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  • Panasonic DP-UB820

  • Sony UBP-X800M2

  • LG UBK90

  • Sony BDP-S6700

  • Sony BDP-BX370

  • 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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Sony BDP-S6700

If you’ve got a 4K-capable television but have no interest in ever owning UHD Blu-ray discs, this player should be a perfect fit for your needs. It offers access to hundreds of third-party streaming apps—many of which will have 4K movies that look great on your TV—as well as upscaling tech for making your standard Blu-ray discs look great on a 4K screen. Just don’t change your mind about Ultra HD discs in the future; those simply won’t work with this player.

Pros

  • Standard Blu-ray upscaling for playback on 4K TVs

  • HDMI, USB, coaxial, and ethernet ports and Wi-Fi

  • Access to hundreds of third-party streaming apps

Cons

  • Doesn’t play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs

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Sony BDP-BX370

If you have a library full of 1080p (HD) Blu-rays and a high-def television—but no plans whatsoever to upgrade to a 4K television—this great Blu-ray player from Sony is the rare breed you’re looking for. It’s got access to hundreds of third-party streaming apps (Netflix and all your other favorites), upscaling for standard-definition DVDs, and even comes with a compatible HDMI cable to get you up and running. Who needs 4K, anyway?

Pros

  • Access to hundreds of third-party streaming apps

  • Comes with Wi-Fi support and an HDMI cable

  • Upscaling to 1080p for standard-def DVDs

Cons

  • No support for 4K playback of any kind

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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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