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6 Things to Look for When Buying a Blu-ray Player

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 121

Shopping for a new Blu-ray player can be difficult when there are so many options to choose from. Here are a handful of things to consider when doing your Blu-ray comparison shopping...

First is picture quality. This is usually top of mind when it comes to buying any video player because a good picture helps recreate the movie theater experience in the home. However, most Blu-ray players are fairly equal these days. What you really want to think about is whether you want to be able to hook it up to a 3D TV, in which case you need to shop specifically for a machine that is compatible.

Second is sound quality. Most players currently support the most common HD sound formats, but it's important to check whether they'll support the full 7.1 channel surround sound setup. This way you know you'll be set up with the very best listening experience.

Coming in third are the extra features. Just like any other electronics you might purchase, it's usually the extra features that make one player stand out against another. Some players include an internal hard drive for storing music and home videos. These days most players allow you to take advantage of interactive features on Blu-ray discs, also known as BD Live. Many will even let you connect to your favorite streaming services such as Netflix.

As a side note, some of these extra features may have an impact on the price of the player you're looking for so be mindful of your budget when shopping based on extra features.

Fourth let's talk about DLNA certification. Sounds complicated, right? DLNA certification is becoming more common in a range of devices and not just Blu-ray players, it includes speakers, your smartphones, TVs and all sorts of gadgets. DLNA makes it easy to connect devices wirelessly over your home network to access photographs, videos and other media to your big screen TV via your Blu-ray player.

Which leads us to number five on the list, media storage. DLNA certification isn't the only way to access and play your other media. Most players also come with some form of media storage, whether that means an SD card slot, built in memory, or a USB port to attach an external hard drive.

And last on our list is accessing an internet connection. If you're looking to take advantage of rich and interactive features like media streaming and the BD Live functions then you'll want to get a player that can connect to the internet either by wired Ethernet or via your home's Wi-Fi connection. In some cases you might have to purchase extra equipment, such an internet connection dongle, in order to be able to fully connect online.

Those are the six main things to look for when shopping for the best Blu-ray player to fit your needs.

Please visit GreatElectronicsReviews.com for detailed reviews of the latest electronics devices, including many Blu-ray players for all levels of budget.

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