The Best Blu-ray Players

A Blu-ray Player Is the Perfect Complement to an HDTV and Home Theater System

Blu-ray players (AKA Blu-ray disc players) are popping up everywhere. Blu-ray player also play DVDs and CDs, and many also now offer Blu-ray Player offerings. Note: Entries on this list are periodically updated to keep them current.

In addition, if you looking for PC Blu-ray disc drives, check out some suggestions from Mark Kyrnin, our Guide for Computers. 

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Best For Ultra HD Blu-ray: The Samsung UBD-K8500

Samsung UBD-K8500 3D Wi-Fi 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Samsung UBD-K8500 3D Wi-Fi 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player. Photo from Amazon

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is here, and Samsung is first out the gate with a compatible player.

Featuring a stylish, thin profile curved design, this player will complement any home theater setup - and looks great next to a curved screen TV.

However, its most important feature is the UBD-K8500 meets Ultra Blu-ray specifications, which means that it is compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.

In order to get the full benefit of native 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback, which includes HDR and Wide Color Gamut information encoded on Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, you need a compatible TV that has HDMI (ver 2.0a) inputs.

Also, in addition to Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, you can still play your current Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs as well, so your current collection is not obsolete.

However, there is more. The UBD-K8500 also features access to internet streaming services (including 4K services), provides the ability to stream content direct from compatible smartphones, and even provides CD-to-USB ripping. 

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Best For Small Spaces: Philips BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player

Philips BDP7501 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player with bonus 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc (Creed)
Philips BDP7501 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player with bonus 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc (Creed). Photo from Amazon

The Philips BDP7501 is a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that is an extremely compact unit, measuring just 8.7 x 8.7 x 2.4 inches and only weighing 3.5 pounds.

The BDP7501 has the ability to play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs (which includes enhancements such as HDR and Wide Color Gamut - but it can also play standard Blu-ray discs (both 2D and 3D), as well as DVDs and audio CDs - and, yes, 4K upscaling is provided for both Blu-ray discs and DVDs.

Physical connectivity is limited, with 2 HDMI outputs provided (one audio/video, and the other audio only). There are no other audio outputs provided (either analog or digital).

On the other hand, a USB port for access to digital photo, video, music content via flash drives or other compatible USB storage devices is provided.

The BDP7501 also comes equipped with both Ethernet and Wifi for direct access to Netflix and You Tube (up to 4K) as well as the ability to access digital media files from compatible network-connected devices, such as PCs and media servers.

However, the BDP7501 does not provide access to other popular streaming services, such as Amazon Video, Hulu, Vudu, or Pandora. For access to more services, you need a recent model Smart TV or an external media streamer connected to your TV to access a decent number of internet streaming services.

The streaming offerings provided with the BDP7501 are definitely a weak point. However, if you what to upgrade to Ultra HD Blu-ray, this player is definitely an option to consider.

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Best Overall Standard Blu-ray Disc Players: OPPO Digital BDP-103 and 103D

OPPO BDP-103D Universal 3D Blu-ray Player (Darbee Edition)
OPPO BDP-103D Universal 3D Blu-ray Player (Darbee Edition). Photo from Mon Ciné Privé

The OPPO Digital BDP-103 Blu-ray Player plays 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs as well as internet streaming from services such as Netflix, Vudu,  Pandora, and Rhapsody. The BDP-103 also continues OPPO's tradition of providing both SACD and DVD-Audio disc playback as well as compatibility with a host of other formats, including, but not limited to, HDCD, MKV, and standard audio CDs. The BDP-103 can also play back media files from connected USB flash drives, or from a network-connected PC.

For convenience, the BDP-103 provides Dual HDMI outputs that enable the connection of one HDMI output directly to a 3D-TV, while using the second HDMI output for connecting to another 2D or 3D compatible display or to supply a separate audio feed to a pre-3D HDMI home theater receiver. An added bonus is the inclusion of the two HDMI inputs, as well as a total of three USB ports.

You get all of the above, plus 4K upscaling if you need it.
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Also Available: OPPO Digital 103D Blu-ray Disc Player with Built-in  Darbee Visual Presence Video Processing.
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Best Blu-ray Disc Player For Gamers: Sony Playstation 4

Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Bundle
Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Bundle. Photo from Amazon

The Sony Playstation 4 is not only a hot video game console, but it is a great media streamer and Blu-ray disc player. You not only get a game console that can be connected to your home theater or home network, but also provides 1080p upscaled DVD and Blu-ray disc playback via HDMI outputs (you may have to install a firmware update to activate the Blu-ray and DVD playback features). The Playstation 4 will give you your money's worth, even if you never play a video game. If you are a movie fan that has been put off buying a Blu-ray disc player due to cost or fear of obsolescence, check out the Playstation 4 option.
 

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Best For CD Ripping: Samsung BD-J7500 Blu-ray Disc Player

Samsung BD-J7500 3D 4K Upscaling Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi
Samsung BD-J7500 3D 4K Upscaling Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi. Photo from Amazon

The Samsung BD-J7500 is a Blu-ray disc player that is also complete media playback device for physical, network, and internet-based content. On the physical playback front, the BD-J7500 provides 2D and 3D playback of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs (it can also rip CDs to USB flash drives), and also provides both 1080p and 4K upscaling.

For additional media playback sources, the BD-J7500 has both and Ethernet connection and built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to the internet for accessing audio/video streaming content, such as Cinema Now, Netflix, Pandora,Vudu, and more.

Also, Wifi Direct/Miracast provides wireless streaming directly from compatible smartphones and tablets, and compatibility with Samsung's Wireless Multiroom Audio Link system allows content being played on the BD-J7500 (that includes physical discs) to be wirelessly streamed to compatible wireless playback devices around the house.

However, it is also important to point out that only HDMI and Digital Optical Outputs are provided for connection to a TV and home theater receiver.

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Best Network Player: Pioneer Elite BDP-80FD

Pioneer Elite BDP-80FD 3D-Compatible Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player
Pioneer Elite BDP-80FD 3D-Compatible Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player. Photo from Amazon

Pioneer's Blu-ray disc player entries tend to be a little more expensive that most of their competitors, but their Elite BDP-80FD carries a more competitive suggested price.

First up, the BDP-80FD plays both 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and even SACDs. Also included is DIVX+ HD MKV file playback capability, internet streaming from ​Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube, as well as DLNA functionality which allows access to media files stored on your PC or media server.

Also, for better playback quality from internet video content, Pioneer also incorporates Stream Smoother technology, which helps to eliminate streaming and compression artifacts.

Miracast is also included, providing wireless streaming capability directly from compatible smartphones and tablets.

In addition, if your player is inconveniently located too far from your internet routher, the built-in Wi-Fi makes connecting to your home network and the internet a lot more convenient.

An HDMI output is provided for both audio and video, as well as digital coaxial and two-channel analog stereo outputs for audio-only needs.
 

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Best Color Processing: Sony BDP-S6700 Network Blu-ray Disc Player

Sony BDPS6700 4K Upscaling 3D Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player
Sony BDPS6700 4K Upscaling 3D Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player. Photo from Amazon

The BDP-S6700 is a full-featured player from Sony that incorporates 2D and 3D Blu-ray disc playback, as well as the ability to play DVDs, CDs, and SACDs. In addition, both 1080p and 4K upscaling are included. 2D-to-3D conversion is also included.

Also, to further optimize the quality of what you see on the screen (independent from your TV's controls), the BDP-S6700 incorporates Sony's Triluminos color processing.

In addition to disc playback, still images, video, and music stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices can be played back via the front-mounted USB port. The BP-S6700 provides internet streaming content access from over 200 services (including Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, Netflix, and Pandora). An added bonus is the incorporation of Playstation Now, which allows users to play PS3 games directly through the player, with the additional purchase of a Dualshock 4 game controller (Buy from Amazon).

Also, if you install the SongPal App (ver 3.0) for iOS or Android devices, you can use the BDP-S6700 to stream music from the player to other compatible network-connected devices. In addition, Bluetooth is also included which allows direct streaming from compatible devices to the player.

The BP-S6700 can also access compatible media content (photos, video, as well as standard and hi-res music) stored on USB other network connected devices.

For connection to your network and the internet, the BDP-S6700 provides both wired ethernet and Wi-Fi connection options.

However, as much as the BDP-S6700 has, it is also important to point out what it doesn't have. For example, complying with the current Blu-ray Disc standard, HDMI is the only video output option provided - there are component or composite video outputs. Also, there is no digital optical, and no analog audio outputs provided on the BDP-S6700, but there is a digital coaxial audio output available, should an audio-only connected be needed.

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Best For Those That Don't Need 3D: Panasonic DMP-BD93

Panasonic Best in Class Smart Network Blu-Ray Disc Player DMP-BD93 (Black), WiFi
Panasonic Best in Class Smart Network Blu-Ray Disc Player DMP-BD93 (Black), WiFi. Photo from Amazon

If you are looking for a great Blu-ray disc player for a really inexpensive price, check out Panasonic's DMP-BD93. This player packs in a lot, including Blu-ray disc, DVD (including 1080p DVD upscaling), CD and CD-R/RW playback.

The DMP-BD93 provides built-in Wi-Fi connectivity but does not provide a physical ethernet connection. However, if you have a stable Wi-Fi signal to your router, the player can access both BD-Live internet content related to some Blu-ray Disc releases, as well as the content streamed from Netflix, CinemaNow, and Vudu, as well as content stored on network-connected PCs.

Also, Miracast is included to provide wireless streaming or sharing capability directly from compatible smartphones and tablets.

In addition, a front mounted USB port allows access to content stored

However, it is important to point out that the DMP-BD93 only provides the HDMI output option for both audio and video. There are no other video or audio connection options provided. This means that both your TV and Home Theater Receiver must have HDMI connections in order to access both audio and video from the DMP-BD93.

NOTE: The Panasonic DMP-BD93 is not 3D-compatible.

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Solid Basics with 3D: LG BP550 3D Network Blu-ray Disc Player

LG Electronics BP550 Blu-Ray Player with Wi-Fi
LG Electronics BP550 Blu-Ray Player with Wi-Fi. Photo from Amazon

The LG BP550 is a slim-styled, fast loading Blu-ray disc player that features 2D and 3D Blu-ray disc playback, video processing/upscaling for DVDs and CD playback. 1080p upscaling is also provided for compatible TVs.

Additional capabilities include playback of still images, video, and music stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices. These can be accessed via the front mounted USB port (you can also use the USB port to plug an external windows mouse or keyboard). The LG BP550 also has internet streaming capability (including Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, and Netflix and a lot more), via either wired or wireless network connectivity. The BP550 incorporates LG's Smart Share, which provides access to media content stored on other network-connected devices, such as PCs and media servers.

The standard remote control is included in the box, but if you install the LG Remote App on a compatible mobile phone, with the BP550 you can not only control the player, but send its audio playback signal to your phone ("Private Sound Mode") so you can listen in privacy on earphones - great for late night viewing.

NOTE: It is important to point out that the BP550 only provides HDMI and digital coaxial output connections. No analog audio or video connections are included.

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Best For 3D Fans: Panasonic DMP-BDT270 Blu-ray Disc Player

Panasonic Best in Class Smart Network 4K Upscaling 3D Blu-Ray Disc & Streaming Player DMP-BDT270
Panasonic Best in Class Smart Network 4K Upscaling 3D Blu-Ray Disc & Streaming Player DMP-BDT270. Photo from Amazon

The DMP-BDT270 is a very affordable Blu-ray disc player that still provides a lot of practical features and great performance.

To start with, there is 2D and 3D Blu-ray disc playback (including 2D-to-3D conversion), as well as video processing/upscaling for DVDs, and audio CD playback. For those that own a 4K Ultra HD TV, this player also provides 4K upscaling.

In addition to its disc playback features (which also include DVD and CDs in addition to Blu-ray discs) the DMP-BDT270 also includes network and internet streaming capability, as well as full web browsing and access to media content stored on other network-connected devices, such as PCs and media servers. The DMP-BDT270 can connect to your home network and the internet via wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

If you have still images, video, and/ or ​music stored on USB flash drives or other compatible devices (such as an external hard drive) you can play them by connecting your flash drive or hard drive into the front-mounted USB port.

Also, with Miracast you can stream audio and video content directly from compatible smartphones or tablets without the need for the player to be connected to your home network.

However, it must be pointed out that the DMP-BDT270, in keeping with what is being included on current Blu-ray disc players, only provides HDMI and Digital Optical output connections. No analog audio or video connections are included.

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Best Audio For The Price: Yamaha BD-S681 Blu-ray Disc Player

Yamaha BD-S681 Blu-ray Disc Player
Yamaha BD-S681 Blu-ray Disc Player. Photo from Amazon

The Yamaha BD-681 can be higher-priced than many Blu-ray disc players, but if you are looking for a player that provides options that ups the quality for audio-only playback, the BD-S681 may be a good choice.

The Yamaha BD-S681 provides 2D/3D Blu-ray disc playback and 4K upscaling for Blu-ray and DVD playback. In addition to Blu-ray discs and DVDs, the BD-A1060 also plays Audio CDs and SACDs.

In fact, for audio CD (and two-channel SACD) playback, the BD-S681 provides analog stereo output connections. There is also CD-mode shuts off the HDMI output and all video processing functions for a more pure CD audio output.

Ethernet and built-in Wi-Fi are provided for easy connection to the internet for accessing audio/video streaming content from Vudu, but, unfortunately, does not provide streaming from Netflix. The BD-S681 can also play content stored on DLNA-compatible devices on a home network, and from USB flash drives (two USB ports are provided). Miracast/ Wifi Direct are also included, which provide direct wireless sharing or streaming from compatible smartphones and tablets.

The BD-S681 can be controlled by the provided remote, from the Yamaha AV Controller App for iOS and Android devices.

NOTE: Amazon may have this product mislabeled as an Audio Component Equalizer - but it is, in fact, a Blu-ray disc player.

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