There’s a lot to be said for watching movies on the humble Blu-ray player — even in the age of.
Thanks to the enhanced storage capacities of Blu-ray discs, a hardware player offers the bestand available. There are two types of discs available: and . Getting a 4K player will enable you to play both kinds and give you access to formats like , HDR10, and . Streaming problems like buffering, dropout or bandwidth caps are nonexistent. But if you somehow want those, most Blu-ray players can also stream (some even in 4K), while all of them will play your DVD and , too. Others such as the Xbox One S will also . 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.
The Sony UBP-X700 is at the cutting edge of 4K Blu-ray technology, thanks in part to its Dolby Vision compatibility. Throw in a bunch of streaming services and the Sony rewards you with a solid performance at a reasonable price.
Read our Sony UBP-X700 review.
If you want to spend the bare minimum on a Blu-ray player, then the Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray player should be your choice. It offers a lot of features for little money, but as it’s only 1080p you’ll miss out on advanced features like 4K and Dolby Vision.
Read our Sony BDP-S3700 review.