Guide to Buying a Blu-ray Player

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With Blu-ray players becoming more affordable by the day, many are ditching their old DVD players for the high-definition home entertainment experience offered by Blu-rays.

If you own a high definition (HD) TV then investing in a Blu-ray player is worth considering. The rich picture quality and high quality surround sound (DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD) makes the HDTV experience even better.

Besides offering a greater viewing experience, the Blu-ray player will also play your existing collection of DVDs and stream online video content. While a regular DVD can store up to 4.7GB of data, the Blu-ray discs can hold as much as 50GB.

Given the wide variety of Blu-ray players available in the market, choosing the right one for your home can be a daunting task. Regardless of whether you need a basic model, or feature-rich version, here are some important aspects on which you must evaluate the various brands.

1.    Web features: Just like your Smart TV, Blu-ray players also allow access to online portals that offer loads of downloadable applications and video streaming. If you already have an on-demand TV, then it is a good idea to buy a Blu-ray player that offers access to a different web portal. This way, you can broaden your programme viewing access.

2.    Networking access: Almost all Blu-ray players sold today can play internet-based content. All internet compatible Blu-ray players come with an Ethernet socket. However, some players come with an in-built Wi-Fi, while others need a dedicated Wi-Fi dongle, which means that you will need to pay extra. Choose a Blu-ray model as per the internet connection in your home.

3.    3D compatibility: Not all Blu-ray players support 3D discs. If you have a 3D compatible 1080p HD TV, consider spending a little more to buy a 3D compatible Blu-ray player.

4.    Media player files: If you have a good collection of video or music files on your computer, buy a Blu-ray player that has an in-built USB media reader. However, file compatibility varies across models. So do check if the Blu-ray player you are buying accepts file media formats that you have.

5.   Blu-ray recording: If you enjoy recording your TV programmes, then combine a Blu-ray burner with a hard-drive recorder. You can then record TV programmes directly on the hard drive and then archive them on a blank Blu-ray disc. However, it is important to note that not all Blu-ray players play home recordings.

Some Blu-ray players can upscale the DVD content to high definition. If you want to play your DVD collection on your Blu-ray player, buy one that offers this feature.

Here are some popular Blu-ray models recommended by whathifi.com.

Price Range

Best model

Price

Upto £100

Sony BDP-S4100

£95

£100-£150

Sony BDP-S5100

£140

£150-£300

Sony BDP-S790

£200

Above £300

Marantz UD7007

£700

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