|10 Blu-ray Players Worth Picking Up Today|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Best Of & Top 100 Lists|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Wednesday, 11 August 2010|
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The biggest difference between the C7900 and the C6900 is the inclusion of a second HDMI output for audio. That makes the C7900 one of few 3D players on the market that caters to customers with older receivers.
The BDP-CX7000ES can handle up to 400 of them in a mix of Blu-ray, DVD and CD. The changer connects to Gracenote for the metadata, which makes searching for the disc you want easier, and it can even grab the box art while it's doing so. You'll need to connect an Ethernet cord though, since the CX7000ES doesn't have WiFi built in.
Sony's megachanger features 7.1 channel analog output, 1080p upscaling for DVDs, Super Bit Mapping, and an RS-232 port so the player can be integrated into a custom installed system. This massive player comes with a MSRP of $1,899.
You've only got a few different choices when it comes to picking up a Blu-ray player to use on the go, but there's only one right choice. Panasonic's DMP-B500 is at the top of the very small mountain of portable players. The B500 has a list price of $799, but you can find it for around $200 less.
Panasonic's portable player sports a 10 inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution. It's not high def, but it's close – especially at that size. It's a slick looking player that offers decoding of high definition audio formats and compatibility with a few different video files as well.
What's really interesting is that the DMP-B500 has built-in WiFi and the ability to connect to Panasonic's VIERA Cast, which enables streaming of online content from a variety of sources including the ever popular Netflix.
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim (detailed review)
Nearly four years after its release, the PS3 is still one of the most compelling Blu-ray players on the market, and the newer slim model makes the system even more attractive. It's quieter, smaller, and more energy efficient than previous versions.
The PlayStation 3 handles Blu-rays just as well as, if not better than, any other Blu-ray player in its price range. It's got nice quick load times too. The PS3 also benefits from regular firmware updates. It's one of few players that's still getting new firmware four years later, and likely the only player from 2006 that's 3D capable.
The PS3 can stream from Netflix, upscale DVDs quite well, play a variety of video and audio formats via your home network or attached USB drive, and even access the internet. All that and it plays videogames too. A t $299, the Sony PlayStation 3 is still a player to beat.