Must Have Blu-ray Players for 2013

When it comes to getting that home cinema experience, Blu-ray players are quickly superseding their DVD counterparts. With all of the latest blockbuster hits being released on glorious high-definition Blu-ray, more people than ever are migrating from the standard definition movies of old. Blu-ray players have come a long way since they first hit the consumer market a few years ago. Today’s players are packed with great features such as 2D to 3D up scaling and online connectivity. With such a vast range of models on the market, it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here are some of the hottest Blu-ray players on the market for Christmas 2012 and into new year.

Panasonic DMP-BD75

Price: ~$75

This entry-level Blu-ray player is perfect for those who want to enjoy some great high-def movies without the frills. With its super quick booting speeds, users don’t have to wait ages to jump into the action. Boasting 1080p up scaling, this stylish slim line player is perfect for breathing new life into those old flicks. The DMP-BD75 also features multi-room sharing capability, meaning the excellent Blu-ray experience can be shared throughout the home. High quality without the price tag, this Blu-ray player makes for a brilliant gift this Christmas.

Panasonic DMP-BD75 Ultra-Fast Booting Blu-ray Disc Player

Panasonic DMP-BDT120

Price: ~$105

For those who want a feature-packed Blu-ray player, this Panasonic model won’t disappoint. The player features full high definition 3D playback, allowing users to become fully immersed in their movies. A superb next-generation player, the DMP-BDT120 comes complete with wireless connectivity via Viera Connect. Providing viewers with a plethora of online entertainment delivered straight to the player, Viera Connect makes for the ultimate viewing experience. The player also features SKYPE connectivity, meaning users can make video calls to friends and family absolutely free. Users with smartphones can also download a Panasonic app that lets them take control of their TV via their handsets. This epic Blu-ray player is a great addition to the home cinema of any movie buff.
Today’s Blu-ray players offer an impressive range of features.
Panasonic DMP-BDT320 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player

Sony BDP-S480

Price: ~$115

New for 2013, this smart 3D Blu-ray player from Sony is an excellent piece of kit. With the phenomenal up scaling technology this player has to offer, users can view their regular DVD’s in almost HD quality. The player also extends its up scaling prowess to online media, letting users view videos from YouTube in crisp HD clarity on their TV’s. As well as having wireless connectivity to view online content, the BDP-S480 boasts two USB ports, meaning users can play their own movies and music through their televisions. For a brilliant all-round player, the BDP-S480 should be high on everyone’s Christmas list.

Sony BDP-S480 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)

Toshiba BDX1100

Price: ~$80

Toshiba are well known for their high quality products, and the BDX1100 isn’t an exception. This full HD 1080p player is sure to impress viewers with its outstanding picture quality. As well as having an SD slot for playing users’ music and images, the player is also compatible with CD-R/CD-RW, meaning users have plenty of ways to view their content. This is the ideal model for audiophiles, as the BDX1100 offers Dolby True HD playback. Some excellent hardware at an excellent price, this Blue-ray player is well deserving of its place as one of Christmas 2012’s finest.
Toshiba BDX1100 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player, Black


Any one of these Blu-ray players is sure to provide an amazing viewing experience. From 3D up scaling to online connectivity, there are some fantastic features to be enjoyed with these players and other portable DVDs.


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I am the Team Leader here at BurnWorld. I am an audio/video enthusiast and have been in this industry for over 10 years. I love testing DVD/Blu-Ray and Video software.

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  • Moore Gadgets says:

    I have not checked the others but I am ready to buy a Sony Blu-ray player with apps. When I saw the title of this article I thought there might be some heads up on newer models for 2013. When I checked the Sony BDP-S480 I see that it a very old 2011 model and much nicer ones came out in 2012 that I have been looking at.

  • Can-C Eye Drops says:

    When Blu-ray Disc software not authored with interactive features dependent on Bonus View or BD-Live hardware capabilities is played on Profile 1.0 players, it is able to play the main feature of the disc, but some extra features may not be available or will have limited capability.

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