The best 4K blu ray player will bring a truly fantastic viewing experience to your home. It’ll also significantly boost whatever entertainment set-up you currently have (promise).
We’ll get to how a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player can dramatically upgrade your at-home viewing soon, but for now let’s address the elephant in the room. We know 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players are expensive. And, for that reason, might not be sitting at the top of your must-have tech wishlist right now.
What’s more, we understand if it seems like you wouldn’t get much use out of a high-end 4K Blu-ray player. This will definitely apply to anyone who feels happy with their current subscription to a streaming service, like Disney Plus, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
If you rely on any of these services for all your movie and TV needs, then you might not even have any DVDs or Blu-rays anymore to justify getting a new device anyway – especially if you have a subscription and TV that already supports 4K resolution streaming.
Top 10 best 4k blu ray player in UK
Here come our 10 best 4k blu ray player. Every product has specific features to serve multiple purposes. Find out which one pleases you most!
1. Sony UBP-X700 4K Review
Sony is largely responsible for the success of the Blu-ray format, and as expected, they still make several excellent 4K Blu-ray players. The UBP-X700 represents a perfect combination of features, excellent performance, and a very affordable price.
The X700 ticks most of the boxes – it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision (but not HDR10+), both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, it comes with WiFi connectivity and several of the most popular streaming apps (so it can even serve as your streaming device) and most importantly – it’ll give you excellent picture quality.
2. Panasonic DP-UB820EB
With the DP-UB820EB, Panasonic has taken the video processing tech out of the flagship DP-UB9000 which features further down this list and placed it it in a more affordable package. And the results are sensational. The player serves up a wonderfully inviting and immersive picture, bursting with colour and detail. It also produces a meaty and exciting sound, which compliments the picture perfectly.
All the main flavours of HDR are supported, including HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, which means you can extract the most from 4K content. It’s a very good upscaler too, so normal Blu-rays should look the part on your shiny new 4K TV. For the money, you’ll struggle to find a better all-round machine, which is why we’ve placed this What Hi-Fi? Award-winner at the top of our list of the best Blu-ray players.
3. Panasonic DP-UB9000 4K Blu-ray player
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.
4. Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500
It’s a tank of player, weighing in at 10.3kg. No disc in this beast is going to be bothered by vibration and it’s whisper-quiet during playback. 4K films look pristine, with vibrant colours and excellent contrast. The Pioneer’s performance is a shade below the Panasonic UB9000, but it edges ahead of the Panasonic for of audio quality. There’s no doubting the LX500 is a superb player.
5. Microsoft Xbox One S
Although it’s no longer the cheapest way to play 4K UHD Blu-rays, the Xbox One S is still well worth grabbing if you happen to like gaming as much as you enjoy cinema. While hardly the console’s primary function, the Xbox One S is a perfectly respectable 4K Blu-ray player that can also stream 4K video from the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video, delivering excellent results in rich and vibrant HDR. Of course, it’s also a fantastic games machine. It can’t run games at native 4K resolutions – you’ll need the more expensive Xbox One X for that – but it will upscale HD games to 4K, complete with HDR. It’s a cracking, great-value console that would be worth the money even if it didn’t have such robust AV credentials. Having one device that can play your favourite games plus all your beloved movies and TV shows is pretty convenient, to say the least.
6. LG UBK80 4K UHD Blu-ray Player
The LG UBK80 is a top pick for our best 4K blu ray player choices, along with the Sony Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Player, the Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray Player, and the LG 3D Ultra High Definition 4K Blu-ray Player. It has built-in wi-fi to utilize streaming services, however, the streaming services menu is not included as it is on other smart features technology. Since this ultra HD blu ray disc player can also be used as a DVD disc player, you essentially get two items in one package.
7. SONY BDP-S6700
It’s sleek, it’s small and it’s most definitely smart, but Sony’s latest Blu-ray player begs a big question: Why hasn’t Sony made a machine that plays Ultra HD Blu-ray discs?
Given its movie studio arm’s propensity to push 4K movies, that’s something of a surprise, but the Sony BDP-S6700 isn’t without a trick of its own – it’s cheap. It might be one of the last reasonably premium Blu-ray players that doesn’t support Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.
And since high-end UHD Blu-ray Players come with a huge premium for the privilege (we’re looking at you, Samsung UBD-K8500 and Panasonic DMP-UB900), its price might be its best defense. After all, the Sony BDP-S6700 goes for just US$130/UK£150/AU$229.
What the Sony BDP-S6700 does promise from its diminutive 255x39x192 mm, 900g package is 4K upscaling (for those with an Ultra HD 4K TV), Full HD 3D support (time to crank-up that Gravity 3D Blu-ray disc) and wireless music features galore.
8. Samsung BDH6500 Black Smart 4K
The BD-H6500’s slender frame is stuffed with features, reinforcing its position as one of the best-value Blu-ray players around. Heading the bill is Samsung’s selection of online content – accessed via the built-in Wi-Fi connection – which once again features the UK’s four main catch-up TV services: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. As far as we’re aware Samsung is still the only company to offer all four of these services.
They’re joined by a plethora of other video apps (56 at the time of writing), including YouTube, Viewster, BBC Sport and News, Vimeo, Netflix, LoveFilm and Dailymotion. Among the 36 ‘lifestyle’ apps are Napster, Twitter, Facebook and Picasa, alongside vTuner internet radio. Add the wealth of games, sports, information, education and kids’ apps to the mix – not to mention a built-in web browser – and you’ve got a formidable web line-up that offers something for everyone.
9. Samsung UBD-M9000
For this price (and already we’ve seen it offered for a little less), the UDB-M9000 looks good. The slight slant on its front sets it slightly apart from the black, oblong box designs of its competitors. On the front is a USB 2.0 connection, hidden underneath a panel. On the back, Samsung has taken a minimal approach to the number of outputs. Rather than two HDMI outputs for video and audio, there’s just one – it’s alongside an optical connection and a slot for an ethernet connection. Wi-fi is built in. You can stream content via the menagerie of apps available on this player: Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, all 4 and Wuaki.tv are accessible through the Tizen operating system, which displays them as tiles at the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, ITV Hub and Demand 5 aren’t available.
10. Sony BDPS7200B
The BDP-S7200 sits at the top of Sony’s range of Blu-ray players (there’s a choice of five machines, from £60). The other four have the Sense of Quartz design, but the ’S7200 gets a more traditional boxy look.
The player doesn’t look any worse for it: we’re quite taken with the minimalist design. The player has also been styled this way to match nicely with Sony’s latest home cinema amplifiers (including the excellent the STR-DN1050).
The S7200 has picture processing technologies you won’t find on any of Sony’s other machines, as well as a number of audio components specific to this model.
Sony even claims that the player’s wi-fi has been improved to give greater range. Where it does fall in line with Sony’s current models is in offering 4K upscaling, intuitiveness and smart functionality.
How to choose the 4k best blu ray player?
Picture quality and sound
When comparing Blu-ray players for playing Blu-ray discs, picture quality is of little import and sound isn’t really a necessary consideration because it’s more likely to be affected by the other devices that the player sends digital data to, or through, such as the TV. The big issues are ease of use and whether the player is the same brand as your TV as this will make operation and remote compatibility much easier.
If you want to use your Blu-ray device to record TV, consider a Blu-ray recorder, however this category hasn’t really taken off as people see little reason to record to an expensive Blu-ray disc when they can stream it or save it to a hard drive.
Compatibility and connections
Make sure the Blu-ray player is compatible with your existing devices. And to enjoy the full benefits of your beautiful HDTV, your Blu-ray player needs the best possible video connection. The following connection options are all able to show a Blu-ray movie, but if your TV can’t handle at least a component connection, then even with a Blu-ray player there’s no difference in video quality over a standard DVD player.
I’m hoping this guide was helpful. Choosing the best 4k blu ray player doesn’t have to be hard, but you need to know what you want in terms of features and what you have to take into account given your room and listening limitations.