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XBRSteve's Avatar XBRSteve 01:30 PM 04-20-2008
I was thinking of buying a second BH200 but I can hold of if LG plans on releasing a BH300.

Anyone heard of anything concerning it?

bradavon's Avatar bradavon 05:29 PM 04-20-2008
This has already been asked a few times, most recently here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ighlight=BH300

Personally I wouldn't wait. We've no idea when or if a BH300 is really coming.
User Tron's Avatar User Tron 02:39 AM 04-22-2008
My friend is working at a big LG distributor and the BH300 is already listed. But no details or date. So at least someone at LG Europe thinks it's coming. So far rumors say that the BH300 is an upgraded BH200 (more memory for profile 2.0), that would explain why they release it. On a side note: Denon is really considering to bring a "one that plays it all" player after very positive feedback from several sides, but don't expect this one in 08.
Krobar's Avatar Krobar 05:07 AM 04-22-2008
The UK brochure let slip that the BH300 will include DIVX and possibly WMV9 support.
bradavon's Avatar bradavon 03:30 PM 04-22-2008
Samsungmaster also said LG have a BH300 but he didn't know when they'd release it.

Personally I hope for:

1. A BH200 With:
2. Analogue Outputs
3. Profile 2.0
4. Improved performance: Audio and Video Drop outs entirely fixed!

p.s - I hear Denon are up for sale so their player may take a back seat.
XBRSteve's Avatar XBRSteve 04:51 PM 04-22-2008
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The UK brochure let slip that the BH300 will include DIVX and possibly WMV9 support.

DIVX and WMV support..... I hope this is all true I would love to have one!
SuperSam's Avatar SuperSam 04:22 PM 04-23-2008
DIVX (the most loved standard of movie pirates) support in a licensed BR/HDDVD device? I highly doubt that!
If that is really the case, sign me up for that one!
pobff's Avatar pobff 04:30 PM 04-23-2008
I thought Divx is already in the PS3, and will be in the panasonic, philips and denon blu-ray players?
SuperSam's Avatar SuperSam 04:37 PM 04-23-2008
Are you serious?
I have not been following blu-ray for like half a year if not longer, I am not up to date on it.

My thinking is why would sony license their BR tech to be implemented in devices that support most common bit tor rent pirated video sharing standard?

I have been looking for a hard drive-based media player device that would support AVCHD standard of modern HD video cameras, and I noticed that NONE of media players that support DIVX, are licensed to use AVCHD. So I was thinking BR and HD DVD would not license their stuff to DIvx supporters either.
bradavon's Avatar bradavon 05:24 PM 04-23-2008
I'm sure the PS3 supports DivX/Xvid. I imagine it can do it as it's very popular so helps it to sell. Many DVD Players/DVD Recorders support DivX/Xvid too, from the lines of Pioneer, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and so one.

It's becoming common place and something they just throw in for free.
fistofsouth's Avatar fistofsouth 07:35 PM 04-24-2008
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Originally Posted by bradavon View Post

Samsungmaster also said LG have a BH300 but he didn't know when they'd release it.

Personally I hope for:

1. A BH200 With:
2. Analogue Outputs
3. Profile 2.0
4. Improved performance: Audio and Video Drop outs entirely fixed!

p.s - I hear Denon are up for sale so their player may take a back seat.

I agree with all the requirements you listed and now I have a couple more:

5. Styling commensurate with the century in which it was built: read I want it to look like an HDM Player from the 21st Century instead of a VCR from 1985.

6. A sub-$400 MSRP.
sivartk's Avatar sivartk 08:31 PM 04-24-2008
5? The BH200 doesn't look that bad...the 100 on the other hand...but it still looks better than Toshiba's XA1

6. Sub $400 MSRP...good luck, there are no blu-ray players (1.1 or later) that are at that price MSRP.

My guess if it does come out it will be $799 MSRP just like the current (lowered) BH200.
nashou66's Avatar nashou66 09:11 PM 04-24-2008
All i want is analog outs!!!!!
big mistake not adding it to the 200

Athanasios
bradavon's Avatar bradavon 09:25 PM 04-24-2008
That is a really odd one. Given that the BH100 has them and most Players at it's price point have them too.
Brian81's Avatar Brian81 05:10 PM 04-25-2008
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Originally Posted by sivartk View Post

5? The BH200 doesn't look that bad...the 100 on the other hand...but it still looks better than Toshiba's XA1

6. Sub $400 MSRP...good luck, there are no blu-ray players (1.1 or later) that are at that price MSRP.

My guess if it does come out it will be $799 MSRP just like the current (lowered) BH200.


I think the XA1 is the best looking HDM player out there. Reminds me of the early Pioneer Elite LD players, or the Japanese HiVision ones. The only thing that comes close is perhaps the first Sony BD player...BDP-S1? The XA1 actaully looks like a high end piece of equipment.
sivartk's Avatar sivartk 05:13 PM 04-25-2008
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I think the XA1 is the best looking HDM player out there. Reminds me of the early Pioneer Elite LD players, or the Japanese HiVision ones. The only thing that comes close is perhaps the first Sony BD player...BDP-S1? The XA1 actaully looks like a high end piece of equipment.

To each their own, I guess.




Brian81's Avatar Brian81 05:21 PM 04-25-2008
The LG just looks...odd.

I will say that the G3 HD DVD models are all quite tacky, the XA2 looks pretty good, and the A2 looks decent. The XA1 to me just looks very clean, and I like that. As well as the aluminum front panel section. The A1 on the other hand is quite ugly.


pobff's Avatar pobff 05:26 PM 04-25-2008
LOL. The LG one is so "boxy". But it's not bad.
bubbarayhick's Avatar bubbarayhick 06:12 PM 04-25-2008
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Originally Posted by SuperSam View Post

DIVX (the most loved standard of movie pirates) support in a licensed BR/HDDVD device? I highly doubt that!
If that is really the case, sign me up for that one!

that would be xvid... not divx....
ron spencer's Avatar ron spencer 06:52 PM 04-25-2008
divx is used just as much by pirates....one in the same
rlsmith's Avatar rlsmith 06:52 PM 04-25-2008
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Originally Posted by sivartk View Post

6. Sub $400 MSRP...good luck, there are no blu-ray players (1.1 or later) that are at that price MSRP.

The new Phillips Blu-ray player is now shipping. It has 1.1 and an MSRP of $399. Sams Club is selling it for $340 I believe.
bradavon's Avatar bradavon 07:05 PM 04-25-2008
Sure th BH200 could look better but personally I look at my TV not Player when watching a movie

It looks fine to me and the blue lights look cool.

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that would be xvid... not divx....

The codecs are so similar, they work across each other. I've yet to see a Player that can read DivX but not Xvid and visa versa.
Drew2k's Avatar Drew2k 09:38 AM 04-26-2008
I'm starting my research into a combo-player and I can say I will be buying it for the features, compatability, and upgradability ... the looks of the unit won't matter one bit, as it will just be shoved into a cabinet.
allargon's Avatar allargon 09:53 AM 04-26-2008
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The new Phillips Blu-ray player is now shipping. It has 1.1 and an MSRP of $399. Sams Club is selling it for $340 I believe.

Philips has taken the Panasonic route with the BDP7200--no onboard decoding of lossless formats--really boggles my mind for a 1.1 player.

http://www.consumer.philips.com/cons...37_US_CONSUMER

It also has the distinction of being the first high definition player to LOOK like one of those Coby, Emerson, etc. $30 DVD players on sale at Wal-mart, Target, Pep Boys, Walgreens, Hastings, etc.
valkyrie's Avatar valkyrie 05:08 PM 04-26-2008
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Philips has taken the Panasonic route with the BDP7200--no onboard decoding of lossless formats--really boggles my mind for a 1.1 player.

http://www.consumer.philips.com/cons...37_US_CONSUMER

It also has the distinction of being the first high definition player to LOOK like one of those Coby, Emerson, etc. $30 DVD players on sale at Wal-mart, Target, Pep Boys, Walgreens, Hastings, etc.

Wow...that is fugly. You hit the nail on the head, I think Philips' design engineers need to be taken out to pasture or sent back to Coby.
bradavon's Avatar bradavon 05:26 PM 04-26-2008
Is Philips kit popular in America?

When it comes to proper electrical kit (i.e - not Shavers, Kettles) Philips have really gone down hill over the past few years. I'd be reluctant to buy a Philips BD Player.
sivartk's Avatar sivartk 02:00 PM 04-27-2008
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Is Philips kit popular in America?

When it comes to proper electrical kit (i.e - not Shavers, Kettles) Philips have really gone down hill over the past few years. I'd be reluctant to buy a Philips BD Player.

Philips has never been a top tier consumer electronics manufacturer in the USA. When they bought Magnavox, they brought the quality down of their products...especially in the late 90's when they used the Philips Magnavox name.

My parents still have a color 19" Magnavox from 1979 that is still running.

I will give them credit for helping develop the S/PDIF (digital optical connection) with Sony.
vinnie97's Avatar vinnie97 02:53 PM 04-27-2008
It would also be a mistake to forget their contribution to the development of the compact disc.

They're definite not reknowed for their CE products, though. :-\\
bradavon's Avatar bradavon 03:35 PM 04-27-2008
I've never heard of Magnavox before, looking at Wikipedia they don't look very good.

Philips seem to be a good technology company but poor at CE products, the execution is poor.

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Philips has never been a top tier consumer electronics manufacturer in the USA.

They've never been top tier in Europe either. I don't think they even are in Holland.

It's a pity they're not better as they're Europe's only CE company of any size. In the UK they used to be as big as Samsung but today are much lower, one step up from the budget makes really.

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My parents still have a color 19" Magnavox from 1979 that is still running.

Your parents still have a 19 year old TV??? It must be awful. Does it even have a Remote? I guess it's probably okay for a bedroom TV.
sivartk's Avatar sivartk 05:36 PM 04-27-2008
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Your parents still have a 19 year old TV??? It must be awful. Does it even have a Remote? I guess it's probably okay for a bedroom TV.

Check your math 2008 - 1979 = 29 years.

It has an IR remote and they are currently using a 12 year old universal remote....one that won't control the BH300 when it comes out. It is in the guest bedroom and if you can get past the fact that the green tube is going out you are okay. All green sports fields look brown

Since there is no cable TV in that room, the next step is to get a converter box for it so they can watch digital TV.

This is the 1980 model...similar only with a cover over the numeric buttons.

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