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As does the BDT360 and 460. Doesn't the Sony 5200 decode, also?


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As does the BDT360 and 460. Doesn't the Sony 5200 decode, also?


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According to the manual, the Panny 230 still decodes HD audio. Later models of most brands don't.
I saw that. But it doesn't say for sure that it's multichannel, does it? One of the Samsung models I looked at decodes into 2 channel only for PCM. So I'm hoping for confirmation. But thanks. I can try the owners thread and see if anyone knows for sure

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I saw that. But it doesn't say for sure that it's multichannel, does it? One of the Samsung models I looked at decodes into 2 channel only for PCM. So I'm hoping for confirmation. But thanks. I can try the owners thread and see if anyone knows for sure
Nevermind. I found the information in the back of the manual. It does do multichannel PCM. Thanks

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Nevermind. I found the information in the back of the manual. It does do multichannel PCM. Thanks
In case you missed it, teachsac confirmed the 360 and 460 do as well a few posts back, if you'd rather a later model.
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In case you missed it, teachsac confirmed the 360 and 460 do as well a few posts back, if you'd rather a later model.
Thanks! The BD91 does it as well. I posted to the 360/460 owners thread to find out if there is any difference in video quality.

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My needs are simple: I want something that can play mp3 files from the network (either via DLNA or a Samba share) and will allow me to pause playback. Bonus if it can also support FF/RW.

What I'm using now is a Sony BDP-S480 I've had for a couple of years. It has current firmware, and does almost everything well including Netflix & Amazon. But when I've got a longish mp3 playing (often, something from my old classical CD collection currently living on a DLNA server sitting in the basement) and the phone rings, all I can do is mute the music or stop it. No way to either pause and restart from that spot, or rewind a bit to hear what I missed.

I listen in 2-channel and don't care about multichannel capabilities. I don't even care much about video. No need for me to actually replace the Sony; I'd be happy enough if I found a player that did This One Thing better, and used it only for network mp3 playback, sticking with the Sony for everything else. This player can be something current, or something outdated I could seek out on ebay or whatever.
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Oops oops. Disregard. My first post here and I have to go make a fool of myself, hnyuk hnyuk.

When wondering "why don't more people complain about this, it's such a basic function" I finally punched in the right search terms and found that the problem wasn't the player, but the server, in this case MediaTomb. The default configuration needs a little bit of tweaking before many of the clients can work well. It's just a couple of edits to a config.xml file and a service restart. Anyone stumbling across this with the same problem, I'm too new here to be allowed to post a link. ugh.

Now the Sony player has much nicer transport control over the DLNA mp3 files, including pause, FF and RW. Wish I'd known about this a couple of years ago.

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I just sent this letter to a reviewer on The Wirecutter. Maybe you guys can help answer my questions.

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I recently read your review of the LG BP540 Blu-ray player on The Wirecutter and HD Guru. I'm looking to buy my first Blu-ray player. I would get an Oppo, but they are out of my price range. The LG BP 540 seems to be the best one I can afford. In the HD Guru review you mentioned it sometimes falls behind on jaggies on DVDs, but you didn't mention this on The Wirecutter review.

Also, you didn't go into detail about the audio capabilities of the player. I don't have a good understanding of that, but I know it can be important. Can the BP540 play high resolution audio? I think that's 24 bit/96Khz. I know that Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are important. Can the BP540 encode and decode those two formats? Can it output them as multichannel? I think I've read that some players can only output those formats in two channel. Is the player Audio Return Channel compatible? Also, is it possible to turn the WiFi off?

I currently only have a TV, but I think I will be buying a soundbar. Will I be able to output high quality audio to that soundbar or do I need to buy a player with more outputs to do that?
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Looking for a second blu ray player for my bedroom looking at around $100. trying to kill two birds with one stone. Watch blu rays, and stream video(amazon, hulu, etc). The key feature i'm looking for is capable streaming with whatever amazon, hulu call HD don't need 4k streaming. I don't want it to buffer(it will be hooked up via ethernet cable to 30mb connection), i'm not concerned with the look of the player of the ease of use with the browser, not even that concerned with the quailty of the blu ray player as it will be the secondary just relaxing in bed player. don't need wifi, or music player compatibility.

Will be connected to tv via Dennon Avr.
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Hi,

Looking for a blue ray player to replace my PS3.

Price: $100-$200
3d: Yes
Wifi: not really (have smart tv)
4k Up-scaling: Yes
HDMI 2.0: Yes

What should I get?

Thanks!
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Why do you need HDMI 2.0? There are no UHD BD players or content, only scaling. If you are looking for HDMI 2.0, then only the top Pioneer players have it. These BD players will not be upgradable to play UHD.

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Why do you need HDMI 2.0? There are no UHD BD players or content, only scaling. If you are looking for HDMI 2.0, then only the top Pioneer players have it. These BD players will not be upgradable to play UHD.
Ah, well there ya go. This is why I like forums....been reading a lot of different stuff on Blu-Ray players and thought that I needed HDMI 2.0 for some reason (appears that it is only on top of the line models for what your saying). So, minus the HDMI 2.0, which players should I be looking at? Also, if I already have a TV which is capable of 4K up scaling, is there a need for a player with does 4k up scaling as well?

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Never a bad idea to see which will scale to UHD better. Both my tv and BD player are Sony s .It's a wash.

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Fair enough.

So what models should I be looking at?
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Sony, Panasonic and Oppo are the brands most often recommended here. Sony and Panasonic players tend to cost less than $100.
Sony players tend to have better streaming. Panasonic players tend to have more video manipulation options. The Sony BDP-S5200 probably is close to what you want.
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Fair enough.

So what models should I be looking at?
Sorry,

Been in meetings all day at the capitol. Selden is right on track. Sony, Panasonic, and Oppo are the most recommended and reliable. I have all three. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Sony is probably the best all around player as it is better at DLNA streaming than Panasonic. For DLNA, Oppo supports the most file formats.

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looking for Budget BluRay player with good firmware support

Could anyone recommend a reliable budget BluRay player whose manufacturer has great firmware support for use with tv. I have a theater and projector but generally use that for A list movies.,
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Dan, Sony and Panasonic are the most popular manufacturers here (other than the non-budget Oppo). Check out the dedicated threads and the Sony and Panny websites, and choose a specific model based on the features you want.
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Dan, Sony and Panasonic are the most popular manufacturers here (other than the non-budget Oppo). Check out the dedicated threads and the Sony and Panny websites, and choose a specific model based on the features you want.

Bill, is Sony good at supplying firmware updates in a timely fashion?
I cannot find that answer reading thru hundreds of pages on the sony thread
I am still using a 7 yr old Pioneer BDP 51 in our theater (state of the art when purchased) and will update that to OPPO when it finally dies. Pioneer was always slow at firmware updates and has about abandoned this player.
I will get the Sony BDP-S3200 if Sony is good at keeping up with firmware
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I've had no firmware issues with Sony. Oppo, or Panasonic.

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Bill, is Sony good at supplying firmware updates in a timely fashion?
I cannot find that answer reading thru hundreds of pages on the sony thread
I am still using a 7 yr old Pioneer BDP 51 in our theater (state of the art when purchased) and will update that to OPPO when it finally dies. Pioneer was always slow at firmware updates and has about abandoned this player.
I will get the Sony BDP-S3200 if Sony is good at keeping up with firmware
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You might consider whether numerous firmware updates are always a good thing. If numerous updates are needed because the initial firmware is problematic, then maybe a better job on the initial firmware would be better. My Sony & Panasonic players have not had (or needed) a firmware update since mid 2012 and they play everything thrown at them consistently. And I am a bit of a blu-ray addict, so they get a lot of new stuff thrown at them (especially the Sony BDP-S1000ES, as it is our primary player).

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Yep. My Denon hasn't had an update in 4 years and plays everything.


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