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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Updated: Jun 28, 2016 22:38
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#1
alaScore 100

Panasonic DMP-UB900

Supreme with 4K HDR Blu-ray discs but also a cracking all-round media player, Panasonic's DMP-UB900 is a must-have for AV enthusiasts.

9 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Samsung BD-J7500

Samsung obviously sees UHD as the present, not the future, and the BD-J7500 is designed to accompany the company's 2015 range of UHD TVs. At a price of over £150 it's not at all cheap as far as Blu-Ray players go, and it's not necessary to enjoy UHD TV.

9 expert reviews | 380 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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 | 67 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

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.

14 expert reviews | 3843 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

LG BP550

Adrienne Maxwell checks out LG's BP550, a 3D-capable Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, Music Flow support, and smart apps like Netflix, VUDU, and more.

7 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

#7
alaScore 95

Samsung BD-J5500

You might find the BD-J5500 an aesthetic pull. You might not. Either way there’s more to like than just the design. Picture quality is pleasing with both Blu-rays and DVDs, and the sound has its merits. It might not have the picture subtlety and...

4 expert reviews | 406 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

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...

3 expert reviews | 115 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

Philips BDP7750

Excellent quality pictures in both 2D & 3D when paired with new Philips Ultra HD 40inch set. Only downside slow to respond to remote commands. Maybe I'm just impatient?

5 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

#11
alaScore 94

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.

2 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#12
alaScore 94

Sony BDP-S6500

The Sony BDP-S6500 combines mainstream design with excellent video and audio support. Premium features like 4K upscaling give it added value over entry-level players.

3 expert reviews | 783 user reviews

#13
alaScore 94

Sony BDP-S6700

Sony is yet to launch an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and might not do so until 2017, so in the meantime we'll have to make do with its latest ‘regular' Blu-ray player, the BDP-S6700. It may not play UHD Blu-rays but it will upscale regular Blu-rays and...

1 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#14
alaScore 93

Denon DBT-3313UD

Superb. Great signs and vision, solid build and virtually silent operation. Purchased to play SACDs and dvd audio discs as well as the usual disc types, and not disappointed

7 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#15
alaScore 93

Philips BDP2190

" Great product , stylish and neat and compact , it certainly looks the part . "

1 expert reviews | 111 user reviews

#16
alaScore 93

Samsung BD-J4500

Amazing product, very easy to set up. Would certainly recommend it.

1 expert reviews | 183 user reviews

#17
alaScore 92

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...

4 expert reviews | 150 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

Yamaha BD-S677

The Yamaha BD-S677 has limited versatility, but the Blu-ray player still has the features and specifications needed to be a strong foundation for your home theater.

3 expert reviews | 59 user reviews

#19
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMP-BDT170

If part of the reason for getting a new player is to add catch-up TV to your set up, then give this Panasonic a miss. Otherwise, jump straight in, for this is one of the best budget boxes on the shelves. MORE: Best Blu-ray players 2015

1 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Arcam FMJ UDP411

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

#21
alaScore 91

Sony BDP-S5200

The Sony S5200 features 3D Blu-ray playing and would be a great addition to your home entertainment system.

6 expert reviews | 3656 user reviews

#22
alaScore 91

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

#23
alaScore 91

Samsung BD-J5900 3D Blu-ray & DVD Player with BBC iPlayer*, Netflix and...

If you need a new disc player to spin your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs (including 3D), Samsung's BD-J5900 is a good disc player offered at a great price. It powers up quickly, loads discs very quickly, and offers good video performance. Unfortunately,...

1 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#24
alaScore 90

Pioneer BDP-LX58

With a favourable review of one of its flagship products under its belt, and its £1400 SC-LX58 amplifier our current Award winner, Pioneer has been flaunting its competitive streak in the high-end home cinema department. The BDP-LX58 is another fine...

2 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#25
alaScore 90

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 | 20 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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