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Blu-ray player reviews

Last updated: 18 July 2016

As streaming digital content becomes more popular, there are still some good reasons to buy a Blu-ray player – particularly if you've already got a library of DVD and Blu-ray discs. Our buying guide will help explain the features to look for, and How we test explains how we get our scores.

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Our test covers the Xbox One, Sony PS4 as well as dedicated Blu-ray players. Our expert testers give every Blu-ray player a thorough workout to find the models that:

  • have the best picture quality
  • are easiest to use
  • are fastest at loading discs
  • are the most energy efficient.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which models have 3D capabilities and smartphone or tablet screen mirroring, and which can upscale to high-definition 4K.

This review includes tents from an earlier test that are now discontinued, but you may be able to buy them second hand. You can view them by selecting 'Discontinued' under the Related Products filters at bottom left.

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Smartphone or tablet screen mirroring
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Via Wifi-direct or Miracast

USB ports
YouTube
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Includes a YouTube app.

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We check to see how easy the player’s remote control, menu system and other functions are to use.

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Operational noise score
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This score reflects the amount of noise that can be heard when the player is running. Noises that are noticeable when playing a movie will reduce the score.

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DVD picture quality score
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Three testers use two identical reference screens to test picture quality. We view a DVD movie in its native format and then upscaled to 1080p.

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  • Blu-ray picture quality score
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  • 4K upscaling score
  • Browsing score
  • Mirroring score
  • Time to load a DVD (sec)
  • Time to load a Blu-ray disc (sec)
  • Power consumption disc spinning (W)
  • Standby power (W)
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  • Brand
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  • Dimensions WxHxD (cm)
  • Number of HDMI outputs
  • HDMI type
  • Built-in wireless
  • Ethernet connector
  • USB ports
  • Location of USB
  • Analog audio outputs
  • Digital audio output
  • Digital audio type
  • User can update Apps
  • Manufacturer can update Apps
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  • YouTube
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