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Blu-ray Players: Ratings of Sources

Total of 12 Sources
1. PCMag.com
July 2, 2013
The 5 Best Blu-ray Players
by Will Greenwald
Our AssessmentPCMag.com reviews a fair amount of Blu-ray players and names its top choices in this roundup article. Discussion here is brief, but links lead to full reviews that are testing based. Ratings are provided, and the top performers are honored with an Editors' Choice award.
2. ConsumerReports.org
Not Dated
Recommended Blu-ray and DVD Players
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org evaluates lots of Blu-ray players and conducts competent testing, but discussion is limited compared to other reviewing sites and not always as enlightening as it could be. Top choices are named, but lots of Blu-ray players qualify for that honor. Some are further singled out as Best Buys.
3. What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
As of July 2013
Blu-ray Players
by Editors of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
Our AssessmentBritain's What Hi-Fi? reviews a large number of Blu-ray players, many of which are available in versions for the U.S. market. However, while the write-ups are very informative and touch on all the high and low points of a particular model, they are also fairly brief, and most products receive similarly high ratings.
4. Home Theater Magazine
As of July 2013
Blu-ray Player Reviews
by Editors of Home Theater
Our AssessmentHome Theater magazine has reviewed a number of Blu-ray players in expertly done single-product reviews, but the frequency of reviews has tapered off in recent months. An at-a-glance section at the top of each review provides high and low points, and ratings are given for performance, value, features and ergonomics.
5. TrustedReviews.com
As of July 2013
Best Blu-ray Player
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentWhile some technical details vary, many (though not all) of the Blu-ray players tested by this British site are also available in the U.S. Reports are well illustrated and reasonably detailed without being technically dense. Ratings are provided, though there aren't many 2013 models covered at present.
6. TechRadar.com
Feb. 1, 2013
12 Best Blu-ray Players in the World 2013
by Jamie Carter
Our AssessmentTechRadar.com's buying guide to the hottest Blue-ray players features many newer 2013 offerings alongside some slightly older models. Writer Jamie Carter highlights a dozen picks, running down some standout features of each model. However, detail and analysis is scarce, leaving readers with just a quick surface glance at the selections.
7. BestBuy.com
As of July 2013
Blu-ray Players
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com is a good place to read user reviews. Navigation is easy, and some Blu-ray players get lots of feedback. A nice touch: Posters are asked if they would recommend a specific player to a friend, and the results are tallied and presented at the top of the customer review page for each product.
8. Amazon.com
As of July 2013
Blu-ray Players
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOne advantage Amazon.com has over BestBuy.com is that the reviews here tend to be a little more detailed. Many current models receive lots of user reviews, making this a good spot for getting a bead on which models resonate with users. Some older players remain listed on the site, however.
Blu-ray Players
by Editors of Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
Our AssessmentFor the technically sophisticated, it's tough to beat the in-depth reviews at this home-theater enthusiast site. Each player is put through its paces in hands-on and bench testing, with every technical success and flaw thoroughly exposed. No ratings are provided, but clear conclusions leave no doubt about how the reviewer feels about a specific player.
10. Reference Home Theater
As of July 2013
Blu-ray Player Reviews
by Chris Heinonen
Our AssessmentThis is the personal website of Chris Heinonen, senior editor at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. It hosts links to his writings there, to reviews at additional websites and to some exclusive reports. Among these is a review of the LG BP530. It's tested and compared to one of its direct competitors, the Sony BDP-S5100.
11. Audioholics.com
As of July 2013
Blu-ray Players
by Editors of Audioholics.com
Our AssessmentAudioholics.com offers extensive reviews of many Blu-ray players. Most editors' write-ups are somewhat exhaustive in their depth, digging into the nitty-gritty of each device with lots of charted testing data. Each review features a comprehensive scorecard rating players across numerous categories. A few of the reports are based on spec sheets and the reviewer's impressions rather than hands-on testing.
12. About.com
Not Dated
The Best Blu- ray Players
by Robert Silva
Our AssessmentThis roundup written by About.com's Robert Silva is a mixed bag, highlighting a selection of newer and older players. Some reviews are only a paragraph long and seem based on specs and opinion rather than testing. However, other players are subjected to extensive bench and use testing that is as competent and helpful as what's found at the top-rated review sites.
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