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The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players you can buy right now

Looking for the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player? Knowing which model is right for you can be a tricky business nowadays, not least because there isn’t all that much new Blu-ray hardware on the market.

That’s because many believe the rise in 4K streaming on the likes ofNetflix,Disney Plus andAmazon Prime Video has rendered Blu-ray technology surplus to requirements. We, however, are not so pessimistic. 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players remain a worthy complement to any home theater system, still offering the best way to enjoy the latest movies thanks to their buffer-free picture quality and more consistent support of premium HDR formats likeDolby Vision andHDR10+.

In this guide, we’ve rounded up the best Blu-ray players available to buy right now, with breakdowns of their price, features and compatibility to help you find the right model for your home. We’ve also included the latest Xbox and PlayStation hardware, too, which looks set to continue supporting 4K Blu-ray technology for years to come.

Best 4K Blu-ray players

1. Panasonic DP-UB9000 4K Blu-ray player

The first 4K Blu-ray player to support HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160

Smart TV: Yes

Dimensions: 430 x 81 x 300 mm

Weight: 7.8 kg

UHD Upscaling?: Yes

Wi-Fi?: Yes

3D support?: Yes

HDR Formats supported: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

+Fantastic image quality+Four types of HDR support+Powerful HDR display optimizer

Reasons to avoid

-No SACD or DVD-audio playback-CD playback is acebric

The DP-UB9000 is Panasonic’s latest flagship 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player and, after Oppo started winding down its competing devices, the new model finds itself in one of the top spots in the high-end player market. 

That said, beautifully made and enviably specified, this flagship 4K disc spinner is unashamedly premium. The plastic and tin build, familiar on mainstream Blu-ray players, has been replaced with heavy metal and luxe design. 

Beyond its good looks, however, the DP-UB9000 is also the first UHD deck from Panasonic to support all key HDR flavours: vanilla HDR10, its dynamic sibling HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision. The latter is included, despite the fact that Panasonic isn’t supporting Dolby Vision on any of its 4K TVs. 

Not only is the player more than capable with images, it has audiophile aspirations as well, sporting high quality DACs, two-channel and 7.1-channel analogue outputs, and Hi-Res Audio support. Toss in a host of smart features, and the UB9000 ticks nearly every box in the book. 

Naturally all these flagship features don’t come cheap - but, for those seeking the ideal replacement Blu-ray player after Oppo’s collapse, the Panasonic DP-UB9000 is a more than adequate replacement. 

Read the full review: Panasonic DP-UB9000 review

2. Panasonic DMP-UB700 4K Blu-ray player

The best bang-for-buck 4K UHD Blu-ray performance

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160

Smart TV: Yes

Dimensions: 430 x 61 x 199 mm

Weight: 2.3 kg

UHD Upscaling?: Yes

Wi-Fi?: Yes

3D support?: Yes

HDR Formats supported: HDR10

Reasons to buy

+Outstanding picture performance+Hi-Res Audio file playback+4K Netflix and Amazon onboard

Reasons to avoid

-Not as sexy as the DMP-UB900-No Dolby Vision support

The Panasonic DMP-U700 is the 4K Blu-ray player we end up recommending most often. It's more affordable than an Oppo deck, and still gets you the amazing picture quality of Panasonic's top-end DMP-U900.   

Streaming service support, with HDR-enabled 4K Netflix, is well worth trumpeting and the player does a swell job with 24-bit audio. It supports both FLAC and DSD files. 

There's no Dolby Vision support, perhaps the main reason to upgrade to the DMP-UB900. But as it stands the UB700 offers the best balance of price, audio visual performance and features. 

Read the full review:Panasonic DMP-UB700

3. Pioneer UDP-LX500 4K Blu-ray player

A premium player for your high-end A/V needs

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160

Smart TV: N/A

Dimensions: 17-1/8 x 4-5/8 x 13-1/4 inches (435 x 118 x 337 mm)

Weight: 22.7 lbs. (10.3 kg)

UHD Upscaling?: Yes

Wi-Fi?: Yes

3D support?: Yes

HDR Formats supported: HDR10, Dolby Vision, plus HDR10+ later

Reasons to buy

+Solid image quality+Supports numerous formats

Reasons to avoid

-No streaming services on board

While its £999 ($999, AU$1999) price tag might be a bit intimidating, Pioneer has produced a peach of a player with the UDP-LX500. This heavyweight home cinema hero deserves to be shortlisted by all high-end upgraders, and can comfortably claim to be one of the best universal 4K Blu-ray players available for less than a grand. 

There are caveats though. It’s not quite as brilliant a video performer as its main rival, the cheaper Panasonic DMP-UB9000, and it’s not quite as well finished either. However, if music is as important as movies to you, it’s clearly got broader appeal. Move over Bradley and Gaga, a new AV star is born.

Read the full review: Pioneer UDP-LX500

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Newcomer Reavon will launch its first two Ultra HD Blu-ray players in April. UBR-X100 and UBR-X200 are both described as 'universal disc players'. Prices start at 800 Euro.

Reavon UHD Blu-ray players

These are the first UHD Blu-ray players from Reavon, owned by Groupe Archisoft of France. The two players are designed as high-end disc spinners for videophile and audiophiles. Reavon describes both UBR-X100 and UBR-X200 as 'universal disc players' with support for UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, DVD Audio (according to Reavon's certification logos), SACD, and CD. They support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X as well as HDR10 and Dolby Vision, whereas no support for HDR10+ is listed. Both have two HDMI outputs; one for video and one for audio.

Reavon UBR-X100, UBR-X200

Reavon UBR-X100 (top) and UBR-X200 (bottom)

It is not often that we see newcomers in this segment anymore. Sales of UHD Blu-ray players started to decline in 2018, and Oppo abandoned the market the same year. Samsung followed in early 2019. LG, Panasonic, Sony and a handful of other players are still in the game and in late 2020 PS5 and Xbox Series X arrived with UHD Blu-ray playback support. However, the market remains a niche as evidenced by the new Reavon players. The differences between the two models lie in analog audio output ports and other advanced audio capabilities in UBR-X200, and you will be paying a hefty premium for those features.

Reavon UBR-X100, UBR-X200

Reavon UBR-X100 (top) and UBR-X200 (bottom)

Additional specifications and features are listed below. In Germany, UBR-X100 is listed for 800 Euro while UBR-X200 carries a 1600 Euro price tag. The new players will be available in April.

Reavon UBR-X200 specifications

Main features - Universal Disc Player - Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, SACD, CD - BD-Live/BONUSVIEW - HDR10 - Dolby Vision - 36-bit Deep Colour/”x.v.Colour” - Dual HDMI Output - Video Adjust - Backlite Remote Control - DLNA / SMB host - Fast boot - Multimedia playback (MKV, WMA, WAVE, FLAC, DSD, JPG) Video features - 4K Scaling - Enhance the home cinema experience by quadrupling Full HD 1080p resolution with 4K (3840 x 2160) scaling of all video sources. - True 24p Cinema - Many Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are encoded at 24 frames per second, the same frequency as the original film screened in theaters. The UBR-X200 maintains the original 24-fps rate straight through to the screen with progressive scanning. - Dolby Vision® - This stunning HDR imaging technology brings extraordinary color, contrast, and brightness to the screen. - Video Adjust - Set the brightness, contrast, color saturation, hue, sharpness and noise reduction. Audio features - Texas Instruments Burr-Brown Audio PCM1690 DACs - Large-Capacity PCB Toroidal Transformer (Military Engineering Class) - Custom Audiophile Capacitors - Direct Function for Pure Analogue Audio Output - Dual HDMI Output for Pure Digital Audio Output - Jitter-less Clock - Ultra-Rigid Construction - 3 mm Steel Plate Rigid Under Base for Low Noise and Low Centre of Gravity - High Quality Main Circuit Board for High S/N Ratio - Rigid & Quiet Optical Drive - 24-Bit Delta-Sigma DAC - 8-Channel DAC: -- High Performance: Differential, fS = 48 kHz -- THD+N: –94 dB -- SNR: 113 dB -- Dynamic Range: 113 dB -- Sampling Rate: 8 kHz to 192 kHz -- System Clock: 128 fS, 192 fS, 256 fS, 384 fS, 512 fS, 768 fS, 1152 fS -- Differential Voltage Output: 8 VPP -- Analog Lowpass Filter Included -- 4x/8x Oversampling Digital Filter: --- Passband Ripple: ±0.0018 dB​ --- Stop Band Attenuation: –75 dB -- Zero Flag -- Data Length: 16, 20, 24, 32 Bits - Analog Mute by Clock Halt Detection - Music File Playback: FLAC (2.0/5.1), M4A, WMA, WAVE, DSF (2.0/5.1), DFF (2.0/5.1), MP3, OGG - Home Theater Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HRA, DTS:X ​ Terminals - HDMI 1 Out for Audio/Video - HDMI 2 for Audio Only - Digital Coaxial Out - Digital Optical Out - USB In (1 USB 2.0 Front, 1 USB 3.0 Rear) - Ethernet - RS-232C - Analogue Audio Out Stereo (RCA Unbalanced, XLR Balanced) - Analogue Audio Out 7.1/5.1 Specifications - Power Requirements: AC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz - Power Consumption: 42 W - Power Consumption During Standby: 0.45 W - Dimensions (W x H x D): 430 x 82 x 351 mm - Weight: NC

Reavon UBR-X100 specifications

Main features - Universal Disc Player - Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, CD - BD-Live/BONUSVIEW - HDR10 - Dolby Vision - 36-bit Deep Colour/”x.v.Colour” - Dual HDMI Output - Video Adjust - SMB host - Fast boot - Multimedia playback (MKV, WMA, WAVE, FLAC, DSD, JPG) Video features - 4K Upscaling - Enhance the home cinema experience by quadrupling Full HD 1080p resolution with 4K (3840 x 2160) upscaling of all video sources. - True 24p Cinema - Many Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs are encoded at 24 frames per second, the same frequency as the original film screened in theaters. The UBR-X100 maintains the original 24-fps rate straight through to the screen with progressive scanning. - Dolby Vision® - This stunning HDR imaging technology brings extraordinary color, contrast, and brightness to the screen. - Video Adjust - Set the brightness, contrast, color saturation, hue, sharpness and noise reduction. Audio features - HDMI Audio Only the get the best audio digital experience - Ultra-Rigid Construction - 3 mm Steel Plate Rigid Under Base for Low Noise and Low Centre of Gravity - Rigid & Quiet Optical Drive - Music File Playback: FLAC, M4A, WMA, WAVE, DSF, DFF, MP3, OGG - Home Theater Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HRA, DTS:X Terminals - HDMI 1 Out for Audio/Video - HDMI 2 for Audio Only - Digital Coaxial Out - Digital Optical Out - USB In (1 USB 2.0 Front, 1 USB 3.0 Rear) - Ethernet Specifications - Power Requirements: AC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz - Power Consumption: 32 W - Power Consumption During Standby: 0.45 W - Dimensions (W x H x D): 430 x 82 x 351 mm - Weight: NC
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Vizio VBR333


Regions sold     A
BD profile     BD-Live (2.0)
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Regions sold     B
BD profile     BD-Live (2.0)
Panasonic DMP-BDT167


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BD profile     BD-Live (2.0)
Sony UBP-X700


Regions sold     A, B, C
4K HDR      Yes
BD profile     Blu-ray 3D (5.0)
LG UBK90


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4K HDR      Yes
BD profile     Blu-ray 3D (5.0)
Panasonic DP-UB820


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Panasonic DP-UB820


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BD profile     Blu-ray 3D (5.0)
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BD profile     BD-Live (2.0)
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BD profile     Blu-ray 3D (5.0)
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Best Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players 2021

Best Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players you can buy in 2021.

Streaming services vary in quality but the best picture and sound can be reliably read from disc, every single time. The only way to get all that high quality audio and video is with one of the very best 4K Blu-ray players around.

4K Blu-rays not only get extra resolution but also bring HDR (including Dolby Vision and HDR10+), and object-based surround formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. There are tons of 4K discs to choose from, so now is a great time to upgrade on a 4K Blu-ray player, and in our experience, picture and sound quality outstrip anything you'll find when watching a 4K equivalent on Amazon Prime Video or Netflix.

4K players still spin normal Blu-rays and DVDs (remember them?) so there are no problems with backward compatibility. Some 4K players are also universal decks that can play more niche audio disc formats such as SACD and DVD-Audio.

Our pick of the best Blu-ray players and 4K Blu-ray players all serve up brilliant picture and sound at their respective price points. Here's our definitive list.

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1. Panasonic DP-UB820EB

As an all-rounder, this is the best 4K Blu-ray player we've seen at the money.

Specifications

Type: 4K Blu-ray

SACD/DVD-A/3D Blu-ray support: No/No/Yes

Outputs: HDMI x2, Optical digital, 7.1 multi-channel analogue

Dimensions (hwd): 6.3 x 43 x 20.4cm

Weight: 3.5kg

Reasons to buy

+Vibrant, immersive HDR picture+Punchy, believable colour balance+Powerful and weighty sound

Reasons to avoid

-Could be dynamically subtler-No SACD or DVD-A support

With the DP-UB820EB, Panasonic has taken the video processing tech out of the flagship DP-UB9000 – which features further down this list – and placed it it in a more affordable package. And the results are sensational. The player serves up a wonderfully inviting and immersive picture, bursting with colour and detail. It also produces a meaty and exciting sound, which complements the picture perfectly.

All the main flavours of HDR are supported, including HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, which means you can extract the most from 4K content. It's a very good upscaler too, so normal Blu-rays should look the part on your shiny new 4K TV. For the money, you'll struggle to find a better all-round machine, which is why we've placed this What Hi-Fi? Award-winner at the top of our list of the best Blu-ray players.

Read the full Panasonic DP-UB820EB review

2. Sony UBP-X700

A brilliant 4K Blu-ray player, with an attractive price tag to boot.

Specifications

Type: 4K Blu-ray

SACD/DVD-A/3D Blu-ray support: Yes/No/Yes

Outputs: HDMI x2, Coaxial digital

Dimensions (hwd): 4.5 x 32 x 21.7cm

Weight: 1.4kg

Reasons to buy

+Crisp, natural-looking picture+Excellent detail and colors+Dolby Vision support

Reasons to avoid

-Sound could be grander-No HDR10+ support

If you want an affordable route into the world of 4K Blu-ray players, the Sony UBP-X700 is a great option. It's one of the most talented 4K players we've seen at this kind of money. It’s a fun, involving performance - pictures are stacked with detail. The Sony displays a wonderfully subtle picture that’s impeccably judged while being hugely entertaining. Sound quality is equally stirring with its zippy, dynamic character complementing that class-leading picture.

The Sony ticks most of the boxes you'd expect a player to at this price, and includes both Dolby Vision and HDR10 support but no HDR10+.

Despite not flashing the hi-res audio badge, the X700 can also play up to 24bit/192kHz files and supports a number of formats, including WAV, FLAC and DSD. There's also smart functionality and twin HDMI outputs. This Sony machine is good enough to boost all manner of home cinema systems, so you can buy with confidence.

Read the full Sony UBP-X700 review

3. Panasonic DP-UB150EB

Arguably the best 4K Blu-ray player for those on a tight budget.

Specifications

Type: 4K Blu-ray

SACD/DVD-A/3D Blu-ray support: No/No/No

Outputs: HDMI x1

Dimensions (hwd): 4.6 x 32 x 19.3cm

Weight: 1.2kg

Reasons to buy

+Punchy visuals+Impressive sound+Great value

Reasons to avoid

-No Dolby Vision

This Panasonic 4K player represents great value for money. Feature-wise, it's a little sparse, but it's the performance that matters, and on that front it delivers. It can provide 7.1 surround sound (using a supported system), and the audio is nicely detailed, with an impressive sense of scale. There's a lot to admire when it comes to picture quality too - dark details are easily strong enough, while it handles 4K upscaling with aplomb. A great budget buy.

Read the full review: Panasonic DP-UB150EB

4. Sony UBP-X800M2

A great 4K Blu-ray player for the money, despite a couple of peculiar traits.

Specifications

Type: 4K Blu-ray

SACD/DVD-A/3D Blu-ray support: Yes/Yes/Yes

Outputs: HDMI x2, Coaxial digital

Dimensions (hwd): 5.4 x 43 x 26.5cm

Weight: 3.8kg

Reasons to buy

+Crisp, detailed picture+Rhythmic, musical sound+Supports SACD and DVD-A

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks HDR10+-Odd Dolby Vision execution-Could be more vibrant

This mid-range Sony is a bit more capable – and a bit more expensive – than those at the budget end of the market. While it lacks a display on the player itself, its feature set more than makes up for it. It even has Bluetooth, for streaming audio to a pair of wireless headphones – a godsend for late-night viewing.

There's no HDR10+ support, but otherwise it's a very versatile player, playing nice with such niche audio formats as DVD-Audio and SACD. You have to manually enable Dolby Vision for supported content, which is a bit annoying (it should just happen automatically), but this player's superb performance still makes it easy to recommend.

Read the full Sony UBP-X800M2 review

5. Sony UBP-X1100ES

A hugely capable 4K Blu-ray player, not without its quirks.

Specifications

Type: 4K Blu-ray

SACD/DVD-A/3D Blu-ray support: Yes/Yes/Yes

Outputs: HDMI x2, optical and coaxial digital, analogue

Dimensions (hwd): 5.4 x 43 x 26.5cm

Weight: 3.9kg

Reasons to buy

+Crisp, clean 4K picture+Entertaining, immersive sound+Universal disc support

Reasons to avoid

-No HDR10+-Strange handling of Dolby Vision-Lacks a premium finish

There's no shortage of excellent 4K Blu-ray players to choose from at the premium end of the market, and the UBP-X1100ES also deserves to be on the list. It's a universal deck which means it can handle all manner of disc formats, including 3D Blu-ray, SACD and DVD-Audio. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR, but there's no support for HDR10+, which is a little disappointing.

Its picture is anything but, though. The Sony serves up a balanced, natural and nuanced image, which displays great depth and an impressive amount of detail. It's a musical player too, with excellent timing and a fine sense of rhythm with music and movies alike.

Read the full Sony UBP-X1100ES review

6. Panasonic DP-UB9000

A seriously capable 4K Blu-ray player for home cinema enthusiasts.

Specifications

Type: 4K Blu-ray

SACD/DVD-A/3D Blu-ray support: No/No/Yes

Outputs: HDMI x2, optical and coaxial digital, 7.1 multi-channel analogue, RCA Phono, XLR

Dimensions (hwd): 8.1 x 43 x 30cm

Weight: 7.8kg

Reasons to buy

+Crisp, insightful picture+Dynamic expressive sound+Good selection of features

Reasons to avoid

-Very little at this price

There are some great budget 4K Blu-ray players in this list, but the Panasonic DP-UB9000 is the one to audition if you're in the market for a premium machine.

Its menu system is a little overcomplicated, but once you've got the Panasonic set up for your particular display, it serves up an entertaining and attention-grabbing image, bursting with colour. There's a great sense of depth and realism to 4K images that makes you sit up and take notice.

Soundtracks are delivered with plenty of weight and power, which is just what you want from a premium player like this. It has been bettered for outright musical ability, but the Panasonic DP-UB9000 is still well worth auditioning.

Read the full Panasonic DP-UB9000 review

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10 Best Blu-Ray (and 4K Blu-Ray) Players

Your home entertainment setup may seem perfect, but a Blu-ray player can make a significant difference in how you watch films. 

Blu-ray players are available in two options, including the more recent 4K UHD Blu-ray format and legacy 1080p Blu-ray. Both choices offer lossless audio, but the video resolution could make a big difference, depending on whether you’ve upgraded to a 4K television.

4K Blu-ray players have the latest home theater technologies for an expanded color range, including HDR and in some cases, Dolby Vision. Most support WiFi with MIMO technology, eliminating problems like dropouts and buffering.

If you want a superior movie viewing experience, you’ll enjoy the quality provided by a Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player.

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Here are ten of the best Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players currently on the market.

Top Blu-Ray (and 4K Blu-Ray) Players

With many options available, finding the best Blu-ray player can be overwhelming. Whether you want standard Blu-ray or 4K, here are the top Blu-ray players.

1. Panasonic UB420

Panasonic UB420 4K Blu-Ray Player
Panasonic UB420 4K Blu-Ray Player
  • Premium home entertainment enjoy high-dynamic range playback in three 4K/HDR formats HDR10+, HDR10 and...
  • Panasonic HCX Processor (Hollywood Cinema experience) delivers powerful, precise Chroma and HDR...

If you want something that will give your home theater system gorgeous 4K picture, then you’ll love the Panasonic UB420. 

Beyond visuals, Panasonic didn’t forget how crucial high-quality sound performance is. The 4-DAC support reveals the most delicate sound of musical instruments to keep you riveted. 

You’ll experience satisfying sound quality since the twin HDMI terminals support separate video and audio signals. 

The Panasonic UB420 up-scaling technology converts chrominance and luminance signals to create vivid 4K signals. Movie nights with your family and friends will become more memorable than ever. 

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support make using this 4K Blu-ray player a breeze. You can play, fast forward and pause your content without touching your remote.

There are various technologies incorporated for perfect image processing. The tone mapping allows your TV to display high peak brightness to get unmatched detail and depth for your screen. 

Better yet, with the HDR optimizer, you can further fine-tune the HDR performance depending on the light in your room. 

The player supports dual-band WiFi. This allows users to stream YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

Additionally, the streamlined design fits easily in tight spaces. This player will prove to be a simple yet powerful addition to your home theater system.

2. LG UBK90

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LG UBK90 4K Blu-Ray Player
  • 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc playback provides the ultimate in audio/video quality with a stunning 4K picture...
  • 4K streaming content - this internet-ready LG device is capable of delivering an uncompromising Ultra HD...

The LG UBK90 4K Blu-Ray Player stands out from other players in its price range. You’ll be proud to have it on your shelf. 

Its Dolby Vision provides a substantial difference in dynamic range, shadow detail and color fidelity. This makes the video display look vibrant and natural.

The menu system and user interface are pretty intriguing. Its interface incorporates an inviting white and maroon color scheme. 

You can quickly and easily access the network settings, firmware updates and streaming apps from the user-friendly interface.

Apart from viewing outstanding images, you can listen to state-of-the-art sound with high-resolution audio support. 

This 4K Blu-ray player also lets you access well-known online video services like YouTube and Netflix.

The chassis is a combination of metal and plastic. In addition, the matte black doesn’t draw too much attention when placed under the TV. 

A remote is included, and it is compact enough to fit comfortably on your palm. Furthermore, it has well-laid buttons for quick control. 

This Blu-ray player also has a USB port to connect a digital storage device. This lets you enjoy movies and music videos.

3. Panasonic DP-UB820

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Panasonic DP-UB820 Blu-Ray Player
  • Premium 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray Player for a Spectacular Home Theater Experience: Enjoy your library of...
  • Smart and Streaming Features: Works with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice command without your...

The Panasonic DP-UB820 is an excellent option for anyone who wants something versatile but is on a tight budget. 

The picture processing technology is similar to that of flagship 4K Blu-ray players. This means that you’ll have access to incredible imaging. 

A Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) processor powers this player. The result is an ability to view your 4K content with stunning colors and details.

There aren’t any unpleasant surprises with the audio performance. Songs of different genres pump with utmost precision thanks to the Studio Master Sound technology. 

Additionally, the Panasonic DP-UB820 4K packs a full slate of 7.1ch analog audio output.

Controlling basic operations like streaming videos and playing discs is simple due to a user-friendly interface. Besides streaming services, networking capabilities make it easy to access DLNA-enabled devices.

Commanding a handful of operations and accessing various 4K channels is easy with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The chunky rectangular deck with attractive edges gives the player a more substantial look. 

A compact remote is included and fits nicely on your palm. All buttons are spread out rather than feeling too cramped, and they respond to touch quickly for easier control. 

4. Sony UBP-X800M2

Sony UBP-X800M2 Blu-Ray Disc Player
Sony UBP-X800M2 Blu-Ray Disc Player
  • Bring the theater home: See the unrivaled visual clarity and detail of 4K UHD Blu-ray while watching your...
  • Smart Functionality: With fast, stable built-in Wi-Fi, you can wirelessly access your favorite streaming...

Enjoy next-level home entertainment with the Sony UBP-X800M2 4K. Its Dolby Vision makes watching any of your favorite shows enjoyable since pictures appear with plenty of details and clarity. 

The 4K HDR to SDR conversion allows you to experience outstanding color contrast for optimal playback, even on TVs that don’t support HDR..

Though slim, this model has a beam chassis design aimed to minimize effects from internal vibrations. 

The arrangements of the audio and video outputs are kept to a minimum on the rear. If you expect to listen to premium sounds, this Blu-ray player won’t disappoint you as it supports Dolby Atmos.

This 4K Blu-Ray player compliments its incredible picture quality with epic sounds. You listen to rich dialogues, regardless of whether the characters are in a quiet scene or caught up in surround sound effects.

The Bluetooth feature is helpful for late-night viewing. It allows you to stream audio from the 4K Blu-Ray player directly to your headphones. 

Major video streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube are supported. Needless to say, you’ll never have a dull moment in your house. 

You can even stream and browse the latest music videos without experiencing buffers thanks to the stable built-in WiFi. 

5. Sony BDP-BX370

There’s a lot to admire in the Sony BDP-BX370, both in picture quality and audio performance. Everything is organized neatly on the graphical user interface, giving you access to over 300 streaming services. 

The image clarity exceeds that of a DVD, allowing you to watch beautiful visuals in all your favorite music videos and movies. 

Colors pop with top-tier vibrancy as a result of the TRILUMINOS technology. You can enjoy watching both seascape and landscape movies.

Sound can make or break your watching experience, and this Blu-ray player includes a DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD. You can hear every conversation with high-fidelity surround sound. 

The built-in WiFi is a thoughtful addition. Combined with MIMO technology, downloading, browsing and streaming your favorite content is a breeze.

The design is compact, measuring just 9.12 x 7.75 x 1.56 inches and weighing 1.13 pounds. This makes the player a convenient solution for cramped spaces. 

Additionally, this model supports screen mirroring. You can share precious moments from your smartphone with your family on the big screen.

6. LG BP175

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LG BP175 Blu-Ray DVD Player
LG BP175 Blu-Ray DVD Player
  • This bundle comes with a 6' HDMI cable
  • Blu-ray & DVD playback - make the most of your HDTV: Blu-ray Disc playback delivers exceptional Full HD...

The LG BP175 is a versatile player, making it an excellent value for your money. It includes various features designed to elevate your watching and listening experience.

There’s an incredible sense of realism and depth to the images. The dark and light elements display well without impacting the other for improved shadow detail.

This model doesn’t hold back when it comes to audio performance. It delivers whatever you’re listening to with utmost precision. Voices are clear with the DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS and Dolby TrueHD. 

The user-friendly menu makes it easy to access different streaming services and perform updates. Premium content providers like Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify and more are supported. 

One six-foot output high-speed HDMI cable is included, which allows you to pass high-definition videos to your HDTV. 

The simplistic design looks great on the TV shelf. With a compact design measuring 14.2 x 12.3 x 4.9 inches, this device takes up less space on your shelf.

7. Sony BDP-S6700

Sony BDP-S6700 Blu-Ray Disc Player
Sony BDP-S6700 Blu-Ray Disc Player
  • Bring the theater home: Get the best seat in the house while enjoying movies and content from the comfort...
  • Smart Functionality: With fast, stable built-in Wi-Fi, you can wirelessly access your favorite streaming...

The Sony BDP-S6700 4K is one of the best 4K Blu-Ray players due to its exceptional performance. 

You receive images with an impressive amount of detail and outstanding depth with the 4K up-scaling. Audio performance is pretty satisfying with the support of formats like DTS-Master audio and Dolby.

This 4K Blu-ray player includes a powerful up-scaling chip. It significantly improves your online content for an immersive watching experience. 

The support for high-quality FLAC, DSD files and WAV covers music playback well. You can playback content from various devices on your home networks since this model is DLNA-compliant.

Using the Blu-ray player is easy with a simple on-screen setup guide. Once connected, you’ll have instant access to a variety of apps. These include Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube. 

The connectivity options are simple yet highly effective, with a dual-band WiFi module on the front to give the strongest connection.

The mirror cast screen mirroring feature makes it easy to share content from your Android phone to your TV. 

In addition, you can store this 4K Blu-ray player with ease since it features a slim design.

8. Tojock

Tojock Blu-Ray DVD Player
Tojock Blu-Ray DVD Player
  • Blu-ray Disc Player: support blu ray discs in region A/1, single region B/2, C/3 don't support. Non-Blu...
  • Experience HD sound with Dolby and dts-Master Audio: DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby...

The Tojock Blu-Ray DVD Player covers almost all the premium features you’d desire from a 1080p Blu-ray player, without the hefty price tag.

Your movies appear more realistic and detailed. Instead of using interlaced scanning, this model uses progressive scanning to provide you with smoother images.

This Blu-ray DVD player includes a versatile heat dissipation method. An upgraded 2.0 cooling chip ensures the DVD player reads the disc at optimum conditions. 

You’ll experience incredible sound performance with the DTS-HD Master, Dolby, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS and Dolby TrueHD support. There’s also built-in progressive scan technology that improves the reading speed.

The smart error connection is another feature you’ll appreciate. It instantly remodels pictures if your disc has a tiny scratch, allowing you to continue enjoying smooth visuals. 

Better yet, the anti-skip technology eliminates flickering and skipping when watching videos. 

Despite the stylish exterior, the Blu-ray DVD player doesn’t compromise durability. The first-class materials make it sturdy enough to endure a few accidental knocks.

Furthermore, the player measures ‎11.8 x 11.4 x 3.5 inches. This is a compact footprint for placing on a small shelf.

9. Panasonic DP-UB420-K

Panasonic DP-UB420-K Blu-Ray Playe
Panasonic DP-UB420-K Blu-Ray Playe
  • Premium home entertainment enjoy high-dynamic range playback in three 4K/HDR formats HDR10+, HDR10 and...
  • Panasonic HCX Processor (Hollywood Cinema experience) delivers powerful, precise Chroma and HDR...

The Panasonic DP-UB4020-K 4K shines for its versatile performance. Even without an LCD, managing this 4K player is a breeze, and it fulfills its core responsibilities without lagging. 

There’s a lot to admire about picture quality, and the ability to display in-shadow detail is impressive. 

The HDR10, HDR10+ dynamic metadata and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) formats do a great job of giving you theater-like image performance.

The overall performance is satisfying since the HCX processor powers the 4K Blu-ray player. You can enjoy smooth 4K streaming on Netflix and Prime Video with the built-in WiFi. 

Control the volume or fast-forward whatever you’re watching with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

This player is sure to impress sound enthusiasts with the Hi-Res studio Master sound, helping you get the most out of your external speakers. 

The broad compatibility with ALAC music files, AAC, WMA, AIFF and FLAC formats make the Panasonic DP-UB4020-K 4K a flexible music player. 

In addition, the compact design is easier to accommodate alongside your gaming console.

10. Sony UBP-X700

Sony UBP-X700 Blu-Ray Player
Sony UBP-X700 Blu-Ray Player
  • Bring the theater home: Get the best seat in the house while enjoying your favorite content from the...
  • Smart Functionality: With fast, stable built-in Wi-Fi, you can wirelessly access your favorite streaming...

The Sony UBP-X700 4K will wow you since it delivers excellent performance where rivals have failed.

Dolby Vision creates a cinematic experience where every blade of grass is etched with utmost precision. Your favorite movies appear with deep and vibrant colors for immersive viewing.

The high-res audio ensures that all voices are clear. Avid gamers will feel like they are playing in the middle of the arena, making this 4K player unique. 

This model comes equipped with popular surround-sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS: X.

You can stream 4K music videos, movies and games without experiencing buffering thanks to the built-in WiFi with MIMO technology. 

Controlling the 4K Blu-ray player is fun due to the intuitive menu and interface. All features and apps are well organized, so you can find whatever you’re looking for with ease. 

Connection-wise, you get dual HDMI outputs. These come in handy when separating video and audio feed in your setup.

A useful addition to 4K Blu-ray players is the up-scaling technology. It breathes new life into your old favorite movies. 

In terms of design, this model has thin metal panels to prevent it from feeling and looking cheap.

Summary

Even in this world of Netflix and Hulu, playing discs is still relevant thanks to their unparalleled picture and sound quality. 

However, to enjoy your audio and video experience, you’ll need a reliable Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray in your living room.

Consider what is most important to you when watching movies. Is it audio or visual quality? The ability to stream or have WiFi? Playback smoothness?

Whichever feature is most important to you, you’ll find a Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player on this list that fits the bill.

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There are some good reasons to watch movies on the humble Blu-ray player -- even in the streaming age. A hardware player offers the best image and sound quality available, thanks to the enhanced storage capacities of Blu-ray discs. There are two types of Blu-ray disc options available: 1080p Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray. Both are a step up from a traditional DVD player, but getting a 4K player will let you play both kinds of Blu-rays and give you access to formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, DTS:X and HDR10. Even better, all of them will play your DVD and CD collections, too. Streaming problems like bandwidth caps, dropouts or buffering are nonexistent. But if you somehow want those, most of the best Blu-ray players options can also support streaming apps such as Netflix (some even in 4K) and Hulu.

Current gaming consoles like the high-end PS5 and the Xbox Series X can play both Blu-rays and 4K Blu-rays, in addition to the latest games. Plus, if you don't have a 4K TV and a library of only regular Blu-rays, you can save money by buying a 1080p-only player like the Sony BDP-3700. 

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You'll have a hard time getting your hands on the Xbox Series X until later this year due to insatiable demand, but keep checking back on restock updates. This is the only current Xbox model that accepts optical discs. It can play DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K Blu-rays, in addition to Xbox game discs. It can also be used with standard IR remotes, unlike the PS5. (The cheaper Xbox Series S does not have a disc slot.)

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