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I mean BD5007 vs BD7007 of course

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Playing Movies from Portable Hard Drive thru USB

I want to store all of my personal DVDs onto a portable hard drive and connect it to a USB on a Blu-ray player for playback so I don't have drawers of DVDs taking up space. I am getting conflicting advice on trying to do this:


- Was told Blu-ray players are not made to handle the large video files on the portable hard drive and that it can take 10 minutes to index the files each time I power up the Blu-ray player.
- I have been told that the 10 minutes to index the files will only occur the first time the portable hard drive is connected and that the Blu-ray player will hold the file indexing in memory (I would pretty much leave the portable hard drive connected to the player permanently).
- I was told to get a Blu-ray player with a USB 3.0 connection since they will be faster than a USB 2.0.
- I have seen threads saying it USB 2.0 is fine, USB 3.0 won't make any difference.
- I have been told to forget trying the portable hard drive USB approach due to the issue in the first bullet above. I should move to Network Attached Storage.


So many mixed messages. I like the simplicity and hard connection of the USB and portable hard drive approach. Can anyone help clarify what will work?


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I want to store all of my personal DVDs onto a portable hard drive and connect it to a USB on a Blu-ray player for playback so I don't have drawers of DVDs taking up space. I am getting conflicting advice on trying to do this:


- Was told Blu-ray players are not made to handle the large video files on the portable hard drive and that it can take 10 minutes to index the files each time I power up the Blu-ray player.
- I have been told that the 10 minutes to index the files will only occur the first time the portable hard drive is connected and that the Blu-ray player will hold the file indexing in memory (I would pretty much leave the portable hard drive connected to the player permanently).
- I was told to get a Blu-ray player with a USB 3.0 connection since they will be faster than a USB 2.0.
- I have seen threads saying it USB 2.0 is fine, USB 3.0 won't make any difference.
- I have been told to forget trying the portable hard drive USB approach due to the issue in the first bullet above. I should move to Network Attached Storage.


So many mixed messages. I like the simplicity and hard connection of the USB and portable hard drive approach. Can anyone help clarify what will work?


Thanks,
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What you describe is commonly done. I've never seen or heard of 10 minute indexing. What size drives are you talking about, with how many files?

USB 2.0 is fast enough.

The above is easy enough to test with a small portable drive and a test collection of files.

Putting your files on network storage has it's virtues, too.

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I need to choose between two low-end players - Samsung BD-F5100 and Sony BDP-S1200. Can't see any significant difference between them, even the price is exactly the same. Any advice?
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I need to choose between two low-end players - Samsung BD-F5100 and Sony BDP-S1200. Can't see any significant difference between them, even the price is exactly the same. Any advice?
Sony.

Samsung's firmware is reported to be quite buggy.

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Sony.

Samsung's firmware is reported to be quite buggy.
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Greets, and thanks in advance
I have a samsung f5900, which just failed by displaying a roughly 5x9 tiled display of scrambled screens
then it just refusd to read disks

I never liked it anyway with its huge samsung start screen/ apps screen etc
Before that I had a LG with a 200 some odd gb HDD that I never really used (package deal with the TV)can't remember how it died

Would someone make some reccomendations for a player that:

1 Plays Blu ray with smooth, HQ direct output (i do my processing in my onkyo)

2 is mechanically reliable

3 has an absolute minimum of Foof, I have no need to do anything but excellent playback of bluray. I just want to put a netflix rental disc in, and tap the DVD button on my onkyo remote, and see the movie home screen

I should note that I have a slim PS3, and just read that I can get a normal remote to use instead of the game thing

configured properly, would that be a candidate? other than its cumbersome nature, constant software updating prior to use, dead gameplayers, etc

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Thanks, but Oppo doesn't do Amazon Video.

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It's time to replace my current Blu-ray player (PS3) as it's having disc ejection issues. My Mid-Atlantic equipment rack is in the back of my room and I have a Harmony 1000 remote w/ RF receiver (w/in the equipment closet) to control all my components and lighting. I've been looking for a player w/ a "Remote In" jack like my receiver has, but have been unable to locate one fitting my needs. I don't have a 3D projector yet, but my upgrade to one in the future. I also require the unit to work w/ the DTS-HD in my receiver (Yamaha RX-V3800). Finally, it needs to work w/ Amazon streaming video. What do you all recommend that will work in my system? I really don't want the RF cable running around to the front of the unit as this looks ugly in my beautiful Mid-Atlantic rack w/ custom shelves...

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Thanks, but Oppo doesn't do Amazon Video.
Oops. Sorry about that. But since you're already spending $600+ on a player, what's another $40 for a Fire TV Stick to plug into it? I don't know of anything else with an IR jack.
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Oops. Sorry about that. But since you're already spending $600+ on a player, what's another $40 for a Fire TV Stick to plug into it? I don't know of anything else with an IR jack.
Will the Harmony control it? Does the FireTV interact w/ the Oppo Blu-ray ok?

Yamaha & Denon also sell players w/ an IR in, but just not w/ Amazon Video...

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Hi,
I hope one of you informed forum members can help me make a decision.

I am looking to replace my Oppo DV-980H DVD Player (The tray won't open). I'd like an Oppo Blu Ray but that's out of my budget.

Here's what I'm looking for:
<$200
Doesn't have to be 3D
I don't have HDMI on my receiver and don't want a new one. Note: I don't always send audio through it.
Must have Wi-Fi. The streaming source will probably be about 15' from the player.
Support major streaming services.
Good quality upscaling.
Must have a clean simple user interface.
The remote must be fairly easy to use or I can download an app to my tablet to control everything.
Build quality should be fairly good
Not too noisy, if that's possible.

Also I have ATT Uverse and wonder if I would be able to stream to a Samsung Tab S tablet and then to the player.

Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to help me out.
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I am looking to replace my Oppo DV-980H DVD Player (The tray won't open).
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Note that OPPO will service that for a fixed price, or perhaps give you tips on doing it yourself.

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Happy Holidays!
Wanted to get the Oppo103 but debating whether I should pay an extra $100 for the Darbee version. I've read mixed reviews about how artificial it looked (over-processing, etc.) and understand that can be switched off but it defeats the purpose, not to mention wasting the $100! Also, my main use would be for Netflix, Vudu, and most importantly; streaming photos and various video file types from my network via DLNA. I am currently using a Roku 3 but DLNA doesn't exist and their network streaming feature sucks. Most video types won't even play and files system are unorganized. This will be my very first Blu-Ray player since I don't have many BD discs (owned about two discs from promos) and will be replacing the 'aging' DVD player (c. 2002). I will consider spending more for a 'quality-built' product - something such as the Oppo103/D if it can take care of all the needs mentioned above. Also comparing this to the Denon DBT-1713UD. What are your thoughts/
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Wanted to get the Oppo103 but debating whether I should pay an extra $100 for the Darbee version. I've read mixed reviews about how artificial it looked (over-processing, etc.)
I presume our comments will also be mixed.

Darbee is a subtle effect when used properly; some people claim that can't see it at all at first use. I don't find it to look artificial at all unless you turn it up to a ludicrous value.

It's optional. Most people will tell you the better the source the better the effect, so Blu-rays are the best candidates for improvement.

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Oops. Sorry about that. But since you're already spending $600+ on a player, what's another $40 for a Fire TV Stick to plug into it? I don't know of anything else with an IR jack.
Will the Harmony control it? Does the FireTV interact w/ the Oppo Blu-ray ok?

Yamaha & Denon also sell players w/ an IR in, but just not w/ Amazon Video...
Not it won't. Looks like what you want doesn't exist. How about a Roku located near your base or blaster? That has Amazon and works with Harmony.
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I just ordered the Oppo BDP103 and a BenQ1075 to upgrade my Marantz VP4001. Got tired of it burning through lamps that cost damn near a third of what the new projector cost me!!!
I went Oppo due to the ability to process in the unit and output through the analog outs. With bass management and time alignment to boot. I use a Parasound Halo C2 pre/pro and it's a beautiful piece, hate thinking of replacing it. But the newer hi res audio formats are must haves. Plus I want SACD and DVD Audio. My Toshiba SD9200 DVD Audio player has laser issues so for me, a universal player that will output through analog was the ticket to extend the life of my Halo and give me all the new formats and old one too. I also like to output a digital signal to my Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista Tube Dac for 2ch CD listening. The Oppo does it all.
At some point, I will pick up a new Pre/Pro and the Oppo 103 will just output through the HDMIs.
Only downside I found is no Amazon Prime Video service. That would be a nice add on if they ever can, until then I will just keep using my Xbox One for that stuff.
Did I mention the 103 has dual HDMI outputs? One to my Panasonic 60" ST30 for normal viewing, the other to my HT1075. I may never need a new Pre/Pro!!!

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Only downside I found is no Amazon Prime Video service.
That's available on the Roku Streaming Stick, which is an extra option for the player, using the front MHL slot. Or you can route a standard Roku or other box through the HDMI inputs.

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That's available on the Roku Streaming Stick, which is an extra option for the player, using the front MHL slot. Or you can route a standard Roku or other box through the HDMI inputs.

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Roku stick has the same issue as Amazon Fire stick, no IR for use with Harmony. He'll need a Roku box (1, 2 or 3) ... unless you're saying it can be controlled via HDMI-CEC through the Oppo?
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Roku stick has the same issue as Amazon Fire stick, no IR for use with Harmony. He'll need a Roku box (1, 2 or 3) ... unless you're saying it can be controlled via HDMI-CEC through the Oppo?
The OPPO remote controls it directly through the player, so I presume a programmable remote can do the same thing. I'm not sure about CEC access.

Drawbacks of the stick: it protrudes way out of the player, so people get a right angle connector from Monoprice, and it uses its own wireless connection to the router, so even if you have a nice wired setup to the player, that network connection won't be used.

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Wanted to get the Oppo103 but debating whether I should pay an extra $100 for the Darbee version. I've read mixed reviews about how artificial it looked (over-processing, etc.) and understand that can be switched off but it defeats the purpose, not to mention wasting the $100! Also, my main use would be for Netflix, Vudu, and most importantly; streaming photos and various video file types from my network via DLNA. I am currently using a Roku 3 but DLNA doesn't exist and their network streaming feature sucks. Most video types won't even play and files system are unorganized. This will be my very first Blu-Ray player since I don't have many BD discs (owned about two discs from promos) and will be replacing the 'aging' DVD player (c. 2002). I will consider spending more for a 'quality-built' product - something such as the Oppo103/D if it can take care of all the needs mentioned above. Also comparing this to the Denon DBT-1713UD. What are your thoughts/
Thanks!
Bill addressed the Darbee well - I went from an Oppo 83 to the Darbee. So from a very clean signal to a 'Darbee'd'. I like it, it's not edge enhancement but a more subtle deepening effect to me; it's worth the 100 to me.

There's other benefits - for audio : I buy DSD downloads, so having DSD play to the main HDMI connection without conversion to PCM is a plus. It is also an excellent DVD upscaler, so if most of your collection is DVD's then you'll see the benefit there (the 103 does the same).

One feature I like a lot for music is using the 103D as a DLNA renderer. It lets me use my Android (Samsung S4) to list music I want to play and push it to the player. I think so far it's the only one to do this; normally you have to use the player's menu to play media.

Obviously there's more.
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currently using my ps3 as a dvd/blu-ray player, mulling over getting a stand-alone player that's quieter with possibly better upscaling. the oppo's are great but out of budget, anything close to it that's more accessible price-wise? also considering a ps3 slim

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