The 9 Best Blu Ray Players

Updated December 29, 2017 by Quincy Miller

9 Best Blu Ray Players
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We spent 45 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. There are few pleasures in life that can rival snuggling up for a long night of movie watching in the comfort of your own home. With these Blu-ray players, you can enjoy stunning visuals, crystal-clear audio, and streaming video support, allowing you to replicate the cinema experience without ever getting off the couch. You'll have to supply your own sticky floors and screaming kids, though. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best blu ray player on Amazon.

9. Magnavox MBP5630 Smart

If you're not looking to impress anyone, the Magnavox MBP5630 Smart is actually a quality player at a bargain-basement price. It doesn't support 4K or UHD viewing, but it still gives you a sharp 1080p picture with Wi-Fi capability, providing a fantastic Netflix experience.
  • good for college students
  • hdmi cable not included
  • sensitive to scratches on discs
Brand Magnavox
Model MBP5630/F7
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Samsung BD-J6300

The Samsung BD-J6300 plays Blu-rays beautifully, but it's how it handles streaming video that truly sets it apart. There's very little lag or buffering, so you can settle in and enjoy entire seasons of your favorite shows — and you'll only have to stop for bathroom breaks.
  • useful usb port
  • smaller than most other models
  • difficult-to-use app interface
Brand Samsung
Model BD-J6300/ZA
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

7. Yamaha BD-A1060

The Yamaha BD-A1060 is the audiophile's dream thanks to its XLR connections and SACD support, which will feed the highest quality audio signal possible to amplifiers of your choice. It can also play FLAC files if you prefer to stream your music via Wi-Fi or USB.
  • fairly diverse format support
  • can use dropbox as a network source
  • should have 4k at this price
Brand Yamaha
Model BD-A1060
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. Philips BDP7502

The Philips BDP7502 has everything you need for an incredible home movie experience, even if it can't quite compete with the more top-of-the-line models. You won't likely notice the things it's missing, though, but you might get annoyed by the tiny buttons on the remote.
  • has a small footprint
  • supports dolby vision
  • long loading time is irritating
Brand Philips
Model BDP7502/F7
Weight 5.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Samsung UBD-M8500

The Samsung UBD-M8500 doesn't have a front display, but that just means there are less flashing lights to distract you while you're trying to enjoy "John Wick 2." It will give you fantastic performance with any model of TV, but it plays especially well with other Samsungs.
  • optical surround sound connection
  • easy to hook up
  • some apps are glitchy on it
Brand Samsung
Model UBD-M8500/ZA
Weight 6.1 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Xbox One X

The Blu-ray player on the Xbox One X got off to a shaky start, but Microsoft quickly fixed many of the early problems and now it's a fantastic addition to your home theater setup. When you factor in the gaming component, it makes this an incredibly versatile machine.
  • supports netflix and amazon in hdr
  • gets the most out of 4k tvs
  • impressive dolby atmos sound
Brand Microsoft
Model CYV-00001
Weight 10.7 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Samsung UBD-M7500

If you don't care about Wi-Fi, the Samsung UBD-M7500 is a fantastic low-cost option with more than enough power to blow you away. And if you do care about streaming movies, you can still hook it up to the internet with a wired connection, so you won't miss a thing.
  • remote is simple and streamlined
  • upscales 1080p video
  • classy minimalist design
Brand Samsung
Model UBD-M7500/ZA
Weight 6.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Sony UBP-X800

The Sony UBP-X800 is all about those streaming apps: it has Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, and dozens more available. You can even get HDR with YouTube, which is more than enough to keep you entertained for weeks on end. The Bluetooth connection is a nice touch as well.
  • fast and responsive wifi link
  • setup is very intuitive
  • quiet when in use
Brand Sony
Model UBP-X800
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Oppo UDP-203 Ultra

If you're the one in your family who's always upset with the tiniest flaws in picture or sound quality, then the Oppo UDP-203 Ultra will be one of the best investments you ever make. You'll notice things in 4K that you never saw before, even in your most-watched films.
  • fast loading times
  • supports dolby vision
  • solid and durable construction
Brand OPPO Digital
Model UDP-203
Weight 14.5 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Nostalgia, Evolution, And True Clarity

Entertainment technology has come a long way in a very short period of time. At one point, it seemed as though the days of the Video Home System (VHS) format would never end. VHS tapes still offer nostalgia for those familiar with the eighties and nineties, even before the Digital Video Disc (DVD) player became common. As an example, I can still remember that faithfully-anticipated day when one of my favorite animated films, The Lion King, was finally released to home video. Rushing to my local Sam Goody, I remember purchasing 2 VHS copies sealed in that familiar shrink wrap and I couldn't wait to get home and pop the tape into my video cassette recorder (VCR). A VHS tape was the most familiar and popular form of home video media through at least the mid-nineties.

The evolution from VHS to DVD was like a revolution to many with the main differences between the two formats being the change in physical media storage and the fact that DVDs didn't stretch or wear out over time like tapes do. DVD players became extremely common by the early twenty-first century and hit their peak of popularity by 2003.

Though the evolution from VHS to DVD format was a big step, there was still something missing. While video could be archived on an optical disc without degrading in quality, high-definition media also began to permeate into the consumer market. Television stations began broadcasting content in crystal clear 1080p resolution, the IMAX theater released highly-anticipated films on huge screens and in high-definition quality, so it seemed only natural that consumers would want the opportunity to own and watch their favorite films and television shows in full high-definition splendor without any loss in video quality. It was inevitable that the next logical step following the DVD player was a disc format capable of storing high-definition audio and video content for consumption at home on a Blu-ray player.

On April 10, 2003, Sony Corporation released their first home consumer Blu-ray player, the BDZ-S77. This device was only released in Japan with the underlying problem being that there was no established standard for prerecorded Blu-ray video, nor were there any Blu-ray discs released for playback on the device.

The first consumer-accessible Blu-ray player was the Samsung BDP-1000, which began shipping in mid-June 2006 amidst the battle with the rival HD DVD format developed by Toshiba. Today, Blu-ray players are available from many of the major home electronics manufacturers and have come down in price considerably so that a large majority of consumers can enjoy the format.

The Benefits Of A Blu-ray Player

Blu-ray technology was developed by a group of electronics manufacturers. Its name comes from the use of a blue-violet laser diode with a wavelength that is shorter than the red laser diode used to read standard DVD media. The blue-violet laser inside a Blu-ray player allows the Blu-ray disc to contain a much larger amount of data than a DVD can store and with a much higher picture resolution, which is why watching one (especially a modern film) is like watching the actors through a crystal clear window.

The violet laser's shorter wavelength can focus on a small area of a Blu-ray disc. In so doing, this laser reads a disc's information in pits that are significantly smaller in scale and more closely packed together than those on a DVD, which ultimately increases the volume of information that can be stored on the Blu-ray disc. A standard DVD holds up to 4.7 gigabytes of data, whereas a Blu-ray disc can hold up to 25 gigabytes. Dual-layered Blu-ray discs hold up to 50 gigabytes of data.

A Blu-ray player is a backwards-compatible device that can read both Blu-ray and DVD optical media. Many Blu-ray players today not only take advantage of the high-resolution video stored on a Blu-ray disc, but they also offer a wide range of internet connectivity to video on demand streaming services so you can view high-definition media without actually having to play a disc. That being said, people still find comfort in owning physical media, so the disc format is not likely to disappear anytime soon.

Don't Be Blue, Get Blu

Thanks to Blu-ray's popularity, you don't have to work too hard to find an excellent-quality Blu-ray player at a competitive price. That said, there are a few things you'll want to be aware of when making your decision.

Firstly, consider the kind of connectivity you'll need. If you can find a player with several High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) inputs and outputs, for example, it will be easy for you to connect multiple devices (i.e. televisions and smartphones). Many Blu-ray players can also be controlled by a mobile device using your home Wi-Fi network, which makes it easy to keep your player out of sight.

Streaming and wireless capabilities are important features for many. There are a variety of subscription video streaming services available to which a Blu-ray player can connect. This capability is particularly useful if you don't have a lot of storage space for your Blu-ray discs and would rather stream most of your high-definition content instead. One must be sure to check which services are available to the player before purchasing.

If you have a television capable of displaying three-dimensional content (3D), then definitely go for a Blu-ray player that supports the playback of 3D disc media.

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Last updated on December 29, 2017 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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