Best Blu-ray Players for Beating Boredom

With movie theaters around the world closed for an indeterminate period of time, along with the shutdown of restaurants and clubs and sports, home entertainment provides an outlet that keeps boredom at bay. And one of the most cost-effective ways to enhance your home entertainment options is with a Blu-ray player. Yes… a Blu-ray player!

The scope of the coronavirus pandemic is such that the Internet itself is being stressed by all the new traffic, resulting in Disney+ and Netflix cutting streaming bandwidth in Europe. And even if there is no shortage of server-side bandwidth, households that now need to support a whole family’s viewing habits, as well as work-from home activities like teleconferencing, could easily find their Internet service pushed to its limits.

But Blu-ray takes up zero Internet bandwidth and offers picture excellent Picture quality and sound. We’re even not talking about 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here, regular HD Blu-ray provides excellent quality, as well as an expansive catalog of titles that are inexpensive to purchase. PS3 and PS4 console owners can also play HD Blu-rays on optical drive-equipped consoles.

Of course, if you have got the budget and a compatible display, you’ll probably want to look at a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player—or an Xbox One—since they are also compatible with regular Blu-rays and DVDs. You can find UHD Blu-ray players at prices starting under $200.

Even with HD Blu-ray you’ll enjoy quality that rivals the best streaming options and with 4K you’ll enjoy full theatrical-quality movies in the comfort of your home, all without using up Internet bandwidth.


Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

1. Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player


– Affordable, full featured 4K player
– Features Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos
– Upscales everything to 4K
– Built-in 4K streaming
– Plays regular Blu-ray, DVD, CD


2. Sony UBP-X800M2 4K UHD Blu-Ray Disc Player


– Step-up model to UBP-X700
– Solid chassis with anti-vibration construction
– Supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision playback
– Up to 4K 60p upscaling
– Also plays SACD


3. LG UBK90 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Player

– Affordable 4K player
– Supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision playback
– Plays Blu-rays & DVDs, streams in 4K


4. Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player DP-UB420


– High-dynamic range playback in three 4K/HDR formats HDR10+, HDR10 and hybrid log-gamma (hlg)
– Panasonic HCX Processor  for precise Chroma and HDR processing
– 4K high-precision Chroma Processor 4K image color signals (4: 2: 0) are interpolated into 4K (4: 4: 4) by a multi-tap Chroma process
– Works with Alexa command a variety of operations without your remote


5. Sony UBP-X1100ES 4K UHD Blu-ray Player with HDR


– Premium player from Sony
– Features Dolby Vision
– Upscales everything, up to 4K/60p
– Built-in 4K streaming
– Plays regular Blu-ray, DVD, CD
– Solid build

 


6. Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player DP-UB820 with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision


– Popular premium player
– Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10
– Advanced picture processing for pristine images
– Plays back DSD audio
– 4K streaming

 


7. Xbox One S & Xbox One X Consoles


Microsoft’s Xbox One is of the most complete and capable entertainment system is that you can buy, with excellent streaming capabilities, a built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, and of course its ability to play games.  Meanwhile, the Xbox One X offers enhanced gaming graphics for modest increase in price. Either console offers everything you need to enjoy music, movies and gaming at a cost that’s not much higher than a dedicated Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

– Plays Ultra HD Blu-ray and regular blu-ray
– Tons of video games available
– Also a great platform for streaming
– One device that does it all
– Need to buy a version of the console that includes a drive


HD Blu-ray Players

1. Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-Ray Disc Player with Built-in Wi-Fi


– Under $100
– Fast load and start
– Also streams Netflix, YouTube etc.
– Upscales DVD to HD
– Also plays CDs


2. Sony BDPS6700 4K Upscaling 3D Streaming Blu-Ray Disc Player


– Only $100
– 3D compatible
– Built-in 4K upscaling
– Supports screen mirroring with Android devices
– Features DLNA, USB playback

 


3. Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro


– Plays standard Blu-ray
– Incredibly popular gaming platform
– Also great for streaming, including 4K
– Need to buy a version of the console that includes a drive


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