If you are using old TV technology you may want to upgrade to the best Blu-ray player for your home entertainment dollar.
I recently received a low-end Blu-ray player as a premium. I wanted to run NetFlix on the device from my wireless computer network. It turned out the dumb thing needed a chip to pick up a signal!
I decided to do some Blu-ray player product research, which I’m passing along to you here.
Not all Blu-ray players are created equal. Some, as I found out, can’t play NetFlix unless you buy added accessories. I want my Blue-ray player to detect my wireless network right out of the box. But I also wanted to find the best Blu-ray player.
I look at customer reviews for guidance.
How often do you see a product with an AVERAGE score of 5 Stars, with more than 200 reviews?
That’s when I start to get the message a product really might be the best.
When customers are so satisfied that they celebrate in public, it’s a major clue for the buyer.
Looking for the best Blu-ray player?
Check out these features:
- Universal Blu-ray disc player provides playback for a myriad of video formats on disc or eSATA/USB drives
- Dual HDMI 1.4 outputs for multiple displays or separate, dedicated video/audio connections
- Supports Blu-ray 3D specifications (3D television and glasses required)
- Decoding and individual 7.1-channel output for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
- Yes! You can stream movies from Netflix or Blockbuster via your wireless network
Check out the reviews on this device.
OPPO BDP-93 Universal Network 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
And it’s not just customers who like it.
(December 2011) Winner: PCMag Readers’ Choice Awards Best Blu-ray Player
“Apple doesn’t make Blu-ray players, but if it did, we have a feeling that OPPO Digital would still beat it in customer satisfaction. The small Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of Blu-ray disc players earns a Readers’ Choice award, having received the highest satisfaction scores of any company in all of our satisfaction surveys this year. Respondents rated overall satisfaction at 9.5 on a scale of 0 (worst) to 10 (best). That was actually the lowest of its major ratings: Overall reliability was a 9.7 and likelihood to recommend was 9.6. For comparison, the highest rated products in 2011 to date were Apple’s desktops and notebooks which rated 9.2 for overall satisfaction.
OPPO currently only has two products on the market, the $499 BDP-93 and the $999 BDP-95. In addition to being designed to meet the demands of audiophiles and videophiles, both provide access to a diverse selection of content including Blu-ray discs and Blu-ray 3D, as well as a variety of streaming sources, including Netflix, Blockbuster, VUDU, YouTube, Pandora, and more.“” — PCMag.com
Take a look at the BPD-93 Blu-ray player from the back
News Flash! Upgrade! OPPO BDP-103 is here!
Alternative: Use Fire Stick to stream computer content to your TV
If you rely on your computer for most of your viewing content, you may not want a DVD player but instead, a “streaming stick” a MUST HAVE add-on to your TV’s HDMI port.
Amazon does a great job of explaining how Fire Stick works. Don’t forget to take a look at the reviews.