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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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Denon DBP-1611UD 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon DBP-1611UD 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Denon plans to offer universal playback in all of its Blu-ray players from this point forward. The new entry-level model is the DBP-1611UD ($399). In addition to Blu-ray 3D, SACD, and DVD-Audio support, this player has a limited Web platform with Netflix and YouTube access. Read More

 
Marantz UD5005 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Marantz UD5005 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Marantz's new Blu-ray players are 3D-ready and support SACD and DVD-Audio playback. The entry-level UD5005 ($499) has a limited Web platform with Netflix and YouTube access, as well as DLNA streaming and onboard memory for BD-Live content. Read More

 
Yamaha BD-S667 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Yamaha BD-S667 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Yamaha's new entry-level player has added a couple of worthwhile features--namely, Netflix video-on-demand and DLNA streaming. However, the BD-S667 ($329.95) lacks some options you can find in less-expensive models, such as 3D support and WiFi-readiness. Read More

 
Sharp BD-HP24U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sharp BD-HP24U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

As the new entry-level player in Sharp's Blu-ray lineup, the BD-HP24U lacks features like 3D playback, WiFi-readiness, and DLNA streaming. You do get core Blu-ray features like BD-Live and BonusView, as well as Netflix video-on-demand, for an MSRP of $179.99. Read More

 
Toshiba BDX2500 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Toshiba BDX2500 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Toshiba's new entry-level player offers a nice assortment of features for its $180 asking price. The BDX2500 is wireless ready and offers access to Netflix, VUDU, Blockbuster, and Pandora. You also multichannel analog audio outputs, which is rare at this price. Read More

 
LG BX580 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

LG BX580 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

LG's new top-of-the-line BX580 ($399.99) is the company's first 3D-capable Blu-ray player. It also offers desirable features like integrated WiFi, DLNA streaming, YouTube, and Netflix/VUDU video-on-demand. Missing are dual HDMI outputs and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More

 
LG BD550 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

LG BD550 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

LG plans to add four new models to its Blu-ray line this year. At the low end of the price spectrum is the BD550 ($229.99), which lacks the 3D support, integrated hard drive, and WiFi-readiness you'll find in the higher-priced models. But you do get LG's NetCast system, with Netflix and VUDU. Read More

 
Panasonic DMP-BDT350 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic DMP-BDT350 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Panasonic has launched its first 3D-capable Blu-ray player, the DMP-BDT350 ($429.99), which wisely includes two HDMI outputs for compatibility with non-3D-capable A/V receivers. It also has Panasonic's VIERA Cast Web platform and comes with a USB WiFi adapter. Read More

 
Vizio VBR200W Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Vizio VBR200W Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

One of the least expensive Blu-ray players to offer built-in 802.11n for network access, Vizio's VBR200W ($199.99) also includes the well-rounded Vizio Internet Apps (VIA) platform, with Netflix, VUDU, Twitter, Pandora, and more. Read More

 
Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Samsung is one of the first companies to introduce a 3D-capable Blu-ray player, in the form of the new BD-C6900 ($399.99). The company's new top-shelf player also includes built-in WiFi, DLNA streaming, Samsung Apps, and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More