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Well I don't think the ps4 counts yet as it isn't out yet, though I expect it will be one of the best. The ps3 certainly does, and it is the only blu-ray player available that can stream quickflix at the moment (the equivalent of netlflix in the Australia) so it gets my vote as an absolute favorite.
- codefree option
- Darbee integratiion
- Dual HDMI out
- excellent customer service
Just my two Cents
P.S. Own the BDP-93 and I am happy with it... :-)
2: Sony BDP-S790 is my second choice and is also not slouch in the playback department either, it too has dual HDMI outputs as well, it has the edge over the Oppo in terms of network features but doesn't have the build quality of the Oppo with Sony opting for a much lighter and to my eyes cheaper looking chassis.....
I own both of these players and I can honestly tell that you would be hard pressed to find two better players for your money....
What is the Darbee all about? Does it provice better pic quality thru HDMI?
Certainly not " my favorite," just happens to be what I have at present. Plays all my content for 2D and 3D and works wirelessly to provide netflix as necessary.
I'm going to purchase a 600ES or 1000ES soon to replace my HW50ES. Since none of these new projectors will upscale 4K content for anamorphic I was hoping
something would be available in January that could do it all including upscale of 3D content too. Not sure if something is coming from Oppo or Lumagen, does
anyone know for sure??
Many people say yes, one of the rare picture quality enhancing products that a lot of people actually like. I have the Oppo 103 and am quite happy, but for this Christmas the 103D would be the way to go I think. Price wise, the 103 is $500, the 103D is $600. A Darbee Darblet would cost around $300 if bought separately so the 103D would be a great purchase at its price point. As others have mentioned, blu-ray, DVD, SACD capabilities with lots of user tweaking available. Some may like the split outputs of HDMI, meaning you can go straight to your display, nice if it's 3D and your AVR can't pass 3D through it.
It is an interesting device. I would say it 'refines' the image you see. It isn't necessarily better per se, but to my eyes when used subtly it is a very nice addition to a front projector setup in particular. I will add to not expect it to make your device looks significantly better, it is best at more subtly enhancements when used to what I consider good effect. In other words you can crank it up and create a disgustingly over processed image but when subtly used it is an extremely nice addition (though it is hard to say exactly what it is doing). There are many places it can be bought and returned should you not like it. I strongly urge you check it out and if it isn't for you, simply return it.
I expect the PS4 will trump it significantly when it's released, but I don't plan on getting one of those for at least 6 months (wanna see what the glitches are going to be. There WILL be some, but what form will they take?) so the PS3 has BD duty for a while still....
i'll be interested if anything other than an oppo gets nominated.
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1130K, 7.1/5.1.2 audio
Sources: HTPC(Enby), PS3, XBOX360, Wii
Control: Harmony One
More versatile than most and outperforms other players costing twice the price. A real value.
I have only had one, the Playstation 3.
What he said but I own the 83!
For that reason I would recommend the Sony Bdp-s5100. It's currently priced a $89 bucks. Thus representing outstanding value. Although it doesn't support every disc around, still supports SACD, does a great job with regular DVDs, supports all the streaming services including 5.1/7.1 bitstream output on the popular streaming services - Netflix, Amazon and Vudu, does a excellent job will local file playback over DLNA supporting the 3 main codecs (AVC, VC-1 and MPEG2) and doesn't need a power station to keep it running.
The PS3 suggested above has limited local file support, DVD playback looks poor in comparison to current players, consumes lots of power and is noisy. The Bluetooth remote is also difficult at integrating with universal remote systems. If you are a gamer and want BD player then it's fine, but for a dedicated player there are far better and cheaper solutions.
For slightly improved DVD and network streaming picture quality, the Sony S790 would be my next logical choice. It has most of the features of the sony BDP-S5100 but adds SBM to help reduce banding (working well for network services) and improved noise reduction if you choose to use it. Also offers duel hdmi output to support legacy equipment for 3d.
I have a feeling it will be replaced by a Xbox One in a few weeks though. Hopefully control using Kinect is easy to use and works well.
For me PS3 has served amazing. Integrates with my old receiver through optical link.
I played around with some "Smart" Samsung TVs, the UI was slow/sluggish. Damn I hated it so much.
Since I setup my projector a year ago, I watch 2 - 3 blu rays every week. I am yet to experience a single glitch.
Besides blu ray, we are on Netflix/Amazon Prime for 2-3 hours everyday. Everything runs smooth and the device response is excellent.
With DLNA to Plex Media Service, I get full episodes for my favorite shows. However I wish there was a Plex app for PS3.
And yes occasional Uncharted... to top it off...
keep eye on sony s-790 possible sucessor, the BDP-A6000
The toshiba BDX6400, there´s some fuzz about the chip Marseille VTV-1222 with "quasi" 4K upscaling
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