I've put off this whole Blu-ray thing long enough. Now is the time. I was hoping you guys can give me some player recommendations.
Here's what I'm needing:
-Excellent picture quality. This is far and away the most important factor for me.
-Excellent upconverting for standard DVDs. I want my DVDs to look the best they possibly can.
-Netflix streaming capability. Gotta love Netflix.
-Region-free or the ability to become region-free. (Region-free for standard DVDs is all I'm needing. Area-free for BDs is not necessary)
-Fast boot/load times. I've used BD players that take over a minute just to show signs of life. This would bug the crap out of me.
-I'd like to spend less than $300.
I know the new Oppo players would definitely suit me in terms of picture quality, but I'm a little put off by the price (especially if I'll be paying for a lot of features I'll never touch). I've also heard good things about some of the Panasonic players, and they seem to be more in my price range, but I'm unsure if they can be made region-free, so maybe someone can answer that for me.
Let's hear what you guys have to say.