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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Updated: Oct 16, 2017 22:19
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#1
alaScore 100

Samsung Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player UBD-K8500

To get the best of what the K8500 has to offer, you need to have a lot of pieces in place. You’ll want the best 4K Ultra HD discs, and you’ll need a next-gen 4K TV with solid HDR processing, and either exceptionally deep blacks (OLED!) or an LED TV...

19 expert reviews | 576 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Panasonic DMP-UB700

If you want the best bang for buck 4K UHD Blu-ray performance, look no further than the DMP-UB700 – it’s an irresistible combination of image quality, features and price.

8 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Panasonic DMP-UB900

This is the only Blu-ray player we've seen that can also play DSD audio files, but don't pay the premium price unless you can take full advantage of its advanced features.

16 expert reviews | 290 user reviews

#4
alaScore 97

Oppo UDP-203

The Oppo BDP-203 is an excellent high-end 4K Blu-ray disc player, but image quality improvements over cheaper players are tough to spot.

2 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 96

Sony UHP-H1

Is the Sony UHP-H1 a Hi-Res Audio media player that just happens to spin Blu-rays, or vice versa? We're not sure, but it's definitely brilliant.

9 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

Sony BDP-S3700

The Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray player offers a lot of features for little money but a lack of input responsiveness can spoil some of the fun.

5 expert reviews | 255 user reviews

#7
alaScore 95

Panasonic DMP-BDT180

Vibrant colours, oodles of detail and a great sound? Sign us up!

3 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

LG UP970

LG's UP970 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player does exactly what it's supposed to do--that is, reliably play back Ultra HD Blu-ray (and other) discs. It has no egregious flaws, it's quick-loading, and it's super-simple to set up and use. However, it does lack...

12 expert reviews | 134 user reviews

#9
alaScore 94

Sony BDP-S6700

Sony’s BDP-S6700 is the best Blu-ray player for its image quality, expansive app catalog and ease of us.

5 expert reviews | 265 user reviews

#10
alaScore 94

Samsung BD-J7500

At the end of the day, the BD-J7500 is as feature-packed as anyone could ask for and then some. What its 4K upscaling adds to Blu-ray and 3D DVDs, and even older low resolution footage is phenomenal. It provides everything you’re looking for in a home...

12 expert reviews | 752 user reviews

#11
alaScore 94

Samsung UBD-K8500

The Samsung UBD-K8500 is quite quick and feature-rich for one of the first consumer 4K Blu-ray players available, but it will cost you.

10 expert reviews | 118 user reviews

#12
alaScore 93

Samsung BD-H6500

The Samsung BD-H6500 is simply the quickest Blu-ray player we've seen, delivering lightning-fast access to your movies on disc and streaming services like Netflix.

18 expert reviews | 4704 user reviews

#13
alaScore 93

LG BP350

The inexpensive LG BP350 is capable of fine image quality, but its sluggish load times keep it from earning our recommendation.

8 expert reviews | 658 user reviews

#14
alaScore 92

Cambridge Audio CXU

This universal disc spinner bucks the trend for cheap Blu-ray decks by being both massively expensive and hugely impressive in its quest for awesome hi-res audio and hi-def images. But don't go looking for Netflix.

3 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#15
alaScore 92

Sony BDP-S1700

The Sony BDP-S1700 is Sony's entry-level Blu-ray player. It won't play 3D or 4K ultra-HD discs, but it still has a variety of smart features so that you can access online streaming content. Is this player a great-value option or a cheap dud? We sent it...

3 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#16
alaScore 92

Sony BDP-S6500

With its impressive video and audio quality, connectivity options, and built-in apps, Sony’s BDP-S6500 is a premium Blu-ray player that fits nicely in a home theater setup.

7 expert reviews | 1156 user reviews

#17
alaScore 92

Samsung Blu-ray BD-J5900

The Samsung BD-J5900 offers excellent video quality and boots quickly, and its downloadable apps make it versatile and convenient.

3 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

LG BP556

This compact and affordable Blu-ray player not only spins discs, it also supports multiroom audio and has OTT streaming on tap.

3 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 91

Pioneer BDP-LX88

Much like Thor's Uru hammer, only the home cinema worthy will be able to lift Pioneer's mighty BDP-LX88 Blu-ray player. Tipping the scales at an enormous 13.4kg, it boasts more armour than Brad Pitt's tank, and is heavier than many AV receivers.

10 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Sony BDP-S7200

Offering super picture performance with 4K upscaling, plus hi-res audio support, this smart looking Sony disc spinner gets everything important just about right. It's astonishing value for money. The BDP-S7200 is arguably Sony's best Blu-ray player...

5 expert reviews | 417 user reviews

#21
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMP-BDT167

The Panasonic DMP-BDT167EB is a 3D Blu-ray player with smart features. You'll be able to access a range of apps, including catch-up TV and on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Netflix, as well as play content from an external hard drive...

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#22
alaScore 91

Samsung BD-F7500

The Samsung F7500 is a great-looking, full-featured Blu-ray player held back by a few small quirks. The video processing hiccups in testing couldn't be explained or reproduced in movie watching, but they're still notable, and it's a little slow to load...

17 expert reviews | 2811 user reviews

#23
alaScore 91

Samsung BD-J5500

Not ahead of the curve performance-wise, but a decent disc spinner

5 expert reviews | 749 user reviews

#24
alaScore 91

LG BP550

With plenty of features like DLNA support, apps and 3D playback, the LG BP550 is a good midrange Blu-ray player, but it doesn’t play 4K content or have all the best audio outputs.

3 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

#25
alaScore 91

Samsung BD-8900

From Laserdisc players that also spin CDs to Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorders, combis have been part of the home entertainment landscape for decades. Their appeal is easy to understand. Stuffing two or more different products into a single chassis means fewer...

4 expert reviews | 129 user 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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