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post #16021 of 16492
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Originally Posted by Rich86 View Post

Assuming you are referring to "rocksolid reliability" - I disagree. Most Sony & Panasonic players perform very reliably. I have personal experience with Sony model 350, 550 & 1000ES + the Panny 55 - all consistently work great!

Although finding a good condition used Sony S1000es for $100 or less these days might be a challenge, I expect the other listed used Sony or Panny models can be had used.
While my Sony and Panny players have also been reliable, I wouldn't call them rock solid. The need a few firmware updates per year and a hub/spindle cleaning after several years. To me, rock solid means completely maintenance free and no updates required to play certain titles.
post #16022 of 16492
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

While my Sony and Panny players have also been reliable, I wouldn't call them rock solid. The need a few firmware updates per year and a hub/spindle cleaning after several years. To me, rock solid means completely maintenance free and no updates required to play certain titles.

I agree that frequent firmware updates seem to indicate faulty initial firmware development, but the players I mentioned have not needed any firmware updates since fall 2011 in the case of the Panasonic, and summer 2012 in the case of the Sony models and they seem to play anything thrown at them (at least they have for me).
I am aware that some Panasonic players have needed cleaning & attention to lubrication of the laser rails (and experienced that). Fortunately it was something fairly easily done at home.

The Sony BDP-S350 was the very first blu-ray player I bought in 2008. It still lives & works fine in a secondary system in a vacation home. I just finished watching a movie on it . . . cool.gif
post #16023 of 16492
I am just going to get an Oppo. NO drama, just works.
post #16024 of 16492
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Originally Posted by steves40th View Post

I am just going to get an Oppo. NO drama, just works.
You can't go wrong with that choice. And they have the best Customer Service if something does go wrong.
post #16025 of 16492
Yes, I have read many threads (and went back a few pages on this thread) and still not sure what to get.

My wish list:

Built-in WiFi - I don't have Ethernet near where the player would be
Good up sampling - to play my existing DVDs
As many net video options as possible (Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, whatever)
Optical audio out would be nice (I currently have a 5.0 audio system - the receiver can do more, but that is what I have the speakers for)
Reasonably fast load times
Anything else I should look for?

Thanks
Brian
post #16026 of 16492

Looking for a blu-ray player that can play media files right off my NAS (Synology DS212j) WITHOUT having to go through DNLA. Need to play SMI subtitles (mostly Japanese and Korean) and also MKV files. I have a 7.1 channel Pioneer receiver, so HDMI pass-through is required too (I guess mostly players do this though). I don't care about WIFI - wired is OK. For streaming from the Internet, Nexflix is probably the only thing I use, but the more the better :)

 

Actually I just bought LG BP530, assuming recent models also support direct SMB/CIFS access, but this model only supports DLNA, and I can't play SMI subtitles through DLNA :(

 

Any suggestions? It is weird most players don't support direct network drive access. If I can't find anything, I will just get a WD TV and forget about "blu-ray and media player in one box" solution.

 

I appreciate your advice!

post #16027 of 16492
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Originally Posted by krytron View Post

Looking for a blu-ray player that can play media files right off my NAS (Synology DS212j) WITHOUT having to go through DNLA. Need to play SMI subtitles (mostly Japanese and Korean) and also MKV files. I have a 7.1 channel Pioneer receiver, so HDMI pass-through is required too (I guess mostly players do this though). I don't care about WIFI - wired is OK. For streaming from the Internet, Nexflix is probably the only thing I use, but the more the better smile.gif

Actually I just bought LG BP530, assuming recent models also support direct SMB/CIFS access, but this model only supports DLNA, and I can't play SMI subtitles through DLNA frown.gif

Any suggestions? It is weird most players don't support direct network drive access. If I can't find anything, I will just get a WD TV and forget about "blu-ray and media player in one box" solution.

I appreciate your advice!

Price range? The OPPOs do, but start at $499.

Have you tried embedding your SMI subtitles in MKV, say with mkvmerge? They should work over DLNA when embedded. I've done this with SRT subtitles.

-Bill
post #16028 of 16492
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Originally Posted by steves40th View Post

I am just going to get an Oppo. NO drama, just works.

Based on what I have read in these forums, if you like firmware updates, you will love your Oppo.
post #16029 of 16492
I have to say, I bought an Oppo, kept it for 3 weeks and returned it. The difference to the PS3 and the PS4 I already had was minimal to non-existent in PQ. It was all about load time. My receiver (Elite SC-67) and TV (ZT-60) do all the work maybe, but the Playstations are amazing. Just throwing that out there for those going through that decision too.
post #16030 of 16492
... and my $40 (open box) Sony 1100 looks the same as a PS3 and loads just as fast. No reason to spend a lot for BD PQ these days. Even the cheapest players look great.
post #16031 of 16492

Blue-ray Player for 2 Channel Audio Setup

I am looking for a Blue-ray player recommendation to hookup to my 2-channel audio system.  The player will hook-up to a 50-inch Panasonic plasma via HDMI and to a Peachtree Nova125 integrated amp via a coaxial digital cable so as to utilize the Nova's DAC.  Given that space is somewhat of a concern when it comes to placing my components in the entertainment unit, I will use the player for both Blu-ray and CD playback.  

 

Are there any units that provide good, jitter free audio output in the sub-$200 price range?  We do not have time to watch many Blue-ray movies and CDs are not our primary audio source - therefore, I am not looking to break the bank on a high-end player. 

post #16032 of 16492

Entry level (i.e., inexpensive) vs. Reference level (i.e., out of my budget) Blu-ray players

Howdy folks,

I would like to learn more about the differences between high end and lower end Blu-ray players. I recently jumped into the whole home theater world so there are many aspects to a set up that are new to me.

Anyway, what is the main difference between a <$100 player and an >$400 player? I assume it's the audio and video quality but please teach...

Is the difference mind blowing to an amateur HT enthusiast? Will one only really see the differences if all of their other components are also top of the line?

My current player is working fine but, like most of you, I am always looking at ways to upgrade my system. I'm looking for the best "bang for my buck" upgrade to my system. As you'll see below, apart from my rears, I invested the least amount of money in my player.

I assume I'll be asked so here is my currently set up:

TV: Vizio E601i-A3
AVR: Sony STR-DN1040
BD player: Samsung BD-E5900

Mains: Pinnacle S-Fit 1050
Center: Pinnacle S-FIT CTR 350
Rears: NXG Pro 4.1
Sub: Klipsch RW-12d
post #16033 of 16492
There may not actually be big differences in either picture or audio quality. It depends on the player. Sometimes the differences are only seen with certain formats (such as better upscaling and de-interlacing of standard DVDs or better sound with CDs). The differences are often in features such as what audio and video formats beyond just DVD and Blu-Ray are supported, network and attached device support, higher build quality, greater reliability, better (and longer) vendor support, and other things. If all you want to do is play back basic video formats, then a $100 player is just fine. The only downside may be that it won't last as long or be supported as well as a more expensive player.
post #16034 of 16492

Hello all,

 

Looking to purchase a blu-ray player for my home theatre system. Looking to purchase the Oppo BDP103, but am having second thoughts justifying the price point especially if there is something else that would fit my needs at a cheaper cost. Would like something that plays SACDs and has awesome sound quality.

 

My setup for now is as follows:

 

TV: Samsung UN50F6300

AVR: Onkyo TX-SR805

Speakers LCR: Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2

 

Thanks!

 

Kind Regards,

Ryan


Edited by r12rex - 1/6/14 at 9:14pm
post #16035 of 16492
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Originally Posted by r12rex View Post

Hello all,

Looking to purchase a blu-ray player for my home theatre system. Looking to purchase the Oppo BDP103, but am having second thoughts justifying the price point especially if there is something else that would fit my needs at a cheaper cost. Would like something that plays SACDs and has awesome sound quality.

My setup for now is as follows:

TV: Samsung UN50F6300
AVR: Onkyo TX-SR805
Speakers LCR: Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2

Pioneer Elite 62fd, but the Oppo 103 is a lot better designed ergonomically. As to SQ and PQ they are equivalent and both are universal players (SACDs and DVD-As).
post #16036 of 16492
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Originally Posted by r12rex View Post

Hello all,

Looking to purchase a blu-ray player for my home theatre system. Looking to purchase the Oppo BDP103, but am having second thoughts justifying the price point especially if there is something else that would fit my needs at a cheaper cost. Would like something that plays SACDs and has awesome sound quality.

My setup for now is as follows:

TV: Samsung UN50F6300
AVR: Onkyo TX-SR805
Speakers LCR: Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2

Thanks!

Kind Regards,
Ryan
Sony S790 will do it. I have one. Very happy with it
post #16037 of 16492
Quote:
Originally Posted by r12rex View Post

Hello all,

Looking to purchase a blu-ray player for my home theatre system. Looking to purchase the Oppo BDP103, but am having second thoughts justifying the price point especially if there is something else that would fit my needs at a cheaper cost. Would like something that plays SACDs and has awesome sound quality.

My setup for now is as follows:

TV: Samsung UN50F6300
AVR: Onkyo TX-SR805
Speakers LCR: Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2

Thanks!

Kind Regards,
Ryan

The Sonys will play SACD for you. Not DVD-A, so if that's an issue, you have to look elsewhere.

Do you want to connect by HDMI or analog? If HDMI, then the Sony can handle that.

I've got an Oppo and have tried both analog and HDMI, I use HDMI due to the convenience and the excellent sound (bitstream, DSD). I play SACD, DVD-A, bluray concerts and audio.

Except for the DVD-A, the Sony should be able to handle things well. If you bitstream audio, the Onkyo will be doing the heavy lifting. If you have the player decode the audio and output LPCM, then the player does the work. In either case, the Sony should do a good job.

The 10X Oppos are excellent, but depending on your use, they can be overkill.

The things that make a difference are great blu video processing (shared with most bluray players), great upscaling (the Oppos are better than most if not all), great CD / SACD / DVD-A music players (they approach expensive dedicated players in quality), allowing other sources (cable box, game machine, DLNA files, SMB files, Netflix,,, ??) to plug into the 10X box inputs or ethernet connection and be played through their video processor (cleans up the signals well), one (the 103D) lets you have Darbee processing as well.

So if you don't want the extra net server processing, the Darbee, high end platter spinner, use of the video processor for other sources, upscaling, etc... You'd be happy with a Sony that can do SACD.
post #16038 of 16492
Hey all,
My parents dvd player just gave out and I'm trying to find them a budget blu ray player instead of investing in another dvd player.
It doesn't have to be anything fancy as I'd like to keep it sub $50. They mostly have dvd's, so good up scaling would be nice.
Any particular ones I should be looking at?

Thanks
Edited by vroom_skies - 1/7/14 at 5:17pm
post #16039 of 16492
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Originally Posted by vroom_skies View Post

Hey all,
My parents dvd player just gave out and I'm trying to find them a budget blu ray player instead of investing in another dvd player.
It doesn't have to be anything fancy as I'd like to keep it sub $50. They mostly have dvd's, so good up scaling would be nice.
Any particular ones I should be looking at?

Thanks

What sort of TV is it connected to?
post #16040 of 16492
It will either be hooked up to a Sony KDL-40EX400 or an older CRT tv.
Thanks for the help.
post #16041 of 16492

Vertical standing / upgright player

I am looking for a Blu-Ray player to mount on the wall of a motorhome below a TV so it would need to sit on its side (vertical standing). I have read that a PS3 can be used fine on its side but would like to know if there are any other options at a lower cost that anyone can suggest.
post #16042 of 16492
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Originally Posted by vroom_skies View Post

It will either be hooked up to a Sony KDL-40EX400 or an older CRT tv.
Thanks for the help.

If the former, look at the Sony BDP-S1100. However, that player and most other currently available players do not have analog video outputs, so you may need to get a used player of some sort of older model player to interface with a CRT set.

It probably goes without saying that standard definition CRT sets will not benefit from the increased resolution of Blu-ray. If interfacing with a HD CRT set, you will want a 2010 or earlier player with composite outs to get best resolution. However, the cheaper players do not tend to last long, so that could be a dicey route. You might revisit the idea of an inexpensive DVD player if interfacing with a standard resolution CRT set and there is not a need for streaming services. Sometimes simple is good.
post #16043 of 16492
I haven't searched hard yet, but one quick question, is there a specific brand player that plays defective disks better than the rest? With my Panny 310 probably every third disk I get from Netflix locks up somewhere in the movie. If I use my Asus pc blu-ray player they rarely do. Thanks!
post #16044 of 16492
I actually thought panny was one of the better ones at that. Have you cleaned the hub and spindle lately?
post #16045 of 16492
I haven't had any problems with my Panasonics.

S~
post #16046 of 16492
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Originally Posted by pieper53 View Post

Howdy folks,

I would like to learn more about the differences between high end and lower end Blu-ray players. I recently jumped into the whole home theater world so there are many aspects to a set up that are new to me.

Anyway, what is the main difference between a <$100 player and an >$400 player? I assume it's the audio and video quality but please teach...

Is the difference mind blowing to an amateur HT enthusiast? Will one only really see the differences if all of their other components are also top of the line?

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I need a new player for my kids Tv... which is a damn good 61 inch Samsung 1080p dlp... spoiled kids now... anyways. I have 3 blu ray players... the very first I bought was a Magnavox purchased on a black Friday many years ago.. still going strong, and 2 Sonys(bdp-s570, and bdp-s3100) I am just looking for a reason to by an oppo and put it in my theater room, and move one of the Sony's into the LR... but I just cant find a good enough reason.

There will be ZERO improvement in audio, and if their is an improvement in video it would be so slight that I or anyone that watches a movie in my theater room probably wouldn't notice. Only the most avid person looking to see differences would see any, so therefor, I am likely to just buy another Sony and call it a day.

So if you are an "Amateur Enthusiast" s you call yourself... I seriously doubt you have a reason to spend 400 plus dollars on an oppo. Now if Money is no concern for you, get the Oppo and know you have one of the absolute best players available, but it will likely only feel the need to know you have one over any REAL major improvements.

JMO
post #16047 of 16492

Gamma adjustment, which current players have this?

Gamma adjustment is very important for great image quality.  Anyone know of current BR players that have this setting?

 

My old Panny DMP80 had it, everything is getting too dumbed down nowadays.

post #16048 of 16492

BR Player upscaling

Hi,

I just bought a Denon AVR 2312 receiver to pair with my Samsung 7 series 55" LED TV. I have a Sony BDP S390 player; my collections are mostly dvds predates HD such as The Rock, Seinfeld etc. In short, I'm using the blu-ray player to play my dvds. The video quality is decent but it's still falls short compare to the native HD broadcasting. Will an Oppo or other high end blu-ray players improve the video quality of the SD quality dvd?
Both the Denon receiver & the Sony player has built in video upscaling processors.

Thanx in advance

Corey
post #16049 of 16492
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Originally Posted by longislandcorey View Post

Hi,

I just bought a Denon AVR 2312 receiver to pair with my Samsung 7 series 55" LED TV. I have a Sony BDP S390 player; my collections are mostly dvds predates HD such as The Rock, Seinfeld etc. In short, I'm using the blu-ray player to play my dvds. The video quality is decent but it's still falls short compare to the native HD broadcasting. Will an Oppo or other high end blu-ray players improve the video quality of the SD quality dvd?
Both the Denon receiver & the Sony player has built in video upscaling processors.

Thanx in advance

Corey

There may be differences in DVD quality between players, but no player will a transform standard definition source into a high definition image equivalent.

Do you do calibration of your display? That can make a bigger difference than switching gear.

If you want to try the OPPO, they offer a 30-day return. All you're out is shipping.

-Bill
post #16050 of 16492
Just replaced my Onkyo 809 with the Pioneer 1223 due to the famous sound loss also replaced my Panasonic 2010 65 inch plasma with the 65 inch VT65 want to pick up a new 3D Blu Ray player with 2 hdmi outputs for when the grandkids stay. I'm using an Oppo 83 now but what ever I get will be replacing the Oppo for regular Blu Rays I'm looking at the Pioneeer Elite 3D BDP-62FD or the Sony BDPS790 3D only reason for not looking at Oppo not looking to spend $500 on a player that isn't twice the player.
Any suggestions on these to players or any others I should look at also.
Thanks
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