Purchasing a DVD player for singing practice doesn't need to be an expensive exercise, but be careful in your selection of a DVD player, as not all models are well-suited for this use. The key points to look for are:
- Be sure it is multi-zone.
- It is most important to locate a player with key control.
- The player should have at least one, and preferably two, microphone sockets (larger socket fittings preferred) and a volume control.
- Don't buy a top-of-the-range player as they date after a few years; go for a mid to low-priced player.
- Check that the player has an echo feature; this will improve the body of your voice.
A single DVD player is what is required, so there is no need for a double or triple DVD holder in your player unless you want to cue the next disc ready for play. Get the shop assistant to open up the casing of a demonstration unit in the shop and inspect the parts; sometimes low-priced DVD players have Sony or other quality parts internally within the unit. This tip may help you decide between brands and models. Check that the player can play any VCD or CD. Many players have added features and can play MP3 or CDG formats; these can be useful for practice and recreational use.