The arrival of high-definition has brought a new format for watching our television programmes as well as the movies we watch at home through DVD players. We now demand this enhanced quality and it has arrived through Blu-ray. While Blu-ray has been somewhat slow to gain the acceptance enjoyed by DVD, with competition driving down prices for Blu-ray players and a greater selection of movies and TV shows that are now available, has led to increased adoption of this format.Blu-ray Players will deliver sights and sounds so rich and vivid it will leave your old DVD player gathering dust. The only problem that may arise is knowing which Blu-ray Player to choose. Most of the major manufacturers that were associated with the DVD player are now making Blu-ray player so a quick check but it is worth remembering that as will any new technology new models are being brought to the market and manufacturers are constantly adapting and changing these to bring you the ultimate Home Movie experience. Once oyu have experienced Blu-ray though, you will never go back.
No one can say that the PS3 hasn’t been a success in the console market, but it has lagged behind the family friendly Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s powerful Xbox 360 in terms of sales. This was mainly due to it being delayed when it first came out and its price, which was substantially more than the Wii and Xbox 360, but there may be a change on the horizon with the new Sony PS3 Slim.The PS3 Slim has all the features of the original PS3 including a Blu-ray player, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and wireless controllers, but is 33% smaller and 36% lighter than the original device. The New PS3 Slim also consumes 34% less energy, making it a more eco-friendly choice.Of course the PS3 Slim plays all of your favourite PS3 games, but Sony still haven’t included any backward compatibility, so your old PS2 games will become redundant as only the earliest PS3 systems came with backward compatibility.Probably the biggest selling point of the PS3 Slim, after the fact you can play the latest High-Definition games, is the fact that it has an integrated Blu-ray player. This opens up the world of HD media with the latest movies and TV programs available to watch at home.The biggest stumbling block of the original PS3 was its price, but the PS3 Slim is available for just £249.99 which brings it more in line with its competitors. Will the PS3 Slim top the console charts this Christmas? Only time will tell, but with built-in Wi-Fi and Blu-ray player it may just sway some people away from the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
Samsung’s new Blu-ray player the BD-P4600 is being touted as the slimmest Blu-ray player in the world (see pictures below), but not only that, it is also the world’s first wall mountable Blu-ray player.Its stunning design with its curved body banishes the standard square box design and is in keeping with Samsung’s recent LCD TV range. The BD-P4600 comes in gloss black with grey edge or gloss back with red edge, but oddly enough the latter is unfortunately only available in the US. The Samsung BD-P4600 is also one of the first Blu-ray players to play Divx HD movies.As stated above, the Samsung BD-P4600 can be wall mounted to fit in with your flatscreen TV or alternatively, you can mount it on the supplied stand, which props the player up at a 25 degree angle; both options look equally as good.The Samsung BD-P4600 is capable of showing Full HD 1080p images and High Definition sound for the ultimate movie experience. The player can also play Divx, MP3 and Jpeg files as well as up scaling DVDs to 1080p.The BD-P4600 Blu-ray player also features two USB ports to connect flash memory drives to and an Ethernet connection to connect to the internet and take advantage of BD-Live, which enables access to online content such as special features and various other web based content.The Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray player is available now from various retailers for around £200.