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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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Pioneer BDP-430 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Pioneer BDP-430 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

At $299, the BDP-430 is the most affordable of Pioneer's new 3D-capable Blu-ray players, yet it shares many features with its higher-priced siblings--such as WiFi-readiness, DLNA streaming, and control via an iPad or iPhone. You can also access Netflix video-on-demand, Pandora, and YouTube. Read More

 
Pioneer Elite BDP-43FD 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Pioneer Elite BDP-43FD 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Pioneer recently released its first line of 3D-capable Blu-ray players. At the top of the line sits the Elite BDP-43FD ($499), which offers Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, DLNA streaming, and iPad/iPhone control. This Elite model boasts higher-grade construction than the average player. Read More

 
Sharp BD-HP80U 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sharp BD-HP80U 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Looking for an uber-sleek, wall-mountable Blu-ray player? Sharp's new BD-HP80U ($429.99) fits the bill and offers features like 3D capability, integrated WiFi, Pandora music streaming, and Netflix/VUDU video-on-demand. This player has no analog connections of any kind. Read More

 
Vizio VBR333 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Vizio VBR333 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The VBR333 (and its twin, the VBR334, sold through different retailers) is a 3D-capable Blu-ray player with integrated WiFi. The Vizio Internet Apps (VIA) platform is included, so you get access to Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, Twitter, and more. All for the low, low price of $189.99. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's 2010 Best of Home Theater Awards

Home Theater Review's 2010 Best of Home Theater Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

The Editors of Home Theater Review have extensively searched, reviewed, and now chosen the best of the best home theater and audio gear, HDTVs and beyond. Click through for the winners in each category from the likes of Vizio, Samsung, Sharp and many others. Read More

 
Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray Mega-changer Reviewed

Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray Mega-changer Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

If you're looking for lower-priced alternative to a Blu-ray server, Sony's BDP-CX7000ES ($1,899) can store up to 400 Blu-ray discs, with disc information provided by Gracenote. RS-232 allows for advanced system integration, but 3D playback and BRAVIA Internet Video are absent. Read More

 
Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD Blu-ray/Universal Player Reviewed

Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD Blu-ray/Universal Player Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

This $699 universal disc player supports Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-Audio, and HDCD playback. It does not, however, support 3D or streaming media. The 650BD is a well-built machine that's designed to excel with both music and movie playback. Read More

 
Panasonic DMP-BDT100 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BDT100 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Panasonic has introduced a lower-priced alternative to its top-of-the-line DMP-BDT350 3D Blu-ray player. The new DMP-BDT100 ($249.95) lacks the dual HDMI outputs found on the BDT350, but it does include the VIERA Cast Web platform, DLNA streaming, and WiFi-readiness. Read More

 
Samsung BD-C7900 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Samsung BD-C7900 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The new top-shelf model in Samsung's Blu-ray lineup, the 3D-ready BD-C7900 ($399.99) adds a second HDMI output, for use with non-3D-capable A/V receivers. This sleek player also sports integrated WiFi, DLNA streaming, and the Samsung Apps service. Read More

 
Toshiba BDX2700 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Toshiba BDX2700 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Toshiba's 2010 Blu-ray line includes a trio of players. The middle-child BDX2700 lacks the 3D capability of the step-up BDX3000 but offers worthwhile features like integrated WiFi and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs, as well as Netflix, VUDU, and Blockbuster VOD. Read More