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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
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Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sony's BDP-S300 may have been a good deal when it was first introduced last year, but this Profile 1.0 player now faces some stiff competition, especially from Sony's own BDP-S350. This player lacks BonusView, BD-Live, and high-resolution audio support. Read More

 
Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Out of the box, the new BD-P1500 is a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player, but it does have an Ethernet port...and Samsung plans to release a firmware upgrade to enable support of BD-Live Web features. Its $400 asking price is currently a good deal in the Blu-ray realm. Read More

 
Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Pioneer's Elite brand represents a higher level of design and performance, and these products generally carry a higher price tag. The Elite BDP-95FD ($999) is a Profile 1.0 Blu-ray player that offers good performance but is currently lean in key features. Firmware updates may come, though. Read More

 
Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Philips' latest Blu-ray player, the BDP7200 ($399), is a Profile 1.1 player that does not offer network connectivity to access BD-Live features. It's a fairly quick player that has multichannel analog audio outputs but not internal high-resolution audio decoding. Read More

 
Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Panasonic is often one step ahead in the Blu-ray realm, and the new DMP-BD50 ($599.95) is one of the first Profile 2.0 players on the market. That means it offers network connectivity to access the BD-Live Web features that appear on some Blu-ray discs. Read More

 
Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Although the DMP-BD30 ($499.95) has been on the market for over a year, this Profile 1.1 player is still a worthwhile option for someone who is not interested in BD-Live bonus content. It is best mated with a newer receiver that has high-resolution audio decoding. Read More

 
Goldmund Edios 20 BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Goldmund Edios 20 BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
2 Stars
 

If you've got $16,900 burning a hole in your pocket and want to purchase an extremely well-built, hand-crafted Blu-ray player, Goldmund has just the device for you. This product is clearly targeted at the video and audio enthusiast who cares more about performance than features like BD-Live. Read More

 
Denon DVD-3800BDCi Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon DVD-3800BDCi Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Denon's flagship Blu-ray model, the DVD-3800BDCI ($1,999) is a well-crafted Profile 1.1 player that uses the Silicon Optix Realta HQV video processor. It sports high-resolution audio decoding and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs, as well as RS-232 for advanced system integration. Read More