Join Date: Sep 2010
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Trying to figure out what I should do for a player.
Sony X800 - Price is great and seems to handle tons of codecs. People seemed pleased with disc playback and image quality. Great chassis build quality. The downside is that I want something that supports DV, as I don't want to have to purchase another player in the immediate future to get that feature and Sony has neglected to officially confirm or deny if an update will happen. While most people seem extremely happy with Sony players, my S5500 Blu-ray player has been problematic and slow, so I've not been super pleased with my unit.
Panasonic UB900/400 - I've owned a couple Panasonic BR players in the past and been extremely happy with them. It sounds like their UHD players will continue the tradition of excellence I observed in the past. That said, the UB900 is too expensive, so the UB400 is more what I'd consider. Seeing as how they supposedly share the same silicon, image quality should be top tier on the UB400, but it has been reported that it's unable to support DV. Again, I don't want to buy now to turn around and re-purchase a DV capable unit in the very near future. So no DV is kind of a deal breaker, otherwise this is probably the unit I would want the most.
Oppo 203 - Alright! Great picture quality and future DV support. Just what I want, right? Well, it seems like there are tons of reports of glitchy units, which has me worried. On top of that, it's one of the more expensive units (I could buy a different, less problematic non-DV unit now and probably get a DV unit in the future both for about the same price as just the Oppo). Are these glitches that Oppo's famous updates can fix? Possibly. But it's tough convincing myself to drop serious cash on something that may or may not work reliably.
X-Box One S - I'm not a gamer, but this is a pretty low priced unit that can do a lot of other things. With the newly added support for DTS:X/Atmos, this does just about everything except DV. While nothing has been confirmed, Dolby's announcement that DV can be implemented on the software side in consoles certainly means that the XBoneS is capable of it. But only if MS decides to add it (they certainly dragged their feet on DTS:X/Atmos). Unfortunately, the XBoneS isn't the best of UHD players, from what I can gather, with lots of playback issues reported.
Samsung M9500 - No thanks. Not a fan of Samsung's players. Their current units seems to have lots of issues, but perhaps this one will have sorted a lot of the problems out. But lack of DV kills this for consideration.
LG UDP970 - Hits a good price point, comes out relatively soon, and supports DV. I'm considering this one (it should go nicely with my LG OLED), but I know that LG has been often criticized for their motion processing and handling, so I wonder if that will be an issue with the player. We won't really know until it comes out next month.
Philips BDP7502 - People seem to be pretty happy with the current gen Philips, but I'm a little apprehensive about the brand. This one will support DV, hits the price point I'm looking at, and -should it be as good as their current UHD player- will play back discs with minimal issues. Again, it's not out yet, but might be worth holding out for.