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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Updated: Jul 31, 2015 12:21
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#1
alaScore 100

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 | 65 user reviews

#2
alaScore 96

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 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

#4
alaScore 94

Sony BDP-S5200

Best Blu-ray player up to £150, Awards 2014. If you want an affordable and quality Blu-ray player as your next purchase, then the Sony is a fine choice

4 expert reviews | 2050 user reviews

#5
alaScore 93

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...

10 expert reviews | 1767 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 | 434 user reviews

#7
alaScore 91

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

#8
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

#9
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

#10
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 | 87 user reviews

#11
alaScore 90

Sony BDP-S1200

Sony’s cracking little entry-level player delivers dazzling Blu-ray pictures and a tasty range of web content, all from a compact, stylish box that’s perfect for the bedroom.

2 expert reviews | 418 user reviews

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#12
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

#14
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

#16
alaScore 89
#17
alaScore 89

Sony BDPS4500 SMART 3D Blu Ray Player with DLNA

Sony do it again, increadable pictures and very good sound, even with compact disc.

10 user reviews

#18
alaScore 89

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

Easy setup...the only negative is that it has no input jack for my Sony sound bar

73 user reviews

#19
alaScore 89

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

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

46 user reviews

#20
alaScore 89

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

Exactly what I needed, and a DVD player with all the features for a very good price. A very nice value.

386 user reviews

#21
alaScore 89

LG Electronics BP255 Blu-Ray Player

This is a very good DVD/Blu-Ray player, but you get what you pay for. This ISN'T "top of the line", and it shows. The remote requires a little learning (for instance, there are no buttons for "repeat" and "subtitles" - you have to access them through...

26 user reviews

#22
alaScore 89

Sony BDPS5500 SMART 3D Wi-Fi Blu Ray Player

Does everything you would expect. Particularly like the way it quickly starts up. No complaints.

10 user reviews

#23
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

#24
alaScore 89

Samsung UHD 3D Blu-ray player BD-F750

paired with my 75" samsung led, this player with bd-wise feature provides a picture which looks great. contrast and color are excellent. sound reproduction is good also. very good with Netflix, etc, as well.

289 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Sony BDPS1200 Smart Blu-ray Disc Player

Purchased two for each childs room, works great and small footprint.

761 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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