Originally Posted by LSU fan
Interested to see people's opinions on this as well. Trying to decide between the Panny 220 and the Sony BDP-S390.
Well .. i've owned the S580, the S390, and the S590 .... also the Panny 210 and 220 ... oh and the good ole' Sony streamer the N200 ...
The PS3 and the ATV1 and 2 (with XBMC) and Mac Mini (with XBMC). Leave the PS3 and ATV out of this discussion but would be happy to provide any feedback should folks want it.
The S590 is the one I picked ..... until maybe the S790 arrives !
1) Streaming (Main content providers (netflix, vudu, amazon vod, hulu+)
2) Netflix 1080p/DD+, Vudu HDX/DD+, Amazon VOD DD, Hulu+ that works.
3) Responsive UI experience across all apps and main menu.
4) Bluray and DVD playback
5) DLNA (some content, but not that picky).
6) Cheapish .. Under $200
.. Well the Panny's were eliminated quickly. They don't fit all my requirements. The Panny Hulu+ app doesn't work and it can't do Amazon VOD DD. I didn't particularly like Viera connect experience, and the responsiveness of the UI was poor within and across apps. The Panny 210 Netflix black flicker issue is inexcusable. That is no doubt the worst Netflix client that I have ever used. I've got a 100mb/s down connection and the player is hardwired to the router, and I still got them.
One feature the Panny 220 does have that the Sony S590 doesn't was VOD 24p output. I've got mixed feeling's with this. When I tried it on the 220, and compared it not turned on ... I didn't notice the same type of difference you note with BD @ 60 or 24. ... that could be just the content I was using ... but felt it wasn't that of a big deal ... at least in its current implementation.
The Sony S580 wasn't able to do Netlix 1080p or DD, so was ruled out quickly. The Sony N200 was the same and didn't have bluray support anyway.
So that left the S390 and S590. Since I wanted 3D .. then it was the S590 in the end.
The S590 was also able to playback the MKV files natively served from a DLNA server, so that was a plus too. In fairness the S580 could do too ...and I didn't try the Panny for that purpose.
As far as picture quality .... as I've said before, I never noticed any big difference between the panny and sony players quite honesty. Streaming was a different story, but that had more to do with the stream the player was playing. Again though, Vudu HDX looked awesome on both the Panny and Sony players ..... I am very pleased with the Sony 390 and 590 Netflix 1080p picture quality. I think it looks awesome. I like the new netflix UI on the Sony and the UI is responsive and snappy.
Oh, one last thing. DVD upscale. Although its nice to try and get your old DVDs to look as best they can, I generally found that all those filters and tricks just tended to smooth out the picture in the end, so ended up turning them all off anyway. So became not a primary requirement for player selection.