Our Verdict 
If you’re determined to defer on buying Blu-ray, this sonically strong player will do a fine job with DVD
For 
Smart design
sounds solid and detailed with movies and music
upscaled DVDs look good
Against 
Similarly priced Blu-ray players offer better DVD performance –and they play Blu-rays…
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Blu-ray may not have taken the world by storm, but now there's a plethora of top-notch products at this price.

So where does a £200 DVD player fit in? Cambridge Audio's Sonata DV30 needs to deliver something different.

Unsurprisingly, for a company steeped in two-channel history, the DV30 looks to major on sound.

Listening to Simian Mobile Disco's Cruel Intentions via the two-channel output, there's impressive weight, punch and power.

The drums sound chunky but crisp, while the vocals are airy and detailed.

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Movies sound goodSwitch to movies and the Sonata still sounds good. Star Trek is upscaled to 1080p and the DV30 again delivers a full-bodied 5.1 sound over HDMI, while the picture is clean and colourful.

But the best Blu-ray players at this money can do all this, too. And more.

The Award-winning Sony BDP-S360 delivers a sharper, more detailed image – it's not night and day, but it's there – and it can top it all with superior looking and sounding Blu-ray discs – and a small saving.

If you're determined to ignore Blu-ray for a few more years, then this is a fine DVD player, musically one of the best we've heard in a while.

But for any kind of movie buff, we'd be embracing the future – and getting just as much from DVDs – with the aforementioned Sony Blu-ray player.

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