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AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.

 

So, what are your favorite Blu-ray players? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Simply post a comment with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.

 

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I will be buying the Oppo 103D this Christmas.

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Does Sony Playstation 3/4 count?
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Does Sony Playstation 3/4 count?

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.


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Oppo BDP-103D, due to...

- codefree option
- Darbee integratiion
- Dual HDMI out
- excellent customer service

Just my two Cents

Cheers!

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P.S. Own the BDP-93 and I am happy with it... :-)
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1: Oppo BDP-103 is my top choice due to it's playback ability of Blu-ray and DVDs is absolutely top quality, it has dual HDMI outputs which is also handy and I am impressed with its solid build quality.
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....

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Oppo BDP-103D, due to...

- codefree option
- Darbee integratiion
- Dual HDMI out
- excellent customer service

Just my two Cents

Cheers!

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P.S. Own the BDP-93 and I am happy with it... :-)

What is the Darbee all about? Does it provice better pic quality thru HDMI?
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Sony BDP-BX58

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??
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What is the Darbee all about? Does it provice better pic quality thru HDMI?

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.
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What is the Darbee all about? Does it provice better pic quality thru HDMI?

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.


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Another vote for Oppo 103/103D.
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I'm enjoying my Oppo 103D.
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Put me down for the PS3 being my favorite. Of course, it's the only one I've ever owned, but I've never had a single problem with the Blu Ray playback on it. Network functionality is good as well (of course, being an online gaming machine with a decent amount of processing power helps)

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....
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i'm 'forced' to say ps3 as i haven't really noticed any difference between it and any other i've used(which is only the samsung 6500)

i'll be interested if anything other than an oppo gets nominated.
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Oppo 103.

More versatile than most and outperforms other players costing twice the price. A real value.


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I own both the PS3 and the Oppo BDP-93. I have to give the edge to the PS3 still being a bit more capable. There have been a few cases where I have received some beat up disks from Netflix and the Oppo wouldn't play them, but the PS3 would. Other than that I would say they both do an outstanding job.
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OPPO 103D. Easily. No question about it.


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Whatever Panasonic unit that is currently around the $100 price point. Cheap, reliable, reference quality playback. Besides that, a BD Rom drive to rip to your HTPC. Discs are for losers tongue.gif
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I have only had one, the Playstation 3. 

 
First I had the OG "FAT" 60GB Model, not sure I would recommend it only as a blu-ray player as it did get very loud before it died. 
Now using a: 
PS3 Slim 250GB model (2009), with an upgraded HDD to WD Black 750GB 7200RPM.
 
+ Amazing picture quality on Blu-Ray movies! (Keep in mind I have no comparision)
+ Regular updates, never had a disc not play
+ HDMI for 1080p interface/HD Audio formats & Optical output for older recivers and  DTS/DD
+ Plays movies (avi,wmv, mp4), music and pictures
+ Youtube and Netflix
+ Solid webbrowser
+ BD-Live and all that
+ Fairly silent
+ Slot loading drive
 
- Does not play MKV files
- Does not play .srt files
- Can get loud if running a long gaming session, and then loading a movie
- If you dont use the gaming functionality, its expensive compared to a similar solo Blu-Ray player
- Power consumption: 80 Watts for a Blu-Ray movie http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10318727-1.html
 
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I own only one, the Sony PS3. I see no reason to change that or get a different one. In fact when I built my HTPC, I did not include a Blu-Ray drive for that exact reason.
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Oppo BDP-103D, due to...

- codefree option
- Darbee integratiion
- Dual HDMI out
- excellent customer service

Just my two Cents

Cheers!

Markus

P.S. Own the BDP-93 and I am happy with it... :-)

What he said but I own the 83!

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Another vote for the Oppo 103D..... just got it a week ago and love it!

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Another vote for the Oppo BDP-103D here. I got mine last week, but unfortunately haven't been able to use it yet as my room for the new system is not ready yet. But I do have a BDP-93 and love it. My vote for the 130D comes from my understanding that it is an equally capable unit (if not better) and it comes with an extra toy in terms of the Darbee functionality that can be played with.
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Let's not kid ourselves. Most BD players available today all offer the same picture quality when playing BDs. Where they differ is additional features such as analog audio support, streaming services, local file playback, DVD image improvements and universal disc support along with some others.

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.
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I like the PS3 the most.

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.

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I don't know if it carries any weight since I have not used any other players.

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... smile.gif
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PS3 since 2006. I have had two models, the 60 gb ps2 compatible version that suffered the ylod twice, and the 80gb version that came with Wall E, LBP, a ps3 trailer bluray disc, and some dual shock 3 controllers. At the time of its launch, it was the best selling bluray player ever since it was cheap to buy compared to other models that were $1000 dollars. It runs blurays faster than my dad's which is a panasonic bluray player from 2008. The downside is that with the new fw update, 3d movies can't be heard in dolby true hd pcm, just lossy pcm in lower volume.
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I like the PS3. It plays discs, streams, is (and always has been) WiFi and also plays games. It does add some noise with the fan but other than that I have no complaints. However, if it broke tomorrow I'd have a hard time choosing between it and the Oppo 103.

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sony s-790
keep eye on sony s-790 possible sucessor, the BDP-A6000

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The toshiba BDX6400, there´s some fuzz about the chip Marseille VTV-1222 with "quasi" 4K upscaling


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