Finding the Best Blu-Ray Player for Your Home
Finding the Best Blu-Ray Player for Your Home Theater
You’re working on creating the perfect home theater system, and what better way to complete it by adding a Blu-Ray player? Blu-Ray players brings high quality images to any TV show or movie that you want. And, it’s also the perfect way to get the crisp and clear movie theater quality images you want at home. But, how do you know what kind of Blu-Ray player to choose? We’ll take a look at some tips and strategies you can use to find the best Blu-Ray player for your home theater.
Decisions, Decisions: Types of Blu-Ray Players
When it comes to choosing the best Blu-Ray Player, you’ll want to decide which type of Blu-Ray player you want to complete your home theater. There are currently two kinds of Blu-Ray players: Regular and 4K Ultra HD. Regular or Standard Blu-Ray players are extremely affordable and easy to find and use. And, they are fairly high resolution, with 1080p picture quality. Plus, they also usually can stream from online services like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu (more on that later).
4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray players are a lot more pricey. But, they have an even sharper video resolution, for the ultimate viewing experience. If you have a 4K television, you’ll want to invest in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray too so that you get the full viewing benefits of your TV. Both types of Blu-Ray players can include 3D too, if that’s important to your home theater experience. And, both play standard DVDs too, so you won’t have to worry about getting rid of your DVD collection. Deciding whether or not you want a standard Blu-Ray or 4K Ultra HD is a good first step when finding the best Blu-Ray player for your home theater.
If you want a system that covers gaming and Blu-Ray, consider buying an X-Box or Playstation. The current gaming consoles not only play games, but they can also act as Blu-Ray players. The current X-Box even plays 4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays. Of course, you’ll be paying more than you would for a standard Blu-Ray player, but you’ll be getting two systems in one.
The Price is Right: Considering Price and Blu-Ray Players
We mentioned that Blu-Ray player prices can vary by type. Standard Blu-Ray players are typically under $100 and extremely affordable. These are probably the most commonly purchased Blu-Rays for just about any type of home theater system. 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray players are a bit more pricey, averaging $300 or more. But, if having the ultimate home theater experience is more your speed, investing in a 4K Ultra HD will be worth its value. If you’re a gamer, you may want to invest in an X-Box or Playstation, since these consoles also act as Blu-Ray players. These generally cost around the same price or less than a 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. With a gaming console, you’ll be essentially buying two devices in one, which makes it a great cost-effective option.
Brand Names: The Best Blu-Ray Player Brands
There are a lot of different brands that make and sell Blu-Ray players. Like choosing a television, you’ll want to think about quality and brand names. Some of the most well-known and popular brands include LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. If you’re not sure if a brand is high quality or your best bet, check out reviews online. Here’s an example of a review we wrote on the Samsung BDJ5100 Blu-Ray Player. Don’t worry about paying a ton of extra money on brands, but it should be a consideration if you’re looking for a player that’s high quality and will last for a long time.
Can You Hear…and See…Me Now?: Video and Audio Outputs on Blu-Ray Players
Some of the most important features of a Blu-Ray player are the video and audio outputs. Blu-Ray players are built with different ports for video, called HDMI. A single port can be good, but if you’re looking to create the ultimate home theater experience, look for players with multiple HDMI ports. This is important if you’re planning on displaying video and audio content on multiple TVs at once. And, it’s also important if you have a sound system too. This means the video will be displayed on your television, while a second HDMI port will transmit the audio to a surround system or sound bar. So, when in doubt, get multiple HDMI ports, just in case.
The audio formats in modern surround systems can vary. And, not every Blu-Ray player can support some surround sound. It depends on the brand and how old the Blu-Ray player is. The most common audio formats are Dolby Digital, DTS, and PCM. Making sure your Blu-Ray player can handle different types of audio will help you have the best sound possible at home.
A Smart Buy: Using a Blu-Ray Player for Smart TV
Getting a Blu-Ray player can be perfect for anyone wanting to have a Smart TV without having to actually buy a Smart TV. That’s because you can now buy Blu-Ray players with streaming options. This means you can stream TV shows and movies from your player directly to your TV. How great is that? If you want this feature, make sure that you look for “streaming” listed in the Blu-Ray player’s specs. You can also use a gaming console, like X-Box or Playstation with Blu-Ray to stream too.
Buying a Blu-Ray Player Made Easy
As you can see, having a Blu-Ray player can be the perfect addition to any home theater system. With affordable options and a variety of features, you’ll be able to find the best Blu-Ray player for your set-up using our tips and strategies. So, whether you want a 4K Ultra HD player, a standard player with 3D, or even a gaming console with a Blu-Ray player built in, you’ll be able to easily find the right player for you.
Now that you’ve got your home theater system ready to go, check out our tips on the Essential Home Theater Accessories Guide for even more ways to make your home theater even more amazing.