5 Tips for Choosing the Right Blu-Ray Device

If you are into technology, and appreciate getting the best picture possible out of your television screen, then you absolutely must get on board with blu-ray. Blu-ray is an optical disk format that makes use of the most current technology, as well as audio and video codecs, in order to provide users with the clearest, crispest high definition (HD) viewing experience possible.

When you go shopping for a blu-ray DVD player, you will find that there are literally hundreds to choose from, and from a wide array of electronics manufacturers. So, how do you find the best product for your needs? Here are five tips for choosing the right blu-ray device:

Internet connectivity

Most blu-ray devices connect to the Internet, but not all connect in the same way. To get the most out of your experience, your device should be enabled for a wireless connection (WiFi). That way you can access all of the Internet's offerings, from blu-ray software to video streaming, from a remote location in your home.

Streaming applications

. As previously mentioned, connecting to the Internet via your blu-ray player allows you to use streaming applications like Netflix, Youtube, and Pandora. This opens you up to a wide array of HD viewing experiences, on a big screen, that were previously only available to you on your computer screen. Make sure your blu-ray device of choice allows for streaming (because not all do).

Audio formats

For a theatre-like experience, you have a few options when it comes to blu-ray, and you will have to choose which is best for you. Both Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution feature expansive 7.1-channel surround-sound capabilities and use less compression than the standard DVD format. To kick it up a notch, try Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio - both of which use compression-less audio in order to exactly replicate the original material

3-D

This is the latest technology to hit the blu-ray market. It will cost you a little bit more to buy a 3-D compatible blu-ray player, so you need to decide if it's worth it to you to be able to view the very limited number of 3-D blu-ray disks on the market. The good news is that 3-D players can also play 2-D disks, so you won't be limited in that respect if you decide to spring for the 3-D upgrade.  There are also 3D software players available for your Windows PC.  For this you would need a BD Rom drive

Cost

Perhaps the most important consideration you will have is what you are able to spend on a blu-ray device. Remember there are hundreds of options, and at a variety of price points. Therefore, it is a good idea to set your budget before you shop, and to decide what you absolutely must have versus what you merely want. Choosing the right blu-ray device is not a complicated matter. But it will take some time and effort on your part. Keep these tips in mind and you will be well on your way to having an awesome HD viewing experience from the comfort of your own home.

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