Here you'll find a list of our favorite Blu-ray players, with a heavy emphasize on value.
The Oppo BDP-103 Darbee Edition is about as good as it gets with disc playback and supports this with unusual "Darbee" picture enhancements and strong network media support.
Typical price: $899.00
The Onkyo BD-SP809 is a premium Blu-ray player with solid build and good performance but a fairly limited new media feature set.
Typical price: $799.00
The Yamaha BD-S473 is a low- to mid-priced player that is great for playing discs but not so good when it comes to the smart features.
Typical price: $249.00
The Pioneer BDP-160 is a low cost, high performance player with excellent network media streaming support and convenient WiFi connectivity.
Typical price: $199.00
The Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player offers a wealth of services and very good image quality for the money.
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