Best Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray players

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...and, let's face it, Blu-ray discs provide a whopping improvement picture and sound quality over standard DVDs.

They include the latest sound technologies (Dolby Digital TrueHD or DTS HD Master Audio) and one of the next-gen object-based Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats.

And, of course, a 4K player will play 4K Blu-ray discs in Ultra HD. There's a decent selection of 4K discs now available, so the time has never been better to upgrade. But don't forget, you'll need a 4K TV to get the full benefit.

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Blu-ray player under £100

Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB

Not ready to upgrade to 4K Blu-ray just yet? This player will make the most of your Blu-ray collection in the meantime.

SPECIFICATIONS

4K upscaling | Smart functionality | 3D Blu-ray support

Reasons to Buy
Sharp details
Smooth motion
Vibrant picture
Dynamic sound
Reasons to Avoid
Small remote
No wi-fi

Blu-ray player under £150

Sony BDP-S6700

With excellent Blu-ray picture quality and good upscaling of your legacy DVD, the BDP-S6700's performance belies its low price tag.

Reasons to Buy
Excellent picture quality
Multi-room support
Good selection of streaming services
Good upscaling from DVD
Reasons to Avoid
Uninspiring design and build
Midrange could be a touch more expressive

4K Blu-ray player under £200

Sony UBP-X700

The quality of Sony's 4K disc-players seemingly improves the more affordable they become.

SPECIFICATIONS

4K HDR | 2x HDMI outputs | Dolby Vision HDR - pending update

Reasons to Buy
Crisp, natural-looking picture
Excellent detail and colours
Great value
Dolby Vision support (pending)
Reasons to Avoid
Sound could be punchier and grander
Dolby Vision support is 'pending'

4K Blu-ray player under £400

Sony UBP-X800

Sony's very first 4K Blu-ray comes right off the middle of the bat.

SPECIFICATIONS

4K Blu-ray | Streaming services | Bluetooth

Reasons to Buy
Great detail
Superb sound quality
Vibrant colours
Nice build
Reasons to Avoid
No support for Dolby Vision

4K Blu-ray player under £600

Microsoft Xbox One X

There are undeniably higher-quality 4K UHD Blu-ray players around, but none with this level of functionality.

SPECIFICATIONS

4K Blu-ray player | 4K gaming | HDMI input and output

Reasons to Buy
Clean, detailed and immersive 4K image
Bright and punchy HDR
Improved user interface
Bitstream audio support
Reasons to Avoid
Picture and sound can be bettered for less money
Some set-up quirks
No 4K pass-through over HDMI
1TB hard drive isn't big enough

Best 4K Blu-ray player under £800

Cambridge CXUHD

Want the best 4K UHD Blu-ray disc player on the market? Don't look any further.

SPECIFICATIONS

4K Blu-ray | Dolby Vision | HDMI x2

Reasons to Buy
Natural colours
Sharp details
Great sound quality
Impressive upscaling
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing of note

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Blu-ray player under £100

Sony BDP-S3700

SPECIFICATIONS

Miracast | Blu-ray | USB input

Reasons to Buy
Detailed picture
Solid upscaler
Smooth motion
Subtle contrast
Reasons to Avoid
Would benefit from a more dynamic sound

4K Blu-ray player under £200

Panasonic DMP-UB400

SPECIFICATIONS

4K HDR | HDMI outputs x2 | Netflix/Amazon streaming

Reasons to Buy
Clear, colourful picture with good detail and motion
Natural colour balance
Good spread of features
Solid build
Easy to use
Reasons to Avoid
4K picture doesn’t impress
Not as subtle, punchy or crisp as flagship sibling (which is now more affordable)
Sound could be more powerful and expressive

4K Blu-ray player under £200

Samsung UBD-M9000

SPECIFICATIONS

USB 2.0 | HDR

Reasons to Buy
Vivid colours
Good detail
Wide range of apps
Nice build quality
Reasons to Avoid
'Vivid' can become 'rather overcooked' quite readily
No Dolby Vision
Needs more dynamism and detail in its sound

Best 4K Blu-ray player under £800

Sony UBP-X1000ES

SPECIFICATIONS

4K HDR | Dolby Atmos and DTS:X | Dual band wifi

Reasons to Buy
Superb insight
Impressive handling of colour
Great sound quality
Reasons to Avoid
No Dolby Vision