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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Updated: Aug 17, 2019 15:40
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#1
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Pioneer UDP-LX800

Pioneer lays claim to the high-ground of the home theatre market with this movie machine. Hands down, it’s the finest 4K Blu-ray player on the planet - and, at £1,899 (AU$3,999, around $2,449), one of the most expensive, too.

4 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Sony UBP-X800

With the ability to play back any disc in your collection — audio included — with incredible quality, the Sony UBP-X800 is a great centerpiece for your home theater, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get it.

26 expert reviews | 549 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Panasonic DP-UB9000

This player delivers an awesome experience right out of the box, but it’s really designed for consumers who want to customize every setting until they get the best possible results when paired with the other gear in their unique environment. And if you...

8 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#4
alaScore 97

Pioneer UDP-LX500

The UDP-LX500's universal disc support, high-quality onboard HDR tone mapping, and formidable build quality make it a welcome addition to the Ultra HD Blu-ray player scene. One extra note I'd like to make is to double-down on the strength of this...

4 expert reviews

#5
alaScore 94

Panasonic DMP-UB700

The new DMP-UB700 debuts in the UK for less than its predecessor, but it's still relatively expensive compared to the competition.

10 expert reviews | 118 user reviews

#6
alaScore 94

Sony UBP X1000ES

Sony’s top-end player provides a standout performance that’s tough to beat

7 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 94

Panasonic DMP-BDT167

The Panasonic DMP-BDT167EB is a 3D Blu-ray player with smart features. You'll be able to access a range of apps, including catch-up TV and on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Netflix, as well as play content from an external hard drive...

2 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#8
alaScore 94

Sony UBP-X700

With great sound and image quality and a small footprint that will fit alongside even the sleekest setups, the UBP-X700 is a great option for those who are looking to make the most of their home theater without breaking the bank.

7 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#9
alaScore 94

Samsung 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...

36 expert reviews | 732 user reviews

#10
alaScore 93

Panasonic DMP-UB900

Panasonic has announced that the DMP-UB900 4K Blu-ray player, which features both disc playback and streaming, is coming in September 2016.

24 expert reviews | 331 user reviews

#11
alaScore 93

Samsung UBD-M9500

This is a solid 4K UHD Blu-ray player. The build quality and remote quality could be better but it does pair well with 4K UHD TVs. If you’re not interested in an Xbox One X and just want 4K UHD Blu-ray playback capbility, then the UBD-M9500 is a great...

12 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#12
alaScore 93

Sony BDP-S6700

Sony’s BDP-S6700 is the best Blu-ray player for its image quality, expansive app catalog and ease of us.

9 expert reviews | 399 user reviews

#13
alaScore 93

Panasonic DMP-UB400

An excellent budget 4K Blu-ray player – it won't disappoint.

7 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

#14
alaScore 93

Yamaha BD-S677

Priced at $329.95, Yamaha's new BD-S677 Blu-ray 3D player is packed with amenities included a built in WiFi antenna. Much more than a disc player, read on to see what Yamaha is bringing to the table.

4 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

#15
alaScore 93

LG UBK90

The LG UBK90 4K Blu-ray has full support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. If you want to get the most from your 4K TV, this is the one to buy. LG has two

2 expert reviews

#16
alaScore 93

Philips BDP2100

BDP2100 | Lecteur Bluray - Full HD 1080p - Sortie HDMI - Port USB - BD Live - Dolby TrueHD

2 expert reviews | 606 user reviews

#17
alaScore 93

LG UP970

LG'S UP970 is the company's first 4K Blu-ray player which will come a full 12 months after the competition. But what does it offer the others can't?

14 expert reviews | 231 user reviews

#18
alaScore 92

Sony UHP-H1

It may not be a UHD Blu-ray player, but Sony’s dazzling disc spinner breathes new life into your Blu-ray collection while effortlessly playing an extensive range of other sources and formats.

9 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

#19
alaScore 92

Sony BDP-S3700

The Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray player offers a lot of features for little money but a lack of input responsiveness can spoil some of the fun.

6 expert reviews | 376 user reviews

#20
alaScore 92

Samsung BD-J5500

Samsung's BD-J5500 is the company's entry-level Blu-Ray player for 2015, and it offers a lot of features for a small outlay.

6 expert reviews | 861 user reviews

#21
alaScore 92

LG UBK80

"The blu-ray player was much better than the last one I had brought has a nice sleek design and it has proper 4K and not like my previous one which had 4K upscaling to note upscaling may not allow you to watch some 4K movies since it will not support...

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#22
alaScore 92

Samsung BD-J4500

Asked by SA from UK on 7th May 2017 I have CD / DVD's and VCD's from India. Will it play them?

2 expert reviews | 437 user reviews

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Pioneer BDP-LX88

If you’re largely concerned with movie performance, you’ll find little to fault here, but at this price we need more for the full five. Rival player the Oppo BDP-105D offers a better all-round performance and feature set. MORE: Best Buys: Blu-ray players

8 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#24
alaScore 91

Panasonic DMP-BDT180

The DMP-BDT180's key strength is in playback of Blu-ray and DVD disks. With class-leading image processing, and 4K upscaling of Blu-ray disks, it does the core job of any Blu-Ray player exceptionally well. A very wide range of formats is supported,...

4 expert reviews | 163 user reviews

#25
alaScore 91

Sony BDP-S6500

Overall, the BDP-S6500 is worth the price if you can overlook it’s small but niggling deficiencies. The design isn’t the most creative or impressive, but amongst all your other gleaming TV gadgets, does it really matter that much? With the BDP-S6500...

9 expert reviews | 2469 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.

    Popular Blu-ray Player products

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