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Play.com has seen the sale of Blu-ray players increase seven-fold since the demise of HD DVD last month, and Pricerunner says it has experienced a 132 per cent increase in the number of users looking for Blu-ray players. And it looks as if prices are starting to fall to more affordable levels.

Mattias Berg, managing director of Pricerunner UK, says: "The switch to Blu-ray is great news for the consumer as having just one format eliminates compatibility issues. My advice is simply do your research first, and make sure you know what you're buying before you part with your cash."

Pricerunner worked with Play.com to find the five most popular and cheapest Blu-ray players in the UK, which are as follows:

  • Samsung BDP-P1400 £199.99
  • Sharp BD-HP20 £220.79
  • Sony BDP-S300 £241.99
  • Panasonic DMP-BD10 £349
  • Panasonic DMP-BD30 £349

We've reviewed most of the above models in our special What Hi-Def? supplement, available free with the April issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision – on sale this Thursday, March 6th.

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