Blu-Ray Player For LEss

One out of three Americans has a high-definition TV-and nothing showcases what an HDTV can do like a Blu-ray player. Now, with prices dropping, you may be tempted to trade in your old DVD player.

Consumer Reports just tested both Blu-ray and DVD players and can help you sort out your choices.

"Nothing compares to the high-definition image you get from a Blu-ray player. Its picture quality is high in detail, very lifelike, very nice to look at," said Consumer Reports Elias Arias.

Many standard DVD players offer something called upconversion, but it falls short.

"Upconversion is not the same as a high-def Blu-ray image," said Arias.

And today's Blu-ray players come with features like "bonus view," where you can see director's comments righ along with the movie.

And a few offer "B-D live," which provides access to extra online content such as updated movie trailers.

Another plus, Blu-ray players are coming down in price. While some still costs $1,000, Consumer Reports recommends one for $300.

It's the Panasonic model number DMP-BD35.

And once you get a Blu-ray player, it can still play all your old DVDs.

Consumer Reports says if you don't have an HDTV, there's no reason to buy a Blu-ray player.

Stick with a standard DVD player.

Consumer Reports' top-rated a $100 Pioneer-model DV-410V.

Another good choice for less is one from LG, model DN-898 for $80.

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