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.Blu-Ray Players - Differences: DVD vs Blu-ray vs 4K

1080p, UHD, 2160p, 4K, What does it all mean?

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To take advantage of a high-definition (HD) TV that can support 1080p or even 2160p (also known as 4K or UHD), you'll need a Blu-ray player to go with it.

The difference between your current DVD and a Blu-ray is like chalk and cheese, and you'll be pleased to know Blu-ray players have gone from more than $3000 to less than $100 for some economical brands.

Let's take a look at whats available, for if you're in the market for a Blu-ray player.

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DVDs vs Blu-ray vs 4K. What's the difference?

  • Blu-ray can play movies in HD (1080p) and some can either upscale video to 4K aka UHD (2160p) or play the latest 4K (UHD) movie discs at their native resolution, which is a much better resolution than DVD (maximum 576i).

  • Blu-ray provides for multiple streams of audio, so it can produce superior sound on a wider variety of high quality home theatre systems, though most home users will be happy with the standard Dolby 5.1 surround sound that's already available on most DVD titles.

  • You can play DVDs and CDs in a Blu-ray player, but you can't play a Blu-ray disc in a DVD player.  

  • Blu-ray disc capacity is up to 10 times higher than a DVD, which means you can fit a lot more video on each disc, even at higher quality, including interactive games and other content. 

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