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#26 OFFLINE   Rich

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:43 AM

Not yet. Still searching, but not actively. I've moved it to my back burner...


I want another one, but the new Sammys are getting terrible reviews. And the prices are still high. I might give an LG a try, I've given up on Sony and Panasonic, they just don't/can't upscale streaming content as well as the Sammys do and I watch a lot of streaming content.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:57 PM

One of the new Samsung "e" model BR players also features an internet web browser. There are times when it would be great to surf to and pop-up a website on the big screen...
The Samsung BR players, though, seem to be universally bad. Anyone know of others with this feature?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:24 AM

One of the new Samsung "e" model BR players also features an internet web browser. There are times when it would be great to surf to and pop-up a website on the big screen...
The Samsung BR players, though, seem to be universally bad. Anyone know of others with this feature?


That Sammy with the web browser got bad reviews, but they did say that buying a wireless keyboard and mouse would help quite a bit.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:57 AM

I want another one, but the new Sammys are getting terrible reviews. And the prices are still high. I might give an LG a try, I've given up on Sony and Panasonic, they just don't/can't upscale streaming content as well as the Sammys do and I watch a lot of streaming content.

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If you watch a lot of streaming content, why not get the latest generation high def Roku?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:04 PM

If you watch a lot of streaming content, why not get the latest generation high def Roku?


I'm really impressed with the Roku 2 XS... especially the PQ.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:42 PM

If you watch a lot of streaming content, why not get the latest generation high def Roku?


For a few bucks more, you get a BD player that upscales standard DVDs to 1080/60p. Can't do that with a Roku and all the streaming I watch is upscaled to 1080/60p. I only stream from NetFlix and they only put out 720p on most of their streaming content. I just found a Roku the other day, thought I had sold them all. Do the new Rokus upscale NF's 720p? My older Rokus did put out a more than decent picture at 720p, but the Sammy BD players blow them away.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:43 PM

I'm really impressed with the Roku 2 XS... especially the PQ.


Do they upscale the NF content as the Sammy BD players do?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:57 PM

Do they upscale the NF content as the Sammy BD players do?

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Yeah the new ones are 1080p. They also do 5.1 NF.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:13 PM

Yeah the new ones are 1080p. They also do 5.1 NF.


Do they actually upscale to 1080/60p? From 720p, I mean.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:21 PM

Do they actually upscale to 1080/60p? From 720p, I mean.

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As far as having an upscale chip? I don't know, but it's output at 1080p.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:25 PM

As far as having an upscale chip? I don't know, but it's output at 1080p.


What are you using as a source of streaming content?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:26 PM

What are you using as a source of streaming content?

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Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, mlb.tv
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:33 PM

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, mlb.tv


I know I can get 1080p on my old Roku if it's actually streamed in 1080p, but NF doesn't do that with anything but PS3s as far as I know. Or the makers of the devices don't allow it. Maybe the new Sammys do, I dunno. Only content marked HD on NF will put out 5.1 on the PS3s. Last time I checked. I'm paying over $40 a month for NF, so I don't use the other streaming providers.

Maybe I'll order one of the new ones and give it a test. I can get 1080/60p on the Sammys on any NF streaming content, but I can't get 5.1 sound.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 03:32 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.


I am very happy with my Samsung 3D player. I have had no problems and really like the available apps in Smart Hub.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:20 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.


While I continue to rave about the Sammy's ability to upscale DVDs and streaming content (mostly streaming content), I gotta say there is a lot to dislike about them. The remote is terribly designed and should be back-lit, using it at night in a dark room is damn near impossible.

For quite a while, the counters would stop on the faces of the sets and just sit on the same number until the program was done. Happened when playing anything. Had a hard time locking onto NetFlix streaming, but that was because of a problem with my Internet provider. Oddly, I used a Panny at the same time and had no problems with the NF streaming.

Sometimes I have to load a DVD two or three times to get it to play, that's really annoying since my Sony BD player plays them on the first try.

But, with me, it's all about the PQ and I can't find a reasonably priced BD player that pumps out a better picture than the Sammys.

I did have the same problem Stuart had for a while and had to pull the plug several times, but updates seem to have fixed that.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 11:05 PM

I just picked up the Sony S280 for 39.99 refurbished, and shipped with no tax....great for a 2nd or 3rd TV...

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:39 PM

I think the PS3 might fit the bill here. I will check tomorrow afternoon to see about the instant replay feature but IIRC it does.

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While more expensive than a standalone BR player, I'll second the PS3 as an excellent BR/DVD player; it's great for streaming Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and others, or streaming from your home network. Oh, and if you care to play games, it can do that too.

I have the older model; newer ones are a bit more svelte and run cool.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 08:54 AM

While more expensive than a standalone BR player, I'll second the PS3 as an excellent BR/DVD player; it's great for streaming Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and others, or streaming from your home network. Oh, and if you care to play games, it can do that too.

I have the older model; newer ones are a bit more svelte and run cool.


The PS3 is also one of the few devices that NetFlix streaming content comes over in 5.1 sound. But is there a decent remote, instead of using a game controller?

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 08:56 AM

The PS3 is also one of the few devices that NetFlix streaming content comes over in 5.1 sound. But is there a decent remote, instead of using a game controller?

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I use my harmony remote. Just have to buy the IR receiver for the PS3.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:06 AM

I use my harmony remote. Just have to buy the IR receiver for the PS3.


Or you can get the Bluetooth Sony remote. A little cheaper then the IR adapter.

http://www.walmart.c...ation-3/5607955

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:15 AM

Or you can get the Bluetooth Sony remote. A little cheaper then the IR adapter.

http://www.walmart.c...ation-3/5607955


Great! Now I gotta put the PS3 (my son has one in his massive collection of game platforms) and one of my Sammys side by side and see which one pumps out a better picture. Amazon has the remote for a tad more than Wal-Mart, but no shipping fees and tax will even that price out.

Thanx,

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:17 AM

I use my harmony remote. Just have to buy the IR receiver for the PS3.


One of these days, I'm gonna break down and buy a Harmony remote.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:55 PM

Yet another choice: the Nyko BlueWave Remote -- Available through Amazon for $12.99 - free shipping for Prime members.
http://www.amazon.co...38749549&sr=8-1

The only disadvantage to it is the fact that you have to use a PS/3 controller for power on/off.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 06:46 AM

Yet another choice: the Nyko BlueWave Remote -- Available through Amazon for $12.99 - free shipping for Prime members.
http://www.amazon.co...38749549&sr=8-1

The only disadvantage to it is the fact that you have to use a PS/3 controller for power on/off.


Thanx Charlie, but I'm gonna get a new BD player. We've had that PS3 for years and I've used it as a BD player a couple times. I want something new and Father's Day looms.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:52 AM

Just read a review on Amazon that said the Sammy e6500 only upscales standard DVDs to 720p. Not sure I believe that, but I was gonna buy one today and now I'm kinda hesitant again.

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