Australia’s Big 3 DVD players are more expensive, more powerful and feature more features per disc than one of the three major manufacturers, according to research by the Australian Financial Journal.
In the study, the researchers used Australian Consumer Reports’ Consumer Reports ratings to compare a Sony, Samsung and LG DVD player to the others.
They found that the Sony, LG and Sony R7s had “better” picture quality and a better playback experience compared to the other two, the AFR reports.
The Big 3 also had a higher score for picture quality than any other three players.
The results were consistent with other research.
A similar study published last year found that DVD players from both Sony and Samsung had the best picture quality.
But the researchers said the Big 3 players were “more advanced” and included better features, such as a “VHS Playback” feature, a “Remote Control” feature and an “Auto Volume” feature.
In addition, the DVD players had better features than Sony’s DVD R7 and LG’s DVD V-HU5, the report said.
But while Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are the major manufacturers of DVD players, they are also the biggest sellers of the products in Australia.
While the Aussie government has recently introduced legislation aimed at protecting consumers from misleading and deceptive advertising, the Big Three are still selling products in many Australian stores.
The research also found that many DVD players sold in Australia are of inferior quality, with the top rated model averaging less than 10% of the cost of a comparable product in the US.
In contrast, the average price of a new DVD player in Australia is currently around $180, according the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Despite these figures, some DVDs retail for around $40 to $50 in the country.