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post #10171 of 16455
Ok, looking around it seems like the Samsung BD-C6800, Panasonic DMP-BD85K, and Vizio VBR220 all have built-in wifi and apps (mainly Netflix). I know you can get adapters for the wifi-ready players, but from what I've seen the player+adapter is as expensive as a built-in wifi player. They are also all sub-$200, with the Vizio being the cheapest. 3D is not important to me, as by the time I have money for a 3D TV it'll be time for a new player.

So between these 3 which would people suggest? Or any other options I should consider that meet these criteria (sub-$200, built-in wifi, Netflix)? DVD picture quality and internet streaming reliability are most important to me.
post #10172 of 16455
Guys I just bought my first LED LCD Tv and looking for a new blu ray with ~$300 budget.

My set up is simple:

1. Tv: Smasung 46B8500 (supports HDMI 1.3)
2. Receiver: Pioneer VSX 1020 (supports HDMI 1.4)

I don't need an up conversion function or 3D.

Any thoughts ?
post #10173 of 16455
What do you need?
post #10174 of 16455
Ps3 slim, outgoing model less than ur budget and u can always add a cheap streamer for the diff I will save'
Just my 2 cents and in 2 days u will get netflix 1080 , 5.1 wow
post #10175 of 16455
I am in the market for a new BD player. I have between $500 - $1000 available for this project. I need advice on THE best PQ/AQ player in this price range. I do not care about features, streaming, 3D, etc. I just want superior AQ/PQ (SACD/DVDA would be nice too)...the player will be used for 90% movies and 10% music but via HDMI. I currently have the Sony BDPS-1000ES, but am annoyed with the extremely and excruciatingly long load/sync times, and black screen gap during a layer change issues when watching blu-rays in my dedicated theater. Thinking about the new Oppo BDP-93, but am wondering what my other options are for what I want. Thanks in advance for any advice all.
post #10176 of 16455
oppo 93 is the best choice.

Jacob
post #10177 of 16455
Any word on when these will hit the market? Review sites only seem to say sometime this fall...

NM...found it in the dedicated thread...Thanks...
post #10178 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by ABSiNTH View Post

I am in the market for a new BD player. I have between $500 - $1000 available for this project. I need advice on THE best PQ/AQ player in this price range. I do not care about features, streaming, 3D, etc. I just want superior AQ/PQ (SACD/DVDA would be nice too)...the player will be used for 90% movies and 10% music but via HDMI. I currently have the Sony BDPS-1000ES, but am annoyed with the extremely and excruciatingly long load/sync times, and black screen gap during a layer change issues when watching blu-rays in my dedicated theater. Thinking about the new Oppo BDP-93, but am wondering what my other options are for what I want. Thanks in advance for any advice all.

If all you want is BD PQ, any player will do.

If you really want to spend $500+, then yes, the Oppo 93 is the player.
post #10179 of 16455
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Originally Posted by tbergman View Post

My old tv, a toshiba tw56x81, had a tw2 mode that would vertically stretch a non anamorphic DVD to a viewable aspect ratio. My new samsung plasma does not. Is there a bluray player that will? Preferably 3d capable.
I know the quality will be awful but I still own a number of these.
Is there another way?

I thought I'd answer my own question. After some searching around and trials, I found that the Panasonics will do this. I now own a dmp-bdt100 and it works very nicely. The aspect zoom feature properly displays these disks and has no effect on bluray or 16x9 DVDs so it can be left on permanently.
post #10180 of 16455
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

What do you need?

I'm not a big technology kinda guy so I'm only looking for a reliable blu ray that goes well with Tv: Smasung 46B8500 (supports HDMI 1.3) & Receiver: Pioneer VSX 1020 (supports HDMI 1.4)

I don't need an up conversion function or 3D.

I heard the PS3 Slim is a good option & I just wanna hear your opinion
post #10181 of 16455
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Originally Posted by shirzo View Post

I'm not a big technology kinda guy so I'm only looking for a reliable blu ray that goes well with Tv: Smasung 46B8500 (supports HDMI 1.3) & Receiver: Pioneer VSX 1020 (supports HDMI 1.4)

I don't need an up conversion function or 3D.

I heard the PS3 Slim is a good option & I just wanna hear your opinion

Well, really the display (and avr) is irrelevant. All BD players support HDMI 1.3 and since you don't need 3D, the 1.4 doesn't really matter either.

PS3 is fine, but you can find many reliable BD players for around $100-$200 that will put out the same quality BD picture that the PS3 (and any other BD player) will. Just keep your eye on the Blu Ray Player Deals thread and grab a good deal when it comes up. Since you don't really have any specific needs, there's no player that's any better than another for you.

For example, Amazon has the Panny 65 for $119
post #10182 of 16455
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

Well, really the display (and avr) is irrelevant. All BD players support HDMI 1.3 and since you don't need 3D, the 1.4 doesn't really matter either.

PS3 is fine, but you can find many reliable BD players for around $100-$200 that will put out the same quality BD picture that the PS3 (and any other BD player) will. Just keep your eye on the Blu Ray Player Deals thread and grab a good deal when it comes up. Since you don't really have any specific needs, there's no player that's any better than another for you.

For example, Amazon has the Panny 65 for $119

Sorry I forgot to say that the only function I need is internet streaming capabilities; wireless without the need for Ethernet cable.
post #10183 of 16455
Right now I'm using my computer to play BDs:
- BD-ROM, 12x read speed
- 46-inch plasma connected via HDMI (ATI 5770 graphics card)
- Total Media Theatre 3.0 for BD playback and DVD upscaling

Bluray discs spin up to the main menu in ~20 seconds, tops. DVD load speeds are also quick and the upscaling from TMT is very impressive, IMO.

--
I was planning on getting a dedicated unit for the wife so she wouldn't have to mess with the computer. I was leaning towards the Panasonic BD85 but, with Amazon arbitrarily jacking up the price by $20 right before I go to buy it, I'm currently in a holding pattern.

The real question: how will the BD85 compare to my current setup? My primary concern is loading times and picture quality. I just want to make sure I'm not taking a step down in quality or performance.
post #10184 of 16455
Guys I just bought my first LED LCD Tv and looking for a new blu ray with ~$150 budget.

I don't need an up conversion function or 3D. All what I need is a good internet connectivity & streaming function.

Any thoughts ?
post #10185 of 16455
Hi all,

I'm looking for a Blu-Ray player. I intend on integrating this with my home control system, so I would like one of the following for control (in this order): Ethernet, RS-232 [built in, not as an option], or IR in via a rear-jack. Playing and upscaling regular DVD's required, though I think all do this now. Not worrying about other regions, though if the player does it that's fine too. No requirements for netflix/youtube/amazon, etc.

As far as AV interface, regular HDMI. I'm not doing any 3D or such. Decent bootup time would be nice.

Budget is $250 or less.
post #10186 of 16455
I hate those previews at the start of most movie DVDs. I seem to recall reading that some players have a feature that senses the largest file on the disc (which is usually the movie) and goes directly to it skipping over the previews. My search efforts have just found "fast start up" that merely gets you to the first preview a little sooner. Anyone know if there is a "preview skip feature" and, if so, on what players? Thanks in advance for any help.

Hoyt
post #10187 of 16455
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Originally Posted by Hoyt Griffith View Post

I hate those previews at the start of most movie DVDs. I seem to recall reading that some players have a feature that senses the largest file on the disc (which is usually the movie) and goes directly to it skipping over the previews. My search efforts have just found "fast start up" that merely gets you to the first preview a little sooner. Anyone know if there is a "preview skip feature" and, if so, on what players? Thanks in advance for any help.

Hoyt

I suspect (without proof) that the Blu-ray licensing agreements forbid that feature. Technically it would be difficult on titles that load java at the outset; the player does not have much control after that.

OPPO has the feature for DVD, but not for Blu-ray.

-Bill
post #10188 of 16455
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Originally Posted by j-bo View Post

1st off.. I hate upgrading.

1st BR player and I'm pretty sure the Panny BD65 is right for me.

Do you have to use the panny wireless adapter or will any wireless adapter work?

Will plugging cat 6 into a wireless g router be just fine?

Wired is best. Otherwise you can use the Panny adapter or a bridge.

edit -- whoops, the OP disappeared. Huh.
post #10189 of 16455
Hi there,

I'm in the the market for another blu-ray player to go with my new LG 47" LE8500 LED LCD TV.

I've been looking at a Panasonic DMP-BD85K (I currently have a DMP-BD60K), Samsung BD-C6900 or an LG BD570 OR BD590 and maybe the Sony BDP-S570

I don't care about 3D ,which the Samsung has but I feel like the reviews for the other model Samsungs aren't as high (cnet gave the C6900 a good review etc..) so I wouldn't care getting it if it means faster loading times and better PQ over the (older?) non-3D capable players from Samsung.

The Panasonic, I thought was a good contender, but I have one currently and it's load times are slow but they claim faster (0.5 second) load times with these newer DMP-65K and 85K models.

The LG get good reviews, I don't really need the 250GB HDD in the BD590 but if the 590 overall performance is better than the BD570 than I would rather have that.

The Sony looked really promising but reviews about it's Wi-fi and Netflix streaming makes me worry but it's speed is great and has a lot of internet streaming apps.

I would like to be able to stream Netflix, which all do. I currently have Blockbuster but I plan on switching in the near future. The other apps are good and might come into use would be YouTube, Amazon and maybe Hulu (or something similiar). Seems like the Samsungs have the best selection of apps minus Amazon and some others? I know Panasonic has Amazon.

I'm not too worried about them in the end because my TV has internet applications as well as my TiVo Premiere so a lot of redundancy

I had a question regarding 3D and HDMI 1.4 and lossless audio...let me say what my current setup is..

I currently have a 47" LG hooked up via HDMI to a Pioneer VSX-1018AH receiver along with a Panasonic DMP-BD60 via HDMI. I believe the receiver and players HDMI spec is 1.3 (1.3a?) If I get one of these 3D bluray players that are HDMI 1.4 and hook it up to an AVR that's 1.3 would I not be able to have lossless (dolby hd) audio or is that only if I use the 3d feature, which I wouldn't because my TV isn't 3D.

Thanks
post #10190 of 16455
Hi Folks,

I'm looking for a new BD player to replace my HTPC. This HTPC is in my secondary home theatre that my wife uses more often than I, and she finds the HTPC difficult to use, so I will cannibalize the parts for something else. I myself use my primary theater more often and am happy with my Oppo BDP-83 player there.

Since it's my secondary system, I am looking to spend as little money as possible, but with that being said, I don't really have a budget and will likely spend the money it takes to get the player most suitable to my needs.

Upconversion quality is not that much of a concern for me in this environment (50 inch 720p panny plasma, but sitting around 10 feet away), but what I would like is a reasonably priced player that allows me to take best advantage of the most formats of digital files, played both locally through USB and over a wired network connection (from my PC i.e. DLNA streaming...being able to play files in a .mkv container would be great). Also, it would be nice to play large files off a USB, so NTFS filesystem support via USB would be awesome. Finally, reliability is important to me (don't like what I'm reading about some of the newer LG players in the forums).

Not sure if the perfect player for me exists, but would really appreciate some recommendations of anything that you folks believe will meet the most of my needs. Thanks in advance!

Oh, and the obvious answer of a PS3 will unfortunately not work...my wife already thinks I game too much on my xbox 360, so would veto it, even though it probably makes the most sense.
post #10191 of 16455
I just ordered a Denon 2010CI, should be here tomorrow. I hope it was a good pick for me.
post #10192 of 16455
Buying my first HDTV this weekend, Panasonic TC-P50S2 50" Plasma.

Also considering buying a HTIB as a temporary audio solution, possibly the Onkyo HT-S5300 7.1 system (has HDMI 1.4a)

I also want to buy my first BD player, here are my needs:

1. Would like it to upconvert DVD's
2. Need built-in Wi-Fi
3. Want these applications (in order of importance): Netflix, YouTube, Pandora
post #10193 of 16455
Panasonic BD85 meets all your requirements.
post #10194 of 16455
To get 7.1 sound will I have to hook up analog? What if I only hook up with HDMI?
post #10195 of 16455
If your receiver can handle it, then HDMI will work fine for 7.1. Otherwise, you'll have to do analog.
post #10196 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by shirzo View Post

Sorry I forgot to say that the only function I need is internet streaming capabilities; wireless without the need for Ethernet cable.

I am also looking for a blu ray player but mainly for the internet streaming, including Hulu Plus. Coaxial digital audio out would be nice, since that's the only port I have left on my receiver. And I have wired network available, so no need for wireless. After looking at the Samsung thread, it seems I might be better off waiting a couple months or so to see what shakes out of the mix. But if there's a clear choice, I'd be happy to invest in a player now.
post #10197 of 16455
Hello!

I am in the market for a bluray player. I have narrowed it done to the Samsung 6500 or the LG 570. I have read over 50 pages of the forum and getting confused.

I also have the WD TV Live box hooked up to my Samsung DLP TV (HL-T6176S). AV Receiver is Yamaha RXV659, with 5.1 sound (5 speakers plus sub).

Current set up:
Video signal from DVD player goes to HDMI1 on TV
Videosignal from WD TV Live goes to HDMI2 on TV
Comcrap Box goes to Component 1 on TV
Wii to Component 2 on TV.

Only the DVD player feeds the audio signal to the AV Receiver.

I need to know if anyone knows about the the following:

1.Stream mkv and avi from my windows home server (yes to both, (powerline ethernet connection to the WD TV Live))

2. Plays home burned DVD+DL (My current samsung DVD player stopped recognizing the DL discs I burned after a few months after I bought it)

3. Plays home movies from Canon HD Camcorder downloaded to WHS via streaming.

4. Netflix streaming (which one has the better interface?)
5. Ability to play ISO image files from connected USB Drive (I back up the kids DVDs that I legally own) (Will the players support the DVD menus? (This is the fatal flaw for the WD TV Live, I did not realize that it did not support DVD iso menus (firmware upgrade been promised for over a year)).

6. Stream HD broadcast TV shows recorded using WindowsMediaCenter (current Vista, soon to upgrade to to Win 7).

All around I have heard that the LG is better in the streaming arena, but worse in the bluray disc playback arena (will order bluray discs from netflix).
But since I have a samsung DLP, any advantages for relationship?

Thanks so much for your advice!
post #10198 of 16455
I don't know of any blu-ray player that can do all that. Much of that only an HTPC or dedicated streaming box can do.
post #10199 of 16455
So I have an LG 55LE5500 LED TV and have been using my PS3 slim as my Blu-Ray player. Today, I acquired an LG LHB335 Blu-Ray player as part of a "Home Theather In A Box". I'm not using the speakers that came with this because the speakers I have hooked to my Onkyo are better.

My question is, am I better off just using the PS3 as my Blu-Ray player, or should I hook up the LHB335 in its place? I rarely, if ever, play games on my PS3, I mainly use it as the Blu-Ray player. I like the built in net apps on the LG player and from what I can tell the specs between the 2 seem similar enough.

Anyone have any thoughts or comments?

Thanks!
post #10200 of 16455
After reading other reviews it appears that the BD85 from Panasonic has some deficiencies such as the wireless dongle,
the sorry remote and the poor navigation. I really need a wireless player that is a KISS player. What are the best competing players in the same price range?
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