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Blu-ray Players Guide - An Introduction

Blu-ray DVD players read Blu-ray DVDs that can hold up to 50-100GB of data on a single dual layer disc. The blue-violet laser possesses a shorter wavelength. This feature allows Blu-ray DVD players to read discs with compressed data, such as the Blu-ray disc. Blu-ray DVD players can read video games, standard DVDs, and audio CDs. The device is known for processing high definition video signals.

Blu-ray technology is still in its developmental stages. Blu-ray DVD players are a fairly expensive technology. As a result, the DVD player is not prevalent in the mainstream community. Since its introduction in 2003, the prices have fallen dramatically. However, the prices are still not competitive with traditional DVD players.

The technology has also exhibited problems with reading and writing functions. This is another reason consumers have been slow to purchase the product. Experts predict that as technology improves over the next five years, Blu-ray DVD players will be as common in households as standard DVD players.

Some Blu-ray DVD players also record, as well as, read. Special Blu-ray discs are available for writing data, as well as, reading data. Many Blu-ray DVD players are also Wifi-ready. This feature gives the consumer the ability to order programming from the internet. Some have internal memory for recording television programming. USB ports are often available for gaming, laptops and other devices that may need a USB port. HDMI is also available. This technology transmits HD signals without the need for cables to connect the monitor or television.

Consumers may purchase Blu-ray DVD units with home theatre packages that include speakers for surround sound. Surround sound gives the full bodied, clear sound that accompanies high quality video. Universal remotes may also accompany the package to remove the need for multiple remotes.

As with standard DVD players, interior designers and consumers can select colors to accentuate the design elements in the room. Common colors of DVD players are listed below:


Tips to consider before buying Blu-ray DVD Players

  • Review unbiased reports for comments regarding the Blu-ray DVD player’s read and write speeds and capabilities. Purchase a unit that can perform these functions efficiently.
  • Review unbiased reports. Determine the average life span of the Blu-ray DVD player the consumer desires to purchase.
  • To record programming, purchase a Blu-ray DVD with internal memory capabilities.
  • To record a Blu-ray DVD, be certain the Blu-ray DVD player possesses both read and write capabilities.
  • Wifi and Ethernet functionality is desired for interactive programming and watching free online programming.
  • USB ports are also useful to connect laptops and other gaming equipment.
  • Purchase a Blu-ray DVD player with HDMI functionality. This will improve connectivity.
  • To achieve full bodied cinema quality surround sound, consumers may consider 7.1 channel surround sound.
  • Most Blu-ray DVD players are also compatible with standard DVDs. However, consumers should be certain this functionality exists before purchase.

Types of Blu-ray DVD players

7 channel bluray player

Consumers can enjoy their audio and visual experience in high definition. Blu-ray DVD players come equipped with 7.1 channel surround sound. Consumers can experience high quality, lossless audio in a high resolution format with this type of Blu-ray DVD player.


SCART Blu-ray DVD players possess a SCART device to connect peripherals that are compatible with its 21 pin connection. SCART was the most common form of connecting electronics. With the introduction of HDMI, SCART is becoming obsolete in Europe.

Brands of Blu-ray DVD Player

LG - LG offers many features for consumers to enhance their viewing pleasure. Some of LG’s Blu-ray players contain Freeview, 1080p upscaling, and streaming YouTube access. LG Blu-ray players range in price from £99 to £900.

Lite On  - Lite On Blu-ray players are fairly cheap in online UK stores. Lite On can be purchased for as little as £60 in the UK. The device is sleek and compact. This Blu-ray DVD player can fit in virtually any space in the home. The price is one of the most affordable on the market and rivals some of the standard DVD players in terms of cost.

Onkyo  - One of Onkyo Blu-ray DVD players is priced around £300. This particular unit supports BD Live, HDMI, Rapid Video Playback with Audio, Ethernet connections and picture-in-picture capability.

Philips  - Philips Blu-ray DVD players deliver HD quality video for cheap prices. Many operate at 24 fps to provide the cinema quality images that consumers pursue. Many have picture-in-picture capabilities, read and write capabilities and full HD 1080p high quality resolution images. The prices begin at £99 and progress upward from this price point.

Samsung  - An average Samsung Blu-ray player is approximately £199 in the UK. Many devices contain internal storage for recording programming, wireless LAN capabilities, picture-in-picture or Bonus View capabilities, read and write capabilities, USB ports, and Ethernet ports. HDMI connections are also featured on most of the devices.

Sigmatek  - Sigmatek Blu-ray DVD players provides consumers with a streamline, compact design that can fit in any space. This French company prices its average product at around £185. The system also features Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, and 1080p.

Sharp  - Consumers may buy Sharp Blu-ray DVD players for £99 to £400 in online UK stores. Some Sharp Blu-ray DVD players feature 1080p output, HDMI connections, progressive scan, energy saving features, and writing capabilities.

Sony  - Sony provides consumers with Blu-ray DVD players in various price ranges. The prices range from £100 to £1400 in online UK stores. The £1400 includes a complete home theatre system with speakers and other surround sound equipment to provide the consumer with an actual cinema experience. Many systems feature true cinema upscaling and 1080p quality images. Progressive scan, BD live capability, and picture-in-picture or Bonus View capabilities.

Advice for Purchasing Blu-ray DVD Players

Consumers desiring to buy a Blu-ray DVD player should perform a significant amount of research prior to purchase. Although, the technology is advancing, it is not perfect yet. Consumers should be certain to purchase the best quality available.

In terms of price, by far, Lite On’s Blu-ray DVD player is the most affordable device on the market. Lite On may also possess the sleekest and most compact design also. In terms of functionality, the data is not conclusive. Therefore, inquire with consumers who have purchased the product to get their opinions.

LG, Sony and Onkyo all offer the extra features, such as BD Live, Freeview and Bonus View capabilities. BD Live is an interesting feature that adds an interactive element to viewing television. BD Live allows consumers to interact with individuals watching the same programming, as well as, add content to the DVD that is not available at the time of purchase. BD Live changes the viewing experience and customizes it for the consumer.

Jargon Explained

BD LiveBD Live allows consumers to add features to the movie and enhance the features beyond what is initially offered to consumers. Picture-in-picture, online trivia games with other viewers, and other downloadable content can be added to the movie.
Bonus ViewBonus View allows consumers to view two separate video streams simultaneously on one screen. This concept is similar to picture-in-picture.
Dual Layer Discs Dual layer discs allow the consumer to store twice as much data on one single disc. One layer is transparent. The laser can read the second layer of data through the semi-transparent layer.
Dolby Digital Dolby Digital enhances audio signals to provide consumers with the crisp, clear sound associated with cinema viewing. The technology provides six discrete sound modalities to accomplish the distinct sounds.
HDMIHigh Definition Multimedia Interface connects peripherals, such as Blu-ray DVD players to televisions and monitors. Most often this is accomplished wirelessly.
High Definition (HD)HD stands for high definition. The term is typically used to describe hardware that has the capability of delivering signals that approach cinema quality or 1080p images.
FreeviewFreeview gives consumers the freedom to watch online programming for free. The necessary hardware is built into the Blu-ray DVD device.
Frames per second (fps)This term is often used to describe the quality of the image on the screen. The number indicates the number of frames per second the Blu-ray DVD player or television is capable of producing for the viewer. For instance, 24 fps yields a quality image for the viewer.
Local Area Network (LAN)Local area network describes the mode by which individuals connect to the internet from one single node or network. Wireless LAN capabilities are important for Blu-ray devices that feature BD Live or Freeview.
Upscaling Upscaling provides high definition quality signals at a fraction of the cost. The technology takes a standard signal and changes the signal until it resembles 1080p quality. The feature is also available on premium products as well. 

Buying Guide to Blu-ray Players
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