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Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Under the rainbow over Berkeley
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I just ordered a 1080p projector, so I need a blu-ray player, both to play the disks when I get my hands on some and also to test the projector (a refurbished Epson 8700ub).
Currently I have a Momitsu V880 upscaling (to 720p) DVD deck, also a test/analyze DVD, Digital Video Essentials ("Optimize Your Home Entertainment System"), hundreds of DVDs.
I've noticed the prices coming down in the newspaper, but I don't know the first thing about what I want or need in a blu-ray player. What are the priorities? Suggestions for what to get and where/how appreciated. I'm in Berkeley, CA.
I have been using a Sanyo PLV-Z2 projector all these years since since it first came out in November 2003. Has worked great, has 4458 hours on the original bulb (looks OK to me, in my smallish room with 9' 8" throw), and I watch about as much HDTV with my MyHD 120 equipped HTPC as DVDs. However, the Sanyo is woefully inadequate in the blacks/contrast department, hence my PJ upgrade.
I have seen a suggestion to get either of these:
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player
Panasonic DMP-BDT320 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player
At Amazon, the 220's getting the better reviews, plus it's cheaper. Why's that? I really am a newbie in blu-ray players. Thanks for some grounding!
My DSL is about 5 mbps, not blazing but not super slow. I guess I could get into streaming, but have no immediate plans to do so. I don't subscribe to Netflix, etc. but figure something like that might be my best resource for blu-ray disks once I get the Epson HD PJ. I have around 400 DVD's, can't see myself buying a bunch of blu-ray disks too. I'm looking forward to the vastly superior blacks/contrast of the Epson over my Sanyo PLV-Z2 just on my DVD's, let along blu-ray. I don't think my local library (which has loads of DVDs) has much if any blu-ray yet.
Also, I'd appreciate any recommendations or suggestions for how to test my projector, including disks, software, etc. Thanks!
Edit: In case it's relevant, here's info about my audio setup
I don't normally use it when movie or HDTV watching. I'm right now listening to it for FM. But for HT use I use my high end Etymotics ER4S earbuds, 'cause I understand conversation better. I guess it's because the high end is more pronounced, not sure. I plug the earbuds into a small AM/FM receiver that sits on top of the Momitsu DVD deck and gets stereo audio out from the deck.
I have the JBL NSP1 5-Piece Home Cinema Package, a 100 watt subwoofer, a Kenwood VR-6060 AV Receiver. For the room it's in I believe it's adequate, the room is 12' 5.5" x 11' 1" = 138 square feet.