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post #10021 of 16459
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Geez.........What do you think the 'search this thread' tool is for? It magically reduced it to 68 posts in 0.11 secs.

GM

Yanno, if I wanted to hear from an a-hole, I would have pm'd you directly. In the future, if you can't answer someone's question, then just stfu.

a-hole.
post #10022 of 16459
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Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post

Geez...10,000 replies....

More like 9500 questions with 500 actual replies to them.
post #10023 of 16459
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Originally Posted by itsloud View Post

I'm finally getting rid of my PS3 and going standalone. I don't game and the noise of the PS3's fan irritates me.

I'm down to the Pansonic DMP-BD85K and the Sony BDP-S570. The Pansonic can be had for $10 cheaper, but that's not a huge issue. My requirement list:

1) Good load times
2) Picture quality
3) Netflix use, possibly other streaming options, but Netflix is #1
4) I do not care about 3D one bit
5) Wife factor. Has to be user friendly menu wise

I have an Onkyo 606 receiver it'll be working with.

Thanks and much appreciate.

After much thought and research I just pulled the trigger on the Panasonic DMP-BD85K. I based my decision mainly on my experience with previous Panasonics DMP-10AK and DMP-BD55. Those two units performed flawlessly and had great PQ and up-conversion. The only other Blu-ray player I have owned is a Samsung BD-P1500 which had all kinds of glitches and sounded like a garbage disposal when you started it up.

I wish that Oppo had streaming in their players. I would have gone that direction if they had. I also wanted to be able to stream Vudu and I am holding out that Panasonic will eventually add it. For now I will continue to use my Vudu box for HDX 1080P rentals.

I can now eliminate one box from my HT rack and from everything I have heard the DMP-BD85K loads much quicker. I am sure I will be very happy with my choice.
post #10024 of 16459
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Originally Posted by dgolombowski View Post

After much thought and research I just pulled the trigger on the Panasonic DMP-BD85K. I based my decision mainly on my experience with previous Panasonics DMP-10AK and DMP-BD55. Those two units performed flawlessly and had great PQ and up-conversion. The only other Blu-ray player I have owned is a Samsung BD-P1500 which had all kinds of glitches and sounded like a garbage disposal when you started it up.

I wish that Oppo had streaming in their players. I would have gone that direction if they had. I also wanted to be able to stream Vudu and I am holding out that Panasonic will eventually add it. For now I will continue to use my Vudu box for HDX 1080P rentals.

I can now eliminate one box from my HT rack and from everything I have heard the DMP-BD85K loads much quicker. I am sure I will be very happy with my choice.


Im close to the same decision. I have been going back and forth on this and am trying to close the decision out soon. Below are the choices I am on:

1. Panasonic DMP-BD85K (price and network)
2. Denon 2010ci (pq/aq, style)
3. Oppo 83 (pq, aq, load speed, but not price)

Between those three advise would be awesome. In order of importance (things have changed as I have read more) for me are as follows:
1. Price
2. Picture Quality
3. Audio Quality via optical (but upgrading to HDMI sooner than later)
4. Load speeds
5. Style (yup, I like things to look good)
6. Network ability (youtube, etc...netflix is hooked up via xbox360)

My TV is 60" Kuro 141fd

This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make regarding home theater gear...holy moly!
post #10025 of 16459
I have the oppo and the 85 player. the oppo does not have netflx or streaming, but its the better player.

Jacob
post #10026 of 16459
I would go with the 85. I have seen both & the quality of the oppo is not that much better to justify the difference in price.
post #10027 of 16459
are you sure about that chuck?

you are totally wrong about it.

Jacob
post #10028 of 16459
I've been a long time supporter of Panasonic, but the Sony BDP-S570 is the best Blu-ray player I've used (I've owned a lot of BD players). It is crazy fast at loading and has a good UI. It's Netflix is quite a bit better than any other unit I've used (I never have to wait for buffering...though it would be nice to be able to search).

I also love the fact that I can download a free app to my iPhone and use it to control the Sony. It makes searching YouTube way faster than fumbling with their remote.
post #10029 of 16459
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Originally Posted by Jacob305 View Post

are you sure about that chuck?

you are totally wrong about it.

Jacob

The oppo is the better player but not by enough to be almost double the price. So yes I'm sure.
post #10030 of 16459
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Originally Posted by Jacob305 View Post

are you sure about that chuck?

you are totally wrong about it.

Jacob

I concur with Chuck. Which of the features listed is the Oppo so much better at that it's worth twice the price?

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Originally Posted by Mohillian View Post

Between those three advise would be awesome. In order of importance (things have changed as I have read more) for me are as follows:
1. Price
2. Picture Quality
3. Audio Quality via optical (but upgrading to HDMI sooner than later)
4. Load speeds
5. Style (yup, I like things to look good)
6. Network ability (youtube, etc...netflix is hooked up via xbox360)

Price? Panny
PQ? They're equal
Audio via optical? Equal
Load Speed? Oppo
Style? Oppo
Networking? Panny
post #10031 of 16459
Hi guys,

Loving the info in this thread, however I'm looking for a player that excels in streaming, expecially pandora or other music services. I have an HTPC, but I'd like to be able to run pandora (or similar) without having the TV on. Do the displays on the players provide enough info to do this? Fast load times of course are preferred but as I said, streaming services will probably be the main use. Wired or wireless is fine.

Set up is: LG 55LH90 and Onkyo 608 (5.1).

Thanks
post #10032 of 16459
I'm hoping for a recommendation.


Here is my situation. I was planning on using the PS3 as a 3D Blu Ray player. Then, I find out that if I use the PS3 for 3D Blu Rays, I get the 3D, but I don't get lossless audio at the same time. I've got a nice sound setup, and my receiver can do lossless, so I'm thinking I should just get a standalone. Thing is, I wasn't ever thinking I was going to need to go this route, and I don't really want to have to spend a bunch of cash on this.

Are there any cheapo 3D compatible blu ray players that will fit the bill? I'm going to have to use a HDMI repeater with it, because my AVR isn't 3D compliant. I know that one Panasonic player has two hdmi outputs, but isn't it like $400 or something? I'm trying to spend more like $180. I think monoprice sells a hdmi repeater that would probably work for like $65 shipped. I'm going to need one of those anyways for use with the PS3 and 3D PS3 games with lossless sound like Wipeout HD and Super Stardust HD.
post #10033 of 16459
Panasonic 85 does have netflix and its cool. but the bdlive does not work on the Panasonic 85 unlike the oppo where is does work.

Jacob
post #10034 of 16459
Although I sure some people may enjoy the added content that BDLIVE may provide on some discs, I don't recall seeing many (if any) posts where it was a priority in the decision making process of which BD player to buy; however, even a quick glance through the posts will show that streaming is a highly demanded function for a large number of consumers trying to find a machine that has the best combo of features versus performance for an affordable price.
post #10035 of 16459
I just wanted to point out the problem that the panasonic player has. it would get a higher rating if the bdlive worked. I prefer the easy use with the oppo player. also that I can change things during the movie with the setup menu. also change the subtitle level as well.
the oppo is also faster as a player then the panasonic.

Jacob
post #10036 of 16459
BD live works fine on the 85. The only problem is you have to wait a few minutes after boot up before it's available. I'd classify that more as a operational quirk than a something that doesn't work at all. Or are you saying there's a particular title it won't work with at all?
post #10037 of 16459
unlike other players.. where you can load up one bd live title after another. the bd live quit after you eject the first title. then it wont play others bdlive titles. i have to eject the title again to get it to work. which is a pain when you have to wait a while on the panasonic.

Jacob
post #10038 of 16459
For those who want an Oppo, but want streaming. Look in the players forum. Oppo announced a new BDP-93, complete with wireless streaming.

I'm on the fence about Oppo being worth more than 2x the price of the panasonic and I also have both. A big factor for me was DVD upconversion having a large library. The oppo is king in that regard. The BDP-85 is pretty darn good as well. Oppo is indeed the better player, but worth more than 2x? I doubt it.

For now I'll keep my two player solution of the BDP-85 for netflix and the Oppo for BD/DVD/SACD/CD playback. Occasionally we watch a a movie through the panny when we don't want to fire up the reciever.
post #10039 of 16459
Great they announce it two days after I picked up the BDP-85!
post #10040 of 16459
Can anybody recommend a good Blu-Ray player that can play Divx files, and also play them from a USB external drive? These are my only requirements, but I would would prefer something under $200.

Thanks.
post #10041 of 16459
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Originally Posted by neomulemi6 View Post

Can anybody recommend a good Blu-Ray player that can play Divx files, and also play them from a USB external drive? These are my only requirements, but I would would prefer something under $200.

Thanks.

Not directly what you wanted but I am planing on getting a device for this and the panny 65 for blu ray and streaming. Total cost will be around 215 and get the best of all worlds without compromising on hard drive playback or stability.
post #10042 of 16459
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Originally Posted by dgolombowski View Post

Great they announce it two days after I picked up the BDP-85!

I wouldn't worry much about it. The BDP-85 is a fine player for way less than half the price. Had I bought it first, I'd probably never have thought about buying the Oppo.
post #10043 of 16459
I made the mistake of purchasing a Panasonic BD605K, only to find that it neither plays videos from the USB port, or play DivX files at all. I'm not sure if the BD60 is any different, I can't seem to find any concrete info on this.
post #10044 of 16459
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Originally Posted by neomulemi6 View Post

I made the mistake of purchasing a Panasonic BD605K, only to find that it neither plays videos from the USB port, or play DivX files at all. I'm not sure if the BD60 is any different, I can't seem to find any concrete info on this.

No the 60 will not play those files. Neither will the bd65. To play divx or avi files you will have to step up to the bd85.
post #10045 of 16459
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

I wouldn't worry much about it. The BDP-85 is a fine player for way less than half the price. Had I bought it first, I'd probably never have thought about buying the Oppo.

My ultimate goal is to have a Blu-ray player that streams both Netflix and Vudu which I use quite a bit. Panasonic has been slow to add partners and I am hoping Oppo would be more likely to add Vudu as a streaming partner.
post #10046 of 16459
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Originally Posted by neomulemi6 View Post

I made the mistake of purchasing a Panasonic BD605K, only to find that it neither plays videos from the USB port, or play DivX files at all. I'm not sure if the BD60 is any different, I can't seem to find any concrete info on this.

The 605 is the warehouse version of the 60. The only difference is that the 605 comes with a HDMI cable.
post #10047 of 16459
So the BD85 can play divx files both from DVD and USB, and is the best way to go?
post #10048 of 16459
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Originally Posted by dgolombowski View Post

My ultimate goal is to have a Blu-ray player that streams both Netflix and Vudu which I use quite a bit. Panasonic has been slow to add partners and I am hoping Oppo would be more likely to add Vudu as a streaming partner.

VuDu is VERY nice, I will say that. It's unfortunate they aren't on more players. I think only LG has them on their players right now(I dunno about TV offerings).

I just went thru some players to finally find what I think is the keeper. Since this will be my 3rd player(PS3 and LG BD390 also) and also for the bedroom, I was concentrating more on what streaming content was available for each, as well as a lower price.

I started with the LG BD550. NICE interface and it had VuDu(which I love) and few other offering. However, since I already hae the LG BD390, the streaming content was basically duplicated. The only thing missing on the LG390, that I would use is Pandora. So I decided to try the Panny DMR-BD65 which is also nice, although it's interface is a bit clunkier. It did have some nice streaming content, including Amazon, but no VuDu. It did have Twitter and FOX Sports coming soon too.

I then read up on the Sonys and their streaming content. So I tried the BDP-S470(since it was only $20 more than the low end S370 and does include 3D for down the road). I can say, it definitely has the most streaming content of any of the players I have tried, although again, it lacks VuDu. It does have a lot more things that I would actually use tho in Amazon, YouTube, Flixster(I love them) and some propietary content which is nice too. I will say tho that I don't really care for their interface beyond the X Bar. They stick to the same interface for all their content, so while it works well for some content, it's horrible for others. It makes things like YouTube searches clunky as heck. Nowhere near the effectiveness of the LG.

Anyway, I think I will be sticking with the Sony, even with it's shortcomings, since I am more interested in the streaming content this time around.
post #10049 of 16459
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Originally Posted by neomulemi6 View Post

So the BD85 can play divx files both from DVD and USB, and is the best way to go?

Yes the bd85 will handle those files . Almost every manufacturer makes units that play divx but for the price & quality the 85 is a good choice.
post #10050 of 16459
I need a blu-ray player that is under $150, and has netflix streaming capabilities.

I prefer Amazon, since I have the prime service. But will go to other sites as long as its under $150 shipped.

What is the best option?
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