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post #12661 of 16490
Read several pages of this thread and I'm looking for a little validation

My constraints:
1. Price isn't a huge factor for me, but I'd set my budget at $500 or so.
2. No oppo. Was "lucky" enough to be privileged to buy a BDP-83 on the pre-sale for $500 and the thing died literally within a month of the warranty expiration. I loved the picture, but hated the extremely slow fast forward and reverse seek speeds.
3. Primary concerns are BD and DVD upscale picture quality via HDMI to my last gen Kuro Plasma
4. 3D/wifi/netflix not a concern at all, ability to play via network (CAT-5) share (like with PS3 media server) is a nice to have.
5. Fast loading is a high priority.

I've gathered that either the Panasonic BDT110 (same as higher end models except features I don't care about, correct?), or Samsung BDD6500 are the way to go? Want a nice quality piece that will last me 4-5 years though.
post #12662 of 16490
I would go Panny over Samsung (IMO, reliability w/ Samsung players has been hit or miss). The 110 is all you need if you are wired to the internet (210 if you need WiFi -- internet connection makes firmware upgrades a lot easier).
post #12663 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Campbell View Post

Read several pages of this thread and I'm looking for a little validation

My constraints:
1. Price isn't a huge factor for me, but I'd set my budget at $500 or so.
2. No oppo. Was "lucky" enough to be privileged to buy a BDP-83 on the pre-sale for $500 and the thing died literally within a month of the warranty expiration. I loved the picture, but hated the extremely slow fast forward and reverse seek speeds.
3. Primary concerns are BD and DVD upscale picture quality via HDMI to my last gen Kuro Plasma
4. 3D/wifi/netflix not a concern at all, ability to play via network (CAT-5) share (like with PS3 media server) is a nice to have.
5. Fast loading is a high priority.

I've gathered that either the Panasonic BDT110 (same as higher end models except features I don't care about, correct?), or Samsung BDD6500 are the way to go? Want a nice quality piece that will last me 4-5 years though.

the new oppo 93 does have better speed when fast forwarding and reverse. certainly better then the oppo 83.

Jacob
post #12664 of 16490
hello everyone,

looking for a reference quality blu-ray player, price not a factor.

would like to hear everyone's recommendations.

thanks.
post #12665 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by 303_GSS View Post

hello everyone,

looking for a reference quality blu-ray player, price not a factor.

would like to hear everyone's recommendations.

thanks.

We need more data.

Is this for Blu-ray only? No DVD, SACD, DVD-A?

HDMI? Or do you need component video?

Digital or analog audio? What are you connecting this to?

Media file support? DLNA? Online services? Which?

Other features? 50hz support, anamorphic projectors?

"Price no object" is an expensive neighborhood with no upper boundary on price. You really need to state a ceiling.

-Bill
post #12666 of 16490
i am looking to buy a blu ray player for my home theater

I am not interested in 3D at this time. Only features I need are playing normal blu ray discs, normal DVDs, and netflix movies.

When I search in amazon. most of the new ones say 3D. But if I get 3D blu ray players will it work with normal 2d blue ray discs, dvds and netflix etc Or will the player always projects any output in 3D format?

i really appreciate any help
post #12667 of 16490
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Originally Posted by imarichards View Post

But if I get 3D blu ray players will it work with normal 2d blue ray discs, dvds and netflix etc

Yes.

Quote:


Or will the player always projects any output in 3D format?

No.

-Bill
post #12668 of 16490
oppo 93.

multiregion

sony bdp-s370 - 780 (dependent on disc encodes for region settings in some cases on bd disc playback dvd is universal)

ps3 (personally given piracy issues with media playback failure can occur on consoles, for this reason consoles aren't the playback medium to use bd/dvd playback..)

toshiba (dvd playback is universal, bd playback is a pass code hidden menu for region select)


on direct hdmi connection with sony tv's via hdmi the tv remote becomes a universal remote for sony and toshiba bdplayers, not sure on other brands it may be a trial and error to see if it works..

not sure on functionality other brand bd players when it comes to supported functions across bravia tv's..
post #12669 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

We need more data.

Is this for Blu-ray only? No DVD, SACD, DVD-A?

HDMI? Or do you need component video?

Digital or analog audio? What are you connecting this to?

Media file support? DLNA? Online services? Which?

Other features? 50hz support, anamorphic projectors?

"Price no object" is an expensive neighborhood with no upper boundary on price. You really need to state a ceiling.

-Bill

Bill,

thanks for the response with the updated info,

probably just blu-ray only, connected to a pioneer elite pro 151fd, probably just hdmi right into the plasma itself
post #12670 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by 303_GSS View Post

Bill,

thanks for the response with the updated info,

probably just blu-ray only, connected to a pioneer elite pro 151fd, probably just hdmi right into the plasma itself

As digital transports all players should produce similar quality. We'd need more lab testing to confirm that but there hasn't been much yet.

So the decision often relies on other features. If you need only basic Blu-ray playback then a cheap player is just as "reference quality" as an expensive one.

-Bill
post #12671 of 16490
Hey guys, I'm looking for a Blu-ray player and would like your feedback.

Here is my wishlist:

Best Blu-ray picture
HDMI
Wired Network
SACD
Digital audio
Connecting to a Pioneer VSX 1021
Playback display = Panasonic TCP55GT30 Plasma
Supports most media files
DLNA not important
DVD playback not important
Online services not important
Price $150 or less
post #12672 of 16490
The Panny 110 (wired) or 210 (WiFi) would be great choices for you.
post #12673 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by tate16t View Post

Hey guys, I'm looking for a Blu-ray player and would like your feedback.

Here is my wishlist:

Best Blu-ray picture
HDMI
Wired Network
SACD
Digital audio
Connecting to a Pioneer VSX 1021
Playback display = Panasonic TCP55GT30 Plasma
Supports most media files
DLNA not important
DVD playback not important
Online services not important
Price $150 or less


After a little more reading I think the Panasonic 210 or 310 would work for me. I know it has more than I need but should be a good fit.

Those with experience with these units, does the dual HDMI ports of the 310 really offer better picture and audio quality?
post #12674 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by tate16t View Post

After a little more reading I think the Panasonic 210 or 310 would work for me. I know it has more than I need but should be a good fit.

Those with experience with these units, does the dual HDMI ports of the 310 really offer better picture and audio quality?

Since you don't need wireless, you only need the Panny 110.

Dual HDMI is only needed in certain 3D situations.
post #12675 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by tate16t View Post


After a little more reading I think the Panasonic 210 or 310 would work for me. I know it has more than I need but should be a good fit.

Those with experience with these units, does the dual HDMI ports of the 310 really offer better picture and audio quality?

I have the same AVR and the 50GT30 and use the 210 for it's wireless feature. The 110 would be fine for you. The 310 is for those whose AVR's don't pass 3D, yours does.
post #12676 of 16490
I forgot to add, it doesn't support SACD playback and is pretty tight about which media files it supports.
post #12677 of 16490
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillP View Post

The Panny 110 (wired) or 210 (WiFi) would be great choices for you.

I was looking at the Panny 310 but none of them play AVI movie files of which i have several stored. I then was looking at the LG 690 which seems to play it all but is still in the $250 range and i wish to pay half that if possible. ideas?
post #12678 of 16490
Sony will do all of the above plus avi if you simply rename them mkv.
post #12679 of 16490
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Sony will do all of the above plus avi if you simply rename them mkv.

Just resave them with the .mkv extension? isn't that another format that would need a converter program?
post #12680 of 16490
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Originally Posted by ckjackson View Post

Just resave them with the .mkv extension? isn't that another format that would need a converter program?

Yes, all I do is rename and type ".mkv" at the end, leaving the ".avi" in front of that so I can tell what the real format is. You are correct that mkv is a different format. But in this case all you are doing is fooling the sony into recognizing it as a valid file name that it can play. Sony apparently only looks at the file name for that, not the actual format. Once you play it, the sony's hidden avi decoding kicks in. Now this goes for the x70 series. I think the x80 series is the same but I'm not certain. Worst case you may only have to edit the header to fool it into thinking your avi is xvid instead of divx. I'm using Serviio for my DLNA server.
post #12681 of 16490
Guys, need a player, under $200, under $150 if possible.

Must Haves:

Blu-Ray
Netflix
DivX playback (without renaming to MKV etc, got a lot of DVDs already burned with AVI files on)
Player must output via HDMI and analog audio L/R simultaneously to feed my amp

Not a must have but a would like is the ability to play PAL DVDs from R2.
post #12682 of 16490
sony players are universal as far as i know only time i know their not universal is when the disc is encoded with a region lock, this only applies for bd's not dvd..
post #12683 of 16490
I currently have a Sony BDP-S360. I rent from Netflix and the discs are often NOT in the best condition. They sometimes freeze up and refuse to play in spots. I can sometimes FF through and continue; sometimes not. I have an older Panasonic DMR-ES35V (VCR + DVD) that will quite often read the same disc with no problems.

Is there a Blu-ray player out there that is a little more forgiving when it comes to less than pristine conditioned DVDs, or is this just the nature of the beast?

Other than that, I really like the Sony.

Thanks.
post #12684 of 16490
I have had no problems with my Panny 110 (unlike my expensive Pioneer 51FD, that had considerable problems with Netflix discs).
post #12685 of 16490
Looking for a cheap ($150 or below, price is king) player that supports the following:

Built in Wifi
Netflix (other video streamers fine but not critical)
Pandora would be a bonus
At least basic support for mkv & avi via usb device - flash sticks required but HDD would be nice (note: don't want to have to rename avis to get them to work).
post #12686 of 16490
^^^ LG is the only one I know of that meets your requirements. I know sony and panny don't. Not sure about samsung.
post #12687 of 16490
I just got a new led-lcd and looking for a blu-ray player.

Requirements:

Ethernet and wireless
DLNA
USB and support external drives
Multiple video formats (mkv a must)
Netflix and Youtube
Priced below 150
post #12688 of 16490
So I got a Sony BD-s580 player for xmas, I set it all up and connected it to my wifi with no issues. Later I tried watching a movie through netflix and it was unwatchable due to buffering. (like many reviews have said).

So what are some suggestions for different players?
I will have a $110 budget.
All I want is for it to play blu-ray, have netflix capabilities, and be wifi enabled (no LAN adapters please). All the other stuff (youtube, hulu, photos, 3d, etc) will not be used. I dont care what brand...all I want is to be able to watch netflix shows without having to buffer every 5 minutes.

Thanks a lot everyone.
post #12689 of 16490
Why do you think it's the 580 rather than your Internet connection?
post #12690 of 16490
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Originally Posted by newby89 View Post

So I got a Sony BD-s580 player for xmas, I set it all up and connected it to my wifi with no issues. Later I tried watching a movie through netflix and it was unwatchable due to buffering. (like many reviews have said).

So what are some suggestions for different players?
I will have a $110 budget.
All I want is for it to play blu-ray, have netflix capabilities, and be wifi enabled (no LAN adapters please). All the other stuff (youtube, hulu, photos, 3d, etc) will not be used. I dont care what brand...all I want is to be able to watch netflix shows without having to buffer every 5 minutes.

Thanks a lot everyone.

Samsung BD D6500 or Panasonic BDT210. My Sony S580 locked on the opening of the tray.
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