The three types of Blu-ray players: Entry-level, Mid-Level and High-end. Find out about the Blu-ray features are offered and if each type has the same high quality HD picture?
Blu-ray offers us a chance to watch true cinema quality movies in
stunning High-Definition. It is the only source that is able to produce
Full HD 1080p/24fps video output. You can not get this from cable or
online streaming. It supports the latest High-resolution audio formats,
delivering the ultimate movie viewing experience at home. And now with
players dropping into the under $100.00 range, more and more consumers
are choosing Blu-ray. But what do you get for these lower-priced
players? What do you get with the higher-priced players? Is there any
difference in picture quality?
You can basically break down
Blu-ray Players into three categories: Entry-level players, Mid-level
players and Specialty or High-end players. Sometimes these categories
and the distinguishing features overlap with each other. But for the
most part they stay true to form and price. One feature that is the same
across the board is High-definition image quality. Every modern Blu-ray
DVD Player will produce almost the same picture quality when playing
back Blu-ray discs. There might be some slight variations between
players, but overall every player delivers high quality, crystal clear
images. The only real exception is if you are using a large projector
screen, than you might need a high-end player like Oppo BDP-93. Another
feature found in every player is HDMI output that will up-scale DVDs to a
Entry-level Blu-ray Disc Players:
players are for those of us who are new to Blu-ray or just want the
basic HD playback on Blu-ray discs. Ranging in price around $100 or
lower, you will not find the kind of features you get in higher-priced
players. What you do get is Full HD1080p/24fps playback, DVD up-scaling,
and with all the newer models - online streaming services like Netflix,
Vudu and YouTube. These streaming services will be limited, however.
Higher-priced players will offer more services.
While there will
be an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet, most entry-level players
will not have a Wi-Fi options or DLNA support. If a Wi-Fi option is
offered; it is usually in the form of a wireless USB dongle that you
have to purchase separately. If this is the case and it is something you
want, you are better off purchasing a higher-priced player with
built-in Wi-Fi. A Blu-ray DVD Player plus a wireless dongle can cost
more than a player with built-in Wi-Fi.
Mid-level Blu-ray Players:
players have all the features found in their lower-end counterparts.
They are usually priced slightly higher because they offer more
features. As stated, you will get a wide selection of online streaming
services. And more often than not, the player will allow you to stream
videos, music and photos from your computer directly to your TV. These
players will offer a wireless option. Most often built-in Wi-Fi; but it
can also be in the form of a wireless USB adapter as well.
every mid-level player in 2011 was 3D capable. This may not be
something you are looking for or even used, especially since there is
not much 3D content available and you may not own a 3D HDTV. But all 3D
players can playback standard 2D Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs.
Higher-End Blu-ray DVD Players:
most Blu-ray DVD Players are capable of delivering high-quality images
and sound, the top of the line Blu-ray Disc Players are design for the
videophiles and audiophiles. Those who want high-end video and audio
processing. These players are more expensive and usually have all the
features of lower-priced players, but not always. The players will have
special niche features such as an internal Hard Drive, SACD and
DVD-Audio playback. They will have dedicated video and audio features
that will bring you the best possible images and sound from all sources.