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Xbox One S review: A great Ultra HD Blu-ray player with weak surround-sound support

Microsoft promises a fix in 2017, but today the game console doesn't pass high-def audio bitstreams such as Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Atmos to the rest of your home-theater gear.

Samsung UBD-K8500

Samsung UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: The best bang for your buck

You don't get a lot of extra features, but this player delivers excellent performance on both the video and audio fronts.

Panasonic DMP-UB900

Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A great choice for audiophiles and home theater buffs

This is the only Blu-ray player we've seen that can also play DSD audio files, but don't pay the premium price unless you can take full advantage of its advanced features.

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 review: Enough new features to justify upgrading (from PowerDVD 14, at least)

The biggest new feature is support for streaming to set-top boxes such as AppleTV, Roku, and Chromecast.