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DVD Player Reviews

Updated: Oct 30, 2014 22:55
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#1
alaScore 100

Panasonic DMP-BDT260

There's a lot to like about this compact and Wi-Fi-fuelled 3D Blu-ray deck, which has to be considered one of the best value decks around if you're only after the Blu-ray basics. However, the DMP-BDT260 is not the smartest, with the slow-to-load...

3 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Oppo BDP-103

Using the included wireless-N adapter or the Ethernet port, you can hook up to the internet and access features like VUDU HD movie streaming, CinemaNow, Pandora internet radio and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, most of these movie sites aren’t open...

20 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Panasonic DMP-BDT360

The DMP-BDT360 is a classic mid-range option that will suit owners of 3D TVs as well as those after some specific apps and Wi-Fi. A simple to control and impressive machine, the DMP-BDT360 is the cheapest Panasonic deck to offer 2D-3D conversion –...

2 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#4
alaScore 97

Cambridge Audio AZUR 752BD

When it comes to the world of high-end audio, there are objective measures and subjective measures, and I've never felt those two coming into such conflict as they do when evaluating the Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD universal disc player. By most...

5 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

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 | 9 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Panasonic DMP-BDT460

If you're after exacting picture quality and have the coming era of 4K firmly in mind, the DMP-BDT460 makes a great value choice.

2 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 96

Oppo BDP-105

Our review of the Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player proves only a Star Trek holodeck could better your A/V experience than this source device. Live long and prosper and long live Oppo!

6 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#8
alaScore 96

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...

5 expert reviews | 56 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

LG BP325

As my current media equipment has aged the need to find a good replacement has occurred. This equipment was small in size but big on performance. Easy to set up and install and the results were fantastic. I am very pleased with it,

1 expert reviews | 613 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

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...

17 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

#11
alaScore 95

Toshiba BDX1500

Can a 2D-only Blu-ray player with no hint of streaming video apps really cut it in the 'smart' market? It has no apps, no networking, the remote is poor and it can't play 3D Blu-ray discs, yet there's something about Toshiba's bare bones BDX1500 –...

2 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

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 | 22 user reviews

#13
alaScore 94

Denon DBT-1713UD

The Denon DBT-1713UD has just about everything you'd want in a Universal Player. It can play just about every 5" disc format on the market (and some that have all but died out). The USB port allows direct streaming of most of the popular video, image,...

9 expert reviews | 59 user reviews

#14
alaScore 94

Pioneer BDP-LX55

The way the Blu-ray player market has changed over the years is really quite remarkable. Essentially, the high-end has all but disappeared. Where once manufacturers could release hulking flagship players with price tags rivalling those of AVRs, today's...

9 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#15
alaScore 94

Panasonic DMP-BDT130

Pared-down smart 3D Blu-ray player remains a classy choice

3 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

#16
alaScore 94

Panasonic DIGA DMR-EA18K

Outstanding recording quality and tons of features, like flexible recording speed and chasing playback, make the Panasonic DMR-EA18K an excellent all-purpose DVD recorder.

2 expert reviews | 105 user reviews

#17
alaScore 93

LG Super Blu BH200

The LG BH200 is an improvement on its groundbreaking predecessor, but an HD DVD/Blu-ray combo player just isn't an attractive product anymore.

9 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

Denon DBT-3313UD

Heavy as premium audio gear, excelent picture, noiseless read and work. It has very good detail as cd audio player, cannot say if big difference with DENON HD Link or without. Other streaming features like youtube and netflix. I like Denon can play...

7 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#19
alaScore 92

Samsung BD-ES6000E

Plutôt étonnant au vue de sa forme compacte par rapport aux dimensions standards des autres appareils du même type, voici le lecteur Blu-Ray 3D proposé par Samsung, le BD-ES6000.

6 expert reviews | 205 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Asus BDS-700

Este reproductor Blu-Ray con funciones de Red está muy cerca de ser el reproductor ideal y decimos cerca porque le falta algo y es el acceso a contenido compartido en cualquier equipo de nuestra LAN, una característica que incluyen otros modelos de la...

7 expert reviews | 36 user reviews

#21
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMR-PWT520

As a combo Blu-ray player and TV recorder, the DMR-PWT520 does a good job -- it's quick, quiet and simple. The player's VIERA Connect Web features are OK, but you'll find better Internet video streaming from competitors.

4 expert reviews | 100 user reviews

#22
alaScore 91

LG BX580

Au rayon « 3D », le BX580 fait a priori parti des bons plans de cette fin d'année. Cela dit, voyons si, à l'usage, ce lecteur sait se montrer convaincant...

33 expert reviews | 88 user reviews

#23
alaScore 90

Marantz UD7006

Marantz's UD7006 sports most of the features we like to see in a higher-end Blu-ray player, including 3D capability, SACD/DVD-Audio playback, multichannel analog outputs, RS-232, DLNA streaming, and Netflix video-on-demand. However, for a player that...

15 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#24
alaScore 90

Toshiba SDP74

If you want to watch pictures from this unit on your TV then the AV minijack output allows you to do so – albeit in poor, composite quality. You get a minijack to composite/stereo audio cable in the box for this purpose. Despite its ability to decode...

1 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

#25
alaScore 90

Toshiba BDX3200KE

Toshiba's feature-light 3D deck fails to excite

11 expert reviews | 39 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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