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2009 Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray Players Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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2009 Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray Players
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If the recent Blu-con conference in Los Angeles is any indicator, Blu-ray is officially here to stay.  If you haven’t made the jump into the 1080p deliciousness of this high definition movie format, now is the time.  With the holiday season rapidly approaching, there will be an astounding number of cheap Blu-ray players targeted at consumers finally ready to start replacing their DVD collections.

Of course, with all the deals on the Blu-ray market, audio / video fanatics have to be careful that they are spending their money on high quality Blu-ray players.   The following section of our holiday gift guide will provide solid recommendations on which players to keep your eye out for.  In addition, we provided intermediate and videophile level picks for those looking to seriously upgrade their home theater system.

If you are just getting into Blu-ray, we easily recommend the following Blu-ray players:

Top Pick: Sony 120GB Playstaion 3 

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Playstation 3 Slim
You can’t go wrong with Sony’s new slim Playstation 3 as your first Blu-ray player.  While on the steep end of the price spectrum for this group, the amount of features you get with the Playstation 3 is amazing. Quoting our expert review of the Slim PS3, “As a Blu-ray player, it’s both completely functional as a 1080p, audio bitstreaming unit over HDMI and up-and-running with all the supplemental features that make the new technology a cutting edge medium.”.  Add in use as a media hub / next gen gaming system and you have a Blu-ray player that’s quite the Goliath in the Blu-ray marketplace.

Samsung BD-P4600

Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player

Simply put, the Samsung BD-4600 screams sexiness.  When we spotted this player at CES in January, we were enthralled with the design.  Being able to feature your Blu-ray player as a work of home theater art underneath your super-slim flat screen TV can only add to your home theater’s appeal.  With support for Netflix and Pandora as well as quick loading times, the Samsung player can easily be added to the minimalist’s home theater design.  

Pioneer BDP-320 

Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray Player

The Pioneer BDP-320 is a powerhouse in audio / video quality, giving the intermediate level Oppo some serious competition.  It’s also a quite Blu-ay player and runs quite cool.  The trade off for the reduced price point is lengthier load times for Blu-ray discs and a lack of wi-fi functionality included in the unit.  Still, the Pioneer BDP-320 is an admirable unit for those ready to make the jump into Blu-ray.  

LG BD390

LG BD390 Blu-ray Player
The LG BD390 Blu-ray player takes a direct networked approach to their hardware and provides Netflix / Youtube / Cinemanow access right of the box.  It’s also DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) capable, which allows you to stream files on your hom network directly to your TV.  Blu-ray load times are farily close to previous generation DVD players and a/v performance is solid.  This is the Blu-ray unit to give to a friend or family member that’s really into home networking.  


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