Perhaps you have already witnessed the amazing picture quality that Blu-ray can bring to home theaters, but Blu-ray media is also able to take advantage of the latest 3-D technology that has made going to the cinema a more engaging experience. Now that 3-D televisions from major electronics firms such as Samsung, Sony and LG are readily available on the market, finding a Blu-ray player that works well with these devices can be your next goal.
Choosing the right Blu-ray player for your home theater is not just about finding the best picture quality but also involves examining its audio capabilities, design, and any special features it carries. Here are some characteristics to look for before making a purchase:
Since the whole point of investing in Blu-ray media is that it offers superior picture quality when compared to other storage media, finding a player that makes the most out of your 3-D Blu-ray library is important. All of the top tier players from Sony, Samsung and LG offer full 1080p performance for both Blu-ray discs and streaming media services.
In addition, good players are designed to match the cinema experience, which is why they include features such as 24p True Cinema and Deep Color technology. True Cinema enables compatible televisions to show films at cinema frame rates, while Deep Color technology allows displays to show billions of colors for significantly better picture quality.
Sound often goes overlooked when it comes to designing the perfect home theater, but to truly capture the immersive experience of 3-D, you should look for a player with strong audio capabilities. Top tier players such as Sony’s BDP S770 use Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD technology to produce a sound that closely mimics what would be found in a recording studio.
Some players, like LG’s BX580, offer additional audio components such as Linear Pulse Code Modulation, which is a fancy way of saying that it supports 7.1 surround sound. Although you will need to invest in a good set of speakers to take advantage of this feature, a home theater that can produce crystal clear whispers as well as seat-rumbling bass will surely impress your friends.
Let’s face it: home theater devices can take up a great deal of cabinet space, especially once you consider all the peripherals that use HD technology such as gaming consoles. Finding a Blu-ray player that is not only powerful, but stylish and compact can help save space. Samsung’s BD-C7900, for instance, is both sleek and small, making it a great choice if looks are your concern.
If you have a lot of peripherals, finding a player that can integrate these devices is also important, which is why you should look for ones with multiple input/output ports. Panasonic’s DMP-BDT300 shines when it comes to connectivity, as it features two HDMI outputs, two USB ports, and one analog port. It also comes with a slot for SD memory cards, giving users another media storage option.
While using 3-D Blu-ray media is the main reason to buy one of these players, they also come with additional features to further enhance your home theater experience. For example, Sony’s BDP S770 supports the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), which allows you to stream media content through the player from any DLNA-certified device such as a laptop computer.
Now that you know what to look for in a quality player, you can start building your 3-D Blu-ray media library with confidence.
Brandi Tolleson is a prolific Internet writer on all things technology. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.