Originally Posted by alewisdvm
I hate to ask this question here, but you all seem like the most qualified, by far, to accurately and honestly answer.
I am deciding between a BD570 and a Pana BD85.
I will soon have a LG 60PK550.
They both seem like great blu-ray's (I have no need for 3D).
Many have said the upconversion and overall PQ on the BD85 is significantly better, and perhaps less problems with the panasonic.
I know there would be the ability to share remotes with tv, which is of no concern.
Which to chose?
I had the LG BD550 and Sony S470 for a few weeks. I ended up returning them and getting the Panasonic BD85 (which has very different video and audio processing than its lower-cost brother the BD65). What you'll be happy with is going to depend on what your requirements and priorities are - they all have their own strengths and weaknesses and none are perfect.
So it would help if you told everyone what features you're the most interested in. If you don't know what features are available in BDP's, that's the first place to start. Soft media features & compatibility and internet apps are where you'll see a world of differences between all the players. If that's not as important for you, then its much easier to compare because you only have to worry about CD, DVD, and BD playback.
A few things I like about the BD85 compared to the two I mentioned:
- Better upscaling (important for DVD's).
- Better DVD compatibility (especially compared to S470)
- More audio features.
- Quiet transport when spinning high-rpm BD's (BD550 was pretty quiet too).
- Solid build (e.g. disc tray is not flimsy, heavier chassis).
One thing I like about the LG and Samsung BDP's is they're supporting Vudu. If BD-Live is important to you, I've heard the BD85 has a problem with some titles, but I haven't been able to explore that yet - that's the one problem I'm aware of. You'll also hear people say the BD85 runs very warm. It does, but so did the BD550 and S470 (you have to feel the bottom of the chassis where the motor sinks off its heat when spinning a BD (DVD playback is often cool since the DVD is spinning 1/5-th the RPM of a BD). The BD85 has feet to raise the chassis bottom to allow for better cooling and has side vents on three sides. The other two don't have any real feet so there's no airflow under the chassis unless you add some rubber stick-on feet.