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Old 05-29-2009, 01:20 AM   #1  
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The BD390 is an excellent Blu-ray player, with top-notch image quality, lightning fast load times, and onboard decoding for all the high-resolution audio soundtracks. The biggest knock against the BD390 is its $400 list price; that's the same as Sony's PS3, which is still a better value if you're into gaming. If you're not, the LG BD390 is our top pick for premium standalone Blu-ray players, narrowly besting the competing Samsung BD-P3600.
Complete Article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10250602-1.html

Link to Complete Review of the LG BD390: http://reviews.cnet.com/video-player...-33488056.html
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:35 AM   #2  
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Too bad they don't go into detail about which players they tested this one against which, IMO, makes the CNET'S claim a bit misleading
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Too bad they don't go into detail about which players they tested this one against which, IMO, makes the CNET'S claim a bit misleading
I agree because if they didn't test the new Oppo then than the results are flawed.
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I agree because if they didn't test the new Oppo then than the results are flawed.
Bingo! That is what I was thinking too~!
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Whats Oppo mean? Because my local store is offering this DVD to me for $270 with an $1899 purchase of the new Panasonic TC50v10. Is that a good deal?
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Yeah, I wish all the players were identified in their testing. Also, it would have been nice to see what the other players were rated.
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Old 05-31-2009, 12:17 AM   #7  
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So the CNET guy (Matthew M) states that the LG 390 has excellent image quality, but states that the LG 370 has subpar image quality. In the review of the 370 he says that there is jaggies during several of the image quality tests. I realize that the 390 is nicer model with a bigger feature set, but why would the two machines (supposedly) have such a huge difference in image quality? One would think that they would use the same chipset and would have virtually identical video processing. I have read several of that guys reviews and think he may have some preconcieved notions about players. He's all giddy about all the streaming features on the Sammy 3600 and LG 390. That is good and all, but it is NOT the reason folks buy a BD player. Not a big fan of MM's reviews.
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To further my point, is there a big difference between image quality on the Sony s350 and the s550? How about the Panny BD60 and BD80? I'm sure the image quality is the same. Why would the image quality be so much different between the LG 370 and the LG 390? Don't they use the same chipset??
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Whats Oppo mean? Because my local store is offering this DVD to me for $270 with an $1899 purchase of the new Panasonic TC50v10. Is that a good deal?
Oppo is a brand of DVD and Blu-ray player. They just released a new model the BDP-83 Blu-ray player which is setting the standards by which all others will be judged.

You can see and purchase it here - http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-83/

This unit has some of if not the best video I have ever seen and it's upscaling of standard DVD's is beyond compare. It is also a DVD-Audio and SACD player. Quite a feat.
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Have a noob question for this model.
I heard that the .MKV files only play thirty minutes.??
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Oppo is a brand of DVD and Blu-ray player. They just released a new model the BDP-83 Blu-ray player which is setting the standards by which all others will be judged.

You can see and purchase it here - http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-83/

This unit has some of if not the best video I have ever seen and it's upscaling of standard DVD's is beyond compare. It is also a DVD-Audio and SACD player. Quite a feat.
There is no pricing for the BDP-83 indicated on that link and it is not for sale yet according to the website, but several here have purchased it, so what is it going for?
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There is no pricing for the BDP-83 indicated on that link and it is not for sale yet according to the website, but several here have purchased it, so what is it going for?
I paid $400 for mine, directly from Oppo. You have to sign up for the notification list to get the player.
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I paid $400 for mine, directly from Oppo. You have to sign up for the notification list to get the player.
That is a very good price.

Have I heard it upscales DVDs to the high standard of my XA2?

Or is that a rumor?
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This information is throwing a wrench in the decision process of new players for me and others I know; first, the concensus is for the money, the new Panasonics or the Oppo provides the ultimate in quality and flexibility...now this report is claiming that the new LG is the way to go, and they even point out Samsung as "excellent" source decks?

I was just steered away from Sammy players by many on here...
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Oppo #1, Panasonic #2 Sony so close maybe in a tie for the #2 spot then all of the rest. LG, I just don't trust them due to my experience with their other products.
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