If you're pondering whether to spend money on a Blu-ray player as streaming digital content becomes more popular, there are still some good reasons to take the plunge – particularly if you've already got a library of DVD and Blu-ray discs.
Blu-ray is currently, and probably will be for the near future, the best quality picture you can get on your TV. This is regardless of whether you have a normal HD TV or have splashed out on a 4K model. There is very little 4K content easily available, so a Blu-ray player that does a good job of upscaling from 1080p to 4K will make the movies you currently own look even better.
If your TV doesn't have many smart features like TV catch-up, DLNA, mirroring, or apps like YouTube, a Blu-ray player can add these features for relatively little cost.
A Blu-ray player can play your DVD
s and the best of them will upscale them to near-Blu-ray quality. Unfortunately, many struggle with this, so check the DVD picture quality score in the table below.
This test will help you decide which Blu-ray player:
- has the best picture quality
- is the best at upscaling DVD quality to HD
- is the easiest to use
- has the best ability to network and the most connection types
- plays which formats
- loads discs the fastest
- is the most energy efficient.