Originally Posted by kevinwinters
Please help me choose a budget Blu-ray player. The intended goal is for the Blu-ray player to be the media center hub.
RCA 60" LED TV (not smart) (2x HDMI in, digital audio out)
AppleTV (HDMI out)
ZyXel NSA-320 (WiFi)
Panasonic Soundbar SC-HTB70 (SPDIF in)
*Blu-ray player must connect to NAS via WiFi, 'see' media, and play movies
*Blu-ray player must have HDMI in for AppleTV
*Blu-ray player must have SPDIF out to Soundbar
*Blu-ray player must have HDMI out to TV
Will there be noticable audio sync issues playing sound from the Blu-ray to the TV (HDMI) and Soundbar (SPDIF) simultaneously?
Thanks and please advise.
Unless your idea of a "budget" player includes a $500+ Oppo, you need to find a way to make do without an HDMI input on your player as this is not a standard feature. The Oppos include it so that external sources can be processed with their video processors, but these are high end players with lots of audiophile features that most users do not demand.
When using a soundbar with an optical input instead of an AVR, the typical signal chain would be:
All playback devices >HDMI> TV
TV > optical > Soundbar
If you can use this set-up, the "budget" options you have to choose from increase from zero to many. You should let us know what NAS you're using and whether or not it supports DLNA/UPnP. Many players can play files from DLNA, but don't support SMB/CIFS file sharing.
I am partial to the Sony players (current models would be BDP-S3200, S5200 and S6200 depending on which features you need) to get the sort of functionality you are looking for on a budget, but you must have DLNA/UPnP to play local media via the network from the Sony players. Also, most Blu-ray players have sub-par Wi-Fi radios, so if you have high bitrate files, you may need to budget for a Wi-Fi bridge, depending on your network conditions.