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post #11521 of 16455
Panny 210 is a good place to start.
post #11522 of 16455
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Originally Posted by jeffkad View Post

Time to buy a Bluray player, and toying with OPPO 93 or 95. However, I've read that the Sony XA5400 (among others) is still a better CD/SACD player than the OPPO (although OPPO is very good). Wondering if it doesnt make more sense to buy something like the LG BD690, which does almost everything the OPPO does (except play SACD), and adds HDD storage, and add a great DAC to it. Something like the Eastern Electric MiniDac that's been getting great reviews and sells for $700 or so. Would this combo better the OPPO and maybe even the Sony?

You might want to look at the OPPO 95 if you're going analog and two channel, since it has dedicated SABRE 32 bit reference DACs for 2 channel output (also one for the multi-channel output, but you mentioned 2 channel). They offer XLR balanced outputs and regular RCA outs.

Both the 93 and 95 are DLNA compliant and can add an HDD with both a USB connector or an eSATA connection for media display. They both also process FLAC if that's a format you're interested in.
post #11523 of 16455
I am in the market for a blu-ray player, to connect to a recently purchased Sony EX720 with 3D capability.

I have no idea when I might actually use the 3D capability, but I would assume that if I did, it would be with Blu-ray discs.

So, my question is, if I purchased a Panny 210 which has 3D capability, will that work with the Sony EX720 which has 3d support.

Or, should I stick with Sony? What about other brands?

I would like to spend less than $225.

In other words, does one 3d have to be compatible with another or what?

Sorry for my ignorance.
post #11524 of 16455
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Originally Posted by mkaprow View Post

I am in the market for a blu-ray player, to connect to a recently purchased Sony EX720 with 3D capability.

I have no idea when I might actually use the 3D capability, but I would assume that if I did, it would be with Blu-ray discs.

So, my question is, if I purchased a Panny 210 which has 3D capability, will that work with the Sony EX720 which has 3d support.

Or, should I stick with Sony? What about other brands?

I would like to spend less than $225.

In other words, does one 3d have to be compatible with another or what?

Any 3D BluRay player will work well (you don't have to match brands, except for the glasses which have to match your display). IMO, the Panny 210 is an excellent choice (unless you don't need WiFi and will be connecting to the internet hard-wired instead, in which case the 110 would be a great choice).
post #11525 of 16455
Need a new blu ray (hate Samsung).
Panasonic VT30, with built in Wifi.

Should I get...

Oppo 93
Pioneer BDP430
Onkyo 808
or
Panasonic 110

?
post #11526 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by surftb15 View Post

Need a new blu ray (hate Samsung).
Panasonic VT30, with built in Wifi.

Should I get...

Oppo 93
Pioneer BDP430
Onkyo 808
or
Panasonic 110

It depends on what you need. If SACD and DVD-A and analog audio, then the Oppo. If none of those, IMO the best bang for the buck is the Panny 110 (if you need WiFi, then the 210), which has PQ as good as the Oppo for BluRay discs. My VT30 is on order (should get it this week), and I already have the 110 (which comes with a free Avatar 3D BluRay). I was burned on the Pioneer 51FD (very poor error correction) and so cannot recommend Pioneer. Also, with tech advancing so rapidly, I'd feel less guilty replacing the inexpensive 110 down the road than the much more expensive Oppo.
post #11527 of 16455
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

It depends on what you need. If SACD and DVD-A and analog audio, then the Oppo. If none of those, IMO the best bang for the buck is the Panny 110 (if you need WiFi, then the 210), which has PQ as good as the Oppo for BluRay discs. My VT30 is on order (should get it this week), and I already have the 110 (which comes with a free Avatar 3D BluRay). I was burned on the Pioneer 51FD (very poor error correction) and so cannot recommend Pioneer. Also, with tech advancing so rapidly, I'd feel less guilty replacing the inexpensive 110 down the road than the much more expensive Oppo.

Thanks,
VT30 looks great. Since it already has Vieracast, no need for the 210. I will order the 110. Too bad the 2 free BLu Ray promotion with the 110 is over on Amazon.
post #11528 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by surftb15 View Post

Thanks,
VT30 looks great. Since it already has Vieracast, no need for the 210. I will order the 110. Too bad the 2 free BLu Ray promotion with the 110 is over on Amazon.

The main difference is the 110 is WiFi ready (you need ethernet cable or the optional WiFi to get internet) while the 210 has WiFi. You will need to connect the 110 to the internet for easy firmware upgrades.
post #11529 of 16455
are there any glaring issues with the DMP-BD65? It's very cheap now.

I just want a player for Blu Ray and DVDs. I don't care about WiFi, internet services, 3D, multi channel analogue outs...

As long as it supports 24fps to my V20 plasma.

Thanks.

EDIT: Now I'm thinking the Sony BDP-S380 might be a better choice?
post #11530 of 16455
Wow, after a year of suffering with a Samsung BluRay player - it was slow, finicky, and did a wretched job of playing SD Netfilx discs and had really put me off the whole BR thing - after reading this forum just went out and got a Panasonic 210. Wow - fantastic, fast, works like it should, and has played everything we've thrown at it. Also, the setup was one of the easiest I've ever experienced.

Thanks for the EXCELLENT advice I got here!!
post #11531 of 16455
I am currently looking at the 2011 panny series BDPs. Is it advantageous to get a system that uses dual hdmi for sound/video? I have yet to purchase a receiver for a 5.1 system but am curious on your thoughts.

My budget for a player is around 200, I am looking for good sound and a nice picture. I have no need for 3d
post #11532 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capulet View Post

Is it advantageous to get a system that uses dual hdmi for sound/video?

No, just get the 110 or 210 (if you need wireless).
post #11533 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capulet View Post

I am currently looking at the 2011 panny series BDPs. Is it advantageous to get a system that uses dual hdmi for sound/video? I have yet to purchase a receiver for a 5.1 system but am curious on your thoughts.

My budget for a player is around 200, I am looking for good sound and a nice picture. I have no need for 3d

Dual HDMI output from a 3D BDP would be advantageous if you already had an AV receiver that did not support HDMI 1.4; you'd send video directly to a 3D TV and the audio would go to your receiver. Since you're going to purchase a new receiver, getting one that supports 3D (HDMI 1.4) makes the dual HDMI advantage go away.
And, since you have no need for 3D, then dual HDMI makes even less sense.
post #11534 of 16455
Interesting, I will be keeping that in mind. What type of sound decoding is important for a 5.1 system? I keep reading conflicting items from manufacturers. Some say it is less of an issue this late in the game while others push DTS-HD etc.
post #11535 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capulet View Post

Interesting, I will be keeping that in mind. What type of sound decoding is important for a 5.1 system? I keep reading conflicting items from manufacturers. Some say it is less of an issue this late in the game while others push DTS-HD etc.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1020476

http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Dolby...compressed_PCM
post #11536 of 16455
Thank you! I will be researching this.
post #11537 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by Capulet View Post

Interesting, I will be keeping that in mind. What type of sound decoding is important for a 5.1 system? I keep reading conflicting items from manufacturers. Some say it is less of an issue this late in the game while others push DTS-HD etc.

A new 5.1 system will have to decode BOTH DD and DTS. Blu-ray disc are not required to carry both codecs, unlike DVD players were all were required to carry a Dolby track. Today you find BD's with only DTS, no Dolby, tracks.
post #11538 of 16455
Finally picked up a bluray player (Sony BDP-S480) after waiting for prices to drop. I don't really need a bluray, as my media library includes 8TB of 720p and 1080p movies already.... but figured, why not.

I found this unit is very fast loading discs and pretty quiet. As a BR player it seems fine, but what caused me to finally purchase it (aside from price of $139.00) was to play with VUDU, Netflix, etc. and to use as a secondary media streamer for my library.

The first problem I noticed is that none of the streamed content, including VUDU 1080p DD5.1 movies will pass DD5.1 to my receiver. Only PCM 2.0. I discussed this with Sony (waste of time) and was told no BR players can send bitstream from streamed content. I have a feeling that is NOT correct, but may be so for the Sony player. Anyone know which players can raw bitstream passthru over HDMI for streamed content? Maybe VUDU, etc send Multichannel PCM rather than the raw bitstream?

So, next I plugged in a USB hub with 3 drives. The Sony only sees one drive. Again, Sony says no hub support, which apparently is true. Any other players work with a hub?

Finally, the Sony does not seem to include uPnP Server support. It works fine as a client, but I can not see any content available from the Sony on my network. Anyone know if other players can do this?

I am disappointed in this unit for it's non-bluray features and would like to find something else that can do BR well, plus bitstreaming multichannel raw audio and support multiple USB drives as a uPnp server. Anyone have a suggestion?

Thanks
post #11539 of 16455
The ps3 slim and the 2011 panasonic blu ray players can bitstream the 5.1sound from vudu and netflix.
The panasonic can also bitstream the dolby digital plus from vudu and Netflix.

Hopefully this answer helps

Jacob
post #11540 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by zigzag666 View Post

The first problem I noticed is that none of the streamed content, including VUDU 1080p DD5.1 movies will pass DD5.1 to my receiver. Only PCM 2.0. I discussed this with Sony (waste of time) and was told no BR players can send bitstream from streamed content. I have a feeling that is NOT correct, but may be so for the Sony player. Anyone know which players can raw bitstream passthru over HDMI for streamed content? Maybe VUDU, etc send Multichannel PCM rather than the raw bitstream?

Sony lied. My Samsung D6700 not only passes Dolby 5.1 to my receiver (from both VuDu and CinemaNow), it also passes Dolby Digital Plus (48khz, 256Kbps). I'm sure other players do as well.
post #11541 of 16455
I am interested/curious as to whats out there as far as relatively "current" units in the $200 and under category that is a highly respected unit with little to no issues/problems?

I ask this as I have a Samsung BDP-1500 and it has been a great unit (still is) but I am needing another unit to use as our "main" unit in my new theater build. I dont need anything that will stream netflix as I have an xbox 360s.

Anyone that can be of help I really appreciate it.
post #11542 of 16455
I have a oppo bdp-83, but my wife does not want the hassle of the htpc that we use now for streaming netflix.

Since I use the hdmi output to my HK 7550HD will it be worth buying the oppo bdp-93 or can I just buy another less expensive player that will stream netflix thru wireless N using HDMI. If so what player would be recommended.
post #11543 of 16455
If you just want streaming, I'd go Panny 210 (a lot less expensive than the Oppo, with BD PQ just as good as the Oppo and better Netflix streaming). If you want to replace the 83 and enjoy the Oppo's excellent analog audio, then get the 93 (or 95).
post #11544 of 16455
Not using the analog from the Oppo so the panny should work just great, thanks. Any other players to look at.
post #11545 of 16455
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Originally Posted by christmclean View Post

Not using the analog from the Oppo so the panny should work just great, thanks. Any other players to look at.

Why not just buy a ROKU player if you already have the Oppo?
post #11546 of 16455
The panasonic looks like it does stream netflix well. Some of them have some issues with firmware/hardware that panasonic that has not fixed.

The Roku player looks interesting. It is a little more for a blu-ray player like the panasonic, so what is the benefit of the roku and how is the sound and picture quality in comparison.
post #11547 of 16455
Hello guys, I'm new here and I need your help.

I love cinema and i decided to buy a bluray player. I really liked the Panasonic DMP-BDT110. My TV is a Panasonic G20 42''. That is your opinion?
My demands are simple: must be quiet, fast and with very good picture quality.

Thank's for the help and sorry for some bad english.
post #11548 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by SOR3N View Post

Hello guys, I'm new here and I need your help.

I love cinema and i decided to buy a bluray player. I really liked the Panasonic DMP-BDT110. My TV is a Panasonic G20 42''. That is your opinion?
My demands are simple: must be quiet, fast and with very good picture quality.

Thank's for the help and sorry for some bad english.

Excellent choice, as long as you don't need WiFi (if so, get the 210).
post #11549 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillP View Post

Excellent choice, as long as you don't need WiFi (if so, get the 210).

Yep, i don't need WiFi.

One more thing: this panasonic can play all the bluray movies right? I'm asking this because some samsung players can't play certain Bluray movies.

Thank's for the answer
post #11550 of 16455
I am looking for a suggestion on BD players that do Netflix, Amazon VOD and Vudu and have wifi built in.

Are there any out there that fit my request?

-Funk
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