The Sony UBP-X700 is at the cutting edge of 4K Blu-ray technology and rewards with a solid performance at a reasonable price.
The Sony UBP-X800 4K Blu-ray player has impressive build quality and video performance, but the cheaper Sony offers a better deal.
The Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray player offers a lot of features for little money but a lack of input responsiveness can spoil some of the fun.
The Oppo UDP-203 is an excellent high-end 4K Blu-ray disc player, but image quality improvements over cheaper players are tough to spot.
Panasonic's DMR-ES15 is an ideal entry-level recorder for anyone looking to upgrade their old VCR. The absence of a Freeview tuner will discourage digital TV users -- but compatibility, usability, recording and playback performance are otherwise excellent
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
The Pioneer BDP-LX52 is pricy and suffers from some flaws, like its lack of multi-channel analogue outputs, and slow disc-loading times. But its video and audio quality are so good that these negative issues are easily outweighed
Although the 3D-capable Sony BDP-S470 isn't really worth considering unless you have a 3D TV, it's still a top-notch Blu-ray player, at a very reasonable price.
The Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player delivers the best in-home video quality ever, but only owners of the latest, most expensive TVs need apply.
There is no compelling reason to buy this player over a PlayStation 3: it's too expensive, doesn't support profile 1.1 or 2.0, and costs more than pretty much every Blu-ray player on the market. The picture and sound quality are, however, excellent, which makes it a good player with a silly price tag
The PlayStation 3 is no longer the only Sony Blu-ray player you should consider buying. As well as offering an up-to-the-minute feature set, Sony's stand-alone BDP-S760 leaves the company's games console for dead in the all-important picture and sound departments
The Panasonic DMR-BWT700 is the most sophisticated Blu-ray recorder we've seen so far, combining fine 2D and 3D Blu-ray performance with versatile recording options. It's not particularly intuitive, though.
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
Finally, a Blu-ray player from Sony for everyone to get excited about. This player is relatively quick to load discs, picture performance is superb, and its wonderful menu system and speed at dealing with interactive features make it well worth its bargain price. It's just a shame it took Sony so long to get this player on the market
We like the Panasonic DMP-BD45, but, despite its good performance, its lack of Profile 2.0 support is inexcusable and the price is far too high
In many ways, the Sony BDP-S1E is a perfect snapshot of the current state of Blu-ray play. On the one hand, it shows to breathtaking effect just what awesome audio and especially video treats Blu-ray can deliver. But on the other hand, there are just too many reminders that Blu-ray is also essentially a work in progress
The Philips BDP3000/05 lacks DTS-HD MA decoding and, annoyingly, requires that you supply a 1GB USB memory stick in order to access BD-Live content. But it's well-built, speedy to load discs and delivers good picture quality. All in all, it's a good budget buy
Panasonic's DVD/hard drive recorder is workmanlike in every respect -- an excellent unit, but one that needs another upgrade to increase the hard drive size and add a Freeview tuner. As it is, the EH50 offers compatibility with most disc formats and a very intuitive recording experience. Panasonic's competitors are selling similar products for much less, so we'd suggest shopping around or waiting for that upgrade