Little silver discs have sort of had their run: CD, DVD and even Blu-ray feeling the heat
of streaming delivery.
But that said, when you want the best video quality you still have
to pop in a disc.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m B.C. with the Top 5 Blu-ray players according to CNET review scores.
And all of
them do more than just great HD.
#5 is the Samsung BD-D6700.
We like its huge array of streaming services, dual HDMI
outputs -- nice if you want to run separate dedicated video and audio connections from
It has a generous 1 GB if on board memory for features like BD Live and it can be
controlled from an app.
What canÃ¯Â¿Â½t these days.
On the other hand, its stubbornly pricey
at around $270 in a world of $160 Blu-ray machines
#4 is the Sony BDP-S580.
This guy has about the best array of streaming services -
except no MLB.com -- and it has built-in Wi-Fi.
Its fast, which is important when hopping
around the intensive video and features of a BD disc.
iPhone and Android control apps
and theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re free.
Unlike the Samsung it doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t do 2D-3D conversion, but we think thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s
a joke anyway.
Biggest drawback may be SonyÃ¯Â¿Â½s custom interface for accessing
connected stuff -- it may be the worst in the biz.
#3 is the LG BD-670, which is the opposite of the Sony: It has a great, easy to navigate
interface to get to the online services.
Built-in Wi-Fi as well, but no on-board memory for
accessing BD Live online content, but we seldom find ourselves doing that anyway.
Same lack of silly 2D-3D conversion.
Basically, this guy plays the hits - does all the
important stuff well and leaves off the gimmicks.
#2 best Blu-ray player is the Panasonic DMP-BDT210.
The built-in Wi-Fi, great
streaming service array including MLB and price in the $180 sweet spot are all great but
sealing the deal on this guy is that it is the fastest Blu-ray player weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve tested when it
comes to loading and navigating a disc.
ThereÃ¯Â¿Â½s also a touch-free disc tray technology
that is a bit much, but overall this is our favorite BD player...hold that thought.
Before we get to #1 what are you going to feed your new BD player?
We just revised our
list of Top 40 Blu-ray discs.
These are great transfers the studios really sweated instead
of just shoveled.
The kinds of discs that make you remember why you still have a big
bookcase for discs in your house.
remember I said a minute ago that the #2 Panasonic BDT210 was our *favorite* BD
So then whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s above that?
The value king: The Sony PS3 Slim is #1 pick.
a few bucks more than the #5 Samsung deck, you get a solid BD player, a high def
game console, living room web-browser and A/V streaming machine all wrapped up in
an easy to use interface.
You canÃ¯Â¿Â½t play PS2 games on it, and only Bluetooth universal
remotes work with it - but if youÃ¯Â¿Â½re about getting the most for you money, this is the BD
machine for you.
To catch the latest CNET reviews of BD players go to CNET and click on Home Video.
And for more Top 5Ã¯Â¿Â½s like this one, its top5.cnet.com.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Brian Cooley, thanks for