How Much Do Blu-ray Disc Players Cost?

Blu-ray disc players are a good entertainment value

The Blu-ray Disc player is the unsung hero of home entertainment. Despite digital streaming's dominance, Blu-ray players provide excellent HD home entertainment value at affordable prices. If you're considering a purchase, read on to learn more about the price of Blu-Ray players.

Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray Disc Player with disc compartment open holding a disc

The Price of Entry and What You Get

The price of Blu-ray Disc players varies depending on your source. For example, Amazon sells new and used Blu-ray Disc players that range from $40 to $100, while Best Buy has $50 low-end models as well as $400 high-end combo players.

Blu-ray Disc movie titles are usually priced at $5 to $10 more than their DVD counterparts, but it's easy to find good deals on Amazon.com. Or, check local retailers' weekly ads and search discount bins to find bargains.

All Blu-ray Disc players are compatible with Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and audio CDs. Select Blu-ray Disc player models allow you to play 3D Blu-ray Discs, recordable Blu-ray Discs, and recordable DVDs, as well as accommodating formats such as AVCHD, SACD (Super Audio CD), DVD-Audio, MP3 CDs, and JPEG CDs.

Notably, Blu-ray disc players can't play HD-DVDs.

Check the player's user guide for a list of all its compatible disc formats.

More Blu-Ray Disc Player Capabilities

Blu-ray disc player capabilities can vary quite a bit. Some higher-end players support Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, firmware updates, internet streaming, smartphone screen mirroring, 4K upscaling, the ability to rip CDs to USB flash drives, and enhanced surround sound (Dolby TrueHD/Atmos, DTS HD-Master Audio/DTS:X, Auro3D Audio).

Be sure to check your player's user guide for a full list of supported features.

All Blu-ray Disc players have HDMI outputs, but, depending on the model year, other available connections may vary.

What About Ultra HD Blu-ray Players?

Although a Blu-ray Disc player provides access to many entertainment options, if you have a 4K Ultra HD TV, consider an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player

These players offer everything a Blu-ray Disc player offers, with the added bonus of being able to play Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs. Most of these players also provide access to 4K resolution content from select streaming services.

Ultra HD Blu-ray is a costlier investment, both in terms of players and discs, but if you have a 4K Ultra HD TV 50 inches or larger, it's worth the upgrade.

The Bottom Line

If you want to best complement an HDTV, Blu-ray is a great choice, often providing both disc and internet streaming playback.

But if you're on a limited budget or don't want to take the Blu-ray plunge, there are still some good DVD players out there with upscaling abilities, narrowing the gap between standard DVD and Blu-ray. With this option, you don't have to worry about your current DVD library becoming obsolete, as standard DVDs and players to play them will be around for some time. 

Manufacturers are making fewer upscaling DVD players, as Blu-ray disc players can also fulfill that role.