, mpg, mpeg, mp3, wma, and wav.
Two Video Output Options
The Sony DVP-SR210P provides component video (red PR, green Y, and blue PB RCA jacks), and composite NTSC (yellow jack) outputs.
Analog and Digital Audio Outputs
You have your choice of digital coaxial (a single orange RCA jack), or two analog (one red and one white) RCA jacks.
Attached 120 Volt AC Power Cord
Not a cheater cord. So, no connecting prongs to bend, become corroded, or to wear out. This also, however, means a harder time replacing the AC cord should it ever become damaged or worn.
Remote Control Included
Multi brand Sony RMT-D197A remote control included. Can control both the DVD player as well as many popular brands of televisions. This facilitates control of both the player and the TV from a single remote. Two AA batteries are also included for this remote.
Parental Control Restrictions Supported
Some countries request that DVD player manufacturers provide a means to restrict playback of some DVDs, which might contain adult or offensive content. This player allows the enabling of this restriction according to the guidelines set forth in 32 countries. You can choose the country, whose guidelines will apply when operating this player. The United States is not listed however. So, no onboard parental restrictions can be switched on for the US.
Many Languages (in the Menus) Supported
Sony DVP-SR210P DVD Player Drawbacks, Problems, Limitations, and Cons
Does Not Play Blu Ray Discs
For video, this player only handles the various DVD-+R and DVD -+RW formats as well as CD-R and CD-RW formats. No blu ray.
No HDMI Output
This unit offers composite NTSC and component video outputs along with a digital coaxial output.
No PROTECTED File Formats Supported
Cannot play mp3PRO, .m4p, or other DRM (digital rights management) formats for example.
No AAC File Support
Does not play the .m4a or .m4p files often provided from iTunes when you purchase digital music. No .aac file playing either.
May Take Long to Scan Deep Folder Lists
Particularly for audio data CDs that could potentially hold thousands of recordings, Sony recommends restricting the levels of folders within folders for each album to two, to reduce disc load times.
Limited Number of Files Recognized Per Disc
The DVP-SR210P will recognize a maximum of two hundred (200) albums (presumably, per disc), and up to six hundred (600) files (presumably, per album folder). The documentation is not entirely clear on this point.
Limited Video File Frame Size and Byte Count
The player can only display video files of 720 X 576 maximum dimensions, and can support files no larger than 2 gigabytes (GBs).
Limited High Bit Rate Video File Playing from Data CDs
Apparently in CD format, the maximum achievable bit transfer rate may be too low for very high bit rate files. This may result in jerky picture motion. To get around this for these files, Sony suggests writing them to data DVDs instead of CDs. Then, play them from that DVD media for smoothest possible reproduction.
Some Copy Guarded Discs Do Not Play
Cannot play DVD-VR format discs with CPRM protection.
Some Playback Operations Not Available on All Discs
The Sony DVP-SR210P offers a rich set of playback operation capabilities. However, which of these you actually get to use is determined by the author of the video disc you’re playing. Many restrict certain operations at various times during disc playback. E.g. fast forward and reverse are often blocked during video playback.
The Sony DVP-SR210P DVD player is simple to work. Plus, it’s an excellent value in the sub $40 line of video players. Indeed, it has some limits that rule it out as a op-notch DVD player. But hey, for the low cost, you can’t go wrong. Since most people play commercially produced NTSC DVD discs anyhow, they’ll most likely never see these limitations,.
Limits aside, what this machine does do? It performs quite well, and is cheap enough that you can simply buy another if it breaks. So, we rate the Sony DVP-SR210P at 93 out of 100. We feel that most who own it, would rate it even higher. So, check it out. We believe you’ll be pleased.
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- 2019-02-22: Improved key phrase targeting, fixed some typos, and added some tags.
- 2016-12-23: Originally posted.