Want to have the greatest High Definition movie experience? Want to get the most out of your 1080p HDTV? To do this you will need a Blu-ray Player. Blu-ray Players will deliver sights and sounds so rich and vivid it will leave your old DVD player gathering dust. The only problem that may arise is knowing which Blu-ray Player to choose. New models are being released every year and manufacturers are constantly adapting and changing this relatively new technology to bring you the ultimate Home Movie experience. For example, manufacturers are incorporating Blu-ray Players to playback 3D Blu-rays, to have Online Streaming Media Services, improved DVD up scaling, built in Wi-Fi and DLNA capabilities. While all these new features and functions are great, it can get a little confusing for the consumer to make an informed choice. To help with that choice, here is a list of the ten best Blu-ray Players available on the market as of June 2010. Any one of these players would make a fine addition to a Home Entertainment Theater and bring you endless hours of enjoyment.
Oppo BDP-83 – Regarded by many experts and consumers as the best performing Blu-ray Player, the Oppo BDP83, is the benchmark all other Blu-ray Players are compared to. In terms of price/performance there is no other Blu-ray Player that can meet it’s high standards. It is a Profile 2.0 Universal Blu-ray Player capable of playing Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio and CD discs. It produces stunningly high quality images on both Blu-rays and DVDs. It supports a wide variety of audio formats. Has bitstream and internal audio decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The BDP-83 inputs/outputs should meet any possible connection requirements. Including 7.1 analog outputs, HDMI, USB, Ethernet, RS-232 and IR inputs. Other features include very fast operational speed, 1 GB of internal memory and a backlit remote control. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $500.00
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim (120GB) – Sony’s PlayStation 3 maybe considered an old standard when it comes to Blu-ray Players, but it is one of the best players around. Sony has not abandoned the PlayStation 3 to rest on its laurels, it has continued to try and improve it’s Blu-ray performance. In recent years it has has made it more energy efficient, with a slimmer design and quieter operational system. Sony also announce earlier this year that it will update the PlayStation 3 with a firmware that will make the PlayStation 3D Blu-ray capable. Which highlights the PlayStation 3’s biggest feature, that it is future proof. Sony seems determine to implement any new technology making the PlayStation still relevant in the Blu-ray market. Other key features include built in Wi-Fi, 120GB of internal memory, DLNA certified, and excellent image and audio quality. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $299.99
Samsung BD-C6500 – Samsung claims the BD-C6500 to be the worlds fastest Blu-ray Player. While most experts that have tested the player may debate this claim. There is no arguing that it does have excellent image quality and a great set of features. It is equipped with 7.1 analog outputs and has internal audio decoding for Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus. Other features of the BD-C6500 include built in Wi-Fi, BD-Live ‘Ready’, Online Streaming Media Services and is DLNA compliant. Add to this Samsung’s effort to make the player more energy efficient and you have a great Blu-ray Player. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $250.00
Panasonic DMP-BD85K – The DMP-BD85K excels in providing great image quality. Equipped with numerous great video features such as Panasonic’s P4HD chipset and PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, it is capable of producing excellent images. Panasonic does not forget the audio either, including audio features such as it’s HDMI Jitter Purifier, Digital Tube Sound Simulator and Night Surround Sound. These combined features provide you with a great audio and visual experience. The DMP-BD85K also comes with Viera Cast, so you get access to online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand. Wi-Fi is not built in, but a Wireless USB adapter is including if you want to connect the player to your wireless Home Network. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $250.00
LG BD590 – LG has taken a slightly unconventional approach when creating the BD590. It has including a number of features you will not see on any other player. It does come equipped with the standard features such as great video and audio quality, built in Wi-Fi, DLNA certified and online streaming media services. What is unique about the BD590 is it’s 250GB Hard Drive and it’s ability to rip CDs. These features make it a stand out among its competitors and may appeal to some consumers. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $380.00
Sony BDP-S570 – The BDP-S570 is a mid level Blu-ray Player that has many great features. Beside excellent image and audio quality, it is considered to be the fastest disc loading players on the market. It has 1 GB of internal storage, built in Wi-Fi, has Bravia Internet which provides access to Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, Slacker and much more. Other features include SACD Playback, Gracenote Technology support, DLNA support and in the coming future it will support 3D Blu-ray playback (Firmware Update expected in the summer of 2010). — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $250.00
Samsung BD-C6900 – The BD-C6900 is the first 3D Blu-ray Player from Samsung. This uniquely designed Blu-ray Player is capable of producing Full HD 3D 1080p images. Of course it can also playback Blu-rays and DVDs with excellent quality. It has Samsung’s Apps for online streamign media services and 1 GB of internal storage so there is easy access to BD-Live content. Other key features that will appeal to many is it’s built in Wi-Fi, 7.1-ch analog outputs and DLNA support(AllShare™). — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $400.00
LG BD570 – The LG BD570 has a great set of features including DLNA functionality and NetCast Entertainment Access which proves you with online streaming media services such as Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa and AccuWeather. It does have built in Wi-Fi, making access to BD-Live content easier, but it does not have any internal storage memory. Therefore, a USB storage device is needed. Like LG’s very successful previous model, the BD390, the BD570 has continued the tradition of providing excellent quality images on Blu-ray and DVD discs. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $250.00
Panasonic DMP-BD65K – The Panasonic DMP-65K has many features of a great Blu-ray Player. It is equipped with Panasonic’s wonderful video features such as PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus, producing sharp and crisp images. It has built in Audio Decoders for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. This video and audio combination will give you a terrific Home Movie experience. Other key features include Online Streaming Media Services and Wi-Fi ‘Ready’ (A USB wireless adapter is required and is sold separately). With a price tag well below $200.00, the DMP-BD65K provides great value for your money. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $170.00
Sony BDP-S470 – The BDP-S470, like Sony’s BDP-S570, will be 3D Blu-ray capable with a firmware update in the summer of 2010. It has all the great features of the BDP-S570, except it does not have any internal storage memory and is only Wi-Fi ‘Ready’. Meaning a wireless USB adapter is required for a wireless internet connection. It does have excellent image and audio quality, with online streaming media services such as Netflix®, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Slacker®, Pandora® and much, much more. Other key features are the player’s ability to playback photos, music, and video through the front USB Port and its is DLNA certified. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $200.00
These ten Blu-ray Players represent the best, but it is by no means a definitive list. Like all list it is open to interpretation and would no doubt be altered based on personal experiences. Use this list as a guide or starting point and you will soon find the best Blu-ray Player that is right for you.
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