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post #15211 of 16475
This might sound like a stupid question, but can I use the back USB port instead of the front for the BD Live content on the 5100? With my Vizio and Samsung I have to plug it into the front.
post #15212 of 16475
So does anyone know anything about the Sony BDP-BX510Z? I saw this at Costco and wondering if this is a step up from the S5100 or am I better off getting that one? I kind of wish it had the look of the Product Image
Samsung BD-FM57C. Still, this is going in the bedroom, so I'm not going to stress it too much.
post #15213 of 16475
It is the Big Box version of the 5100. It comes with an HDMI cable whereas the 5100 will not. Otherwise no difference.

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post #15214 of 16475
Well, on the brightside, it is the same price. So I'm kind of thankful for that. Now I don't have to hassle with price matching or waiting for Amazon to delivery it or whatever. Thanks for everyone's feedback. I'll be picking these and some wireless headphones in the next couple of days at Costco. Hopefully things go smoothly this go round.
post #15215 of 16475
Hi-

I don't need anything special, but I don't want anything that will deprive me of the offerings a standard BD will give me. For the most part I will have a digital media library and BD player use will be little.

Is there anything I should look out for when making my purchase? It's all new to me, so I appreciate the suggestions / tips .
post #15216 of 16475
Sony players tend to have more streaming options than other brands.

Many ripping software packages are intended to extract only the main movie. Many BDs include extras, including "easter eggs", which can only be viewed when playing the disc and accessing its menu options.
post #15217 of 16475
I'll agree with selden on that one. Sony has better streaming than Panasonic. The best streamer would be Oppo. But that is quite a bit more, but also one of the main reasons people go for the Oppos. It will do just about anything. Personally, I use a dedicated streamer for streaming and a BD players for Blu-ray(Sony S790, Pansonic 320/230, Oppo 93, currently).

S~
post #15218 of 16475
No tips? Hmmmm....
post #15219 of 16475
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

I'll agree with selden on that one. Sony has better streaming than Panasonic. The best streamer would be Oppo. But that is quite a bit more, but also one of the main reasons people go for the Oppos. It will do just about anything. Personally, I use a dedicated streamer for streaming and a BD players for Blu-ray(Sony S790, Pansonic 320/230, Oppo 93, currently).

S~

I'm not sure if this was directed at me or not, but thought I'd chime in about my USB question. With both my Vizio and Samsung I found they didn't have enough memory, so I had to buy a flash drive to make up for that. Am I going to need it with the Sony BDP-BX510Z(5100)? Going to pick this up over the weekend and looking forward to relegating the Samsung BD-D5700 back to a strictly BD player or at least until the XBox One comes out.
post #15220 of 16475
If you use BD-Live, you'll need an external USB thumb drive for its storage. Sony players no longer include any significant amount of flash memory.
post #15221 of 16475
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Originally Posted by The_Donster View Post

I'm not sure if this was directed at me or not, but thought I'd chime in about my USB question. With both my Vizio and Samsung I found they didn't have enough memory, so I had to buy a flash drive to make up for that. Am I going to need it with the Sony BDP-BX510Z(5100)? Going to pick this up over the weekend and looking forward to relegating the Samsung BD-D5700 back to a strictly BD player or at least until the XBox One comes out.
Actually to the poster above Selden, but yes, Selden is correct. Most players do not include memory for BDLive. you'll need a USB Thumb drive.

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post #15222 of 16475
Thanks, looking forward to plugging it in the back of the player instead of the front. My little guy doesn't need anymore things to mess with.
post #15223 of 16475
I recently had my Playstation bricked by their new FW update. I'm considering picking up a smart blu-ray player to hold me over until Sony finally pushes a fix. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a player that will eventually go in my bedroom, to replace an early gen Panny BD player and first gen Roku. I'm looking for the standard streaming apps, particularly Netflix with 1080p and DD+ audio capabilities and of course blu-ray playback (3D not important), and I can go wired or wi-fi. Also, I don't really stream other video formats from my PC or USB, so compatibility with particular video formats isn't an issue.

The Sony 5100 is selling for $120 at Best Buy and Amazon right now, but I'm reluctant to support them ATM, even though the price and feature set is right. Anything good and affordable and reliable from LG, Samsung, or someone else I should be considering. Thanks!
post #15224 of 16475
Look at the suggestions folks were giving me Zookster. Not sure if you are a Costco member, but they have the 5100 and I think 1100 equivalents at their stores(YMMV). I'm pretty much doing the same thing and needed something that streamed Amazon Prime. Unfortunately LG didn't support that and wasn't getting great reviews.
post #15225 of 16475
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Originally Posted by The_Donster View Post

Look at the suggestions folks were giving me Zookster. Not sure if you are a Costco member, but they have the 5100 and I think 1100 equivalents at their stores(YMMV). I'm pretty much doing the same thing and needed something that streamed Amazon Prime. Unfortunately LG didn't support that and wasn't getting great reviews.

Thanks. I'll take a look at Costco, though I'm not currently a member. And thanks for the heads up on the LGs, re: Amazon. I'm not a prime member but I do "own" some VoD content.
post #15226 of 16475
Reluctant to support Sony because of your bricking experience, right? Or are there additional reasons why?
post #15227 of 16475
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Originally Posted by organofcorti View Post

Reluctant to support Sony because of your bricking experience, right? Or are there additional reasons why?

I'm pretty much a PS3 fanboy and have been very pleased with my experiences with Sony to date. But I'm a little troubled that with this current bricking situation, they haven't offered any real reassurances that people with affected consoles will be taken care of one way or another. So I'm reluctant to throw any more $$ at them until either the patch to fix the broken consoles is released or they give us a little more assurance. My console is well out of warranty, but was in otherwise excellent working order, so I'm not in a good position if they do something like they did a few years ago when people whose consoles were bricked by an update (and were out of warranty) had to pay $150 to send them in and have them fixed (a process that took several weeks).
post #15228 of 16475
I really need someone to explain a few things for me. I am purchasing a 3D TV, either Vizio or Sony to use with a Vizio 5.1 soundbar that I already have purchased. I have never had 3D but I would like to store some movies on my computer for future viewing. Can I use wifi to send a stored movie to a BD player for decoding and then send the movie to my TV (I am assuming that the TV will not decode the file) or do I need to use a free standing device like the WD TV media streamer. I know the TV will get all or most of the streaming services, I am just anticipating building a collection of 3D movies. I have no idea what it would take to actually make a copy of a movie on disc, my laptop does not even play BD. Any thoughts on a 3D BD player that would fit my needs.
post #15229 of 16475
Can anyone recommend a good twin HDMI output BR player for under $200? Trying to find a solution to be able to watch 3D movies on my new Samsung HDTV while also sending the multi-channel PCM audio to my older Onkyo 805 receiver via HDMI. It has been a while since I researched BR players so I am trying to figure out which brand currently has the best offerings.
post #15230 of 16475
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Originally Posted by maytime View Post

Can anyone recommend a good twin HDMI output BR player for under $200? Trying to find a solution to be able to watch 3D movies on my new Samsung HDTV while also sending the multi-channel PCM audio to my older Onkyo 805 receiver via HDMI. It has been a while since I researched BR players so I am trying to figure out which brand currently has the best offerings.
There's a dedicated thread. You might start there.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1345376/current-players-with-dual-hdmi

S~
post #15231 of 16475
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Originally Posted by jtl46 View Post

I really need someone to explain a few things for me. I am purchasing a 3D TV, either Vizio or Sony to use with a Vizio 5.1 soundbar that I already have purchased. I have never had 3D but I would like to store some movies on my computer for future viewing. Can I use wifi to send a stored movie to a BD player for decoding and then send the movie to my TV (I am assuming that the TV will not decode the file) or do I need to use a free standing device like the WD TV media streamer. I know the TV will get all or most of the streaming services, I am just anticipating building a collection of 3D movies. I have no idea what it would take to actually make a copy of a movie on disc, my laptop does not even play BD. Any thoughts on a 3D BD player that would fit my needs.

Some TVs can play local media, some cannot. Some that can may do a better job than others and/or support different file containers and codecs. Wi-Fi has its limitations as well. For example, to stream Blu-ray quality HD video, you will likely need Ethernet or another wired technology (Powerline or MoCa).

The Sony players have decent local network playback. I would suggest researching the BDP-S5100 and BDP-S790. If you need a disc player, these players do that well and allow you to get your feet wet as far as local file streaming. However, many reports would suggest that some of the well regarded dedicated streaming devices out perform their disc playing counterparts, especially in terms of file format support.

Note: I don't use any 3D content and am not sure off hand if the Sony players can play 3D content via DLNA and/or what limitations may apply, though they can play 3D Blu-ray discs. Some 3D BD players may not support 3D playback of local media files via network or USB drive, so keep that in mind.
post #15232 of 16475
So I currently have a Samsung BD-E5900, and only use it to play DVD's and Blu-Ray's. There is a Denon DBP1611UD open box player for $125 that is for sale. Do you think it would provide any worthwhile upgrade in PQ/SQ over the Samsung? It also plays SACD and DVD-A which are a couple formats I have been interested in trying.
post #15233 of 16475
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

So I currently have a Samsung BD-E5900, and only use it to play DVD's and Blu-Ray's. There is a Denon DBP1611UD open box player for $125 that is for sale. Do you think it would provide any worthwhile upgrade in PQ/SQ over the Samsung? It also plays SACD and DVD-A which are a couple formats I have been interested in trying.

That model is a universal player that came out a few years ago and was priced much higher. I would think that bluray performance would be similar to your current player, maybe a bit better. DVD may be better, but it does have afew known issues.

The startup times (from eject, to load disk, to spin up and get the movies to a showable state) seem to be higher than even previous models in that line. I'd check the thread that talks about this model to see if it has been addressed by firmware, and if it fixed that and any other large issues.

I have a universal player (Oppo BDP-83) and thoroughly enjoy it. I use it for DVD-A's and SACDs as well as normal use (blu, DVD and DLNA). Having said that, my music library is something in the order of forty SACD's and about five DVD-A's. SACD is the more active lossless stereo/multi channel format. I wouldn't give back my DVD-A's though.

The current lower budget (about the price you're looking at) Sonys are also SACD players, so you might consider one of those. No DVD-A's, though.

I haven't given a definitive answer - you're taking a risk on an older player, but one that was MSRP'd at about six hundred originally and still sells in the 3-500 range now from what I've gathered. I have one that's equivalent in both age and capabilities and am very happy with it. Different company though, so I'd check the threads on it at least, to see how people feel now.
post #15234 of 16475
Thanks for the reply, sounds like I might just be gaining SACD/DVDA playback by going with this player. It is just sitting in the showroom, and comes with a one year warranty, I looked at it and it seems to be in fine shape. I will post over there and see what the owners think, I was attracted to it because it would match my receiver tongue.gif
post #15235 of 16475
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

Thanks for the reply, sounds like I might just be gaining SACD/DVDA playback by going with this player. It is just sitting in the showroom, and comes with a one year warranty, I looked at it and it seems to be in fine shape. I will post over there and see what the owners think, I was attracted to it because it would match my receiver tongue.gif

You might get lossless network file (FLAC, etc?) play also, which I like. I'd check out the possibilities and the issues. It's still a low price for the player, as long as you can deal with the possible drawbacks.
post #15236 of 16475
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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post

You might get lossless network file (FLAC, etc?) play also, which I like. I'd check out the possibilities and the issues. It's still a low price for the player, as long as you can deal with the possible drawbacks.

I can stream .ALAC from my airport express, but that is a good addition. I read through the thread and for the most part the firmware updates addressed most of the issues. All I would really use it for is as a media transporter, and let my receiver and TV do all the processing and upscaling. I have a Roku 3 for streaming, I guess I will keep reading and decide if I want to pay $125 to play SACD rolleyes.gif
post #15237 of 16475
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

I can stream .ALAC from my airport express, but that is a good addition. I read through the thread and for the most part the firmware updates addressed most of the issues. All I would really use it for is as a media transporter, and let my receiver and TV do all the processing and upscaling. I have a Roku 3 for streaming, I guess I will keep reading and decide if I want to pay $125 to play SACD rolleyes.gif

If you do get it, you might want to test which processing and upscaling source is best for you. I have a very capable AVR video chip (the QDeo), but have found that the Oppo is actually the best for upscaling and processing despite its Anchor Bay chip being older.

I think you let whichever component is dedicated to a particular area do that area. The chip itself, to me, is only the beginning of a good solution - the firmware that uses that chip also needs to be good. In my case, Oppo engineers modify the firmware and do a great job, so when I compared its processing to my AVRs, there is no contest. My TV doesn't enter into it, since both the AVR and the Oppo do a better job.

So if you do get it, I'd test all three and use the winner. You might find like I did that the winner is the bluray player.
post #15238 of 16475
They also have a Marantz UD5005 for $230, but it seems like that is pretty identical save for being a little newer.
post #15239 of 16475
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Originally Posted by Transmaniacon View Post

They also have a Marantz UD5005 for $230, but it seems like that is pretty identical save for being a little newer.

Again , check out the threads. They seem to be pretty comparable, including some issues with slowness of loading.
post #15240 of 16475
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Originally Posted by egartin View Post

I would like to add a Blu-Ray player to my basement. Before doing so, I was wondering if I could get some expert advice from here.

The TV is a Mitsubishi WD-73C9
Specs http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/asset/file/spec_sheet/WD73C9_specsheet.pdf

Our Cable Box is a TIVO TCD750500
Specs http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1583

We ordered a Sound Bar which is a VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1, waiting on the arrival.
Specs http://store.vizio.com/documents/downloads/accessories/S4251W-B4/QSG_S4251WB4.pdf
http://store.vizio.com/documents/downloads/accessories/S4251W-B4/DS_S4251WB4.pdf

We do have NAS server with a lot of family pictures and movies.

Two players that we looked at are the Sony BDP-S5100 and the Panasonic DMP-BDT230. What player do you think would work best with this set up? Would it be possible to hook all of this up so the sound bar plays while watching the Tivo or blu-ray?

Thanks for any help or insight that you can provide.
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