Originally Posted by majax79
I really need help selecting my 1st ever Blu ray player. I've been doing research for over two days.
Here is the criteria I used:
- WiFi Built In (I might never use it, but long term I want to have it as an option).
- I don't care about 3D or BD Live
- It must play DVD-R.
I'm going to be buying a 40" LED/LCD Samsung TV this month so I've been leaning heavily towards the BD-D6700 (even though I don't need the extra HDMI output) over the 6500 simply because of aesthetics. I didn't care for LG products or Sony so I've narrowed down my list to the following 4 models:
I was in the same situation, and just bought the Panny 210 a week ago based on the comments in this thread. It's my first blu ray player. I've been using it all weekend, and so far it's great.
Blu rays look fantastic as expected. The key thing for me was DVD upscaling. The Panny handles this really well. I compared several DVDs closely with my Marantz DV4001, and the Panny's upscaled PQ was almost identical.
I have a large library of DVD-R's, and the Panny played those fine. Though to be fair, most of my DVD-R's were made on a Panasonic DVD recorder so I wouldn't have expected any compatibility issues.
BTW I am using the Panny with a Samsung LCD as well. No need to match up brands if that was part of your consideration. That doesn't matter at all. IMO the Panny is superior to the Samsung blu rays.