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Blu-ray playersBlu-ray players that earn a spot in the streaming future
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. 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. Classic Sony. #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 Player. So then whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s above that? The value king: The Sony PS3 Slim is #1 pick. At just 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 watching.