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  • Panasonic DP-UB820

  • Sony UBP-X800M2

  • LG UBK90

  • Panasonic DP-UB420

  • Panasonic DP-UB150

  • Microsoft Xbox Series X

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Panasonic DP-UB820

Panasonic Blu-ray players are generally considered one of the gold standards. This one offers 4K streaming, UHD disc playback, and upscaling tech that makes standard 1080p Blu-rays look their best on 4K ultra-high-def TVs. It’s got support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, as well as Amazon Alexa integration, in case you want to use voice commands. Unlike an Xbox, PS5, or dedicated streaming device, however, you’ll likely find the third-party app selection lacking here.

Pros

  • 4K HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support

  • 4K streaming and upscaling tech

  • Amazon Alexa voice integration

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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Sony UBP-X800M2

Another top-of-the-line Blu-ray player loaded with useful features, this Sony model is great for folks who mainly want their library of UHD discs and 1080p Blu-rays to look their best on a 4K TV. And it’s got HDR-to-SDR conversion, so movies will look great even on older televisions. It also supports 4K HDR playback, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos for cinema-quality sound. Don’t expect a lot of third-party app support, but it does have Netflix, Prime Video, and Vudu built in.

Pros

  • 4K HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos support

  • HDR-to-SDR conversion for older TVs

  • Wired and wireless connectivity

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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LG UBK90

This slim, high-quality player from LG may not have all your favorite streaming apps, but it’ll help you get the most out of your physical-media library. It supports 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-rays, 3D Blu-rays, and old-school DVDs. It’s compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision—as well as most video formats you might have stored on a USB drive—and lets you stream Netflix and YouTube in 4K.

Pros

  • 4K HDR10 and Dolby Vision support

  • Streams Netflix and YouTube in 4K

  • Plays USB files and 3D Blu-rays

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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Panasonic DP-UB420

Another phenomenal player from Panasonic, this model lacks high-end features like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, but it still delivers the peerless picture quality you want for your library of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs. It supports HDR10+ and other future-proof playback formats; 4K streaming for Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube; and Amazon Alexa voice commands.

Pros

  • HDR10+, HDR10, and hybrid log-gamma (hog) support

  • Streams Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube in 4K

  • Amazon Alexa voice integration

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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Panasonic DP-UB150

This stripped-down version of Panasonic’s 4K player lacks conveniences like Alexa integration and third-party streaming apps, but it still delivers the Ultra HD disc playback and HDR picture quality you expect. If you’re just looking for a box that plays both 4K UHD discs and standard Blu-rays, this will certainly do the trick.

Pros

  • HDR10+, HDR10, and hybrid log-gamma (hog) support

  • 4K Ultra HD disc playback and Blu-ray upscaling to 4K

Cons

  • No third-party streaming apps

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Microsoft Xbox Series X

For around $500, the Xbox Series X covers all your entertainment bases—movies, music, streaming apps, TV, video games. Both the Series X and hard-to-find PlayStation 5 come with a great built-in 4K Blu-ray player. On top of next-gen gaming, the new flagship Xbox console delivers 4K streaming and UHD disc playback, Auto HDR, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and lightning-fast load times and navigation. The only major complaint I’ve seen from cinephiles is the lack of support for 3D Blu-rays, though many people have moved on from 3D anyway.

Pros

  • Incredibly powerful tech

  • Hugely improved load times

  • Future proof

Cons

  • Absolutely massive

  • Needs more default storage space

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