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Originally Posted by red2003xlt View Post

...we'd like to able to watch WatchESPN...
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Originally Posted by HDPERSON View Post

Sony S590 or S390 and Panasonic 220 all great choices. ...The blu ray picture and DVD picture are all the equal of the $500 OPPO...
I agree with the recommendation, but the last time I checked, WatchESPN was only available on Xbox and iOS and Android devices.

I think only the top of the line panasonic and sony (500 and 790 respectively) have DVD upconversion on par with Oppo. Other models aren't bad, but not equal. Panasonic is a little better than similar sonys in that regard. I've always found sony upconversion a tad softer than most, but acceptable.

IMO, the 590 is the sweet spot right now in terms of value and capabilities. But like the others, it won't do ESPN. I think Panasonic has some sort of MLB app though.
post #14702 of 16474
Ps3 vs Oppo 103/ 93 or another player

Is it worth to buy 103/93 etc or may i go with ps3? I care about bluray image quality and 3d Performance

(not interested in dvd source)
post #14703 of 16474
If that is your criteria, you would be just as well of with a Sony 590 or Panasonic 220. For BD playback, you won't notice a difference between the Oppo, Sony, and Panasonic. For DVD scaling, I prefer the Oppo or the Panasonic over the Sony. For app streaming, I prefer the Sony. For DLNA streaming, I prefer the Oppo.

S~
post #14704 of 16474
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

If that is your criteria, you would be just as well of with a Sony 590 or Panasonic 220. For BD playback, you won't notice a difference between the Oppo, Sony, and Panasonic. For DVD scaling, I prefer the Oppo or the Panasonic over the Sony. For app streaming, I prefer the Sony. For DLNA streaming, I prefer the Oppo.

S~

i m planning to use it on 120inches screen with a full hd projector, not a tv so even this condition i wont see any notable difference in bluray and 3d bluray picture quality? (i mean ps3 vs a stand alone bd player) thank you
post #14705 of 16474
Nope. You will not notice a difference. I've always found the PS3 to be softer picture wise because of its software rendering, particulary with DVD scaling.

S~
post #14706 of 16474
The PS3 is a great machine but it does get very hot and the fan operation could be quite bothersome.
post #14707 of 16474
Thanks for all your help smile.gif

Looks like I"ll end up buying a DVD player and some sort device to get my ESPN fix.

Thanks again.
post #14708 of 16474
After running one PS3 into the ground and having since replaced it with another, I am thinking of getting a dedicated BR player. Ultimately I watch more movies then play games so I think moving to a dedicated disc player is the right thing to do. My budget is flexible as I simply want a player that does the following best:

1. Obviously Audio/Video quality (although from my limited research they all fair well in this category while playing BR)
2. Up-scaling ability. I have a few hundred DVD's which I was slowly replacing with Blu-Ray but if there is a player that can upscale to near par quality it could save me cash in the long run.
3. 3D. A must since I just got a new 3D TV (Panny ST50) before Christmas and have already fell victim to a debilitating 3D content addiction.
4. Load times. I'm impatient
5. Don't need internet Apps but it appears they are becoming standard nowadays. The TV is a smart TV plus I have the aforementioned PS3. How many options do I need to access Netflix!?!?!?!

I think that's it. The up-scaling is the most important as I have some great looking/sounding DVD's that I would hate to replace.

Let me know what you guys think. Thanks in advance
post #14709 of 16474
Panasonic 220 would fit your needs. I prefer its scaling to the PS3 and Sony BD players.

S~
post #14710 of 16474
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Panasonic 220 would fit your needs. I prefer its scaling to the PS3 and Sony BD players.

S~

Thanks! Placed an order for one today. $92 online!
post #14711 of 16474
Any good, inexpensive Blu-ray player out there that support DivX?
post #14712 of 16474
LG
post #14713 of 16474
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

LG

I said, "good." My friends have LG players and they freeze freeze freeze!!! That's not my definition of "good".
post #14714 of 16474
Sorry, but that and Samsung (worse) are your only options in the US. If I were you I'd mod my divx files to look like xvid, then nearly any player will work. Or use DLNA and transcode. You can also load hacked firmware on some brands, but that gets pretty expensive. I personally went the xvid mod route and use Sony players.
post #14715 of 16474
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Sorry, but that and Samsung (worse) are your only options in the US. If I were you I'd mod my divx files to look like xvid, then nearly any player will work. Or use DLNA and transcode. You can also load hacked firmware on some brands, but that gets pretty expensive. I personally went the xvid mod route and use Sony players.

I wonder why fewer players are supporting DivX now. Nobody uses it anymore?
post #14716 of 16474
Higher licensing cost is my guess.
post #14717 of 16474
I see. Well, thanks for the help anyway.

I actually don't "need" a new player. My Sony BDP-S360 player that I bought three years ago still works like a champ, which is pretty shocking since I use it a lot. I was just looking into fixing what's not broken because I want to upgrade to a faster player that can play mp4 and DivX videos through USB. But I guess my best bet would be an Oppo, but geez, that costs $500! The Panasonic 220 seems like a good, inexpensive player, but it doesn't support DivX. I know Panny used to support DivX, but it looks like they stopped.
post #14718 of 16474
Sorry if this is already in one of the 490 pages... Does the Panasonic DMP-BDT320 stream Netflix?
And if it does, is anyone using this in Canada by any chance?

The Canadian product page does not mention Netflix at all... confused.gif

https://panasonic.ca/english/audiovideo/bluray/players/DMPBDT320.asp#.UQ_1OKXC2sY

thanks!
post #14719 of 16474
Best bet would be to ask your question in the Owner's thread for the 220/320/500.

S~
post #14720 of 16474
Hi guys, just bought a new Samsung 40" EH6000 and I now am in need of a blu ray player. I was thinking of getting the Sammy e56500 but ended up hearing and reading some not great things about it. I was pointed in the direction of the Panny DMP-BDT220 model, or the Sony BDP-S590, would be open to other options as well.

Here is what I am looking for:

1. Solid performance of the blu-ray, now stuttering laggy issues. Initial start up isn't a huge deal for me (as long as it isn't minutes). Just don't want anything choppy.
2. Decent upscaling of DVDs not a huge deal breaker, but I have a lot of DVDs and want to make sure they look clean.
3. Wifi that isn't too flakey, needs to stay up... ethernet is not an option
4. Able to stream: Netflix and Amazon well and would love to open up to other options as well.
5. DLNA support, if possible. BTW I am 100% Mac so must play nice with Macs.

If you could assist in the recommendation, I will make my purchase today.

Thanks in advance.
post #14721 of 16474
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Originally Posted by u4ea View Post

Hi guys, just bought a new Samsung 40" EH6000 and I now am in need of a blu ray player. I was thinking of getting the Sammy e56500 but ended up hearing and reading some not great things about it. I was pointed in the direction of the Panny DMP-BDT220 model, or the Sony BDP-S590, would be open to other options as well.

Here is what I am looking for:

1. Solid performance of the blu-ray, now stuttering laggy issues. Initial start up isn't a huge deal for me (as long as it isn't minutes). Just don't want anything choppy.
2. Decent upscaling of DVDs not a huge deal breaker, but I have a lot of DVDs and want to make sure they look clean.
3. Wifi that isn't too flakey, needs to stay up... ethernet is not an option
4. Able to stream: Netflix and Amazon well and would love to open up to other options as well.
5. DLNA support, if possible. BTW I am 100% Mac so must play nice with Macs.

If you could assist in the recommendation, I will make my purchase today.

Thanks in advance.

Would recommend the Sony BDP-S590 based on your criteria. Sony players have a strong DLNA implementation. I use Serviio as a DLNA server on my Mac, its free and works great with the Sony. Sony's current players also have 5.1 support for Amazon Instant Video, which not all players have.
post #14722 of 16474
[quote name="u4ea" url="/t/959985/official-help-me
Here is what I am looking for:

1. Solid performance of the blu-ray, now stuttering laggy issues. Initial start up isn't a huge deal for me (as long as it isn't minutes). Just don't want anything choppy.
2. Decent upscaling of DVDs not a huge deal breaker, but I have a lot of DVDs and want to make sure they look clean.
3. Wifi that isn't too flakey, needs to stay up... ethernet is not an option
4. Able to stream: Netflix and Amazon well and would love to open up to other options as well.
5. DLNA support, if possible. BTW I am 100% Mac so must play nice with Macs.

If you could assist in the recommendation, I will make my purchase today.[

Thanks in advance.[/quote]
I can't really help - but you need to wait a day or two for responses since some people here are gainfully employed during the day. All I can say is my older model Sonys (we have 2) do very well with Netflix. (We use ethernet connections, tho.) Plays Netflix blu-ray DVDs with no lags or other problems. Never noticed slow start up at all.
post #14723 of 16474
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Originally Posted by Vampidemic View Post

Would recommend the Sony BDP-S590 based on your criteria. Sony players have a strong DLNA implementation. I use Serviio as a DLNA server on my Mac, its free and works great with the Sony. Sony's current players also have 5.1 support for Amazon Instant Video, which not all players have.

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Originally Posted by snidely View Post

I can't really help - but you need to wait a day or two for responses since some people here are gainfully employed during the day. All I can say is my older model Sonys (we have 2) do very well with Netflix. (We use ethernet connections, tho.) Plays Netflix blu-ray DVDs with no lags or other problems. Never noticed slow start up at all.

Thank you both very much =)
post #14724 of 16474
Looking for a good 3D blu-ray player that can play all formats and is region free (or easy to hack...)
Any recommendations?
post #14725 of 16474
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Originally Posted by mkotik View Post

Looking for a good 3D blu-ray player that can play all formats and is region free (or easy to hack...)
Any recommendations?

Price range? How important is DVD playback, streaming performance, DLNA features?
post #14726 of 16474
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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

Price range? How important is DVD playback, streaming performance, DLNA features?

Up to $150...needs to play DVD as well of course...high PQ...DLNA - preferable.
post #14727 of 16474
I don't think you will find a player that can be modded at that price range. The Oppo is $499 plus the mod kit. The Sharp from this thread is 239. The Panasonic modded firmware is about the price of a player.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1448852/region-free-bd-3-d-player

S~
post #14728 of 16474
I just finished putting my speakers in my bonus room and I am looking for a blu ray player(have a Denon 2112CI receiver and Samsung Plasma TV). I would like it to have the following features:

1. prefer wired vs wireless
2. don't have to have 3-D
3. would like upscaling for DVD's
4. possible a few apps for streaming but if not I can always get a roku
5. doesn't take forever to load

Was going to just get a PS3 but would like to have a dedicated player.

Thanks,

Chris
post #14729 of 16474
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

I don't think you will find a player that can be modded at that price range. The Oppo is $499 plus the mod kit. The Sharp from this thread is 239. The Panasonic modded firmware is about the price of a player.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1448852/region-free-bd-3-d-player

S~

The only thing that comes to mind in this price range that can reportedly be made region free easily is the 'Insignia' players (Best Buy house brand). I believe it is necessary to acquire older firmware and this only works with certain models. Also I believe the vulnerable models do not have 3D capability. Not sure about DLNA or streaming apps, you may need another unit for those features.
Edited by Vampidemic - 2/6/13 at 7:03pm
post #14730 of 16474
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

I don't think you will find a player that can be modded at that price range. The Oppo is $499 plus the mod kit. The Sharp from this thread is 239. The Panasonic modded firmware is about the price of a player.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1448852/region-free-bd-3-d-player

S~

How about LG BP620?
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