Originally Posted by cjb101
So, the BD30 is down to $279 at Amazon, and my birthday's coming up...I realize it's an older model (one of the first profile 1.1 players), but is it still a good value at this price? Should I hold out for something better?
I don't care that much about profile 2.0, but I'd like it to to a good job of upconverting DVD, and I've read mixed reviews on the BD30 for that purpose.
For now I'd just be hooking up the audio with an optical cable (reciever doesn't do HDMI/lossless decoding etc.), but in the future I'd probably be looking at something like an Onkyo 606.
Am I missing out on anything? Are prices going to get much better? Should I just take the plunge?
First off, don't get an Onkyo! Long story (read the 905/875/805 firmware post over in audi section). Get either the lowend end Denon (1909/989) or the Pioneer (VSX-01TXH, VSX-03TXH, or SC05) AVR's instead. You'll be much happier!!!!
But for now, which receiver do you have? If you have 5.1 or 7.1 analog inputs, then you CAN listen to the latest audio on your current receiver now if you buy a BD player that has at the minimum 5.1 analog OUTputs.
But for the future of using HDMI later, of all the players I have tried (looking for that "magic" bitstream player):
SONY = S300, S500, S350, PS3
Samsung = 2550
Panasonic = BD30
LG = BH200
I truly loved the LG BH200 the most! Not only because it would replace my Toshiba A35 (HD DVD), PS3 (BD, but no bitstream or Harmony control), and old Pioneer 59AVi (for 1080i upscale of DVD) all in one unit, but because it would bitstream and the QDEO chip does a fantastic DVD upscale to 1080p! But sadly, it had serious audio problems (HDMI handshaking) with my new Pioneer SC-05 AVR, and so had to return it. If you buy a Denon, I have heard it works just fine with those - but both LG and Pioneer are not interested in finding a fix
But on the other hand, all this time I was in search for the perfect bitstreaming BD player because to my ears that sounded best on my Onkyo 805. But when Onkyo abandonded all us xx5 model users, I decided to dump Onkyo and go back to Pioneer - and boy am I GLAD I did!!!!!! Even with the cheaper VSX-03TXH (which later I said the heck with it, and exchanged it for the SC-05 instead), suddenly even the LPCM from my PS3 sounded FANTASTIC!!! So now that even the PS3 can sound fantastic with the new Pio, I am not so sure I need to search for anything else anymore.
So, in a way, it will depend on what AVR you might buy, as to which BD player you want to get now. But for a stand alone, you can not beat the LG BH200 with all it can do, as well as look great on the screen. But if you decide you want one of these now, ya better hurry. They are not made anymore, so are hard to find. They cost around $399 (or less?), but used to be $1000 when they first came out. So you KNOW this ain't no cheaply built unit!