The Best Value 4K Blu-ray Player in Oz: The Xbox One S

14 December 2016

Christmas is around the corner and those looking to beef up their home cinema system with a new Blu-Ray player may be looking at online discounts and deals, especially as online streaming it becoming more popular. However, you may be leaving some stones unturned because the best value for money Blu-Ray player on the market today in Australia is the Xbox One S.

The best investment you can make into a piece of Blu-Ray technology today is not a standard player anymore, it’s one that can do much more. An Xbox One S will set you back around $349, and when compared to other devices that can upscale to 4K, it looks like a pretty good deal. Check out our comparison table to find out how much money you could save.

 

Price comparison table:

Device Name

Upscale to 4K

Online Streaming

Price

Pioneer BDP-170

No

No

$300

Yamaha BD-S677

No

No

$399

Samsung UBD-K8500

Yes

No

$596

Samsung UBD-K8500

The Xbox One S costs $299 in Australia today and that money buys you a 500GB model which is usually bundled with a game such as Halo 5: Guardians and a digital download of the Halo complete collection. The older Xbox One can also be bought for $279. In the run up to Christmas we also expect to see that price drop again slightly due to competition between retailers. When we compare that price to the Samsung UBD-K8500, which costs $596 or the Panasonic DMP-UB900 and you can save yourself $200 for extra presents. Whilst there are cheaper Blu-Ray devices available on the market, they wont be 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) quality devices.

Blu-ray LogoWe can’t tell you that the chipsets for the video output are exactly the same, because they are not. Yet, when you consider the number of media forms that can be enjoyed through the Xbox, you really begin to understand the value for money. Personally, I have seen both the Xbox One S and one of the Blu-Ray players above on a 4K UHD Samsung television and I couldn’t notice the difference in picture quality, but if your eyes pick up things that mine don’t then spending an extra $200 - $600 might be worth it to you. However, with the added benefits of a gaming console and Blu-Ray player combined, the benefits of using Netflix, Foxtel Play, Stan, browsing the internet and playing video games ultimately appeal more to my needs.

1 comment

  • krajshrestha
    or get this http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/tv-audio-video/home-theatre/home-theatre-systems/HT-H6550WM/XY for $400. last year harvey norman was selling for $476. amex cashback + harvey norman welcome discount. 476-$50-$25= $401

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