Originally Posted by PRO710HD
Well after swapping cables inputs etc and ruling them out I returned the BDT230 to Best Buy.
I'm wondering if I should try another 230 or just get something different.
Best Buy has the Sony S5100 3D player on sale for 99.99 and the S3100 on sale for 89.99
Are the Sony's just as good as the Panny's in terms of video and audio (5.1 channel) quality?
I have the BDT230 and the Sony BDP-BX510 (S5100)
They both have excellent picture and sound on Bluray playback - You wouldn't be able to tell them apart on a A/B video bench test. I do think the Sony is a tad bit better at upscaling certain DVDs.
However, IMO the Sony is a much better player overall. It's loads Bluray's a lot faster than the Panasonic. The menu system is responsive and not laggy like Panny's Vierra Connect. The Sony is also is a more capable streamer with better file support. It can play SACDs. And it doesn't freeze when turning off sometimes like my 230, even with the latest firmware. Also, the Sony has what I think are cool features like displaying bit rate information and it will tell you what encode (720p or 1080p) you're receiving while watching Netflix titles.Edited by LowBudget5.1 - 11/11/13 at 2:45am