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post #16081 of 16455
Just got the Sony S5100, it plays blurays very well.
I got it replace a PS3 that died, the 2nd one and didn't want to waste more money on a PS3 when I mostly use it for Blurays, SACD and Netflix.

New PS3s don't play SACD, not sure about the PS4 but I don't think that does either.

I'm surprised how poor and slow of an interface the S5100 has though, so much slower than a that was over 6 years old. The PS3 interface was crazy fast, the S5100 is just awfully slow, feels like I'm in the 1980s.

It does crash sometimes when playing streamed video from a NAS, the only solution I know how to fix it is to unplug it.

I didn't get a Panasonic as I don't want adverts in the menus.
post #16082 of 16455
I have a PS3 that I use for BR and I think its going out, wont play a few disk here and there and certain BR's the color is all jacked up, splotches on faces just aweful color on some scenes, I need to find a dedicated BR player I guess Oh boy

Im also going to replace my 10 year old HDMI cables... I was looking at monoprice and looking at HDMI cables with Redmere Technology? Is that the cable to get nowadays to hook everything all up?
Edited by 03Cobra - 1/21/14 at 8:11pm
post #16083 of 16455
monoprice is good. I buy most of my cables from Bluejeanscable.com now though because of the customer support and I know they have a good product.

jinj...I am suprised that you are saying the S5100 is slow, I also just got one to replace my dead PS3 and I find it to be just as fast as the old PS3.

Do you not have yours set up for fast boot? I have mine set up that way and I wonder if that makes a difference with it at all.
post #16084 of 16455
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Originally Posted by 03Cobra View Post

I have a PS3 that I use for BR and I think its going out, wont play a few disk here and there and certain BR's the color is all jacked up, splotches on faces just aweful color on some scenes, I need to find a dedicated BR player I guess Oh boy

Im also going to replace my 10 year old HDMI cables... I was looking at monoprice and looking at HDMI cables with Redmere Technology? Is that the cable to get nowadays to hook everything all up?

The Redmere cables are excellent, best thing about them is that they're very thin, about the thickness of an Ipod USB cable (up to 15ft), this eliminates the stress on the HDMI ports on your devices, they're more flexible and easier to hide. Monoprice is the place to go.
post #16085 of 16455
Is there a general consensus out there between the Sony S5100 vs the Samsung BD-F5100? Both are 3D, both with WiFi. I'm trying to figure out which is the better buy. Can anyone comment on the comparison here? They are in a similar price range so that's where my confusion comes in. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!
post #16086 of 16455
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Originally Posted by butie120 View Post

Is there a general consensus out there between the Sony S5100 vs the Samsung BD-F5100? Both are 3D, both with WiFi. I'm trying to figure out which is the better buy. Can anyone comment on the comparison here? They are in a similar price range so that's where my confusion comes in. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Most here would prefer the Sony, more because of poor reliability with Samsung than any other reason. Also check out Panasonic and Oppo.
post #16087 of 16455
Just bought a Panasonic TC-P60ST60 and I'm looking for a player.

I need:
  • Viera Link (CEC?) compatible
  • DVD .iso streaming, jukebox style interface preferred

I'd like:
  • 1080p24 output
  • Physical buttons on the player, the more the merrier
  • BR .iso streaming

I'm open to an all-in-one receiver type unit, too, if that's possible.

TIA! biggrin.gif
post #16088 of 16455
.iso streaming is not supported on any Blu-ray player. If iso streaming is a must, you will need either a dedicated streaming device or a dedicated HTPC.

S~
post #16089 of 16455
Bummer. I suppose I could always re-rip them to another format. Dune HD Smart B1 discontinued?
post #16090 of 16455
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Originally Posted by Kimeran View Post

monoprice is good. I buy most of my cables from Bluejeanscable.com now though because of the customer support and I know they have a good product.

jinj...I am suprised that you are saying the S5100 is slow, I also just got one to replace my dead PS3 and I find it to be just as fast as the old PS3.

Do you not have yours set up for fast boot? I have mine set up that way and I wonder if that makes a difference with it at all.

It boots up fast enough, I was talking about the slow menu system once it has loaded. The whole menu system is quite a step down from a PS3 system, but I understand its a different creature.

I find that the player does lock up pretty easily when streaming files from a NAS via DLNA, requiring the player to unplugged and plugged back in.
post #16091 of 16455
I'll have to keep an eye out for these problems.
post #16092 of 16455
Which Blu-ray player will play 1080i/50 formatted all region discs?
post #16093 of 16455
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Originally Posted by olinda cat View Post

Which Blu-ray player will play 1080i/50 formatted all region discs?

If you can do without the menus, most can play PAL formatted Blu-ray/DVD files from data discs or external hard drives, otherwise you would have to get one of the hardware modded All-region players, which you will most likely over pay for, but if money isn't an issue...
post #16094 of 16455
All the OPPOs will. You can leave the output at 50hz or convert to 60hz.

Years ago Sony and Panasonic players had no 50hz support, but many other brands did. I'm not sure what has happened since.

-Bill
post #16095 of 16455

Currently, I own a SAMSUNG BD-C5500. It has been my first Blu-ray player and before that I had DVD Players branded Sony, Philips, Panasonic and Gradiente (a virtually extinct national brand in Brazil). The Samsung is by far the best of all I had in terms of video and audio formats playback, back in 2010 when I bought it. 

 

I have been flerting with Sony BDP-Sxxxx series because it plays FLAC and keep hearing good things about it, however I am told that SRT subtitles configuration such as subtitle size or synchrony is non-existent in Sony's players. I have been told the subtitles are also small on these models. The subtitles in Samsung that I have are configurable and they show up pretty rounded and perfect, and you can choose bigger font. I also really like Sony models because they have a volume button in their control and I miss that.

 

Before looking into Sony's models, I was also researching for Panasonic models, but Panasonic terminated their Blu-ray player manufacturing in Brazil. The newer Sanmsung`s that do play FLAC are not available in Brazil. So now I am kind stuck with LG, Sony, Samsung itself or Philips (don`t like Philips products at all).

 

Want a Blu-ray that will play FLAC and is versatile as Sony and Samsung in terms of handing as many formats possible.

I also watch a lot of MKV (h.264/avc/aac/mp3/ac3) stuff, so playing files is mandatory. Network I don't care much.

 

Want to do an upgrade in which I don't end up losing some of the features I mentioned from Samsung.

It should be a budget player, no more than USD 160.00.

 

My TV is a VieraTV Panasonic LCD 42".

I usually hook up HDMI for video, and pull the RCA for audio into a vintage stereo. That's about it!

Thanks for any suggestions.

post #16096 of 16455
Of the players you mentioned, Sony would seem to be the best option, although it does have format limitations.

If you have a computer with HDMI output, you might consider connecting it to your audio/video systems. Then you wouldn't have any format restrictions, except insofar as some network services (like NetFlix) impose their own limitations on PC clients.
post #16097 of 16455
Blu-ray player that can play video files from a network share?

Currently I have a Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player and a Pioneer DV-410V DVD player. I use the DVD player for DVDs because its DVD up scaling is better and the Blu-ray player takes such a long time to load a disk. Also I already owned the DVD player at the time a bought the Blu-ray. I also have a Western Digital WD TV live that I use to play files from network shares. I would like to replace all three of them with a single Blu-ray player that can play video files from a network share. Because I own many more DVDs (vs Blu-ray disks) the Blu-ray player needs to have excellent up scaling (DVD picture quality). I also want one that loads media quickly. To replace the WD TV it needs to be able to play .mpeg, .mpg,.avi,. Mkv, .wmv and .vob files from a network share. It would be a plus if it could also play from a DVD ISO file. I also want a player that has a dedicated zoom button on the remote that works for files as well as DVD and Blu-ray. I will be using HDMI to connect it to my AVR and TV via an HDMI splitter.
I don’t need 3D playback.
I don’t need Wi-Fi. I do need an Ethernet port for the network connection.
I currently have a 42 inch Vizio TV and an Onkyo TX-NR609 AVR.
My target price is less than $150 but I can spend more.
post #16098 of 16455

It just occurred to me that a LG-BP630 has everything that either Samsung BD-F6500 or Sony BD-S5100 have.

 

Anyone here have got the BP630?

 

The reason I am trying to not buy Sony is because of the .SRT rendering which is far worse than Samsungs BD-C5500.

 

I'd like to know how the .SRT external subtitle is shown up on TV while playing MP4 or MKV file. Can anyone attach a photo of that?

post #16099 of 16455

Hi everyone, looking for the cheapest players (Sub-$80 possible? Shopping on Amazon, refurbs are fine) that do the following effectively:

 

-USB port for playing 1080p MKV, DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio and external .SRT subtitles, using an unpowered external hard drive. The more codecs and containers the better.

 

-802.11n Wi-fi with DLNA support, using networked PC.

 

-1080p/24 output a plus.

 

No need for 3D.

 

Thank you!

post #16100 of 16455
Hope I have the right place. Everything here seems model-specific?

Just threw the 3-year-old Panasonic in the trash & looking for a replacement. Have no biases, save it absolutely, positively will never again be a Panasonic anything. Too many bad experiences with Panasonic. So what's the thinking, these days, about who makes a halfway decent, affordable BD/DVD player? Decent streaming ability a plus, but can do without. Looking more for a manufacturer or model line with (somewhat) consistent good reputation, rather than the latest flash-in-the-pan attraction.

Need coaxial digital audio out for the receiver.

Thanks,
Jim
post #16101 of 16455
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Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post

Hope I have the right place. Everything here seems model-specific?

Just threw the 3-year-old Panasonic in the trash & looking for a replacement. Have no biases, save it absolutely, positively will never again be a Panasonic anything. Too many bad experiences with Panasonic. So what's the thinking, these days, about who makes a halfway decent, affordable BD/DVD player? Decent streaming ability a plus, but can do without. Looking more for a manufacturer or model line with (somewhat) consistent good reputation, rather than the latest flash-in-the-pan attraction.

Need coaxial digital audio out for the receiver.

Thanks,
Jim
Actually, you don't have the right place. Please post in the Official Help Me Choose a Player thread. Sony and Panasonic are 2 popular brands for basic players, Oppo for higher end players.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/959985/official-help-me-choose-a-player-thread-cant-decide-start-here#post_12573021
post #16102 of 16455
Thanks, Bill. Missed that. I'll wait until the mods merge this into that thread before commenting further.

Jim
post #16103 of 16455
Well, so far it's looking like a choice between Samsung BD-F5900 (aka: BD-FM59C) and Sony BDP-S5100 (aka: BDPBX510) . Anybody have any thoughts on the relative merits of these two machines?

Thanks,
Jim
post #16104 of 16455
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Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post

Well, so far it's looking like a choice between Samsung BD-F5900 (aka: BD-FM59C) and Sony BDP-S5100 (aka: BDPBX510) . Anybody have any thoughts on the relative merits of these two machines?

Thanks,
Jim
Definitely go Sony. If you don't like Panny because of poor reliability, you'll really hate Samsung (worse reliability than Panny, IMO)! Go 5100 if you want 3D, 3100 if you don't.
post #16105 of 16455
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

Definitely go Sony. If you don't like Panny because of poor reliability, you'll really hate Samsung (worse reliability than Panny, IMO)! Go 5100 if you want 3D, 3100 if you don't.
That's unfortunate. In TVs, wireless handsets and tablets, at least, Samsung's hardware is great. (Their software bloat, poor security and privacy issues are another story.)

I guess we'll give the Sony a try. The fact they interpose their servers between player and Netflix is disquieting (why?), but I the S5100 gets better ratings than the F5900.

I don't care about the 3D. Using it is optional, no? The 5100 (or BDPBX510) is in stock, locally, at both Sam's Club and Costco, I believe. The 3100 is not. Sony's app for controlling the device looks interesting.

*sigh* Personally, I'd like to go with an Oppo. But $500 for a BD player? I don't think so. I wish there was something between cheap as dirt and hideously expensive.

Thanks for the feedback, Bill!

Jim
post #16106 of 16455
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Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post

The fact they interpose their servers between player and Netflix is disquieting (why?).
I don't think they've done that for quite a few years now. Maybe for some other apps still, but not Netflix.
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I don't care about the 3D. Using it is optional, no? The 5100 (or BDPBX510) is in stock, locally, at both Sam's Club and Costco, I believe. The 3100 is not. Sony's app for controlling the device looks interesting.
All the app does is essentially replicate the remote. I used it about 2 minutes then deleted it.

Since I need neither 3D nor wi-fi, most of my Sony's are BDP-S1100's, all of which were open box from Amazon for about $40 each. I also have a couple of 3100's I got last BF for $58 each for places I need wi-fi and DLNA. I have no use for a 5100.

Also realize the new 5200 was just released. The x200 series are reportedly much faster than the x100 series.
post #16107 of 16455
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I don't think they've done that for quite a few years now. Maybe for some other apps still, but not Netflix.
That's good to know.
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I have no use for a 5100.
Neither have I, but that's what the stores have, so that's what I will... well, may buy.
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Also realize the new 5200 was just released. The x200 series are reportedly much faster than the x100 series.
I knew that, but, again: The 5100 is what they have, locally.

SWMBO is finding all kinds of negative reviews/experiences with the Sony, tho. I must admit: For cheap electronics she's got a much better track record than I, so we may just go with the Samsung, after all, which, for some reason, she prefers.

Hey, at least, that way, if it's a disaster I can blame it on her, right? biggrin.gif

Jim
post #16108 of 16455
SEMIJim, the problem is you'll find negative reviews on every player out there. And of course most people, who own a trouble-free player, don't write any reviews, so the reviews are biased towards people who have had problems.
post #16109 of 16455
Hi -

I was going to buy a Sony S5100 to go with our new TV - the features and price looked about right. I'll play around with 3D and may use the online capabilities if I like them better than the Panasonic TV, though they aren't too important compared to basic playback for both Blu Ray and DVD. The thing is, I need Digital Optical Audio Out (TOS Link), and it looks like the new Sony's don't have that. I'd rather not go all the way up to the S790, any other suggestions for decent brand/model in the ~$100 price range?

Thanks
post #16110 of 16455
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

SEMIJim, the problem is you'll find negative reviews on every player out there. And of course most people, who own a trouble-free player, don't write any reviews, so the reviews are biased towards people who have had problems.
Yeah, I know how that works. I've been "around the 'net block" once or twice. Thing is: Reading the reviews: The Sony negatives looked worse than the Samsung negatives.

No matter: Picked up the Samsung. It's back in the box, already. They wanted permission to collect whatever data they wanted on our usage, use it however they wanted and share it with whomever they wanted. Not. A. Chance. In. Hell. Understand Sony will demand the same?

ETA: I wonder how many buyers bother to read, much less understand, the additional terms to which they agree in order to activate Samsung's Smart Hub? Few, I'd wager.

Jim
Edited by SEMIJim - 2/2/14 at 3:56pm
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