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Blu Ray dvd player info.

Discussion in 'Blu-Ray Hardware' started by B Newt, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. ibglowin

    ibglowin Godfather/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

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    The Dark Knight had some interesting BD Live features:

    http://www.spike.com/blog/dark-knight-bd-live/71488

    http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/12/09/the-dark-knight-fan-commentary-bd-live-feature-shown-on-video/


    I snagged a Panny BD35 BD player for an amazing price of only $199 with free shipping from Tigerdirect. I found it on Cyber Monday and ordered it, the next AM it said it was all backordered and out of stock which pissed me off as it was supposedly in stock when I ordered it. I refused to cancel the order and I watched the price on this machine go from $229 on Amazon to $379 on Xmas eve. The player arrived via UPS on Christmas eve....................

    Amazing machine compared to the PS3 I also have. Its fast AND silent in operation and fully profile 2.0 compatible.
     
  2. B Newt

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    A little off the subject a friend of mine just got a 52" Sony bravia LCD 120HZ + a blueray player for $2000 at Circuit City today.
     
  3. deltafowler

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    Your friend should see about getting the "SUCKER" tattoo removed from his forehead :lol:
     
  4. Ron Barry

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    I am waiting personally for the units with analog audio out (550 and 55) to come down in price. Definitely some good deals were out there during the holidays but all of them were for the 350 and 35 units (Sony/Panny).
     
  5. B Newt

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    I dont know about that... if he is happy then that all that counts .
     
  6. gnahc79

    gnahc79 Godfather

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    IMO just get the bd35 and upgrade the receiver later. At least that the conclusion I came to when I asked on avs. In the thread one user links this article describing how trueHD is better than DTS, but not significantly.
     
  7. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Fry's had the Sony 550 today for $249.

    That's easy to say if you already have a cheap receiver. For those that spent $2000 or more on a receiver several years ago, there's no way to currently "upgrade" it without dropping $3000+. Sure, they could buy one of the cheap Onkyo's that everyone talks about so that they have HDMI capabilities, but the Sound Quality would suffer. To most, a good receiver is about the sound quality first and foremost.
     
  8. gnahc79

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    Makes sense to me :). For someone with a HT budget where the receiver is ~$2-3k then the cost difference between a 35 and 55 shouldn't be that much of a factor. A 55 would make sense for that scenario. For the HT budget that has a $500-$1,000 receiver or an old receiver (like me), you're not losing that much in sound quality by just getting a 35.
     
  9. Ron Barry

    Ron Barry 622 Tips & Trick Keeper

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    My receiver is a Pioneer Elite VSX-26TX. Thanks for the link gnahc79. Hmmm 250 is the price point.. Might have to drop by Frys.. Was this a one day only sale?
     
  10. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Yes, at Fry's it was a one day sale and apparently most stores were out of them an hour or two after opening.
     
  11. gnahc79

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    My employer has a beneplace affiliation with Panasonic, so I can buy it online from Panasonic's employee purchase program for $250 shipped and the 55 for $310:).
     
  12. Ken S

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    ibglowin,

    So, I can have video of other people commenting on the film? Hmmm...
    I wonder how much people would pay NOT to see me in my boxers with commentary?




     
  13. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Disney's BD-Live seems to be a work in progress. You can login to Disney's BD-Live site, change your avatar, comment on movies, and apparently upload videos too (I'm not sure how). Disney's site keeps track of your stats on number of movies. You can email friends from BD-Live and invite people to be your firend...it looks like a controlled onlne experience. Oh, and there is shopping too. I can't see using any of the Disney BD-Live stuff as it is right now. There is supposed to be extra features associated with each movie, but that area is under construction...so perhaps it is too early to tell. :rolleyes: Though I've only watched three movies with it, Fung Fu Panda, Tinker Bell, and WALL-E.
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    At least you've seen 3 pretty cool HD movies so far....:D

    The BD-Live stuff is (like you said) "a work in progress".

    I have seen 5 movies with is so far, and quite honestly...don't see all that much value in the interactive deployment so far. Maybe they'll grow it up into something of substance, but so far, its nothing I'd miss if I had a Profile 1.1 BD player.
     
  15. Galaxie6411

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    I researched BluRay this past month and decided a PS3 was the way to go IF you can get it for under $400. As luck would have it Dell was/is running 15% off so you can get it for $340. I went ahead on got it, aside from the games I would pay, the PS3 blows away the "budget" players in load times and beats most of them in at least 1 other area, be it upgradeability or what audio it outputs. So ar I have watched Lonesome Dove, half a dozen episodes of Firefly and the Dark Knight and I am very pleased. I also have an HD Dvd player and have to admit, after being an HD Dvd supporter, Blu Ray does have some advantages and may even look a tad better.

    I will say one PITA thing about the PS3 is the remote, it is Bluetooth based so my Harmony will not run the PS3 without a converter that I'd have to plug into the PS3. For now I just use the controller.
     
  16. hdtvfan0001

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    ...and of course the fact that you can get 2 standalone players for less than the price of 1 PS3...but then of course the PS3 can also be used to heat your home in the winter time so some might see that as an advantage favoring the PS3....:D

    As for load times...the cheapest standalone found to date is the Magnavox BD player (which I got Black Friday for $128 as my 2nd player)...and the load times were within 2 seconds of the PS3 I used at my neighbors house yesterday viewing the same 2 movies....

    Now that I think of it...I got my Wii and my Magnavox both together for less than 1 PS3...
     
  17. HDJulie

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    Is it worth it to get a blu-ray player if your television does only 720P?
     
  18. dave29

    dave29 New Member

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    short answer....... definately:)
     
  19. HDJulie

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    Cool, thanks! I'll tell my husband that we should get a lower end model to try on our current TV & then move it to the guest room when we get a new tv & also get a better player :).
     
  20. hdtvfan0001

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    That's still considered HD...and seeing Blu Ray present on a 720p display is still great.....most 720p sets also present 1080i, which is also outstanding.

    You don't need 1080p to appreciate and enjoy HD from Blu Ray.
     

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