Originally Posted by dlarkin_dc
I want a Blu-Ray player because the HD On-Demand streaming from my cable co is just not acceptable, and it's the same price as a Blu-Ray rental or
I could get 720p streaming with some players.
Apart from renting BDs, I have PAL region 2 DVDs and SACDs to play.
I waited for the 2010 players from Panny and Sony. It helped narrow the field for me... but I have a teeny bit to go to making a decision.
I know the 83 is top dog so far (cost/performance) but I'm all for saving upto $300, especially if I'll have to keep my existing PAL/R2 capable player.
My short list:Sony S370
$, Streaming, SACD, DLNA in July (maybe?!)Oppo 80
$$, SACD (PAL, locked region = no use to me)Panny 65
$ StreamingOppo 83
$$$, Streaming, SACD, DLNA, PAL (only any use to me with region broken)MOMITSU/Sherwood
$$, region "variable
What I don't know yet is relative picture quality for BD and DVD upscaling for these players.
As for the Oppo 80, what does "not suitable for large screens" mean? I've only got a 42" Panny plasma.
I'd deeply appreacite anyone who knows these players to let me (and us all) know how they rank against each other!
That'd make my day! Cheers!
I've owned the oppo 83, LG 570, and Sony 370. Pushed on my Samsung 46" (Series 6).
Far as dvd quality, I could not tell the difference between any of the players... not even a difference from my htpc.... all of them looked darn good. Although, for the extra price, I was highly disappointed in the oppo... I thought it would blow me away. Oppo needs a good firmware release... and might have already had it since I returned it. Hard drive support but only fat32... on a $500 device, that is unacceptable.
Oppo's streaming sucks... you are kinda left to your own devices... better not having anything. No netflix...
LG is terrible... not ready... but will be fixed with firmware. LG did stream 1000% better than the oppo... much better experience with streaming. NTFS hd support.
Sony for $161 at Amazon is an amazing purchase... a steal. But who knows what their streaming will look like... but if you like netflix and a ton of other little channels, the sony has them. Only fat32 on hd as well... but at this price, oh, well. lol
If you want the title of having the "best" get the oppo. If you want a solid player with many features, get the sony.
You might also look at the ps3 in your price range... many people have nice things to say about that player... I've never used one myself.... oh, and the panny seems so "yesterday." I looked hard at that one... but the sony called me....