They're the cornerstones of our home theaters—and there's always an ungodly number of them at CES. We scrutinized this year's more intriguing 3D Blu-ray players and found the one that looks like the king of the hill.
Samsung BD-D7000 This slot-loading Blu-ray disc drive is tiny. Like, external DVD drive tiny. But don't let that fool you. The BD-D7000 comes with some mighty loud bells and whistles, including faster disc load times, built-in Wi-Fi, and some passable 2D-to-3D up-conversion, too. You'll also get access to all the streaming media mainstays (Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, Blockbuster, and Twitter) and something Samsung calls Smart Hub—basically the company's answer to Google TV. Hopefully, it'll work better.
LG BD690 The BD690 is a networked 3D Blu-ray player and comes loaded with a little something extra: a 250-GB internal hard drive for media storage and playback. You'll also get an enviable list of streaming services, including Netflix, Vudu, and Hulu Plus.
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 This Blu-ray player lets you make Skype video calls, comes with built-in Wi-Fi and even gives you control over certain 3D effects, like adjusting the picture's depth and "leaping effect." Use your iPhone to control it all.