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post #1051 of 1364
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Originally Posted by mnvideo View Post

HELP!!! I have Sony BDP=BX2 that will not play blue ray dvd's, I get an "invalid" message and the front of the machine and a cannot play on the tv screen. Any quick fix? Any ideas? I have connected it to the net and it states latest updates installed.
Thanks for the help, John

Did you try to do a full reset of the player?
post #1052 of 1364
Do you need an upconverting DVD player in addition to the s360? Or in addition to a 70 series player? I notice MrHT that you have both. I've read here and there that the BDPs don't play DVDs that great, I've also read that they do, guess it depends on the player.

I missed out on the new/sealed s360 for $60 that I had mentioned, the craigslister changed his mind and gave it away.

I bought the Sony upconverting player at Costco, $60, and tested it on my 42" Panny G25 1080p plasma using the HDMI connection, then the composite connection, no difference! Seems like that was a waste of $ and should have put it towards a BDP. I wonder if my TV did the upconverting.

So Costco has the s360, s370, and the s570...would they all play DVDs just as good as the $60 DVD upconverter? Any of those play DVDs better than the stand-alone upconverter? What would be my best option?

My public library has limited BDs at the moment, will mostly be playing DVDs for a while.
post #1053 of 1364
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Originally Posted by BeKind437 View Post

Do you need an upconverting DVD player in addition to the s360? Or in addition to a 70 series player? I notice MrHT that you have both. I've read here and there that the BDPs don't play DVDs that great, I've also read that they do, guess it depends on the player.

No, the S360 upconverts DVDs.

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Originally Posted by BeKind437 View Post

I missed out on the new/sealed s360 for $60 that I had mentioned, the craigslister changed his mind and gave it away.

I bought the Sony upconverting player at Costco, $60, and tested it on my 42" Panny G25 1080p plasma using the HDMI connection, then the composite connection, no difference! Seems like that was a waste of $ and should have put it towards a BDP. I wonder if my TV did the upconverting.

So Costco has the s360, s370, and the s570...would they all play DVDs just as good as the $60 DVD upconverter? Any of those play DVDs better than the stand-alone upconverter? What would be my best option?

The BD players upconvert as good, if not better, than the $60 DVD player.

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Originally Posted by BeKind437 View Post

My public library has limited BDs at the moment, will mostly be playing DVDs for a while.

Ok. Or you can join Netflix for $11/mth and rent BDs.
-Best,
John
post #1054 of 1364
Anybody notice an occasional picture interruption (glitch) accompanied by loud audio crack when playing dvds (particularly home-recorded ones, but may occur with regular movie dvd, as well) and using the hdmi connection on this player? It's kind of annoying!

Is it something in the player, or an unfortunate interaction with my particular Samsung display? This was never a problem when I used to use my ps3 for the same tasks, using hdmi, and the same display. I've tried using a different hdmi jack on the display, but the problem did not disappear.
post #1055 of 1364
I have tried a few things, what is a "Full" reset?
Thanks, John
post #1056 of 1364
can anyone tell me if there's a way to hook up an ipod thru usb to this blu ray player?
post #1057 of 1364
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

Anybody notice an occasional picture interruption (glitch) accompanied by loud audio crack when playing dvds (particularly home-recorded ones, but may occur with regular movie dvd, as well) and using the hdmi connection on this player? It's kind of annoying!

No problems like that here. Try getting a new HDMI cable.

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Originally Posted by bubbsy View Post

can anyone tell me if there's a way to hook up an ipod thru usb to this blu ray player?

Nope, you can't do that with this player.
post #1058 of 1364
Hi all,

I'm on my second BDP S360, which Target had on sale.

One of the features that attracted me was stereo analog outputs, since I have an Onkyo legacy stereo receiver. The Onkyo has only analog inputs.

I want to run the audio into the Onkyo because I want the Blu-Ray to serve as a replacement to my CD player as well as being able to play DVDs. (If I have to have a dedicated coaster player, it might as well play a couple of different types of coasters.) Also, I don't want to have the (plasma) TV on all the time.

I first tried the cables provided with the player, then tried my own RCA cables. I also tried a couple of different inputs on the receiver - CD and video-2.

No sound out of right channel - or a loud buzzing out of the right channel when I first turn the unit on.

I exchanged the unit for another last week and tried again this morning - still no dice. Called Sony and was on the phone with tech support for about an hour, trying various settings. Nothing worked.

I have a Verizon STB connected via analog audio inputs to the Onkyo. No issues there (once I had a decent set of cables in the mix).

Has anyone else had this problem?

There is an optical-analog audio converter on the market but I don't feel like spending $50-$100 more on that product, which according to Amazon's reviews is not the most reliable.

Thanks for any suggestions/hacks.
post #1059 of 1364
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Originally Posted by MrHT View Post

No problems like that here. Try getting a new HDMI cable.

It's worth a try, but honestly, why would it just effect dvd playback, and not BR movie playback?
post #1060 of 1364
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

It's worth a try, but honestly, why would it just effect dvd playback, and not BR movie playback?

Is your player set to 24fps for Blu-ray?
post #1061 of 1364
I didn't find a solution. I just called sony support and I have to mail the blu ray so they can send a replacement. Not thrilled about this, but I guess it's better than nothing.
post #1062 of 1364
There is no "solution." If your unit will not play Blu-rays, it's obviously bricked and yes, you need to call Sony Support and have them fix it for you.
post #1063 of 1364
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Originally Posted by MrHT View Post

Is your player set to 24fps for Blu-ray?

That's an interesting point! Yes, I believe it is. I will have to go back and examine what this player is doing with 24 fps material put on a 60i format.
post #1064 of 1364
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky View Post

That's an interesting point! Yes, I believe it is. I will have to go back and examine what this player is doing with 24 fps material put on a 60i format.

Then turn it off and see if the glitch occurs on Blu-ray as well.
post #1065 of 1364
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Originally Posted by djetson103 View Post

Hi all,

I'm on my second BDP S360, which Target had on sale.

One of the features that attracted me was stereo analog outputs, since I have an Onkyo legacy stereo receiver. The Onkyo has only analog inputs.

I want to run the audio into the Onkyo because I want the Blu-Ray to serve as a replacement to my CD player as well as being able to play DVDs. (If I have to have a dedicated coaster player, it might as well play a couple of different types of coasters.) Also, I don't want to have the (plasma) TV on all the time.

I first tried the cables provided with the player, then tried my own RCA cables. I also tried a couple of different inputs on the receiver - CD and video-2.

No sound out of right channel - or a loud buzzing out of the right channel when I first turn the unit on.

I exchanged the unit for another last week and tried again this morning - still no dice. Called Sony and was on the phone with tech support for about an hour, trying various settings. Nothing worked.

I have a Verizon STB connected via analog audio inputs to the Onkyo. No issues there (once I had a decent set of cables in the mix).

Has anyone else had this problem?

There is an optical-analog audio converter on the market but I don't feel like spending $50-$100 more on that product, which according to Amazon's reviews is not the most reliable.

Thanks for any suggestions/hacks.

Just to make sure...If you took the right lead from teh Sony and put it into the left input for teh CD player, do you get sound? If so, its the Onkyo and not the player. If you don't get sound, take it back and exchange it for another.

I use my S360 as my dedicated 'coaster" player as you put iy. I have teh anlog outputss going to the analog inputs to my receiver for the CD player input. It works really well.
post #1066 of 1364
hi all
i want to buy this player (sony bdp s360) for replace my old lg bh100
i've an infocus x9 projector (hd ready 720p) ...Who knows how this player work in downscaling??
it affected by chroma bug, or other similar error?
thanks and sorry for my bad english
post #1067 of 1364
has anybody tried to get the 360 to stream netflix by using the disc sony supplies for the ps3? i don' t suppose it would, but i was wondering whether anyone has tried.
post #1068 of 1364
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Originally Posted by billi16 View Post

hi all
i want to buy this player (sony bdp s360) for replace my old lg bh100
i've an infocus x9 projector (hd ready 720p) ...Who knows how this player work in downscaling??
it affected by chroma bug, or other similar error?
thanks and sorry for my bad english

There was a web site that used to measure and rate all the different DVD players but they stopped a few years ago. Most quality brand players use advanced chips that do not have the problems exhibited low quality DVD players from a few years back.

The S360 is a good relatively low cost player and the output will be just a good as the expensive upconverting players of a few years ago. It should be fine for downscaling to 720p. If possible you could buy and try it, and return it if the performance is not acceptable.
post #1069 of 1364
Hey, tried to search the forums for help with this, but I think my keywords just draw too much from too many different threads. I'm a frequent lurker here, but not so frequent poster.

Anyhow, my sony blu ray 560 won't play Superman II: Richard Donner Cut. I've tried two disks, both times it refuses to load the movie, it just stays on a black screen. one time i got ti to load up, but it skipped constantly and the audio was out of sync with the video.

When I queued my player to update, it said, "Already Updated."

This is the first problem I've ever had with the player. It's played everything else without any problem to speak of.

Any ideas?
post #1070 of 1364
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Originally Posted by CrowdedBeachInSp View Post

Hey, tried to search the forums for help with this, but I think my keywords just draw too much from too many different threads. I'm a frequent lurker here, but not so frequent poster.

Anyhow, my sony blu ray 560 won't play Superman II: Richard Donner Cut. I've tried two disks, both times it refuses to load the movie, it just stays on a black screen. one time i got ti to load up, but it skipped constantly and the audio was out of sync with the video.

When I queued my player to update, it said, "Already Updated."

This is the first problem I've ever had with the player. It's played everything else without any problem to speak of.

Any ideas?

Superman II is not even a BD-Java disc, so I don't understand why it wouldn't play. Are you sure that's the ONLY movie your 560 is having trouble with? If so, then maybe you got two defective discs. In that case, try exchanging again.

I played Superman I on my 360 and had no trouble. Since Superman I & II were released the EXACT same date on Blu-ray with the same authoring standard, then Superman II should play fine if the first Superman can play. Like I said, I think you just got two bad discs. Also, make sure the discs aren't damaged.
post #1071 of 1364
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Originally Posted by MrHT View Post

Superman II is not even a BD-Java disc, so I don't understand why it wouldn't play. Are you sure that's the ONLY movie your 560 is having trouble with? If so, then maybe you got two defective discs. In that case, try exchanging again.

I played Superman I on my 360 and had no trouble. Since Superman I & II were released the EXACT same date on Blu-ray with the same authoring standard, then Superman II should play fine if the first Superman can play. Like I said, I think you just got two bad discs. Also, make sure the discs aren't damaged.

I've asked Netflix for a third disc, I'll see what happens. I haven't checked every blu ray I own in the player, but I recently bought the Karate Kid movies (third one doesn't count) on blu ray and they played without a problem.

Thanks for your reply.
post #1072 of 1364
If it's a Netflix BD, then it's probably damaged. It was probably rented by so many people since it's an old release.
post #1073 of 1364
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Originally Posted by BPlayer View Post

There was a web site that used to measure and rate all the different DVD players but they stopped a few years ago. Most quality brand players use advanced chips that do not have the problems exhibited low quality DVD players from a few years back.

The S360 is a good relatively low cost player and the output will be just a good as the expensive upconverting players of a few years ago. It should be fine for downscaling to 720p. If possible you could buy and try it, and return it if the performance is not acceptable.

thanks!
i've bought the 560 and it works very well in 720p; just a little of aliasing in the border,but great quality picture!
Nice player!
post #1074 of 1364
I think there IS something to the idea that 60 Hz material triggers the video/audio blip issue over hdmi. I just noticed it while playing a br, but it was the movie extras stuff which isn't 24p.
post #1075 of 1364
I always had my player set to 60 Hz and have not had a single problem playing Blu-ray movies, the extras, or any DVDs. From what I read, this player tends to be picky with certain cheap HDMI cables, so maybe that's it. But I got my HDMI cable off of Ebay for like $5 and it has never had an issue with this player. Try getting cheap cables at Monoprice. You can never go wrong with those.
post #1076 of 1364
I recently picked up a bdp-bx2 from Costco, but cannot get a picture via HDMI with my TV (KDL-46V3000) or receiver (Denon avr-1610) - I have tried different HDMI cables, reset the BR, disabled 24p. I can get a picture over component at 1080i, but it won't let me select HDMI as the output. From the TV, if I enable HDMI control, it doesn't detect the BR.

Any other suggestions on how to resolve before I take it back to Costco? Thanks
post #1077 of 1364
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Originally Posted by phanattic View Post

I recently picked up a bdp-bx2 from Costco, but cannot get a picture via HDMI with my TV (KDL-46V3000) or receiver (Denon avr-1610) - I have tried different HDMI cables, reset the BR, disabled 24p. I can get a picture over component at 1080i, but it won't let me select HDMI as the output. From the TV, if I enable HDMI control, it doesn't detect the BR.

Any other suggestions on how to resolve before I take it back to Costco? Thanks

Is your TV HDMI 1.3 compatible? It sounds like it isn't. I heard this player will not work via HDMI if your TV isn't HDMI 1.3 or above.
post #1078 of 1364
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Originally Posted by MrHT View Post

Is your TV HDMI 1.3 compatible? It sounds like it isn't. I heard this player will not work via HDMI if your TV isn't HDMI 1.3 or above.

Yes it is.
post #1079 of 1364
If you're 100% sure, then definitely take it back to Costco. They have the most generous return policy ever, so there shouldn't be a problem getting a refund or exchange.
post #1080 of 1364
I have a home theater setup with a Sony BDPS360 Blu-ray player, Marantz SR6004 AV receiver, and a Sony KDL52EX700 Bravia HDTV. Ever since I installed the system, I have had nothing but problems with getting the Blu-ray player to handshake properly with the television.

I have my home theater set up so that my BD player outputs video and audio via HDMI to my AV Receiver, and then the AV receiver decodes the bitstream audio and passes the video on to my Bravia TV via HDMI.

The AV Receiver has 2 HDMI outputs to connect to a TV, and for some reason, the Blu-ray player is able to handshake some of the time when the Bravia TV is connected to output 2, but never over output 1. Whenever the BD player attempts to handshake with the TV over output 1, tragedy ensues and white snow appears and the screen blinks on and off frequently.

Even when the AV receiver uses output 2, problems still arise. The player will handshake properly when it starts up and starts playing the disc, but will sometimes fail and display snow and blink when the disc is ejected or if I try to stop the disc and exit to the player's main menu. The reason why it has to re-handshake when returning to the player menu is because the player is switching from 1080/24p (from playing the movie) and switching back to 1080/60p for the menu system. Ironically, it has no issues when switching from the player menu 1080/60p to 1080/24p when you start playing the disc initially.

I originally suspected that the Marantz receiver was the source of the problems, but have ruled that out because I have replaced the receiver and the problem still occurs. I then tried using a different HDTV, a Samsung 32" (I don't have the model number; I borrowed it from a neighbor). When I plugged in this TV, the handshaking worked immaculately over both output 1 and output 2 from the AV receiver; no snow, no blinking at all. It was at this point that I concluded that the problem must be with the television.

A few phone calls later, I had a Sony tech show up at my door to replace my Bravia's motherboard. After the motherboard was replaced, the problem still ensued. As a last test, I tried swapping my other BDPS360 blu-ray player (I own two of the same model) with the one in this setup. When I did, I noticed that I could actually get the player to handshake over output 1 and output 2 on my AV receiver with my Bravia TV. However, the player still has issues whenever it has to switch resolutions from 1080/24p to 1080/60p for the player's menu system.

I'm really not sure what to do at this point, and who to point the finger at. I'm not sure if the problem is my Blu-ray player, and if the one I replaced it with is the best resolution I will find. I am less inclined to believe this, however, because the Samsung TV/Marantz Receiver/Sony BD Player test showed instantaneous handshaking with no hiccups. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the fact that the two devices on the ends are Sony products with a Marantz product in the middle. Any help would be greatly appreciated; thanks for all of your help!

Here are some of the details of the settings I have changed in order to get this to work some of the time.

BD Player:
Output resolution: 1080p
Audio output priority: HDMI
Audio output: Direct
1080/24p output: yes
HDMI Control: off

Marantz Receiver:
Output resolution: Through
HDMI Output: Output 2
HDMI lip sync: off

I set the input "BLURAY" to HDMI on the input table and also disabled video-upconversion.

Bravia TV:
I set the input HDMI 4 to always be active instead of the standard setting of "auto"
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