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Panasonic DMP-BD45

We like the Panasonic DMP-BD45, but, despite its good performance, its lack of Profile 2.0 support is inexcusable.

Editors' Choice
$479.99 MSRP

Samsung BD-C6900

As Blu-ray players go, the Samsung BD-C6900 is pretty amazing. It's got all the usual features, like BD-Live and lovely lossless audio, but it also packs in Internet TV streaming and 3D capability. It costs significantly more than a normal Blu-ray player, but it's well worth the extra, and, if you're a 3D fan, it's a must-own device

Western Digital TV Media Player

If you don't already own an Xbox 360, PS3, or Blu-ray player and you're serious about networked streaming, the WD TV Live is one of your best choices for getting content to your TV.


LG's all-in-one media player works superbly, but it would want to for this kind of money.

LG BD550

Quick load times, excellent Blu-ray image quality, and a generous suite of streaming services make the LG BD550 a solid entry-level Blu-ray player.

Samsung BD-C5500

The BD-C5500's expandable Samsung Apps platform and DLNA compatibility make it stand out from other entry-level players, although it's one of the slower players we've tested.

Samsung BD-C6500

Samsung's BD-C6500 Blu-ray player has excellent image quality, outstanding features for the price, and a slick design--we just wish it were a little faster.

Panasonic DMP-BD85K

Panasonic's DMP-BD85K has great image quality and its 7.1 analog outputs are a nice plus, but it's slow and less featured than competing models.

Oppo BDP-80

Oppo's BDP-80 Blu-ray player doesn't perform well enough to make up for its lack of Wi-Fi, streaming media features, and 3D Blu-ray support.

Onkyo BD-SP807

The Onkyo BD-SP807 delivers excellent audio and video performance. We're disappointed, however, that there's no built-in memory, and the remote control looks like it was sneezed up by a wildebeest and then knocked for six with the ugly stick. Even so, the BD-SP807 offers sufficiently impressive performance to make it a CNET UK favourite

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Philips BDP7500

The Philips BDP7500 looks like a fairly standard Blu-ray player at first glance, but it's actually a really impressive machine. Its styling is lovely, and we're big fans of its ability to play downloaded Internet video in a variety of popular codecs. Although it's not the cheapest Blu-ray player out there, it's well worth considering

Olive 4

The Olive 4 is a fantastic-sounding digital audio server, but its high price and limited feature list limit its appeal to die-hard audiophiles.

LG BD590

The LG BD590 deftly handles Blu-ray playback, CD ripping, and streaming media services like Netflix from a single box, but you'll have to pay for that simplicity.

Toshiba BDX2000

The Toshiba BDX2000 is a pretty decent Blu-ray player at an affordable price. We wouldn't have expected the company to put its heart into supporting the format that crushed HD DVD, but it's done an impressive job with this machine. We'd love it even more if it had a few additional features, like YouTube playback and support for more video codecs

HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0

The HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0 is an excellent video streamer and CD player, but unfortunately it doesn't quite pass muster as a Blu-ray player.

LG BD570

As long as you don't need 3D compatibility, the LG BD570 offers the same mix of solid Blu-ray playback and media streaming that made its predecessor a hit.

Panasonic DMP-BD65

The Panasonic DMP-BD65 is a terrific Blu-ray player that's sure to satisfy anyone who buys one. It's fairly expensive and it's not brimming with features, but it does the most important things very well indeed. Its support for YouTube is a welcome extra, and its ability to play video, MP3 and photo files from memory cards and USB sticks is worth having too, especially if you own a Panasonic camera or camcorder

Sony BDP-S360

If you want an entry-level Blu-ray player that does the basics and offers solid picture and sound quality, we can't recommend the Sony BDP-S360 enough. There aren't too many extras, such as networked media-streaming capability or support for hi-def files downloaded from the Internet, but this type of functionality isn't likely to interest the target audience for this machine anyway. Good work, Sony -- this machine's a winner

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