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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

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.

Thank you hernanu. You said "The BDP-105 is so filled with features, that some folks are using it as a pre-pro, going straight to amps." This is exactly what I was hoping to accomplish. I know the Oppo's have HDMI ins which really make it work as a source control center but I was wondering about the volume control/trim features in particular. The Oppo 105 is a too costly but the 103 is closer to being reasonable. I was hoping to find a cheaper option from the big asian companies. Does the Panasonic DMP-BDT500 have a volume control? Can I boost the LFE 10db and set speaker delays in the Panny?

thanks again
post #14492 of 16493
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Originally Posted by tbraden32 View Post

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?

The Sony BDP-S590 or BDP-S390 would be good options if you were to run a DLNA server that can transcode on your HTPC (such as Serviio). Note however that Wifi may not be sufficient for streaming high bit rate files (such as full quality Blu-ray rips).
post #14493 of 16493
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Originally Posted by MIAB View Post

Thank you hernanu. You said "The BDP-105 is so filled with features, that some folks are using it as a pre-pro, going straight to amps." This is exactly what I was hoping to accomplish. I know the Oppo's have HDMI ins which really make it work as a source control center but I was wondering about the volume control/trim features in particular. The Oppo 105 is a too costly but the 103 is closer to being reasonable. I was hoping to find a cheaper option from the big asian companies. Does the Panasonic DMP-BDT500 have a volume control? Can I boost the LFE 10db and set speaker delays in the Panny?
thanks again

I don't have experience with the Panasonic, but according to their manual, the channel levels and delays can be set.



I'm an Oppo guy, so I'd recommend the 103, but the BDT500 seems like it will also do the basic connectivity. The only issue may be the DLNA performance; I'd go to the thread discussing it to check that out.
Edited by hernanu - 12/21/12 at 9:53am
post #14494 of 16493
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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.

USA 590s can playback PAL content so long as they are files on USB or DLNA.

When using DLNA Cinavia is not enabled. It's only used for "copied" optical disks.
post #14495 of 16493
Jamaro85

I have the LG BP 620 and it streams fine.
post #14496 of 16493
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The Sony BDP-S590 or BDP-S390 would be good options if you were to run a DLNA server that can transcode on your HTPC (such as Serviio). Note however that Wifi may not be sufficient for streaming high bit rate files (such as full quality Blu-ray rips).[/quote]


Can you explain this requirement more? Not familiar with DLNA Server and what would this cost and how difficult to set everything up.

Thanks
Edited by tbraden32 - 12/22/12 at 6:16am
post #14497 of 16493
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Originally Posted by tbraden32 View Post

Can you explain this requirement more? Not familiar with DLNA Server and what would this cost and how difficult to set everything up.
Thanks

Doesn't cost much if anything. If you have a computer, you can download DLNA servers that will do the serving for you. I use Twonky , but you can use whichever one you find most useful. Some are free, others cost money. I also run Twonky on my Android cell phone, so I can serve music from it wirelessly to my Oppo. Another option (which I use) is to buy a NAS drive, a hard drive that sits on my network (wired), has a twonky server on it and I can use it to serve music, images and video.

The cost?

PC DLNA server - 0
Android DLNA server - 0
NAS Drive with DLNA server integrated - 129

If you just want to run it from your PC, no cost. If you don't want to have to turn your PC on, use your cell phone or get a NAS drive. The drive has a large amount of storage (3TB on mine), so you can store a good amount of video on it.
post #14498 of 16493
I leave my PC on 24/7 already
post #14499 of 16493

Panasonic BDP 220/320 vs Sony S790 DLNA Features/Performace?

Hello Everyone,

I'm in the market for a new Blu-Ray player and need some real world user experiences. Some background: I currently have a Sony BDP-S360 Blu Ray attached to my Panasonic 50G25 Plasma TV. My primary purpose for buying a new Blu Ray player is for DLNA capability. Currently, we use my son's PlayStaion3 to view pictures on my TV through the DLNA service. However, we're buying my son a TV for Christmas and the Playstation will be moving to his room, leaving a DLNA void in the family room. None of my other devices have it.

So, the primary consideration that will sway my decision will be DLNA performance.

I'm familiar with the Sony XROSS interface and I love the way I can view pictures through the PS3. Will the Sony S790 be the same? The Sony S590 is not being considered because it is universally regarded to have very poor disc loading times.

I'm leaning towards the Panasonic 220 and even more towards the 320. Here are my main questions:

1. My primary concern is picture viewing. I don't stream movies or music much (or at all, really). How is the Panasonic 220 / 320 interface for picture viewing? Is it intuitive? Fast? Responsive? JPG? TIFF?

2. Same question as above for the Sony S790. I'm not against buying the Sony. Like I said, I'm familiar with the XROSS interface and the Sony has 2HDMI outputs.

3. Specifically for the Panasonic 220 vs 320. I've read a lot of complaints about the 320's touch screen remote. I will actually not be using the remote. I will program (teach) my Universal MX-500 remote to work with the blu ray player. Will it be difficult to teach my remote the touch screen commands of the Panasonic remote?

4. Is there any reason that I would want to go with the 320 over the 220? Aside from styling and the remote, the specs look awfully similar, although I have read some reviews that champion the 320's audio performance.

If this question belongs somewhere else, please move it to the correct location.

Thanks for any advice!


Edit: Oops! I thought I was posting the Panasonic 220/320 thread but I created a whole new one...
Edited by VikenK - 12/22/12 at 9:48am
post #14500 of 16493
As an extra bit of info: I was originally thinking of getting a streaming device like the WD Live for the DLNA support but I figured I'd be better off just buying a new Blu-Ray player. I'll have one less device to plug in the wall and TV. In terms of DLNA performance, would I be better off with a WD Live?
post #14501 of 16493
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Originally Posted by VikenK View Post

Hello Everyone,

I'm in the market for a new Blu-Ray player and need some real world user experiences. Some background: I currently have a Sony BDP-S360 Blu Ray attached to my Panasonic 50G25 Plasma TV. My primary purpose for buying a new Blu Ray player is for DLNA capability. Currently, we use my son's PlayStaion3 to view pictures on my TV through the DLNA service. However, we're buying my son a TV for Christmas and the Playstation will be moving to his room, leaving a DLNA void in the family room. None of my other devices have it.

So, the primary consideration that will sway my decision will be DLNA performance.

I'm familiar with the Sony XROSS interface and I love the way I can view pictures through the PS3. Will the Sony S790 be the same? The Sony S590 is not being considered because it is universally regarded to have very poor disc loading times.

I'm leaning towards the Panasonic 220 and even more towards the 320. Here are my main questions:

1. My primary concern is picture viewing. I don't stream movies or music much (or at all, really). How is the Panasonic 220 / 320 interface for picture viewing? Is it intuitive? Fast? Responsive? JPG? TIFF?

2. Same question as above for the Sony S790. I'm not against buying the Sony. Like I said, I'm familiar with the XROSS interface and the Sony has 2HDMI outputs.

3. Specifically for the Panasonic 220 vs 320. I've read a lot of complaints about the 320's touch screen remote. I will actually not be using the remote. I will program (teach) my Universal MX-500 remote to work with the blu ray player. Will it be difficult to teach my remote the touch screen commands of the Panasonic remote?

4. Is there any reason that I would want to go with the 320 over the 220? Aside from styling and the remote, the specs look awfully similar, although I have read some reviews that champion the 320's audio performance.

If this question belongs somewhere else, please move it to the correct location.

Thanks for any advice!


Edit: Oops! I thought I was posting the Panasonic 220/320 thread but I created a whole new one...

Panasonic is not known for good DLNA performance, so you should lean toward Sony. I own two of the BDP-S590s and don't think the load times are bad myself, though you have to expect some delays due to the way the menus on some discs are designed. I think the main benefit to upgrading to the 790 would be better upscaling performance.
post #14502 of 16493
I too would suggest the Sony S790. I never used DLNA before, but while messing around with the menus on the S790, I was able to connect to my pc just fine. Only slowness was the player having to wake up my pc from sleep mode. Once awake, not one single hiccup. Heck, it even found my HTC EVO 4G phone and added it without me doing anything! And I wasn't even using the special MHL cable

Another perk you will like, is that the S790 uses the same menu bar as the PS3, so you'll feel right at home. I had tried the Panasonic BDT500, and that menu will take some getting used to for you.

Only thing I didn't like with the Sony menu though, was the tons of apps under the video section. So far, I haven't seen a way to better arrange them (a setting I am missing???), and so you have to scroll down a lot - but it's nice to know it supports a lot of apps! With the Panasonic, it has pages where you can arrange the apps in any order. But I also found those pages to be quite laggy.
post #14503 of 16493
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Originally Posted by VikenK View Post

As an extra bit of info: I was originally thinking of getting a streaming device like the WD Live for the DLNA support but I figured I'd be better off just buying a new Blu-Ray player. I'll have one less device to plug in the wall and TV. In terms of DLNA performance, would I be better off with a WD Live?

That depends. The WD Live can pretty much play anything you throw at it. The Sony BD players that have good DLNA support best work within a more limited subset of files supported.

The Sony will play MKV AVC Mpeg 4 fine with DTS MA , DTS and DD

M2TS with Mpeg 2 and VC-1 will play fine

AVI with XVID will play fine

h264 mp4 m4v should play fine

AAC, mp3 audio all play fine

All the above will play native.

That covers a good chunk of what a lot of folks may have on their hard drives.

Note though that the Sony doesn't provide any artwork for video material under DLNA.
post #14504 of 16493
Thanks for the replies! I'm having a difficult time finding stores that have live demo units that I can try out. That's two vouches for the Sony. I'll have to try to find a way to check one out. What's most important to me is that the DLNA browser is quick and responsive and will display all my pictures.

One thing that I don't like about the PlayStation is that it doesn't seem to "see" all my folders. Sometimes I'll browse the network and the PS3 won't see a folder full of pictures even though I know it's there. Also, if I create a new folder and fill it with pictures, the PS3 won't show the folder right away. It often takes one or two days for the folder to show. Perhaps Windows needs time to index it?

That's the one behavior that I'm hoping the S790 won't exhibit.
post #14505 of 16493
Does the Panny show images for the video folders somit can mirror my htpc or are there units that do this?
post #14506 of 16493
I need a Samsung blu-ray player to pair with my parents Samsung LCD. 3D is not needed but if that is the best player, I will pick it up. Streaming would just be Netflix but has to be Wifi. I would like the price to be under $149.99. I have Best Buy gift cards but I am willing to order from anywhere. Thank you.
post #14507 of 16493
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Originally Posted by insanecollector View Post

I need a Samsung blu-ray player to pair with my parents Samsung LCD. 3D is not needed but if that is the best player, I will pick it up. Streaming would just be Netflix but has to be Wifi. I would like the price to be under $149.99. I have Best Buy gift cards but I am willing to order from anywhere. Thank you.

The Samsung players do not have the best reputation. In this price category, the Sony BDP-S590 and Panasonic DMP-BDT220 are highest rated. "Best" depends on what features are important to the end user. Any specific reason you are looking for the best Samsung player, rather than the best player for the money?
post #14508 of 16493
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Originally Posted by Vampidemic View Post

The Samsung players do not have the best reputation. In this price category, the Sony BDP-S590 and Panasonic DMP-BDT220 are highest rated. "Best" depends on what features are important to the end user. Any specific reason you are looking for the best Samsung player, rather than the best player for the money?

My parents are low maint. And want one remote to control the tv & blu-ray player. They have not been able to use my Logitech Harmony remotes when they visit so I thought pairing their Samsung LCD and blu-ray player was the way to go. I know Samsung is not the best player out there but it is to make my parents life easier. I have a Sony 590 and like it and I love Panny blu-ray players but it would still be another remote. My parents do not stream a lot but do from time to time so the actual playing of blu-rays is priority number 1.
post #14509 of 16493
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Originally Posted by insanecollector View Post

My parents are low maint. And want one remote to control the tv & blu-ray player. They have not been able to use my Logitech Harmony remotes when they visit so I thought pairing their Samsung LCD and blu-ray player was the way to go. I know Samsung is not the best player out there but it is to make my parents life easier. I have a Sony 590 and like it and I love Panny blu-ray players but it would still be another remote. My parents do not stream a lot but do from time to time so the actual playing of blu-rays is priority number 1.


I understand about the parents.. you do not want a samsung blu ray player. they will be more problems for your parents when it refuses to play certain movies.. you are better off with a differnt player.

Jacob
post #14510 of 16493
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Originally Posted by Jacob305 View Post

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Originally Posted by insanecollector View Post

My parents are low maint. And want one remote to control the tv & blu-ray player. They have not been able to use my Logitech Harmony remotes when they visit so I thought pairing their Samsung LCD and blu-ray player was the way to go. I know Samsung is not the best player out there but it is to make my parents life easier. I have a Sony 590 and like it and I love Panny blu-ray players but it would still be another remote. My parents do not stream a lot but do from time to time so the actual playing of blu-rays is priority number 1.


I understand about the parents.. you do not want a samsung blu ray player. they will be more problems for your parents when it refuses to play certain movies.. you are better off with a differnt player.

Jacob

Not to mention, most of today's remotes, with the use of a simple code, can control the tv as well. No different pushing 1 button for tv/blu-ray on a Samsung remote than a Sony or Panasonic remote.
post #14511 of 16493

Blu Ray Player Suggestion Please

I have a Cambridge 650 BD blu ray player, and I really enjoy the analog section on this unit and intend to continue to use it for listening to cds.

I recently picked up a Panasonic VT50 and some 3d glasses. I was dissapointed to find out that my Cambridge 650BD does not support 3d. I thought that video was video, and that I did not need anything special to play 3d blu rays, I was wrong apparently.

My display, speakers, and electronics are quite revealing of shortcoming in video and audio.

Most important to me is sound quality and picture quality, however, I do not want to pay a lot for a great DAC as I will be using the DAC on my 650BD for playing cds. I really have no need for an analog section at all.

Can I get by on the cheap here and not be missing anything?

Panasonic DMPBDT110?

Upconversion is not important to me as I only will be playing 3d blu rays.

Please advise.
post #14512 of 16493
The 110 is last year's model. You'd be better off with the Panny 220 or the Sony 590. Yes, they are all you'd need. But if you want to replace your Cambridge, there is always Oppo 105 for both 3D and music (even better analog audio than your Cambridge).
post #14513 of 16493
Upgrading the theater room equipment. I recently hung a 65" VT50 on the wall, now I need to replace my antiquated Denon receiver and Elite BDP. Going with the Marantz SR5007 receiver and I am leaning towards pairing it with the Marantz UD5007 BDP. Does anyone have any real world experience with the Marantz?
post #14514 of 16493
Have you considered an Oppo BluRay player? The 103 is less expensive than the Marantz, while the 105 is more expensive. Will you be using digital audio outs, or analog? If digital, save some money and go with the 103 over the Marantz. If analog audio, the 105 is considerably more expensive, but also has better audio.
post #14515 of 16493
Im in need of a bluray player because I don't want to burn out my ps3.

I need something that will produce good audio for a 7.3 dedicated home theater . I have a onkyo 818 receiver.
Streaming does not really matter to me I have a wd live if I need to stream something t. Netflix etc etc does not matter as well. Good picture quality and best audio . Oppo is out of my price range and i don't think I need any of the upscaling.

Thanks
post #14516 of 16493
I have a Sony BDP-S185. Unfortunately when I bought it I didn't know that the Netflix support didn't include CC. Looking to replace it with something that has a faster UI and more customization. I read about the custom firmware for Panasonic players but not sure how useful it is, most of the features seem to be about enabling things disabled in certain markets, not adding anything new. A good remote is also important, or if there's a good remote app I can use with my phone.

Since most people recommend either the S590 or BDP220, are the LG/Samsung players not considered as good. If the new player won't be any faster than my S185, them I probably won't upgrade.
post #14517 of 16493
Bill, I am using digital. Other than price is there any other reason I should consider the Oppo over the Marantz? Do you have experience with the new Marantz? I have heard the Marantz is a wonderful BDP for the money - not to mention it looks great when paired with the SR5007. Since cost is part of the discussion I should mention, I am getting a break on price since I am looking at a bundle.
post #14518 of 16493
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Originally Posted by cssnms View Post

Bill, I am using digital. Other than price is there any other reason I should consider the Oppo over the Marantz? Do you have experience with the new Marantz? I have heard the Marantz is a wonderful BDP for the money - not to mention it looks great when paired with the SR5007. Since cost is part of the discussion I should mention, I am getting a break on price since I am looking at a bundle.
If you are using digital for audio, not sure why you would go with a $600 Marantz, unless your deal is a great one. Most would prefer the Oppo 103 for excellent overall performance including BluRay and upscaled DVD and Netflix streaming (for $500). You could save even more money and go with a Panny or Sony if you are just going digital. I personally wouldn't recommend any other brand other than Marantz, Oppo, Panny or Sony.

Check out the Oppo dedicated threads, and the Oppo website, which has links to professional reviews (which are all excellent).
post #14519 of 16493
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

If you are using digital for audio, not sure why you would go with a $600 Marantz, unless your deal is a great one. Most would prefer the Oppo 103 for excellent overall performance including BluRay and upscaled DVD and Netflix streaming (for $500). You could save even more money and go with a Panny or Sony if you are just going digital. I personally wouldn't recommend any other brand other than Marantz, Oppo, Panny or Sony.
Check out the Oppo dedicated threads, and the Oppo website, which has links to professional reviews (which are all excellent).

Not to sound snarky, but I appreciate that a lot of folks on here like the Oppo and that it is by most accounts a very good player.

However, aside form price, why would "most" prefer the Oppo? Is the performance of the Marantz ud5007 not equal to or better than that of the Oppo 103? Do you have personal experience with the Marantz to compare it against the Oppo? I have only found a few reviews and they were all VERY favorable.

Let's say for conversation sake that I am getting the Marantz for about the same price as the 103.
post #14520 of 16493
Even though the Marantz would match my gear, I would still get the Oppo. Sorry. The Oppo offers much more for the price plus excellent CS. I have owned Marantz and Denon in the past.

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