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Old 05-10-2013, 05:25 AM   #1  
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I'm looking to upgrade my Home theater system and that means getting my first blu-ray player. Are any brands better then the others? What should i look for in terms of specs?
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Unless you have to have the absolute best which is Oppo and costs $500 for the most part they are pretty much the same, with one exception - samsung blu-ray players have a horrible track record of both reliability and timely firmware updates. Find one by Sony, Panasonic, or LG that has any features you may want ( netflix streaming, pandora, youtube, etc.) and you will be fine.
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I can recommend the Panasonic line of BD players. I've had a number over the years (replaced to upgrade) with narry a bad one, and all had great performance for the price. Right now, the new model BDT230 is available for about $130US, and the BDT220 which it replaced can still be had for less than $80 (great unit but lacks component output like most of the newer models - see attached jpg for features).
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:06 AM   #4  
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I guess i haven't been paying attention lately. I figured a decent blu-ray player would still cost about 300 bucks. Can anyone give me a idea of a good Sony blu-ray player because there are so many to check out that they all look the same. How good is the Sony BDP-S5100?

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It's all about the features it carries now. Get the BD player that is best for your needs, the mfg is not very important anymore.

I've had success with samsung, LG, panny.
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I recently bought a Panasonic BD player for about $120 that has internet connectivity through WiFi and 3D capability. You can operate Pandora, Netflix etc with an on screen display. It plays BD, DVD, CD in most of its forms. I can't think of much else you would need.
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I recently bought a Panasonic BD player for about $120 that has internet connectivity through WiFi and 3D capability. You can operate Pandora, Netflix etc with an on screen display. It plays BD, DVD, CD in most of its forms. I can't think of much else you would need.
Another couple of great features on the Pannys (and maybe some other makes too) is that you can cut a DVD with mp3s on it and the Panny will play the mp3 files. A single DVD can keep you in music for a long...long time. The Pannys also allow an external drive to be connected via the USB input. That allows thumbdrives to hold music but I've also used mine with a hard drive via a USB adapter and it works well. The actual number of files the player will recognize is limited so it doesn't quite work as a music server, but it will get you access to music files off a HD. Even the lowest priced Pannys have these features.
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Cool look for multichannel audio out and 3D support

One key difference higher end blu ray players may or may not have is multichannel audio out. My sony puts out a 5.1 channel audio signal that plugs directly into my hk home theater receiver. This means the bluray is doing the audio decoding and works well with older audio receivers that do not support all the audio formats via hdmi.

The other thing is 3d blu ray support. Some players still only play 2d blu rays.
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If your receiver has HDMI inputs however, you do not need multichannel out. makes it much simpler as it is 1 cable vs either 6 (5.1) or eight (7.1) and also if you let the player do the decoding typically you have to set up bass management and account for the 10db boost required on the lfe channel as no players I know of do this on their own.

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I plan on buying a new AV receiver and it should have plenty of HDMI imputs.

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That's a better way to go.
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I plan on buying a new AV receiver and it should have plenty of HDMI imputs.
Even many of the entry level receivers have 4 HDMI inputs. You'd have a hard time finding one with too few, I think.
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just as some people said, if you want to buy a high quality player, you need to prepare for the budget, not cheap
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just as some people said, if you want to buy a high quality player, you need to prepare for the budget, not cheap
Wrong - there are dozens of high quality players on the market under $100
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I think Samsang SE-506BB/TSBD 6X and ASUS External 12X both are good products
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