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9 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Blu-ray Player

Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer the best image and sound quality available, far surpassing any streaming or broadcast source. Of course, enjoying that quality requires a Blu-ray or UHD Blu-ray player, but how do you select the one that's best for you? Here are some things to think about as you consider your options.

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Good read, though the Samsung UHD units are now going for under $200, possibly due to the Xbox one S representing a better value.

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Examples of players with dual HDMI outputs include all Oppo models, the Samsung UBD-K8500 UHD player, and Panasonic DMP-UB900 UHD player.
@Scott Wilkinson : The Philips BDP7501 UHD Blu-ray player also has dual HDMI outputs and has dropped to nearly 1/3 off it's original retail price in many places. AVSForum has two threads related to it:

I recommend that you link to the owner threads for each of the devices, I know that's a non-trivial exercise, but it would reinforce the local community forums as well as give prospective owners a good place to research and ask for advice when comparing their options.

Personally, I find UHD blu-ray compelling (especially with HDR) and it is hard to go back to HD, but it is not always the wow factor every single moment. Many times, it is subtle and hard to distinguish unless you can go back and forth between the same UHD and HD or streaming source, but I do see improvements in every moment. I think insuring you have a great UHD HDR display is the most important thing to do first.
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Should the Blue Ray player provide the upscaling? or should that be left to the TV? I have the Samsung KS8000 4K TV that does the job of upscaling.. Interested in your opinion of which component should do the upscaling ..
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While cost is one of the factors, talk outside of the Deals' Forum is limited to MSRP. Please keep all deals talk in the deals' subforum.

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Should the Blue Ray player provide the upscaling? or should that be left to the TV? I have the Samsung KS8000 4K TV that does the job of upscaling.. Interested in your opinion of which component should do the upscaling ..
Unfortunately one of things you'll have to try.

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WANTED: A "dumb" blu-ray player

I already have all the streaming services I need on my
Sony TV, Roku, and xbox one.

I'm looking for a "dumb" blu-ray player that does only one thing and does it well: play blu-ray discs with fast load times and excellent picture quality. Budget: $50

Why don't manufacturers get that there is a market for "dumb" devices? Why would anyone want yet another device with the same streaming services?

Any recommendations?
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There's plenty of low end Blu-Ray players for $50, most of them are dumb at that price point. But they will generally be slower as they are built to the price, so they use slower drives and processors but they will be adequate.

Check out your local Walmart and be amazed as they probably have a half dozen at that price.

As for making them smart, well, it comes about because the CPU power is there - when you've got a more powerful CPU, adding smart services is trivial - it costs practically nothing and for a lot of people, it's a value add. If you don't want it, don't use it - but the faster drives and speed might make it more worthwhile to spend the extra $50 and not use the smart features.
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Do the game consoles support 3D Audio yet?
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There's plenty of low end Blu-Ray players for $50, most of them are dumb at that price point. But they will generally be slower as they are built to the price, so they use slower drives and processors but they will be adequate.

Check out your local Walmart and be amazed as they probably have a half dozen at that price.

As for making them smart, well, it comes about because the CPU power is there - when you've got a more powerful CPU, adding smart services is trivial - it costs practically nothing and for a lot of people, it's a value add. If you don't want it, don't use it - but the faster drives and speed might make it more worthwhile to spend the extra $50 and not use the smart features.
Yeah, that makes sense. So would the $100 3D wifi blu-ray players from Sony/Samsung/Phillips/Panasonic provide adequate drive speeds and solid drives without the "premium" price tag? Currently I have a Sony BD3100 which I consider to be slow and noisy, but I haven't seen good reviews of the newer Sony's either.
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