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post #13561 of 16493
Does the Sony treat discs with scratches better than the Panny? Have an older Panasonic (BD65), and any rental discs with scratches and it chokes on them.
post #13562 of 16493
I am have been looking at blue ray players for the past week and think i am looking at lg 620, samsung 5900, sony 590 and panasonic 320 or 220

Can anyone give me some advise on which will be the best pick?

Some background
I have a 2d tv, 3d capable receiver although i probably wont move to 3d for a while if ever, my bigger concern is upconversion and reliability, it seems that every model has issues but which ones have the least that don't involve wireless? It will also be wired into the network so wireless isn't something I
am too concerned about.
post #13563 of 16493
I've been going through many of the threads on this forum the last few weeks and was going to pull the trigger on the SONY S-590.

I just got a new samsung 46ES6500 and was looking to buy my first blu-ray player. I do not own many dvds nor am I looking to collect many Blu-rays. I'm mostly on my PC and download/watch movie's via the PC =P

I was wondering if I should even purchase this player? I could make better use with a PS3. Would the overall experience with this player be better than with a PS3? I will be purchasing a PS3 in the future though.

In short, should I have a dedicated 3D capable Blu-ray player or will a PS3 suffice? Thanks!
post #13564 of 16493
I have both. Some love using a PS3 for everything, but personally, I hate it. Compared to a player, a PS3 is slow, noisy, a power hog, awkward/expensive to control, and has an extremely limited number of streaming apps. If you have limited budget or rack space it will do, but I see no reason otherwise.
post #13565 of 16493
Fantastic. I'll keep it separate then.
post #13566 of 16493
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Originally Posted by TGroom View Post

Does the Sony treat discs with scratches better than the Panny? Have an older Panasonic (BD65), and any rental discs with scratches and it chokes on them.

My Panny 110 plays everything I throw at it from Netflix! Very unlike my expensive Pioneer 51, which had trouble playing everything (worst error correction I've ever seen).
post #13567 of 16493
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Originally Posted by slyventian View Post

I am have been looking at blue ray players for the past week and think i am looking at lg 620, samsung 5900, sony 590 and panasonic 320 or 220

Can anyone give me some advise on which will be the best pick?

Some background
I have a 2d tv, 3d capable receiver although i probably wont move to 3d for a while if ever, my bigger concern is upconversion and reliability, it seems that every model has issues but which ones have the least that don't involve wireless? It will also be wired into the network so wireless isn't something I
am too concerned about.

Sony 390 or 590, or Panny 220, are your best options.
post #13568 of 16493
Panny 220 it is then. Thanks Bill.

Tim
post #13569 of 16493
I bought from costco a samsung BD-em57C for $99.99. only bad reviews I read is people having issues doing netflix streaming and using other apps. personally I dont care about software compatibility, I want a good blu ray player to output good video and audio and do what it was created to do originally. I care more about hardware than software, even though manufactures these days focus more on software now. but I just got through watching a blu ray on my player and looks pretty nice. was Jurassic park. not sure if it was the player or the movie but in any of the indoor scenes where it was dark like the computer lab you can see the resolution move more vs the outside scenery.

I know costco and Samsclub only carry that model but what model is that supposed to be equivelant to that other retailers carry so I can look up more reviews ?
post #13570 of 16493
I am deciding between an Oppo 93 and a 95. Audio quality is important but honestly , 95% percent of my music will be streamed into my Integra 80.3 via my Squeezebox. The 95 would be overkill, yes?
post #13571 of 16493
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Originally Posted by wingnut4772 View Post

I am deciding between an Oppo 93 and a 95. Audio quality is important but honestly , 95% percent of my music will be streamed into my Integra 80.3 via my Squeezebox. The 95 would be overkill, yes?

That's hard for us to decide. If you're not using the player, then how much benefit Do you get from the remaining 5%?

Ask in the -95 thread and you'll get more responses.

You are using the multichannel analog outputs? If HDMI, the -93 will give the same performance.

-Bill
post #13572 of 16493
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

That's hard for us to decide. If you're not using the player, then how much benefit Do you get from the remaining 5%?
Ask in the -95 thread and you'll get more responses.
You are using the multichannel analog outputs? If HDMI, the -93 will give the same performance.
-Bill


Thanks. No, I probably wouldn't use the multichannel analog.
post #13573 of 16493
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Originally Posted by wingnut4772 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

That's hard for us to decide. If you're not using the player, then how much benefit Do you get from the remaining 5%?
Ask in the -95 thread and you'll get more responses.
You are using the multichannel analog outputs? If HDMI, the -93 will give the same performance.
-Bill


Thanks. No, I probably wouldn't use the multichannel analog.

That's $500 you can apply to music now.

-Bill
post #13574 of 16493
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Originally Posted by wingnut4772 View Post

Thanks. No, I probably wouldn't use the multichannel analog.

Using HDMI, unless you need to play a lot of disc formats, the 93 is probably overkill too.
post #13575 of 16493
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

Using HDMI, unless you need to play a lot of disc formats, the 93 is probably overkill too.

Probably. I chose it for the video and I will play SACD DVD Audio from time to time via HDMI.
post #13576 of 16493
Where the Oppo's shine is for analog audio. If you are not going to use their audio DACs (i.e., you're going to use a digital HDMI connection only), then the Oppo's are no better than less expensive players for BluRay and SD DVD PQ, for digital AQ, and for streaming, although Oppo build quality and customer service is top notch. And if you do want a universal player (for SACD and DVD-A), then Oppo is a fine choice (you may also want to look at Denon). But I would definitely get the Oppo 93 over the 95 if you are not going to use the analog audio outs.
post #13577 of 16493
I might use them. It depends on whether or not they sound better than my Integra. I thought the video processor was superior on the Oppo.
post #13578 of 16493
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Originally Posted by wingnut4772 View Post

I might use them. It depends on whether or not they sound better than my Integra. I thought the video processor was superior on the Oppo.

No, PQ is just as good on the Pannys.
post #13579 of 16493
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

No, PQ is just as good on the Pannys.

Oh well.I guess I better use those analogs then! smile.gif
post #13580 of 16493
"Sony 390 or 590, or Panny 220, are your best options."

Which of these up-scale SD DVDs best?
post #13581 of 16493
The Sony S790 wink.gif It has many more video manipulation options, but also costs quite a bit more.
post #13582 of 16493
What is the cheapest most basic player YOU would buy?

Never owned a blu ray player, thinking of getting one just to play blu ray discs (not even DVDs).. No need for streaming (my apple tv and roku handle that).. All I need is one hdmi connection to my receiver (in other words, I don't need any other connections).. That's what I mean by basic.

Been looking at the Sony bdp-s185/18. That one looked basic enough..
post #13583 of 16493
Need some help trying to find a player to duplicate/expand some PS3 capabilities as well as replace my dying SACD/DVD-audio player.

I would like a blu-ray player that

- can play DTS wavs off of a USB harddrive
- can play SACD and DVD-audio
- does not cost as much as the Oppo-93 (this is for a 2nd TV, so I don't would prefer not to go all out).
- 3D is not necessary, but I wouldn't mind future-proofing with it.

I plan to listen to the multi-channel formats over HDMI on a Yamaha RX-V765

Any recommendations?

Thanks!
post #13584 of 16493
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Originally Posted by harync View Post

Need some help trying to find a player to duplicate/expand some PS3 capabilities as well as replace my dying SACD/DVD-audio player.
I would like a blu-ray player that
- can play DTS wavs off of a USB harddrive
- can play SACD and DVD-audio
- does not cost as much as the Oppo-93 (this is for a 2nd TV, so I don't would prefer not to go all out).
- 3D is not necessary, but I wouldn't mind future-proofing with it.
I plan to listen to the multi-channel formats over HDMI on a Yamaha RX-V765
Any recommendations?
Thanks!

Your options are somewhat limited if you want SACD/DVD-A. Check out the Denon line (I believe a little less costly than Oppos, but you are going to pay for SACD/DVD-A capabilities -- no basic player has them, although many less expensive Sonys will play SACD if you are willing to give up DVD-A). Alternatively, if you don't care about 3D and streaming, check out older models from Oppo, Denon, etc.
post #13585 of 16493
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Originally Posted by nyc2socal View Post

What is the cheapest most basic player YOU would buy?
Never owned a blu ray player, thinking of getting one just to play blu ray discs (not even DVDs).. No need for streaming (my apple tv and roku handle that).. All I need is one hdmi connection to my receiver (in other words, I don't need any other connections).. That's what I mean by basic.
Been looking at the Sony bdp-s185/18. That one looked basic enough..

Let me rephrase that.. Its not that I don't WANT any other connections, but rather, I don't NEED any other connections (hence, should not be used as a "pro", but I understand that most players have other connections)...
post #13586 of 16493
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

Your options are somewhat limited if you want SACD/DVD-A. Check out the Denon line (I believe a little less costly than Oppos, but you are going to pay for SACD/DVD-A capabilities -- no basic player has them, although many less expensive Sonys will play SACD if you are willing to give up DVD-A). Alternatively, if you don't care about 3D and streaming, check out older models from Oppo, Denon, etc.

Thanks for the response.I knew I was pretty limited, but I was hoping there was something out there I hadn't seen. Unfortunately the discontinued Oppo BDP-80 would have been perfect for my needs.

Yamaha and Denon have products that are the same or more than Oppo. Pioneer does have a BDP-140 budget universal player, (currently less than half of an Oppo), but I don't know if it has all the playback options (DTS wav, m2ts files, etc) that the PS3 can do, and I believe the Oppo can handle.
post #13587 of 16493
Hi everyone,

I just got myself a Samsung UN60ES8000 TV set and I want to get a blu ray player to hook up to it. Is there any benefit to getting the same brand blu ray as the TV?

Anyway, the things I'd like it to do are:

Play 3D
Good picture quality
Decent sound quality - at the moment I will just be using the speakers on the TV - I live in an apartment building and so I don't think there's a whole lot of point with a top of the range audio set up when I have to keep the volume down anyway. However, in the future it would be good to have it be able to work with a decent sound system.
Good upscaling of regular DVDs
The TV has wireless and therefore access to netflix and those sorts of things, so I don't need that, unless having wireless would be useful for some other reason I'm not aware of.

Any thoughts?

Thanks muchly
post #13588 of 16493
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Originally Posted by Titus Webb View Post

Hi everyone,
I just got myself a Samsung UN60ES8000 TV set and I want to get a blu ray player to hook up to it. Is there any benefit to getting the same brand blu ray as the TV?
Anyway, the things I'd like it to do are:
Play 3D
Good picture quality
Decent sound quality - at the moment I will just be using the speakers on the TV - I live in an apartment building and so I don't think there's a whole lot of point with a top of the range audio set up when I have to keep the volume down anyway. However, in the future it would be good to have it be able to work with a decent sound system.
Good upscaling of regular DVDs
The TV has wireless and therefore access to netflix and those sorts of things, so I don't need that, unless having wireless would be useful for some other reason I'm not aware of.
Any thoughts?
Thanks muchly

First, the only benefit of getting the same brand is that you may be able to use one remote for both.
Second, BluRay players generally do a better job streaming than displays (Netflix looks significantly better streaming on my Panny BluRay player than my Panny plasma, despite the fact that they are both 2011 models), so I would absolutely recommend a player that has streaming capabilities.
Third, the most popular players are Panny (220) and Sony (390 without 3D, and 590 with 3D). I strongly recommend both these brands over Samsung players. Oppo is also a very popular brand, but is considerably more expensive due to better audio DACs (for analog audio outs).
post #13589 of 16493
so my 60gb ps3 went ylod and i got a replacement and decided to retire it to "game only" duty as i dont want to risk it crapping out on me agian. currently i have a samsung bdp-1400(does anyone else still use theirs) and its very slow, only 1.0 spec, makes a high pitch whirr when its playing movies that though quiet i find very annoying, and its acting very strange i think it may be dying . im looking into getting a new player that has excellent upconversion, netflix, the ability to stream movies from my computer(either through XBMC or Tversity), and 3d. i probably want to spend no more than 300. ideally id like to go with a Sony BDP-S790 or Pioneer bdp-430 but im open to suggestions on other brands and models. also are all 3d bluray players compatible with all forms of 3d(passive/shudder). my current tv is a 37lg50 but i keep buying the extended warranty through lg so at some point when it breaks i will upgrade to a 47"(or larger depending on space/price) 3d set and want to not have to buy yet another bluray player for 3d
Edited by swarm87 - 6/12/12 at 10:27am
post #13590 of 16493
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

First, the only benefit of getting the same brand is that you may be able to use one remote for both.
Second, BluRay players generally do a better job streaming than displays (Netflix looks significantly better streaming on my Panny BluRay player than my Panny plasma, despite the fact that they are both 2011 models), so I would absolutely recommend a player that has streaming capabilities.
Third, the most popular players are Panny (220) and Sony (390 without 3D, and 590 with 3D). I strongly recommend both these brands over Samsung players. Oppo is also a very popular brand, but is considerably more expensive due to better audio DACs (for analog audio outs).

Thanks BillP,

I was looking through the various comments in here and was toying over the Sony 790 and the Panasonic 500. Both are significantly more expensive than the 220 and the 590. With the Sony apparently that's to do with much better upscaling of DVDs and in both cases with having two HDMI outs. Is there anything else that they do that makes them better and do you think it justifies the double the price? I'm not too concerned about spending money on this, but I don't want to if there's little to no benefit. I'm also thinking I might get an AVR and some speakers, so the extra HDMI may well be useful.

Thanks again
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