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Blu-ray Player Reviews
Blu-ray Player Performance
The best reason to buy a cheap Blu-ray player? You get to enjoy movies at the highest video quality possible. Indeed, Blu-ray player reviews indicate that in terms of picture quality, there seems to be little difference among those we researched, even the cheapest models.
Screen resolution has a lot to do with the quality of the image you see on your TV, and resolution of 1080p is about as good as it gets. Blu-ray movies look their best when played at a resolution of 1080p, so any budget Blu-ray player on the market today -- including all those we researched -- supports this resolution. DVDs normally play at 480p, but all Blu-ray players can "upconvert," or manipulate, the DVD to a higher resolution, such as 1080i or 1080p, which makes DVDs look even better on Blu-ray players than on DVD players. (See our buying guide to LCD TVs for a primer on resolution.)
Blu-ray Players Speed.A topic often raised by experts and consumers in Blu-ray player reviews concerns how quickly the device starts playing a movie once the disc goes into the tray. Although CNET maintains that speed has ceased to be a defining performance attribute among the newest Blu-ray players, some are definitely faster than others. It's typical for Blu-ray players to require 30 seconds or more to load a disc, and Blu-ray Live discs take even longer (perhaps more than a minute) due to their extra features.
Loading times for the models we researched vary. Oppo's Digital BDP-93, a mid-market model starting at $500, may be the fastest-loading machine of the bunch; an expert from Home Theater Review says it was consistently faster than other comparably-priced players tested, especially when loading 3D Blu-ray discs. Back in the budget range, the LG BP620 (starting at $139, Amazon) proved to be a comparative speed demon; a Blu-ray players review by PC Mag reports this model can load a disc in a mere 20 seconds. The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 hit the 30-second target, according to a Blu-ray players review by Techradar. Ditto for the Panasonic DMP-BD75 (starting at $80, Amazon), although a Blu-ray players review by Pocket Lint reports load speed of 19 seconds with one test movie. PC Mag says the Toshiba BDX2200 (starting at $85, Amazon) has enough horsepower to fire up discs in about 28 seconds but adds that a Blu-ray Live movie takes more than double that time (about one minute and 14 seconds) to get going. Loading time for the Sony BDP-S580 (starting at $131, Amazon) tested out at a leisurely 42 seconds, notes CNET, although the Vizio VBR122 (starting at $120, Amazon) turns out to be the ultimate slowpoke; PC World found that this model needed 54 seconds to load a simple Blu-ray disc, which is truly sluggish by today's standards.
Don't Bother Cheap Blu Ray Players
Samsung BD-D5700 Review
Sony BDP-S590 Review
Toshiba BDX2200 Review
Vizio VBR122 Review
Sony BDP-S580 Review
Panasonic DMP-BD75 Review
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Review
LG BP620 Review
Sharp Aquos BD-HP21U
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