Originally Posted by dlai531
thoughts on the Sony S590 vs the Panny BDT220?
both are 3D wifi players for $150. This will be my first blu-ray player and not really sure if different brands have discernible differences in pix quality. Any idea which one boots up faster?
Well, I guess since I've owned both I can take a shot at answering your question. Although can you clarify when you say "boot up" ... are you talking about the player first starting up in order to access its own menu's ... or start a bluray disk?
If its the former, both the Panasonic and the Sony now have "fast boot" capabilities, in this mode they require additional power when in standby, but boot almost instantly.
Bluray load times seem similar, although I've not done any timing, or proper testing. Nothing jumped out though.
At this stage in bluray's overal life, and the cost we're at with players, I personally don't see much difference in bluray picture quality between players. I've not done extensive a-b comparisons either. Similarly, DVD up scaling has matured to a point where most manufactures can provide decent upscaling capabilities.
With technology changing so fast, whether a new video format, resolution, codec, streaming service, input device, app, etc ... I am no longer going to spend a bunch of hard earned on expensive playback devices, when they become obsolete so fast. Although manufactures can add features and upgrades through software, many hold back because they know there is always another year, and that means they can add something new for next year to tempt consumers.
Finally, bluray players now are so much more than bluray play back. Their added value is the streaming services they offer, as well as playing back local media. Often consumers pick a particular player over another because of a particular streaming service or compatibility to media.
Certainly thats the reason why I picked the Sony S590 over the Panasonic 220