Our choice

Panasonic DP-UB420

The Panasonic DP-UB420 delivers the best picture quality with 4K Ultra HD discs, with a feature that optimizes HDR video for your display.

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* At the time of publication, the price was $ 200.

The Panasonic DP-UB420 differs from most other 4K Blu-ray players in two main ways. First, Panasonic’s 4K players are the only models to offer an HDR optimization function, which adjusts the output of high dynamic range video according to the brightness capabilities of your TV. In our testing, this feature improved the appearance of HDR content on less bright TVs. Second, the DP-UB420 offers the cleanest 4K upscaling for Blu-ray and DVD discs, producing the most detail without introducing additional noise into the picture.

The DP-UB420 supports HDR10, HDR10 +, and HLG high dynamic range formats, but not Dolby Vision. It doesn’t have as many built-in streaming services as some other 4K players, but it does include the big three: Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video.

Upgrade Choice

Panasonic DP-UB820

Panasonic DP-UB820

The Panasonic DP-UB820 supports all major HDR formats, including Dolby Vision.

Purchase options

* At the time of publication, the price was $ 471.

The Panasonic DP-UB820 is very similar to the DP-UB420 in terms of performance, but supports Dolby Vision HDR standard, which gives you even better picture quality if you also have Dolby Vision compatible discs and televisions. . It also has more audio connection options, adds a display on the front panel, and is faster to use than the DP-UB420, but costs a lot more.

Budget choice

Sony BDP-S1700

Sony BDP-S1700

The Sony BDP-S1700 is a good basic player that can handle your Blu-ray and DVD playback needs, but it can’t do 4K.

If you get your 4K content mostly through a media streamer or smart TV, and just need an affordable player to manage your old Blu-ray and DVD collections, the Sony BDP-S1700 Blu-ray player can do the trick. work in a simple and reliable way. It offers good video performance and user-friendly interface. This player also lets you access non-4K versions of many streaming services including Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but it can connect to your home network only via Ethernet, not Wi-Fi.