The Blu-ray Player
Even in a world bursting with streaming content, Blu-ray discs are still going strong. Technology has exploded over the past few years, bringing better and better picture options to the table. In this guide, we’re going to break down this year’s best Blu-ray players, for any budget, and any setup. By the time we’re done, you’ll know exactly which one you should choose, and why.
What to look for in a budget Blu-ray player
Forget 4k for now. Buying a HD Blu-ray player still makes a lot of sense
Top Blu-ray player Picks
Best Blu-ray player overall – Sony UBP-X700Source
*It offers the most immersive cinema-style playback around, and features 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos support.
Best Blu-ray player for music – Sony UBP-X800
*It offers incredible sights and sounds, including Dolby Atmos, 4K Ultra HD, and HDR10 support.
Best budget Ultra HD Blu-ray player – LG-UP870
*It comes at a low price, but doesn’t sacrifice image quality.
Most fun Blu-ray player – Microsoft Xbox One S
*You want an Ultra-HD player and also love to game.
Best 4K upscaling Blu-ray player – Sony BDP-S6500
*It will make your standard Blu-ray discs pop on your HD TV or that new 4K TV.
DVD and Blu-ray sales statistics
This states that combined DVD and Blu-ray sales in 2015 were 119.6m discs.Source
Global Blu-ray Media and Players Market, Forecast to 2023
While physical discs remain a key revenue generator in the home entertainment business, the growing revenue from digital services and the rise of download and over-the-top (OTT) streaming services such as iTunes and Netflix have negatively impacted physical disc sales in the last 4-5 years. Therefore, an overall gradual decline in disc sales through the forecast period is expected.