Originally Posted by steve1971
I have said it once and I will say it for the last time and that is the 6200 and 7200 are identicle Blu ray players save for the look of the players themselves. Otherwise they both share the same internal parts. The 7200 is the European version of the 6200 and that is all. Its sad that so many people have been duped into believing the 7200 is a better model then the 6200 when in fact they are THE SAME INTERNALLY!!!!
The bolded part is a bit misleading. In Japan & Europe, they have had both the 6200 and the 7200 from roughly the same date, give or take a month. In the US, we have had the 6200 for about 6 months, but have only had the 7200 for the last month or two. Based on the manuals and specs for the Asian and European versions, the 6200 is not able to play SACD's and does not support ALAC, AIFF, or DSD as those features were reserved for the Asian and European versions of the 7200. However, since they did not originally intend to release the 7200 in the US, they added those features to the US version of the 6200. The recently released US version of the 7200 is essentially the same as the Asian and European versions of the 7200. So, because the US version of the 6200 already had most of the features of the higher end 7200, the differences in the US models appear to be minimal (perhaps only the chassis and case). However, as far as I know, the Asian and European versions of the 6200 still can't play SACD's and don't support ALAC, AIFF, or DSD. And this creates confusion, because...
A) We have people posting specs from the Asian, European, and US versions of the 6200 as if they were the same when they are not.
B) Sony apparently copy/pasted the marketing specs for both the 6200 and 7200 Asian and European models when creating the marketing specs for the US models.
If you ignore the marketing specs and look at the actual manuals for each respective model, the information appears to be much more accurate based on what has actually been tested thus far.
This also helps explain the price difference between the 6200 and 7200. In Asia and Europe the price difference makes sense because you are getting not only the fancier chassis and case, but also SACD playback and support for more hi res formats. In the US, they simply gave us those extra features on the 6200 (minus the chassis and case) for free. When they brought the 7200 out, they kept the same price point as they did for the Asian and European models. So, comparatively speaking, it makes the US version of the 6200 look like a steal, or the 7200 look like a ripoff, depending on your point of view.