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Blu-ray Player Reviews

Blu-ray is an optical disc format that offers a significant upgrade over DVD in terms of picture quality, and the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format further improves the video experience, with higher resolution, better color, and support for High Dynamic Range. Blu-ray and Ultra HD discs also deliver a better audio experience, supporting high-resolution audio via DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD soundtracks, as well as the new Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D audio soundtracks. Buying a Blu-ray player can be complicated, but we are going to simplify things for you so that you can find the right player for your system at the right price. Here are some resources that you might find helpful if you are doing research on what player to buy next:

16 Terms That You Should Know Before You Buy A Blu-ray Player
Five Tips to Successfully Set Up Your Blu-ray Player
Blu-ray Player Education and Information
Blu-ray Disc Association Completes Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification and Releases New Logo
The Color's the Thing That Will Make 4K So Amazing
What You Need to Know About HDMI 2.0
What Quantum Dots Mean to Your Next UHD TV
High Hopes for High Dynamic Range Video
Dolby Vision vs. HDR10: What You Need to Know
Want to read the latest Blu-ray disc reviews? Check out HomeTheaterEquipment.com’s Blu-ray software forum here

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Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Like its entry-level sibling (the DMP-BD60), the step-up DMP-BD80 is a Profile 2.0 player that includes the VIERA Cast Web service, with Amazon VOD and YouTube. This model adds Divx playback and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More

 
Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Panasonic has announced two new Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players: the DMP-BD80 and DMP-BD60. The BD60 may be the lower-priced of the two, but it still offers Panasonic's VIERA Cast Web service, which includes Amazon video-on-demand, YouTube, and Picasa. Read More

 
Samsung BD-P3600 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Samsung BD-P3600 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Price-wise, the BD-P3600 is the middle child in Samsung's new trio of Blu-ray players, but it offers one feature missing from the higher-priced, wall-mountable BD-P4600: multichannel analog audio outputs. This Profile 2.0 player also offers Netflix VOD and Pandora music streaming. Read More

 
Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Sherwood's first Blu-ray player, the BDP-5003, comes in at a solid price but is lacking in features. This is only a Profile 1.1 model, with no network connectivity for access to BD-Live content or streaming video-on-demand. It also lacks high-resolution audio decoding. Read More

 
LG BD300 Blu-ray Player With Netflix Reviewed

LG BD300 Blu-ray Player With Netflix Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

LG's newest Blu-ray player ($349.99) could very well be a game-changer. This Profile 2.0 player adds Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming video service, giving you access to a whole host of movies and TV shows that can be enjoyed on your big-screen TV. Read More

 
Denon DVD-2500TBCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon DVD-2500TBCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This new Denon Blu-ray player is a digital transport, which means that it has no analog outputs in the audio or video realm. The DVD-2500TBCI ($899) does have high-resolution audio decoding, but it's a Profile 1.1 player with no network connectivity or BD-Live support. Read More

 
Marantz BD7003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Marantz BD7003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

If you're craving a Marantz Blu-ray player but can't quite afford the $2,000 asking price of the BD8002, the company has now released a step-down model, the BD7003 ($800). This Profile 1.1 player is a logical mate for a new Marantz receiver that has high-resolution audio decoding. Read More

 
Insignia NS-BRDVD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Insignia NS-BRDVD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Insignia, a budget brand sold exclusively through Best Buy, has launched its first Blu-ray player. A Profile 1.1 player, the NS-BRDVD offers the Blu-ray basics at a very affordable price, but it lacks BD-Live support and the full complement of high-resolution audio decoders. Read More

 
Onkyo DV-BD606 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Onkyo DV-BD606 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Onkyo, a backer of the now-defunct HD-DVD format, has introduced its first Blu-ray player. The DV-BD606 ($550) is a Profile 1.1 player that lacks BD-Live support and internal high-resolution audio decoding. This player is best paired with a newer A/V receiver. Onkyo sells a few. Read More

 
Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Yamaha's first Blu-ray player is a real head-scratcher. This Profile 1.1 player lacks BD-Live support, internal high-resolution audio decoders, and multichannel analog audio outputs. Yes, some other new players omit these features, but they don't have the BD-S2900's $1,199 price tag. Read More