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post #14281 of 16461
Hi everyone, first time poster here.

I am looking for a blu ray player for my home setup. My main requirement is, that it has to be able to stream videos from my home network. Mostly MKVs, AVIs and DVDs from various sources (can current Blu ray players stream DVDs over internet from an ISO file or a VIDEO_TS folder?) Flac streaming is great plus. The streaming has to be from a SAMBA share, *NOT* through DLNA. Besides that the player will be used to watch regular DVDs, blu ray discs only occasionally. I don't need wifi or 3d.

I've been looking at the LG BP420 for a long time, however I only recently learned about Cinavia. Does Cinavia protection also affect the playback of MKVs or is it only relevant for blu ray discs? I also may be able to get an LG BD660 which seems to be without Cinavia. What other players should I look at? Oppo is out of the league as they cost 700-800 euros here.

Thanks a lot
post #14282 of 16461
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Originally Posted by molnart View Post

Hi everyone, first time poster here.

I am looking for a blu ray player for my home setup. My main requirement is, that it has to be able to stream videos from my home network. Mostly MKVs, AVIs and DVDs from various sources (can current Blu ray players stream DVDs over internet from an ISO file or a VIDEO_TS folder?) Flac streaming is great plus. The streaming has to be from a SAMBA share, *NOT* through DLNA. Besides that the player will be used to watch regular DVDs, blu ray discs only occasionally. I don't need wifi or 3d.

I've been looking at the LG BP420 for a long time, however I only recently learned about Cinavia. Does Cinavia protection also affect the playback of MKVs or is it only relevant for blu ray discs? I also may be able to get an LG BD660 which seems to be without Cinavia. What other players should I look at? Oppo is out of the league as they cost 700-800 euros here.

Thanks a lot

Welcome to AVSForum.

You may be happier with a media server product: http://www.avsforum.com/f/39/networking-media-servers-amp-content-streamers

I believe the Dunes play Blu-ray; maybe others?

-Bill
post #14283 of 16461
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

Welcome to AVSForum.
You may be happier with a media server product: http://www.avsforum.com/f/39/networking-media-servers-amp-content-streamers
I believe the Dunes play Blu-ray; maybe others?
-Bill

I had 2 media streamers in the past, but none of them could convince me enough to keep them. Then i switched to a HTPC with XBMC, however as it was used only occassionally i turned it into a full-fledged computer. Now I am using a Raspberry Pi with XBMC, but i need something to play DVDs as well. Media streamers are too simple to my taste, but i can tolerate simplicty if there comes disc playback with the device. Also I dont want to spend more than than 150 EUR (in that case I would build a second HTPC)
post #14284 of 16461
Ok, guys. I have a dilemma. My old Phillips DVD player went belly up and the wife wants a BRD to replace the "burried" piece of electronics. While this may seem like a simple request, and normally I wouldn't need some advice, I must have a BRD that uses composite video inputs. None of the Sony BRD's have them, as Panasonic and Samsung do not have them either.

Aside from replacing the TV, which is "verboten", can you give me some suggestions for "Cyber Monday"?
post #14285 of 16461
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Originally Posted by lbrande View Post

Ok, guys. I have a dilemma. My old Phillips DVD player went belly up and the wife wants a BRD to replace the "burried" piece of electronics. While this may seem like a simple request, and normally I wouldn't need some advice, I must have a BRD that uses composite video inputs. None of the Sony BRD's have them, as Panasonic and Samsung do not have them either.

Aside from replacing the TV, which is "verboten", can you give me some suggestions for "Cyber Monday"?

You mean composite output, not input, right?

Are you sure you mean composite and not component? The first will not carry hidef video. The second will, although there are recent licensing restrictions on that.

-Bill
post #14286 of 16461
I'm guessing he means component, in which case, just pick up something like a used Sony 570 or other pre-2011 model. All blu-ray players still have composite outputs.
post #14287 of 16461
Thanks for the quick response
To make sure I am better understood:

1-Output from the BRD.
2-To make my ignorance more understandable, the 3 rca output video ( Y,PB,PR ), not the singular (yellow), which is, due to my error.
post #14288 of 16461
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Originally Posted by lbrande View Post

Thanks for the quick response
To make sure I am better understood:

1-Output from the BRD.
2-To make my ignorance more understandable, the 3 rca output video ( Y,PB,PR ), not the singular (yellow), which is, due to my error.

As was said, you'll need an older player. Rules changes first handicapped then eliminated component video on current Blu-ray players.

We have a couple of threads here on this which list suitable models, but I haven't seen one active recently. Try searching for "analog sunset" or "component".

-Bill
post #14289 of 16461
Thanks Bill, Will do.
post #14290 of 16461
Help!!!

I've got a shittacular LG BD670 that freezes, crashes, won't stream well, etc.

I need Netflix and Amazon. I've been looking at the Sony BDP-S590 or the Panasonic DMP-BDT220.

What do you recommend? I want to stay under $100 if possible. Wifi not required, connected via ethernet for better streaming.

Thanks - Graeme
post #14291 of 16461
Pretty sure none of the new BD players have component.
post #14292 of 16461
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Originally Posted by Mav3481 View Post

Help!!!
I've got a shittacular LG BD670 that freezes, crashes, won't stream well, etc.
I need Netflix and Amazon. I've been looking at the Sony BDP-S590 or the Panasonic DMP-BDT220.
What do you recommend? I want to stay under $100 if possible. Wifi not required, connected via ethernet for better streaming.
Thanks - Graeme
Panny does amazon, but not in DD5.1. Sony does, so I'd go with that. Sony's Netflix app is better too (adds stream bitrate/quality display). If you don't need 3D, you could drop down to the 390 and save a few bucks.
post #14293 of 16461

Inexpensive 3D Blueray player with 2 HMDI outputs desired

Hi
Any current model 3D blueray players with 2 HDMI outputs that are less than $300? Any earlier models that come to mind that should be considered? I have a surround sound decoder that is not 3D compliant, so would need to send HMDI video signal to Plasma and the Integra 9.8 receives the HDMI for audio
Thanks mark
post #14294 of 16461
Sony BDP-S790 $200
Panasonic BDT500 $277

Older ones aren't really worth considering.
post #14295 of 16461
Just bought a Samsung 3-D TV

I have a Direct TV DVR (HR-21) & a very old Panasonic SA-HT75 DVD/AV receiver.

Connecting the DVR to the TV is no problem as they both have HDMI connections. However, the Panasonic receiver obviously does not. I can use an S-video to RCA adapter to keep the Panasonic unit as is, but I won't get the 3D sound benefits.

Some 3D blu-ray players I've seen have surround sound, but for the playing DVD's only. I want the same feature in a new unit as I have currently where I'm able to have surround sound for DVD's & television channels.

I've narrowed the 3D player to the Panasonic DMP-BDT220. Can anyone recommend an A/V receiver that includes speakers or home theater system that includes speakers & does surround sound for television channels?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.
Edited by cmjb13 - 11/26/12 at 7:12pm
post #14296 of 16461
Can't you simply send video to the 3D display over HDMI and audio separately to your AV receiver, either with analog RCA connectors (in which case you'd need a BluRay player with analog audio outs) or digitally via coax or optical? What are the audio inputs of your receiver? It may be time for a new receiver!
post #14297 of 16461
It's a really old unit from 2002. No HDMI on this one.

home.comcast.net/~cmjb13/unit.jpg
post #14298 of 16461
I'm looking for a Blu-Ray player that will stream video content well from my Synology Disk Station as well as Amazon Prime videos. I assume that any DLNA compliant player should work for the Synology streaming, but most players I've looked at on Amazon don't make any reference to that.

That's really about it for my requirements. The TV it will connect to is an older model Hitachi 720p/1080i model so the picture quality will be limited anyway. It will output audio to an Onkyo TX SR515 receiver connected to a 4.1 (no center channel) speaker system.

Any thoughts? I am on a tight budget here of less than $100. If I can't do that then I will just continue to use the PS3 in another room. (first world problem, I know...)
post #14299 of 16461
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Originally Posted by cmjb13 View Post

Just bought a Samsung 3-D TV

I have a Direct TV DVR (HR-21) & a very old Panasonic SA-HT75 DVD/AV receiver.

Connecting the DVR to the TV is no problem as they both have HDMI connections. However, the Panasonic receiver obviously does not. I can use an S-video to RCA adapter to keep the Panasonic unit as is, but I won't get the 3D sound benefits.

Some 3D blu-ray players I've seen have surround sound, but for the playing DVD's only. I want the same feature in a new unit as I have currently where I'm able to have surround sound for DVD's & television channels.

Can anyone recommend any units that are blu-ray player/AV receiver in one? Or recommend 2 separate units. Looking for decent units at a decent price.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

I think the first thing you should decide is whether you want to continue to have a single unit to function as your disc player and receiver, or if you want to get separate units. Pros of having a single unit would be mostly be saving space by having a more compact unit and having a single remote included which handles receiver and disc functions.

Cons would be less audio and video input options compared to having a dedicated receiver, probably less emphasis on audio quality overall and higher replacement cost if the device fails or becomes obsolete.

I would suggest going with separate units unless having a single unit is important to you for some reason.

The overall cost may be a little higher with separate components, but you'll get more for your money in terms of features and flexibility.

The Sony BDP-S590 is a great value for BD player.

Receivers are a different topic altogether, there are other topics on AVS for that discussion. I would suggest checking out Denon and Onkyo receivers. Try to get something with Audyssey room correction or equivalent.

Sony also makes a home theater Blu-ray player with amplifier built into it, though i have not used it myself. You'll want to make sure that any all in one units you consider have an optical, coaxial or hdmi digital input that can accept surround output from your TV or cable box.
post #14300 of 16461
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Originally Posted by Mav3481 View Post

Help!!!
I've got a shittacular LG BD670 that freezes, crashes, won't stream well, etc.
I need Netflix and Amazon. I've been looking at the Sony BDP-S590 or the Panasonic DMP-BDT220.
What do you recommend? I want to stay under $100 if possible. Wifi not required, connected via ethernet for better streaming.
Thanks - Graeme

Both players will work well for your purposes. Sony's amazon interface is nicer IMO than panasonic's but both work well enough. Both are right around $100 as well.
post #14301 of 16461
I prefer to have a combined blu-ray/surround sound A/V receiver, similar to the Panasonic I have now.

The Cons against separate units as I see it are that the Blu-ray/surround sound units, only play surround sound while playing DVD's, not TV channels.

Also, if I go that route, most A/V units do not come with speakers (4 or 5) and I'd like them included in a combined unit.

Blu-Ray
Surround sound for DVD & TV (A/V)
Comes with speakers

I haven't come across any yet that meet all 3. This Panasonic was made in the early 2000's, so I find it hard to believe (though not impossible), that a similar combined unit is not available today.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
post #14302 of 16461
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Originally Posted by cmjb13 View Post

I prefer to have a combined blu-ray/surround sound A/V receiver, similar to the Panasonic I have now.
The Cons against separate units as I see it are that the Blu-ray/surround sound units, only play surround sound while playing DVD's, not TV channels.
Also, if I go that route, most A/V units do not come with speakers (4 or 5) and I'd like them included in a combined unit.
Blu-Ray
Surround sound for DVD & TV (A/V)
Comes with speakers
I haven't come across any yet that meet all 3. This Panasonic was made in the early 2000's, so I find it hard to believe (though not impossible), that a similar combined unit is not available today.
Any suggestions?
Thanks.

There's a discussion group about Home theater in a box, that will have a receiver, speakers and some kind of bluray / dvd player.

I think you want to set a price that you want to spend so people can help you within that. I think you need to look at the separate units as a system rather than just looking at the bluray player. Except for the newest Oppos, most bluray players now don't have inputs from other devices, so you need to look at them as sources of media, like your cable box. The bluray players don't need to do this, since the receiver that you will have is more than capable of doing what you need it to do.

The plus is that you are now free to get an inexpensive bluray player that is probably much more capable than the built in units, while being able to play any sound formats you want (2.0, 2.1, surround 5.1, 6.1, 7.1(?)) through the receiver.
post #14303 of 16461
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Originally Posted by TNO821 View Post

You aren't understanding Sony's model number naming convention. The Sony 390 is the current generation, just as the 590 is. The last generation was the 380 and 580 and the generation before that was the 370 and 570.
If a person doesn't have/want a 3D TV, then I can see no reason to buy the Sony 590. The 390 will work fine and does have built-in Wi-Fi. It cannot play 3D Blu-rays, but most people shouldn't give a crap about that.

I made an error. I always thought both our decks were "3" series. Our Oakland deck is a 470. I will check model of Miami deck next week. Just looked at model number on deck!!
post #14304 of 16461
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Originally Posted by cmjb13 View Post

I prefer to have a combined blu-ray/surround sound A/V receiver, similar to the Panasonic I have now.

The Cons against separate units as I see it are that the Blu-ray/surround sound units, only play surround sound while playing DVD's, not TV channels.

Also, if I go that route, most A/V units do not come with speakers (4 or 5) and I'd like them included in a combined unit.

Blu-Ray
Surround sound for DVD & TV (A/V)
Comes with speakers

I haven't come across any yet that meet all 3. This Panasonic was made in the early 2000's, so I find it hard to believe (though not impossible), that a similar combined unit is not available today.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.

As Hernana mentioned you can probably get better details in the Home Theater In a Box discussions since that seems to be your preference for devices , whereas this thread is geared towards dedicated Blu-ray players.

However, something like the Sony BDVN790W should work. That system has HDMI inputs, so you should be able to connect your DirectTV receiver 's HDMI output to the receiver to give you surround audio and pass the video to your TV. I'm sure there are other similar systems with HDMI inputs.
post #14305 of 16461
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Originally Posted by PenskeFile View Post

I'm looking for a Blu-Ray player that will stream video content well from my Synology Disk Station as well as Amazon Prime videos. I assume that any DLNA compliant player should work for the Synology streaming, but most players I've looked at on Amazon don't make any reference to that.

That's really about it for my requirements. The TV it will connect to is an older model Hitachi 720p/1080i model so the picture quality will be limited anyway. It will output audio to an Onkyo TX SR515 receiver connected to a 4.1 (no center channel) speaker system.

Any thoughts? I am on a tight budget here of less than $100. If I can't do that then I will just continue to use the PS3 in another room. (first world problem, I know...)

If your Synology has a media server function that uses UPnP, most any player that supports DLNA/UPnP should work in theory. Serviio can be installed on some of the Synology devices as well, which may provide additional capabilities. However, not all DLNA devices are created equal. I have found LG's DLNA implementation to be buggy and Panasonic doesn't have a good reputation for DLNA. Given your price range, I would suggest going for one of the Sony players, either BDP-S590/BDP-BX59 or BDP-S390 as Sony seems to have one of the most reliable DLNA implementations.
post #14306 of 16461
Best blu-ray player for DLNA streaming .wtv files from Windows 7 media center

I have a Win7 computer upstairs that I use as a media center to stream recorded shows from the InfiniTV 4 cablecard tuner throughout the house. I have the bdp s590 and an earlier ethernet only Sony (can't remember the name) that are DLNA compliant and both play the native .wtv from the media center fine. Yesterday, I bought a Samsung 40UE5300 that I thought would also stream the recorded .wtv files. Sadly, I was mistaken. Samsung's AllShare cannot play the .wtv files and I don't want to entertain the thought of converting 500 GB worth of recorded content. It seems the easiest way would be to buy another Blu-ray player or media player for the sole purpose of streaming the DLNA to the Samsung. Kind of irritating that my ancient 55" Samsung LED from 2009 can do the DLNA thing and the new "Smart TV" can't...

Anyways, looking for the best and or cheapest recommendation for a player that can seamlessly stream .wtv without any hassle smile.gif

Thanks much!

John

Edit: and reading the previous posts directly before mine, I assume the the bdp s390 and 590 may be the best after all
post #14307 of 16461
I find streaming wtv from an HTPC, especially over wireless, is hit or miss with my 390. I think an Xbox or Echo extender is a better approach. Used Xbox's can usually be had for $100 or less. But if it's working for you already, I guess you be happy with more sonys.
post #14308 of 16461
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Originally Posted by ataxic_dentist View Post

Best blu-ray player for DLNA streaming .wtv files from Windows 7 media center

I have a Win7 computer upstairs that I use as a media center to stream recorded shows from the InfiniTV 4 cablecard tuner throughout the house. I have the bdp s590 and an earlier ethernet only Sony (can't remember the name) that are DLNA compliant and both play the native .wtv from the media center fine. Yesterday, I bought a Samsung 40UE5300 that I thought would also stream the recorded .wtv files. Sadly, I was mistaken. Samsung's AllShare cannot play the .wtv files and I don't want to entertain the thought of converting 500 GB worth of recorded content. It seems the easiest way would be to buy another Blu-ray player or media player for the sole purpose of streaming the DLNA to the Samsung. Kind of irritating that my ancient 55" Samsung LED from 2009 can do the DLNA thing and the new "Smart TV" can't...

Anyways, looking for the best and or cheapest recommendation for a player that can seamlessly stream .wtv without any hassle smile.gif

Thanks much!

John

Edit: and reading the previous posts directly before mine, I assume the the bdp s390 and 590 may be the best after all

Sounds like another Sony would do the trick, but have you tried to resolve from the server side? If you use something like Serviio that can transcode or remux, it could be that you need to tweak the device profile or use a different profile to resolve.
post #14309 of 16461
Well wouldn't you know it! I get home and temporarily move the s590 to the new samsung leaving the PS3 for blu-ray duty (hdmi is burnt out on it or it would be my primary upstairs) and now I can't stream any recorded content using wired or wireless!!!! mad.gif Meanwhile the unknown model number older Sony is fine. Photos, music, and sample video works, but the recorded shows do not show up. I have them hooked up exactly the same to the same TV and the older works while the s590 doesn't. WTH!! In all honesty I can't remember if I ever even hooked up the s590 and tried it for .wtv streaming as the computer is also hooked up upstairs and I just watch off of that.

Any ideas?

Dave, OMG I DIDN'T KNOW THE ECHO IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER! Anyone know when the release date will be? I LOVE the tv tuner upstairs.

Vamp, I will look into your suggestion tomorrow while I am "working". It sound pretty technical and something I will have to devote some learning time to.

AD

Edit: Forgot to add I do have an old extremely hot running 360 upstairs that hardly ever gets use. Do I need a 360 or can an old regular xbox do the streaming?
post #14310 of 16461
I need to make a decision in the next few days between purchasing the panasonic dmp-bdt 500 or Sony bdp-s790. I am using this on a 106" Elunevision reference screen with Panasonic AE7000U projector so I need top-notch video as the first row of seating in the theater room is only 10 feet away from screen. In addition, I have a HK 3600 reciever with Energy veritas speaker and SVS sub so I want the audio to the best possible. I do not plan on streaming alot of stuff, however I want to make sure the player has a decent streaming capability as well. Also, what player seems to be more reliable?
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