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post #31 of 2244 Old 03-22-2015, 06:29 AM
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The BDP-S5500 just dropped to $108 on Amazon; $110 at Best Buy.
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That's interesting. I would have thought that the Roku would have more apps and that they would be more current. I still feel that in general a media streamer is a better option, but it is nice that you get apps with BD players these days. The one issue is that they stop receiving updates after the first year, for the most part. The PS3 is still one of the few players that will receive app updates, keeping up with other devices. But it is interesting how apps vary on some players. I noticed PQ differences on my PS3 vs 2013 Panasonic TV vs 2013 Panasonic BD player. And sometimes the TV's apps, particularly Hulu, will stutter while the BD player and PS3 are rock-solid. All devices are wired. The TV and BD player UIs are the same, but I don't know if the apps are the same version. Sometimes the apps may appear the same but they differ. Anyway, glad the S6200 is working well for you.

One thing I hated about the Sony S5100 was that you had to connect to Sony's network service to get to the apps. And since I didn't use quick start, I had to log in every time I wanted to use the apps, which was annoying.
I have 5100 and I don't use quick start either but I don't have to login at all in order to use the apps. I just need to register the player once.
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Save your money for 4K BD players.
I am definitely will be getting a 4K UHD player for the living room, I am interested in the Sony S5500 for the bedroom. The Playstation now streaming is what I'm interested in also the Triluminos.

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Or better yet, buy a media streaming box. The apps are updated regularly.

I could care less for a streaming box some of us have HTPC 's.

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There is also information on the Sony blog regarding the players. The S6500 is coming in early summer, while the others are said to be coming in the spring. I like the new design from what I have seen so far.
My main interest is in the audio features offered by the BDP-S7200, which are support for multi-channel DSD (.dff and .dsf) and FLAC files via USB. Will the BDP-S6500 offer those features, or will a BDP-S7500 be on offer in future to continue in that tradition?

I saw nothing in the blog of this.
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The BDP-S3500 is definitely the smallest BD player I've ever owned. It measures roughly 8"x8" and is super lightweight. After initial setup, you're required to download a new update. The new interface is clean and straightforward. On the left side are the premium apps (Netflix, Vudu, etc.) that can't be changed. On the right hand side, there is a row of favorite apps, where you're allowed to customize which ones you want to display on the main screen. The unit is fast in terms of loading apps and entering in emails and passwords. No more slow, sluggish selection of letters/numbers. The remote is very basic. No keypad, but it has a dedicated Netflix button. Haven't tried any discs yet, but everything else seems rock solid.

It's also on sale for $99.99 at Best Buy.
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Are the user interfaces on these players HD? My current Sony player isn't and it looks awful compared to my Apple TV.

Thanks for any info.
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No. Menus are still lower resolution and then upscaled.

The bdp-s5500 does have one new feature avs members maybe interested in.

The player is able to output 24 fps for online content like Amazon, vudu and Netflix. As well as local content via Dlna and usb.
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No. Menus are still lower resolution and then upscaled.

The bdp-s5500 does have one new feature avs members maybe interested in.

The player is able to output 24 fps for online content like Amazon, vudu and Netflix. As well as local content via Dlna and usb.
Does it switch to 24P automatically or do you have to manually change the output?

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Does it switch to 24P automatically or do you have to manually change the output?
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I had been seriously considering getting the new S6500 Sony this Summer but the more I think about it I'll probably just stick with the two S6200's and two S5100's I have and pick up another media player instead. I'm not using the Sonys for streaming playback as much as I used to since I'm using my TiVos and Fire TV/sticks mainly now. And since the Popcorn Hour VTEN will cost less than the S6500 anyway, it might be a better use of my money. Of course by the time the Summer comes around, when the S6500 will be out, I might change my mind again.

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Interesting that the S5500 is much smaller. I hope the S6500 supports SACD. A bonus would be returning support for 5Ghz WiFi. It's not a deal breaker though. SACD would be. Odds are being so small means an external power supply. It's the trend.
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Interesting that the S5500 is much smaller. I hope the S6500 supports SACD. A bonus would be returning support for 5Ghz WiFi. It's not a deal breaker though. SACD would be. Odds are being so small means an external power supply. It's the trend.
The 6500 will add SACD support.

There will be no 5GHz Wifi Support.

Yes, the units require a small but external power supply

The new user interface isn't all its cracked up to be I'm afraid. Its really just the old SEN portal freshened up a bit, and the ability to get to player functions from that menu such as player settings, usb device, dlna etc. Once you've drilled down to those menus, you're back in the XMB .... Quite honestly, my feeling is the new user interface is just sluggish and poorly done for a device in 2015. Especially if you are use to using something like a FireTV. Its just not good enough anymore.

Anyway I'm sure some people will enjoy the update if they just want to use one device for disc, local play back and online services. For $100 is a pretty nice deal.
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The new user interface isn't all its cracked up to be I'm afraid. Its really just the old SEN portal freshened up a bit, and the ability to get to player functions from that menu such as player settings, usb device, dlna etc. Once you've drilled down to those menus, you're back in the XMB .... Quite honestly, my feeling is the new user interface is just sluggish and poorly done for a device in 2015. Especially if you are use to using something like a FireTV. Its just not good enough anymore.

Anyway I'm sure some people will enjoy the update if they just want to use one device for disc, local play back and online services. For $100 is a pretty nice deal.
Thanks. I have what I guess is the "new" UI on my TV. It's very sluggish and sometimes lags well behind the remote. I'm not much of a one box solution person, so a 6500 would allow me to give my sister the S6200. But she can wait. Having 1080/p24 from Amazon would be my excuse to update.
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After reading up on the new 2015 Sony Blu ray players I'm gonna pass because the 6500 isnt much of an upgrade over my 6200 which plays flawlessly. Why waste my money when it could be going towards more Blu ray buys. My 6200 is safe for another year.
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After reading up on the new 2015 Sony Blu ray players I'm gonna pass because the 6500 isnt much of an upgrade over my 6200 which plays flawlessly. Why waste my money when it could be going towards more Blu ray buys. My 6200 is safe for another year.
I feel the same. Maybe there will be some good Black Friday sales. And my S570 keeps rolling along. I do wish the Pandora interface would get better on the S6200.
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Considering you have an S6200 I don't see a compelling reason to replace it with this year's model. Other than the 24p support, you're gaining nothing from what I can see.

I considered picking up a 6200, but I just pulled the trigger on a PS3 Super Slim, and I am quite happy. It has a more attractive UI (in higher resolution, too), responsive menus, modern apps that are regularly updated, it is quieter than my old PS3, and it just works for me. Plus, it is nice to be able to switch out discs without having to turn on the player, a real benefit to the Super Slim PS3. I know people will poo poo it because they want a standard remote and all, but I find it is a good overall media device.
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I feel the same. Maybe there will be some good Black Friday sales. And my S570 keeps rolling along. I do wish the Pandora interface would get better on the S6200.
Joe the Pandora interface can get updated if Sony would do a firmware update for it but will they? Probably not!
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Any models support decoding dts/dolby to multichannel lpcm? (older models only support stereo lpcm).
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Any models support decoding dts/dolby to multichannel lpcm? (older models only support stereo lpcm).
That's hard to answer. Playing a DTS-MA BD with DSD set to PCM (not Auto) produces multichannel output. That observation is on my old S6200. It also plays FLAC at 7.7Mbps and WAV at 13.8Mbps with multichannel output over HDMI. Is there a failure you have in mind?
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Any models support decoding dts/dolby to multichannel lpcm? (older models only support stereo lpcm).
No (to DD).
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I'm thinking about getting the 5500 to replace my 4.5 year old Panasonic DMP-BD85. For someone who does not have 4K and has no need for SA-CD playback, is there any other reason to hold off for the 6500? (Besides the function that apparently cleans up low-res streams, which I don't care too much about.) The hardware will be the same otherwise, am I right?

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I'm thinking about getting the 5500 to replace my 4.5 year old Panasonic DMP-BD85. For someone who does not have 4K and has no need for SA-CD playback, is there any other reason to hold off for the 6500? (Besides the function that apparently cleans up low-res streams, which I don't care too much about.) The hardware will be the same otherwise, am I right?
Probably no reason. Sony's site doesn't have the S6500 yet, and the S5500 is down to $110.
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I'm thinking about getting the 5500 to replace my 4.5 year old Panasonic DMP-BD85. For someone who does not have 4K and has no need for SA-CD playback, is there any other reason to hold off for the 6500? (Besides the function that apparently cleans up low-res streams, which I don't care too much about.) The hardware will be the same otherwise, am I right?
The 6500 will be dual core, and have SBM. Some folks like those add ons ...

The dual core might actually help the UI. It really is quite horrible and sluggish on the 5500.
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Thanks for the inputs. I ended up just going for the 5500 today. My Panny wouldn't load a BD at all last night when I tried to sit down and watch a movie. Normally I would have to keep ejecting and re-loading the disc before it would eventually work, but even that wasn't working anymore. If I see a compelling reason to upgrade to the 6500 when it comes out, I could always sell the 5500 and get it. I hear talks of sluggish UI, but for a guy who's previous player was made in 2010, this definitely seems to be an upgrade so far. Only thing is this thing is tiny. Not a complaint, really, but it's easier to see the hole in the cabinet behind the player now.

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I bought the sony blu ray 5200 very good
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I bought the sony blu ray 5200 very good
It's very nice. Many users here: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/149-bl...bdp-s7200.html
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I bought the sony blu ray 5200 very good
Any differences from your previous one?

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Any pics or video of the new gui? waiting on the 6500 here. Need sacd and dsd file play back.
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Would have gotten the 6200 but I hate the top part where you can't put other equipment. So planning to get the 6500.

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Would have gotten the 6200 but I hate the top part where you can't put other equipment. So planning to get the 6500.
I wonder how much smaller it will be compared to the S7200? The S5500 is much smaller, but I guess we wait.
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