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Blu-ray and Blu-ray Players Guide

All About Blu-ray, Blu-ray Players and Blu-ray Discs


Ever since the introduction of DVD in 1997, engineers and manufacturers were already working on its eventual replacement, which resulted in two incompatible formats: Blu-ray and HD-DVD. After an intense marketing battle, HD-DVD was officially discontinued. As a result, Blu-ray has solidified its presence in the consumer landscape, and Blu-ray players have morphed into a multi-faceted entertainment device. Check out the following Blu-ray and Blu-ray Player guide, which includes everything you need to know, including some possible purchasing suggestions.

NOTE: Information on HD-DVD, and its comparison to Blu-ray, is still contained in portions of the following articles for historical purposes. Also, there are still many HD-DVD player owners, and HD-DVD players and discs are still sold and traded on the secondary market.

Video: What is Blu-ray?

Before you plow through all the articles this page, check out a short video introduction on Blu-ray.
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Blu-ray and Blu-ray Player FAQs

Although DVD still ranks as the most successful home entertainment product in history, it lacks one characteristic: True High Definition playback. Blu-ray was introduced to overcome that deficiency, and although DVD is still with us, and will be for some time, Blu-ray has made its mark in home entertainment landscape in more ways than one. For answers to some basic questions about Blu-ray and how it may fit into your entertainment setup, check out my Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc Player FAQs.

Before You Buy a Blu-ray Player

You know that you want to buy a Blu-ray Disc player, but how do you know what you are looking for in one? Check out some useful tips on what to look for when buying a Blu-ray Disc player.
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Video: What to Look For When Buying a Blu-ray Disc Player

Check out a video version of the what you need to know before you buy a Blu-ray Disc Player.
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Best Blu-ray Players

Blu-ray Players are now more affordable and plentiful than ever. For a look at my current suggestions for Blu-ray disc players check my suggestions for the best blu-ray disc players for your home theater setup.
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Configuring Blu-ray Player Video and Audio Outputs With Your Home Theater

Configuring Blu-ray Disc Player Video and Audio Outputs With Your Home Theater. What happens when you turn your Blu-ray disc player on for the first time?
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Blu-ray Disc Player Audio Settings - Bitstream vs PCM

How do you know if you are getting Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio from your Blu-ray Disc player? The answer depends on how you configure your Blu-ray disc player's audio settings and what connections you use between the player and your home theater receiver.
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Five Ways To Access Audio From a Blu-ray Player

Blu-ray is definitely catching on as an integral part of the home entertainment experience. For those that have an HDTV, Blu-ray is easy add on the video connection front, but getting the most out of Blu-ray's audio capabilities can sometimes be a little confusing. To find out the different options for connecting the audio output of a Blu-ray Disc player to your TV or the rest of your home theater setup, check out: Five Ways To Access Audio From a Blu-ray Disc Player

Video: Set Up a 5.1 Channel Home Theater System Featuring a Blu-ray Disc Player

Although most of this video discusses how to set-up a 5.1 channel receiver and speaker system - connecting a Blu-ray disc player to the system is also included.
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Blu-ray Discs That Give Your TV and Home Theater System a Workout

Blu-ray is an integral part of the home entertainment experience. The best part of Blu-ray are the movies we get to watch in full high definition, and, in some cases, 3D. As part of my job, I use a lot of Blu-ray Discs to test the audio and video performance of Blu-ray Disc Players, TV, video projectors, and Home Theater Receivers. However, not all Blu-ray discs really show off how well your system can perform. Check out a list of my current favorites for Best Blu-ray Disc Movies For Home Theater Viewing.

Also, tell us what your own favorite Blu-ray Disc Movies are.

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