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Time to Buy Blu-ray?

CARL LARON, Electronics senior editor

Is the time right for you to make the jump to Blu-ray? For some, the answer is yes. Prices are slowly dropping. Image quality is spectacular when viewed on a high-definition TV. Most discs are loaded with tons of bonus features, and some players can connect to the Internet for even more content. Audio is also enhanced, though you'll need an up-to-date home-theater system to hear the difference. Finally, all Blu-ray players can play standard DVDs, so you won't have to replace any titles you already own.

But Blu-ray isn't for everyone. Blu-ray players are still much more expensive than a standard-definition DVD player, and there are far fewer movies available. Not all players can access all of the advanced features on all discs (though all will play the movies themselves just fine). And, of course, there's no reason at all to consider a Blu-ray player if you don't own an HDTV.