I know this thread has pretty well drifted away from recievers, it's original topic, and into Blu Ray players, but it would seem that this is the last piece of the puzzle for my entertainment system.
I really, really like all the features of the Sony BPD-S5100-it seems to have it all-except for that pesky RCA audio output.
The only remaining Sony player in their lineup ( S790, IIRC) Has the RCA outputs, but seems to loose a lot of the streaming services as well as ability to play as many formats.
This seems to hold true with all brands-the more entry-level models have lots of features, their higher-end models finally have RCA and other output options, but loose other nice features. Pretty damn fustrating.
After some thought, I am beginning to like the idea of trying out one of these Blu Ray/ wireless streaming all-in-one units and ditching my little Roku box. I was hoping to find one that could output HDMI and RCA audio at the same time. This would allow me to eliminate my little HDMI-to-RCA adapter box, and possibly help all the HDMI components play nice with each other(right now, whenever I turn an HDMI device on or off, I have to cycle power on the adapter box to get everything to talk to each other. It would be nice if I could do that with a remote(the adapter will only power on/off with its front panel switch) or not have to do it at all. Of course, on the other hand, the adapter DOES seem to be making this whole circus possible with just the cycle of a power switch, so perhaps I should leave well enough alone.
One thing that I liked about the Sony BPD-S5100 was its smartphone interface. I believe it may be the key to solving one other minor, but annoying, glitch in my entertainment system.
The glitch is this-Most of the time, my entertainment system is on and playing Pandora radio. Some days I work at home, or even after work, I will have Pandora on inside and outside. The "glitch", as it were, occurs when every once in a while, Pandora stops working and asks if anyone is still listening, or if I want to change stations, or if Pandora drops off line and needs to be re-started. It is damn near impossible to deal with these instances without having a TV on. My old TV takes several minutes to warm up and actually display a picture, then when it boots, it knocks the HDMI signal off line (requiring the aforementioned adapter power cycle to get the signal back), then, after getting Pandora re-started, the TV takes several minutes to cool off the projector lamp and then shut down (no point in leaving the TV on all day when no one is watching it), and of course, when the TV shuts down, it knocks the audio off line-although it will usually self-recover and start playing again in 20 seconds or so. As you might imagine, this is an awfully clunky work-around.
So I was thinking that the smartphone app might at least allow me to restart Pandora and perhaps even change channels with out powering up the TV. I am not really sure just how well that app works, or if it displays the info on the phone, but it does sound promising. Does anyone have any experience with this app, or other brands similar apps?
I have now spent several hours looking for Blu-Ray players that can meet all my needs, and have gotten a little fustrated, so any help would be awesome.
Thanks again for all the insight!