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Originally Posted by JRoX85 View Post

Just as the title states. I am looking for a good bluray player that will eliminate the top and bottom black bars on playback, without zooming in my tv. I currently have last years panasonic and it gets pretty frustrating as it lacks the feature I am looking for. My price range is 100-400 bucks. Any info would be really appreciated..

Thanks.
Oppo only my friend and its 500.00 dollars and I have two of them.
post #15452 of 16490
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Originally Posted by JRoX85 View Post

Just as the title states. I am looking for a good bluray player that will eliminate the top and bottom black bars on playback, without zooming in my tv. I currently have last years panasonic and it gets pretty frustrating as it lacks the feature I am looking for. My price range is 100-400 bucks. Any info would be really appreciated..

Thanks.

You understand that will crop the sides of the image?

OPPO has a full screen zoom mode, but new players are $499.

This mode zooms 2.35 titles to fill a 16:9 display, cropping the sides. It will also zoom 1.33, cropping the top and bottom. That is handy for the old pesky non-anamorphic 4:3 letterboxed DVDs; it zooms them to full width.

Note that the current OPPO models (BDP-103/105) will not zoom certain Blu-rays: I believe those that use the Picture-in-Picture feature. My test disc is SERENITY, which is no-zoom.

Older models (BDP-83/80/93) did not have that restriction.

-Bill
post #15453 of 16490
I thought samsungs had a feature for wide 1 and wide 2 that eliminates the bars if not i will look for a bdp 93
post #15454 of 16490
I am curious - why do you want to zoom in the player instead of the TV? Isn't it the same manipulation of the image either way?
post #15455 of 16490
My new 3D panel will be arriving this week and I need a 3D capable BD player for it. Currently using a Panasonic DMP-BD60 which does well enough on its own but no 3D playback. I'm thinking a Sony player. Which model should I get for under $200USD?
post #15456 of 16490
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Originally Posted by BIslander View Post

I am curious - why do you want to zoom in the player instead of the TV? Isn't it the same manipulation of the image either way?
on some

I hate haveing four remotes out lol
post #15457 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Cla55clown View Post

My new 3D panel will be arriving this week and I need a 3D capable BD player for it. Currently using a Panasonic DMP-BD60 which does well enough on its own but no 3D playback. I'm thinking a Sony player. Which model should I get for under $200USD?
The 5100 supports 3D.

S~
post #15458 of 16490
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

The 5100 supports 3D.

S~

ok thanks. I'll check out that model. Is there any reason to wait for the HDMI 2.0 spec to come out or is that just for 4K use?
Edited by Cla55clown - 8/31/13 at 8:26am
post #15459 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Yankees24 View Post

Ok, so if I go with the Sony s5100, is sacd playable thru the coax now ?...or I need to use the analog outs ?

The 5100 does not have any analog outs- the 790 does, for roughly $100 more.
post #15460 of 16490
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Originally Posted by cjvnyc View Post

The 5100 does not have any analog outs- the 790 does, for roughly $100 more.
Only 2 channel, though. No MC analog outs.

S~
post #15461 of 16490
Whats my best choices for $1000 budget on a 3d blue- ray player? I was looking at some of denons higher end models but not sure what the best choice would be.
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3D player with analog audio output

This one should be easy. Making the jump to flat screen (Vizio 70 LCD/LED) and the upgrade to Blue Ray. Not upgrading an older Denon AV Receiver (AVR 2802) that does not have HDMI inputs so I need audio outputs for surround sound. Also want 3D capabilities.

Not a big Blue Ray user. Maybe a few times a month, so big time high end is not necessary. Looking for a basic player and would go Sony but few if any of the new Sony's have analog outputs. So it is either older Sony or Panasonic?

Budget is under $200.00 and it must be able to play CD, and DVDs. Thanks for any opinions.

Now there is an outside chance I might get very impulsive and get a Sony UHD 65 incher. Would that change the recommendation.biggrin.gif
post #15463 of 16490
Pansonic BDT500 would be the one with multichannel analog outputs.

S~
post #15464 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Blackmambakila View Post

Whats my best choices for $1000 budget on a 3d blue- ray player? I was looking at some of denons higher end models but not sure what the best choice would be.
Save yourself $500 and go with the Oppo BDP 103. It's one of the best ones out there at a reasonable price. That's a "no-brainer!"
post #15465 of 16490
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Originally Posted by JRoX85 View Post

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Originally Posted by BIslander View Post

I am curious - why do you want to zoom in the player instead of the TV? Isn't it the same manipulation of the image either way?
on some

I hate haveing four remotes out lol
Get a Harmony and put all of the other remotes away. Just one remote to run everything.
post #15466 of 16490
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Originally Posted by William Moore View Post

Save yourself $500 and go with the Oppo BDP 103. It's one of the best ones out there at a reasonable price. That's a "no-brainer!"

Thanks, im going to look this one up tonight
post #15467 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Trouthead View Post

This one should be easy. Making the jump to flat screen (Vizio 70 LCD/LED) and the upgrade to Blue Ray. Not upgrading an older Denon AV Receiver (AVR 2802) that does not have HDMI inputs so I need audio outputs for surround sound. Also want 3D capabilities.Not a big Blue Ray user. Maybe a few times a month, so big time high end is not necessary. Looking for a basic player and would go Sony but few if any of the new Sony's have analog outputs. So it is either older Sony or Panasonic?Budget is under $200.00 and it must be able to play CD, and DVDs. Thanks for any opinions.Now there is an outside chance I might get very impulsive and get a Sony UHD 65 incher. Would that change the recommendation.:D

You could always use the coax or optical inputs on your receiver and skip the analog outs if you went with one of the Sony players. Worth considering if you have interest in DLNA or want Amazon Instant Video with 5.1 support. However, the Panasonic BDT-500 would give you more output flexibility if you don 't care about DLNA or Amazon streaming.
post #15468 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Trouthead View Post

This one should be easy. Making the jump to flat screen (Vizio 70 LCD/LED) and the upgrade to Blue Ray. Not upgrading an older Denon AV Receiver (AVR 2802) that does not have HDMI inputs so I need audio outputs for surround sound. Also want 3D capabilities.

Not a big Blue Ray user. Maybe a few times a month, so big time high end is not necessary. Looking for a basic player and would go Sony but few if any of the new Sony's have analog outputs. So it is either older Sony or Panasonic?

Budget is under $200.00 and it must be able to play CD, and DVDs. Thanks for any opinions.

Now there is an outside chance I might get very impulsive and get a Sony UHD 65 incher. Would that change the recommendation.biggrin.gif
Multichannel analog players are hard to find and more expensive than your budget. Any player with a coax or optical output will be just fine. They all play CDs and DVDs. Sony has several excellent players, as does Panasonic. You can't go wrong with any of them.
post #15469 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Trouthead View Post

This one should be easy. Making the jump to flat screen (Vizio 70 LCD/LED) and the upgrade to Blue Ray. Not upgrading an older Denon AV Receiver (AVR 2802) that does not have HDMI inputs so I need audio outputs for surround sound. Also want 3D capabilities.

Not a big Blue Ray user. Maybe a few times a month, so big time high end is not necessary. Looking for a basic player and would go Sony but few if any of the new Sony's have analog outputs. So it is either older Sony or Panasonic?

Budget is under $200.00 and it must be able to play CD, and DVDs. Thanks for any opinions.

Now there is an outside chance I might get very impulsive and get a Sony UHD 65 incher. Would that change the recommendation.biggrin.gif

Amazon has the Panasonic DMP-BDT500 for less than your budget with free shipping. I was in the same boat as you with going to a flat screen and upgrading to blu ray while keeping my old Pioneer Elite receiver with analog inputs. I don't use any of my other CD capable players anymore since I got the 500. I can't compare it to other blu ray players because I lack experience with any other models besides the 500 but it does sound better to me than anything I have used for CD's to this point. It's really the perfect player for me and plays everything I need it to and sounds great doing it.

Another important thing for me was the HD Audio soundtracks on blu ray movies. The 7.1/5.1 Analog Audio Outputs allow me to listen to the blu ray movie soundtracks as they were meant to be heard where with Coax or Optical I would lose that ability. If you want high definition audio with blu ray movies you need to use HDMI or Analog Audio.

I can't comment on the Amazon thing because I only use Netflix. I don't do the DLNA file thing but most folks in this thread agree that the Sony players are better than the Panasonics for this.


Al
post #15470 of 16490

Blu-ray Player Under $500

Hi, I looking for a new Blu-ray player for under $500.

What some of the best ones ou there?
post #15471 of 16490
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Originally Posted by mantaraydesign View Post

Hi, I looking for a new Blu-ray player for under $500.

What some of the best ones ou there?

If your budget is under $500, the Oppo BDP-103 is what you want.
post #15472 of 16490
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Originally Posted by mantaraydesign View Post

Hi, I looking for a new Blu-ray player for under $500.

What some of the best ones ou there?

If you do not need 7.1 analog audio outputs, you might take a look at the Sony BDP-S790. It gets very good reviews and comments from customers and costs 1/2 what an Oppo costs.

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666436490
post #15473 of 16490
I settled for the entry level Sony player from SAMs club (BDP-BX110) $65 and I'm impressed with the playback quality of it. I can go as far as to say that it's better than my slim PS3. I bought it mostly for music playback via cd or my external HD and it plays like a champ. That's another bonus that it reads my external HD fast and with no issues USB 3.0
post #15474 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Yankees24 View Post

I settled for the entry level Sony player from SAMs club (BDP-BX110) $65 and I'm impressed with the playback quality of it. I can go as far as to say that it's better than my slim PS3. I bought it mostly for music playback via cd or my external HD and it plays like a champ. That's another bonus that it reads my external HD fast and with no issues USB 3.0

I also love my cheap new Sony for the same reason, for audio CDs.
post #15475 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Rich86 View Post

If you do not need 7.1 analog audio outputs, you might take a look at the Sony BDP-S790. It gets very good reviews and comments from customers and costs 1/2 what an Oppo costs.

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666436490

I just bought the S790 two weeks ago and like it a lot. Couldn't justify double the price for the Oppo. Don't need analog out, but did want SACD, hence the Sony.
post #15476 of 16490
Hi. I have been away for awhile and am a bit out of touch with the latest models. I always appreciate the help.

I am looking for a player for good 2D video quality with fast loading for my JVC RS1. Do not need analog outs, but could use them if they are better than using HDMI on the Denon 3313 I just got. Thoughts? Oh, and no Sony. They burned me on my BDP S1.
post #15477 of 16490
The Oppo 103 would seem to be appropriate. It costs about $500.

FWIW, among the less expensive players, Panasonic's players are reasonable alternatives to Sony's.

The inexpensive players from other manufacturers tend to be even less reliable. In general, though, you have to consider modern commodity-class (<$250) Blu-ray players as "throw-away" devices. They're all made so cheaply that they can't be expected to last very long. frown.gif But their streaming features seem to change with each model year, so replacing one every couple of years might be reasonable.
post #15478 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

The Oppo 103 would seem to be appropriate. It costs about $500.

FWIW, among the less expensive players, Panasonic's players are reasonable alternatives to Sony's.

The inexpensive players from other manufacturers tend to be even less reliable. In general, though, you have to consider modern commodity-class (<$250) Blu-ray players as "throw-away" devices. They're all made so cheaply that they can't be expected to last very long. frown.gif But their streaming features seem to change with each model year, so replacing one every couple of years might be reasonable.

I have 5 of those supposed "throw-away" devices from Sony & Panasonic dating back to my very first blu-ray player (a Sony BDP-S350) purchased in mid 2008. They have all played anything I have ever thrown at them, still work fine and none of them cost $250 - and all of them well below half of the Oppo $500 base model price. If the buyer decides they want a feature available on an Oppo that is not available on a Sony or Panasonic and is willing to spend $500 for it - by all means go for an Oppo. Other than that, an Oppo isn't worth the money imho.
post #15479 of 16490
Rich,

I looked at the price of his projector, and that suggested to me that the Oppo might be appropriate wink.gif Specifically, that spending more money for a more mechanically sturdy player might be reasonable in his circumstances.

Unfortunately, other people have not had your good luck with their BD players. frown.gif E,g, one of mine is refusing to open its tray. I haven't gotten around to opening it up yet, though.
post #15480 of 16490

Is there a sub $100 blu ray player that does good job with Netflix

I currently have a Sony BX-37. I got it in the fall of 2010 for about $140. It worked great for Netflix then. For about the past year, streaming Netflix on it is an exercise in frustration. HD titles are so pixelated as to be unwatchable. My Netflix prefs in my Netflix account are set to highest quality. It's also very rare that I can go more than 5 minutes (usually less than 5 minutes) without a long pause for buffering (even on non-HD titles). Blu rays still look great on the player, but the remote has pretty much given up the ghost. Only the power and eject buttons work reliably on it anymore. I've programmed my cable remote to control the player, but it doesn't map every function (only the basics: play, pause, stop, rewind, power...). Sucks not having the menu and top menu buttons to skip previews.

As far as Netflix goes, I can stream HD with very good quality if I use the XBox 360 and sign in with my son's Live Gold account (not an option anymore since he's at college now). I can also stream in HD on my PC and even on my Andriod phone (all without excessive buffering pauses).

I see a lot of complaints online about Sony Blu-Ray players and Netflix quality and buffering. I guess they go through secondary servers.

Bottom line is that I'm looking for a decent player to replace the Sony (preferably not a Sony). Is there a sub $100 player that does a good job with Netflix and blu-rays? Or should I keep the Sony for blu-rays and grab either a Netgear NeoTV box or Roku box for the streaming. I prefer only one device, but I'm willing to consider the dedicated streaming box option. It seems like there has to be a Blu ray player out there will do the job. Keep in mind I'm not on a Oppo budget.

Suggestions welcome.


Jon
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