The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players you can buy right now
Popular streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon, increasingly offer movies and TV shows you can watch in 4K resolution – if you have a 4K TV to watch them on, of course. But if you’re the kind of person who wants the best, uncompressed picture quality from your movie sessions and TV binges, you need to invest in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Why’s that? When you display video content from a disc you don’t get the same risk of buffering or varying resolution as over an internet connection, making for a more consistently high-quality picture. New 4K Blu-ray discs also tend to pack in the most advanced and premium HDR formats, such as Dolby Vision – or even Dolby Atmos surround sound audio.
A 4K Blu-ray player will still be able to play HD Blu-rays too, as well as regular ol’ DVDs you may still have lying around – with the capability to upscale those lower-resolution formats up to 4K before feeding them to your TV.
Blu-ray is still in many senses a niche market, but there are still some great choices for those opting for 4K Blu-ray discs – with the likes of Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony all having a crack at the multimedia player. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, too, you’ll likely get a number of great deals on the 4K Blu-ray players currently out there.
As for the upfront investment of buying yet another media device, you can take some solace in knowing that these players really aren’t that expensive. Sure, there are one or two premium players…