Blu-ray players archive

  • Pick up a £1,000 Arcam BDP300 Blu-ray player for £600 by trading-in any old player
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    Pick up a £1,000 Arcam BDP300 Blu-ray player for £600 by trading-in any old player

    By 4 December 2013

    Arcam has already got its Christmas cheer ready to dish out in the form of a £400 saving on its £1000 Arcam BDP300 Blu-ray player. Spending £1000 on a Blu-ray player may be out of reach as an option for a lot of people, but the benchmark level of quality...

  • Philips SoundStage: Compact speaker system in a TV pedestal, integrated Blu-ray player optional
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    Philips SoundStage: Compact speaker system in a TV pedestal, integrated Blu-ray player optional

    By 5 September 2013

    Philips has announced the Philips SoundStage, a compact speaker system designed to sit under your TV. Launching two models at IFA 2013, the HTL4110B is a straight speaker pedestal, while the HTB4150B adds a 3D Blu-ray player into the mix. Philips joins...

  • What is HEVC and h.265? The future of 1080p movie streaming explained
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    What is HEVC and h.265? The future of 1080p movie streaming explained

    By 29 January 2013

    Video compression is essential for home entertainment. Without it, we'd be stuck in a world with just a few dozen TV channels. Since digital was first introduced in the UK, we've had compressed TV - it's a really great way of getting a lot more out of...

  • Sony Smart Blu-ray Disc Players ditch the boring black box image
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    Sony Smart Blu-ray Disc Players ditch the boring black box image

    By 8 January 2013

    Sony wants to make sure you are keen to show off its new Blu-ray players by making them look like no Blu-ray player you've ever seen before. Opting for Quartz-styled design rather than just another boring black box, the four new models - the BDP-S1100,...

  • Samsung AV update brings ultra high-definition support, NFC, and valve amplifiers
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    Samsung AV update brings ultra high-definition support, NFC, and valve amplifiers

    By 6 January 2013

    Samsung has announced its new wireless-focused audio line-up ahead of CES 2013, kicking-off in Las Vegas this evening.  The new products include the HW-F750 valve amplified soundbar, DA-F60 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker, HT-F9750W 7.1-channel...

  • Panasonic Blu-ray player to launch with Netflix built-in
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    Panasonic Blu-ray player to launch with Netflix built-in

    By 10 January 2012

    Netflix is nothing new to IPTV and Smart home cinema accessories; what is, however, is a dedicated button for it on the remote control. Shown off by Panasonic at this year's CES we figured it worth a mention, given it is Netflix a go go over in the UK...

  • Samsung BD-ES6000 Blu-ray: Small package, well connected
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    Samsung BD-ES6000 Blu-ray: Small package, well connected

    By 9 January 2012

    There was a time when any device you connected to your TV had to be the right size of box. Gone are the days of numerous 40cm-wide boxes beneath your TV. Now you may only need Samsung's compact BD-ES6000 smart Blu-ray player. Samsung has been adding connected...

  • Asda stocks £40 Blu-ray player - equates to 12 steak and ale pies
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    Asda stocks £40 Blu-ray player - equates to 12 steak and ale pies

    By 17 November 2011

    UK superstore Asda has slashed the price of its entry level Blu-ray player to £40, just in time for Christmas. The ONN DS-BD52 is pretty basic stuff, but is now believed to be the cheapest deck available in British stores. Additionally, and as part of...

  • Panasonic Star Wars Blu-ray deal announced
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    Panasonic Star Wars Blu-ray deal announced

    By 12 August 2011

    If your sole intention of buying a Blu-ray player this summer was in preparation of what surely has to be the biggest Blu-ray release to date - Star Wars: The Complete saga - then Panasonic may have just the deal for you. The Japanese electronics giant...

  • Philips BDP7600   review
    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...

  • Onkyo BD-SP809 Blu-ray deck - for performance over price
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    Onkyo BD-SP809 Blu-ray deck - for performance over price

    By 5 July 2011

    You can get a Blu-ray player with a packet of cornflakes these days, figuratively speaking. The decks are so cheap that, for most, the very concept of a BD spinner costing £500 (a monkey, in cockney rhyming slang) is pure insanity. However, in the...

  • Samsung BD-D6900 review
    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...

  • Panasonic DMR-BWT700   review
    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...

  • Toshiba BDX3200   review
    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...

  • Panasonic DMP-BDT210   review
    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...

  • Toshiba BDX1200   review
    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,...

  • Panasonic DMP-BDT110   review
    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...

  • Samsung BD-D8500   review
    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...

  • Panasonic DMP-BD75   review
    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...

  • Panasonic DMP-B200 review
    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...

  • Sony adds Skype to Blu-ray player, alongside new 2.1 home cinema systems
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    Sony adds Skype to Blu-ray player, alongside new 2.1 home cinema systems

    By 5 April 2011

    Sony is continuing its push to make the Blu-ray player do everything else besides playing a Blu-ray disc, with the company announcing that its latest flagship Blu-ray offering - the BDP-S780 - will also come with Skype built in. The new feature is yet...

  • Harman Kardon BDS 800   review
    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....

  • Philips BDP7500S2   review
    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...

  • Denon details DBP-2012UD 3D Blu-ray player
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    Denon details DBP-2012UD 3D Blu-ray player

    By 31 January 2011

    Denon has revealed the details of its latest "mid-range" Blu-ray player - the DBP-2012UD. Now, as this is Denon, don't expect its definition of mid-range to be the same as yours - at £750 it probably costs a bit more than you'd expect a mid-range machine....

  • Sony goes 3D with new Blu-ray and home cinema kit
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    Sony goes 3D with new Blu-ray and home cinema kit

    By 7 January 2011

    Sony is getting in on the 3D Blu-ray and home cinema action at CES 2011 with three new Blu-ray players and four new home cinema systems. The Blu-ray players come in the form of the BDP-S380, S480 and S580 - all of which bring internet and USB connectivity...