Best Blu Ray Players
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1. Panasonic DP-UB820.
This is our top pick when it comes to 4K Blu ray players.
Capable of playing 4K videos, the device supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision technology.
Mapping technology is applied by Panasonic to recreate realistic images that instantly adjust brightness.
High-resolution audio is also supported by the player which is capable of accurately reproducing delicate tones such as the sound of musical instruments.
Special sound technology is also used to maintain original acoustics the same even when using different TVs. The device is also compatible with Alexa for basic playback voice commands. Its multimedia capacity is completed by streaming compatibility such as those from Netflix and YouTube.
Direct Netflix access is enabled by a quick access button on the remote control which comes with the player, so you can watch your favorite TV shows too.
To take full advantage of this device, we recommend getting an OLED TV in your home movie theater.
2. LG UBK80.
This is our second best 4K blu ray device.
Supporting HDR10+, the media player is capable of delivering high dynamic range content for better pictures with enhanced contrast and better colors.
Dolby Vision technology is added to instantly optimize brightness in every video scene.
Most users can enjoy its 4K video capabilities simply by inserting a standard Blu ray disc in the optical drive.
The high end multimedia player also supports 4K streaming from a compatible streaming service. While subscription plans aren’t included, the device streams high-resolution content from video services such as Netflix and YouTube.
Another method of connecting the device to sources of content is through its USB cable. It plays high-resolution videos from memory sticks or external hard drives based on this connectivity option.
3. Sony BDP-S3700.
With full HD playback capabilities, the multimedia player works with a 1080p video resolution.
It also supports various video improvement technologies such as DVD upscaling on TVs which are compatible with the enhancement technology.
The high end device plays Blue Ray and DVDs but it also connects via USB to external hard drives to play videos in the offline mode. Those who want the latest online movies can also benefit from Netflix integration, which is not the only internet connectivity option of the device. It has a sleekly designed hidden disc tray.
It also supports YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Video, and 300 other streaming channels. Compatible with PlayStation consoles, it’s also a gaming device. The WiFi-enabled device integrated an Ethernet port for those who want to enjoy the highest resolution images without lag or interruptions.
4. Philips BDP1502.
It connects to the TV using a high-quality HDMI cable.
The device supports HD images at 1080p resolution together with Dolby Audio technology, providing you an immersive home cinema experience.
It features a physical remote to pause, play, and fast forward the images. Among its advanced functions, it supports picture-in-picture profiles to view multiple images at the same time.
While it doesn’t connect to the web, it supports CD, DVD and Blu Ray discs for high-resolution video and audio. Those playing DVD videos can also benefit from its upscaling technology which further improves the image and DVD playback.
Since it only connects through digital HDMI cables, it comes with no image quality losses. Progressive Scan technology allows it to constantly evaluate and adjust image quality further.
Comparing the BDP1502 with gaming consoles such as the Xbox One as they are at a similar price tag, you can see that when it comes to Blu ray content, the Phillips beats it hands down. The Blu ray playback is far superior, with better color gamut, audio quality and superior audio decoding.
5. LG BP175.
The BluRay player has the dimensions of 10.6in X 7.7in X 1.7in at it weighs 2 pounds. It supports Blu Ray discs as well as other optical discs so users don’t need to replace their old DVD player to access their videos.
Supporting HD 1080p resolution, the device also works with DVD upscaling technology to improve the visual representation of DVD-quality videos.
Also supporting PAL-NTSC content, the media player is USB-enabled. It plays videos from external hard drives with 1080p upscaling capabilities.
Made for the user who doesn’t need WiFi streaming, the device is only relying on HDMI video connectivity. The player also includes a remote control and user instructions on how to change Blu Ray regions plus the wires needed to connect it to a HD TV.
While it does offer full HD resolution, the player is also compatible with old-generation TVs without 1080p HD definition but have an HDMI port. The audio side might suffer, but for those that want to upgrade their DVD audio, get a new 4K TV.
6. Sony UBP-X700.
The UHD Blu Ray player has the dimensions of 15in X 12in X4in and it weighs 4.2 pounds. Made with an Ethernet port and a couple of HDMI ports, it’s compatible with high-resolution playback with HDR formats.
The device plays all types of optical discs such as Blu Ray and DVD but it also works with the most popular video streaming services. Based on its 4K UHD technology, it has high-resolution capabilities for all types of content.
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos are both supported together with 3D Playback technology for better video and audio definitions.
It’s also backed by an intuitive interface and apps which are easy to organize. The device easily installs by HDMI cable and it also connects to the local WiFi router for those who want to enjoy one of its compatible streaming services.
The X700 is close to performance with the Sony UBP-X800 but with slight differences. Both require a 4K TV to enjoy the outstanding video performance.
7. Samsung BD-JM57C.
The Blu Ray player has the dimensions of 31.4in X 28.7in X 21.6in and it weighs 2.2 pounds. With DVD upscaling technology, the media player also supports Dolby Digital and Dolby True HD video enhancements.
Upscaling technology makes the videos look similar to 4K Ultra HD images and the device supports this enhancement both from the DVD and from external hard drives.
With built-in WiFi compatibility, the Blu Ray player also supports the most popular streaming apps. Running Opera TV store, it offers a selection of apps such as YouTube or Vimeo for video streaming.
Smartphone users can also view their images on the TV using the device. Screen mirroring technology shows the display of the smartphone on the TV.
8. Sony Ubp-X800M2.
It stands out with a rigid construction which reduces vibrations and which keeps the device cool. The device plays high-definition videos with high-resolution audio from Blu Ray discs and it also supports streaming. To get the most out of it, get a Dolby Vision TV to experience the home cinema feel.
Bluetooth connectivity also allows the multimedia player to connect to other wireless devices.
For example, those who want to create a better home theatre can connect the player to Bluetooth speakers.
The multimedia player also benefits from 2 HDMI ports to support multiple TV connectivity. With an included Ethernet port, it also supports high-resolution playback without losing any frames.
Supported video files include XVID, WMV, AVCHD, MPEG2, and MPEG4. These files can be saved on any medium but they’re not limited to videos. The player also recognizes FLAC, WAV, and MP3 audio files.
One of the main advantages the multimedia player has its ability to stay cool during long playback sessions which are based on its improved ventilation construction.
Those who use it for music playback also benefit from the DSEE HX technology which aims to enhance sound quality from basic compressed MP3 files.
9. Samsung UBD-M8500.
The Blu Ray player has the dimensions of 16in X 9.1in X 1.8in and it weighs 4.19 pounds. With 4K video resolution, the device delivers superior quality to 1080p alternatives.
HDR technology allows enhanced color contrast and improved brightness.
The player is optimized for Samsung TVs where its instant settings adjust high-definition videos. There’s a universal remote control that powers the multimedia player.
It also replaces the TV remote as it adjusts volume and it also plays or pauses the Blu Ray disc.
You can connect it to your home network to stream shows, or access your cloud based disc collection. It comes with several audio outputs, an easy to use disc drive and comes in at 9th on our round up, second to the Samsung BD-JM57c which takes 7th.
10. Sanyo FWBP505F.
The HD Blu Ray player has the dimensions of 8in X 11in X1.3in and it weighs 2.4 pounds. Supporting 1080p video playback, the device is used for movies, documentaries, cartoons, and other high-resolution videos.
It connects to TVs using an HDMI cable which is the only cable that truly supports lossless digital signal for the device.
Remote control is also added to the pack to make its use a bit easier. Among its advanced functions, the Blu Ray player also comes with parental lock functions.
Users can select a certain schedule for the player to protect kids.
In terms of medium, the player is compatible with DVDs, CDs, and USB data input. To connect a USB memory drive, users can rely on memory sticks or on external hard drives that connect through a USB port. The USB-compatibility allows video playback without losing high-resolution details.
Although this is our last pick on the list, it still provides a great build quality, fits in great with a home theater and doesn’t have a complicated firmware update that you might have to do with other devices.
Is it worth buying a 4K Blu Ray player?
If you’re a movie junky that loves breathtaking picture quality, then a 4K blu ray player would be worth it. It brings the movies to life and provides quality that you’ll only find at the cinema.
Are Blu ray players obsolete?
They are definitely not obsolete, but streaming services have reduced the amount of movies being watched. Most modern devices allow you to stream too, so the demand may have dropped.
Should I buy Blu Ray or DVD?
As most Blu Ray players are backwards compatible, it’s recommend to go for one of those. Although some of the best DVD players are able to keep up with features, they can’t match the quality.
How long do Blu Ray players last?
They last around 6 years, however it varies between each brand. Some Blu rays last longer, but most popular brands have a similar lifespan.
Do you need a 4K HDMI cable?
You do not need a 4K specific cable, but a standard high quality HDMI cable should do the job.
Is it worth upgrading DVD to Blu Ray?
Yes absolutely. Upgrading will increase the quality of the movies you watch and increase your enjoyment, so it’s worth it to get a 4K player.
What are some other good honorable mentions?
Some other good devices are the Panasonic DP UB9000. The DP-UB9000 didn’t make our list but is a good choice. Another pick is the Xbox One Series X, even though on the surface it’s a gaming console, it can play Blu rays. The Xbox One Series X is a multi functional device and great for gamers.
Others choices could be the Sony UBP x1000ES, Panasonic DMP UB900 and the OPPO UDP-203 which has 4K HDR.