New member, but have been an avid reader for years.
Recently invested in a Panasonic 50" GT60 and am looking for Blu-ray player to do it some justice (I haven't had a dedicated Blu-ray player for the longest time). I do already own some region A locked movies so getting something thats Multi-region is essential
. Fellow forum members TPS seem to offer a good selection of hardware modded players and I've narrowed it down to:
- Sony BDP-S7200
- Panasonic DMP-BDT460
- Panasonic DMP-BDT700
- Oppo BDP 93
Now I've read mixed opinions on here as to whether all Blu-ray players output the same quality for Blu-ray movies over HDMI, and judging by the HDMI benchmarking done by 'Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity' it doesn't seem like all do, with some not outputting accurate colours/adding sharpening which can't be bypassed.
Now, all I simply want is a player that will output an accurate image that is faithful to the material on the Blu-ray disc. Good build quality, fast loads times, and some future proofing is preferable. Other than that, don't really need any other bells and whistles in terms of DVD upscaling, dedicated DAC etc.
The Panny BDT700 looks incredibly solid and beautiful, but at that price point, like many have pointed out, you could potentially invest in an Oppo (In my case it would have to be the older BDP 93 which I'm not sure is dated, I definitely don't want to spend £600 on a 103)
This is also where I start to wonder whether there is much difference, if any, in terms of Blu-ray picture quality between a £300 vs £500 player.
Hopefully someone can help me