Blu-ray players might seem like yesterday's tech for gadget hounds, but they're still a bedrock of any modern home theater. Not only will a modern Blu-ray player handle all your disc-based media (Blu-ray, DVDs, CDs), they're also very capable streaming-media players, with support for apps like Netflix and Pandora.
Unlike DVD players, many Blu-ray players are internet ready with built-in Wi-Fi. This allows you to access the internet and use media streaming apps such as Netflix and Pandora. This is why Blu-ray players are at the top of the pyramid when it comes to home entertainment equipment. You get far more entertainment options, better picture and sound quality and overall the ability to have the ultimate movie experience in your own home without emptying your wallet.
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Blu-ray Disc players are changing the way we watch movies at home. Most of the Blu-ray players we reviewed have the ability to play DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray movies, so you don't need to worry about replacing you monster DVD collection. The best Blu-ray players can play a plethora of different video formats, including AVCHD and DivX video formats.
It is incredible what Blu-ray technology can do for your home entertainment system. Most Blu-ray players that have built-in Wi-Fi will provide instant access to media streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu and Pandora, and the Blu-ray systems that are DLNA certified allow you to connect all of your mobile devices through your Blu-ray so you can watch videos from your phone or laptop on your big screen.
All of the top 10 Blu-ray players we reviewed have the ability to play 3D Blu-rays. The most impressive of the Blu-ray players can convert your 2D Blu-rays to 3D. This brings a whole new dimension to your favorite movies.
The Blu-ray players that have Ultra HD upscaling improve the resolution of your Blu-rays four times higher than 1080p resolution. Some Blu-ray players may not be able to achieve Ultra HD upscaling but still can upscale the quality of your DVD to 1080p. Deep Color is a feature that expands your TV's color display from the millions to billions, allowing for a more vibrant, better quality picture.
You want the sound of your movie to be as high quality as your picture. A Blu-ray player that supports Dolby True HD and DTS-HD formats will bring you the best audio quality you will find outside of the theatre.
Inputs & Outputs
Blu-ray players will have the newest HDMI ports and digital outputs. It is also nice for a Blu-ray player to have older connections such as analog I/Os for anyone who is connecting to an older TV. Having USB ports can also further your player's media capabilities. USB connections can allow you to play music and videos stored on your USB. An Ethernet connection can also connect your Blu-ray player directly to the internet.
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