Why is there variation in the picture quality of Blu-ray players?
I'm shopping around for a new 3D Blu-ray player and although I've learned that in general there isn't much variation in the picture quality of Blu-ray players when they are playing Blu-ray discs, I don't understand why there is any variation AT ALL when an HDMI connection is used, since there is no digital-to-analog conversion happening; they simply take the digital data that exists on the Blu-ray disc, and send it to the AVR or TV via HDMI, right?
I understand that some players do a better job of upscaling DVDs than others, but upscaling is different matter.
Second, are there any 3D Blu-ray players that do a bit-for-bit, pixel-for-pixel perfect reproduction of the digital video data on the Blu-ray disc *without* using artificial enhancement? Ones that also, when it comes to audio, will either decode the multichannel audio on the disc (whether it is Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD-MA) and send it as LPCM, bit-for-bit perfect, via HDMI to an AVR; or, alternatively, stream the Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD-MA, or Dolby Atmos, bit-for-bit perfect, to an AVR via HDMI?
Optional: a player that also has the best streaming services built-in (Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, and possibly Crackle, Spotify, and CinemaNow)? Before I was looking at 3D Blu-ray players I was looking for a streaming media box that supports both 3D and 1080p24, and the only one I found was Sony's Google TV box, and I didn't want Google TV, so I decided to look at 3D Blu-ray players, since all(?) Blu-ray players support 1080p24, and since I don't have a Blu-ray player and it might be good to have one.
Optional: a player that has a backlit remote.
Last edited by Drew Neilson; 08-26-2014 at 09:40 AM.