Blu-ray Player Reviews (120 Reviews)


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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

Oct 11, 2008

Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sony's BDP-S300 may have been a good deal when it was first introduced last year, but this Profile 1.0 player now faces some stiff competition, especially from Sony's own BDP-S350. This player lacks BonusView, BD-Live, and high-resolution audio support. Continue Reading
Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 11, 2008

Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Out of the box, the new BD-P1500 is a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player, but it does have an Ethernet port...and Samsung plans to release a firmware upgrade to enable support of BD-Live Web features. Its $400 asking price is currently a good deal in the Blu-ray realm. Continue Reading
Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray Player Reviewed

Oct 11, 2008

Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Pioneer's Elite brand represents a higher level of design and performance, and these products generally carry a higher price tag. The Elite BDP-95FD ($999) is a Profile 1.0 Blu-ray player that offers good performance but is currently lean in key features. Firmware updates may come, though. Continue Reading
Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 11, 2008

Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Philips' latest Blu-ray player, the BDP7200 ($399), is a Profile 1.1 player that does not offer network connectivity to access BD-Live features. It's a fairly quick player that has multichannel analog audio outputs but not internal high-resolution audio decoding. Continue Reading
Philips BDP7200 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 11, 2008

Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Panasonic is often one step ahead in the Blu-ray realm, and the new DMP-BD50 ($599.95) is one of the first Profile 2.0 players on the market. That means it offers network connectivity to access the BD-Live Web features that appear on some Blu-ray discs. Continue Reading
Panasonic DMP-BD50 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 11, 2008

Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Although the DMP-BD30 ($499.95) has been on the market for over a year, this Profile 1.1 player is still a worthwhile option for someone who is not interested in BD-Live bonus content. It is best mated with a newer receiver that has high-resolution audio decoding. Continue Reading
Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 11, 2008

Goldmund Edios 20 BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

If you've got $16,900 burning a hole in your pocket and want to purchase an extremely well-built, hand-crafted Blu-ray player, Goldmund has just the device for you. This product is clearly targeted at the video and audio enthusiast who cares more about performance than features like BD-Live. Continue Reading
Goldmund Edios 20 BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 11, 2008

Denon DVD-3800BDCi Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Denon's flagship Blu-ray model, the DVD-3800BDCI ($1,999) is a well-crafted Profile 1.1 player that uses the Silicon Optix Realta HQV video processor. It sports high-resolution audio decoding and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs, as well as RS-232 for advanced system integration. Continue Reading
Denon DVD-3800BDCi Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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