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#1 OFFLINE   Drew2k

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:03 PM

I currently have the Sony BDP-S550 player, but I'm looking to replace it. Anyone have some recommendations, suggestions and/or experience with a new player that has the following?

  • Remote control with Instant Replay button
  • Netflix
  • BD Live
  • Ethernet port (I don't want to rely only on WiFi - I prefer a physical port)

I don't have a 3D TV and don't plan on buying one anytime within the next 3 years, but I would consider one if it had the above features.

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#2 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:18 PM

I just recently purchased a BDP-S185 (from Sam's Club and it comes with an HDMI cable) and have been happy with it.

I'm not sure if it fills all of your requirements, because I don't do much with mine except playing Blu-rays and DVDs... but it does have Ethernet, BD-Live, and Netflix for sure... and it was <$70.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:40 PM

The Panny players have been great for the last couple of years.

I'm not sure about the remote control part of your stipulations, but they do everything else (and then some).

You could probably get one of last years models (bdt-110) for under $75, as they just released the 2012 models. If you want the latest and greatest, you can get the bdt-220 for about $125.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:47 PM

The LG BD690 or when they come out the BD700 series. I've installed 13, not including me, BD690's and have no problems and very happy clients/friends.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:18 AM

The Panny players have been great for the last couple of years.


Love my Panny DMP-BD85. I bought it specifically because it had analog outs and that was cheaper than a new AVR for the new audio formats. But it has lots of other great features as well.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:49 AM

I really like my Samsung. Loads super fast and hasn't had any problems with playing a disc.

The only thing you need to know is that occasionally you have to unplug them which fixes any little weirdness they get.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:27 AM

I really like my Samsung. Loads super fast and hasn't had any problems with playing a disc.

The only thing you need to know is that occasionally you have to unplug them which fixes any little weirdness they get.


My 3D Samsung was/is absolute crap, I have no sound on boot up sometimes so I have to power it down again, the blue laser went bad so I only have the red laser working (DVD's only on that thing) But this model is only about 2 years old now. Other people's millage may vary but I don't think I will be buying a Samsung BD player again.

That's why I am watching this thread closely, seeing what people think are better players cuz I don't want that to happen again.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

My 3D Samsung was/is absolute crap, I have no sound on boot up sometimes so I have to power it down again, the blue laser went bad so I only have the red laser working (DVD's only on that thing) But this model is only about 2 years old now. Other people's millage may vary but I don't think I will be buying a Samsung BD player again.

That's why I am watching this thread closely, seeing what people think are better players cuz I don't want that to happen again.

Wow! That's a whole lotta bad luck with one player. That's the kinda stuff that should never happen...at the very least Samsung should have taken care of it. :nono2:

I have a Samsung BD-P1500. It's almost four years old and I've never had a problem with it.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

Wow! That's a whole lotta bad luck with one player. That's the kinda stuff that should never happen...at the very least Samsung should have taken care of it. :nono2:

I have a Samsung BD-P1500. It's almost four years old and I've never had a problem with it.

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This is common with Samsung.
Hopefully you won't ever have problems with the Samsung unit you have. But I wouldn't suggest buying another.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:00 PM

I love my Sony BDP-S1700ES and BDP-S780. Best players I ever owned. Either one should more than fill the OP's needs.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:18 PM

Thanks for the model numbers. I checked some of them out and so far no Instant Replay. I'll continue digging through the rest of them.

Instant Replay while watching a DVD or BD is such a convenience and is common on DVRs almost everywhere now and I'm still surprised that so few DVD/BD makers have this feature. I hate the idea of not getting Instant Replay if I upgrade my player!

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:50 PM

Wow! That's a whole lotta bad luck with one player. That's the kinda stuff that should never happen...at the very least Samsung should have taken care of it. :nono2:

I have a Samsung BD-P1500. It's almost four years old and I've never had a problem with it.

Mike

I had had the player for about 14 months when the Blue laser went out on it and just recently the volume problem on DVD's. We don't watch movies too much so we had only about 4 BD disc even in the thing.

This is common with Samsung.
Hopefully you won't ever have problems with the Samsung unit you have. But I wouldn't suggest buying another.

So I have read, their blue lasers are known to go out on them I guess... at least that's what I read and whenever you read something on the internet it's ALWAYS true. :grin:
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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:41 PM

I really like my Samsung. Loads super fast and hasn't had any problems with playing a disc.

The only thing you need to know is that occasionally you have to unplug them which fixes any little weirdness they get.


Don't remember which Sammy you got, but I recently tried two BD-D6500s and neither would connect to NetFlix and both had problems with Internet connectivity. Then I tried a BD-D5700 and had the same problems. Gave up and went back to my BD-C5500s which all work quite well.

The new Sammy's are out now. Same model numbers but prefaced by an E rather than a D or C. As soon as the prices drop and more reviews are available I'll try them out.

I did call Sammy and ask about the problems I was having and was told to wait for the new ones to come out. They are aware of the problems with the D's. From what I could gather, it's kind of hit or miss when buying one of the Ds. With my luck, I got the lemons...as usual....:lol:

Still haven't seen any BD player at a reasonable price that upscales streaming NetFlix content as well as the Sammys do. That does include the Sonys and Pannys. I've tried several models of each brand. Both do everything else as well as the Sammys, but I watch a lot of streaming content.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:44 PM

Thanks for the model numbers. I checked some of them out and so far no Instant Replay. I'll continue digging through the rest of them.

Instant Replay while watching a DVD or BD is such a convenience and is common on DVRs almost everywhere now and I'm still surprised that so few DVD/BD makers have this feature. I hate the idea of not getting Instant Replay if I upgrade my player!


Drew, you've got me interested now. What, exactly, is instant replay? Something like bookmarking?

My Sammys are two years old and don't have that feature, but you might look at the the E series of Sammys and see if they have it.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:58 PM

Rich - Instant Replay is the same as on most DVRs. Tap the key, and the video jumps back around 8-10 seconds. My Sony player has this and allows them to be stacked, and it's great for times you miss a word or sentence, or if there there was some interruption. Even Roku added Instant Replay for Netflix, so this is moving beyond DVRs to other devices and I'm still honestly surprised it's not on more DVD/BD players.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

Rich - Instant Replay is the same as on most DVRs. Tap the key, and the video jumps back around 8-10 seconds. My Sony player has this and allows them to be stacked, and it's great for times you miss a word or sentence, or if there there was some interruption. Even Roku added Instant Replay for Netflix, so this is moving beyond DVRs to other devices and I'm still honestly surprised it's not on more DVD/BD players.


Gotcha, thanx. My Sammy's do have that for NF streaming content. If we're talking about the same thing, Rokus and all of the streaming devices I've tried have it for NF streaming content. Have to check and see if they've got it for DVDs or BDs.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 11:38 AM

Rich - Instant Replay is the same as on most DVRs. Tap the key, and the video jumps back around 8-10 seconds. My Sony player has this and allows them to be stacked, and it's great for times you miss a word or sentence, or if there there was some interruption. Even Roku added Instant Replay for Netflix, so this is moving beyond DVRs to other devices and I'm still honestly surprised it's not on more DVD/BD players.


Checked my Sammys, nothing like that on them. The new E series Sammys might have it.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:18 PM

Checked my Sammys, nothing like that on them. The new E series Sammys might have it.

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I've been leaning towards some LG players I've seen, but they also don't have Instant Replay. I think I'm going to be SOL on this feature ...

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:38 PM

I've been leaning towards some LG players I've seen, but they also don't have Instant Replay. I think I'm going to be SOL on this feature ...

My Samsung DLP is the most fantastic thing on the planet. But since Samsung stopped using Silicon Optics (industry leader) chips for up-conversion and image processing in their BDP's for their own chip, I wouldn't go near them. I have an LG and the new 690's and soon the 7 series are great. Which is strange since I hate my LG microwave. Love the BDP though.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

I currently have the Sony BDP-S550 player, but I'm looking to replace it. Anyone have some recommendations, suggestions and/or experience with a new player that has the following?

  • Remote control with Instant Replay button
  • Netflix
  • BD Live
  • Ethernet port (I don't want to rely only on WiFi - I prefer a physical port)

I don't have a 3D TV and don't plan on buying one anytime within the next 3 years, but I would consider one if it had the above features.

Check this one out. It has what you re looking for and more. AWESOME BD player! Hav had it for 3 month now.

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