Blu-ray players


Reviews & hands-on

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Philips BDP7600 review

    By 9 August 2011

    Already discounted online, this do-it-all deck from Philips is thrice a home cinema hero. Its trio of key features are 3D Blu-ray disc playback, built-in Wi-Fi and analogue 7.1 surround sound outputs, the absence of which we’ve moaned about for yonks...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung BD-D6900 review

    By 1 June 2011

    That Samsung’s latest high-def hero has touch-sensitive controls, a brushed metallic top, a gloriously slim 33mm profile and is able to silently slip out a disc from within won’t surprise anyone; this has been a brand at the coal face of product design...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-BWT700 review

    By 31 May 2011

    Panasonic’s latest brainy box has so many functions we’re not quite sure what to call it. Back in the 1980s my Dad refused to buy a new TV, a VHS recorder, computer or any games systems, believing that there would soon be one device for the lounge...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Toshiba BDX3200 review

    By 26 May 2011

    Normally we’d be all excited about 3D playback, but so far the capability to read 3D Blu-ray discs hardly seems to be a high-end add-on feature at all. Take this so-called “flagship” Blu-ray player from mainstream brand Toshiba; it costs only a...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-BDT210 review

    By 19 May 2011

    After the online content hubs of last year, is the next big thing in Blu-ray players iPhone control? It seems a bit harsh on the squillions of Android phone owners, but Panasonic has fitted its latest high-end 3D Blu-ray deck with an iPhone app as well...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Toshiba BDX1200 review

    By 13 May 2011

    Just on sale but with a web price already hovering around £100, this effort at Blu-ray from oft-value busting brand Toshiba may deal in 2D discs, but has an overall feel that’s oh so one-dimensional. The only supporter of the much more sensibly named,...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-BDT110 review

    By 4 May 2011

    Created to partner screens in the brand’s three separate line-ups of 3D plasmas (VT30, GT30 and ST30) and sole range of 3D LED-backlit LCD TVs (DT30), this player is the most affordable of a trio of 3D decks in Panasonic’s 2011 range - the others...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Samsung BD-D8500 review

    By 27 April 2011

    There’s something decidedly low-rent about the word “combi”, but this two-into-one effort from Samsung is most definitely upmarket. Costing a whopping £380, it darn well should be, but wait until you see what it can do: 3D Blu-ray playback, Freeview...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-BD75 review

    By 21 April 2011

    Always a purveyor of high-end rather than budget Blu-ray decks, it's no surprise that the majority of Panasonic’s 2011 output is 3D-ready. 3D support is handled by Panasonic’s DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT110 decks, and while this DMP-BD75 model...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-B200 review

    By 12 April 2011

    Panasonic is currently the only manufacturer to offer a portable Blu-ray player in the UK, and its latest model comes in the form of the DMP-B200, a logically named successor to the B100. Despite being a portable device, the DMP-200 felt fairly hefty...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Harman Kardon BDS 800 review

    By 23 March 2011

    The Home Theatre in a Box (HTIB) business is dominated by brands that build systems to a price, loading them to overflowing with the latest digital doodads. There is, though, a less frenetic high-end to this market, where simple sophistication is valued....

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Philips BDP7500S2 review

    By 1 March 2011

    Fancy a Blu-ray deck that does it all? Able to spin 3D Blu-ray discs, this classy deck proves technically just as good as models from the likes of Sony, but it does lack one or two features rivals include. Its provision of 1GB of local storage is a nice...

  • Home Cinema 0 out of 5

    First look: LG BP650 portable Blu-ray player review

    By 6 January 2011

    Forget top-notch high-def home entertainment or any thoughts of 3D; LG’s first foray into the portable Blu-ray player market is more about creating an affordable universal disc spinner. Measuring just nine inches across, the BP650 ought to end discussions...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Sony BDP-S470 review

    By 9 December 2010

    Is it time we abandoned the 2D Blu-ray player? At this low price Sony’s BDP-S470 makes a serious bid at being not just an excellent 3D Blu-ray player, but a fantastic value all-rounder that could quickly see the rug pulled from under non-3D players....

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-BDT100 review

    By 17 September 2010

    Panasonic’s budget 3D Blu-ray player is designed to be paired with one of the brand’s two 3D TVs - either its 50-inch TX-50VT20 or 65-inch TX-65VT20 plasmas - though makes for a great future-proof buy of you plan to fork out for a 3D screen in the...