Blu-ray Player Reviews (129 Reviews)


Blu-ray Player Reviews Archives

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

Feb 09, 2009

Denon DVD-2500TBCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

This new Denon Blu-ray player is a digital transport, which means that it has no analog outputs in the audio or video realm. The DVD-2500TBCI ($899) does have high-resolution audio decoding, but it's a Profile 1.1 player with no network connectivity or BD-Live support. Continue Reading
Denon DVD-2500TBCI Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Dec 31, 2008

Marantz BD7003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

If you're craving a Marantz Blu-ray player but can't quite afford the $2,000 asking price of the BD8002, the company has now released a step-down model, the BD7003 ($800). This Profile 1.1 player is a logical mate for a new Marantz receiver that has high-resolution audio decoding. Continue Reading
Marantz BD7003 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Dec 03, 2008

Insignia NS-BRDVD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Insignia, a budget brand sold exclusively through Best Buy, has launched its first Blu-ray player. A Profile 1.1 player, the NS-BRDVD offers the Blu-ray basics at a very affordable price, but it lacks BD-Live support and the full complement of high-resolution audio decoders. Continue Reading
Insignia NS-BRDVD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Dec 03, 2008

Onkyo DV-BD606 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Onkyo, a backer of the now-defunct HD-DVD format, has introduced its first Blu-ray player. The DV-BD606 ($550) is a Profile 1.1 player that lacks BD-Live support and internal high-resolution audio decoding. This player is best paired with a newer A/V receiver. Onkyo sells a few. Continue Reading
Onkyo DV-BD606 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Dec 03, 2008

Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Yamaha's first Blu-ray player is a real head-scratcher. This Profile 1.1 player lacks BD-Live support, internal high-resolution audio decoders, and multichannel analog audio outputs. Yes, some other new players omit these features, but they don't have the BD-S2900's $1,199 price tag. Continue Reading
Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Dec 03, 2008

Sharp BD-HP21U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sharp has introduced two new Blu-ray players. Both are Profile 1.1 players, supporting the BonusView picture-in-picture function but lacking network connectivity for BD-Live. The less-expensive BD-HP21U ($300) lacks the RS-232 port and nicer aesthetic you get on the BD-HP50U ($400). Continue Reading
Sharp BD-HP21U Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Dec 03, 2008

Integra DBS-6.9 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Formerly in the HD-DVD camp, Integra has now acknowledged Blu-ray's victory by releasing its first Blu-ray player, the DBS-6.9 ($600). This Profile 1.1 player supports BonusView but not BD-Live. It also lacks high-resolution audio decoding and multichannel analog audio outputs. Continue Reading
Integra DBS-6.9 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Nov 08, 2008

Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

The BD-P2500 ($500) uses the higher-end Silicon Optix Realta HQV video-processing chip and incorporates Netflix's streaming video service. This Profile 2.0 player also has onboard storage for BD-Live features and multichannel analog audio outputs. Continue Reading
Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Nov 08, 2008

Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

A follow-up to last year's Elite BDP-95FD, the new BDP-05FD is a Profile 1.1 player, with no network connectivity to access BD-Live Web content or to enjoy the DLNA media streaming that appeared on the BDP-95FD. It does have high-resolution audio decoding and multichannel analog outputs. Continue Reading
Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Nov 08, 2008

Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

The new premium player in Panasonic's line, the fully loaded DMP-BD55 ($400) is a Profile 2.0 player with BD-Live support, high-resolution audio decoding, multichannel analog audio outputs, and higher-quality audio circuitry than the entry-level DMP-BD35. Continue Reading
Panasonic DMP-BD55 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Nov 08, 2008

Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic has launched two new Blu-ray players, both of which carry the full Profile 2.0 spec so that you can enjoy BD-Live Web content. The entry-level DMP-BD35 ($300) lacks some of the advanced audio options you get in the DMP-BD55 but is otherwise a solid Blu-ray option. Continue Reading
Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Nov 08, 2008

Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Marking Marantz's debut in the Blu-ray realm, the BD8002 ($2,000) is a premium player that's designed to mate with a variety of receivers and processors, be they new or old. It lacks BD-Live support but is otherwise fully loaded. Continue Reading
Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Nov 08, 2008

Denon DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon has released a new entry-level Blu-ray player...well, entry-level for Denon. The DVD-1800BD still carries a price tag of $599, but that's a lot lower than the $2,000 flagship DVD-3800BDCI. This Profile 1.1 player is best mated with an A/V receiver that offers high-resolution audio decoding. Continue Reading
Denon DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 23, 2008

Sony PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

You may already know what the PlayStation 3 brings to the gamer's table, but do you know what it brings to the home theater table? How about great Blu-ray and DVD performance, fast load times, and--most importantly--a level of upgradeability not found in many standalone Blu-ray players. Continue Reading
Sony PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 18, 2008

Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

This new sub-$300 player is Sony's first standalone model to support the Profile 2.0 spec, which means it can access BD-Live Web features on discs that offer them. The BDP-S350 also boasts quick load times and a sleeker form factor than previous Sony Blu-ray models. Continue Reading
Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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