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Choosing The Right Blu-ray Player For Your Home Theater System

Blu-ray is the latest generation of optical disc technology. Although blu-ray disc has the same dimensions as a standard DVD disk but they can store approximately five times more data, making it enough capacity to deliver high-definition 1080p video to your home theater system. This technology brings home theater to the next level with a nearly flawless picture and sound.

However, not all Blu-ray players are equal, some offer more features with higher cost than others. Therefore, it’s important to consider many different factors when trying to determine the best Blu-ray player for your need.

The first consideration on choosing a Blu-ray player is to make sure that you know what comes out with the player. Some Blu-ray players do not include HDMI or component cables, so you may need to buy them separately. You will also want to make sure it has the right audio cables for connecting to your home theater receiver or television. Many manufacturers offer cable at a reduced rice or as part of a bundle package with a new Blu-ray player, so look for deals to ensure you get the most bang for your buck. For optimal video quality, use a good HDMI cable to hook up your new Blu-ray player.

Another thing to consider when looking for a blu-ray player is the format supports. Some Blu-ray players don’t support rewritable media, such as DVD-R or CD-R/W. If you have a lot of noncommercial discs, check the specs to make sure it supports the formats you use. Features to look for in a Blu-ray player include chapter skip, fast forward and rewind, frame advance and a resume function that restarts a DVD from the point you stopped watching.

Audio presents another set of challenges. Almost every Blu-ray player supports Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround sound. For new audio technologies, such as 6.1 and 7.1 surround sound speakers are found only in high-end Blu-ray players. Although high definition sound is a new technology, it’s worth thinking about the future usefulness of a Blu-ray player if you plan to upgrade your sound system in the next five years.

Internet connection is another important consideration in choosing the right blu-ray player. While a player does not need to be connected to the internet to function, but if you are connected, you can get access to some very nice features. If nothing else, it allows you to easily upgrade a player’s firmware. Firmware is software that is downloaded to add new features or fix problems on the player. Blu-ray players without an Internet or Ethernet connection require you to download firmware updates on a PC and burn them to a compatible DVD that gets loaded into the player.

These are just a few tips to consider when choosing a Blu-ray player. As noted above, all blu-ray players will provide you with excellent Full HD 1080p video on Blu-Ray discs. So, if you demand the best movie-viewing experience, a Blu-ray player should be part of your home theater system.

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