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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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JVC XV-BP11 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

JVC XV-BP11 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

JVC has introduced its second Blu-ray player, a slightly less expensive alternative to the XV-BP1. In an odd move, JVC made the new XV-BP11 a Profile 1.1 player that supports BonusView but not BD-Live. There's no Ethernet port, which means no streaming video-on-demand, either. Read More

 
Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

Home Theater Review Editors have searched high and low, near and far, for the best products of 2009, from HDTVs to receivers, speakers to Blu-ray players, and more. Check to read the best in LED and LCD HDTV reviews here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Read More

 
Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

One of two new Yamaha Blu-ray players, the BD-S1065 ($599.95) is a Profile 2.0 player with BD-Live and BonusView support. This model offers multichannel analog audio outputs but lacks WiFi-readiness and streaming video-on-demand service. Read More

 
Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This new Profile 2.0 player from Sony offers an excellent assortment of Web features, including Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, and more. It's also one of the lower-priced models in Sony's current repertoire. While it lacks integrated WiFi, it does support the use of a USB WiFi adapter. Read More

 
Onkyo DV-BD507 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Onkyo DV-BD507 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Onkyo's new DV-BD507, the company's second Blu-ray player, adds BD-Live support but lacks streaming video-on-demand and wireless network connectivity. With an MSRP of $449, this player is a more cost-effective solution than Onkyo's previous Blu-ray offering. Read More

 
Marantz BD5004 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Marantz BD5004 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Marantz will introduce four new Blu-ray players this year, of which the BD5004 is the least expensive. This $550 player does not offer the universal disc playback found in the flagship UD9004, but it is a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player, with BD-Live/BonusView support and a Pure Direct audio mode. Read More

 
Sony BDP-S560 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-S560 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sony's new mid-level Blu-ray player offers a few noteworthy features not available in the lower-priced BDP-S360--namely, built-in WiFi and DLNA media streaming. However, this Profile 2.0 player does not provide access to a streaming video-on-demand service. Read More

 
Sony BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Part of Sony's top-shelf Elevated Standard (ES) brand, the new BDP-S1000ES ($700) uses higher-end video processing tools and includes multichannel analog audio outputs and 4GB of external storage, as well as built-in WiFi and DLNA streaming. Read More

 
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Player Reviewed

Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Oppo Digital's first Blu-ray player, the BDP-83 is also a universal disc player that supports SACD, DVD-Audio, and HDCD playback. That's a rare feature at this product's $499 price point. This Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player also uses Anchor Bay's VRS video-processing chip. Read More

 
Denon DBP-2010CI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon DBP-2010CI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The new DBP-2010CI ($699) falls in the middle of Denon's 2009 Blu-ray line and offers a solid spec list, including BD-Live and BonusView support, multichannel analog audio outputs, use of Anchor Bay's VRS chip, RS-232, a Source Direct video mode, and a Pure Direct audio mode. Read More