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Audio & Video Formats – Demystified!

Tower.com provides the latest and greatest in Audio & Video technology – but with so many different formats on the market today, it’s hard to know which one to choose! We have prepared this quick guide to help you with your shopping experience.


Available Audio Formats

CD: Also known as a Compact Disc. The standard physical medium for commercial audio recordings.

SACD: Also known as a Super Audio Compact Disc. An optical audio disc format aimed at providing much higher fidelity digital audio reproduction than the standard compact disc.

DUAL-DISC: A double-sided optical disc product that features an audio layer similar to a CD on one side and a standard DVD layer on the other.

VINYL LP: Also known as an LP (Long Playing) Record. A classic format for recorded music now back by popular demand!

AUDIO CASSETTE: Also known as a Compact Cassette or Cassette Tape. A magnetic tape sound recording format.

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Available Video Formats

DVD: Also known as a Digital Versatile or Digital Video Disc. Used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality.

HD-DVD: Also known as a High Definition DVD. A high-density optical disc format designed for the storage of data and high-definition video. Compatible only with HD DVD players.

BLU-RAY: Also known as a BD. A high-density optical disc used for the storage of digital media, including high-definition video. Compatible only with BLU-RAY supported DVD players.

UMD FOR PSP: A UMD is an optical disc medium developed by Sony for use on the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

VHS: Also known as the Video Home System. The standard format for use in analog video cassette recorders (VCRs).

DVD SINGLE: A music single in the form of a DVD.

DUAL-DISC: A double-sided optical disc product that features an audio layer similar to a CD on one side and a standard DVD layer on the other.

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DVD Region Encoding

DVD Region Encoding identifies specific DVDs that are compatible with players normally sold in the same region. Most DVD titles play in only one specific region unless specially formatted.

The majority of DVDs offered at Tower.com are coded for Region 1 (U.S. and Canada) or Region A (for Blu-Ray DVDs.) However, we also offer a selection of international DVD titles coded for Regions 0-6. It is important to note these differences, as specific formats may not work on DVD players formatted in your residing country.

To ensure that customers are able to distinguish their correct region code, we have equipped all of our DVD/Video product pages to include visible region identification.

The DVD classification system is divided into six major geographical regions, with one additional region reserved for uncoded titles.

Please see the Global Region Code charts below for information on which region works for you!

STANDARD DVDS

  • REGION 0: Discs are uncoded and can be played Worldwide
  • REGION 1: U.S., Canada
  • REGION 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East
  • REGION 3: South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, parts of South East Asia
  • REGION 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Latin America (including Mexico)
  • REGION 5: Former Soviet Union, India, Africa, North Korea
  • REGION 6: China

HD-DVD, UMD FOR PSP & Blu-Ray DVDs

  • REGION A/1: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
  • REGION B/2: Europe, Greenland, French territories, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
  • REGION C/3: India, China, Russia, Central and South Asia.

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Region Code Disclaimer

We are currently unable to process returns on items that have been removed from their original factory issued packaging. Please take care when browsing our video selection that you order the correct format for your viewing region. Remember this: if the packaging looks unusual upon receipt, do not open it! Consult the package details first to see if it is the right product for you!

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