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The best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players you can buy right now

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Finding the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player is a surprisingly difficult endeavor. There aren't more than a handful of new models every year, which means you're often trying to track down Blu-ray players that came out two or three years ago.

The reason for that, largely, is due to the rise in 4K streaming on the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video that has relegated 4K Blu-rays movies into a small niche at most electronics stores. However, if CDs are any example to go by, physical media isn’t going to disappear quite so quickly.

For our money, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players remain a worthy complement to any home theater system, still offering the very best way to enjoy the latest movies thanks to their buffer-free picture quality and more consistent support of premium HDR formats like Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

They’re also the preferred way of watching films for those who love the art on Blu-ray boxes, as well as art cards or additional extras included with the disc itself – like behind-the-scenes footage, Q&As with the cast and all kinds of other treasures for true movie lovers.

In this guide we’ve rounded up the best Blu-ray players available to buy right now. That includes breakdowns of their price, features and compatibility to help you find the right model for your home. We’ve also included the latest Xbox and PlayStation hardware, too, which looks set to continue supporting 4K Blu-ray technology for years to come.

Best 4K Blu-ray players

Panasonic DP-UB9000 4K Blu-ray player on a white background.

Image Credit: Panasonic
The first 4K Blu-ray player to support HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160
Smart TV: Yes
Dimensions: 430 x 81 x 300 mm
Weight: 7.8 kg
UHD Upscaling?: Yes
Wi-Fi?: Yes
3D support?: Yes
HDR Formats supported: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic image quality
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Four types of HDR support
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Powerful HDR display optimizer

Reasons to avoid

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No SACD or DVD-audio playback
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CD playback is acebric

The DP-UB9000 is Panasonic’s latest flagship 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player and, after Oppo started winding down its competing devices, the new model finds itself in one of the top spots in the high-end player market. 

That said, beautifully made and enviably specified, this flagship 4K disc spinner is unashamedly premium. The plastic and tin build, familiar on mainstream Blu-ray players, has been replaced with heavy metal and luxe design. 

Beyond its good looks, however, the DP-UB9000 is also the first UHD deck from Panasonic to support all key HDR flavours: vanilla HDR10, its dynamic sibling HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision. The latter is included, despite the fact that Panasonic isn’t supporting Dolby Vision on any of its 4K TVs. 

Not only is the player more than capable with images, it has audiophile aspirations as well, sporting high quality DACs, two-channel and 7.1-channel analogue outputs, and Hi-Res Audio support. Toss in a host of smart features, and the UB9000 ticks nearly every box in the book. 

Naturally all these flagship features don’t come cheap - but, for those seeking the ideal replacement Blu-ray player after Oppo’s collapse, the Panasonic DP-UB9000 is a more than adequate replacement. 

Read the full review: Panasonic DP-UB9000 review

Panasonic DMP-UB700 4K Blu-ray player on a white background next to a TV displaying Ghostbusters

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The best bang-for-buck 4K UHD Blu-ray performance

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160
Smart TV: Yes
Dimensions: 430 x 61 x 199 mm
Weight: 2.3 kg
UHD Upscaling?: Yes
Wi-Fi?: Yes
3D support?: Yes
HDR Formats supported: HDR10

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding picture performance
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Hi-Res Audio file playback
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4K Netflix and Amazon onboard

Reasons to avoid

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Not as sexy as the DMP-UB900
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No Dolby Vision support

The Panasonic DMP-U700 is the 4K Blu-ray player we end up recommending most often. It's more affordable than an Oppo deck, and still gets you the amazing picture quality of Panasonic's top-end DMP-U900.   

Streaming service support, with HDR-enabled 4K Netflix, is well worth trumpeting and the player does a swell job with 24-bit audio. It supports both FLAC and DSD files. 

There's no Dolby Vision support, perhaps the main reason to upgrade to the DMP-UB900. But as it stands the UB700 offers the best balance of price, audio visual performance and features. 

Read the full review: Panasonic DMP-UB700

Sony UBP-X800 4K Blu-ray player on a white background.

Image Credit: Sony
Great video matched with exceptional audio

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160
Smart TV: MediaTek platform
Dimensions: 17 x 2 x 10.5 inches
Weight: 8.4 pounds
UHD Upscaling?: Yes
Wi-Fi?: Yes
3D support?: Yes
HDR Formats supported: HDR10

Reasons to buy

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Superb picture quality
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4K Netflix and Amazon apps
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SACD, DVD-A and Hi-Res audio

Reasons to avoid

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No analogue stereo output
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No Dolby Vision

Sony might have been a little late to the Ultra HD Blu-ray party, but its first player is a great machine. It's solidly made, and its overall image quality is superb. 

As an added bonus, the player also supports a wide range of audio formats, can play SACDs, and even DVD-As. 

So why does the player sit the number three slot in our list? Well, unfortunately it lacks support for Dolby Vision, the high-end HDR format that discs are increasingly offering support for, and which the Oppo UDP-203 does now support thanks to a firmware update. Its also more expensive than our top pick, the Panasonic DMP-UB700. 

If you want a UHD player that also doubles as a very capable music player, then the Sony UBP-X800 is a great choice, but if you're after something focussed solely on playing movies, then there are better or cheaper options out there. 

Read the full review: Sony UBP-X800

The Reavon XBR-X100 on a white background.

Image Credit: Reavon (Image credit: Reavon)
The X100 is good but there are better alternatives

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160
Smart TV: N/A
Dimensions: 430 x 85 x 300 mm
Weight: 6.3 kg
UHD Upscaling?: Yes
Wi-Fi?: No
3D support?: Yes
HDR Formats supported: HDR10, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Excellent disc playback
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Impressive 4K upscaling

Reasons to avoid

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No SACD or DVD-Audio support
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No wireless connectivity

For 4K Blu-ray players, the Reavon UBR-X100 is the new kid on the block, offering a stylish design and solid build quality to those who prefer their UHD decks to look like they mean business. The disc support is fairly extensive – although the X100 can’t handle SACD and DVD-Audio discs – and actual playback is smooth, responsive and trouble-free.

Whether its CD, DVD, or Blu-ray (Full HD, 3D and 4K variants) the Reavon is a highly capable digital transport. Native UHD content looks flawless, and lower resolution material is perfectly upscaled to match today’s 4K displays. There’s support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but not the less-popular HDR10+ format.

Overall, the X100 is a welcome addition to the disc player market that delivers a very good performance, but ultimately struggles when compared to the similarly priced and better-specified Panasonic DP-UB9000.

Read the full review: Reavon UBR-X100

Panasonic DMP-UB300 4K Blu-ray player on a white background.

Image Credit: Panasonic (Image credit: Panasonic)
A solid budget performer

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160
Smart TV: Yes
Dimensions: 193 x 320 x 45 mm
Weight: 1.3kg
UHD Upscaling?: Yes
Wi-Fi?: No
3D support?: Yes
HDR Formats supported: HDR10

Reasons to buy

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Top notch video playback
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Good compatibility modes

Reasons to avoid

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No Wi-Fi
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Build quality is lacking

You'll make a couple of compromises if you want to take advantage of the DMP UB300's budget price-tag – there's no built-in Wi-Fi for example, and rear ports are incredibly limited – but thankfully the machine doesn't scrimp where it matters. 

Picture quality is excellent, it supports a wide range of audio codecs and formats, and there's also streaming services built in if you're willing to go down the wired ethernet route. 

Read the full review: Panasonic DMP-UB300

Consoles

Xbox Series X on a white background.

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6. Xbox Series X

The best next-gen console for AV enthusiasts

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160
Smart TV apps: Yes
Dimensions: 301 x 151 x 151 mm
Weight: 4.45kg
Native 4K?: Yes
3D support?: No
HDR Formats supported: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Dolby Atmos: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Supports Dolby Atmos
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Doubles as a game console

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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No disc drive on Xbox Series S

If you're sussing out a gaming console to play your 4K Blu-rays and DVDs, it's worth keeping in mind the Xbox Series X.

Granted, the console is hard to get hold of right now – occasional restocks aside – but it could be worth it as a long-term investment, both as a gaming machine and as a 4K Blu-ray player for your home, all combined in one piece of hardware.

The Xbox Series X also supports Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Vision HDR – neither of which you'll find on the PS5 – though the Dolby Vision support is limited to streaming services and doesn't extend to the disc drive, hence why the console is so low in this list. (You'll only get regular HDR10 over disc.)

As a stand-in for other 4K Blu-ray players in this list, the new Xbox is a pretty good bet, if you can accept its HDR limitations. Not to mention its native 4K gaming, incredibly powerful processing, and Quick Resume features set to elevate your stay-at-home gaming. 

Just keep in mind that the cheaper Xbox Series S model doesn't come with the same built-in player capabilities, being a digital-only console (and one that relies on 4K upscaling, at that).

Read the full review: Xbox Series X

Find one now: Where to buy Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5 on a white background.

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7. Sony PS5

The PS5's 4K Blu-ray player is certainly worth considering

Specifications

Supported resolution: 3840 x 2160
Smart TV: New Xbox Experience
Dimensions: 390 x 104 x 260 mm
Weight: 4.5kg
Native 4K?: Yes
Wi-Fi?: Yes
HDR Formats supported: HDR10

Reasons to buy

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Native 4K
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Doubles as a games console

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision
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No Dolby Atmos

The Sony PS5 is helping to keep 4K Blu-ray technology alive with its dedicated disc drive – in the mainline console, at least. While you can buy a slightly cheaper discless version for $399.99 / £359.99 / AU$599.95, it's the standard edition console we're interested in here. 

The PS5's disc drive can play 4K Blu-rays – which is fitting, since Sony helped to popularize Blu-ray players with the PS3 two whole console generations ago.

However, as an all-round media center, the PS5 isn't quite as advanced as the Xbox Series X. It doesn't support Dolby Atmos audio, nor does it support Dolby Vision HDR over streaming (although neither console supports the dynamic HDR format over disc).

As a games console with a 4K Blu-ray player baked in, though, it's a handy two-in-one solution – and if you were already planning on buying a PS5 console, it may save you looking for additional disc-playing hardware alongside.

Read the full review: PS5 review

Find one now: Where to buy PS5

FAQ

Are Blu-Rays still worth buying?

For our money, yes, but the question of just how long Blu-ray players and discs will stay relevant amid widespread industry changes is a difficult one to answer. 

For instance, tech giants like Oppo and Samsung have exited from the Blu-ray market altogether in recent times, leaving the likes of Sony, Pioneer and Panasonic as the only remaining major manufacturers of the hardware.

But on the flip side, the pedestrian arrival (and adoption) of 8K TVs means we don’t anticipate 8K Blu-ray players will ride in to replace their 4K equivalents any time soon. 

What’s more, some of the best movies ever made are only just getting 4K Blu-rays, and with the best 4K movies continuing to take advantage of Ultra HD Blu-ray technology – despite those high-profile departures from the industry – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and discs are still worth considering if you’re after the very best home entertainment experience. 

What TV do I need to use a 4K UHD Blu-ray player?

It may seem obvious, but it’s worth clarifying that you’ll need to own a 4K TV to warrant buying a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. A 4K player will still work if you’re using a HD display, mind, but picture quality will be limited to 1080p. 

That said, HD Blu-ray discs will be upscaled to 3840 × 2160 (4K) resolution by way of filling in the extra pixels, but the quality will appear noticeably lower-grade than Ultra HD Blu-ray discs (which provides a native 4K image).

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Nick Pino
Nick Pino

Nick Pino is the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's written for TechRadar, GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.

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