Originally Posted by mainly
assuming your only concerned with image quality, which i am, and not features, will there be any percievable difference amongst blu ray players?
this is, when playing a blu ray disc.
i assumed no, since its digital in, digital out, no conversion?? but im not sure.
for example right now i have a cheapo player(150 dollars), although the other parts of my system are pretty nice. would i see a difference if i bought say a 1000 or 2000 dollar blu ray palyer? do they even make them that expensive?
what about audio? i guess the da converters would play a part there? its for this reason that i may get a better player, as i come out of my blu ray player, analog, and into my amp.
The main difference you will see with an all digital system on Blu-ray Discs is in the 1080i deinterlacing capabilities of various Blu-ray players. Most HDTVs do a poor job of deinterlacing 1080i as it is not a priority feature for people, and the same goes for Blu-ray players.
Now, while 85-90% of Blu-ray Discs are 1080p24, the remaining 10-15% are 1080i - this includes everything from films (i.e. Time Bandits, Short Circuit, Beer League) to concerts (i.e. Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails) to documentaries (i.e. Nature's Journey, Galapagos). Anything that is 30fps will be 1080i, and there are some 24fps movies like the ones mentioned above that are stored as 1080i due to having 1080i masters.
If a player is not good at 1080i, you will definitely see a marked difference compared to a player that is good with 1080i sources - especially in fine detail.
Now just because a player is expensive does not mean it is good at 1080i. For instance, the DENON 3800 and SONY 5000ES both retailed well over $1000 and fail to pass all the 1080i BD tests.
The players I would recommend at this point for pure BD all-HDMI quality would be the following:
Panasonic DMP-BDT300 (also does 3D BD)
Panasonic DMP-BDT350 (also does 3D BD)
The upcoming Denon DBP2011 also looks very promising.
The player that is the worst at 1080i is also the most common one - the PS3 - as it fails to deinterlace 1080i at all, leaving it to the HDTV which usually botches the job.