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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Updated: Aug 29, 2015 23:43
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#1
alaScore 98

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.

4 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

#2
alaScore 95

Sony BDP-S6200

The BDP-S6200 has a decent smart TV apps package, excellent digital file support, and unquestionable quality in in both 2D and 3D Blu-ray disc playback. It is let down by a few things, most noticeably the unconvincing 4k upscaling.

4 expert reviews | 821 user reviews

#3
alaScore 95

Sony BDP-S5200

Sony's all-encompassing effort for 2014 covers 2D and 3D Blu-ray, copes with a ton of digital file formats over USB, and proffers Super Wii access to core smart TV apps like. However, it uses an ageing user interface, while the provision of Opera TV...

5 expert reviews | 2258 user reviews

#4
alaScore 94

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 | 5 user reviews

#5
alaScore 94

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 | 1856 user reviews

#6
alaScore 91

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 | 436 user reviews

#7
alaScore 91

Toshiba BDX1500KE

Compact and discreet,the player worked well from the start. Using the remote control, the player is a bit slow to respond to commands, but this is a minor problem in relation to the overall performance.

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#8
alaScore 91

Sony BDP-S1200

While apps are welcome, this basic Sony deck doesn't cater for 3D Blu-ray playback and lacks WiFi. However if your router isn't near the telly, the BDP-S1200's excellent Blu-ray images and digital file playback over USB both impress.

3 expert reviews | 420 user reviews

#9
alaScore 90

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

#10
alaScore 90

Sony BDP-S7200

Great dvd player. Its 3d player, it has super fast WiFi, it up scales to 4k quality.it up scales sound. Would not recommend buying from this company as the dvd player I got the plug on it does not fit UK sockets. I had to buy an adapter to get it to work.

2 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#11
alaScore 90

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 | 425 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 90

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 | 93 user reviews

#13
alaScore 90

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 | 29 user reviews

#14
alaScore 90

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 | 9 user reviews

#15
alaScore 89

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

I was reluctant to spend more than 1k into a player that i was gonna use only for a 2 channel system playing redbook cd's. I tried several cd players under 1k, including marantz, nad, emotiva erc-3 but nothing beat my emotiva ERC-2 especially if i have...

13 user reviews

#17
alaScore 89

Samsung Smart 3D-Ready 5.1-Channel 1000-Watt Blu-ray Home Theater System with...

This player works great. Samsung has come a long way and in my opinion they make the best products for home entertainment.

48 user reviews

#18
alaScore 89

Oppo Digital BDP-103 Lecteur de Blu-ray 3D

Fantastic player. It is a much better player than your run of the mill $200 player in every possible way. The picture quality is great, the supported formats (SACD, DVDA, FLAC etc...) are fantastic for you audiophiles out there. I use this primariarily...

90 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

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

this product is awesome and let me tell you when I watch Netflix on this product the picture quality looks great with this 4k smart blu ray player!

23 user reviews

#21
alaScore 89

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

This is an excellent Blu ray player which is very compact and packs a punch.

164 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Sony BDPS4500 SMART 3D Blu Ray Player with DLNA

Firstly this runs on laptop style 19v adapter which is 110v and 220v . it is half the size of a traditional player but twice as good as my older Sony player. it is very quick to load up and the colours are great on the screen . most of the space inside...

20 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Sony BDPS3500 Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player with New Super Wi-Fi Technology...

Like features. Easy to setup. Gives out nice display

538 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

LG - BP550 - Streaming 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-Ray Player - Black BP550

This is an excellent product, it's compatible with a lot of formats of video and you can watch your photos and to use an usb or a hard drive.

78 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Sony Blu-ray Disc player with Wi-Fi

We bought this on a Black Friday deal. It worked fine. We mostly streamed Netflix, but played some DVD's and a few BD's. However, after 7 months, the DVD playing capability died. The BD and CD capabilities are ok. I presume it is a dead laser or some...

4231 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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