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post #13171 of 17007 Old 03-21-2012, 08:08 PM
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What current production <=$500 players have very fast load times and play nice with netflix?
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What current production <=$500 players have very fast load times and play nice with netflix?

The 2012 Pannys (220, 320)
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I just upgraded to a denon 3312 receiver and figure I should upgrade my old non bitstreaming ps3 for the blu-ray to take advantage of all the receivers capabilities.

I'm looking for a good blu-ray player that's quick and versatile and one that has either a bluetooth remote ability or one that has a web remote interface or an android app.

Currently I don't use the PS3 for anything except playing movies. I'm looking for wifi/bluetooth remote so I can put it in a closet.

Is there such a thing out there?

Also, I am quite amazed at what Samsung has done with HD tv pictures lately. Is there any player that helps the latest samsung display even better?

Thanks!

Looking into Samsung BD-E5900. Newegg doesn't seem to give good reviews on the samsung models.
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IMO, Samsung reliability for BluRay players is poor. I don't recommend them.
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I've settled on a small form factor 3d player, I believe my only 3 options are panasonic dmp-bbt01, samsung bd-d7000 and bd-es6000. I am solely going to watch blu-rays, I will not upconvert from 2d to 3d on the player, and I will be placing it horizontally, not vertically. Based on this, I feel all 3 are equal performers (random amazon reviews not withstanding). Any differing opinions? Which of these will give me the best blu-ray picture quality and load times?
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IMO, Samsung reliability for BluRay players is poor. I don't recommend them.

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two minus on the samsung, what's the best then?
Any particular reason for the minus?
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They don't last long, very finicky with certain titles (but then it got fix via firmware... 6 months later). None of my Sammy lasted longer than 6 months of regular use or 1 year of very seldom use (this includes TV, mobile phone, pc monitor)

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Looking for a solidly built player that handles 3D and can handle wireless. I was thinking about the Pioneer 52FD, since my receiver already has a Marvell chip in it, I don't feel as though I would need the 53FD. The Oppo 93 is nice, but about $200 more than I want to lay down. Any other players I should consider?
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Panasonic BDT-320 will be your best bet then.

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Serious question-Why should I consider a high end Blu ray player,like the Pioneer Elite over a cheap blu ray player like a LG?

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1. 3 year warranty in Canada (2 year in the US)
2. better picture quality (less processing on the Pioneer)
3. faster playback
4. ability to resume java movies (exclusive to Pioneer, IIRC)
5. far far FAAAAR better upscaling

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1. 3 year warranty in Canada (2 year in the US)
2. better picture quality (less processing on the Pioneer)
3. faster playback
4. ability to resume java movies (exclusive to Pioneer, IIRC)
5. far far FAAAAR better upscaling

Thanks! I've been debating this over and over in my head,this solves it.
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I'm getting my home theater set up, finally. I bought gear long ago, and have a Rotel 1066, an NEC HT 1000, Watt Puppy V.1s, and have a new Bryston 4B on the way. My room was prewired for Component only. I may still use the projector, but need a most excellent Blu Ray player. I have lots options, and could even go WirelessHD with a new projector. I guess the Oppo is good, but is anything better under $1000?
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I'm getting my home theater set up, finally. I bought gear long ago, and have a Rotel 1066, an NEC HT 1000, Watt Puppy V.1s, and have a new Bryston 4B on the way. My room was prewired for Component only. I may still use the projector, but need a most excellent Blu Ray player. I have lots options, and could even go WirelessHD with a new projector. I guess the Oppo is good, but is anything better under $1000?

Cambridge Audio 650 BD is nice

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It looks like the Oppo 95 is the way to go. I may go to the Integra 40.2 Pre/Pro; I wonder how it compares to the 1066 audio-wise. It looks like both the 40.2 and the Oppo will stream, which sounds redundant.

Where's the best place to buy the Oppo?
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Where's the best place to buy the Oppo?

Most people buy directly from OPPO. They have a page of resellers; you can sometimes get free shipping from those places.

Since OPPO is mostly direct to the consumer, you won't find discounted prices.

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Panasonic has a player listed at Amazon (see http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846) that claims to have 7.1 analog out and dual HDMI. However, I cannot find it anyplace else. Does anyone know about this?
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the only one with dual HDMI and 7.1 analog out is the BDT-500. Amazon must've made a mistake.

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Panasonic has a player listed at Amazon (see http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846) that claims to have 7.1 analog out and dual HDMI. However, I cannot find it anyplace else. Does anyone know about this?

You can pre-order it HERE and a few other places. Otherwise you may want to wait until it's actually available for sale. But the 220 you linked doesn't have those features, only the 500 does. For that kind of money, I'd rather have an Oppo.


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I'm basically settled on one of these for my 3d player to go with a panasonic 3d plasma. In looking at specs, features, etc I don't see huge differences, and I can more or less get them all in the same price range ($80-130). So i'm a bit stumped. The sony's have certain slightly nicer features, the panasonics have some as well, and particularly on the 220 the ability to read NTFS formatted USB sticks (and so far as I can tell external drives?) is nice too.

Not primarily used for streaming, have an xbox 360 and ability to throw a PC in the room too if I want to, i've got a nice 8gb core 2 duo spare machine with a decent video card i'm not using.

So someone who has tried any 2 of the above let me know what they think
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Why are you looking at obsolete models (except for the 220) when the new ones are just as cheap? You aren't interested in streaming, but you do seem somewhat interested in file playback from USB. In that case sony wins by a long shot. Check out the 590. Many have found it at Target B&M for less than $120. File playback and streaming are really the only differentiating features among brands these days.

But I have to ask why would you pay extra for streaming Netflix on xbox (requires Gold, right?) when a standalone player can do it for free? And why would you stream Netflix from a PC when a standalone player is higher resolution and has better sound (DD+)? Isn't it a pain to use a PC since you need time to boot up, use a wireless keyboard/mouse or clunky remote, then open netflix in a browser, and switch to full screen. Then you have to use a keyboard or mouse to fast forward, rewind or navigate. I don't see why anyone would want to do all that when a standalone player is so much faster, easier and better.


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well, so far as obsolete models, it was that I can find refurbs under $100 for most of them, but if the 590 can be picked up that cheap i'll poke around for that.

I already keep xbox live gold for other things, so it doesn't cost extra. Generally the HTPCs are left on all the time, so no real boot up mode, a single click to a shortcut on the desktop takes me to netflix. Given the bitrate of netflix, is it really all that much better on standalones? I haven't seen that to be true on my samsung 2d blu ray player, or the xbox vs pc playing same film. i'll agree on the sound part though.

I'm going to hunt for 590 deals now
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Last I heard, NF on PC still maxed out at 720p. The latest players go to 1080p. Older ones like your xbox, sammy, sony 580/480 and panasonic 115/215 are all 720p. That explains why they all looked about the same. Although 720 looks great, 1080 looks even better and is about a 30% higher bitrate. So it would be a shame not to take advantage of it, especially if you get it for free with a new player like the sony x90 series or panny x20 series. Avoid the 390 since it's not 3D like the 590. I use my HTPC only for stuff I can't get on a standalone, like Hulu, Youtube in HD and decent web surfing.

I got rid of my old panny 110 a while ago and am searching for a 590 myself to replace my 570 now.

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so far best pricing I see is about 135, still not bad. If I can pick up the open box 220 for $100 i'm just going to do that I think. But i'm going by my local target tonight to see
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Just picked up 2 freshly stocked DMP-BDT220s for my new 55" Panny Plasmas (ST30s).

My 82" Mits DLP is hooked up to a Panny DMP-BDT300 right now. It has 3d capability as well as the wireless adapter. Are there any advantages to replacing my BDT300 with a BDT220?
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Just picked up 2 freshly stocked DMP-BDT220s for my new 55" Panny Plasmas (ST30s).

My 82" Mits DLP is hooked up to a Panny DMP-BDT300 right now. It has 3d capability as well as the wireless adapter. Are there any advantages to replacing my BDT300 with a BDT220?

I think only for streaming services, outside of that doesn't sound like much really.

I got the ST30 55" for $819 from target as they were clearancing them, what an awesome deal on a great TV
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Given the bitrate of netflix, is it really all that much better on standalones? I haven't seen that to be true on my samsung 2d blu ray player, or the xbox vs pc playing same film. i'll agree on the sound part though.

Yes. Significantly. For anyone that is paying for Netflix monthly, and has adequate bandwith, you're crazy for not taking advantage of the 1080p/DD+ streams.
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Ok i just bought a panasonic vt 30and love it so far.

I thin my $60 samsung blur ay player from a few years ago might not be the bets option.

I want the best PQ i can get from mainly blu rays.

Is there a big difference in PQ of blu rays between high end and low end blu ray?

Any good choices tog et the best picture quailty?

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Is there a big difference in PQ of blu rays between high end and low end blu ray?

No.

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