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So one more follow-up -- If the 91 & 1200 are "reliable everyday consumer brands", what is a nice little step up from this? Perhaps we'll call this segment the "pretty goods but not expensive" segment.

Sony S5200
? About $80. Gives you solid disk play and good network features.
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It's all about features (3D, WiFi, etc.). If you don't need them, no reason to step up.


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No recommendations? How about the new Samsungs? They seem to be getting fairly good ratings.

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No recommendations? How about the new Samsungs? They seem to be getting fairly good ratings.

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It's all about features (3D, WiFi, etc.). If you don't need them, no reason to step up.


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Our TV doesn't do 3D and it has WiFi. I'm just looking for a BluRay player that produces a quality picture.

(We have a Samsung 48" 6350.)
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Looking for an affordable 3D streaming unit with dual HDMI output.
Panasonic 460
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Both are the most popular and reliable everyday consumer brands. While I don't have these particular models, I currently have Sony S790 and S7200, Panasonic 320 and 230, and an Oppo 93 in my systems.


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I have S790 is S7200 better to you or which one you like better?
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So my Philips BDP2205 came in today - as advertised, I can set it to 480i over HDMI and I have disabled all picture settings. Onkyo 3010 does the upscaling to 1080p as well as picture adjustments. Contrast had to be increased, and my preference is for intense colors, so saturation was slightly increased - everything else off or at 0. For reference, the tv is Samsung UN75F8000 (75" 1080p) and my eyes are 8' from the screen.

Watched scenes from The Fifth Element superbit and The Incredibles, and first impressions are very good. There are some noticeable improvements over the Panasonic DVD-S77 - not huge, but noticeable. More detail / less detail smearing is the first thing I notice, especially in The Fifth Element. The faces of the general and the scientist reconstructing Leeloo have a whole heck of a lot of detail in them, a surprising amount for a dvd in my opinion. When Leeloo is on the building ledge and you see all the cg cars flying by, that also appeared more crisp. I didn't capture before pictures with the Panasonic, but all of the output resolution settings of that player required some level of processing or de-interlacing, and I have to assume it caused some detail to get lost.

With Incredibles, in the two scenes I used, I noticed less macro-blocking going on in Mr. Incredibles suit and the grey wall of Edna's cellar testing room when she is walking down there with Mrs. Incredible, doing her security checks, and the machine guns come out. That macro-blocking always bothered me with the Panasonic. I will have to try War of the Worlds, as I also remember noticeable macro-blocking with the Panasonic with the smoke that appears when the earth opens, the first pod comes out, and lands hard. The detail on Edna's cellar wall is also superior using this upscaling method, there is texture to it that was smeared in the past.

The player itself has some disc read noise when you first put a dvd in, which I'm not a fan of, but it is silent during playback. It loads extremely fast, which is a positive. I'm shocked how small the unit is....I don't know if that is good or bad.

I'll try player to tv and player upscaling to 1080p itself, but for now, so far, using it as a 480i transport to the Onkyo 3010 with it's upscaling seems to be a nice improvement, and those two dvds mentioned are HIGHLY watchable and enjoyable on this 75" screen. Blu rays have more detail obviously, but my dvd collection won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
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Our TV doesn't do 3D and it has WiFi. I'm just looking for a BluRay player that produces a quality picture.

(We have a Samsung 48" 6350.)
As teachsac said, stepping up, you'll only get more features you don't need and will never use. Even the cheapest player will have a stellar BluRay picture.

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Unhappy Which Disc Player outputs MKV @ 24p from USB???

Which disc player should I buy to play MKV files from External USB HDD at 24 FPS??

Will BD Players only output Bluray discs at 24P???

I searched a lot in the internet and couldn't find any help..

help me,please...
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Which disc player should I buy to play MKV files from External USB HDD at 24 FPS??

Will BD Players only output Bluray discs at 24P???

I searched a lot in the internet and couldn't find any help..

help me,please...
OPPO, but they start at $499.

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Which disc player should I buy to play MKV files from External USB HDD at 24 FPS??

Will BD Players only output Bluray discs at 24P???

I searched a lot in the internet and couldn't find any help..

help me,please...
OPPO, but they start at $499.

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So, you mean bd-103?
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So, you mean bd-103?
Yes, that's the $499 player. Add $100 for the 103D which adds Darbee processing, and more $ for 105/105D, which are audiophile upgrades.

They all run the same firmware.

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There seems to be a consensus that picture quality of the various blu ray players are equal when playing blu rays. Does that also apply when they are connected to larger displays like a projector? I am thinking of upgrading from a sony bdp370 to the oppo 103 but I only need it to play blu rays. I am not concerned about streaming or analog audio. Thank you in advance
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Blu ray w/Hi-res Flac capability

I am looking to upgrade to a wifi Blu ray player that can play Hi-res 96/24 flac files via USB input. I have seen that the Sony 6200 does it for a reasonable price. Any other suggestions? Still need good video & audio quality all around, as well as solid reliability. Want to keep it under $200. Currently have a Sony S590. I like it, just need 1 extra feature.
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There seems to be a consensus that picture quality of the various blu ray players are equal when playing blu rays. Does that also apply when they are connected to larger displays like a projector? I am thinking of upgrading from a sony bdp370 to the oppo 103 but I only need it to play blu rays. I am not concerned about streaming or analog audio. Thank you in advance
Blu-ray players have to translate the video color encoding that's on the disc into a video color encoding which is understood by the display device. Unfortunately, not all display devices display all color encodings in the best way possible. Sometimes the player's output has to be changed in order to get the best picture.

The Blu-ray cisc standard allows video with a bit depth of 8-bits per color YCbCr with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling. You'll have to try the various other color encoding options provided by your player to find out which one works best for your projector.

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There seems to be a consensus that picture quality of the various blu ray players are equal when playing blu rays. Does that also apply when they are connected to larger displays like a projector? I am thinking of upgrading from a sony bdp370 to the oppo 103 but I only need it to play blu rays. I am not concerned about streaming or analog audio. Thank you in advance
Content on a blu ray is encoded at 1080p, so a player is basically just reading and transporting the information digitally to your display. This is in contrast to standard definition dvds, which are 480i, and most players are set to de-interlace and potentially upscale the content before sending it to the display. This is why picture quality differences of various blu ray players when watching blu rays is typically negligible, but differences between players playing dvds is more critical.
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So then I would not really benefit from upgrading to the oppo if I am only playing blu rays. I am just making sure i understand. Either way the player would be connected to the same display device.
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So then I would not really benefit from upgrading to the oppo if I am only playing blu rays. I am just making sure i understand. Either way the player would be connected to the same display device.
Oppo would be great if you need the analog outs, or like the better upconversion/video processing for discs and the HDMI input (live TV, etc). If you only care about blu-rays over HDMI, get a nice Sony or Panasonic and save yourself ~$400.
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Does it matter that my current player is a few years old ? It is a sony bdp-370 inthink I got it in 2012 maybe 2011
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Does it matter that my current player is a few years old ? It is a sony bdp-370 inthink I got it in 2012 maybe 2011
If you are watching your blu-rays via a hdmi connection & your 370 has the features that matter to you, I'd just keep running it . . .

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So, you mean bd-103?
Yes, that's the $499 player. Add $100 for the 103D which adds Darbee processing, and more $ for 105/105D, which are audiophile upgrades.

They all run the same firmware.

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Thanks for your wonderful response..
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Sony S5200
? About $80. Gives you solid disk play and good network features.
My old Sony BDP-S360 HDMI port is failing so I need to find another BD player. The only things I'm looking for in a new BD player is stable playback on BDs, ability to play mp4 videos from a USB, can play recordable DVDs, and can bitstream HD audio. Streaming is not something I'm looking for at the moment, but it wouldn't hurt to have it in case I decide to subscribe in the future. 3D is something I don't want as I have no intention of upgrading to 3D.

So, is the Sony S5200 the best bang for the buck for me?? What about the Sony BDPS3200? Other than the 3D feature, what does the 5200 have that the 3200 doesn't?
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Hi guys, I am looking for a Blu-Ray Player with:
  • SACD/DSD support
  • a good optical drive
  • DTS-HD based mkv's playing from USB-HDD
  • sharing USB-HDD to WLAN
I am willing to spend up to 350€, when possible.
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My old Sony BDP-S360 HDMI port is failing so I need to find another BD player. The only things I'm looking for in a new BD player is stable playback on BDs, ability to play mp4 videos from a USB, can play recordable DVDs, and can bitstream HD audio. Streaming is not something I'm looking for at the moment, but it wouldn't hurt to have it in case I decide to subscribe in the future. 3D is something I don't want as I have no intention of upgrading to 3D.

So, is the Sony S5200 the best bang for the buck for me?? What about the Sony BDPS3200? Other than the 3D feature, what does the 5200 have that the 3200 doesn't?
The 3D feature is pretty much it. If it's worth the extra 10 bucks, fine, if not (I don't have 3D, so I'd probably choose the 3200)....

The 3200 also supports MP4 from a USB, recordable DVD's. It can bitstream the lossless codecs from movies, but if you meant can it play lossless audio from a disk (SACD, etc.) no, but it can stream and play lossless music files (FLAC, etc.).
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