Blu-ray Players

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Ed Selley  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments
Unconventional cool Samsung's ultra-thin deck is more proof of the brand’s style ambitions

This achingly petite BD player claims to be the world’s smallest Blu-ray player and it’s more of a lifestyle statement than a traditional AV component. Available in trendy silver or gloss black, it’s a remarkable example of ‘Harry Potter’ engineering.

Ed Selley  |  Jun 17, 2011  |  0 comments
Flexible AV friend Danny Phillips savours a combination package of Blu-ray player with Freeview HD PVR and finds Samsung has catered for almost every need

Why take two hi-def sources into the shower when you can simply watch ‘n’ go with Samsung’s latest Blu-ray player/Freeview HD PVR combi? By forcing these two products into shared accommodation, Samsung is putting an unfeasible amount of content at your disposal, as well as saving you some space in your AV cabinet.

Danny Phillips  |  Jun 25, 2012  |  0 comments

Smart is still the big buzzword in the AV world. Slapping it on a product guarantees instant kudos, enticing buyers with promises of extra web content and clever networking tricks. It’s an approach taken by Samsung for the BD-E8500, whose ‘Smart PVR’ not only brings you all the usual TV trappings like twin Freeview HD tuners and a 500GB HDD, but also the company’s online internet portal as well as playback of 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs.

John Archer  |  Jul 18, 2016  |  0 comments

The first Ultra HD Blu-ray player to find its way onto our test bench, Panasonic’s excellent DMP-UB900, is a hard act to follow. But Samsung’s UBD-K8500 makes a case for itself right from the off thanks to the £430 price – a saving of £170 over its rival. Is there a hidden cost behind this up-front saving?

Ed Selley  |  May 28, 2011  |  0 comments
3D home thin-ema Steve May looks for substance behind the style of Sharp’s first 3D spinner  

Sharp’s first 3D player elicits gasps when you unpack it. The wafer-thin design, with black top-plate and gunmetal trim, is certainly dramatic. You can even choose how you want to use it: flat or vertical (a plastic stand is included).

Ed Selley  |  Mar 21, 2012  |  0 comments
It’s good to be green The BDP-S185 is a downsized Blu-ray player with a low carbon footprint. Polar bear-loving Steve May can see its appeal

Sony’s BDP-S185 is an affordable, ridiculously compact Blu-ray player with full ‘net functionality. Just 290mm wide, principally because it uses an outboard power brick, it’s being promoted both as space-saving and energy efficient. This is home theatre for eco warriors on a budget.

Ed Selley  |  Oct 30, 2011  |  0 comments
A Sony for the boracic lint Danny Phillips advises potential buyers to find another £20

Sony’s bottom-of-the-range Blu-ray spinner offers a lot in performance and specifications for its meagre £130 ticket, but misses out on a couple of the key features that its BDP-S480 sibling brings to the party for only £20 more. With that in mind, it’s only worth considering if you’re really hard up, or are looking to upgrade your bedroom setup.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments
The God of VoD The BDP-S480 offers so much on-tap entertainment, you may never spin a disc

Sony’s BDP-S570 player was a runaway hit during 2010, hoovering up more awards than the clean-up crew at the BAFTAs – so this closely related follow-up has a lot to live up to.

Steve May  |  Dec 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Sony has a chequered history when it comes to Blu-ray players. Its last high-end offering was back in 2009, and came in the shape of the admirably over-engineered BDP-S5000ES. Yet back then BD decks were simpler affairs, dedicated to the task of extracting the maximum number of bits from discs.

Steve May  |  Sep 30, 2012  |  0 comments

The latest flagship in Sony’s Blu-ray player fleet is surprisingly self-effacing. It’s priced at just over 200 notes and has a relatively generic design (slim, black, gently curved in places), yet it packs a forward-looking feature set that few players at any price point can match. After several hours of use, I found myself looking for a catch. Is the BDP-S790 player really the rock-solid, gold-plated bargain it first appears to be?

Ed Selley  |  Dec 13, 2011  |  0 comments
Sony frees Blu-ray In this age of tablets and video streaming is there still room for a portable Blu-ray player? Sony thinks so. Steve May takes some BDs on the road

If you’ve been building a collection of Blu-ray discs you may well be wondering how you’re going to watch your movies on the move. Ripping BDs is impractical and, despite a great deal of puff, digital lockers have yet to open for business. Enter the BDP-SX1, Sony’s first stab at a transportable.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 09, 2018  |  0 comments

With the UBP-X700, Sony has added a new player to its Ultra HD Blu-ray stable that promises some improved functionality overs its predecessors, yet cuts other corners to hit a new, mass market price point.

Steve May  |  Nov 23, 2016  |  0 comments
I know what you're thinking. Why would anyone buy a new 2K Blu-ray player when 4K Ultra HD models are finally starting to appear? As it happens, if we're talking about Sony's new UHP-H1 flagship, then price and performance are pretty darn compelling reasons. After all, why gamble on the fledgling 4K format when this player has more universal appeal?
Mark Craven  |  Aug 19, 2014  |  0 comments

The T+A Caruso Blu is described by its German manufacturer as a 'complete multi-source hi-fi system.' As a product, it's delightfully esoteric – a heavyweight, premium-priced one-box solution that works as a Blu-ray player, media player, CD deck, DAB/'net/FM radio and a Bluetooth dock. It's undoubtedly a lifestyle product, but one that promises a high level of performance. 

Richard Stevenson  |  Apr 25, 2012  |  0 comments

Mmmm, I do love a bit of high-class German booty. In fact, I reckon the look and feel of the T+A K8 Blu-ray receiver justifies its not insubstantial price tag alone. The promise of T+A sound quality and German engineering is a very appealing prospect, too – for those looking for a simple AV solution with proper high-end performance, the K8 is pretty much in a class of its own.

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