Blu-ray Player Reviews (124 Reviews)


Blu-ray Player Reviews Archives

Aug 27, 2009

Marantz BD5004 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Marantz BD5004 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Aug 27, 2009

Sony BDP-S560 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Sony BDP-S560 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Aug 27, 2009

Sony BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Sony BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Aug 10, 2009

Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Player Reviewed

Jul 29, 2009

Denon DBP-2010CI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Denon DBP-2010CI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jul 29, 2009

Denon DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Denon DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jul 29, 2009

Insignia NS-BDLIVE01 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Insignia NS-BDLIVE01 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jul 29, 2009

JVC XV-BP1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
JVC XV-BP1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jul 29, 2009

Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Jun 22, 2009

Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jun 19, 2009

Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jun 19, 2009

Harman Kardon BDP 1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Harman Kardon BDP 1 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jun 19, 2009

Sharp BD-HP22U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Sharp BD-HP22U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

May 13, 2009

LG BD390 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
LG BD390 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

May 11, 2009

Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

May 11, 2009

Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Like its entry-level sibling (the DMP-BD60), the step-up DMP-BD80 is a Profile 2.0 player that includes the VIERA Cast Web service, with Amazon VOD and YouTube. This model adds Divx playback and multichannel analog audio outputs. Continue Reading
Panasonic DMP-BD80 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

May 11, 2009

Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic has announced two new Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players: the DMP-BD80 and DMP-BD60. The BD60 may be the lower-priced of the two, but it still offers Panasonic's VIERA Cast Web service, which includes Amazon video-on-demand, YouTube, and Picasa. Continue Reading
Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

May 11, 2009

Samsung BD-P3600 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Price-wise, the BD-P3600 is the middle child in Samsung's new trio of Blu-ray players, but it offers one feature missing from the higher-priced, wall-mountable BD-P4600: multichannel analog audio outputs. This Profile 2.0 player also offers Netflix VOD and Pandora music streaming. Continue Reading
Samsung BD-P3600 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Apr 13, 2009

Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sherwood's first Blu-ray player, the BDP-5003, comes in at a solid price but is lacking in features. This is only a Profile 1.1 model, with no network connectivity for access to BD-Live content or streaming video-on-demand. It also lacks high-resolution audio decoding. Continue Reading
Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Mar 02, 2009

LG BD300 Blu-ray Player With Netflix Reviewed

LG's newest Blu-ray player ($349.99) could very well be a game-changer. This Profile 2.0 player adds Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming video service, giving you access to a whole host of movies and TV shows that can be enjoyed on your big-screen TV. Continue Reading
LG BD300 Blu-ray Player With Netflix Reviewed

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