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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Updated: Apr 19, 2014 02:36
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#1
alaScore 100

Samsung BD-F6500

Affordable and fun. Samsung takes smart to a new level

6 expert reviews | 436 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Sony BDP-S4100

Otherwise the BDP-S4100 does everything you’d expect of a Blu-ray player, outputting HD audio formats in bitstream or PCM, upscaling DVD to 1080p and converting 2D to 3D on a compatible TV. There’s no 4K upscaling though.

5 expert reviews | 654 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Samsung BD-F7500

Samsung's BD-F7500 Blu-ray player has a lot going for it. It's full of features, it looks good, and it has just the right connections for a high-end home theater (with one small omission—more on that later). On paper, it should be the cream of the...

7 expert reviews | 382 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Panasonic DMP-BDT230

Panasonic's DMP-BDT230 Blu-ray player packs a lot of compelling features into an inexpensive package. It's quick, full of useful features (including built-in Miracast support), and handles video processing with ease, all with a $129.99 (direct) price...

5 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

Sony BDP-S790

The Sony BDP-S790 Blu-ray player does a good job of performing at a high quality level, but at an affordable price. Dual HDMI outputs, Original Resolution mode, and multiple video settings are available to work well in any system.

23 expert reviews | 266 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Panasonic DMP-BDT500

The Panasonic DMP-BDT500 marks a fine return to high-end Blu-ray for the Japanese brand. Its flagship disc spinner boasts a wide range of features, including Viera Connect, 3D support and DLNA streaming, not to mention its sophisticated audio...

22 expert reviews | 379 user reviews

#7
alaScore 96

Panasonic DMP-BDT330

At CES Panasonic introduced two new 3D Blu-ray Disc Players, the DMP-BDT330, DMP-BDT230. Panasonic is also continuing to manufacture its 3D 2012 models (the DMP-BDT500 and DMP-BBT01).

6 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

Sony BDP-S5100

Last year, Sony's Blu-ray players did a great job of hitting these goals. Their initial firmware had an issue decoding Blu-ray discs to RGB that we discovered, but that was quickly remedied and after that the players performed very well. Sony elected...

3 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

LG BP730

Blu-ray players have come a long way in a few years. It used to be that $300 would get you a "high-end" Blu-ray player that could load a disc in a minute and maybe access Netflix. Now nearly every Blu-ray player is connected, solid models are available...

7 expert reviews | 233 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

Pioneer BDP-450

Despite its enticing price tag, Pioneer's BDP-450 is aimed squarely at the home cinema enthusiast with audiophile leanings. Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio might not be exactly in the rudest of health as far as formats go, but there are plenty of legacy...

8 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#11
alaScore 94

LG BP630

The LG BD630 may not be revolutionary, but is a consummate blu-ray player with simple yet practical features. Furthermore, its outstanding and smooth performance is not undermined by its relatively affordable price. If you are looking for a basic entry...

5 expert reviews | 160 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

Samsung BD-F8500

The BD-F8500 is a 3D Blu-ray player and Freeview PVR in a single slim-line box, ideal for those who want to cut down on clutter. Furthermore, it incorporates Samsung's online portal, blessed with the best selection of VOD content on the market – it's...

6 expert reviews | 129 user reviews

#13
alaScore 93

Onkyo BD-SP809

Besides the common connectivity options, the one (or rather two) interesting options are the two HDMI outputs. More and more players seem to be coming with this because this is a time where people are switching over to Blu-rays but haven’t quite...

11 expert reviews | 99 user reviews

#14
alaScore 92

Samsung BD-F5900 Smart 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player

The Samsung BD-F5900 is an excellent Blu-ray player with the right mix of usability, performance, and speed.

5 expert reviews | 2146 user reviews

#15
alaScore 92

Panasonic DMP-BDT220

The BDT220 is pretty speedy, averaging 24.8 seconds to load a non-BD-Live disc (Ralph Bakshi's Wizards), and 22.3 seconds for a BD-Live disc (The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition).

18 expert reviews | 1703 user reviews

#16
alaScore 92

LG BP620

LG’s BP620 may not ooze the high-end appeal of much more expensive Blu-ray players, but it delivers where it counts...

15 expert reviews | 920 user reviews

#17
alaScore 91

Samsung Home Cinema Blu-RayHT-F9750W

Samsung’s top home theatre system is, for the asking price, a huge step up from the speakers inside your TV. It’s great for surround-sound Blu-rays, and the Smart Hub can liven up an otherwise dumb television. You’ll get better sound from a proper home...

4 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#18
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMP-BDT320

Smart TVs aren’t selling all that much because people are contented with their displays. Those Internet-connected displays look appealing but a lot of people are not willing to spend so much on a TV that has to replace an older model. With Panasonic’s...

18 expert reviews | 347 user reviews

#19
alaScore 91

LG HR929S

Great machine. Does what it says it can do. Installed no trouble. Highly recommend it. Very easy to understand timer menu.

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#20
alaScore 90

Philips BDP7700

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

4 expert reviews | 633 user reviews

#21
alaScore 89

Samsung BD-EM53 Blu-Ray Player

I return this appliance because I could not use it with my current surround sound system and I am not yet ready to buy a new one.

12 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Samsung Blu-ray Smart Player for Love Film Redemption

This bluray player is primarily used as a smart hub. It gives me more opportunity to access 'catch up' tv services and so far has played all the file types through either the usb post or when streamed over my wired network. the only downside was 'the...

12 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Samsung BD-F5700 blu-ray player

The was our first blue ray player, and we didn't need anything that has too many features, as our smart TV had everything that we needed. The set up was really easy, and it's really compact, so it fit perfectly in our center.This product has... Good...

797 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Panasonic Blu-Ray Player with Wireless LAN, Black (DMP-BDT230)

Top of the line features at a great price.

12 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Samsung BD-F5100

We’ve already covered Samsung's 2013 soundbar lineup and hometheater lineup, both of which impressed us, but the Blu-ray lineup is a littlemore lackluster. Don’t get us wrong, the units are fine, and Samsung’s SmartHubis an industry leader, but as a...

1 expert reviews | 1874 user reviews

Buying Guide

Buying Guide - Blu-ray Players

High-definition Blu-ray players are continuously gaining favor. Video from traditional DVDs contains fewer than 350,000 pixels, while 1080p Blu-ray video packs more than two million, which outputs sublime, high-resolution detail. The current crop of Blu-ray players offer stellar HD picture quality, fast disc-handling, and extras like integrated Wi-Fi, 3D support, and audio and video streaming. Blu-ray is the best option for watching high-definition video content on an HDTV. These days you can buy a well-performed player less than $200 if you do some smart online shopping. Still, there are a lot of choices out there. Here's what you need to consider when choosing the right Blu-ray player:

 

 

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What to Look for in a Blu-ray Player

BD-Live: Discs with BD-Live offer additional downloadable, streaming multimedia, or interactive Web content. Some models are described as “BD-Live ready”, meaning that they lack the necessary internal storage to support the feature, you must provide extra memory--a USB flash drive or memory card--to enable the BD-Live feature. If you think you want to use BD-Live, it's best to look for a player with enough built-in memory to support it. Models without BD-Live usually cost less, but there are few available.

A/V connections: All players include a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port that can stream audio and video over a single cable. HDMI supports Blu-ray's maximum video resolution as well as all audio formats, including the lossless ones (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio) that some A/V receivers support, so it's the best way to hook the player to your HDTV. 3D Blu-ray players use newer HDMI 1.4 connections, but can connect to a TV using standard high-speed HDMI cables, which can carry 3D and HD signals. A few manufacturers include an HDMI cable in the box, but with most models, you need to provide your own.

Wi-Fi: All current players will include an Ethernet port for a hardwired network connection, that can be inconvenient if it requires you to run a long cable between rooms. A growing number of new models now integrate Wi-Fi, so you can wirelessly connect the player to your network to access the Web for media streaming, BD-Live, and firmware updates. You should to beware models called "wireless-ready," you need an adapter (called a dongle) to enable wireless connections. The adapter may be included with the player, or you may have to buy it separately.

Web Features: Most players make good use of that Web connection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet to stream movie services from Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, HuluPlus, Netflix, and Vudu. You must pay for this content, in most cases through a pay-per-view arrangement. Specific services vary by manufacturer and player, Internet-connected players can access free content from sites such as YouTube, photo-sharing sites such as Picasa and Flickr, Internet radio stations such as Pandora, eBay. Some manufacturers, like Samsung and Vizio, also include widgets that display news, weather, and give you access to social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Then, of course, there's the Sony PlayStation 3, which in addition to being a very solid Blu-ray player, also lets you stream video and play hundreds of games.

3D capability: If you think you want to upgrade to a 3D TV in the near future, you need a Blu-ray player that will play 3D discs. Each major manufacturer has at least one 3D-enabled player in its lineup, many offer more. They can play 3D Blu-ray discs, as well as regular Blu-ray, discs, DVDs, and CDs.

Popular Blu-ray Player Brands

Panasonic, Samsung and Sony are all top-tier consumer electronics manufacturer in multiple product categories. Panasonic Blu-ray players have been hailed in past years as solid performers and good values. Their 3D Blu-ray players offer a wealth of advanced features and worth of buying. Sony's 2011 Blu-ray Disc player lineup includes several players. Its PlayStation 3 game console remains among the most powerful Blu-ray players available. Samsung is often an innovator, as it was one of the first to include a Blu-ray player in a HTIB (home theater in a box), and among the first to offer a Blu-ray player with 3D capability. Insignia is Best Buy’s electronics house brand. If you're looking for a budget model, it will be one of your considerations.

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