How to Buy a Blu-Ray Player

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How to Buy a Blu-Ray Player

Home theatre entertainment systems have become an important part of a home's entertainment options. Many people spend more than six hours a week watching television and movies and then it comes to watching movies few things compare to a Blu-ray player . Buying a Blu-ray player on eBay can be a rewarding experience; not only does eBay make purchasing simple, it also makes buying Blu-ray players less expensive. When buying Blu-ray players on eBay, consumers should become familiar with various features to look for in a Blu-ray player. Additionally, researching various players can be tricky; consumers should be aware of how to find more information on the players they are considering. eBay has an enormous selection of Blu-ray players and accessories available, and finding exactly what is desired can be cumbersome. Consumers should learn some tips and tricks about shopping for Blu-ray players on eBay, to help make the overall shopping and purchasing experience much more enjoyable.

Features to Look For in a Blu-Ray Player

When shopping for Blu-ray players on eBay, it is important to understand some basic features of Blu-ray players. This allows consumers a baseline of features so that they can compare some of the more player-specific features.

Feature

Entry Level

3D Models

Specialty Models

BD-Live

Some

Most

Most

CD/DVD Playback

All

All

All

1080p

All

All

All

USB and Memory Card Features

Some

Most

Most

Internet Streaming

Most

Most

Most

Wi-Fi

Most

Most

Most

3D

None

All

Some

SACD/DVD Audio

None

None

Most

High-End DAC Audio

None

None

Most

As the chart above shows, some features are ubiquitous to all types of Blu-ray players. However, some of the more advanced features are not available in the low-cost entry level players. Even in the advanced 3D players, not all of the top-of the line features may be available. Therefore, entry level players trade low prices for a lower feature set, while specialty high-end players use high quality electronic and software components to deliver the best possible feature set available.

Connections

All Blu-ray players come with HDMI connections. HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, and it is the cornerstone of all modern home multimedia entertainment centres. HDMI cables transmit not only the HD video data, but true surround-sound audio data as well. HDMI cables support the maximum HD video signal available, 1080p. This allows crystal-clear high definition video and superb surround sound audio to be transmitted to the consumer's television or audio/video surround sound receiver. However, these are not the only connections available.

Some Blu-ray players also have component video connections. These connections are capable of carrying the 1080p digital video as well, and in some cases produce a better image. However, component video cables transmit no audio data and therefore require a separate audio connection. The companion audio connection often is either an optical audio connection or a coaxial audio connection. It is important for consumers to take stock of their existing equipment and determine what connections are needed prior to purchasing a Blu-ray player on eBay.

Web Features

Nearly all modern Blu-ray players possess the capability to connect to the Internet. Most connect to a home's Wi-Fi network, but many also contain an Ethernet port to connect directly. This is a better solution when possible, as connections over wired networks tend to be far more stable than wireless networks. That said, many players offer BD-Live capability, where extra content related to a video being watched can be downloaded from the Internet. Many Blu-ray players also have streaming media capabilities for watching movies from streaming providers online. Streaming media often includes such big names as Netflix, Crackle, Crunchyroll, and YouTube. These and other streaming online media services can bring high quality entertainment to a consumer's television experience.

3D Features

eBay excels at many things, but one thing it excels very well at is selection. Holding true to this, eBay offers a vast selection of 3D Blu-ray players. 3D Blu-ray players are quickly becoming very popular. These players play standard 2D Blu-ray movies just as well as any Blu-ray player, but also add the capability of playing 3D Blu-ray movies. The player sends a 3D signal to a 3D television, which can play both 2D and 3D content. Users then use special 3D glasses to see the 3D content just as they do in movie theatres. Here again it is important to determine if their TV is capable of this feature. If not, and the consumer wishes to have the 3D capability, he or she may wish to purchase a 3D television on eBay as well.

USB and Memory Card Ports

Many Blu-ray players have USB or memory card ports. This is quickly becoming a standard feature and supports many functions. On some Blu-ray players, the extra memory is needed to support the BD-Live feature mentioned previously. Additionally, these ports often allow the player to play digital video files copied onto USB drives or memory cards from a home computer. Furthermore, many Blu-ray players offer slideshow software for viewing photographs stored on the USB drives or memory cards. This extends the usefulness of the Blu-ray player to cover more areas of digital multimedia entertainment. Consumers should look for these features in the product description pages on eBay.

Disk Capacity

All Blu-ray players can hold at least a single Blu-ray disk. However, some more expensive models contain a carousel tray that allows the player to hold three to six disks at a time. Additionally, there are models known as jukeboxes that can hold up to 100 or more Blu-ray discs at a time. The convenience of these models is costly, but often well worth the price. Whatever disk capacity a consumer needs, many eBay sellers offer something to suit. These multi-disk Blu-ray players are great for video watching parties.

Researching Blu-ray Players

Once a consumer narrows down his or her choices of Blu-ray players to a few models and brands, the next step is to research these choices further. Many sellers on eBay provide excellent product descriptions. While this is very helpful, there is often more to know. Consumer opinions and reviews are a very important factor to consider when purchasing something like a Blu-ray player. Although eBay does not provide a product review feature, it does provide a discussion board where eBay users can discuss things like Blu-ray players.

Researching products on other websites is critical as well. Many discussion forums are dedicated to home entertainment systems, and rich discussion threads can be found on just about any Blu-ray player available. Consumers who are having trouble finding a discussion thread about a specific player are encouraged to start one in the eBay discussion boards or on other off site forums. Things to look for or ask about are product reliability, ease of use, general consumer appreciation for features, and anything else that the consumer thinks may be important.

Finding Blu-ray Players on eBay

When shopping for a Blu-ray player on eBay, two methods are available; free-form keyword searching or category specific searching. Free-form keyword searching is very easy; consumers can simply enter "Blu-ray player" into eBay's keyword search bar and press search. The All Categories default provides a monstrous amount of search results, some of which may not apply to Blu-ray players at all. Unfortunately, within the drop down menu there is nothing specific to assist in reducing the number of results.

To achieve the narrowest and most applicable results, consumers may want to use better defined keywords. For example, if searching for a Samsung Blu-ray player you can use "Samsung Blu-ray player" for keywords. However, if searching for a 3D Samsung Blu-ray player, it is best to use "3D Samsung Blu-ray player". With the ease of search tools, finding the perfect Blu-ray player is really not that difficult as long as all the specifications are determined ahead of time.

Conclusion

Movie watching is a major pastime worldwide, and nothing beats the in-home visual experience of a home entertainment centre based around a Blu-ray player. Add a high definition TV and a surround sound system, and movie watching approaches the thrilling immersive experience that many theatres provide. Using eBay, consumers can shop for anything they need for their home entertainment experience and they can find fantastic selection and value when purchasing Blu-ray players. eBay makes this process easy with its free-form keyword search tool, or the consumer can use eBay's powerful category based system to narrow down shopping results to exactly what they need.

When shopping for Blu-ray players on eBay, consumers should become familiar with the more popular features these players may possess, as well as learn some of the less common features to determine if these are necessary to their entertainment experience. Once the consumer has narrowed down the possibilities to a few possible players, consumers should research these players using eBay's discussion boards or user forums found on other sites for opinions and reviews. Following this process can lead to years of happy movie watching experiences.

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