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To bad about never hooking it up to the net. You won't be able to get that nice new firmware update (V2.3) which would give you internal decode capability for DTS HD/MA (just announced) and is scheduled to be released April 15th.

Ummmm....why couldn't you just upgrade the firmware using a USB drive instead of over the net?
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Ummmm....why couldn't you just upgrade the firmware using a USB drive instead of over the net?


Yes - they don't usually post the file for internet d/l until a day or two later, and you have to follow the instructions about which folder to put it in precisely.

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The absolute best player is the Panasonic BD30...No ifs, ands, or buts about it!... (I've tried them all)...This is carved in stone and is an absolute fact. Do not argue, it is pointless...
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Modified by namechamps: The absolute best player is the Panasonic BD30 if you have an HDMI v1.3 AVR and are not interested in a PS3 because it looks like George Foreman Grill, you can't afford the electricity or IR for universal remote is essential. (I've tried them all)...This is carved in stone and is an absolute fact. Do not argue, it is pointless...

I fixed it for you.

Serious prior to this week I would have said DMP-BD30. Today I would say DMP-BD30 or PS3. If you don't have an HDMI v1.3 AVR get a PS3. If you do get a DMP-BD30. If you need multi-channel analog in wait till this fault or get a new AVR.
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Here is one poll
and Here is another.
So the BD30 is the favorite stand alone and the PS3 is ahead of the BD30 by more than a 2:1 margin.
The BD30 is not even a respectable second.
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Here is one poll
and Here is another.
So the BD30 is the favorite stand alone and the PS3 is ahead of the BD30 by more than a 2:1 margin.
The BD30 is not even a respectable second.

Polls don't mean swat...and no poll can make the crappy PS3 a better player than the BD30. It is simply, "The Best"...
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I fixed it for you.

Serious prior to this week I would have said DMP-BD30. Today I would say DMP-BD30 or PS3. If you don't have an HDMI v1.3 AVR get a PS3. If you do get a DMP-BD30. If you need multi-channel analog in wait till this fault or get a new AVR.


Well yes of course...I just assumed that everyone has a HDMI 1.3 receiver by now...Hell, I think I'd kill myself if I didn't have one...
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I heard the Pana BD50 is coming out next spring. Is that spring 2008 or spring 2009?
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The PS3 is the best especially if you do not already have a receiver that decodes the lossless formats.

Today I picked up a Denon 787 receiver at CC for $359 with an on-line coupon. This receiver, at a bargain price, coupled with the PS3, will give you the most bang for the buck and will allow you to enjoy all the lossless audio.

The one downside to the PS3 is that it must have decent ventilation. But it does so much more than the Panasonic is able to do.
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The Denon receiver is the 788 and not the 787. A typo. I am getting ready to open the box now.
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So people have been rating the Panasonic DMP-BD50 since January and it still isn't even available??


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The absolute best player is the Panasonic BD30...No ifs, ands, or buts about it!... (I've tried them all)...This is carved in stone and is an absolute fact. Do not argue, it is pointless...

Actually when you posted this, the best standalone Blu-player was the LG BH200 (profile 1.1, decoded Dolby TrueHD, good upscaler, properly deinterlaces).

Now, that honor *might* fall to the Denon until the DMP-BD50 comes out.
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Spidermon, can't tell you specifically why your thread was pulled, but some of the threads like yours have ended up devolving into format flame wars (although the talk looked pretty tame to me).

I find it funny that this 40% drop keeps being brought up by the press.

"It's too early to declare Blu-ray a flop. While research firm NPD Group reported a 40% sales drop in January, Sony, studios, and retailers suggest that a scarcity of players in stores is to blame. They say that hardware makers are still gearing up to produce Blu-ray machines in the wake of the format war and point to a 2% uptick in February as more players became available. Andrew J. House, Sony's chief marketing officer, says the company's $399 players are selling well."

Blu-Ray players were bundled (for "free") in December of 2007 and January of this year with 1080p HDTV's. A drop not only should not have been shocking, it should have been expected. I don't think scarcity has much to do with it, but I think it would be a bad company line for Sony et al. to say, "Well, sales are off because Blu-Ray players were basically given away for free with 1080p HDTV's." The Playstation 3 is clearly the elephant pushing the format right now, though.

http://www.businessweek.com/print/ma...4050513499.htm

The best Blu-Ray player at the current time IMHO is a Pioneer (either the 94HD using the analog outputs and non-HDMI receiver or the 95FD).
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the best player is... NOT OUT YET
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