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Originally Posted by BIslander View Post

Many people think Oppos do a better job of video upscaling than other devices. So, they use the HDMI input to run SD video sources through the player.
Ok, that make more sense. But what kinds of SD sources do people still have? BD players play DVD and handle file streaming and streaming services. What's left, VHS?

Some people have disc "mega-changers" containing hundreds of discs that they aren't about to unload.
post #15782 of 16470
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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

Some people have disc "mega-changers" containing hundreds of discs that they aren't about to unload.
Rip those puppies and run them through Madvr. No need to spend $500+ on a player for that. Then you get instant access to any title, easy search, and cover art and can get rid of that clunky changer that's probably about to fail anyway.

I don't watch anything SD anymore besides an occasional DVD. And I'm not about to spend a ton of cash for marginally better 480i. Your money is better spent buying the BD version.
post #15783 of 16470

Wanted: Blu-ray player with "play Blu-ray folder" and manual slide-show features

I have two Blu-ray players, neither does what I want:

  1. Play Blu-rays, DVDs, CDs
  2. When playing a CD, show track info and time
  3. Play Blu-ray folders. i.e. from Adobe Encore, I choose to "Build" a series of shorts onto a hard drive in Blu-ray format. You end up with a Blu-ray folder structure.
  4. Show jpegs just like an old-style slide projector: press a button and the image advances

My Oppo BDP93 does 1, 2 and 3, but not 4 (confirmed by an email from Oppo). It has an auto slide show feature, but does not offer manual control.

My LG BDP420 does 1 and 4. but can't play Blu-ray folders nor show track info for a CD. I'll be playing a CD and I have no idea what track I'm playing.

Can anyone recommend a player that will do 1-4? If so, I'll be eBaying my Oppo and LG and buying two new players.
post #15784 of 16470
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Originally Posted by dave1216 View Post

Looking to return my Sony 5100 for the reason that is does not internally decode multi-channel TrueHD. Looking for a recommendation in the $100 price class of a player that will do full decoding al BD formats. Thanks

Bump. Stills looking for a reccomendation of A current player that will fully decode truehd. Thanks.
post #15785 of 16470
Try a Panasonic.
post #15786 of 16470
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

Some people have disc "mega-changers" containing hundreds of discs that they aren't about to unload.
Rip those puppies and run them through Madvr. No need to spend $500+ on a player for that. Then you get instant access to any title, easy search, and cover art and can get rid of that clunky changer that's probably about to fail anyway.

Many people who already have almost-full mega-changers aren't about to waste many hours of their lives ripping discs. For some of us, time is a far more precious commodity than money.
post #15787 of 16470
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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

Many people who already have almost-full mega-changers aren't about to waste many hours of their lives ripping discs. For some of us, time is a far more precious commodity than money.
I agree, but I'll go you one better. I don't waste hours of my life (or money) watching the same movie more than once, hence I own zero discs (minus what I've received as gifts) and have no need for changers, or ripping for that matter.

But if you do have a vast disc library, I still think ripping is worthwhile for several reasons:
- Enables you to instantly retrieve and search on any criteria
- If you have more discs than fit in your changer, save the effort of swapping discs
- Archives your valuable collection elsewhere in case of disaster
- Enables you to stream your library anywhere on earth
- Saves rack and shelf space

I don't like wasting hours of my life either, so I simply paid my kids to do it when I had to convert hundreds of hours of home videos from tape to disc. Same could easily be done with DVD libraries.
Edited by mdavej - 11/27/13 at 10:41am
post #15788 of 16470
Are there any current BR players that will play at 1.5X audio&video (extremely useful for listening/watching commentary or just zipping through a so-so Netflix disc)? The oppo's don't and there isn't any likelihood that they ever will (I called them and they could add it, but won't any time soon), but the older Panasonic BR players will such as the BMP-605 and the BMP-30 do, but the BR loading speed can be very, very slow.
post #15789 of 16470
Last year's Panasonics do. This year's do not.

S~
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Sounds like if I want a player capable of internally decoding TrueHD at full 7.1 channels, I need to get a model from last year (again I assume all Oppos do this but don't need a $500 player). Can someone recommend a model that is currently available and that you are getting satisfactory firmware updates? Thanks
post #15791 of 16470
Try a Panasonic.
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I'm looking for a 3D player that will stay paused for a reasonable length of time (preferably with a screen saver) like twenty or thirty minutes and will also remember my place after I stop play. I had a Samsung that would disc reboot and go back to the top menu before I could barely finish a bathroom break. Never again. I'd like to stay under three bills. Any recommendations?
post #15793 of 16470
Resume play is java controlled by the disc and not the player. Some discs will resume where you left off, some will not. Some use bookmarks to save a location.

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Looking for advise on new player or staying with what I have.

Hello, I’m looking for some advice. I own and love my Marantz 9500 sacd/dvd player. I also own a Panasonic DMP BD T220 blu ray player. I listen to lots of SACD & DVD Audio music and also watch a few movies a week when I have time. I have been thinking about selling my current players and purchasing a new Oppo 103 or 105 player. I have a nice Vizzo led tv. Here is my question should I bother with a new player or stay with what I have. Is there really any benefit? Thank you for your input.
post #15795 of 16470
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Originally Posted by onge65 View Post

Hello, I’m looking for some advice. I own and love my Marantz 9500 sacd/dvd player. I also own a Panasonic DMP BD T220 blu ray player. I listen to lots of SACD & DVD Audio music and also watch a few movies a week when I have time. I have been thinking about selling my current players and purchasing a new Oppo 103 or 105 player. I have a nice Vizzo led tv. Here is my question should I bother with a new player or stay with what I have. Is there really any benefit? Thank you for your input.
Nothing wrong with the X20, I have one. But, if you play a lot of SACD and DVD-A, then an upgrade to an Oppo would be worth it. I have one of those, too. Now, whether or not you need the 103 or 105 depends on how you are going to run your audio. If you are using HDMI, then you only need the 103. If you are going to use the analog outs, then the upgraded DACs in the 105 might be a better choice.

S~
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Nothing wrong with the X20, I have one. But, if you play a lot of SACD and DVD-A, then an upgrade to an Oppo would be worth it. I have one of those, too. Now, whether or not you need the 103 or 105 depends on how you are going to run your audio. If you are using HDMI, then you only need the 103. If you are going to use the analog outs, then the upgraded DACs in the 105 might be a better choice.

S~
Thank you for reply,I guess what I should ask is will buying a new unit to replace what I already have be worth it ? No sense of spending money if what I have works.Is there a differance in the new models compaired to what I have. As they say if it's not broken why fix it.If the only benifit is one player I guess I will save the money.Thanks
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I'm going to be getting my first plasma TV in a couple of weeks:  a Panasonic TC-P50ST60.  I want to upgrade my Blu-ray player, currently a Samsung BD-C5900 that I plan to cast into the fires of Mount Doom.  My budget is under $200, so no Oppo for me.  My receiver is the Yamaha RX-V667 which supports 3D.

 

My primary concern is Blu-ray 2D/3D picture quality and stability.  I use an Apple TV for most of my streaming needs and the TV itself should handle Netflix 3D and Amazon Prime (I think) so those features aren't as important.  I also won't be using this player to play any SACD/DVD-A.  I've been looking at the Panasonic DMP-BDT230 and the Sony BDP-5100.  Is the PQ on either of these better than the other, or is there a different player I should be looking at?  I'm new to plasma so any advice would be appreciated.

 

Thanks

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seqiro, PQ for BlluRays is going to look pretty much identical on any player. There might be some subtle differences for upscaled DVDs, but both Panasonic and Sony do excellent jobs there. You can't go wrong with either brand. Panny tends to be a little faster loading, while Sony has better file support (although it doesn't sound like you need that feature). It probably just comes down to which has the better deal price wise.
post #15799 of 16470
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Originally Posted by seqiro View Post

I'm going to be getting my first plasma TV in a couple of weeks:  a Panasonic TC-P50ST60.  I want to upgrade my Blu-ray player, currently a Samsung BD-C5900 that I plan to cast into the fires of Mount Doom.  My budget is under $200, so no Oppo for me.  My receiver is the Yamaha RX-V667 which supports 3D.

My primary concern is Blu-ray 2D/3D picture quality and stability.  I use an Apple TV for most of my streaming needs and the TV itself should handle Netflix 3D and Amazon Prime (I think) so those features aren't as important.  I also won't be using this player to play any SACD/DVD-A.  I've been looking at the Panasonic DMP-BDT230 and the Sony BDP-5100.  Is the PQ on either of these better than the other, or is there a different player I should be looking at?  I'm new to plasma so any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks

I think they're very similar, especially with bluray. If you don't have an extensive DVD collection, you want to look at the other features offered. If Apple TV fulfills your streaming needs, then, as an example, you want to see if DLNA for home streaming is something you want. In the case of networking, Sony is probably stronger.

So the choice is probably features and price. I find DLNA great for home pictures, videos and music on a network drive. The best way I can see the many photographs I have easily.

If just bluray video, pick by price - both are very similar.

One word of advice. Once you do get the player and your screen, get a calibration disk. Spear and Munsils or the Disney calibration would be great. Since the players are a wash, one of the important components is calibrating your display. That will give you the best possible picture and probably make more of a difference than exists between either of those players.
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Hello Gentlemen,

Looking for some advice re: a new Blu-ray player as I sold all my PS3's in anticipation of an eventual system upgrade (that might not happen now) so i'm looking for a Blu-ray player.

My criteria are as follows:

- Must play all BD disks quickly and well, as well as decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HDMA on the player (since it's outputting to an onkyo receiver, LPCM over HDMI would also be acceptable for DTS HD MA since I think the receiver can decode it).

- My TV doesn't have 4K or 3D and given that 4K native media (in disk format) is probably at least 5 years away or more (or am I wrong?), i'll probably keep my current old TV for a few more years so I don't think there's anypoint in getting a future proof player for now. (Correct me if i'm wrong).

- Cost: it shouldn't cost anywhere near what a new xbox one or ps4 should cost otherwise I might as well get one of those. If there's good reason to believe that an xbox1 or PS4 will be able to handle 3D blu ray and 4K in the future, then I would be willing to splurge for one of those.

I was looking at Oppo 103d's and they're fairly pricey but advertise that their hardware is better than standard. Not sure if it would be worth it on a 62" 1080i screen viewed from about 10-12 feet away.

Your input would be appreciated.

Regards
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Are you using HDMI for video, also?

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post #15802 of 16470
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Originally Posted by hernanu View Post


I think they're very similar, especially with bluray. If you don't have an extensive DVD collection, you want to look at the other features offered. If Apple TV fulfills your streaming needs, then, as an example, you want to see if DLNA for home streaming is something you want. In the case of networking, Sony is probably stronger.

So the choice is probably features and price. I find DLNA great for home pictures, videos and music on a network drive. The best way I can see the many photographs I have easily.

If just bluray video, pick by price - both are very similar.

One word of advice. Once you do get the player and your screen, get a calibration disk. Spear and Munsils or the Disney calibration would be great. Since the players are a wash, one of the important components is calibrating your display. That will give you the best possible picture and probably make more of a difference than exists between either of those players.

 

I did pick up the Disney calibration disc and it should come on the same day as the TV.  If I understand correctly, I shouldn't spend too much time calibrating until after the break-in period?  

 

I don't think I will use DLNA as I use my Apple TV for most of those functions.  I opted for the Panasonic and figure if I don't like it I can return it for the Sony.   Thanks for your advice!

 

Paul

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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Are you using HDMI for video, also?

S~

Yes, everything is HDMI (from sources to receiver and then receiver to TV). thanks.
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Thought I'd ask in here for BD player recommendations for my new living room TV, a Samsung UN60F7500.

Connections will be via HDMI to the TV and then via optical out to a soundbar (yet to be purchased, though that's another post for another thread on here).
Content to be played will be 2D and 3D BD movies, BD TV shows, DVDs to upscale. Unlikely to be playing any file-format discs, though if I could, would be OK.
Not worried about smart apps, as the F7500 has more than enough, plus there's always the option to add a Roku or something else.

From what I've seen on here, the options look like:
Sony BDP-S5100
Sony BDP-S790
Samsung BD-F5900
Samsung BD-F6700
Samsung BD-F7500
Panasonic DMP-BDT230

It looks like the differences between the S5100 and S790 are 4K upscaling and dual HDMI on the S790 over the S5100. Same for the F5700/F5900 vs the F6700 and F7500.

Those listed players are within my $200 and under budget, though if I get a compelling reason for a higher priced option, I'd entertain it.

Any ones out of the list above seem better than others?

(removed F5700 because it doesn't do 3D)
Edited by shrike424242 - 12/1/13 at 10:57pm
post #15805 of 16470
^^^
The 5100 doesn't have optical.

Dual HDMI and 4K on the 790 are a complete waste of money in your case. Also the 790 can't do the top Netflix bitrate and is the size and weight of a tank.

Samsungs have more issues than other players but do have a nice set of features, so may be worth the risk.

Panny has optical and satisfies your other requirements for a lower price than the 790, so I'd personally put that one at the top of the list.
post #15806 of 16470
Consider:

Pioneer Elite 62FD and the Panasonic BMP BDT-500 that are both at your $200 threshold. The Elite is a universal BR player, meaning that it will play SACD and DVD-A. The Panasonic BDT-500 is a 2012 player that will play dvd and blu-ray at 1.5X which is handy for going through commentary.
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Help me find a non Cinavia BD Player that can play media files and has Apps (Netfilx & Amazon Instant)

Any one have any suggestions for BD players that can handle media files (mp4, MKV, etc) and also has apps (netfilx & Amazon instant)? I have seen many that have Netflix, but none that have netflix and Amazon Instant. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
post #15808 of 16470
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

^^^
The 5100 doesn't have optical.

Dual HDMI and 4K on the 790 are a complete waste of money in your case. Also the 790 can't do the top Netflix bitrate and is the size and weight of a tank.

Samsungs have more issues than other players but do have a nice set of features, so may be worth the risk.

Panny has optical and satisfies your other requirements for a lower price than the 790, so I'd personally put that one at the top of the list.
The 5100 not having optical isn't an issue because it'll be all HDMI from the devices to the TV and then optical out of the TV into the soundbar. The BD player not having optical isn't an issue.

I guess if the 790 won't do Netflix high-end bitrate, it's not a dealbreaker, though if the app in the F7500 won't do it, then it becomes one. I'll pass on the 790, though I'd assume the same on the BD-F6700 and F7500 as well from Samsung?

Reviews of the DMP-BDT230 on the Panasonic site are pretty ugly, reviews of the DMP-BDT330 (which does come with dual HDMI, 4K and the like) seems a bit more forgiving. DMP-BDT500 reviews seem the best out of the three Panasonic models mentioned.
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Originally Posted by fookoo_2010 View Post

Consider:

Pioneer Elite 62FD and the Panasonic BMP BDT-500 that are both at your $200 threshold. The Elite is a universal BR player, meaning that it will play SACD and DVD-A. The Panasonic BDT-500 is a 2012 player that will play dvd and blu-ray at 1.5X which is handy for going through commentary.

Not sure where I could find an Elite 62FD for $200, though I'd love to know where. Prices have been around $270 from what I've found.
post #15809 of 16470
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Originally Posted by shrike424242 View Post

Not sure where I could find an Elite 62FD for $200, though I'd love to know where. Prices have been around $270 from what I've found.

Look at the recent posts in the Pioneer Elite 62FD thread.
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Originally Posted by shrike424242 View Post

The 5100 not having optical isn't an issue because it'll be all HDMI from the devices to the TV and then optical out of the TV into the soundbar. The BD player not having optical isn't an issue.

I guess if the 790 won't do Netflix high-end bitrate, it's not a dealbreaker, though if the app in the F7500 won't do it, then it becomes one. I'll pass on the 790, though I'd assume the same on the BD-F6700 and F7500 as well from Samsung?

Reviews of the DMP-BDT230 on the Panasonic site are pretty ugly, reviews of the DMP-BDT330 (which does come with dual HDMI, 4K and the like) seems a bit more forgiving. DMP-BDT500 reviews seem the best out of the three Panasonic models mentioned.
Not sure where I could find an Elite 62FD for $200, though I'd love to know where. Prices have been around $270 from what I've found.
The 500 is $150 on Amazon at the moment, but is still massive overkill for your situation.

The negs on the 230 are mostly related to features you'll never use, so what does it matter?

The Pio is excellent, but is at the top of your budget, and overkill too, IMO. Most of my players are $40 Sony 1100's because I only buy the functionality I need. You can certainly spend whatever you like, but it just seems a waste to buy more than you need.

Having said that, if you don't need optical, the 5100 is by far the best bang for your buck.
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