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post #14611 of 16480
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Originally Posted by hatalos View Post

Thanks very much for the reply! There are actually 490 and bdt120 models in my country. The question is if they share the same processors with their elder brothers. Most people i asked said yes. So my last dilemma is if bdt120 and 220 share the same processor and have the same features pq-wise.

They are from the same generation and based on the same design, it looks like - with the difference being features. So they should be identical at a basic level. Here's a review of the 120.
post #14612 of 16480
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Originally Posted by pelenor View Post

So I decided to get a new Blu ray player for the living room and move the roku and older Blu ray to the bedroom. Are there any Blu ray players on the market that stream from the Plex client? Or will stream from my HTPC? I have various video files in MKV of HD content and would like one that does what the Plex client does, i.e. converts on the fly and uses thumbnails for the files. One of my friends bought an LG player that had Netflix and some Nero server software but it didn't stream some of his files and there were no thumbnails of the media. So I a basically looking for a player that will stream and has a nice interface. Or is that too much to ask for? Any suggstions would be appreciated. I'm looking to spoend no mmore than 100 or so. Thanks.

Samsung BR players have a Plex interface that's just like the Plex Windows client. It looks very nice and full featured !!

 

details -

http://plexforsamsung.pbworks.com/w/page/40757181/Home

http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/forum/89-samsung-smart-hub/

 

The E Series players will have a 1080p SmartHub, you should check them out.

post #14613 of 16480
what should i get between the panasonic dmp-bdt220 or sony bdp-s590 or LG BP620, if i'm looking for purely blu-ray play.... i'm getting a panasonic plasma does that make the choice easy to also get the blu-ray panasonic?

cnet recommends the panasonic as it's budget editor's pick while pcmag recommends the lg for it's choice and both say the sony is also a very strong choice.
Edited by watcher6 - 1/4/13 at 5:58pm
post #14614 of 16480
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Originally Posted by watcher6 View Post

what should i get between the panasonic dmp-bdt220 or sony bdp-s590 or LG BP620, if i'm looking for purely blu-ray play.... i'm getting a panasonic plasma does that make the choice easy to also get the blu-ray panasonic?
cnet recommends the panasonic as it's budget editor's pick while pcmag recommends the lg for it's choice and both say the sony is also a very strong choice.

Since you mentioned you're getting a Viera plasma, check if the Panny BR player is Viera-Link capable. If you're stuck 50-50 between the Panny and LG, the viera-link would be the tie-breaker in favour of Panny for me.
post #14615 of 16480
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Originally Posted by watcher6 View Post

what should i get between the panasonic dmp-bdt220 or sony bdp-s590 or LG BP620, if i'm looking for purely blu-ray play.... i'm getting a panasonic plasma does that make the choice easy to also get the blu-ray panasonic?

cnet recommends the panasonic as it's budget editor's pick while pcmag recommends the lg for it's choice and both say the sony is also a very strong choice.

I would stay away from LG due to quality control/ reliability issues.

Sony and Panasonic are both good choices.

Advantages of Sony:
Support for SACD
Great DLNA support
5.1 support with Amazon Instant Video

Advantages of Panasonic:
Zoom function for non-anamorphic discs
More image enhancement options
HDMI-SEC integration with your Panasonic TV/remotes
post #14616 of 16480
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Since you mentioned you're getting a Viera plasma, check if the Panny BR player is Viera-Link capable. If you're stuck 50-50 between the Panny and LG, the viera-link would be the tie-breaker in favour of Panny for me.
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I would stay away from LG due to quality control/ reliability issues.

Sony and Panasonic are both good choices.

Advantages of Sony:
Support for SACD
Great DLNA support
5.1 support with Amazon Instant Video

Advantages of Panasonic:
Zoom function for non-anamorphic discs
More image enhancement options
HDMI-SEC integration with your Panasonic TV/remotes

thanks..

sony seems more on the audio side of things which i'm not that big on... as long as i can hear it that's fine.. so it would probably be between the panasonic and a pioneer blu-ray burner/reader drive for my pc.

now i got my options, just gotta decide between those 2 options. thanks for the help.
Edited by watcher6 - 1/5/13 at 12:04am
post #14617 of 16480
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Originally Posted by watcher6 View Post

thanks..
sony seems more on the audio side of things which i'm not that big on... as long as i can hear it that's fine.. so it would probably be between the panasonic and a pioneer blu-ray burner/reader drive for my pc.
now i got my options, just gotta decide between those 2 options. thanks for the help.

Just keep in mind that Blu-ray drives for PCs do not necessarily come with everything you need to play back Blu-ray video discs. Read some of the threads in the HTPC forum here about Blu-ray player software. I don't have any experience with this myself, but it sounds to be a hassle. Beyond the software for playing back Blu-ray video discs, there are a lot of intricacies to setting up a computer to properly output video with the right colorspace, frame rate, etc. Suffice to say it will be a lot more effort than any set top Blu-ray player, which are pretty much plug and play.
post #14618 of 16480
I need a new Blu Ray player due to the addition of a TV in my exercise area.
I currently own a Panasonic BD 85 that I am very content with. But my thinking is that when I get a new player, I’ll just move the older BD 85 from my main viewing room to the exercise area and replace the 85 with my future player.
I watch a lot of movies. I have a dedicated home theater room. JVC RS2 projector with a Da Lite 58X104 inch screen, so video will be important.
Let me also say that streaming is not important to me. I live in the country and do not have adequate internet for streaming movies. So when you’re thinking about players, keep that in mind.
I had been seriously considering getting an Oppo BDP 103, but have decided to forgo that option because quite frankly, I can’t see myself paying $500 for a Blu Ray player.
So I am throwing out the idea to all of you for suggestions.
One more thing… when I bought my Panasonic a few years ago, Panasonics were considered to be solid performing BD players. Is this still the case?
post #14619 of 16480
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Originally Posted by suffolk112000 View Post

I need a new Blu Ray player due to the addition of a TV in my exercise area.
I currently own a Panasonic BD 85 that I am very content with. But my thinking is that when I get a new player, I’ll just move the older BD 85 from my main viewing room to the exercise area and replace the 85 with my future player.
I watch a lot of movies. I have a dedicated home theater room. JVC RS2 projector with a Da Lite 58X104 inch screen, so video will be important.
Let me also say that streaming is not important to me. I live in the country and do not have adequate internet for streaming movies. So when you’re thinking about players, keep that in mind.
I had been seriously considering getting an Oppo BDP 103, but have decided to forgo that option because quite frankly, I can’t see myself paying $500 for a Blu Ray player.
So I am throwing out the idea to all of you for suggestions.
One more thing… when I bought my Panasonic a few years ago, Panasonics were considered to be solid performing BD players. Is this still the case?

Yes, the Panny's are well thought of, as well as the Sony's, at your price range. The basic players include Panny 220, Sony 390 (2D) and Sony 590 (3D). BluRay PQ will be the same. Check out their dedicated threads.
post #14620 of 16480
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Originally Posted by Vampidemic View Post

Just keep in mind that Blu-ray drives for PCs do not necessarily come with everything you need to play back Blu-ray video discs. Read some of the threads in the HTPC forum here about Blu-ray player software. I don't have any experience with this myself, but it sounds to be a hassle. Beyond the software for playing back Blu-ray video discs, there are a lot of intricacies to setting up a computer to properly output video with the right colorspace, frame rate, etc. Suffice to say it will be a lot more effort than any set top Blu-ray player, which are pretty much plug and play.

well that made my choice easy, you're right i looked it up and it does appear to be more complicated with my current setup than i thought it would be.
thanks for the help again.
post #14621 of 16480

med8er med600x3d vs oppo bdp 103 for blue ray isos & mkvs

I need a player which will have a primary purpose to play 3d blue ray iso's+ mkv's over network(Samba, SMB, windows share) . I am considering "med8er med600x3d" or "oppo bdp 103"

I know that Oppo can play physical blue ray 3d discs, but to me that is secondary function which is optional, but good to have.

How does med8er med600x3d compare to oppo bdp 103 to play blue ray isos/mkvs over network(samba under freebsd(windows share for non-educated ones))?

I am not interested in any DLNA stuff. All I want is to point either player to a network(SMB or NFS) share and play a file from it. Big bonus bypassing Cinavia:)

Other player considerations are welcomed, as long its not HTPC. I have about 30 physical blue ray 3d discs & 20tb+ of stuff on NAS(samba/nfs) in MKVS/ BD3D ISOS.
post #14622 of 16480
Anybody have idea of newest blu ray player in CES 2013 and is Cambridge releasing new blu ray player ? And thank you.
post #14623 of 16480
Welcome to AVSForum.

You might try the media server forum: http://www.avsforum.com/f/39/networking-media-servers-amp-content-streamers

The OPPO does not support ISO files directly. There is a trick you can play with SMB by mounting the file loopback to make it appear as an AVCHD directory structure. If ISO is your primary use you should get another device.

-Bill
post #14624 of 16480
I currently have a Pioneer BDP -51F blu ray player. ABout a year ago it stopped playing CDs, and lately it has trouble playing quite a few DVDs as well (messages like 'cant play this disk' or even 'no disk'). It still plays most Blu Rays. the player is quite a few years old. My RPCRT also died recently and I replaced it with a new LED. The LED is capable of 3D, though I doubt I'd use it much, but I thought grandkids might enjoy it.

I'm looking at replacing my BDP-51F with a Sony BDP-S590. I have quite a few DVDs so upconversion is a factor. Does anyone know how well the Sony 590 compares to the Pio 51F in upconverting? Also in playing BluRays. I've also considered the Pana BD 220.

Thanks
rick
post #14625 of 16480
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Originally Posted by rickie View Post

I currently have a Pioneer BDP -51F blu ray player. ABout a year ago it stopped playing CDs, and lately it has trouble playing quite a few DVDs as well (messages like 'cant play this disk' or even 'no disk'). It still plays most Blu Rays. the player is quite a few years old. My RPCRT also died recently and I replaced it with a new LED. The LED is capable of 3D, though I doubt I'd use it much, but I thought grandkids might enjoy it.

I'm looking at replacing my BDP-51F with a Sony BDP-S590. I have quite a few DVDs so upconversion is a factor. Does anyone know how well the Sony 590 compares to the Pio 51F in upconverting? Also in playing BluRays. I've also considered the Pana BD 220.

Thanks
rick

Coming from a Pioneer Elite 23fd that started having "cannot read disc" errors about 6 months ago on most new BD releases (can still play all my older BD discs though!), I tried the Panasonic BDT500 and the Sony S790; and kept the Sony S790. If you can spare the extra $, then go for the S790. Has dual HDMI in case your receiver is non 3D capable, has the better DVD upscaler than the cheaper models, tons of streaming choices, and if familiar with the PS3 menu system, will feel right at home.
post #14626 of 16480
Hey,
Could you recommend some blu-ray players, that can handle 24p in mkv files, and avchd display is important too. Around 200$
post #14627 of 16480

Want player with Wifi, Hdmi and Component

I've been out of the game few years, time to upgrade my bluray player. But my setup uses hdmi and component, tv and projector. Wanted something with streaming capabilities, all new players only have hdmi. I don't want to use an hdmi splitter, more cables with a one and half year old don't go we'll. Currently have a Samsung, which older samsungs have wifi(no adapter), hdmi and component? Or other brands. Or newer players with dual hdmi.
post #14628 of 16480
New players can't have analog video outputs (according to the AACS adopter's agreement), so no component.

I know the Oppo BDP series players (93, 95, 103, 105) have two HDMI ports, but I'm not 100% sure they will output video over both. I'm pretty sure they will though. They are rather pricy players ($500), but they are the best blu-ray and DVD players you can buy.
post #14629 of 16480
Sony's BDP-S790 and Panasonic's DMP BDT-500 both have dual HDMI outputs. The 790 has somewhat better streaming than the 500, while the somewhat more expensive 500 has 7.1 analog audio outputs.
post #14630 of 16480
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Originally Posted by cntp View Post

New players can't have analog video outputs (according to the AACS adopter's agreement), so no component.
I know the Oppo BDP series players (93, 95, 103, 105) have two HDMI ports, but I'm not 100% sure they will output video over both. I'm pretty sure they will though. They are rather pricy players ($500), but they are the best blu-ray and DVD players you can buy.

They do video over both.
post #14631 of 16480

Too many options

Upgrading my system on the Video side with a JVC RS48 and a Lumagen Video Processor

I have been using my PS/3 for Blu-Ray and my Marantz Ref DVD for SD... I have two paths to go

My lexicon mc-8 doesnt have HDMI and it cant decode the new audio formats. So I can get a new Oppo and use the analog outputs to the Lexicon as a pass thru

OR

Keep the PS/3 and ditch the Lexicon for a NAD T757 which does all the bells and whistles... But I love my Lexicon and its setup smile.gif

I dont need the video processing of either solution as I will run everything thru the lumagen, and for SD DVD's the marantz blows away the Oppo, and the lumagen will scale SD DVD's anyways.

Dont care about streaming, as I have a dedicated VUDU and the PS/3 does Netflix etc.....

PS/3 / NAD solution... Own the PS/3 and the NAD is $900

Oppo / Lexicon ... Own the lexicon and the oppo is $500

Marantz for SD DVD's and CD's and Lumagen for ALL video processing

HELP!
post #14632 of 16480
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Originally Posted by jamsys View Post

Upgrading my system on the Video side with a JVC RS48 and a Lumagen Video Processor
I have been using my PS/3 for Blu-Ray and my Marantz Ref DVD for SD... I have two paths to go
My lexicon mc-8 doesnt have HDMI and it cant decode the new audio formats. So I can get a new Oppo and use the analog outputs to the Lexicon as a pass thru
OR
Keep the PS/3 and ditch the Lexicon for a NAD T757 which does all the bells and whistles... But I love my Lexicon and its setup smile.gif
I dont need the video processing of either solution as I will run everything thru the lumagen, and for SD DVD's the marantz blows away the Oppo, and the lumagen will scale SD DVD's anyways.
Dont care about streaming, as I have a dedicated VUDU and the PS/3 does Netflix etc.....
PS/3 / NAD solution... Own the PS/3 and the NAD is $900
Oppo / Lexicon ... Own the lexicon and the oppo is $500
Marantz for SD DVD's and CD's and Lumagen for ALL video processing
HELP!

I think you've answered your own question. The 103 will do well and let you keep the Lexicon.

But if you're willing to really optimize the Lexicon, consider a BDP-105 with its excellent analog audio. You'll still have the Oppo video processing in your back pocket when needed. The 105 is 1200, it and the 103 will also let you take in HDMI inputs from other sources to put through your video processor, as well as USB hard drive and network shared drives to access FLAC or other format music and movies; add digital audio inputs and a really good headphone amp built in for the 105.
post #14633 of 16480
Don't forget that the room equalization software included in most modern receivers (like the NAD you mention) can make a significant improvement in the quality of the sound you hear, compensating for infelicities in speakers and room acoustics. EQ can't be applied to multichannel analog inputs, though.
post #14634 of 16480
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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

Don't forget that the room equalization software included in most modern receivers (like the NAD you mention) can make a significant improvement in the quality of the sound you hear, compensating for infelicities in speakers and room acoustics. EQ can't be applied to multichannel analog inputs, though.

I believe that Lexicon does have room calibration based on the input analog channels. It's not a usual multichannel implementation.
post #14635 of 16480

Can Blu-Ray output BOTH HDMI & analog video?

Got my first Blu-ray player finally (I know - what took me so long.) Got lowest priced Sony (BDP-S185.) My setup has Blu-Ray to TV's HDMI input, but I also want to feed the Blu-Ray analog video / audio to my DVD recorder or VCR (yes I still use it!) for dubbing of home-made non-copyrighted discs. Blu-ray player won't show analog video unless I disconnect the HDMI cable. Pain in the neck! Is this limitation just for the low-priced models or is it for all blu-rays?
post #14636 of 16480
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Originally Posted by steveromo View Post

Got my first Blu-ray player finally (I know - what took me so long.) Got lowest priced Sony (BDP-S185.) My setup has Blu-Ray to TV's HDMI input, but I also want to feed the Blu-Ray analog video / audio to my DVD recorder or VCR (yes I still use it!) for dubbing of home-made non-copyrighted discs. Blu-ray player won't show analog video unless I disconnect the HDMI cable. Pain in the neck! Is this limitation just for the low-priced models or is it for all blu-rays?

The preferred method of copying a 'home-made non copyrighted disc' to DVD would be with a computer with an optical drive. This will allow you to make a perfect digital copy, whereas the method you describe adds an unnecessary conversion to analog and back to digital and could introduce other issues (letterboxing, reduction in volume, picture artifacts...)

It should also be faster to copy with a computer as the transfer can happen in faster than real time.

I would guess that whether a player will output HDMI and analog video simultaneously varies by player, but I haven't actually tried it with any that I have owned.
post #14637 of 16480
Thanks for your reply. I do know about copying DVD via computer. I won't bore you with the process, but I still need to dub analog DVD-to-VCR occasionally and therefore need my DVD player to output BOTH the HDMI and analog video simultaneously. What I need to know is if I upgrade to a better model will I be able to do it? The return policy end date is approaching! Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
post #14638 of 16480
Check the Panasonic thread. HDMI and composite used to be active at the same time.

S~
post #14639 of 16480
May not be in your price range, but the Oppos have all outputs live at all times.
post #14640 of 16480
Composite video on the current Oppo 103/5 is for diagnostics only. Video content is reduced to B&W so it is totally useless for video playback.
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