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Just a simple 3d BR Player?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
No need for wired or wireless internet. Just want to play 3D BR titles. The TV is already wireless internet setup. No DLNA needed. No SACD, just 3DBR, DVD and audio CDs.

Anything fit this bill?

I'm struggling. Seems like everything is tricked out and I suspect it is adding to the number of negative reviews.

Is there really any reason to have inet on the 3D BR player for just this function?

Jim
post #2 of 9
Don't want it, don't use it... there are plenty of positive reviews out there as well, and plenty of decent player. Just ignore the net features if you don't need them.
post #3 of 9
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Is there really any reason to have inet on the 3D BR player for just this function?

The main reason for having an internet connection for your blue ray player is to be able to painlessly get the firmware updates. These updates are more important than ever. You can't compare the blu-ray disks to the older regular DVD's. Blu Ray uses java script and thanks to the designers of java who like to make work for themselves, love to rewrite the code and update the authoring which requires the players to be in constant need of updates. If you don't use the internet you may be jumping through hoops to get those updates, by going to the manufacturer's website for maintenance support with your computer, downloading the update burning it to a CD and then putting the cd in the player to do the update. You will find out if you need the update when you try to play a new title and the menus lock up your player, or just won't play the disk at all. Trust me, you'll curse the day you fought connecting the internet cable to your player.

In my Home theater, I saw this coming about 8 years ago so I ran a Cat 5 cable from my router to the back of the equipment cabinet, then added a 5 port switch. While wifi is certainly easier today, not all equipment has wifi capability so having a wired switch to connect to has made the process easy. I now have 8 port switch back there and it is fully tapped out.

You don't have to use the added features like wigits for Blockbuster online, netflix, weather and childish games these players also have but the one thing you do want is internet player updates.

Then if you don't want to mess with the updates, you could always just stick to regular DVD's And in case you haven't figured out yet, 3D has nothing to do with this. It's BluRay that began the need for updating the firmware.
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Originally Posted by Don Landis View Post

The main reason for having an internet connection for your blue ray player is to be able to painlessly get the firmware updates. These updates are more important than ever. You can't compare the blu-ray disks to the older regular DVD's. Blu Ray uses java script and thanks to the designers of java who like to make work for themselves, love to rewrite the code and update the authoring which requires the players to be in constant need of updates. If you don't use the internet you may be jumping through hoops to get those updates, by going to the manufacturer's website for maintenance support with your computer, downloading the update burning it to a CD and then putting the cd in the player to do the update. You will find out if you need the update when you try to play a new title and the menus lock up your player, or just won't play the disk at all. Trust me, you'll curse the day you fought connecting the internet cable to your player.

In my Home theater, I saw this coming about 8 years ago so I ran a Cat 5 cable from my router to the back of the equipment cabinet, then added a 5 port switch. While wifi is certainly easier today, not all equipment has wifi capability so having a wired switch to connect to has made the process easy. I now have 8 port switch back there and it is fully tapped out.

You don't have to use the added features like wigits for Blockbuster online, netflix, weather and childish games these players also have but the one thing you do want is internet player updates.

Then if you don't want to mess with the updates, you could always just stick to regular DVD's And in case you haven't figured out yet, 3D has nothing to do with this. It's BluRay that began the need for updating the firmware.

Well said!
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Makes sense.

Thanks

jim
post #6 of 9
All that being said, is there a 3D BD player that would best for someone who is just interested in playing back movies without breaking the bank -looking to keep it under $200. My problem is I keep looking at general user reviews that are more negative than I would expect and it is throwing me in a circle(or spiral would be a better description). Thanks.
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post #8 of 9
Hi there, I purchased the Panasonic btd210 3d player on Amazon for 130.00 and am really happy with it. Has built in wi fi and everything you need for a simple 3d experience. PQ is excellent and even has a nice little hand wave sensor switch in top of the unit to open and close the drawer without fumbling for a button in the dark. For the money, hard to go past this model IMHO.
Good luck
post #9 of 9
The 210 is fantastic. I love it so much i bought a 310 as well for my older AV reciever. Now i gotta buy a new projector !
I also wanted to add how fast these players load discs. I think i timed Avatar at 14 seconds from insertion to main menu. All four of my BR players have been Panasonic and never once had an issue.
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