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post #1231 of 1791
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Originally Posted by gadgtfreek View Post

Ive had my 500 since May 2012, and its been great so far. Granted its been double duty with an Oppo 103, but for blu-ray I have no regrets using it in place of the Oppo. Seems like the 2013 players have had a few bumbs, but this thing works great for me.

Unfortunately the Panasonic lost the race for one crucial reason - unable to FF/RW videos played over DLNA. I suspect this is because almost all videos have to be transcoded, but either way it was a deal breaker. I went with the 103 due to analog 7.1 out and superior PQ to the S790. I'm not necessarily saying the 103 is better than all, just better for me.
post #1232 of 1791
103 offers a lot of options, but if you are mainly watching blu-ray over HDMI, not worth the money basically. I tried a 790 out, and while it performs well I hate their XMB menu. Streaming is not an issue either, I just use the roku for that.
post #1233 of 1791
Has anyone ever compared the BD-55 to this 500 model?
post #1234 of 1791
Does the BDT-500 upscale to 4K?
post #1235 of 1791
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Originally Posted by lorism View Post

Does the BDT-500 upscale to 4K?

NO
post #1236 of 1791
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Originally Posted by lorism View Post

Has anyone ever compared the BD-55 to this 500 model?

I owned a 35, 85, 220 and 500. 35 to 85 was a PQ difference on Blu IMO, but nothing really from 85 to 500. Biggest thing from 85 to 220/500 for me was updated interface (looks better) and faster.
post #1237 of 1791
Any difference/improvement in the analogue section with this 500? They advertise the quad burr brown dacs pretty heavily.
post #1238 of 1791
Ordered my BDP-500 today - $214 shipped and taxes! Too good a price to pass up.

Can't wait to get it hooked up in place of my BDP-35.
post #1239 of 1791
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Originally Posted by lorism View Post

Any difference/improvement in the analogue section with this 500? They advertise the quad burr brown dacs pretty heavily.

Sorry, I use HDMI only. Main reason I went with the 500 is I like the look, more premium. Im not a big fan of the current frisbee players. Previously in the thread people have stated the analog audio sounds good out of the player, if you use that.
post #1240 of 1791
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Originally Posted by lorism View Post

Ordered my BDP-500 today - $214 shipped and taxes! Too good a price to pass up.

Can't wait to get it hooked up in place of my BDP-35.

Wow, good price! Where from?
post #1241 of 1791
Amazon had it for $199 a day or two ago.
post #1242 of 1791
They still did this morning and I ordered one for $199.
post #1243 of 1791
Ya I got mine from Amazon. $199 is the cheapest I have seen this unit brand new.
post #1244 of 1791
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Originally Posted by lorism View Post

Ya I got mine from Amazon. $199 is the cheapest I have seen this unit brand new.




It's been skirting the $200 price point since the player came out. That's what I paid back then. You just have to be patient.
post #1245 of 1791
Bought the Marine Aquarium BluRay Disc, Special Collectors Edition. Supposed to be 114min long but has been playing continuously for well over 24Hours, Haha.
I use the SDHC slot for a "Screen Saver" Slide Show Works/Looks Great!
post #1246 of 1791
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Originally Posted by lorism View Post

Any difference/improvement in the analogue section with this 500? They advertise the quad burr brown dacs pretty heavily.

I wish someone would chime in that has used both because, unlike gadgtfreek, I'm using the 5.1 analog section. I bought this player for that very reason as my Pioneer Elite VSX-21 doesn't have HDMI. It really sounds great to me and I like everything else about it too, especially the way it looks.

Sorry I can't compare it with HDMI but awhile back I did read a reputable review about this player and the reviewer that tested this player came to the conclusion that there is no difference in the sound between Analog Audio Output and HDMI. I just wish I could remember where I read this. Heck, I can't hear as good as I use to anyway so if there was a difference I wouldn't be able to tell it. I do like the flexibility of this player though.

Al
Edited by Angler55 - 7/13/13 at 2:23pm
post #1247 of 1791
Just got my 500 and have barely gotten it put of the box. Setup was easy and I like the menus but they can be a little sluggish at times to navigate with my Harmony (may be able to fix that). Updated the firmware as it was a few behind and so far so good. Haven't watch a whole movie yet but, I watched a few scenes of Star Trek and Despicable Me. Picture quality is great, very satisfied. Can't wait to get my new TV so I can try out the 3D.

Had one issue, with secondary audio turned on I was getting constant audio dropouts. Is this normal? Once I turned it off I've had no problems and I'll probably never turn it on again, never did on my old player. Just wondering if others have experienced the same thing?

Do have a couple other questions. Is there a quick way to access the "playback info" screen during a movie? Just odd to have to hit option and then scroll through a menu to find it. Are there any BD movies that historically give this player a tough time, any that it just refuses to load? Also, any good tips to get the best out of this player would be appreciated. I've read that many suggest turning deep color off, why is that, does it create issue when it is turned on?

So far I really like it and I love the build quality of the player itself. Knocks the socks off the Sony BDP-S790 that I returned a few days ago.
post #1248 of 1791
No other way to get playback info.

No problem discs I know of.

I keep deep color off be cause I can't ever prove it helps, and AFAIK it can cause problems when on, bit that's rare.
post #1249 of 1791
Just got mine today and set up. I haven't had time to watch a full movie yet but the picture and sound quality is very nice from what I have seen so far - better than what I had. Of course now i'm able to decode HD sound properly with the 5.1 analogues vs the optical I was using before. This loads super quick too.

I didnt' change much of the settings - anyone have a summary of what should be the best settings for this unit?

I may play around with the 'tube' sound modes - right now 'sound effects' is turned off.
post #1250 of 1791
I usualy do not use Auto resolution, I like to force 1080p for handshake purposes. You need to set 24p to on or off depending on your display, same with color space (ycbcr 444 or 422). Id recommend Deep Color off, High Clarity Sound on, and Chroma Advanced with Pic Mode Normal.
post #1251 of 1791
Any particular reason why one would choose one of the color spaces over the other? Does this depend on the display quality?
post #1252 of 1791
Yes, as well as capability of the player. Spears and Munsil has good patterns for finding the best color space, since some displays can fail with some settings.

http://www.spearsandmunsil.com/portfolio/choosing-a-color-space-2/

If you dont want to grab the disc, you can generally get input in the owners thread for your display and find out peoples results.
post #1253 of 1791
What does High Clarity Sound do and, is it just for the analog outputs or HDMI as well?
post #1254 of 1791
It shuts off analog video when not in use so it does not create noise on the digital side.
post #1255 of 1791
Good to know but, I thought digital signals weren't affected by analog noise.
post #1256 of 1791
It could be to prevent other unneeded noise in the system. No one has proven it does anything extra, but it surely won't hurt. I feel its best to turn it on so that circuitry you are not using is turned off.
post #1257 of 1791
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Originally Posted by rolltide1017 View Post

Good to know but, I thought digital signals weren't affected by analog noise.
Bingo. Pure marketing BS. I'm glad I'm not the only one who recognizes that.
post #1258 of 1791
I misspoke, and its not "BS" depending on your setup. It applies to shutting off analog video circuitry if you do not need it, with regards to people who use analog audio.

If you use HDMI for everything, no affect either way.
post #1259 of 1791
Introducing analog noise on cables which carry digital signals reduces their noise margins. When there's too much noise, the signal can't get through reliably. There'll be occasional signal dropouts and similar problems. HDMI video does not include any error correction code, which is why long cables can cause "sparklies". The electrical resistance of those cables is enough to attenuate the digital video signal so that individual pixels are not received properly by the display. A high analog noise level would exacerbate that.
post #1260 of 1791
Seriously? Do you guys actually think the analog section of any modern player can have any effect whatsoever on the digital output? Why has this never been an issue in the history of digital disc players? Has any test or review ever shown such a thing, ever?
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