A load of the best Blu-ray players to choose from
Streaming services have a lot of serious advantages, including things like convenience and value for money, but sometimes they can’t beat playing films and TV from a disc. They don’t need an internet connection to work, don’t have to worry about losing access to them, and you have the bonus of being able to display your collection on your shelves.
Stand-alone DVD players are pretty much a thing of the past these days, but thanks to the mass adoption of Blu-ray you can grab yourselves a decent player for a decent price. Plus backwards compatibility means you won’t have to upgrade any of your older discs.
Here we have things from a lot of the names you might expect, including Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, and more. Prices range from as low as £59 all the way up to £419, so there’s plenty here to match your budget and needs.
So if there are plenty of cheap players out there, why buy an expensive one? Well if you want the very best it’s going to cost quite a bit, and thankfully the Panasonic DMP-BDT700 is one of the most extensive Blu-ray players on the market. Not only does it play DVDs, 2D Blu-rays, and 3D Blu-rays, it also has 4K upscaling, extensive file compatibility, and a bunch of smart features. What really sets it apart is the picture quality, with rich hues, intense black levels, and incredible levels of detail. You won’t be getting that on a £90 player.
£330 | Buy Panasonic DMP-BDT700
A budget option, the Sony BDPS5500 is a Wi-Fi enabled Blu-Ray player that covers most of your bases. The Wi-Fi not only means you get firmware updates as and when they’re available, it also means you can cast Miracast-enabled devices to showcase on your TV. It also plays Blu-rays, DVDs, 3D Blu-rays, and has access to a variety of streaming content including Netflix, Amazon, Sony Entertainment Network, and iPlayer.
£75 | Buy Sony BDPS5500
If you’re the kind of person who still enjoys watching and recording live TV as well as disc-based media, then this is one for you. The Samsung BD-H8900 is a Blu-ray 3D Wi-Fi enabled Blu-Ray player that also has Freeview+ capabilities. That means it’s a TV tuner, can pause and rewind live TV, and you can use its built-in 500GB hard drive to record live TV. That means it can hold 199 hours and 126 hours of 2D and HD content respectively. It also plays a number of video and audio formats, as well as an app store for streaming content.
£169 | Buy Samsung BD-H8900
This one has all sorts of fancy features thrown into the mix, but doesn’t have the extortionate price-point you’d normally associate with them. It plays standard 2D and 3D Blu-rays and DVDs, but if you happen to plug it into an Ultra HD TV then it’ll upscale the picture to better suit the high resolution display. It also has an app store with numerous streaming apps, access to Sony’s Entertainment Network, an AV receiver for your home cinema sound system, and the ability to mirror your smartphone’s display on your TV. It also has super fast Wi-Fi to avoid slow streaming speeds.
£169 | Buy Sony BDP-S7200
If you thought the last one was great value, the Samsung BD-H6500 is going to blow you away. For an incredibly low price, this beauty doesn’t hold out on you. It’s got 4K upscaling, TV catch-up apps, and the option to wirelessly connect with smart devices. That last one lets you beam photos, videos, and games while using your phone as a controller. It also means you can mirror your phone’s screen onto the TV.
£86 | Buy Samsung BD-H6500
4K upscaling is great and everything, but don’t you want a player that can actually handle 4K content? Panasonic DMP-BDT460 can’t handle 4K video, but it can show off 4K images. That’s only a small feature, sure, but it’s a step forward. It’s also got a great selection of apps to download, Miracast sharing to connect with your smart devices, and two HDMI outputs so you can pick this up without having to ditch your non-HDMI AV system.
£150 | Buy Panasonic DMP-BDT460