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The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players you can buy right now

These days it’s not hard to find streaming services that offer 4K movies and TV shows on-demand – Netflix and Amazon are certainly leading the charge but it’s only a matter of time until more follow suit. However, if you’re the kind of person who  wants the best, uncompressed picture quality from your movie sessions and TV bingers, you need to invest in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

Despite the fact that most of the rest of the world is happy to settling for streaming video, dismissing physical discs, no consumer video stream can get close to the quality of a 4K Blu-ray. At least not at the moment.

If that’s not enough to convince you to upgrade your home cinema experience with a UHD Blu-ray player, then another argument for opting for physical discs over streaming is that your TV might be screaming out for it. 

For example, if you’ve invested in a top-notch television set such as the LG C8 OLED, then it deserves some 4K Blu-ray pampering. 

More importantly, gone are days the “4K” tax for high-end AV equipment. Sure, the highest-tier devices may still be on the pricey side, but there are affordable picks out there if your budget is tight. Most will even support 4K Netflix and Amazon Prime, too, allowing you to get the best of both worlds. 

Enjoy having your Ultra-HD cake and eating it too? Here are the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player you should go for.

What else do I need to watch a UHD Blu-ray?

Before you get started, remember that in order to get a true 4K experience you’ll need to get a few things in place: You’ll need a 4K Blu-ray player, a 4K Blu-ray disc and, of course, a 4K TV in order to watch it. (If you don’t have that last one, then check out our guide to the best 4K TV.)

If you don’t have a 4K TV, your 4K Blu-ray player will still work, but it will only display images in 1080p. Buy a regular Blu-ray instead of a 4K version and it will still play in 3840 × 2160 resolution, but it won’t be a native 4K image and will be noticeably different to an Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Is your 4K TV all setup and ready to go? Here’s a quick look at the best 4K Blu-ray players available to buy today.

  1. Panasonic DP-UB9000
  2. Panasonic DMP-UB700 
  3. Pioneer UDP-LX500 
  4. Sony UBP-X800
  5. Panasonic DMP-UB900 
  6. Sony UBP-X1000ES
  7. Panasonic DMP-UB300 
  8. Xbox One X
  9. Xbox One S 
  10. Samsung UBD-K8500

1. Panasonic DP-UB9000

The first 4K Blu-ray player to support HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Smart TV: Yes | Dimensions: 430 x 81 x 300 mm | Weight: 7.8 kg | UHD Upscaling?: Yes | Wi-Fi?: Yes | 3D support?: Yes | HDR Formats supported: HDR10, HDR10+

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