Blu-Ray Player Review

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Why Upgrade to a Blu-ray Player?

Once you go HD, you will never go back. DVD players of yesterday present picture in 480p quality, while Blu-ray players boast full HD 1080p picture quality, instantly providing clearer and better picture. Most Blu-ray players are also suited for Dolby Digital and DTS-HD for 7.1 surround sound audio. It's the perfect complement to an HDTV, turning your family room into a true home theater.

Unlike DVD players, many Blu-ray players are internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi. This allows you to access the internet and use media streaming apps such as Netflix and Pandora. This is why Blu-ray players are at the top of the pyramid when it comes to home entertainment equipment. You get far more entertainment options, better picture and sound quality and overall the ability to have the ultimate movie experience in your own home without emptying your wallet.

The best Blu-ray players in our review are the LG BP series, Panasonic DMT-BDT series and Sony BDP series. These players will help you achieve home entertainment magic. If you want to dive deeper into the realm of home entertainment, you can search through our articles on Blu-ray players for more information.

Some of the Blu-ray players we reviewed also have 2D to 3D conversion, which can bring new excitement to your favorite movies. Our top 10 Blu-ray players all have the ability to raise the quality of your DVDs to high definition 1080p resolution. A few of the players can even upscale your Blu-rays to Ultra HD.

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Blu-Ray Player: What to Look For

The best Blu-ray players we researched are capable of playing a broad array of video and audio formats, including 3D Blu-rays. Below is a list of criteria to consider when looking for the best Blu-ray player for your home entertainment system.

Video Technology
Blu-ray Disc players are changing the way we watch movies at home. Most of the Blu-ray players we reviewed have the ability to play DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray movies, so you don’t need to worry about replacing you monster DVD collection. The best Blu-ray players can play a plethora of different video formats, including AVCHD and DivX video formats.

Features
It is incredible what Blu-ray technology can do for your home entertainment system. Most Blu-ray players that have built-in Wi-Fi will provide instant access to media streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu and Pandora, and the Blu-ray systems that are DLNA certified allow you to connect all of your mobile devices through your Blu-ray so you can watch videos from your phone or laptop on your big screen.

All of the top 10 Blu-ray players we reviewed have the ability to play 3D Blu-rays. The most impressive of the Blu-ray players can convert your 2D Blu-rays to 3D. This brings a whole new dimension to your favorite movies.

The Blu-ray players that have Ultra HD upscaling improve the resolution of your Blu-rays four times higher than 1080p resolution. Some Blu-ray players may not be able to achieve Ultra HD upscaling but still can upscale the quality of your DVD to 1080p. Deep Color is a feature that expands your TV’s color display from the millions to billions, allowing for a more vibrant, better quality picture.

Audio Technology
You want the sound of your movie to be as high quality as your picture. A Blu-ray player that supports Dolby True HD and DTS-HD formats will bring you the best audio quality you will find outside of the theatre.

Inputs & Outputs
Blu-ray players will have the newest HDMI ports and digital outputs. It is also nice for a Blu-ray player to have older connections such as analog I/Os for anyone who is connecting to an older TV. Having USB ports can also further your player's media capabilities. USB connections can allow you to play music and videos stored on your USB. An Ethernet connection can also connect your Blu-ray player directly to the internet.

Technology has come a long way in the realm of home entertainment, and we’ve done the research to provide you with the newest and best Blu-ray player options available. If you want to bring your home entertainment system to the next level, one of the best places to start is a new Blu-ray player.

 
 
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5-4    Average
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LG BP Panasonic DMP-BDT Sony BDP Samsung BD-F Philips 5000 Series Philips BDP Samsung BD-H Toshiba Symbio BDX Pioneer Elite BDP Pioneer BDP
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Video Technology
3D Blu-ray
BD-R/RE Compatibility
DVD+/-R/RW Compatibility
CD/-R/RW Compatibility
AVCHD
DivX
  
  
Features
1080p Upscaling
 
Ultra HD Upscaling
  
  
Deep Color
 
  
Built-in Wi-Fi
  
BD-Live
Parental Control
   
2D to 3D Conversion
       
DLNA Certified
  
Audio Technology
Dolby True HD
DTS- HD
MP3 Playback
 
  
Inputs & Outputs
HDMI Output
Digital Audio Output
USB
Ethernet Port
Analog Left/Right Out     
   
Dimensions
Width (inches) 16.9 16.9 11.4 16.9 17.1 12.2 16.9 17.2 17.1 17.1
Height (inches) 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.3 1.4 3.6 2.3
Depth (inches) 7.8 7.2 7.8 7.9 8.2 8 8.1 7.4 9.6 9.8
Weight (lbs) 3 3.5 2 4.4 3.6 2.3 4 2.4 5.95 4.6
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