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DVD Player Reviews

Updated: Nov 25, 2015 23:20
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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

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Sony BDP-S5500

For such a small box, there really is a lot to love in this Sony. From features to design and performance, it tops its Award-winning predecessor in every way. Budget Blu-ray players don’t get much better than this. MORE: Best Blu-ray players 2015 See...

4 expert reviews | 648 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT370

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4 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S4500

The BDP-S4500 is third in Sony's Blu-ray player pecking order behind the top-end BDP-S6500 and BDP-S5500, the latter earning glowing praise in our recent review. It lacks the headline features found on the top two models, such as Wi-Fi, 4K upscaling...

2 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

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Samsung BD-J5900

The Samsung BD-J5900 offers excellent image quality, speedy disc access and great bang for the buck.

3 expert reviews | 372 user reviews

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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.

5 expert reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT270

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2 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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Oppo BDP-105D

The Oppo BDP-105D is a spectacular antidote to the rash of lightweight cheapies that have come to define the mainstream Blu-ray player market. A fabulously engineered heavyweight disc-spinner that in this latest iteration inches even further into...

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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LG BP350

It’s not the last word in subtlety (that accolade belongs to the Sony BDP-S4500) and has a harder time with reds and greens than the top seeds. But for the money, the LG BP350 gets a lot right. For its pictures and features, the BP350 is very...

2 expert reviews | 346 user reviews

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Panasonic DMR-BWT740

Panasonic's 2013 Blu-ray/HDD Freeview+ HD recorder, the DMR-BWT735, was an impressive PVR, Blu-ray player/burner and multimedia machine, although some functionality clashes counted against it.

2 expert reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT260

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3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Oppo BDP-103

For a hefty price, the Oppo BDP-103 offers top-notch performance along with every feature you could want in a Blu-ray player—and then some.

20 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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Oppo BDP-103D

In concluding my thoughts, I think that what really impressed me overall was that it did all this great enhancement without blowing either my color settings or my contrast and brightness calibration. When you can get true contrast enhancement without...

8 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT460

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4 expert reviews | 93 user reviews

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Toshiba XD E500

If you don't want to spring for Blu-ray, there are plenty of upconverting DVD players to choose from, but the Toshiba XD-E500 is one to avoid.

36 expert reviews | 621 user reviews

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Toshiba BDX1500

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2 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

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Yamaha BD-A1040

While Yamaha’s BD-A1040 offers sterling playback performance, the Oppo BDP-103’s position as Prince remains safe. The A1040’s slimmer suite of connections and bare-bones interface keep our vote in Oppo’s camp as the best of the best for mid-tier...

3 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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BESTOPE® Milk Frother Stainless Steel - Best Automatic Foaming Wand With User...

Just ordered this last week and have used it a dozen times. I love it! It froths the milk perfectly in a matter of seconds. I also like how easy it is to use and the fact that I don't have to hold the button down. Would definitely recommend.

153 user reviews

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Oppo BDP-95

The BDP-95's audio performance earns its asking price all on its own. Toss in the fact that you get an outstanding Blu-ray machine with streaming ability and what you get is a terrifically nimble universal player with sky-high value.

23 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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LG BP250

Arrived very quickly, is compact and does not take up much room. Easy to fit up and operate.

81 user reviews

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Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD

We're sure this player is going to find an audience. While it does share some technology with players less than half its MSRP, there do seem to be plenty of upgrades (mostly on the audio, chassis, and power supply side) from the competition. The price...

15 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Panasonic Multi Region DVD Player DVDS500 with USB input - PAL & NTSC Free...

Good for playing films that are not for this region

266 user reviews

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Toshiba SD 1020 KE

I bought this a week ago I'm so pleased with it excellent picture and sound quality .

138 user reviews

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Sony SLV-D271P Combo DVD and VCR

i knew it was used so i guess a few dings/scratches were to be expected. shipped wrapped in a large box with chunks of styrofoam for padding and the unit itself was wrapped in saran wrap. however plugged it in and it works! wife is happy to see some of...

12 user reviews

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Magnavox 32MD304V/F7 Combination TV/DVD Player All in One

Works great. Still getting used to the somewhat less than perfect sound. Overall a very good buy.

25 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - DVD Players

    DVDs remain the most popular option for home entertainment, and having a good DVD player is crucial to getting the most enjoyment out of this format. Compared to other electronics, DVD players are very reasonably priced, which has ensured their lasting popularity. After the television itself, the centerpiece of most home entertainment systems is the DVD player.


    Types of DVD Players

    Blu-ray – For anyone determined to have the very best in quality and display clarity, high-definition Blu-ray technology is the current cutting edge for DVD players. Blu-ray offers 1080p video display, the highest resolution available. The added performance comes at a premium, as both Blu-ray DVD players and the discs are more expensive than standard, but the greater resolution is well worth the price to many consumers. Blu-ray DVD players are fully compatible with standard DVDs, so there is no need for an additional player.

    Standard – Standard format DVD players remain a sizable portion of the market, and many consumers are satisfied with the display clarity of these DVD players. Some newer models, when used in concert with an HD television, provide image quality that is close to that of Blu-ray. Standard DVD players come at a sharp discount compared to Blu-ray models.

    Portable – Portable DVD players let you watch movies and television programs while on the go. Perfect for kids in the car, to relieve the boredom of air travel, or for anyone on a long vacation, portable units include the DVD player and a display screen (5”-10” is the norm).

    What to Look for in a DVD Player

    Play Options: DVD players provide you with a number of different ways to control the display, depending on the model. You can choose from several different aspect ratios, from the common 4:3 to widescreen 16:10. You can zoom in and out of the action. There are several different speed settings, allowing fast-forward and slow-motion replay. Some players are compatible with multi-angle replay, although this requires discs that have been produced with this function in mind.

    Disc Capacity: Portable and entry-level units will only have room for one disc at a time, but more robust models feature a carousel that can hold several (usually three to five) DVDs. This reduces the need to change discs when selecting among programs to watch.

    Format Compatibility: Most DVD players can play more than just DVDs. They may also play CDs, CD-ROMs, CD and DVD-R/RW, Windows Media Audio and JPEG files, and more. Look for a higher-end model if you are interested in flexibility and a more expansive range of format compatibility.

    Popular DVD Player Brands

    There are a number of names that you would expect to be listed among the outstanding manufacturers of DVD players. Panasonic, Philips, LG, and Pioneer are all very well-known and respected for producing high-quality DVD players at all different levels of price and performance. JVC and Samsung have distinguished themselves with their mid-range and high-end models, and they are well regarded by home theater connoisseurs. Sony is one of the innovators of the Blu-ray format, and supports it with several models across a number of different price ranges. Funai is known for its value-conscious pricing and solid performing models, while Coby has made a name for itself with a number of exceptional portable models.

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