Matthew Moskovciak over at CNet has post a helpful article rounding up the ’09 Blu-ray players to come out so far. Pretty good piece of information if you are in the market for Blu-ray. Speaking of which, is Blu-ray dead yet? If it isn’t than you should also look at just getting a Sony Playstation. You get web access, play games, hard drive and more. You can also check out AudioREVIEW’s Editor’s Choice Best Cheaper Blu-Ray Players article for great Blu-ray players at a big of a better cost.
Blu-ray may have started out as a mess, with confusing “profiles” and painfully slow load times, but this year’s standalone players have finally gotten their acts together. The new 2009 Blu-ray players are already hitting retailers and we’re happy to report that all the units we’ve tested have full Profile 2.0 compatibility, as well as onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential. The days of half-baked standalone Blu-ray players are pretty much over.
The Samsung BD-P3600 is the standout player of the bunch, going beyond the basic features to include Netflix and Pandora streaming, 7.1 analog outputs, 1GB onboard memory, and an included Wi-Fi USB dongle. We were also very impressed with its operational speed, as it’s the only player we’ve seen that is generally as fast as the Sony PlayStation 3. Mix in its excellent image quality on Blu-ray Discs and its sleek design, and you’ve got one of the best Blu-ray players we’ve laid our hands on.
read the rest and see the spec of the suggested players at CNet. Actually a very helpful guide.