Blu-ray Buying Guide
Stunning 1080p image quality and full, robust sound make Blu-ray disks
the media choice of cine-maniacs and videophiles everywhere. Just like
its ancestors, VHS tapes, BetaMax, and Laser Discs, and DVDs, the Blu-ray
disc requires its own dedicated player. Like any other electronic, there
is a list of options and features to consider when purchasing this forefront
technology. This buying guide will help you decide what you want and need.
Why do I need a Blu-ray?
Do you want to full and vibrant color? Would you like to feel that instead
of just watching your favorite movies, you could feel like you are smack
dab in the middle of the action? Blu-ray delivers the highest quality
sound and audio available. With six times the resolution of a DVD, the
Blu-ray will ensure the most out of your HD home theater experience.
Which player do I need?
Blu-ray players come with a variety of features to accentuate your media
experience. Ask yourself a few questions to decide if the extra features
are worth the cost for you.
Would you like to enjoy online-streaming content?
Some Blu-ray players feature built-in Wi-Fi for wirelessly streaming your
favorite content from providers like YouTube, Hulu, Vudu,
and more. A great feature for those who enjoy the vast content available
online and the ease of a streaming service.
For players that don't have built-in Wi-Fi, but are internet-ready, a
wireless adapter can be purchased and some players even feature a hardwired
Note: Online connectivity also gives users BD-Live content.
These are extra features like bonus scenes, bonus views (picture-in-picture),
internet chats, director commentary, games, featurettes, quizzes, trailers,
that are only available online.
Are you a gamer?
If you answered yes to this question then you may want to consider purchasing
a Sony Playstation
3. This option combines a Blu-ray player and streaming content, with
a high definition gaming console. Non-gamers may still prefer this combination,
but may prefer a standard remote over the controller for the PS3.
What about 3D content?
More and more content is being released in fantastic 3D format. It's
important to recognize that not only do you need a 3D capable Blu-ray
player and a 3D movie, but a 3D ready television and special 3D glasses
as well. If you're interested in watching TV and movies in 3D, consider
a standalone 3D-capable Blu-ray player as well as extra 3D shutter glasses
so you can the family don't fight over who can enjoy their movie in 3D!
Features like 2D-3D conversion sound enticing but in reality are never
really worth considering. If your favorite player has it-great. If not,
don't sweat it, a true 3D capable player will significantly outperform
the conversion models. Dual HDMI outputs are nice, but not necessary,
unless you plan on connecting your Blu-ray player to a projector.
What cables do I need?
Don't let naysayers fool you-not all HDMI cables are created equal. Higher
quality connectors and cable insulation will not only defend against electronic
interference, but will deliver better picture and sound. When it comes
to cables, speed is key. The more information able to pass through a cable
at one time the more received by the display, resulting in superior audio
Online users may also require an Ethernet cable or an adapter for access
a Wi-Fi network.
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