Best 4K Blu-ray Player

One of the hottest new electronic items is 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players. If you have a 4K TV – and you must to take advantage of these players – then these machines can provide the very best video output because they are capable of playing 4K Blu-ray discs, unlike standard Blu-ray players that can play HD discs and may or may not be capable of upscaling to UHD resolution.

Currently there is not a lot of content available, however more titles are being released all the time. So if you are in the market for a Blu-ray player then you might want to get ahead of the curve and buy a 4K model now so you don’t have to upgrade in the near future.

There are also not a lot of models to choose from, but again more are being released all the time. Below we review the best 4K Blu-Ray players.


Xbox One S

We chose the $299 Xbox One S as the best 4K UHD Blu-ray player. Yes it is a game console, but it also can play 4K Blu-ray discs and stream 4K content from Amazon video and Netflix. Another great feature is its support of HDR – High Dynamic Range, which lets your TV display deeper blacks and more vibrant colors if your TV also supports HDR.

The sleek looking Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the Xbox One and comes with a wireless controller and high-speed HDMI cable. Three USB ports are included so you can load stored media from several different devices.

Since the cost of the Xbox One S is as cheap if not cheaper than the other 4k UHD players then you might as well buy a machine that is also capable of playing the latest games.


Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

At $318 The Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player is the most expensive on our list. It is capable of delivering the best in-home video quality ever, but only if you have a 4K TV. It is also capable of upscaling HD video content to UHD quality.

The built-in WiFi supports lots of streaming services like Amazon video, Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, and many more. It also comes with 2 HDMI out ports, 1 USB input, and an optical digital audio out. The included controller is small and somewhat difficult to use.

Overall we really like Samsung UBD-K8500 and would not hesitate to recommend it.


Philips BDP7501 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player

The relatively compact and well-built Philips BDP7501 will cost you $300. The 4K video quality is outstanding and takes advantage of HDR. Discs load extremely fast – some say faster than any other player they have ever owned. It comes with 2 HDMI ports – one to output video and one to output audio which lets you hook up the video directly to your 4K UHD TV and the audio can be sent to a separate sound system receiver.

On the downside the Philips BDP7501 currently only supports the streaming services Netflix and Youtube. The user interface is not the greatest and there are less settings to adjust than the Samsung. This might be a plus for some of you that just want a plug-and-play model, but can be frustrating to others who want to truly customize their picture.

Best 4K Blu-ray Player Comparison Chart

Model Rating Price 4K
Wi-Fi Web
Optical Digital
Audio Out
Coaxial Digital
Audio Out
Card Slot
Xbox One S 9.2 $299 Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 2 3 Yes No No
Samsung UBD-K8500 9.0 $318 Yes Yes Yes Yes 0 1 1 Yes No No
Philips BDP7501 8.9 $300 Yes Yes Yes No 0 1 1 No No No

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