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post #14461 of 16455
Looking for easy to use player with a decent sized on screen display

Mom just turned 80 and we picked her up a 46 inch Sharp TV so she can see better but she can be easily intimidated by technology ad stopped watching DVD's because she couldn't see the display on the unit. So we are looking an easy to use player with a decent on screen display. Any ideas?
post #14462 of 16455
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Originally Posted by GEOgamer View Post

So does or not Panasonic DMP BDT220 have CINAVIA protection ?
Some saying yes and some no. Which is the truth?

All Blu-ray players released after February 1, 2012 are required to implement Cinavia:

http://www.verance.com/AdminSavR/news/news_item.php?news_id=66&arch_yr=1

The DMP BDT220 was released in March of 2012, therefore it is affected by this requirement. The use manual states that the player supports Cinavia specifically as well:

http://www.manualowl.com/m/Panasonic/DMPBDT220/Manual/257386?page=38
post #14463 of 16455
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Originally Posted by GEOgamer View Post

So does or not Panasonic DMP BDT220 have CINAVIA protection ?
Some saying yes and some no. Which is the truth?
I believe all the 2012 models from all manufacturers have it, so yes. But the 110/210 does not (last year's models).
post #14464 of 16455
Ok. But from Panny 220 version and Sony bdp s590 is Panny the better choice from disk play sound & picture quality ? Also Pannys firmware is easy hakable by custom one which I never heard about Sony.
Do you think its worth to return Sony and buy Panny 220 ?
post #14465 of 16455
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Originally Posted by GEOgamer View Post

Ok. But from Panny 220 version and Sony bdp s590 is Panny the better choice from disk play sound & picture quality ? Also Pannys firmware is easy hakable by custom one which I never heard about Sony.
Do you think its worth to return Sony and buy Panny 220 ?

Sound and picture quality should be very comparable.

Panasonic has more options for tweaking the picture which may be helpful when upscaling DVDs. Sony has better DLNA and supports SACD, which the Panasonic does not.
post #14466 of 16455
I need it mostly to play Blu Ray movies from disk and some MKV-AVI-MTS files from USB, i don't care about Netflix or Hulu.
So which one to choose, keep Sony or get rid of it and buy Panny ?
post #14467 of 16455
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Originally Posted by GEOgamer View Post

I need it mostly to play Blu Ray movies from disk and some MKV-AVI-MTS files from USB, i don't care about Netflix or Hulu.
So which one to choose, keep Sony or get rid of it and buy Panny ?

Panny doesnt support AVI/Xvid/Divx from what I read, so that automatically took it off my list
post #14468 of 16455
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Originally Posted by Toe View Post

Looking for a good bang/buck solid 3d blu ray player. Dont need anything fancy or expensive as this player will see minimal use, but want good reliability.

Sony BDP-S590 and Panasonic DMP BDT220 both offer bang for buck and have strong reputations.
post #14469 of 16455
I'm looking for a Blu-ray player for my mancave, $250.00 or less. I currently own a PS3 as my main player and am happy with it but would like to try a standalone unit this time rather than buy a second PS3. Read some good things about the Sony BDP-S790 but am unsure whether it's as good or better than the PS3. Main concerns would be BD load times and DVD upconversion and how they compare to the PS3.

TIA
post #14470 of 16455
Dear experts,

My home theatre consists of DENON 3313CI AVR, EPSON 8530 and Mirage OMD speakers.

I currently have a samsung 6500 blu ray player.

I want to upgrade my blu ray player.

I am trying to understand the big difference between the samsung/sony blu ray players vs OPPO.

When you go with Oppo BDP 103 - IS THERE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN VIDEO AND AUDIO.

IS IT WORTH THE PRIC?? MY PRIMARY USE WILL BE BLU RAY MOVIES AND NETFLIX.

Your advice is greatly appreciated.
post #14471 of 16455
You know I have Sony BD s590 but I dont like sound quality, also Cinavia isnt removable, also I cant find any custom firmware for it. I was trying to get Panny 220 version over it but I cant find person who can gives me the strong argumment to do it, any other players are just a waste of time.
So Sony s590 vs Panny 220.
post #14472 of 16455
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Originally Posted by GEOgamer View Post

You know I have Sony BD s590 but I dont like sound quality, also Cinavia isnt removable, also I cant find any custom firmware for it. I was trying to get Panny 220 version over it but I cant find person who can gives me the strong argumment to do it, any other players are just a waste of time.
So Sony s590 vs Panny 220.

Again, the BDP-S590 digital outputs (HDMI, optical and coaxial) bitstream the content from whatever media you play. If you are using the digital outputs, subpar sound quality would have to be explained by something else in your setup other than the player (if not the media itself or the connection/service feeding the player in the case of online content).

Are you using the digital outputs or the stereo analog outs?

And what are you looking to accomplish via 'custom firmware'?
post #14473 of 16455
Im using HDMI, changed cable several times, didnt help. I wanted custom firmware to get rid from Cinavia and play PAL format media.
post #14474 of 16455
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Originally Posted by GEOgamer View Post

Im using HDMI, changed cable several times, didnt help. I wanted custom firmware to get rid from Cinavia and play PAL format media.
Cinavia is not disabled with the enhanced firmware. Features here.

http://www.firmwareinfo.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=234#advfeatures

S~
post #14475 of 16455
Experts - Please advice....

SONY S790 OR PANASONIC BDT500 - WHICH ONE DO YOU SUGGEST?

MY TOP PRIORITIES AND PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY.

TKS
post #14476 of 16455
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Originally Posted by mirage1000 View Post

Experts - Please advice....
SONY S790 OR PANASONIC BDT500 - WHICH ONE DO YOU SUGGEST?
MY TOP PRIORITIES AND PICTURE AND SOUND QUALITY.
TKS
With BD, you will not notice a difference between the two. Advantages/disadvantages between the two lie in other features. For DVD scaling, 3D, and start-up, I prefer the Panasonics. For DLNA, Amazon Prime streaming, regular CD playback, I prefer the Sony (has Gracenote for album art).

S~
post #14477 of 16455
Hi all,

Looking for my first 3D bluray player, just to update my home system (use the AC Ryan mediaplayer for movies now)

My system:
-Panasonic P42GT30 FullHD 3D plasma TV
-Onkyo HTR548 3D ready AV Receiver
-AC Ryan PlayonHD Mini mediaplayer
-Logitech Harmony One remote

My needs:
-very good 2d and 3d bluray disk PQ/good DVD upscaling.
-DTS-HD MA/Dolby TrueHD passthrough to the AV Receiver
-h264/mkv through USB HDD, with (readable) subtitles.
-wifi connection (just for the fun of it, can't get Netflix/Vudu/other VOD content in Romania. Don't know if Sony Entertainment Network is working though). Various apps would be a plus, but not that important.
-no need for DLNA
-don't care for matching remotes, since I use the Harmony anyway.


Narrowed my search down to Sony 590 and the Panny 220, both available for the same price, but it seems that now I can get the Samsung BD-E6100 and the Sony 790 at a discounted price:

Local prices:
Sony BDP590/Panny DMT220: $200.
Discounted Sony BDP790: $265 (versus $325 regular price).
Discounted Samsung BD-E6100: $160 (versus $200 regular price).

I saw that the differences between the 790 and the 590 are skype (don't care about it) and 4k upscale, don't know if it's really worth it.
Is the Sammy E6100 that bad for what I need?
Should I stick with 590/220 or can I go with the Sammy?

Cheers,
Chris.
post #14478 of 16455
I would not even consider owning the Samsung. I've owned two and got rid of them both. As for the Sony and Panasonic, 6 of one, half dozen of the other. Take your pick. I own both the Sony and Panasonic. Each has its own pluses and minuses. I prefer the Panasonic for BD, DVD, and 3D. I prefer the Sony for streaming. PQ and AQ for Blu-ray is the same between the two. Panasonic is slightly faster in start-up times.

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post #14479 of 16455
Great mate, thanks.

In that case, I willl probably go with the Panny, at least it matches the TV set.

Cheers,
Chris.
post #14480 of 16455
Until I get an Oppo 103, is there any difference in the video quality of BD and DVD playback of my PS3 vs my S550? I will compare myself. Just wondering what others have experienced.

How does the video playback of the 103 compare with the PS3 and S550?
How is the surround decoding and DAC's of the Oppo 103 compared to the S550?

thanks

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post #14481 of 16455
Hello everyone,

I am trying to decide between LG BP 620 & Panasonic DMP-BDT220. Apart from the usual streaming like Netflix, Youtube, etc, I would like to play some movies from my external hard drive through. These files are in avi, mpg, mp4, MTS, MKV. Could you please let me know if 620 and 220 will play these files from external hard drive.

Thanks for your help.
post #14482 of 16455
Yes, the LG 620 will play these files from the hard drive and I suspect the 220 will too.
post #14483 of 16455
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Originally Posted by rgs View Post

Yes, the LG 620 will play these files from the hard drive and I suspect the 220 will too.
The 220 will not.
post #14484 of 16455
Looking for a solid player that costs no more than 150 MSRP (Amazon has a lot of them around this range on sale for under 100) that functions well with DLNA. I already purchased the Sony BDP-S590 BUT it refuses to acknowledge my Buffalo Linkstation Pro network attached storage (NAS) drive. My LG BD570 has no problem recognizing this same hard drive, and it seems that some Sony blu-ray players are simply incompatible with my NAS.

I'm considering getting the LG BP620 (since my current LG player functions adequately for DLNA streaming), the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 and Samsung BD-E5900. Again, I'm putting a strong emphasis on DLNA video streaming capability and I guess whatever is compatible with the most video format types.
post #14485 of 16455
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Originally Posted by Jamaro85 View Post

Looking for a solid player that costs no more than 150 MSRP (Amazon has a lot of them around this range on sale for under 100) that functions well with DLNA. I already purchased the Sony BDP-S590 BUT it refuses to acknowledge my Buffalo Linkstation Pro network attached storage (NAS) drive. My LG BD570 has no problem recognizing this same hard drive, and it seems that some Sony blu-ray players are simply incompatible with my NAS.
I'm considering getting the LG BP620 (since my current LG player functions adequately for DLNA streaming), the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 and Samsung BD-E5900. Again, I'm putting a strong emphasis on DLNA video streaming capability and I guess whatever is compatible with the most video format types.
Not familiar with the LG units. You might want to check their owners' thread. I can tell you that for DLNA, Panasonic would be a poor choice. If you want the best player with the best DLNA support, Oppo is the way to go, but that would go well beyond your budget.

S~
post #14486 of 16455
Is there a list of Blu-Ray players and their features etc? I am wondering if there is a BD player with 3D and analog outputs for less $200 or less.
post #14487 of 16455
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamaro85 View Post

Looking for a solid player that costs no more than 150 MSRP (Amazon has a lot of them around this range on sale for under 100) that functions well with DLNA. I already purchased the Sony BDP-S590 BUT it refuses to acknowledge my Buffalo Linkstation Pro network attached storage (NAS) drive. My LG BD570 has no problem recognizing this same hard drive, and it seems that some Sony blu-ray players are simply incompatible with my NAS.

I'm considering getting the LG BP620 (since my current LG player functions adequately for DLNA streaming), the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 and Samsung BD-E5900. Again, I'm putting a strong emphasis on DLNA video streaming capability and I guess whatever is compatible with the most video format types.

Is the BDP-S590 failing to see your NAS at all? Have you verified that your NAS has its DLNA/UPnP server turned on?

One difference in the Sony vs. LG players is that Sony requires DLNA/UPnP whereas LG also supports SMB/CIFS. If the NAS is configured correctly in this respect, you'll likely have two different icons representing your NAS on the LG player (one for SMB/CIFS, one for DLNA).

I don 't use a NAS, but recently replaced my BD570 with a BDP-S590 mainly for Sony's more reliable DLNA performance.
post #14488 of 16455
Question.

I've tried the search feature but I could'nt get a positive answer. I'm looking for a Blu-ray player with (hopefully analog) volume control and channel trim features. I want to hook it up with the 7.1 multich outputs to the my receivers inputs. I have an older Arcam AVR350 that I'm happy with sonically but it is feature lacking. I don't think I could do much better amplifying my speakers without spending big money. The 7.1 multichannel inputs bypass all DSP or other stuff with only the volume control being in the path. I was also hoping for DLNA support in the blu-ray player to be able to stream video/audio/pictures from my home server as well as Netflix support. Maybe some lesser expensive options if there are any.

As a side would I have problems with bass being to low in volume if I ran my system as above because of that +/-10db bass standard of some of the audio standards? I really don't even know what/how to ask this question as I really don't understand it much

thanks in advance.
Joseph
post #14489 of 16455
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Originally Posted by MIAB View Post

Question.
I've tried the search feature but I could'nt get a positive answer. I'm looking for a Blu-ray player with (hopefully analog) volume control and channel trim features. I want to hook it up with the 7.1 multich outputs to the my receivers inputs. I have an older Arcam AVR350 that I'm happy with sonically but it is feature lacking. I don't think I could do much better amplifying my speakers without spending big money. The 7.1 multichannel inputs bypass all DSP or other stuff with only the volume control being in the path. I was also hoping for DLNA support in the blu-ray player to be able to stream video/audio/pictures from my home server as well as Netflix support. Maybe some lesser expensive options if there are any.
As a side would I have problems with bass being to low in volume if I ran my system as above because of that +/-10db bass standard of some of the audio standards? I really don't even know what/how to ask this question as I really don't understand it much
thanks in advance.
Joseph

The Oppo BDP-103 would do what you want. Another option is the Panasonic DMP-BDT500, but its DLNA capabilites are suspect compared to the Oppos. The best analog connections are available in the high end Oppo, the BDP-105, but that is an investment unless you're willing to pay for the best. The BDP-103 is more than good enough for high end sound.

The prices: BDT-500 is 288, the BDP-103 is 499, the BDP-105 is 1199. The BDP-105 is so filled with features, that some folks are using it as a pre-pro, going straight to amps.

I'd recommend the BDP-103, but you haven't given a budget, so....

As to the boost in LFE, it's just a compensation that you do on your sub channel trims on your Arcam. The LFE signal is -10db out of the player on analog signals, just have to boost it after it comes in.
post #14490 of 16455
Looking for a BlueRay or Media Player for bedroom. Budget around $100.00

Sound quality not extremely important as its for a bedroom with no audio setup, just TV speakers.

Want network ability, would like to be able to stream movies from my HTPC located in the media room, prefer WIFI. My files are ALL converted to MKV.
And/Or be able to hook up an external hard drive with movies on it.
Access to netflix

Was looking at Media Players, but seeing most BluRay players have the same functions and also allow me to put in an actual disc too.

Suggestions?
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