November 2022

Blu-ray Players: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Blu-ray Player rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 4 Nov 2022, Sony UBP-X800M2 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed blu-ray player with 6 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 blu-ray player' this month. It is followed by Panasonic DP-UB820-K and Sony UBP-X700 , with 6 and 5 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Blu-ray Player
The Techlounge
The Master Switch
What Hi-Fi
Fix the Photo
IndieWire
Wirecutter
TopTenReviews
Digital Trends
CNET
Crutchfield
1
- $248
Sony UBP-X800M2
1
7
4
2
4
-
-
2
-
-
2
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Panasonic DP-UB820-K
7
12
-
-
3
2
2
-
-
1
3
- $178
Sony UBP-X700
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6
2
7
-
-
-
1
1
-
4
- $1070
Panasonic DP-UB9000
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9
6
1
-
-
-
-
-
4
5
- $898
XBox Series X
-
5
-
-
-
-
6
4
3
-
6
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Sony BDP-S6700
5
2
-
8
-
-
4
-
-
-
7
- Check price
PlayStation 5
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8
-
11
-
-
7
-
4
-
8
- $329
LG UBKM9
3
-
-
3
2
-
-
-
-
-
9
- $93
Sony BDP-S3700
-
3
-
5
-
-
-
-
2
-
10
- $247
LG UBK90
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
11
- $198
Panasonic DP-UB420
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4
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
12
- $158
Sony UBP-X700M
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
2
16
- $79
LG BP175
4
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
17
- $520
Xbox One S
-
-
-
10
-
-
8
-
-
-

We ranked Sony UBP-X800M2 #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sony UBP-X800M2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Techlounge

Amazing Video And Audio In One

Pros
Amazing picture quality
Support for 4K Netflix and Amazon
Great sound quality

Cons
There is no analog stereo output

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The Master Switch

Best of the Rest

Pros
Added support for Dolby Vision

Cons
Increased price doesn’t really match the feature set

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What Hi-Fi

A great 4K Blu-ray player for the money,despite a couple of peculiar traits.

Pros
Crisp, detailed picture
Rhythmic, musical sound
Supports SACD and DVD-A

Cons
Lacks HDR10+
Odd Dolby Vision execution
Could be more vibrant

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Fix the Photo

Virtually Silent

Pros
Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
High video quality
Good sound quality
Supports rare formats

Cons
No Dolby Vision support
No analog audio output

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IndieWire

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Digital Trends

The best Blu-ray player for music

Pros
Very strong format support
Great specs for music and audio
Simultaneous Bluetooth transmission

Cons
A bit more expensive than some picks

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We ranked Panasonic DP-UB820-K #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Panasonic DP-UB820-K as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Techlounge

A Great Value For The Money

Pros
Super-clear image and audio
Excellent compatibility and support
Great value for the price

Cons
Streaming services lack 4K and HDR
Average build quality
Not that user-friendly

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The Master Switch

Pros
Incredible audio and picture

Cons
Highly technical
Streaming options don’t have 4K or HDR

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IndieWire

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Wirecutter

If you own a Dolby Vision–capable 4K HDR TV

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TopTenReviews

The best premium Blu-ray player.

Pros
4K compatible
HDR10 and Dolby Vision
Voice control enabled

Cons
Expensive

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Crutchfield

Best high-end 4K Blu-ray player

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Blu-ray Players.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Blu-ray Players, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Sony UBP-X700 #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Sony UBP-X700 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Master Switch

Perfect for 4K Dolby Vision

Pros
HDR support
Great picture

Cons
Sound quality feels middling

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What Hi-Fi

A brilliant 4K Blu-ray player,with an attractive price tag to boot.

Pros
Crisp, natural-looking picture
Excellent detail and colors
Dolby Vision support

Cons
Sound could be grander
No HDR10+ support

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Fix the Photo

Easy to use remote

Pros
HDR 10 and Dolby Vision support
Perfect sound rendering
Compact form-factor
Small size

Cons
Can’t be used for streaming
A limited number of features

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Digital Trends

The best Blu-ray player overall

Pros
Affordable
Includes support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision
Compact

Cons
Those looking for all the high-end specs will need to look elsewhere

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CNET

Best Dolby Vision 4K Blu-ray player

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We ranked Panasonic DP-UB9000 #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Panasonic DP-UB9000 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Master Switch

Pros
Unbelievable picture quality

Cons
Can be tough to find in the US - you'll need to order from overseas

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What Hi-Fi

A seriously capable 4K Blu-ray player for home cinema enthusiasts.

Pros
Crisp, insightful picture
Dynamic expressive sound
Good selection of features

Cons
Very little at this price

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Fix the Photo

Our Choice

Pros
Four types of HDR support
Powerful display optimizer
New-generation processor
High-quality components

Cons
None

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Crutchfield

Best 4K Blu-ray player for audiophiles

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We ranked XBox Series X #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Master Switch

Best Blu-ray Player for Gamers

Pros
Dolby Vision compatibility puts this console over the top

Cons
Launch-day issues and missing features

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TopTenReviews

The best Xbox with Blu-ray player.

Pros
4K Blu-ray player
Affordable
Comes with free games console

Cons
Traditional remote is extra

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Digital Trends

The most fun Blu-ray player

Pros
Very gaming-friendly
4K and HDR support
Plenty of on-board storage

Cons
May be more than some are willing to pay

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CNET

Best Xbox for Blu-ray movies

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We ranked Sony BDP-S6700 #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Techlounge

A Cheap,But Super-Efficient Blu-Ray Player Packed With Features

Pros
Great access to streaming services
Cheap
Strong image quality

Cons
It lacks the HDR support
Poor design
No UHD disks support

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The Master Switch

Best Budget Blu-ray Player Under $100

Pros
Strong feature set
Solid picture quality

Cons
Poor design
App implementation

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Fix the Photo

Control by smartphone

Pros
Powerful Wi-Fi chip
Quick streaming
High-res audio format support
Wireless sound transfer

Cons
Doesn’t support Bluetooth

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TopTenReviews

The best HD Blu-ray player.

Pros
Bluetooth compatibility
More than 300 apps

Cons
No native 4K
No display

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We ranked PlayStation 5 #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Master Switch

Pros
Solid picture quality

Cons
Lack of Dolby Vision features make this a poor choice

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Fix the Photo

Stylish

Pros
Impressive RAM
High-speed drive
Powerful CPU
A lot of accessories

Cons
Expensive
Weighs too much

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TopTenReviews

The best PlayStation with Blu-ray player.

Pros
Powerhouse games console
Controller battery life and features are top-notch
A strong selection of titles
Nearly silent

Cons
Divisive appearance
Rubbish UI

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CNET

Best PlayStation for Blu-ray movies

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We ranked LG UBKM9 #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Techlounge

Solid Blu-Ray For The Money

Pros
Feature-rich
Dolby Vision
HDR10 compatible
Streaming ready
Good value for money
Solid Ultra HD 4K image quality

Cons
None really at this price

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Fix the Photo

4K Content Streaming

Pros
Supports many audio formats
Backward compatibility
Low price
Multi-HDR support

Cons
Doesn’t support DTS: X
Dated design

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IndieWire

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We ranked Sony BDP-S3700 #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Master Switch

Best Blu-ray Player for Streaming

Pros
An intuitive
Accessible way to get digital streaming

Cons
You definitely miss out on some options

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Fix the Photo

Compact design

Pros
Direct access to servers
Quick performance
Simple to navigate interface
High-quality sound

Cons
No video indexing
No RCA outputs

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CNET

Best 1080p Blu-ray player

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We ranked LG UBK90 #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked LG UBK90 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Master Switch

Best Overall Blu-ray Player

Pros
Excellent picture
Superb value

Cons
No display
No HDMI cable

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Digital Trends

The best no-frills Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Pros
Easy to use
Dolby Vision support
Great audio format support

Cons
Not a lot of built-in features
A little pricey

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We ranked Panasonic DP-UB420 #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Panasonic DP-UB420 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Master Switch

A Great Player for Listening to Music

Pros
High-res audio support
Excellent audio quality

Cons
Build quality issues

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Wirecutter

The best 4K player for all of your video discs

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We ranked Sony UBP-X700M #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best 4K upscaling Blu-ray player

Pros
Affordable
Effective upscaling for older media
HDR10 and Dolby Vision support

Cons
Not as good as some of our other Sony picks

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Crutchfield

Best budget 4K Blu-ray player

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We ranked LG BP175 #13 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Techlounge

It Just Works!

Pros
Good image quality
Well implemented 1080p upscaling
Easy to use
Versatile player
Amazing value for money

Cons
None

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TopTenReviews

The best cheap Blu-ray player.

Pros
Cheap
Full HD
Streaming apps

Cons
No 4K or HDR

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We ranked Xbox One S #14 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Fix the Photo

Direct access to 4K Netflix

Pros
HDR streaming
An IR blaster
Small chip
No frame rate drops

Cons
Subpar GPU performance
Console interface

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TopTenReviews

The best cheap games console with Blu-ray player.

Pros
Diverse Multimedia Options
4K Blu-ray Player
Xbox Game Pass

Cons
Lacking in power
Weakest exclusive lineup

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