Here’s a review of the best blue-ray disc players on the market today, hand-picked for performance and value.
First up, we have the Panasonic DMP-BD30K 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player, which features ability to convert regular DVDs into 1080P resolution, a plus over the other Blu-ray disc players that can’t do this.
- 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: $326.95 on Amazon
Next up, we have the Samsung BD-P1500 1080P Blu-Ray Disc Player, featuring DVD upconversion upto 1080P resolution like the Panasonic. Another plus is the fact that you can hook it up to your ethernet network to receive free firmware updates, meaning you are buying a product that can improve itself. (or perhaps even hackable)
Basically the Samsung does everything the Panasonic does except it’s almost half the price and also better brand let me add.
- 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: $199.10 at Amazon
Last but not least, is the Sony BDP-BX1 1080P Blu-Ray Disc Player, which even comes with a free HDMI cable.
Sony is probably your safest bet for Blu-ray discs since they are the inventors. The Sony also does everything that Panasonic and Samsung can do.
- HD playback 1080p, 1080i, 720p
- Compatible with Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-R RW, DVD+R RW
- HDMI cable included – Backlit remote control
- DVD Upscaling to 1080p via HDMI
- Dolby TrueHD decoding built-in Dolby TrueHD /DTS-HD bitstream out over HDMI (V1.3)
Price: $324 on Amazon
Being price-conscious that I am, I don’t see why I should go with the Panasonic and Sony when Samsung is clearly half the price and provides all the same features.
Of course, maybe you can enlighten if otherwise.