Best Blu-Ray Players

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
Have got a collection of all-time-favorite movies and not able to watch them on your media player? Opt for a Blu-Ray player that ensures compatibility literally with all file formats. Blu-Ray player will immerse you into the world of high-definition images, quality sound and modern functionality! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS
MAXIMAL SUPPORTED RESOLUTION
SUPPORTED FORMATS
FEATURES
PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs
INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION
BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS
CONTROL
 
PROS
Supports UHD video quality, features quick start and download speed. Dual-core processor ensures smooth video playback.
CONS
Opera Web Browser is rather slow and inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
Functional and productive player with an improved PlayStation 3 game streaming performance that requires no console.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, CD
MAXIMAL SUPPORTED RESOLUTION
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
SUPPORTED FORMATS
AVI, WMV, DivX, MKV, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC*4, JPEG, MPO, PNG, GIF
FEATURES
PlayStation Now, DLNA, Miracast, TRILUMINOS, Digital Music Enhancer, Content IP PRO
PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs
Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Instant Video, Web Browser
INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION
Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Coaxial audio output, 1 x USB
BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS
Dolby True HD, DTS-HD
CONTROL
Remote control, TV SideView app, DUALSHOCK 4 controller
PROS
Rather functional player that can be connected to almost any TV including even quite old models. Has 2 USB ports (front and rear) and 2 audio outputs.
CONS
Small number of preset apps.
OUR VERDICT
An exceptional player that has a reliable software with an auto update through USB or Internet.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, CD, SACD
MAXIMAL SUPPORTED RESOLUTION
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
SUPPORTED FORMATS
AVI, WMV, DivX, MKV, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC*4, JPEG, MPO, PNG, GIF
FEATURES
Miracast, DLNA,1.5x View Scan, Firmware Update (USB/Network)
PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs
YouTube, Picasa
INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION
1 x Digital Out, 2 x Audio Out, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB, Wi-Fi, LAN
BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS
Dolby True HD, DTS-HD
CONTROL
Remote Contol, iControlAV5 mobile app
PROS
Has a Smart TV option with multitask Web OS. Offers a Private Sound Mode for listening audio in earphones through your smartphone and supports an array of video and audio formats.
CONS
Remote control has a long response time.
OUR VERDICT
It's a splendid choice for those who want to make a media streamer with multiple online viewing features out of their TVs.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, CD
MAXIMAL SUPPORTED RESOLUTION
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
SUPPORTED FORMATS
MPEG-1/2/4 AVC (H.264), SMPTE VC1 (VC-9), MKV, AVC Rec, AVCHD, M4V, WMV, 3GP, MP4, MOV, FLV, TS, DAT, VOB, LPCM, MPEG 1/2 L2, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC
FEATURES
Smart TV, Private Sound Mode 2.0, SmartShare (DLNA), All-in-One Search, LG Cloud (Option)
PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs
Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube
INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION
Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Coaxial Audio Output, 1 x USB
BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS
Dolby True HD, DTS 2.0 + Digital Out, DTS-HD Master Audio
CONTROL
Remote control, LG Remote App
PROS
This model boasts an inventive curved design, supports a big number of data storages and files. It has low energy consumption that meets Energy Star 2.0 requirements (0.2 Watt of energy is saved in a standby mode).
CONS
Lacks a mobile app for remote control.
OUR VERDICT
This player is a worthy choice for watching high-quality movies on DVDs. Offers a broad selection of available apps from Opera TV Apps Store.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS
Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW
MAXIMAL SUPPORTED RESOLUTION
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
SUPPORTED FORMATS
MPEG-2/4, Xvid, MKV, HD JPEG, WMV AVCHD, MPO, DIVXHD, MP3, LPCM, WMA, AAC
FEATURES
DLNA, Samsung Apps
PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs
Netflix, Accuweather, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pandora, VUDU, CinemaNow, Flingo, Rhapsody
INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION
Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Coaxial Digital Audio Output, 1 x USB
BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS
DTS-HD, DOLBY TRUE HD, DOLBY DIGITAL
CONTROL
Remote control
PROS
The player can be placed anywhere thanks to its compact size. Additionally, has a user-friendly interface and navigation through the menu. The player features modern video editing technology - TRILUMINOS.
CONS
Doesn't support 3D formats.
OUR VERDICT
The optimal model for reproducing video from both the latest and old media data storages.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS
Blu-ray, DVD, CD
MAXIMAL SUPPORTED RESOLUTION
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
SUPPORTED FORMATS
AVI, WMV, DivX, MKV, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC*4, JPEG, MPO, PNG, GIF
FEATURES
PlayStation Now, TRILUMINOS
PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs
Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon Instant Video
INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION
Ethernet, 1 x USB, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Coaxial audio output
BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS
Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio
CONTROL
Remote control (RMT-VB100U), DUALSHOCK 4

What is a Blu-Ray Player

A lot of features differ modern Blu-ray players from their predecessors that were released only a few years ago. Now, they not only read 3D discs and support high-quality images but also connect to the Internet and stream videos on-line. Despite the fact that today we don’t really need special devices to play discs, these Blue-Ray players are still in demand among users, especially those who have built up a collection of hits and favorite movies recorded on CDs or DVDs. To make things clear, this review will focus on the best Blu-ray players available on the market today.

The range of capabilities in DVD players is pretty basic and well-known, so no introduction needed if you plan to purchase a brand-new DVD player. But if you need a multifunctional media device, then we highly recommend you to pay attention to our streaming media players review.

What Features to Compare

Compatibility

First of all, consider Blu-Ray player's compatibility with different discs and media file formats. Apart from standard compact discs like CD, DVD and VCD, such media players support older formats and Blu-ray discs. Blu-ray – is an optical disc data storage format capable of storing the highest level of image quality: Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels). Check those models that support the max resolution to play all-time-favorite movies in high clarity with vivid colors. 

In addition to the standard MP3, JPEG and AVI formats encoded by DivX / XviD codecs, all modern media players are capable of reproducing a large number of other popular multimedia formats, such as MKV and MP4 video. Although 3D movies didn’t get quite a lot of popularity from the audience, a three-dimensional video is still firmly established in the market of home theaters, so if you are interested in watching 3D-movies, make sure that your player has a Blu-ray 3D support and a 1.4 HDMI interface. The list of supported formats should be clarified in the description of the model. 

Functionality

Another important feature to consider is the functionality of a device. Perhaps the main peculiarity here is the access to a different premium content via the Internet. Various services may include a huge selection of movies, TV-series, and shows for all tastes. In other words, pre-installed apps and services provide users with functional capabilities that Smart TV offers. With a Blu-Ray player and different online services such as Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video you can stream movies and TV-series on your TV. However, there is a need for the Internet connection, and some devices may be connected either by a cable or Wi-Fi. The availability of the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) function is also preferable. This way you'll be able to access photos, movies, and music stored on your devices like PCs, smartphones, and tablets wirelessly. But they must be connected to the same home network to work properly. It’s also possible to transfer content from mobile devices with the help of a screen overlap function (Miracast). In this case, the connection is performed via Wi-Fi Direct technology, which means that you do not even need to access a Wi-Fi network. Alongside the main features, it’s worth mentioning that some SONY players have a special mode that supports PlayStation 3 games on your TV. No more PS3 console needed to play your favorite games, just connect to a compatible cloud service, connect your PS controller and subscribe to the channel.

Interfaces and Control

And the last features you should pay attention to are the Interfaces and player's control. If you need to connect a Blu-Ray player to the older TV models it would work well with SCART, Component and Composite inputs. For people who own modern TVs, we'd recommend opting for a player with HDMI jacks. It will ensure that your sound and video are transmitted in a digital format. You can easily connect your Blu-Ray player to the Internet through a LAN port. And models with USB-ports will give you an ability to reproduce video and music from different HDD connected to a player. At the same time, to play sound via the external acoustic system, you should consider the number and types of audio outs, which can be either digital optical, or coaxial with analog stereo outputs. If you are going to connect your device directly to the screen, make sure that your player has all the necessary audio codecs to produce a high-fidelity audio signal. Typically, it is subject to DTS-HD and Dolby True HD formats that cannot be decoded by inexpensive Blu-Ray players. All Blu-Ray players can be controlled in 2 ways: either via a standard remote included in a box or via your mobile phone (requires a special app installation first).

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Review of Sony BDPS-6500 3D 4K Upscaling with Wi-Fi

Sony BDPS-6500

Sony BDPS-6500

Compatibility

Sony BDPS6500 3D 4K is a present-day player that supports maximal video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the highest number among the other models. The ability to play Blu-ray 3D discs sounds almost like visiting a cinema but in a cozier atmosphere of your own place. For people who still possess old audio and video collections, Sony Blu-Ray player offers an opportunity to watch their films written on DVD/CDs. As regards the supported formats, the player playbacks all standard multimedia formats: AVI, WMV, DivX, MKV, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC * 4, JPEG, MPO, PNG, GIF.

Functionality

Sony Blu-Ray player has a great functionality, but there is one feature that needs to be mentioned as the most stunning one! Owing to PlayStation Now (requires subscription) you can play any streamed games on your TV without the need for using a console itself. Also, this model has a DLNA and Miracast functions with which you can duplicate the screen and playback different content on your TV from mobile devices. It should also be noted that TRILUMINOS image processing technology makes shades of red, blue and green deeper and richer, so the image looks just like the real one. Digital Music Enhancer intensifies and cleans the sound in movies and music, and the Content IP PRO function provides a sharp and excellent detailed image.

Interfaces and Control

This player features a wide variety of interfaces such as Ethernet output for cable connection, 1 HDMI output for providing quality video and audio digital signal. Also, 1 Coaxial audio output for analog sound transmission to an external speaker system and a USB port for playing media content from external HDD or flash drives. We should also point out the presence of a wireless internet connection (Wi-Fi) that allows you to place the device anywhere you want. Dolby True HD and DTS-HD are the built-in audio codecs for high-quality audio processing and transmission to the external audio systems. Additionally, you can control the Blu-ray player with both a remote control and TV SideView, a special mobile application, which is available for IOS and Android users. To play streamed PlayStation 3 games you'll need a DUALSHOCK 4 game controller, which is sold separately.

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Sony BDPS-6500
Sony BDPS-6500
 
Review of Pioneer BDP-80FD 3D Streaming

Pioneer BDP-80FD

Pioneer BDP-80FD

Compatibility

Pioneer Elite BDP-80FD Blu-ray player is compatible with Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D media storage devices, so you can watch high-definition videos at home. Also, this model supports standard DVD, CD and SACD discs. It’s great since you can play your old collection of music and movies. The maximum supported resolution is Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and that is quite impressive. The model supports all modern video formats like AVI, WMV, DivX, MKV, MP4, 3GP, as well as music in FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC * 4 and photos, in JPEG, MPO, PNG, GIF.

Functionality

Pioneer Blu-Ray player has a wide range of functions like wireless transfer, Miracast screen duplication, and DLNA. When the Wi-Fi Direct is on, you can activate Miracast by clicking a button on the remote control to display any content from your smartphone, tablet or PC. Also, you can use the DLNA technology to playback videos and music stored on a compatible PC, media server or mobile device. We should also mention the availability of a View Scan function that allows you to rewind video content on a Blu-Ray Disc with the 1.5x speed. By the way, audio dubbing is played at normal speed so it’s possible to understand the speech. Firmware Update allows you to update the software both via a USB port and through a network connection. Among all the pre-installed applications we should distinguish the most interesting: YouTube video service and Picasa photo viewer.

Interfaces and Control

As regards interfaces, there are a Digital Coaxial Out for digital audio output, 2 analog Audio Out outputs, 1 HDMI port for high-quality video and sound transmission to your TV or monitor. Additionally, there are 2 USB (front and rear) ports for connecting and playing various content from external systems. WIRELESS devices support standard Wi-Fi connection and the player also has a LAN output for a network cable connection. In turn, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD will provide high-quality audio processing when connected to the external 7.1 or 5.1 acoustic systems. Pioneer Blu-Ray player is managed by a standard remote control that comes in the box, along with the special mobile iControlAV5 app that can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.

Pioneer BDP-80FD
Pioneer BDP-80FD
 
Review of LG BP540 3D with Smart TV and Built-In Wi-Fi

LG BP540

LG BP540

Compatibility

LG Electronics BP540 is a Blu-ray player that supports advanced Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs for high-quality and three-dimensional videos. Also, it is compatible with some fairly outdated storage devices, namely DVD and CD discs. So, no money is wasted on copying your old collection of movies and music. The max supported resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080) provides crisp and real image. It plays video in MPEG-1/2/4 AVC (H.264), SMPTE VC1 (VC-9), MKV, AVC Rec, AVCHD, M4V, WMV, 3GP, MP4, MOV formats and reproduces music in FLV, TS, DAT, VOB, LPCM, MPEG 1/2 L2, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC.

Functionality

LG Blu-Ray player offers excellent functionality in comparison with its competitors. Smart TV feature offers plenty of options for streaming videos on-line, as well as many other entertainments concerning Internet content download. At the same time, you’ll get a convenient Web OS operating system and multi-task interface that is pretty easy-to-use. This model also has a Private Sound Mode 2.0 function that can transfer sound from a TV speaker to any headphones connected to the compatible smartphone. DLNA function allows you to share audio, video and photo content with all certified devices paired with the same home network. Also, we’d like to highlight the convenient All-in-One Search feature for online content search and an LG Cloud option for playing content from a cloud.

Interfaces and Control

For connecting external devices to LG Blu-Ray player there is 1 HDMI output that ensures reproducing high-quality sound and videos. Here 1 Coaxial Audio Output is meant for sound output to an external system. In addition, the player has 1 USB port for photo, video and audio files playback from HDD and flash drives. Internet connection is provided via Ethernet output and Wi-Fi. Moreover, you can easily connect any external sound systems to the player since it features built-in audio decoders such as Dolby True HD, DTS 2.0 + Digital Out and DTS-HD Master Audio. You can manage your player with a remote control and LG Remote App.

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LG BP540
LG BP540
 
Review of Samsung 2016 Smart Blu-ray Disk Player USB Built-in Wi-Fi

Samsung 2016 Smart

Samsung 2016 Smart

Compatibility

This Blu-ray player is compatible with both modern and old discs' formats such as Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-DA, CD-R and CD-RW. The maximal supported resolution is Full HD (1920x1080 pixels). Almost all movies today are released in this format so you won't face a problem of long searching for a film in the appropriate resolution. Moreover, this player supports video in MPEG-2/4, Xvid, MKV, WMV AVCHD, MPO, DIVXHD formats, music in MP3, LPCM, WMA, AAC and photo in HD JPEG.

Functionality

Beside its curved peculiar design, Samsung Blu-Ray player boasts a fair functionality. The DLNA technology is the one that needs a close attention. With its help, you can share any content with your smartphone, tablet and PC. Also, there are apps from Content Partners like Netflix, Youtube, Pandora, VUDU, CinemaNow already installed on your player along with other useful apps and social networks like Facebook, Flingo, Rhapsody, Accuweather, Twitter and Flickr. There is also an Opera TV Apps Store that will come in handy if you'd like to download some additional apps.

Interfaces and Control

Samsung Blu-ray player can be connected to the Internet in 2 ways. The first one is to hook up the player to the Ethernet output. The second one is to use a Wi-Fi connection. 1 HDMI output is meant for video and audio transmission in digital quality, Coaxial Digital Audio Output is perfect for connection to the external acoustic systems. And 1 USB port will come in handy for viewing photos, playing audio and video from external digital devices. DTS-HD, DOLBY TRUE HD and DOLBY DIGITAL are the built-in audio decoders that grant perfect sounding when the player is connected to the external sound systems. Control your player with a remote control that comes in the box.

Samsung 2016 Smart
Samsung 2016 Smart
 
Review of Sony BDPS1500 Smart Functionality

Sony BDPS1500

Sony BDPS1500

Compatibility

Sony BDPS1500 Blu-ray Player is compatible with Blu-ray media storage devices, as well as with slightly older DVD and CD discs. It means that you can watch both new movies and even vintage silent films. Owing to the maximal supported Full HD video quality, the image on the display will be super clear and deep. This device playbacks an array of formats including AVI, WMV, DivX, MKV, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC*4, JPEG, MPO, PNG and GIF.

Functionality

Despite the fact that Sony Blu-Ray player is pretty cheap, still it has rather decent functionality. Among the main peculiarities of this player, we should note the PlayStation Now feature. It allows you to play streamed PlayStation 3 games straight on your TV without a console. There is also the TRILUMINOS technology that reproduces vivid and accurate colors. Among all the preinstalled apps we should point out: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora and Amazon Instant Video for playing your favorite movies and TV series.

Interfaces and Control

Sony Blu-ray Player features lots of different interfaces including an HDMI output for digital video and audio transmission, 1 Coaxial Audio Output for connecting to the external sound systems. Additionally, there is 1 USB port for audio, photo and video playback from your external drives. There are 2 ways to connect the player to the Internet: through the Ethernet output or via Wi-Fi. With the help of Dolby True HD and DTS-HD audio decoders, the sound played in any audio system will be of a great quality. The player is controlled by an RMT-VB100U remote control (included). You can also use DUALSHOCK 4 controller if you plan to use a PlayStation Now feature, to control your player.

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Sony BDPS1500
Sony BDPS1500