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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Updated: Nov 28, 2015 00:56
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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.

13 expert reviews | 2210 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S5500

If you're looking for a streaming box that not only does Blu-ray movies but also plays games, then the Sony BDP-S5500 is an absolute bargain.

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S6500

The BDP-S6500 is Sony's range-topping Blu-ray player and the successor to last year's BDP-S6200. At £150 it's pricier than your average player but it gets you a full set of premium features, including 4K upscaling, built-in super Wi-Fi and network...

2 expert reviews | 183 user reviews

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Arcam FMJ UDP 411

Regulars will know that insubstantial Blu-ray players are a bête noire of mine. Cheapo decks destined to become arthritic after a year or so give physical disc formats a bad name. I prefer beautifully built players, engineered to squeeze the last ounce...

2 expert reviews

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Sony BDP-S6200

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4 expert reviews | 821 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S7200

The BDP-S7200 is arguably Sony's best Blu-ray player since the way more expensive BDP-S5000ES. Cosmetically it's a big improvement on the overly quirky models of yore, and it does a spectacular job when it comes to video and audio replay. You can...

3 expert reviews | 100 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S5200

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5 expert reviews | 3340 user reviews

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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 | 6 user reviews

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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

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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...

12 expert reviews | 2756 user reviews

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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.

26 expert reviews | 809 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT500

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

26 expert reviews | 425 user reviews

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LG BP645

For the money, the LG BP645 is a good Blu-ray player. Its picture and sound performance is not class-leading, but if some of those features appeal, it’s definitely worth investigating.

2 expert reviews

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Pioneer BDP-170-S

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 | 69 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S1200

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4 expert reviews | 961 user reviews

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OPPO BDP-105D Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Player Darbee Edition (Silver)

This review is mainly for the USB-DAC and headphone amplifier of the 105D which is 90% of what i use it for. I bought this unit instead of a dedicated head amp because sometimes I also play SACD's and concert DVD's. I am a music lover/ audiophile...

17 user reviews

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OPPO BDP-103D Universal 3D Blu-ray Player (Darbee Edition)

The 103D tends to CRASH...and the Streaming network at least for me through NETFLIX is TERRIBLE..They do not have an option to AMAZON either.... But it's hard to complain with the Darby Processor and the far better than any Asian player

192 user reviews

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Oppo BDP105D 3D Blu Ray Player (Multi Region) Black (R)

The best piece of audiofile and video equipment I have ever owned or experienced. Fantastic! Everything it is said to be and perhaps more. Worth every penny.

62 user reviews

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Sony - BDPS6500 - Streaming 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player - Black BDPS6500

Does all we've needed, but we've only watched one movie since we've had it, so hard to give an in-depth" thumbs up".

432 user reviews

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Samsung - BD-J7500/ZA - 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player with...

This Blue Ray player show a great picture. It up converts old DVD's to a great quality and will make you want to watch all of your old movies again.

59 user reviews

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Samsung SMART 3D TV Remote Control

Overall I like it but it's slow to load any of the apps.

59 user reviews

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Samsung BD-J5500 3D Blu-ray & DVD Player with BBC iPlayer* and Netflix ( BD...

Didn't have the functions I wanted. I returned it and was refunded immediately.

53 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT370EB 3D Smart Blu-Ray Player

No problems so far - great picture and a big improvement on the player it replaced. At last I can use the Viera link with my Panasonic TV!

17 user reviews

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Sony BDPS3500 Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi (2015 Model)

Great features for the price. Like wireless wi-fi.

945 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:




    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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