For the ultimate high definition digital experience, a Blu-ray player is a must have. With a large selection of players now available, the choice is increasing whilst the value is improving rapidy. The features on the players are also getting comprehensive, with every thing from 3D Ready to Wi-Fi capable players now available. To get the full benefit of high definition quality you will need to play Blu-ray discs of course, but the players are also extremely adept at playing standard DVD's by upscaling to near HD quality, making them ideal if you want to replace your current player.
The vast choice of players now available can make choosing between them daunting, and whilst it's true that pretty much any player will give a fantastic high definition experience, we reckon these three are the best buys at the moment:
Sony’s 2012 budget player springs a few welcome surprises this year, as well as a brand new design, but it is enough to keep them ahead of the new batch of cheaper players starting to arrive?
The BDP-S580 is Sony’s top of the range Blu-ray player for 2011/12 and offers many features, of which its on-line capabilities and content offering are its heart.
A new top of the range Blu-ray player from Panasonic brings even more features as well have all the ones we’ve come to expect. If 3D Readiness and built in Wi-Fi weren’t enough, the BDT310 also has twin HDMI outputs.
With nearly all modern Blu-ray players being compatible with BD-Live and being able to access online content, an internet connection is an essential part of the whole experience. Most players have at least a network socket on the rear but if you cannot get access to a nearby router, then a Wi-Fi enabled Blu-ray is a much more convenient choice.
The selection of movies available is currently small but is increasing all the time, so if you want your next player to last into the next generation of home cinema, then why not buy into this exciting cutting edge technology now?
With the ever increasing number of players now available, it is getting more and more difficult to choose between them. Our Blu-ray Player Buyers Guide has been written specifically to help you decide what features you really need and how to make the right decision when choosing your high definition player.
Blu-ray is still a relatively new format, so we've answered some of the most common and frequently asked questions to help you get all the information you need.