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Hello Guys,
I'am looking for a BD player, which is capable of modifying the position of the picture through HDMI port.
My problem is: when I watch a BD movie, which does not have 16:9 aspect ratio, than of course I will have black bars on the top and on the bottom of the screen. On TV it is acceptable, however when it comes to watching movies on a projector, it is really annoying to watch these big black bars. Anyway, I can solve this problem when I play content from my PC, because in the player, I can modify the picture position, so I move it to the upper edge of the screen, and than I will have double black bars on the bottom of the screen, but I isn't a problem, because I can roll up the screen, just to fit for the current content, and behind the screen I have black curtain installed, so nothing is visible from the bars. Now, I want to do the same thing, with BD player...
Any suggestion?
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Hello Guys,
I'am looking for a BD player, which is capable of modifying the position of the picture through HDMI port.
My problem is: when I watch a BD movie, which does not have 16:9 aspect ratio, than of course I will have black bars on the top and on the bottom of the screen. On TV it is acceptable, however when it comes to watching movies on a projector, it is really annoying to watch these big black bars. Anyway, I can solve this problem when I play content from my PC, because in the player, I can modify the picture position, so I move it to the upper edge of the screen, and than I will have double black bars on the bottom of the screen, but I isn't a problem, because I can roll up the screen, just to fit for the current content, and behind the screen I have black curtain installed, so nothing is visible from the bars. Now, I want to do the same thing, with BD player...
Any suggestion?
Even Oppo players don't have that feature.

Some people use black velvet to cover the parts of the screen exposed to unwanted light from the projector. More expensive options are to get an external video processor or a new projector which includes that feature. Or you can rip your Blu-rays to a disk on your PC.

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Need Blu Ray Player to work with old AV eqpt.

Hi. My PS3 has bit the dust. It was connected to my old TV via DVI and my old sound system with optical. Every player I see today uses HDMI. What options do I have for buying a new player? How would I get it to connect to these old devices? I understand there are HDMI to DVI converters that I can buy pretty cheaply, but what do I do about sound? Thanks.
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Hi. My PS3 has bit the dust. It was connected to my old TV via DVI and my old sound system with optical. Every player I see today uses HDMI. What options do I have for buying a new player? How would I get it to connect to these old devices? I understand there are HDMI to DVI converters that I can buy pretty cheaply, but what do I do about sound? Thanks.
Many Blu-ray players include a coax digital audio output. The Sony BDP-S3700 does, for example. Your receiver probably has both optical and coax digital audio inputs.

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Thanks for the tip. I bought this one with a dvi adapter and a coaxial cable.
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i'm looking at possibly getting a new bluray player soon my S580 still works but the streaming apps are mostly dated to the point they either don't work or are feature limited (netflix for example with no 1080p or 5.1ch support)

i'm toying with the idea of buying a new tv but my budget means the best i could pull off is the samsung UN50KU6300 (i can get it for $320 after tax) and i'm slightly on the fence... i may still buy the bluray player so i can retire the old one to a different room (not quite ready to jump into UHD players yet)

at the same time my AVR is also a bit old (Marantz SR4002) and doesn't accept DTS-HD or TrueHD (just PCM for lossless) so i have some questions about the Samasung BD-JM57, LG BMP-35, and Sony BDP-S3700

1. how is the file playback support from USB
2. i'm assuming these players will decode DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc to PCM?
3. any hangups on the streaming apps side i should know about?
4. wifi support... any of these dual band? ac? or just single band n?

bonus... if anyone can convince me either way on the TV
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Recommendation for blu ray player and sacd, DVD-a playback

I am looking for which players I can compare that have:

SACD
DVD-A
5.1 pre outs (may not be nessessary depending on how the above can get sent to a receiver with or without HDMI)
4K upscalling probbaly not nessessary since my 4K tv should already do that??
Good standard DVD playback

This is more of my audio playback machine that can do video if needed. Will get a UHD player once more options are available. Would like like to be under $500

Thanks.
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I am looking for which players I can compare that have:

SACD
DVD-A
5.1 pre outs (may not be nessessary depending on how the above can get sent to a receiver with or without HDMI)
4K upscalling probbaly not nessessary since my 4K tv should already do that??
Good standard DVD playback

This is more of my audio playback machine that can do video if needed. Will get a UHD player once more options are available. Would like like to be under $500

Thanks.
Stiffler,

With that budget, don't fool around. Get your self a good deal on the soon to be replaced OPPO BDP-103. Does all that you ask,Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-Audio and DVD video up-scaling is amongst the best. Read for yourself at
Official OPPO BDP-103 Owner's Thread

These units should be moving at a reduced price now, as the "Universal" BD and ULTRA HD/HDR player ?-203? is due to be released in the next few weeks.

Local craigslist, Audiomart, Audiogon, or other re-sale venues can also be considered as OPPO's customer service is unparalleled with affordable repairs "forever". And, they are just good folk to deal with. Yes, I do own OPPOs but nothing newer than 5-years ago. Both work great.

If you haven't leapt on the UHD display yet, certainly optimize for your 1080p set for now as there are few UHD players yet, and I think the market needs another season before that would be a buying choice for me. Good luck regardless.

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i'm looking at possibly getting a new bluray player soon my S580 still works but the streaming apps are mostly dated to the point they either don't work or are feature limited (netflix for example with no 1080p or 5.1ch support)

i'm toying with the idea of buying a new tv but my budget means the best i could pull off is the samsung UN50KU6300 (i can get it for $320 after tax) and i'm slightly on the fence... i may still buy the bluray player so i can retire the old one to a different room (not quite ready to jump into UHD players yet)

at the same time my AVR is also a bit old (Marantz SR4002) and doesn't accept DTS-HD or TrueHD (just PCM for lossless) so i have some questions about the Samasung BD-JM57, LG BMP-35, and Sony BDP-S3700

1. how is the file playback support from USB
2. i'm assuming these players will decode DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc to PCM?
3. any hangups on the streaming apps side i should know about?
4. wifi support... any of these dual band? ac? or just single band n?

bonus... if anyone can convince me either way on the TV
Unfortunately, most current Blu-ray disc players include only stereo, not multichannel Dolby or DTS decoders. The manufacturers are minimizing the license fees they have to pay to Dolby and DTS. This limitation is present in all three of the players you list above. As a result, the PCM they provide is only stereo when they play soundtracks encoded using any of the various types of Dolby and DTS encodings. To get multichannel audio, you''ll have to settle for lossy Dolby or DTS.

This is the case for all of the current "low priced" Sony x700 players, for example, although the top-of-the-line Sony UHD-H1 does include multichannel decoding. Unfortunately it lists for over $300. Oppo's players also include multichannel decoders, but they start at about $500.

I'll have to leave it to you to look through the manuals of the devices provided by the other manufacturers.

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Unfortunately, most current Blu-ray disc players include only stereo, not multichannel Dolby or DTS decoders. The manufacturers are minimizing the license fees they have to pay to Dolby and DTS. This limitation is present in all three of the players you list above. As a result, the PCM they provide is only stereo when they play soundtracks encoded using any of the various types of Dolby and DTS encodings. To get multichannel audio, you''ll have to settle for lossy Dolby or DTS.

This is the case for all of the current "low priced" Sony x700 players, for example, although the top-of-the-line Sony UHD-H1 does include multichannel decoding. Unfortunately it lists for over $300. Oppo's players also include multichannel decoders, but they start at about $500.

I'll have to leave it to you to look through the manuals of the devices provided by the other manufacturers.
just checked the manuals online and it looks like i'm sticking with the S580 then until i make the jump to a UHD player
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Looking for a new Blu-ray player

Just got a 65KS8000 and my old Blu-ray player started acting up. It has hard locked in the middle of the last to movies I played in it. I am looking at the Sony BDPS3700. I plan to use the KS8000 for smart apps, so I don't really care about how smart the Blu-ray players is. But what about 4K up scaling? Should I get a Blu-ray player that would do it or just let the KS8000 handle it?
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Get a 4k blu ray player. If on a budget, go with the samsung 4k k8500.
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Wasn't looking to spend that much. And if I don't plan on buying any 4K Blu-ray disks does it give me much over a normal Blu-ray player or even one that up scales to 4K?
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Wasn't looking to spend that much. And if I don't plan on buying any 4K Blu-ray disks does it give me much over a normal Blu-ray player or even one that up scales to 4K?

"Upscaling" is kind of a sham. Normally, the tv does a better job than the player so not many people use it. The k8500 tho has been severely discounted recently, in case you didn't know.


Edit, looks like it went back up in price a little. It was on major black Friday sales for a week.
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Just to add a question to the current conversation. I also have a 4k TV and am looking at a new Bluray player. I know the TV has a upscaling functionality built in but would there be any kind of improvement by getting a upscaling Bluray player, or will the TV do a better job of handling the scaling?

Many thanks, been out of the loop for a while and am trying to not waste money on something that won't benefit the image.
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Just to add a question to the current conversation. I also have a 4k TV and am looking at a new Bluray player. I know the TV has a upscaling functionality built in but would there be any kind of improvement by getting a upscaling Bluray player, or will the TV do a better job of handling the scaling?

Many thanks, been out of the loop for a while and am trying to not waste money on something that won't benefit the image.
It depends. The TV or the player may do a better job, depending on the specific TV and the specific player. My advice, though, is to either get a UHD player that can actually play 4k material, or get an inexpensive 1080p BluRay player (or continue using the one you already have) to tide you over until then (if you're waiting for the price to drop). I'm sure the TV will upscale sufficiently until then.
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It depends. The TV or the player may do a better job, depending on the specific TV and the specific player. My advice, though, is to either get a UHD player that can actually play 4k material, or get an inexpensive 1080p BluRay player (or continue using the one you already have) to tide you over until then (if you're waiting for the price to drop). I'm sure the TV will upscale sufficiently until then.
What is good inexpensive 1080p BluRay player? Sony BDPS3700?
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Anything from Sony or Panasonic would be an excellent choice for you.
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Need BD Player Buying Advice

Here's my dilemma.

Would like to purchase a reliable BD player, but am not sure if Sony has ever managed to resolve the hardware failure issues with the technology. Have so far owned eight BD players and or hybrid player devices to date, all of which have suffered BD read failures within a profoundly short period. Two years ago I said forget it, if Sony's blue laser technology is this crappy I can live without it.

Only reason I am presently looking into getting yet another BD player at this point in time is due to the increasing number of anime titles (something I watch quite a lot of personally) which are getting BD-only releases. And I need to make it clear whatever I end up getting will be setup in a bedroom connected to a 20" monitor and used with the most basic audio setup imaginable, headphones.

The crazy thing is that, with the exception of the PS3's, my other players owned all had very light usage, maybe one BD movie every couple of weeks averaged at most were played. Sorry I do not have the makes and models owned so far all documented, but this much I can recall.:

1x - Sony high end unit. Complete playback failure of all disc formats after thirteen months.
1x - Philips unit. BD playback failure after a year.
3x - PS3's All suffered BD read failure within a two-year period. All could still read CD and DVD formats. Sold off two of them for parts, paid to have the ODD replaced in the third, while it is working, have reserved it exclusively for playing games on as movie playback seems to be a known killer of their optical disc drives (something I wished I'd known first go around).
1x - brand I don't recall which came from a discount store and worked for all of about five months.
1x - off brand player from a discount store, This was the only player that didn't suffer an optical drive failure. It was not a network connectable player, and kept running into the issue of needing a firmware update to play any then current BDs, so I had to download the firmware update onto a USB flash drive from the very sketchy official Chinese website of the manufacturer and installing the firmware update ruined the machine. The player's display post update would only show gibberish and device menus were no longer accessible.
1x internal SATA 5 1/4" bay Pioneer BD-ROM (PC). This worked for about fourteen months and was the most recent BD player I purchased back in late 2013. Drive is actually still installed in the very computer I am typing this post from, but can no longer even detect the presence of a BD disc, but can still read CD and DVD formats just fine. It was when this one failed that I gave up on the technology and sold off all my stand alone BD disc titles.

Would also like to point out I am also a HD DVD player owner. My original HD DVD player lasted a good five years as the primary video player in the living room and saw rather heavy usage during it's time from all members of the family, and when it died it was some manner of mainboard electronic failure, not a drive failure (rather impressive). And even at present, I replaced that HD DVD player in the living room with another same model used HD DVD player that is still chugging along quite nicely. I only bring this up because HD DVD discs are also read by their respective players using a blue laser and yet Toshiba seemed to have worked out how to make that technology reliable.

Questions:
1. Is there such a thing as a reliable BD player?
2. Is there any particular make/model el-cheapo (under $50) player that one would recommend over its' peers?

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Here's my dilemma.

Would like to purchase a reliable BD player, but am not sure if Sony has ever managed to resolve the hardware failure issues with the technology. Have so far owned eight BD players and or hybrid player devices to date, all of which have suffered BD read failures within a profoundly short period. Two years ago I said forget it, if Sony's blue laser technology is this crappy I can live without it.

Only reason I am presently looking into getting yet another BD player at this point in time is due to the increasing number of anime titles (something I watch quite a lot of personally) which are getting BD-only releases. And I need to make it clear whatever I end up getting will be setup in a bedroom connected to a 20" monitor and used with the most basic audio setup imaginable, headphones.

The crazy thing is that, with the exception of the PS3's, my other players owned all had very light usage, maybe one BD movie every couple of weeks averaged at most were played. Sorry I do not have the makes and models owned so far all documented, but this much I can recall.:

1x - Sony high end unit. Complete playback failure of all disc formats after thirteen months.
1x - Philips unit. BD playback failure after a year.
3x - PS3's All suffered BD read failure within a two-year period. All could still read CD and DVD formats. Sold off two of them for parts, paid to have the ODD replaced in the third, while it is working, have reserved it exclusively for playing games on as movie playback seems to be a known killer of their optical disc drives (something I wished I'd known first go around).
1x - brand I don't recall which came from a discount store and worked for all of about five months.
1x - off brand player from a discount store, This was the only player that didn't suffer an optical drive failure. It was not a network connectable player, and kept running into the issue of needing a firmware update to play any then current BDs, so I had to download the firmware update onto a USB flash drive from the very sketchy official Chinese website of the manufacturer and installing the firmware update ruined the machine. The player's display post update would only show gibberish and device menus were no longer accessible.
1x internal SATA 5 1/4" bay Pioneer BD-ROM (PC). This worked for about fourteen months and was the most recent BD player I purchased back in late 2013. Drive is actually still installed in the very computer I am typing this post from, but can no longer even detect the presence of a BD disc, but can still read CD and DVD formats just fine. It was when this one failed that I gave up on the technology and sold off all my stand alone BD disc titles.

Would also like to point out I am also a HD DVD player owner. My original HD DVD player lasted a good five years as the primary video player in the living room and saw rather heavy usage during it's time from all members of the family, and when it died it was some manner of mainboard electronic failure, not a drive failure (rather impressive). And even at present, I replaced that HD DVD player in the living room with another same model used HD DVD player that is still chugging along quite nicely. I only bring this up because HD DVD discs are also read by their respective players using a blue laser and yet Toshiba seemed to have worked out how to make that technology reliable.

Questions:
1. Is there such a thing as a reliable BD player?
2. Is there any particular make/model el-cheapo (under $50) player that one would recommend over its' peers?
Sorry to hear that. Every one of my players is still working perfectly. Even my 10 year old players. Some have been farmed out to my daughters and Dad. Some are sitting:


Panasonic BD10
Panasonic BD30
Denon 2010
Samsung 3600
Panasonic BD55
Panasonic BD300
Oppo 93
Panasonic BD320
Panasonic BD230
Oppo 103
Sony S790
Sony S7200
Samsung K8500 (UHD)
Panasonic UB900 (UHD)

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Here's my dilemma.

Would like to purchase a reliable BD player, but am not sure if Sony has ever managed to resolve the hardware failure issues with the technology. Have so far owned eight BD players and or hybrid player devices to date, all of which have suffered BD read failures within a profoundly short period. Two years ago I said forget it, if Sony's blue laser technology is this crappy I can live without it.

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Lotsa issues..
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Would also like to point out I am also a HD DVD player owner. My original HD DVD player lasted a good five years as the primary video player in the living room and saw rather heavy usage during it's time from all members of the family, and when it died it was some manner of mainboard electronic failure, not a drive failure (rather impressive). And even at present, I replaced that HD DVD player in the living room with another same model used HD DVD player that is still chugging along quite nicely. I only bring this up because HD DVD discs are also read by their respective players using a blue laser and yet Toshiba seemed to have worked out how to make that technology reliable.

Questions:
1. Is there such a thing as a reliable BD player?
2. Is there any particular make/model el-cheapo (under $50) player that one would recommend over its' peers?
Looks like you spent a fair amount of money on players.

You can get another similar player now, and given your experience, get a couple of years out of it.

I have one Oppo (BDP-83) that I bought six years ago which still cranks along without having had any issues. I have another (BDP-103D) which I bought three years ago and has had no problem.

Both are used daily, the 103D is used to clean up the cable signal, so it is in constant use. I expect both to last me for a long while, they show no sign of problems and Oppo has great support.

I bought my parents an Oppo BDP-80 five years ago, it has performed flawlessly for them.

All of those players still have high resale value right now (check the usual resellers).

As teachsac notes, this is just anecdotal, since he's had success with many brands. You have not.

So the question is - do you want to get a reliable player that lasts a long time, or a placeholder for a year or two.

If the former, I'd say get an Oppo 203 UHD (I think the 10X's are discontinued now) when it's available (soon), or get a Panasonic which may last a while.

There's a large price difference; in my case it was worth it, it depends on how you want to spend your money.
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Here's my dilemma.

Would like to purchase a reliable BD player, but am not sure if Sony has ever managed to resolve the hardware failure issues with the technology. Have so far owned eight BD players and or hybrid player devices to date, all of which have suffered BD read failures within a profoundly short period. Two years ago I said forget it, if Sony's blue laser technology is this crappy I can live without it.

Only reason I am presently looking into getting yet another BD player at this point in time is due to the increasing number of anime titles (something I watch quite a lot of personally) which are getting BD-only releases. And I need to make it clear whatever I end up getting will be setup in a bedroom connected to a 20" monitor and used with the most basic audio setup imaginable, headphones.

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Questions:
1. Is there such a thing as a reliable BD player?
2. Is there any particular make/model el-cheapo (under $50) player that one would recommend over its' peers?
Any basic BD player should be fine. I wonder what is causing your players to fail so quickly? It's possible that you have unregulated voltage damaging them. If you don't use a voltage regulator or a quality power surge protector, you may want to consider one. Another thing to consider is heat. Keep the player in an open space or allow it to receive air flow. Do not stack it with other components, as the heat or pressure of other devices may be causing premature equipment failures. You said this is kept in a bedroom, so I presume the area isn't too dusty or filled with a lot of air particles like a garage might be, but that could be something to consider in other rooms that may not be clean.

Good luck. I hope you figure out what is killing your players. I still have my 2009 PS3 and it plays just fine. And I also have a 3-year old Samsung player that works well. Given you've had so many die so quickly, I would suspect the electrical signal or heat as potential issues.

By the way, I'm watching DBZ Kai on Blu-ray and loving it. I've never seen the series before and it's great. Plus, the animation is so clean and beautiful on Blu-ray.
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