Every one likes a great deal and to save cash. But on a lot of occasions when buying electronics, many of us feel short-changed when picking the cheaper option. We don’t seem to get the same high quality performance in our budgeted electronic devices, as we do in the more expensive ones. This, however, is not the case when it comes to budget friendly Blu-ray DVD Players. Granted, you do have to give up one or two major features. But every budget or cheap Blu-ray DVD Player will deliver the same stunning 1080p image quality that is the same as higher priced models. In fact, most experts advise us not to consider picture quality as a factor when deciding which Blu-ray Disc Player to buy. Mainly because they all preformed the same when playing back Blu-rays. So here are a few of the best budgeted Blu-ray DVD Players and the features they offer.
First, and probably the best of the bunch is Panasonic’s DMP-BDT110. It is a step down from the high rated DMP-BDT210 model. The big difference, besides the price, is that the DMP-BDT210 has built-in Wi-Fi; while the DMP-BDT110 is only Wi-Fi ‘Ready’. This means that if you want a wireless connection you will have to buy a wireless USB adapter to plug into the DMP-BDT110. This adapter will cost about $80.00. Also missing from the DMP-BDT110 are some minor features like the touch-free disc loading sensor and the Digital Tube Sound feature. These features, unlike the built-in Wi-Fi, will not be missed by most consumers.
What the DMP-BDT110 has is 3D support, as well as 2D-to-3D conversion. And even though connecting to the internet may be a little more inconvenient via the Ethernet Port. Once connected you get access to online streaming media services, DLNA support, Skype, and a free app for controlling the player with your iOS devices. You also get the same fast loading speeds and the highly praised menu interface that is found in the higher priced DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT310 models. Price Range: $100.00 – $150.00
If this is still too many features and you are just looking for the basic Blu-ray functions and features. Panasonic has the DMP-BD75 model that may suit you needs. It does not have any 3D support or any type of Wi-Fi options and your online streaming services are cut down to the very minimum (Netflic, Vudu, Napster and Cinema Now). It does offer DLNA support which is rare in a player that cost under $100.00. So you can streaming files from your computer to be played on your TV. Price Range: $70.00 – $90.00
Samsung offers us a great entry-level player in the form of its BD-D5300 model. It has Ultra Fast Play, DLNA support and access to online streaming services via Samsung’s’ Smart Hub. But it does not have the full Smart Hub interface that is found in higher-end Samsung models. There is a Wi-Fi option. However, just like Panasonic’s DMP-BDT110, you will have to purchase a wireless USB adapter. So by the time you factoring in the cost for this adapter, you are better off buying a more expensive player with built-in Wi-Fi. Price Range: $90.00 – $120.00
Sony also offers a budgeted Blu-ray player, the BDP-S380. This player is lacking 3D capability, built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA support. But it does have Sony’s Bravia Internet Video, which has the largest collection of online streaming services of any other player. And it can be controlled with a smartphone via a free app download. Price Range: $90.00 – $130.00
Another low-priced but solid Blu-ray player is the BD630 from LG. Here, again this player just has the basic blu-ray features. It is missing 3D, Wi-Fi options, DLNA and has just the minimum online streaming services – Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, and YouTube. Price Range: $75.00 – $120.00
There are more budgeted Blu-ray players such as the Toshiba BDX2150 and BDX2250 or the Vizio VBR122 and VBR133. Actually you will soon discover the list of budgeted Blu-ray players is a rather long one. If you are willing to forgo some features, there should be no problem finding a good blu-ray player, that delivers great high quality HD images and sound. Simply because the cost of players are continuing to drop all the time. And price is the only thing about blu-ray players that is decreasing. The high quality performance and extra blu-ray features are becoming more common on every model, regardless of price.