Blu-ray players supersede the usefulness of DVD and CD players. This is because they can play DVDs and CDs as well as allow you to stream popular movie services like Amazon and Netflix. If you are in the market for one, keep in mind the following points below in order to choose the right Blu-ray player for your needs.
Types of blue ray players
There are two types of Blu-ray players to choose from - standard and 4K Ultra HD. If you want a Blu-ray player that is packed with features, then go for Ultra HD; otherwise, choose the standard one.
|Standard Blu-ray player|| |
If you are unsure whether to get a standard DVD player or a Blu-ray player, think of the benefits you will get with the latter. If you go with a Blu-ray player, you will get a much better picture quality compared to DVD players. Together with a 1080p HDTV, you will see images in better detail and therefore get an enjoyable viewing experience.
|4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player||If you are looking for a Blu-ray player that will complement the great resolution of a 4K UHD TV, then a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player like the ones from Samsung is the ideal choice. A 4K resolution has four times the dimension (3840x2160 pixels) of a regular Blu-ray player. With that, a 4K Blu-ray player can provide rich full colors and a high dynamic range (HDR) feature, which provides an improved contrast to images. Aside from regular Blu-ray discs, 4K Blu-ray players can also play DVDs and CDs. Plus, they support streaming video services like Netflix that provide 4K content.|
Things to Consider when looking for a Blu-ray player
To get a satisfactory viewing or streaming experience with your Blu-ray player, you need to consider the following features below.
Blu-ray players come with HDMI outputs that support audio and video on a cable to your TV. If your Blu-ray player has an HDR capability, then it needs an HDMI 2.0 an output. While standard Blu-ray players support HDMI 1.4 connections. Also, if you want to make use of your older HDTV with no HDMI inputs, then check if the Blu-ray player has a component video output. Besides HDMI outputs, also check if the Blu-ray player supports audio connections. These enable multichannel audio and stereo.
Unlike HDTVs, Blu-ray players not only allow you to play DVDs and CDs but also connect to streaming services. However, keep in mind that not all Blu-ray players are compatible with different movie services. So, look for a model that support the streaming service you want. Video streaming services oftentimes vary by brand, and they could change over time if the manufacturer comes with new arrangements with movie providers. In addition, if you want to connect to your streaming service, you can choose between a wired connection to your home network or WiFi. Make sure your Blu-ray player comes with a WiFi capability if you don’t want to deal with wires.
Most Blu-ray players from renowned brands like Sony support a 5.1-channel surround audio and a 7.1-channel sound from Blu-ray discs. They will also allow you to listen to quality audio formats like Dolby TrueHD. To enjoy this audio format, make sure you connect to the Blu-ray player’s HDMI output, unless if the player is integrated with an internal decoder and analog connections.