Blu-ray devices open up a world of movies, TV and music with full HD capability. With striking 3D audio and video output, mass storage capabilities and various connectivity options, Blu-ray players, recorders and home theatre systems bring a more immersive experience to your entertainment hub.
Big Brown Box offers the best in Blu-ray equipment from some of the world's leading brands: Samsung, Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic.
What is Blu-ray?
Blu-ray gets its name from the blue laser beam used to read data from discs - as opposed to the red lasers used for DVDs. Since a blue laser beam can be focussed more tightly, a Blu-ray disc can be packed with more data and can hold up to 50GB.
A DVD, meanwhile, is limited to less than 10GB. With more capacity a Blu-ray disc can hold video up to six times the resolution of DVD, as well as packing in more features and improved surround soundtracks.
Why choose Blu-ray?
Simply because Blu-ray offers the best image and audio quality it's possible to get! The full high definition screen resolution easily surpasses that of DVD or even HD downloads, while high definition surround sound audio ensures a mind-blowing immersive experience. DVD is only capable of supporting standard definition (SD) image quality.
Do I need to replace all my DVDs?
No, you will still be able to run your DVDs on a Blu-ray player and many will be able to up-convert - or boost - the image closer to Full HD.
Is Blu-ray Region Coded?
Blu-ray has instituted a Region Coding scheme - the good news is that it is more logical and straightforward than DVD Region Codes.
As with DVD, these codes limit the use of Blu-ray devices between different regions. There are three regions: Region A: U.S., Japan, Latin America, East Asia (except China). Region B: Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand. Region C: China, Russia and all remaining countries.
Is Blu-ray worth the extra cost?
If you want the chance to see your favourite movies presented in the best possible quality, then it's worth paying extra for a Blu-ray device.
The format has received broad support from the major film studios and the range and quality of Blu-ray releases is set to increase hugely.
The variety of devices, from sleek Blu-ray recorders and players through to awesome home theatre systems, gives you the chance to build a multimedia centre that fits your needs, space and budget.
Get up to 1 terabyte of hard disk space, twin receivers for simultaneous recording, iPod/iPhone compatibility and full HD picture upscaling for a wonderful picture every time.
Do Blu-ray Devices Connect To The Internet?
Built-in Wi-Fi in some models allows you to internet stream content as well as seamlessly link up to compatible devices around the home.