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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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Samsung BD-C5500 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Samsung BD-C5500 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This entry-level Blu-ray player offers core Blu-ray features like BD-Live and BonusView support, as well as DLNA streaming, WiFi-readiness, and the excellent Samsung Apps Web platform. For $179.99, it's a great package. Read More

 
Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Oppo Digital has released a lower-priced alternative to its acclaimed BDP-83 and BDP-83SE. The BDP-80 ($289) is a universal disc player that supports the Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-Audio, and HDCD formats. It lacks a streaming video-on-demand service like Netflix or Amazon VOD. Read More

 
Anthem BLX 200 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Anthem BLX 200 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

The BLX 200 isn't just Anthem's first Blu-ray player. It is the company's first source component, a logical complement to Anthem's line of receivers and processors. The $799 BLX 200 is a Profile 2.0 player that supports BD-Live and BonusView but lacks streaming video-on-demand options. Read More

 
Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sony's new BDP-S570 offers worthwhile features like integrated WiFi, DLNA streaming, and the BRAVIA Internet Video platform, plus an iPhone/iPod control app. This "3D-ready" player doesn't currently support 3D playback but will do so after a future firmware update. Read More

 
Oppo BDP-83 Special Edition Universal Player Reviewed

Oppo BDP-83 Special Edition Universal Player Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Targeted at the audiophile who plans to use the analog audio outputs, the special-edition version of Oppo's popular BDP-83 shares all the Blu-ray features of the original player but uses higher-quality DACs and an upgraded power supply. Read More

 
Lexicon BD-30 Universal Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Lexicon BD-30 Universal Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Lexicon's BD-30 ($3,500) is a universal disc player that, in addition to Blu-ray playback, supports the SACD, DVD-Audio, and HDCD formats, among others. This quiet, well-built Profile 2.0 player offers BD-Live and BonusView functions, plus RS-232 for advanced system integration. Read More

 
Marantz UD9004 Universal Disc Player Reviewed

Marantz UD9004 Universal Disc Player Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Marantz's new flagship player, the UD9004 ($6,000), is a universal disc player that supports Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-Audio, and HDCD playback. This player is designed for the audiophile who wants to replace outdated source components with a well-crafted all-in-one device. Read More

 
NAD T 557 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

NAD T 557 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

At $599, the new T 557 is NAD's least expensive Blu-ray player to date. This Profile 2.0 player offers the core Blu-ray features but lacks some step-up options, such as streaming video-on-demand, WiFi-readiness, and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More

 
Sharp BD-HP52U Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Sharp BD-HP52U Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Sharp's new BD-HP52U will sit at the top of the company's Blu-ray line, adding features like RS-232 control and Netflix streaming (via a future firmware update). Absent are WiFi-readiness, internal storage, and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More

 
Toshiba BDX2000 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Toshiba BDX2000 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Still saddened by the death of HD-DVD? Imagine how Toshiba must feel as the company finally introduces its first Blu-ray player to the market. The sub-$200 BDX2000 is a solid Blu-ray offering but lacks step-up options like WiFi-readiness and streaming video-on-demand. Read More