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Blu-ray Player Reviews

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. HomeTheaterReview.com has many of the best Blu-ray players reviewed below; but, before you get to those reviews, 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
From HDMI to DTS Master Audio to Dolby TrueHD to H.265 compression, learn the terms you need to know when selecting the right Blu-ray player for you.

Why Blu-ray Is Better Than Streaming Video
So many people are talking about streaming video like what you get from Netflix or Amazon Video, but the overall quality still isn’t as good as what Blu-ray can deliver. Find out why in this article.

Five Tips to Successfully Set Up Your Blu-ray Player
Setting up a Blu-ray player can sometimes be a bit challenging. Here are five tips to make sure your installation is a piece of cake.

Want to read the latest Blu-ray disc reviews? Check out HomeTheaterEquipment.com’s friendly Blu-ray software forum here.

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Sharp BD-HP21U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sharp BD-HP21U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Sharp has introduced two new Blu-ray players. Both are Profile 1.1 players, supporting the BonusView picture-in-picture function but lacking network connectivity for BD-Live. The less-expensive BD-HP21U ($300) lacks the RS-232 port and nicer aesthetic you get on the BD-HP50U ($400). Read More

 
Integra DBS-6.9 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Integra DBS-6.9 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Formerly in the HD-DVD camp, Integra has now acknowledged Blu-ray's victory by releasing its first Blu-ray player, the DBS-6.9 ($600). This Profile 1.1 player supports BonusView but not BD-Live. It also lacks high-resolution audio decoding and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More

 
Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The BD-P2500 ($500) uses the higher-end Silicon Optix Realta HQV video-processing chip and incorporates Netflix's streaming video service. This Profile 2.0 player also has onboard storage for BD-Live features and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More

 
Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

A follow-up to last year's Elite BDP-95FD, the new BDP-05FD is a Profile 1.1 player, with no network connectivity to access BD-Live Web content or to enjoy the DLNA media streaming that appeared on the BDP-95FD. It does have high-resolution audio decoding and multichannel analog outputs. Read More

 
Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The new premium player in Panasonic's line, the fully loaded DMP-BD55 ($400) is a Profile 2.0 player with BD-Live support, high-resolution audio decoding, multichannel analog audio outputs, and higher-quality audio circuitry than the entry-level DMP-BD35. Read More

 
Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Panasonic has launched two new Blu-ray players, both of which carry the full Profile 2.0 spec so that you can enjoy BD-Live Web content. The entry-level DMP-BD35 ($300) lacks some of the advanced audio options you get in the DMP-BD55 but is otherwise a solid Blu-ray option. Read More

 
Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Marking Marantz's debut in the Blu-ray realm, the BD8002 ($2,000) is a premium player that's designed to mate with a variety of receivers and processors, be they new or old. It lacks BD-Live support but is otherwise fully loaded. Read More

 
Denon DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Denon has released a new entry-level Blu-ray player...well, entry-level for Denon. The DVD-1800BD still carries a price tag of $599, but that's a lot lower than the $2,000 flagship DVD-3800BDCI. This Profile 1.1 player is best mated with an A/V receiver that offers high-resolution audio decoding. Read More

 
Sony PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

You may already know what the PlayStation 3 brings to the gamer's table, but do you know what it brings to the home theater table? How about great Blu-ray and DVD performance, fast load times, and--most importantly--a level of upgradeability not found in many standalone Blu-ray players. Read More

 
Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This new sub-$300 player is Sony's first standalone model to support the Profile 2.0 spec, which means it can access BD-Live Web features on discs that offer them. The BDP-S350 also boasts quick load times and a sleeker form factor than previous Sony Blu-ray models. Read More