Sony BDP-S380 vs Toshiba BDX3200 vs Arcam

Six Blu-ray decks for different budgets

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There’s a wide range of decks on the market designed to satisfy any budget, from bog-standard affordable models to pricey high-end affairs, and we’ve selected six for you to consider.

In the last few years Blu-ray players have evolved from straight-up disc spinners to all-singing, all-dancing entertainment centres. Now you can stream media from PCs, watch web videos and play content from USB devices – as well as watching razor-sharp hi-def movies in 2D or 3D, of course.


Best: Internet content
Sony BDP-S380
Love: Internet content, two USB ports, picture quality
Hate: No DivX, 3D or built-in Wi-Fi
Sony BDP-S380 review I Link: Sony

Best: Price
Toshiba BDX3200
Love: 3D playback, USB port, MKV and DivX HD
Hate: Light on features, lightweight build quality
Toshiba BDX3200 review I Link: Toshiba

Step up

Best: Looks
Philips BDP7600
Love: Features, looks, pictures
Hate: Web browsing
Philips BDP7600 review I Link: Philips

Best: Features
Samsung BD-D6900
Love: Feature list, Freeview HD, design, pictures
Hate: Single tuner, some sluggish menus
Samsung BD-D6900 review I Link: Samsung


Best: Picture quality
Panasonic DMP-BDT310
Love: Feature list, picture quality
Hate: 3D conversion, Viera Cast, expensive
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 review I Link: Panasonic

Best: Performance
Arcam BDP100
Love: AV performance, build quality
Hate: Lacks features, expensive
Arcam BDP100 review I Link: Arcam