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Top 3 Blu-Ray Players

 

The following Blu-Ray players rated according to key user feedback. The top three places go to:

  1. Playstation 3
  2. Pioneer BDP-HD1
  3. Panasonic DMP-BD10

Since all of the following Blu Ray Players are high priced, our expectations were also high in design, operability, connectivity and game libaries.


PlayStation 3

SUPPORT

Design - looks good and has user-friendly interface.

Operability - 60GB hard drive, quiet operation and plays high-def Blu-ray movies in addition to standard DVDs

Connectivity - support for Wi-Fi; Bluetooth upcoming support for wireless controllers and accessories; built-in memory card readers; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply

Games - All games in high-definition, backwards-compatible with PS2 and PS1 titles; online play is free.

AGAINST

Design - glossy black finish bad for fingerprints

Operability - no force feedback (rumble) support in controller;

Connectivity - noUSB port; no infrared port [non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible]

Games - first batch of games pretty pathetic; doesn't upscale DVDs to HD resolution;

....and high price [Around $USD 600]

OVERALL: Sony's PlayStation 3 is the most expensive next-gen game console, with bland launch titles but its design and Blu-ray drive, are proving popular.

 

Pioneer BDP-HD1

SUPPORT

Design -

Operability -

Connectivity - plays movies, music, and photos over home network via an Ethernet port; DVD upconversion to 720p, 1080i, and 1080p.

Games - Excellent picture quality on Blu-ray movies

AGAINST

Design -

Operability - DVD upconversion not as good as other makes; doesn't play CDs; no HDMI 1.3.

Connectivity -

Games -

OVERALL: The superior Blu-ray image quality and good home networking features do little to compensate for the inferior DVD upconversion and no CD playback .

 

Panasonic DMP-BD10

SUPPORT

Design -

Operability - DVD upconversion to 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p; HDMI output; DVD-Audio support.

Connectivity -

Games - Excellent picture quality on Blu-ray and DVD;

AGAINST

Design - terrible remote; annoying front flip-down panel on unit;

Operability - relatively slow load times; no HDMI 1.3.

Connectivity -

Games -

OVERALL: Although the Panasonic DMP-BD10 appears a competent Blu-ray player, it lacks operability compared to PlayStation 3 making it a hard sell at its high price.

 

 


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