Hi, The player I have been using is the Sony BDP-S360 (with my samsung LN40A650). I purchased a new TV and am looking for a new setup, what I have is a Panasonic P50ST50 and a Yamaha HTR-4065 reciever, nothing too fancy but now I'm looking for a player. Maybe I should have bought the player before I purchased the receiver, I had no idea many came with their own sound processing. I could always take the receiver back, though. With that in mind, I am looking for something with great video processing, mostly, can play most video formats, and probably comes with 3-D capability which I think everything does now anyway.
My first big question is how much of the cost for the mid and upper end players goes into handling the sound? One I was looking at is the OPPO BDP-103, which has pre-outs for 5.1 analog sound but my receiver doesn't have inputs for that. I'd have to get an amp to make use of these. So say if I were to purchase this player, how much would I have wasted not being able to use that feature? I've looked at the sony 590s in the store, which had pretty decent reviews, but they couldn't handle all the file types and networking was kind of hit or miss, plus it felt really cheap.
The second one is how much better is the video processing in the higher end units or is it more just how and the kind of file types they handle?
Looking for suggestions and advice.