Less important than my questions below is: Whats up with the state of dvd player prices? Several years ago walmart/target/ebay etc had dvd players that could play just about any modern dvd media, were based on recent chipsets, many had the ability to play mp3/wma/divx/xvid etc for less than $40. Usually for $20-25. Granted they weren't the best quality but there were several brands to chose from, the things were commodities.
Now I cant find one for less than $50 on ebay unless its really old and doesnt do any of that. What happened?
I'm looking for a stand alone dvd player, nothing fancy or expensive. It would be a plus if it was in the smaller form factor so it would be easier to take with me. 20% of the reason I want one is to take my movies over to friends houses that have old dvd players that might not like burned media and wont play divx etc. I've got a big ass CD wallet full of stuff I'd like to share.
Hopefully I can get one with the following or many of these options:
-Play DVD +-RW's, CD +-RW's and be compatible with most modern discs
-Playback modern versions of and reasonably high quality divx/xvid - any more codecs it supports is icing on the cake
-Offer a healthy assortment of connectors in the rear. All it needs is RCA style svideo and some rca audio connectors. If it has component, hdmi etc awesome.
-Maybe one that comes with cables too since it would cost $10 to order some rca audio cables and would save me from cannibalizing one of my video card assortments.
-Region free/upgradable firmware isnt a must, but is always nice.
-Cost less than $30
Am I dreaming? Is there a reasonably comprehensive site with a list of dvd players available in the US and the chipsets/features they have? Thanks in advance