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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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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