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Looking for a new BD player


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#41 OFFLINE   onebadmofo

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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?

Rich


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.

Rich

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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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Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:01 AM

I just bought a Sammy e6500 from Amazon. I tried two Sammy d6500s and they didn't work, but this is supposed to be the best one and I just gotta see if it works. Should have it Saturday, I'll post then.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:39 AM

I just bought a Sammy e6500 from Amazon. I tried two Sammy d6500s and they didn't work, but this is supposed to be the best one and I just gotta see if it works. Should have it Saturday, I'll post then.

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Rich, when you post could you check a couple things?

Does it have front usb and does it play "avi" files ?

Does it upconvert regular DVD's ?

Does it connect to internet, if so, wired,wireless,or both?

Thanks:)
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:10 PM

Rich, when you post could you check a couple things?

Does it have front usb and does it play "avi" files ?

Does it upconvert regular DVD's ?

Does it connect to internet, if so, wired,wireless,or both?

Thanks:)
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I'm a bit leery about this BD player. I know it's both wireless and wire capable, I know it upscales standard DVDs, but I don't know if it upscales as my three Sammys do to 1080/60p. If it only upscales to 720p, as one reviewer on Amazon (who I don't believe) reports, the thing's going straight back.

I'll post about the other things you asked about when I get it running, if I can.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:01 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.

Rich

Since Samsung stopped using the Silicon Optics chip and started using their own. The PQ has gone to sh!t. Got LG! And don't look back. Now for monitors, and that's displays only, that's Samsung.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:48 AM

Since Samsung stopped using the Silicon Optics chip and started using their own. The PQ has gone to sh!t. Got LG! And don't look back. Now for monitors, and that's displays only, that's Samsung.


Perhaps I'll try one of the LGs if this e6500 doesn't work as well (at least) as my other three Sammys. Those three Sammys are three years old. When did Sammy stop using the Silicon Optics chip?

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:45 AM

Since Samsung stopped using the Silicon Optics chip and started using their own. The PQ has gone to sh!t. Got LG! And don't look back. Now for monitors, and that's displays only, that's Samsung.


Personal observation, or cites, please?
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:05 PM

OK, it was delivered a bit ago and I've got it set up. Checked NetFlix and its being upscaled to 1080p/60, so that reviewer on Amazon was wrong. It does play avi and is both wired and wireless. I set it up for wired. It does have a USB connection on the front panel in a door.

Haven't tried to upscale a DVD yet...huh, no door, just insert the disc as you do in a car...OK, it's upscaling a standard DVD to 1080p/60...PQ is good, sound is good, looks like a keeper...so far.

The remote is smaller than my other Sammy remotes and not backlit...at least you can tell the front from the back, can't do that on the other Sammy remotes. Lotta buttons for a small remote, but not as bad as I thought it would be from the reviews.

I'll post with any problems, but this looks a whole lot better than the d6500s.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

@Drew: No replay button.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:52 PM

Sounds good!

Re the lack of lighted remote- I can usually squint to see the buttons to operate it, but unless I am doing something special, I just use the remote from the Sammy plasma.

I do hope we hear more about the PQ from CO.
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:01 PM

OK, it was delivered a bit ago and I've got it set up. Checked NetFlix and its being upscaled to 1080p/60, so that reviewer on Amazon was wrong. It does play avi and is both wired and wireless. I set it up for wired. It does have a USB connection on the front panel in a door.

Haven't tried to upscale a DVD yet...huh, no door, just insert the disc as you do in a car...OK, it's upscaling a standard DVD to 1080p/60...PQ is good, sound is good, looks like a keeper...so far.

The remote is smaller than my other Sammy remotes and not backlit...at least you can tell the front from the back, can't do that on the other Sammy remotes. Lotta buttons for a small remote, but not as bad as I thought it would be from the reviews.

I'll post with any problems, but this looks a whole lot better than the d6500s.

Questions? Feel free to ask.

@Drew: No replay button.

Rich


Thanks Rich

Would you say PQ on this one is as good if not better that your older ones? I know you were impressed with th PQ on the others as we had a similar conversion some time back, as I also have a "tempermental" sammy, but PQ on AVI movies are quite good.

chris

By the way, what's the difference between 'replay" and the back button?

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:33 AM

Thanks Rich

Would you say PQ on this one is as good if not better that your older ones? I know you were impressed with th PQ on the others as we had a similar conversion some time back, as I also have a "tempermental" sammy, but PQ on AVI movies are quite good.


About the same PQ, but this e6500 appears to be a bit better on the software and hardware. It connected immediately to my home network, something two d6500s and a d5700 couldn't do.

By the way, what's the difference between 'replay" and the back button?


When Drew started this thread, I was a bit confused about that too. Seems like he's looking for a button much like the 8 second back button on the D* remotes. Haven't seen any BD players that do that. My "smart" Panny plasma has an interesting NetFlix application on it that does allow for incremental "backs", instead of just putting the film in reverse and running at whatever speed you set it at, it jumps backward one time, mimicking the back button on the D* remotes. Nice, but the PQ isn't the equal of any of my Sammy BD players.

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