Originally Posted by Audio5oh
I am trying to upgrade my player (Sony BDP-S570) and LCD TV (Samsung LCD 46 inch), both which are located in the family room. I really want to upgrade to a 3D plasma from Panasonic, such as the GT30. I've heard mixed reviews from that set, but because of the thinner bezel, I can now fit a 50 inch plasma in my built in, which sits over my fireplace. As far as blu ray players, I am trying to decide between the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 and Sony BDP-S780. However, I 've been looking at the Samsung 6700 as well and really like the overall design. I've heard some complaints on the Panasonic BDT210 related to Netflix connectivity and wireless setup. I haven't seen too many reviews on the S780.
I've never owned a Samsung blu ray player, so my question is; Do you think Samsung has finally fixed all the bugs previously found on their older model players? How is the dvd upconversion? Have you experienced any picture/audio drop outs playing blu rays?
I know that people place flat panels over their fireplace. I would not as the height would cause neck strain issues.
I would stay away from Panasonic players as they are slower and their last generation would mistrack 3D discs. The PQ is not equal to the Samsung.
Sony issued 3D ready players (with a promised 3D firmware update). That is a turnoff, and shows they didn't plan properly.
Scaling and deinterlacing are no longer issues.
As my weather indicator senses storm clouds approaching, you should pay double and get a nice player with no 2D->3D conversion, but with great customer service.
As for Internet access, I'm completely against it in ALL Blu-ray players and for many reasons. I use my superior htpc HD DVR/NAS instead. To find out the Samsung's Internet behavior, the consumer has to agree to their Term of Service agreement. I'm not going to bother reading it as all these companies want to track your Internet visits and sell it to third parties which could care less about your privacy. In other words I'm not paying to be tracked and have them start spamming my movie watching with advertising. Power DVD already does it (but I posted how to defeat it with the Windows 7 firewall).
Finally the 6700 has a nice zoom (move to the Tools menu) feature that allows 2.35 discs to use most of the 1.78 screen. This makes for a brighter image, which is especially important for dimmer 3D. It also works in the 2-->3D mode. Very sweet! I'm testing it with AstroBoy which I picked up for $10. What a great deal from Best Buy
Next up is Alan's psychedelic favorite Speed Racer, surely to blow away the visual defences.
The new Samsung plasmas are among the best. The 8000 I viewed at Magnolia looked impressive with very good/excellent black level in subdued lighting. The only special rule I follow for plasma is to never leave a static picture up unless the contrast is set very low or zero. Hope this helps.