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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 DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This $4,500 player is the crème de la crème of Denon's Blu-ray line, loaded with the company's high-end design and performance technologies. The DVD-A1UDCI is a universal disc player that supports Blu-ray, SACD, and DVD-Audio playback. Read More

 
Insignia NS-BDLIVE01 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Insignia NS-BDLIVE01 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

Insignia's first Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player includes a network connection for access to BD-Live Web content. This entry-level player, sold only through Best Buy, lacks step-up features like WiFi-readiness and streaming video-on-demand. Read More

 
JVC XV-BP1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

JVC XV-BP1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

JVC decided to wait and see who won the Blu-ray v. HD-DVD format war before entering the high-definition disc market. Now that the victor is clear, the company has introduced its first Blu-ray player. The XV-BP1 is a Profile 2.0 player with BD-Live and BonusView support. Read More

 
Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
2.5 Stars
 

Memorex's first Blu-ray player sports the Profile 1.1 spec, so it supports BonusView picture-in-picture technology but not the Web-based BD-Live service. It lacks a streaming video-on-demand service like Netflix, but it does offer 5.1-channel analog audio outputs, rare for an entry-level player. Read More

 
Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sony fans who want a step up in quality look for the Elevated Standard (ES) logo. The new BDP-S5000ES ($1,999) is a beefy, well-built Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player that supports BD-Live and BonusView. It has internal high-resolution audio decoding and RS-232 for advanced system integration. Read More

 
Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

The BDP-320 sits in the middle of Pioneer's 2009 Blu-ray line. This Profile 2.0 player offers BD-Live, BonusView, internal high-resolution audio decoding, and multichannel analog audio outputs, but it lacks streaming video-on-demand and wireless network connectivity. Read More

 
Harman Kardon BDP 1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Harman Kardon BDP 1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Fans of Harman Kardon receivers have likely been waiting for the company to offer a companion Blu-ray player. The wait is over with the arrival of the BDP 1 ($499)--a Profile 2.0 player that offers BD-Live and BonusView support, as well as internal high-resolution audio decoding. Read More

 
Sharp BD-HP22U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sharp BD-HP22U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Sharp's new BD-HP22U is a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player with BD-Live and BonusView support. You also get internal high-resolution audio decoding, internal storage for BD-Live features, and the new AQUOS Pure mode that automatically adjusts the image to suit an HDMI-connected Sharp TV. Read More

 
LG BD390 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

LG BD390 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

LG was the first manufacturer to add Netflix streaming video to a Blu-ray player, the previously reviewed BD300. The company has now announced two more Netflix-enabled players. The higher-end BD390 sports integrated WiFi and multichannel analog audio outputs. Read More

 
Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Unlike some of its competitors, Sony has decided not to add streaming video-on-demand to its new entry-level player, the BDP-S360. This Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player offers BD-Live and BonusView support, as well as high-resolution audio decoding. Read More