Blu-ray Players: Taking Home Entertainment to the Next Level
With their high data storage capacity, Blu-ray discs are able to store movies and video in exquisitely high-resolution format and provide you with a visually stunning experience. Many Blu-ray players have far more additional capabilities that just that, however. Before you look through eBay for a Blu-ray player, here's what you need to know about them.What sorts of discs can be used with a Blu-ray player?
Though their name indicates that Blu-ray players are only able to play Blu-ray discs, most such players are actually compatible with a wide range of different media formats. Of course, since brands and models of Blu-ray players can differ in their compatibility specs, be sure to see the manufacturer's website for compatibility information on any model that interests you.
- Blu-rays: Designed to supersede DVDs, Blu-rays typically play movies in 720p (HD) and 1080p (Full HD).
- Ultra HD Blu-rays: This is a variation on the standard Blu-ray, but it supports higher-resolution video -- specifically, video in 4K (Ultra HD). Most recently designed Blu-ray players will be able to play both standard Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Some players even have the ability to "upconvert" 720p or 1080p video into 4K.
- DVDs: Most Blu-rays players are backwards-compatible with DVDs and thus can double as a DVD player. The standard DVD resolution is 480i, but most Blu-ray players have the ability to "upconvert" that resolution to 1080p.
- CDs: Some Blu-ray players can even play CDs, including both audio and video CDs.
- 3D Capability: There are many Blu-ray players that play special 3D Blu-ray discs. With a 3D-compatible HDTV, this will give you an especially immersive experience.
Blu-ray players from some of the largest names in the consumer electronics business are available for sale on eBay, including:
- Cambridge Audio
Pretty much any Blu-ray player that connects to the internet has the capability to stream video. Once connected to the internet, you can use your Blu-ray player to stream your favorite movies and shows online using apps like Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, Amazon Prime Video, and even YouTube. Just some of the models that can do video streaming are:
- The Sony BDP-S1700
- The LG BP550.DUSALLK
- The Sony BDP-S6700
- The LG BP350
- The Sony UBP-X700
- The Sony UBP-X800M2
- The LG UBK90