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Originally Posted by Rique Johnson View Post

Thanks for the reply.  The Denon DBT-1713UD is in consideration.  So is the Oppo DBP-103 and the Sony DBP-S6200.  I have not researched any Panny's yet.  Basically I'm looking for something that handles the higher quailty audio on the bluray discs and plays 3d well.  I'm not interested in features like wifi or the streaming services like netflix, hulu and such,  My guess is though I will be hard to find a bluray player without those nowadays.
Yes, they all stream. I would go with the Oppo 103 over the Denon (similar in price; both are universal players for high quality audio including SACD and DVD-A),
post #16142 of 16461
I need some help. Currently have an OPPO 103 for main house setup. Just got a 65VT60 for second home and need a Blu-ray. My budget is around $200 - and I would like to get as close to the Oppo feature set as possible. I have been looking at the reviews of the latest from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and they are not encouraging. I'm looking for good sound, solid streaming - universal player is not required.

Thanks for your help.
post #16143 of 16461
but my TV only has component HD.

How can I connect a blu-ray player to my component TV?
post #16144 of 16461
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Originally Posted by eljr View Post

but my TV only has component HD.

How can I connect a blu-ray player to my component TV?

By connecting it component. Most new players don't have component though, it is wiser to upgrade your tv first, as you won't really benefit from 1080p and HD audio.
post #16145 of 16461
To put it another way, you'll have to locate a previous-generation, second-hand Blu-ray player. The "analog sunset" provisions of the HDMI licensing prevents the Blu-ray disc manufacturers from providing high-resolution analog video in new players.
post #16146 of 16461
I have a decent Panasonic blu-ray player, may 2 years old. It’s a nice player but I seem to have problems with Netflix discs. I’m seeing a good number of discs with serious playback issues preventing me from watching through a certain point. I find myself cleaning the discs but usually with no success. I then have to try to jump to the next chapter and back up as much as possible – often missing a whole minute of two of the movie.

Is this something a different player handles better, such as Oppo? Does anyone have experience testing a disc that won’t play on one player but will play on another?

Thanks,
Chris
post #16147 of 16461
I've owned almost every Panasonic player since BD was introduced. Never had a disc, rental or owned, that had difficulty being read. I've also owned Sony and Oppo, haven't had problems reading discs on those, either.

S~
post #16148 of 16461
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

I've owned almost every Panasonic player since BD was introduced. Never had a disc, rental or owned, that had difficulty being read. I've also owned Sony and Oppo, haven't had problems reading discs on those, either.
That is very surprising. Maybe about 5% of my rentals have a spot on them that my Panasonic cannot get past, even with fast forward. I have the latest firmware, by the way.
post #16149 of 16461
I currently have Denon AVR-X4000 and 2.1 speaker setup and i'm thinking of buying some decent Blu-Ray player. I mainly just watch blu-ray/DVD movies and sometimes listening CD's. . I don't really need netflix, youtube or DLNA because i have my pc connected via HDMI directly to AVR.
These players i have been thinking:
Denon DBT-1713UD
Denon DBT-3313UD
Marantz UD5007
OPPO 103EU

Denon 1713 is cheapest and all those rest are about the same price. Denon 3313 would be nice because then i could use Denon link HD(not sure if that makes any difference tho?) and 1 remote for both of those
Is there any difference sound quality when listening CD's between those players and what about picture quality especially DVD's?
Which of those players would be best to choose?
post #16150 of 16461
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Originally Posted by orleans704 View Post

That is very surprising. Maybe about 5% of my rentals have a spot on them that my Panasonic cannot get past, even with fast forward. I have the latest firmware, by the way.
I always wipe down rental discs with my glasses cloth.

S~
post #16151 of 16461
Title: LG BD670 replacement? Netflix, Amazon Prime, DLNA, MKV, HBO Go?

My parents' LG BD670 went kaput, and I need a replacement that can at least do Netflix, Amazon Prime, DLNA (for solid network 720p Cinavia-free MKV [mostly AVC + DTS])...all of which the LG could do (when it was still alive). Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. HBO Go would also be nice, but now I know I'm asking too much.
Edited by DigitalAV - 2/13/14 at 7:16am
post #16152 of 16461
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Originally Posted by eljr View Post

but my TV only has component HD.

How can I connect a blu-ray player to my component TV?

Wow, someone just dumped my thread in here with no consideration, no pm nor response.

I am lucky I even found it.
I am not trying to pick a player so why was it carelessly dropped here?

I will go to a respectful forum and ask my question.

Infuriating.

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post #16153 of 16461
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Originally Posted by eljr View Post

Wow, someone just dumped my thread in here with no consideration, no pm nor response.

I am lucky I even found it.
I am not trying to pick a player so why was it carelessly dropped here?

I will go to a respectful forum and ask my question.

Infuriating.

.
If you have a particular player, I would be happy to move it to the appropriate player thread.
post #16154 of 16461
Looking to purchase my first Blu-ray player. Don't have a high end system, just an older Sony KDL-32S3000 TV. Don't need 3D or high end sound.

I've had an older Panasonic DVD player for years and enjoyed the experience. Also have a Toshiba DVD/VHS combo unit that is painfully slow in access times.

Thus, I'm primarily looking for something with really fast load/access times. Been looking at both Panasonic and Sony, in the price range of $75-150.

As far as web services, I have an Apple TV already, thus I have Netflix covered. However, a Blu-ray unit that featured Amazon Video and Pandora would be nice, but not required.

I've seen some mentioned of Panasonic DMP-BDT230 and Panasonic DMP-BD89 as options. Not really loving the weird angle shape or buttons located somewhat on the top, but willing to overlook.

Suggestions for this newbie? smile.gif
post #16155 of 16461
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Originally Posted by Tannerman View Post

Looking to purchase my first Blu-ray player. Don't have a high end system, just an older Sony KDL-32S3000 TV. Don't need 3D or high end sound.

I've had an older Panasonic DVD player for years and enjoyed the experience. Also have a Toshiba DVD/VHS combo unit that is painfully slow in access times.

Thus, I'm primarily looking for something with really fast load/access times. Been looking at both Panasonic and Sony, in the price range of $75-150.

As far as web services, I have an Apple TV already, thus I have Netflix covered. However, a Blu-ray unit that featured Amazon Video and Pandora would be nice, but not required.

I've seen some mentioned of Panasonic DMP-BDT230 and Panasonic DMP-BD89 as options. Not really loving the weird angle shape or buttons located somewhat on the top, but willing to overlook.

Suggestions for this newbie? smile.gif

The Panasonic dmp-bdt230 is an excellent player. Although in order to really benefit from a Bluray player I would upgrade your tv to a 1080p set. All it will do is upscale your DVD 's to your tv native resolution which is not 1080p and downscale 1080p blurays to 720p. Although at 32" you wouldn't see much difference.
post #16156 of 16461
Hi all,
I have wall mounted a TV in the guest room. There is not much clearance in front of the TV to walk in front of the bed so a shelf or table won't work here. I would really like to find a blu-ray player that is slim enough to fit behind the TV on the wall.

My ideal would be something about the size of a Nintendo Wii (probably even smaller than that), with a slot load drive, and uses radio for the remote, not IR.

The maximum available space in the spot I want it behind the TV is about 8" high x 12" wide x 2" deep. Does something like this exist?


post #16157 of 16461
^^ I was curious so I did a little searching and found this:
Samsung BD-ES6000
It's 2.2 inches thick though, and has mixed reviews.
post #16158 of 16461
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Originally Posted by Gerryh View Post

I need some help. Currently have an OPPO 103 for main house setup. Just got a 65VT60 for second home and need a Blu-ray. My budget is around $200 - and I would like to get as close to the Oppo feature set as possible. I have been looking at the reviews of the latest from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and they are not encouraging. I'm looking for good sound, solid streaming - universal player is not required.

Thanks for your help.

I could go higher to about $300 -- any suggestions?
post #16159 of 16461
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Originally Posted by Gerryh View Post

I need some help. Currently have an OPPO 103 for main house setup. Just got a 65VT60 for second home and need a Blu-ray. My budget is around $200 - and I would like to get as close to the Oppo feature set as possible. I have been looking at the reviews of the latest from Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and they are not encouraging. I'm looking for good sound, solid streaming - universal player is not required.

Thanks for your help.

How about a Sony 790? They still have them in stock at Amazon. From the reviews I've read the 790 gives the Oppo a run for it's money especially considering the price difference
post #16160 of 16461
I am looking for a new BluRay. We have an LG BD390 that is refusing to play many of the newer titles. Our 1-year-old Sony upstairs is a cantankerous biddy that often freezes. I've had such bad luck with Sony recently that they're completely off my list.

My system is decent - 65" plasma, real 7.1 with bipolars, four powered subs, two tactile transducers, etc., but I'm not sure I'd notice the difference between the Oppo BD103 and our LG BD390 on anything they both play. The goal is just a fast reliable bluray player that is NOT a Sony.

Since they seem to run $90, I'm a bit shy of paying $500 for an Oppo unless there's a strong need.

What should I get?
post #16161 of 16461
Panasonic's players are the usual alternative recommendation.
post #16162 of 16461
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Originally Posted by abba1 View Post

How about a Sony 790? They still have them in stock at Amazon. From the reviews I've read the 790 gives the Oppo a run for it's money especially considering the price difference

I was thinking about that model. It seems the S6200 is not up to the 790 capabilities. Are they coming out with a replacement for the 790 or is that supposed to be the 6200. Let me add that cd sound reproduction is very important to me.
post #16163 of 16461
The exact replacement for the 790 is the 7200, which is not being sold in the U.S.

However, standard CD audio playback should be the same quality no matter which of the players you use, so long as you're using HDMI or S/PDIF connections. If you want the best analog connections, then you should consider a player from another manufacturer, e.g. Oppo 105. But in that case, there are a lot of other influences which need to be considered.
post #16164 of 16461
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Originally Posted by Gerryh View Post

I was thinking about that model. It seems the S6200 is not up to the 790 capabilities. Are they coming out with a replacement for the 790 or is that supposed to be the 6200. Let me add that cd sound reproduction is very important to me.

Sure it is. For the cheaper price you get a bunch of extra things, improved things and a few things removed such as extra HDMI output, skype support and possibly build isn't as good but that's debatable. Also no analog outputs or optical.

I would take a 6200 over a 790 in a heartbeat and I had a 790 at launch (now 2 year old player).
post #16165 of 16461

Help me in the right direction, please.

 

I'm putting together a decently high-end living room situation.  I'm about to buy the Samsung 64" f8500 plasma, spending about $3000 on a sound setup, and I need a blu ray player. I don't care about wifi or streaming or any "smart" features because every single device on the planet handles netflix and spotify.  What blu ray player offers speedy loading and stellar picture quality commensurate with the rest of my setup, without all the frills I likely don't care about?

post #16166 of 16461
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Originally Posted by moonpuncher View Post

Help me in the right direction, please.

I'm putting together a decently high-end living room situation.  I'm about to buy the Samsung 64" f8500 plasma, spending about $3000 on a sound setup, and I need a blu ray player. I don't care about wifi or streaming or any "smart" features because every single device on the planet handles netflix and spotify.  What blu ray player offers speedy loading and stellar picture quality commensurate with the rest of my setup, without all the frills I likely don't care about?

Well, as you mention, every device offers streaming as a matter of course. Some do it better than others, probably the dedicated streamers or the higher end bluray players do it best. Given that it is part of the meal, you'll be hard pressed to find a quality player that lacks those features.

Some information would help people suggest a good player for you:

  1. How do you plan on using the player? What percentage movies / music / streaming / network streamed music or video.
  2. For disks, will it be mostly bluray or do you have a significant amount of DVDs that you watch.
  3. Do you have a modern HDMI receiver, or an older analog receiver?
  4. Do you have movies on a network drive or a computer that you want to play? (MKV, etc... )
  5. What is your price range?
  6. Do you need multiple HDMI outputs?
  7. Are you looking for HDMI inputs (to use your player as a video processor for your cable, etc..) ?
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1.  The player will just be used for movies, since music/streaming will come through my Roku, tv, etc.

 

2.  Only blu-ray.  I don't own any dvds anymore.

 

3.  I'll be buying a new $500-$600 receiver that has what I need (What feature do I need on the receiver that lets me "skip" this feature on the player?)

 

4.  I do have mp4 and mkv files on the network. I typically use my WDTV HD live to play them, or Roku/Plex, so I don't think blu ray player is going to add much here.  I want to avoid redundant features when possible.

 

5.  I'm open to price range;.  I guess what I'm interested in knowing is if spending more money gets me better video quality (noticably better), or if it just gets me more features.  Off the top of my head, a cheap  blu ray player is $79 but I'm open to spending $300-$500 if needed.

 

6.  I don't think I do.  Not on the player.  

 

7.  No.  I expect my HDMI inputs will mostly be on my receiver.  The only thing this blu ray player needs to do for me is give me a beautiful picture when I buy a blu ray movie.  

 

The goal is I am going to start having high-end movie nights at my house, and instead of just downloading it or streaming it, I'm going to be buying the blu ray for several classic (and newer) movies so my friends and I can enjoy it as it was meant to be seen.

 

Thanks in advance! Great questions, eager to see where the answers take me.

post #16168 of 16461
If you aren't interested in 3D, then the least expensive player will do what you want: Sony's BDP S1100 or 1200, for example. (~$60-80; x100 is last year's model, x200 is this year's, but isn't available everywhere yet.)

If you want to watch 3D movies, then you'll need a slightly more expensive model like the 5100 or 5200 (~$80-110).

Trying to find a BD player that doesn't have support for network services is just a waste of time. All the current models have that.

If you want a player that's mechanically rugged, that's another kettle of fish entirely. Those models are relatively expensive (>$500) and also include all the other bells and whistles you say you don't want.
post #16169 of 16461

So if the only thing I care about is great video playback from blu ray disks, they're mostly all the same?  And the only reason people are paying hundreds of dollars is for the extra networking and input features?  Interesting.

 

From what I can tell, it sounds like you need to pick what part of your home theater is gonna be the "smart" part.  Samsung TV, roku box, AVR with tons of streaming options, blu ray, etc.  So I'm surprised anyone would choose the blu ray player as the "smart" device, you know?  Why not just pick up a Roku and call it a day?

 

Anyway, I wasn't sure if higher-end blu ray players had better video quality. Sounds like anything will do.

post #16170 of 16461
Blu-ray decoding is pretty much the same for all of the current BD players. DVD upscaling is where most of the quality differences are, and that also varies from disc to disc and how much you're willing to twiddle the controls.

All of the various dedicated network devices have slightly different features. You have to decide which provides what you want. However, the Roku3 does seem to be one of the better devices if you don't want to spend the time configuring an HTPC.
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