3D technology is all the rage in home entertainment. However, networks have been a little slow on the uptake to provide 3d broadcasts or cable channels. While major sports events and other special gatherings sometimes qualify for a separate 3D viewable broadcast, many 3D HDTV owners must rely on three dimensional Blu Ray players to produce the desired effects. Since a Blu Ray player capable of displaying 3D can add several hundred dollars to the price of the experience, in addition to the required 3D HDTV and 3D Glasses compatible with the TV, consumers need to be sure they are buying equipment that performs exactly what they need it to perform. Here is a look at three of the best 3D capable Blu Ray players around:
While the Sony BDP-S570 will set buyers back around $250 at Best Buy, the unit offers some of the best features available in a 3D capable Blu Ray player. This unit plays regular Blu Rays and up converts traditional DVDs into a higher definition, which is handy for anyone performing the 3D upgrade in steps to offset costs. The Sony BDP-S570 is also an Internet connectible unit and features a built in Wi-Fi connection and hard wire Ethernet port, which is handy for playing instant content over the web and for receiving firmware updates. In addition this unit features DLNA capability for streaming content from a PC directly to the HDTV in question. It features one HDMI output, one composite video out, and one component video out. The Sony BDP-S570 also features a front USB port for attaching just about any compatible external device for playback. Furthermore, this unit is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch applications to turn those devices into remote controls for this unit.
The Samsung BD-C7900 is available, usually by special order, at Best Buy for around $400. This unit will play traditional Blu Rays and up convert regular DVD’s as well, but delivers fast performance when watching a 3D Blu Ray movie. The Samsung BD-C7900 is also Internet connectible via a wired Ethernet port or built in Wi-Fi ability, allowing access to instant content like: YouTube, Flickr, Blockbuster, and more. The Samsung BD-C7900 also features two HDMI outputs, which is handy for creating a share type high definition video system. This unit also can used wired or wireless DLNA technology to stream content directly from a PC to the HDTV. Cinema fans will love the Dolby Digital True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders, which assure top notch sounds capes for enjoying any movie.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT100 is available for around $250 at Best Buy or best buy.com. This unit also serves as a traditional Blu Ray disc player and a DVD player with up converting technology to make sure those regular movies and television shows already in the consumers library look as good as possible. The Panasonic DMP-BDT100 is also Internet connectible via an Ethernet port on the unit, but it can also be hooked up to a Wi-Fi adapter via the USB port. From that Internet connection the user can access Viera Cast for streaming great instant content and receive the all important firmware or software updates. The unit comes equipped with a single HDMI output, but also includes an SD card slot for easy transfer of images, movies, and music. This unit is also DLNA compatible for streaming content from a PC directly to the television.