Best Smart 4K Blu-Ray Players With HDMI & Wireless Function for TV

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 12, 2020
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PROS

The player uses 192 kHz frequency and 24bit channels to make the audio rich and dynamic, all while avoiding downsampling. Supporting the FLAC format, the device lets you listen to lossless music. You'll have no issues upscaling legacy formats to Ultra HD. 

CONS

The settings are somewhat convoluted. 

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung UBD-M8500 is pretty much everything these players are supposed to be. You'll be able to use the CD ripping feature to transfer the content from CDs to USB drives. The player's HDR settings are accessible and rich. The supplied cleaning cloth will let you maintain the discs.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS

Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, USB

Max Supported Resolution

4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)

SUPPORTED FORMATS

MPEG4 AVC (H.264), VOB, MPEG2 PS/TS, MPEG-1, AVCHD, AAC, FLAC, HD JPEG, JPEG, LPCM, MKV, MP3, MPEG-4, MPEG2, MPO, WMA, WMV

FEATURES

4K upscaling processor, Smooth video streaming with dual-band Wi-Fi, CD Ripping feature, HDMI cable and cleaning cloth included

PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs

Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video™ and more

INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION

1 x HDMI output (rear), 1 x Optical audio output (rear), 1 x USB input (front), 1 x Ethernet connection (rear), Wi-Fi / DLNA

BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS

DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos

CONTROL

Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The HDR to SDR conversion tech will be increasing peak brightness while making sure the picture retains deep and detailed blacks. The DSEE HX software will be able to upscale MP3 tracks' dynamic range and also frequency.

CONS

Moving through the Netflix menu is slow.

OUR VERDICT

The Sony UBP-X800 is probably the only Blu-ray player that puts audio before video. That being said, the device's not sacrificing video, not at all. Supporting HDR to SDR conversion and 4K upscaling, this model will be able to make pedestrian content come alive.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS

Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, USB

Max Supported Resolution

4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)

SUPPORTED FORMATS

AVCHD, HEVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1 Video/PS, VOB, VRO, MPEG-2 Video/PS, TS, VOB, .VRO, MPEG-4 AVC, VC1, Xvid, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, HEAAC, LPCM, WMA10 Pro, WMA9 Standard, JPG

FEATURES

Anti-vibration construction, HDR to SDR conversion, 4K upscaling processor, DSEE HX, 3D support, Screen mirroring, Smooth video streaming with dual-band Wi-Fi, Dual-core processor

PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs

Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video™ and more 

INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION

2 x HDMI output (rear), 1 x Coaxial audio output (rear), 1 x USB input (front), 1 x Ethernet connection (rear), Wi-Fi / Bluetooth® / DLNA

BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS

DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision

CONTROL

Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The BT.2020 wide color space lets content creators provide saturated colors, making sure that the blues are aquatic and deep, the greens are natural, and the reds are vibrant and rich. The HDR10 enables the device to increase max brightness yet retain deep blacks, making the viewing experience especially captivating.

CONS

The Wi-fi module is relatively outdated. 

OUR VERDICT

There are not too many mid-range Blu-ray players that are able to tussle with high-end models on the image quality front. Fortunately, the Sony UBP-X700 is one of them. Plus, the player supports 3D and will let you mirror the screen.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS

Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, USB

Max Supported Resolution

4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)

SUPPORTED FORMATS

AVCHD, HEVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1 Video/PS, VOB, VRO, MPEG-2 Video/PS, TS, VOB, .VRO, MPEG-4 AVC, VC1, Xvid, AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, HEAAC, LPCM, WMA10 Pro, WMA9 Standard, JPG

FEATURES

4K upscaling processor, 3D Support, Screen mirroring, Smooth video streaming with dual-band Wi-Fi, Dual-core processor

PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs

Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and more

INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION

2 x HDMI output (rear), 1 x Coaxial audio output (rear), 1 x USB input (front), 1 x Ethernet connection (rear), Wi-Fi / DLNA

BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS

DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos

CONTROL

Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The HDR tech here will be able to reproduce the darkest blacks and the brightest whites. The noise reduction feature will minimize interferences and provide precise image expression. The Dolby Atmos® tech will treat sounds as separate objects to make the experience more immersive. 

CONS

The included HDMI cable is pretty short.

OUR VERDICT

The LG UBK80 is not without its limits but, provided the TV you're using already has Smart functionality, you have very little incentive to spend extra bucks on more expensive players. Instead, look into this one, already fitted with the right video and audio tech to support quality viewing experience.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS

Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, USB

Max Supported Resolution

4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)

SUPPORTED FORMATS

MPEG4 AVC (H.264), VOB, MPEG2 PS/TS, MPEG-1, AVCHD, MKV, AVC Rec, M4V, WMV, 3GP, FLV, SMPTE VC1 (VC-9), MOV, TS, DAT, Xvid

FEATURES

4K upscaling processor, 3D support, SIMPLINK™

PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs

No

INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION

1 x HDMI output (rear), 1 x Optical audio output (rear), 1 x USB input (front), 1 x Ethernet connection (rear), DLNA

BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS

DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos

CONTROL

Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The TRILUMINOS tech generates a heightened sense of depth and outstandingly true, natural shades of colors. On top of that, the device is also incredibly fast. With Quick Start mode and Fast Loading technologies, it takes on average no more than 1 second to boot up your Blu-ray player.

CONS

The upscaling of DVD discs leaves a bit to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

The Sony BDPS6700 is one of the better options on the market for those who do not wish to pay the extra price but are still interested in the model that features acceptable quality and is capable of upscaling their movies to a 4K resolution and converting their average Blu-ray and DVD movies to 3D.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBLE DISC FORMATS

Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, USB

Max Supported Resolution

Full HD (1920 x 1080)

SUPPORTED FORMATS

MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Xvid, MPEG4/AVC, VC1, WMV9, Motion JPEG, AVCHD (Ver.2.0), MP3, AAC, WMA9/WMA10 PRO, LPCM, FLAC, Dolby Digital, DSF, DSDIFF, AIFF, ALAC, Vorbis, Monkey’s Audio

FEATURES

4K upscaling processor, TRILUMINOS™, 2D to 3D conversion, Screen mirroring, Smooth video streaming with dual-band Wi-Fi, Dual-core processor

PRE-INSTALLED SERVICES & APPs

Netflix, YouTube, Opera TV, Hulu Plus™, Pandora®, Amazon Instant Video™ and more

INTERFACES & WIRELESS CONNECTION

1 x HDMI output (rear), 1 x Coaxial audio output (rear), 1 x USB input (front), 1 x Ethernet connection (rear), Wi-Fi / Bluetooth® / DLNA

BUILT-IN AUDIO DECODERS

DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD

CONTROL

Remote control, Video & TV SideView app

WARRANTY

1 year

Samsung UBD-M8500

The Most Realistic Picture

The people at Samsung make excellent Blu-Ray players and you don't have to look further than towards the Samsung UBD-M8500 to see how and why that's the case. First (though not necessarily foremost), the device delivers in the aesthetics department. Its form factor is sleek and streamlined. The edges are sharp yet polished, making the player look modern and even somewhat stylish.

Measuring 18.4 x 11.3 x 5.4 inches, this device is not necessarily the smallest player we've looked at. Yet, its size won't present any challenges either.

What might present some challenges though is the settings menu. More specifically, the image settings section. They're somewhat convoluted and hard to follow. You should be able to figure them out with some time and patience though.

As far as tech is concerned, this device won't be making any excuses. First things first, you'll easily be able to upscale any all low-definition content to practically Ultra HD quality.

At the same time, the high dynamic range (HDR) tech enables exceptionally bright and dark objects displayed on the same screen with no resolution loss, producing the most realistic imagery.

Generally speaking, you have to hassle through various settings to set up HDR. That's not the case here. Connect the UHD BDP to the TV and you will automatically receive HDR resolution without doing anything manually.

Review of Samsung UBD-M8500 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player

64 Times Higher Color Expressions

Of course, in the first place, what we have here is a 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution Blu-ray player. In other words, you'll be able to enjoy lifelike images and the most detailed, realistic pictures yet. More than that, the device provides twice the color range and 64 times higher color expressions compared to standard Blu-ray players, far surpassing cinema standards.

The aforementioned settings menu, bar its image settings part, is accessible and simple enough. You'll receive quick access to key menu features. At the same time, using preloaded apps, you’ll be able to access the desired content as quickly as possible.

Sound matters too, that goes without saying. Using its 192 kHz/24bit channels, this player lets you enjoy rich and dynamic audio without downsampling. The model supports FLAC and different lossless formats too, making the device excellent for audiophiles too.

All things considered, the Samsung UBD-M8500 will let you do anything. The CD ripping feature will enable you to burn various content from CDs onto USB flash drives. The player's HDR tech is streamlined and excellent.

Samsung UBD-M8500 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Great player crystal clear images and the smart features come in handy!!

Features

I love my new blu-ray player. Excellent wifi services and best movie playback

Outputs

Using hdmi get the max out of your setup.
 

Sony UBP-X800

Frame-and-Beam Chassis

The Sony Ubp-X800M2 is thorough. This premium device delivers across the board, leaving no stone unturned where the construction and performance aspects are concerned. More often than not, these players start with the specs because they sell the product more than everything else. Here, this is not necessarily the case. Yeah, the specs are great but so is the frame-and-beam chassis that keeps the entire construction rigid, eliminating micro-vibrations and providing effective electrical shielding to keep the visuals and the audio rich and dynamic.

Blu-ray players can skimp on audio sometimes but these are not the subject times. Quite the opposite, the device supports most 24-bit audio formats, from AAC, HEAAC, and ALAC to DSD 11.2 MHz and more, matching the stunning visuals with equally impressive sound. This is only where things start though. The device also supports Dolby Atmos®, treating sounds as separate objects to release them using standard channels yet allowing these sounds to move freely, around and above you, surrounding you with sound. Meanwhile, the DTS:X tech will be creating unlimited audio objects, adapting them to the speakers without delay to make every sound deep and impactful. You'll be listening to lightning cracking, sirens wailing, and cars horning, blare all around you, with startling clarity to boot.

Review of Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Audio Spectacle

The model's compatible with most discs, from DVD and compact discs to Blu-rays and everything in-between them, that goes without saying. What also goes without saying is the screen mirroring functionality and 3D support because premium models are not complete without these solutions.

The HDR to SDR conversion that's present here is not as prevalent though, bully for these "premium" models because the conversion tech here manages to increase the picture's peak brightness while retaining deep and highly-detailed blacks, making non-HDR content vibrant and nuanced. On the upscaling subject, we'd be remiss not to mention the DSEE HX software, upscaling MP3's frequency and dynamic range to almost match high-res audio quality.

Besides that, supporting the BT.2020 color spaces, this device will be able to reproduce much more saturated and realistic colors, from deep aquatic blues to accurate greens and rich reds.

In short, the Sony UBP-X800 will be able to appease audiophiles' needs first and foremost, turning even the most pedestrian soundtracks into audio spectacles.

Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Features

Playback of digital MP4 and certain WMV files from USB port is also quite good.

Outputs

Big plus HDMI audio output separate from video!

Accessories

This player does offer the ability to use the included remote to control your TV
 

Sony UBP-X700

Polished Accents with Smooth Curves

The Sony UBP-X700 is as affordable as mid-range Blu-ray players come without compromising playback quality and functionality. Generally speaking, we can completely get behind the company's aesthetics and this product fits that mold as much as the next Sony device.

The streamlined glossy profile looks elegant and about as tasteful as these players can look. Its polished accents and smooth curves elevate the product's appearance beyond its affordable price tag. We're not saying that the device will be able to enrich most spaces but, at the very least, the player will be able to disappear into its surroundings and make an excellent addition to most modern settings.

Its measurements are pretty standard, adding up to 15 x 12 x 4 inches and weighing ~3 pounds. In other words, the device is compact enough to not impose on that precious entertainment center space that you probably want to conserve.

Of course, as much as the people at Sony care about aesthetics, it is the product's specs that make its case here. Sure, the player's 4K Ultra HD support pretty much goes without saying considering the product's relatively recent release date. We're taking that for granted now. However, we wouldn't recommend taking its HDR tech for granted.

Supporting HDR10, the device is able to produce 100 times the brightness compared to the standard SDR signal. At the same time, the player's ability to massively increase peak brightness, all while retaining deep and highly-detailed blacks, will elevate the viewing experience even further than before.

Review of Sony UBP-X700 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player

Wide Color Spaces

Some users don't care for HDR10 though. That's fine. You can use the Dolby Vision instead. Bringing different scenes to life with striking highlights, deep darks, and vibrant colors, this HDR solution creates the most immersive and engaging cinematic experience at home.

We couldn't (and shouldn't) overlook the player's new BT.2020 color spaces. These wide spaces enable content creators to promote more saturated and realistic colors, from the deepest aquatic blues to the most natural greens and rich reds.

At the same time, the player's conversion tech will give you additional shadow and highlight details. The HDR-SDR conversion here works wonders intelligently scaling HDR’s ultra-wide brightness range into SDR imagery, maintaining the most excellent picture quality even with those legacy SDR TVs.

Bottom line, the Sony UBP-X700 is arguably the only Blu-ray player within its price bracket that will be able to match high-end players on the picture quality front. Its screen mirroring tech and 3D support are nice too but, even without those, what we have here is an excellent device for the price.

Sony UBP-X700 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

LG UBK80

Separate Audio Objects

The LG UBK80 is not expensive. Sitting comfortably at the mid-range segment, the device has its moments but also its flaws. Starting with the latter, the HDMI cable that the model's shipped with is pretty short, not the biggest issue but unpleasant nonetheless. Besides that, the device is fitted with limited tech, lacking audio upscaling software and maybe a Wi-Fi module to enable video streaming, something that most Blu-ray players within this price bracket are seldom manufactured without. On the upside, the company's SIMPLINK™ feature has not gone anywhere, connecting the TV to outside apps and different services. Using this system, you'll be navigating through these apps and services with intuitive ease, organizing them as you please.

The model's more basic than we've come to expect from mid-range players, though not from the audio standpoint. The DTS-HD Master Audio support is basically obligatory as far as these players are concerned, we get that. But the Dolby Atmos® technology is something that's usually reserved for premium models, so the surprise was nice, to say the least. This surround sound tech treats sounds as separate objects, releasing them to move without restrictions, flowing around and even above you to make the experience immersive, enveloping, and beyond engaging.

Review of LG UBK80 3D Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray 4K Player with Remote Control

Detailed Visuals

From the video playback angle, the device is not trailing behind too. First things first, you're offered HDR support, making the contrast bold and the colors vibrant. Second, the model's also compatible with 4K Ultra HD content, transporting you from dull, lifeless imagery into the world brimming with crisp, detailed, nuanced, and sharp visuals. You can watch legacy content too as the device is backward compatible. That being said, we would recommend upscaling that content since LG's upscaling tech is pretty good, reproducing outdated pictures with stunning clarity. Adding more, the model's adopting noise reduction tech, minimizing interferences and offering precise image expression.

The device's footprint and outline are uninspired, no two ways about it. Blu-ray players' appearance is not something that matters the most but we'd like to see some improvements next time, maybe make the profile more streamlined, maybe the buttons less clunky.

Even taking that into account though, the LG UBK80 is impressive in its own right. People whose TV is already fitted with Smart functionality will find this product more than good enough.

LG UBK80 3D Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray 4K Player with Remote Control in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

BluRay Disks load quickly and plays at 4k resolution.

Features

Fast load, very good fast forward & pause operations, no issues playing Blu-rays.

Outputs

Tried hooking the unit up to multiple HDMI ports and other devices work fine. This player is nice.
 

Sony BDP-S6700

Reputation That Precedes the Company

There's this little-known saying popular in some countries that basically boils down to this: "First, you work for your reputation. Then, your reputation works for you". And if you have ever experienced starting a new activity, be it some sort of hobby with a new group of acquaintances or a new job with a large number of previously unknown colleagues, you probably know that this phrase isn't necessarily far from the truth. And although brands of different companies are not what you would describe as human, they're built upon the foundation of individuals, meaning that this saying applies to business enterprises as well. If your company has been capable of producing a variety of different quality products over the years, the customers are going to trust it even before seeing and utilizing the actual device.

If you're looking for a precedent of this kind of company, very few could serve as a better example than Sony. This Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation has been designing, developing, manufacturing and distributing consumer electronics for over 70 years now and managed to establish a name for themselves as one of the most reliable companies in the world. So whenever customers are looking for any kind of product in the world of technologies, going with one of Sony's is virtually never the wrong choice. Blu-ray players are no exception, of course, so if you're not exactly sure which one you should purchase between the myriad of potential choices, the Sony BDPS3700 is highly unlikely to disappoint you.

Review of Sony BDP-S6700 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player

Place It Anywhere You Want

When it comes to any piece of equipment, one of the things that catch the eye of the customer is the exterior of the model. The Sony BDPS3700 features a sleek black design that will serve as a great addition to any room regardless of its color palette and structure. The model also features 11.5 x 10.83 x 2.76 inches of overall dimensions making sure that it won't take too much of that precious space of yours and weighs no more than 2 pounds, meaning that transporting it shall never present a challenge to any user.

It comes with an HDMI output, a coaxial audio output, and an Ethernet connection on the rear side and a USB input and WiFi/DLNA receivers on the front. The USB input will prove especially useful in allowing you to experience all of the videos, photos and digital music that you wish from the comforts of your local content. Just like the majority of Blu-ray players, it comes with a remote control that will allow you to operate the device from the distance. But unlike most of them, it also comes with the support of Video & TV SideView application providing you with a possibility of controlling the player with your smartphone or a tablet.

The Blu-ray in question costs no more than 70 dollars and for the kind of quality it features and the kind of functionality it comes with, that is a bargain, to say the least. But, of course, you're not going to get a proper 4k player for that kind of price. While that may be upsetting, this model features a nice alternative. The device comes with a 4K upscaling function that will allow you to get the most out of your 4K Ultra HD TV by upscaling the quality of your Blu-ray movies to a quality that is very similar to a proper 4K picture.

The upscaling chip also comes in handy in improving the quality of the online content and DVD discs. On top of that, it also comes with an option of upscaling your regular Blu-ray and DVD discs to 3D. The 2D to 3D conversion function provides your DVDs or Blu-ray Disc movies with an opportunity to be automatically converted into 3D for playback on your 3D display.

Since this is a Sony player in question, the model comes with a technology unique to Sony called TRILUMINOS. TRILUMINOS is a color technology that generates a heightened sense of depth and outstandingly true, natural shades of colors.

Last but not least, the device is also incredibly fast. With Quick Start mode and Fast Loading technologies, it takes on average no more than a second to boot up your Blu-ray player.

To sum it up, the Sony BDPS6700 is one of the better options on the market for those customers that do not wish to pay the extra price but are still interested in the kind of model that features acceptable quality and is capable of upscaling their movies to a 4K resolution and converting their average Blu-ray and DVD movies to 3D.

Sony BDP-S6700 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

We enjoy our Sony streaming 4K wi-fi Built-In Blu-ray Player. Extremely smooth play back, razor sharp and looks sleek in our console.

Features

It has many of the standard apps for streaming and can use Ethernet wired or wifi wireless connections to access the streams.

Outputs

Super easy to install, set up and activate. Only need to plug power cord into outlet, and hook HDMI cable to rear of DVD player.
 

What Is a Blu-Ray Player?

Blu-ray players offer many advantages over regular DVD players. However, the most important one is perhaps their versatility. In addition to playing Blu-rays disks, they can also play DVDs and CDs, which makes them a worthy upgrade for those who have a big collection of DVD disks and do not want to throw it away.

Another one, of course, is a noticeable improvement to the quality of picture and sound. Most modern models pack in the advanced object-based formats including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and more, adding realistic feel to the video content displayed on the screen.

Furthermore, Blu-ray players can access content that is streamed from the Internet. If you watch Vudu, Netflix, or Hulu, you'll appreciate this.

Finally, Blu-ray players have an upscaling feature. This means they will not only play your ol' DVDs, but also they will make sure the picture looks as close to Full HD as possible.

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.

Best Blu-Ray Players

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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