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 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.
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.
The inexpensive LG BP350 is capable of fine image quality, but its sluggish load times keep it from earning our recommendation.
As with the original Slingbox Pro, most of this will be overkill for the majority of users who just want to stream their live TV or DVR to their PC or smart phone. But for home-cinema enthusiasts and hard-core gadget heads, the Slingbox Pro-HD may well be worth it.
The Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD is a 3D-ready Blu-ray player aimed at audiophiles. It sounds heavenly with pretty much any disc you feed it, but also delivers fabulous hi-def video and can stream almost every type of media via a LAN or USB. It's undeniably fine, but expensive.
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 Sony BDP-S480 is a steal at its current price. As well as premium 3D Blu-ray playback capability, it offers tonnes of other great features, including access to the Bravia Internet Video Web portal.
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 own a high-definition compatible display, you owe it to yourself to buy a DVD player that can drive it to the peak of its performance. The DVD-2910 is expensive, but it's guaranteed future-proof thanks to its modern connection roster. If you do own a state-of-the-art system, the DVD-2910 will service it with upscaled video and high-resolution audio. If you're serious about home entertainment, this is a wise investment
Toshiba's previous model, the RD-XS32, set the template for the combined DVD/HDD recorder. Now, with a bigger hard drive and enhanced editing facilities, the RD-XS34 is the power user's recorder of choice. If it had Freeview integrated into the box it would be approaching perfection, but the hard drive size, ease of editing/recording, and image quality mean this should be at the centre of your AV setup
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
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
If Toshiba SD-P91S had spent more time on the screen, this would have been a great product well worth your cash. It's a shame that an otherwise decent machine has been let down by the single most important component
The Samsung BD-J5900 offers excellent image quality, speedy disc access and great bang for the buck.