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DVD Player Reviews

Updated: Oct 24, 2016 00:37
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Sony BDP-S4500

The Sony BDP-S4500 adds 3D capability to the entry-level BDP-S1500. You should choose this option f you want to watch 3D disks - otherwise the BDP-S1500 is the cheaper option. Note that neither of these models supports Wi-Fi connectivity.

5 expert reviews | 299 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S5500

The Sony BDP-S5500 is the most versatile of Sony's Blu-Ray players for 2015, offering everything except for UHD (4K) upscaling, which is available on the more expensive BDP-S6500 model.

9 expert reviews | 1327 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...

5 expert reviews | 21 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.

8 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Sony BDP-S1500

The Sony BDP-S1500 is Sony's cheapest Blu-Ray model for 2015, costing just £50. It misses out on features like 3D playback and a Wi-Fi connection, but if you don't need those features, this is an excellent buy. Asked by Sam from Australia on 2nd Mar...

3 expert reviews | 1582 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT370

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4 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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LG HR929

Finally, the HR929T has Wi-Fi Direct for file sharing, and full DLNA support.

4 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT460

This Panasonic Blu-ray player will not disappoint you with a look as clean and sharp as the picture it boasts.

7 expert reviews | 161 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.

22 expert reviews | 52 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 | 24 user reviews

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LG BP250

Blu-Ray players don't really get any cheaper than this! For around £50 you get a player that supports 2D Blu-Ray and DVD, and if that's all you need, there's no point in paying more. Asked by C Jones from Britain on 20th Feb 2016 Reply

2 expert reviews | 411 user reviews

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LG BP 640

The LG BP640 is a simple, value-for-money Blu-Ray player that covers all the most-used features, including 3D playback, networking and Smart TV.

1 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT270

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2 expert reviews | 69 user reviews

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Panasonic DMR-EX97

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2 expert reviews | 87 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 | 79 user reviews

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Yamaha BD-S477

It worked straight out of the box, multi-regional. I was disappointed not to see an audio output to put directly to my amplifier. My TV does not support a separate stereo output. Therefore I have to live with the dubious quality of tv speakers.

1 expert reviews | 36 user reviews

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Oppo BDP-95

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22 expert reviews | 15 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 | 12 user reviews

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Denon DVD 2500

The DVD-2500BTCI is one of several Blu-ray players that Denon is offering in their current lineup. Unlike the DVD -3800BDCI which features a Realta HQV video processing solution and internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio, the...

28 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT700

So, if the picture quality with Blu-ray discs is the same from a £90 player and this £550 machine, why is there such a difference in the price? There is value in a player that has solid build quality with a very nice design and finish. There is value...

3 expert reviews | 25 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.

38 expert reviews | 678 user reviews

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Sony DVP-FX780

Very satisfied with this purchase. I got this as a present for my nephew and he is absolutely in love!!!! Works great and the sound this amazing compared to most players. Would strongly recommend. :-)

2 expert reviews | 275 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP BDT167

This product is Excellent. At first I struggled with it - but eventually realised it was my HDMI cable that was faulty. Cable replaced and this little Player is excellent. It's surprisingly small - less than 25cm x 18cm x 4cm - but it works a treat and...

13 user reviews

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Panasonic DMP-BDT160EB - Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Wireless LAN Ready

You can't go wrong with this unit. A big improvement in picture quality, blu ray or dvd.

10 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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