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Updated: Mar 2, 2015 21:47
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#1
alaScore 100

Sony BDP-S7200

Finally a Sony Blu-ray player that punches well above its ticket price

4 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Sony BDP-S6200

Do you need Ultra HD 4K upscaling? Probably not, but we all know where this is heading. Your next TV will likely be an UHD TV, but by the time you buy it 4K upscaling will have gone to a whole new level than what the BDP-S6200 can muster. In which case...

4 expert reviews | 100 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Panasonic DMP-BDT700

Panasonic targets hardcore home cinema fans with a superb THX-certified Blu-ray deck that puts the emphasis on build quality and performance, while throwing in plenty of cutting-edge features.

4 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Sony BDP-S5200

Sony's all-encompassing effort for 2014 covers 2D and 3D Blu-ray, and copes with a ton of digital file formats over USB. The UK model we tested proffers Super WiFi access to core smart TV apps like BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, Demand Five, Amazon Instant...

5 expert reviews | 123 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

Sony BDP-S1200

The BDP-S1200 is that classic compromise between features and flexibility; it gives you most of the apps you need, but not all, and it lacks Wi-Fi. Its smart stuff could therefore be quite useless unless your router is near your TV. Apps for the BBC...

3 expert reviews | 156 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

OPPO BDP-105

What we see here is not just another universal Blu-ray player, but a player that is morphing into a media server. It has every type of input that one could ask for, including a connection for a hard drive through the USB port, that gives you unlimited...

12 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

#7
alaScore 96

Pioneer BDP-170-K

It lacks the extensive web content and pizzazz of rival budget players but the BDP-170 is a solidly-built disc spinner with wide format support and useful wireless functionality.

2 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

Sony BDP-S7200

Except faster start-up/loading time I cannot find any difference in sound/picture quality to my 4(?)year old Toshiba. I have a hi-spec Panasonic & top quality audio system.

2 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

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...

11 expert reviews | 424 user reviews

#10
alaScore 93

Samsung BD-F6500

Affordable and fun. Samsung takes smart to a new level

7 expert reviews | 518 user reviews

#11
alaScore 93

Panasonic DMP-BDT500

A Blu-ray player with a touch of old-school panache. If only it came with a retro remote...

27 expert reviews | 419 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 93

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.

27 expert reviews | 277 user reviews

#13
alaScore 93

LG BP740

The LG BP740 has a high price tag but not very high specs

6 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 92

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).

7 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

#15
alaScore 92

Pioneer BDP-160

Pioneer's BDP-160 Blu-ray player is unrepentantly old school. For starters, it looks like a Blu-ray deck should, rather than something impractical cobbled together for a Shoreditch design competition. And secondly, it even handles some of the more...

9 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#16
alaScore 91

Sony BDP-S4100

Terrific picture quality on a well-priced Blu-ray deck lacking a few features

5 expert reviews | 899 user reviews

#17
alaScore 91

Sony BDP-S5100

Sony didn't go back and reinvent the Blu-ray player with the BDP-S5100. They stuck with their successful formula and have what is a minor upgrade to the BDP-S590 from last year. The new design certainly looks nice, though I do have a couple of...

5 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

#18
alaScore 91

LG BP620

The LG BP620 is one of the best budget Blu-ray players we've seen this year, with tons of features and fast performance for just $150.

17 expert reviews | 1040 user reviews

#19
alaScore 91

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...

2 expert reviews | 1409 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMP-BDT160

While 2D, 3D, upscaled DVD and digital video files all impress, it's a jump to call the DMP-BDT160 good value. Being priced higher than all other entry-level Blu-ray decks isn't the negative it could be, but the DMP-BDT160 lacks WiFi.

2 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

#21
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMP-BDT230

I'm unfortunately very disappointed in the Panasonic DMP-BDT230. Even if it had perfect playback and incredible streaming content, I'd still be hard pressed to recommend it based on the innovation of advertising that they have built in. Other vendors...

7 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

#22
alaScore 90

Marantz UD7007

Pricey like an Aston Martin is pricey and about as satisfying to own, this Marantz can play any disc you like, streams music at high-def resolutions and can withstand medium-sized earthquakes. If you really, really take movies and music seriously, this...

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#23
alaScore 90

Samsung Home Cinema Blu-Ray HT-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...

8 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#24
alaScore 90

Philips BDP2180

Absolutely superb and recomend without exception, suiperb picture quality both non blue ray and of course blue ray, also the usb slot on the FRONT of the machine so can easily plug in my memory USB Sticks which again are displayed perfectly, all this...

1 expert reviews | 127 user reviews

#25
alaScore 90

Samsung BD-H8900

Just like Virgin's TiVo box (though with one less TV tuner), the BD-H8900 lacks the processing power to truly be a breakthrough product.

2 expert reviews

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    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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