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Blu-Ray players are no longer a novelty but quite a familiar phenomenon. This article is a heads up for those of you who're out to purchase your first Blu-Ray player, but if you're already aware of the ins and outs of buying one, scroll straight down to our product listing below, where you'll find individual product rankings, specs and price options.

The reason Blu-Ray players took off so fast, so well is because of the high resolution video quality they offer (720p, 1080i, 1080p), among many other advantages; and with world cinema switching over to full HD why would you want to watch your favorite movies in anything other than the best quality it supports? What's more, with Blu-ray players appearing at subsidised price tags beginning at less than $100 and Blu-Ray discs at around $10, they're quite irresistible. The best thing about a Blu-ray player is that they're an added benefit without usurping the value of your venerable CD/DVD collection; they play Audio CDs and DVDs just as well as Blu-Ray discs and better than your DVD player.

Blu-Ray players come with the mechanism to play Blu-ray [1]movies which have a multiple channel surround sound format, so you don't have to strike a bargain with the sound dynamics for the sake of awesome video. With this Dolby or DTS surround sound support you can connect your speakers to the player for the immersive effect you get in a cinema hall.

Coming to the host of other features contained in today's Blu-Ray players, we address the connectivity issue. Almost all Blu-ray players have HDMI output ports, to connect to your HDTV, but in the event of there being no HDMI input on your TV, look for compatible audio and video ports to match your receiver or TV. If you're choosy about an HDMI input port, do a quick probe on its capabilities and limitations. Your player will also be internet ready with either a built-in Wi-Fi, Wi-fi-ready feature that just requires an adapter, or an ethernet port(in more basic models), depending on its price.

Last, but far from being the least significant is the 3D feature that's worth much more than it costs. Aside from giving you that breathtaking 3D HD experience, the best Blu-Ray player is 3D Ready and will give you stunning 2D performance while you wait for the next 3D movie to release.

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Panasonic DMP-BDT330

Panasonic DMP-BDT330 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player


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Panasonic DMP-BDT330
Samsung BD-F6500
Panasonic DMP-BDT230
Sony BDP-S5100
Oppo Digital BDP-103
Panasonic DMP-BDT330 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
Samsung BD-F6500 - 3D Blu-ray disc player
Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-Ray Player
Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi
Oppo Digital BDP-103 3D Blu-ray Player
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Mar 2013
Apr 2013
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Jan 2013
Oct 2012
DVD Type
Blu-Ray Player
DVD Player, Blu-Ray Player
Blu-Ray Player
Blu-Ray Player
Blu-ray Player
Playable Disk Types
BD-ROM, BD-RE/ BD-RE DL, BD-R/ BD-R DL, DVD-R/ DVD-R DL/ DVD-RW, DVD+R/DVD+R DL/DVD+RW, CD, CD-R/ -RW
Blu-ray Video, DVD-Video, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, CD DA, CD-R, CD-RW
DVD+R, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL, CD-R, DVD+R DL, DVD, CD, CD-DA, Blu-ray Disc, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RW
HD DVD, DVD+R, SACD, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL, CD-R, DVD, CD-DA, Blu-ray Disc, DVD+RW, DVD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RW
DVD Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD Audio, SACD, CD (Audio), CD-R, HDCD, BD-RE, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, BD-R
Progressive Scan
Progressive Scan
Progressive Scan
Number of Discs
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
DLNA Certified
Region Code
A, B, C
A, B, C
0, A, B, C

  • A juicy feature list, gob-smacking design and stellar performance put the DMP-BDT330 among the Blu-ray elite, but online content and presentation is the deck's weak link.


  • We're not convinced that there are better options if you want to introduce smart stuff to your living room, but this Panasonic Blu-ray player is nevertheless a great all-digital option. It's the easiest to use of any Blu-ray deck we've tested, and though it lacks some apps in among a rather old-fashioned GUI, it's also the fastest working.
    We've got no complaints about Blu-ray playback, either in 2D or 3D, while DVDs and online video are skilfully upscaled.


  • When it comes down to it, all of that extra stuff is nice, but the main job of a Blu-ray player is to deliver high-quality video from DVDs and Blu-ray discs. There are very few players that can do as good a job on Australian discs as the Panasonic DMP-BDT330.


  • If your budget doesn't stretch to the BD-F7500 - or you simply don't need 4K upscaling, two HDMIs and analogue audio outputs - then the BD-F6500 is a fine alternative. Apart from the above features and a more basic design it's essentially the same player at a lower price. That means you get the same generous internet content, slick DLNA streaming, screen mirroring, 3D playback and wide format compatibility, not to mention the superb new operating system that makes navigation a breeze.


  • We often see Blu-ray players and question why the manufacturer has included or excluded certain features, bearing in mind the price and positioning in the market. Not so, here.
    Jettisoning analogue outputs seems reasonable enough on what is a straightforward all-digital deck. By favouring and refining the smart TV side of things, Samsung seems to have its finger on the pulse and has delivered an excellent all round Blu-ray deck for today's rapidly evolving home entertainment market.


  • At first glance the £40 price difference between the BD-F6500 and the BD-F5500 feels like a lot to pay for built-in Wi-Fi and 7.1 surround sound (which hardly anyone will use). But this is a player fully equipped for the new age of content streaming. While the Catch-up TV, Netflix and LoveFilm apps will be rolling out to all Samsung's 2013 range of Blu-Ray players, only the F6500 (and the over-expensive F7500) will offer the flexibility of accessing content via built-in Wi-Fi.


  • The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 is a mostly solid Blu-ray player, except it serves up obnoxious ads in its onscreen interface.


  • Viewers after the latest and greatest collection of apps should look beyond the DMP-BDT230 and head for a Samsung deck. However, if you're after the very finest picture quality not only from 2D and 3D Blu-ray, but from upscaled DVDs, too, the low-priced DMP-BDT230 is dead centre of the sweet-spot.


  • The DMP-BDT230 powers up and loads discs very quickly, and I didn't encounter any freezes or stutters during disc playback. The player passed all of the 480i/1080i processing tests on the HQV Benchmark DVD and HD HQV Benchmark Blu-ray disc (Silicon Optix). For the most part, it cleanly rendered my real-world DVD scenes from Gladiator (DreamWorks) and The Bourne Identity (Universal), producing only an instant of moir in both scenes before it locked onto the 3:2 cadence.


  • The Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player offers a wealth of services and very good image quality for the money.


  • The Sony BDP-S5100 is a slick, versatile 3D Blu-ray player with killer web content and sumptuous HD pictures.


  • It costs a bit more than the other Sony Blu-Ray players, but not enough to break the bank. If you're buying this is conjunction with a new TV you won't even notice the price difference. Since the BDP-S5100 includes 3D playback and built-in Wi-Fi, we'd recommend that you choose this one instead of one of the cheaper models. It's always a good policy to future-proof yourself as much as possible when buying tech.


  • What's left to say about the Oppo's new BDP-103 universal Blu-ray player, except that it is currently the universal disc spinner to have and the one to beat and the fact that it doesn't cost you an arm, leg and kidney is just icing on the cake. There isn't anything this mighty player can't really do outside of a few missing formats, mainly ISO, and true UltraHD compatibility. Beyond that, the BDP-103 is all the player you need and then some. It's even an AV preamp, if you wish to get technical.


  • For a hefty price, the Oppo BDP-103 offers top-notch performance along with every feature you could want in a Blu-ray player and then some.


  • I have had the opportunity to review OPPO products going back to their first upscaling DVD player (OPDV971H) and with every Upscaling DVD and Blu-ray Disc player I have seen from them, up to this point, they have consistently provided solid build quality and the latest audio and video innovations, while retaining excellent core audio and video performance.


Top 5 blu-ray player:

  1. Panasonic DMP-BDT330 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
  2. Samsung BD-F6500 - 3D Blu-ray disc player
  3. Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-Ray Player
  4. Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi
  5. Oppo Digital BDP-103 3D Blu-ray Player