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DVD Player Reviews

Updated: May 3, 2016 22:16
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#1
alaScore 100

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.

7 expert reviews | 1200 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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.

4 expert reviews | 114 user reviews

#3
alaScore 97

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.

7 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#4
alaScore 97

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
alaScore 97

LG BP450

A nice little machine which is very easy to set up and operate

2 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

Panasonic DMP-BDT370

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4 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#7
alaScore 96

Samsung BD-J5900

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

4 expert reviews | 690 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

Philips BDP2110

" GIVES OUTSTANDING PICTURE QUALITY EASEY TO USE. "

1 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

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 | 281 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

LG HR929

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

4 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

#11
alaScore 94

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 | 19 user reviews

#12
alaScore 94

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 | 23 user reviews

#13
alaScore 94

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...

4 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#14
alaScore 93

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...

1 expert reviews | 1469 user reviews

#15
alaScore 93

Panasonic DMP-BDT270

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2 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

#16
alaScore 92

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.

21 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#17
alaScore 92

Panasonic DMP-BDT460

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

6 expert reviews | 145 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

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 | 505 user reviews

#19
alaScore 92

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 | 85 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

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 | 78 user reviews

#21
alaScore 91

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

#22
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMP-BDT260

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3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#23
alaScore 91

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.

35 expert reviews | 678 user reviews

#24
alaScore 90

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

#25
alaScore 90

Panasonic DMP-BDT310

Panasonic definitely has a winner this year in the DMP-BDT310 Networked Blu-ray 3D player. It offers fast disc loading, a nicely improved user interface, a solid selection of streaming sources and apps, and excellent audio and video performance. The...

21 expert reviews | 465 user reviews

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    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.



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    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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