3D Blu-Ray Player Review

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Why 3D Blu-Ray Players?

While 3D movies have been around for decades, the technology had made quantum leaps in quality and mainstream acceptance in the past few years. The most finically successful film of all time," Avatar," made well over 2.5 billion dollars at the box office, thanks in large part to the 3D technology employed by director James Cameron.

3D Blu-ray players are the logical extension of the cinematic 3D experience. Blu-ray Discs possess the technology to store the rich HD content you experience in the movie theater. They also have the ability to bring that 3D goodness to your living room. However, not all Blu-ray players (or HDTVs for that matter) can replicate 3D technology. For that, you need a Blu-ray player with 3D capabilities; fortunately, we've rated and ranked all the best 3D Blu-ray Players available on the market today.

At the end of our review, we created our signature side-by-side comparison matrix to assist you in picking the 3D Blu-ray player that's right for you. The award winning products in this category include the Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player, the Sony BDP-S780 and the LG BD690, receiving our TopTenREVIEWS Gold, Silver and Bronze award respectively. We also created informative articles on 3D Blu-ray players for you to peruse at your convenience.

3D Blu-Ray DVD Player: What to Look For

Video Technology
Since both Blu-ray players and 3D technology are relatively new to the home video marketplace, these units are a bit more expensive than your average DVD or Blu-ray player. Most of the 3D Blu-ray players we reviewed cost $300 or more. If you're going to drop that much cash, you'd better make sure that the video quality of the player passes muster.

The best 3D Blu-ray players not only display full-quality 1080p images in all their 3D goodness, but they also upscale standard-definition images found on DVDs and produced by some broadcast and cable stations. Other video technology such as 24p Cinema and Deep Color are standard issue on the best 3D Blu-ray players.

Audio Technology
You'll understand the saying "music to my ears" when you hear the impressive audio quality of the 3D Blu-ray players we've reviewed. Technology like Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and LPCM blow all other DVD players out of the water with their claims of mimicking the original movie's studio master soundtrack at 24.5 Mbit/s in comparison with the 18 Mbit/s rate of a standard Blu-ray player.

Features
While DVD players all function about the same, the features are what differentiate one from the other. Built-in features like Wi-Fi and BD-Live come on almost every player, but the devil is in the details. Some of the 3D Blu-ray players have a smartphone app that transforms your phone into the remote control. Some models have app stores of their own, with popular apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Facebook.

Connectivity
Tech-minded consumers know that any player rises and falls in its connectivity array. The best 3D Blu-ray players not only contain the latest and fastest HDMI ports, but they also feature older connection methods such as component, composite and coaxial. Additionally, you should make sure that other options such as USB and S-Video are available so you can connect your computer, flash drive or mobile device to the 3D Blu-ray player you choose.

A 3D Blu-ray player is the perfect complement to your HDTV 3D TV. In fact, a TV set with 3D capabilities is a waste of money without a player with the capabilities we've listed above. If you're going to spend the money to bring 3D cinema into your home, you might as well buy the best. Be sure to review our detailed side-by-side matrix to help you narrow down your search.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Sony 3D Blu-ray Disc Player LG 3D-Capable Blu-ray Disc Player Panasonic 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Toshiba 3D Blu-ray Player Philips Blu-ray Disc Player Sony 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Pioneer Blu-ray Player Sharp Blu-ray Player Samsung BD-C6900
Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Sony 3D Blu-ray Disc Player LG 3D-Capable Blu-ray Disc Player Panasonic 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Toshiba 3D Blu-ray Player Philips Blu-ray Disc Player Sony 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Pioneer Blu-ray Player Sharp Blu-ray Player Samsung BD-C6900
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Lowest Price
Visit Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player BD-D7000
$299.99
Visit Sony 3D Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-S780
$192.99
Visit LG 3D-Capable Blu-ray Disc Player BD690
$348.00
Visit Panasonic 3D Blu-ray Disc Player DMP-BDT310
$239.99
Visit Toshiba 3D Blu-ray Player BDX5200
$99.95
Visit Philips Blu-ray Disc Player BDP5506/F7
$265.37
Visit Sony 3D Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-S480
$179.99
Visit Pioneer Blu-ray Player BDP-140
$276.56
Visit Sharp Blu-ray Player BD-HP25U
$99.99
Visit Samsung BD-C6900
$299.99
Ratings
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8.95
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6.88
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10.00
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10.00
9.38
10.00
10.00
9.38
9.38
10.00
10.00
10.00
7.50
10.00
9.38
7.50
10.00
8.75
10.00
8.75
7.50
9.38
9.38
6.88
8.75
9.38
9.38
7.50
6.88
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10.00
6.25
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Video Technology
24p True Cinema
 
AVC-HD
 
  
BD-R/RE Compatibility
DVD+/-R/RW Compatibility
Deep Color
  
  
HD Upscaling
Full HD 1080p
I/O Ports
HDMI Output
1
USB Port
 
1
Optical Digital Audio Outputs
   
SD Memory Card Slot    
  
  
Audio Technology
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD
LPCM
   
MP3 Playback
 
Features
DLNA
  
 
Player Depth 7.1 in 7.8 in 9.8 in 10.56 in 7.6 in 8.4 in 7.8 in 9.9 in 7.7 in 8.8
Player Height 1.2 in 1.8 in 2.3 in 3.13 in 1.7 in 1.5 in 1.4 in 3.5 in 2 in 1.7
Player Width 7.1 in 17 in 16.9 in 18.88 in 16.9 in 17.1 in 17 in 17.1 in 16.9 in 16.9
Player Weight 4.4 lbs 4 lbs 6.6 lbs 3.52 lbs 2.8 lbs 4.4 lbs 1.2 lbs 5.7 lbs 5.1 lbs 3.8lb
BD-Live
Built-in WiFi
iPhone Remote
   
   
Child Lock
 
 
Built-in Memory
 
      
Universal Remote
Help & Support
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Tech Support
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