Originally Posted by bhurlbert
I am new to Blu-Ray players and am trying to decide between the Panasonic DMP-BD85K vs Sony BDP-S370. I can get the Panasonic for $125 directly from Panasonic or the Sony for $100 from multiple stores.
So, it looks like the Panasonic gives me the wi-fi connectivity built-in and the Sony does not. Are there any other differences? My wife thinks that Sony has a better reputation for quality. Currently, we do not stream any movies and have not used any on-line video resources, although our teenage boys might like that feature. If the MSRP is any indication, the Panasonic lists for $250 and Sony for $180 with only $25 difference in price on sale, the Panny sounds like a better deal.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
PS: I am leaning towards a Panasonic 50" G25 for a TV, but may have to put that off for a short while since my 15+ year old 32" Curtis Mathes tube TV is still working. I just bought a Epson 8350 projector and the wife does not understand why we would need to replace a working TV.
I briefly had a Sony S470 (essentially an S370 with 3D) before returning it and getting the BD85. I think the BD85 is a much better value that's magnified by how close prices for both players are now. Obvious differences are the BD85 has analog outputs if you need them, and comes with a detachable wifi adapter (you can sell it to G20/G25/VT20/VT25 plasma owners if you don't need it!). If 3D is important, then note the BD85 doesn't support 3D while the S470 does.
Although I like the sexy look of Sony's XROSS interface compared to Panny's boring/plain interface, I ran some tests and noticed the S470 didn't play my Stargate SG-1 TV DVD collection properly (I have it on Youtube if you want to see the hiccup during playback).
Physically, the BD85 has a much heftier chassis and has nice feet which elevates the bottom off your shelf. That's nice because lots of BD players get hot on the bottom. The BD85 also has some vents in the chassis.
One of the more practical differences I noticed was the BD85 is very quiet during playback. I could hear an annoying whine from my S470 which was a deal breaker.
Chris Boylan does thorough and technical reviews, check out his BD85 review here:http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Pa...y-Player.shtml
Here's the BD85 thread (Panny just updated the firmware to add Vudu to the Vieracast suite of streaming internet applications, it works well):http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post19550250