Top 10 Blu-Ray Players

By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Friday, March 20, 2009

PD*14462286With the inevitable demise of HD DVD technology at the corner, Blu-Ray players are the only hope for those who like entertainment to be grandiose by every means. But with cost of some Blu-Ray players as high as a decent second hand car, it may seem that they are unaffordable. Not quite. Watching a Full HD movie at 1920 X 1080 resolution and true HD sound is really worth spending the money. What’s more, there are some really good players with price tags below $200. We have made a list of top 10 Blu-Ray players some of them can deliver really outstanding quality and some can provide you the best value for your money. Take a look at the list.

1. Panasonic DMP-BD55K

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  • BD Live / 7.1 Lossless Decode and Analog Output
  • VIERA Link: Operate with your VIERA Remote Control
  • SD Card Slot
  • HDMI 1.3
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding

Price
$700

2. Sony PlayStation 3

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  • HDMI output for 1080p resolution
  • Internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Free PlayStation Network access
  • 2 USB ports
  • 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • HDD: 2.5′ Serial ATA (80GB)
  • I/O: USB 2.0 x 4
  • Ethernet: (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth: 2.0 (EDR)
  • Wireless Controller Bluetooth (up to 7)
  • Video Output: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
  • HDMI: HDMI out - (x1 / HDMI)
  • Analog: AV Multi Out x 1
  • Digital Audio: Digital Out (optical) x 1
  • Blu-ray/DVD/CD
  • HDMI 1.3, Up to 7.1 channels of audio, BD-Live
  • Plays PS3 video games

Price
$480

3. Samsung BD-P2500

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  • Full HD 1080p
  • BD Live 2.0 Ready
  • Ethernet and USB for firmware upgrades
  • DTS-HD upgradable
  • HDMI 1.3
  • Up to 7.1 channels of audio
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution decoding
  • USB port

Price
$310

4. Sony BDP-S550

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  • Bonus View & BD-Live (Profile 2.0) w/1GB flash memory for local storage
  • Full HD 1080/60p & 24p True Cinema Video Output
  • Dolby True HD/DTS-HD decoder built-in with 7.1ch out. Quick start up mode.
  • Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD bitstream out over HDMI (V1.3)
  • x.v.Color for AVC-HD

Price
$399

5. Panasonic DMP-BD30

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  • Final Standard Profile Blu-ray Player (BD-ROM Profile1 version 1.1)
  • 1080p output: 24p/60p via HDMI v1.3 with Deep Color
  • Up-conversion of standard DVDs to 1080p Playback
  • Dolby True HD Decoder, DTS/DTS-HD High Resolution/Master Audio Decoder
  • Pixel Precision Progressive Progressing for HD

Price
$399

6. Sharp Aquos BD-HP20U

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  • Full HD 1080p/24 fps video output
  • HDMI digital Interface
  • 7.1 Channel digital audio output
  • Quick Start Mode: enjoy content quickly without delay

Price
$288

7. Pioneer BDP-51FD

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  • The BDP-51FD provides up to 1920 x 1080p resolution for an unrivaled picture quality. And with True24FPS, now see your movies as the director intended
  • Single-Wire Connection: One HDMI 1.3a digital connection is all you need from the BDP-51FD to output both HD audio and video signals to your HDMI-capable A/V receiver or HD flat panel.
  • HDMI Control: Master your home theater universe. The BDP-51FD supports HDMI Control, which allows you to seamlessly control all your HDMI Control-equipped Pioneer A/V equipment with a single remote.
  • Wolfson Audio DACs: Each DAC features a signal-to-noise ratio of 117db. Wolfson DACs provide top-notch audio performance from music and movie soundtracks.
  • BonusView Support: Independent High-Definition simultaneous video streams. Watch your Blu-ray disc movies while watching the bonus features at the same time. (Picture-in-Picture)

Price
$274

8. Insignia NS-2BRDVD

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  • HDMI 1.3a
  • Up to 5.1 channels of audio
  • Blu-ray Bonus View
  • Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution decoding
  • USB port

Price
$199

9. LG Electronics BD300

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  • Blu-Ray Disc player with BD Live and BonusView
  • Netflix instant streaming ready with Netflix subscription
  • Full HD 1080p output via HDMI with Cinema mode at 24 or 60 frames per second
  • Superior audio performance with 7.1 channels with Dolby Digital Plus & TrueHD & dts-HD
  • LG Simplink connectivity of other LG products using HDMI connection
  • Dimensions: (WHD) 16.9 x 2.3 x 11 In.

Price
$310

10. Samsung BD-P1500

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  • Full HD 1080p Output for Blu-Ray Discs and selectable DVD Upconversion to 1080p
  • 1080p with 24 Hz Video Output
  • HDMI version 1.3, component video, S-Video outputs
  • Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts-HD
  • Ethernet connection lets you easily check for the latest firmware upgrades online

Price
$170

Discussion

Danny
October 28, 2009: 8:13 pm

Also found an updated list of top 10 bluray players here that seems to be more current:

bluray-players.net/top-10-blu-ray-players/

March 30, 2009: 4:32 pm

[...] is the only gaming console that offers a high quality Blu-Ray Player. On the other hand Microsoft being the supporter HD DVDs, without any surprise they have [...]

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