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Going Blu-Ray - Any suggestions on players?
Me | 11/13/09 | Me

Posted on 11/13/2009 9:05:34 AM PST by The Louiswu

My wife and I are going to get a Blu-Ray player and I was looking for suggestions on a good (medium priced) player with Netflix streaming capability.

Thanks!


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1 posted on 11/13/2009 9:05:35 AM PST by The Louiswu
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To: The Louiswu

Yes, a Sony Playstation.

It plays Blu-Rays, is sometimes cheaper, and can play cool games, to boot.


2 posted on 11/13/2009 9:07:52 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: The Louiswu

My IT guy said one of the best is actually the Sony PS3. I’m still trying to convince the wife on this.


3 posted on 11/13/2009 9:07:52 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: The Louiswu

Get the new Play Station 3 for $300.


4 posted on 11/13/2009 9:08:05 AM PST by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: The Louiswu

LG 390 is fast loading and streams Netflix.

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Network-Blu-ray-Disc-Player/dp/B001UQ6F5M/ref=sr_1_1/183-7191710-0997110?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=tv&qid=1258132034&sr=1-1


5 posted on 11/13/2009 9:08:26 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: kosciusko51

I figured that out on my own. It was $50 cheaper, too.


6 posted on 11/13/2009 9:08:44 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: The Louiswu
I just bought a Sony Playstation 3 for exactly those reasons.
7 posted on 11/13/2009 9:10:19 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: The Louiswu

We got our blue ray player at walmart for 179.00 It’s a Magnavox. It plays great and we haven’t had any problems out of it.


8 posted on 11/13/2009 9:12:03 AM PST by VairyAngel (FORT HOOD WAS ATTACKED BY A JIHADI TERRORIST. STOP EXCUSING SUICIDAL TERRORIST KILLERS.)
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To: astyanax

Does the PS3 play standard DVD’s as well?


9 posted on 11/13/2009 9:12:21 AM PST by The Louiswu (001100101000101011100101000100111110001010100001010101 if you can read that you are a computer)
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To: The Louiswu

ANY Blu-Ray player is compatible with DVD and CD. . .


10 posted on 11/13/2009 9:14:14 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: The Louiswu

PS3. It does netflix wirelessly (a lot of the standalone players don’t offer wireless connectivity).

It’s also very easy to update the PS3 with the latest Blu-ray firmware, which means it will support all the latest features.

The PS3 also does a fantastic job of upconverting regular DVD’s. They will look fantastic.


11 posted on 11/13/2009 9:14:15 AM PST by Carlucci (Sarah Palin: Demonstrably Good!)
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To: The Louiswu

Although you’re probably aware of this (since you mentioned Netflix), you can get your movies in blu-ray (most of them anyway) for a couple of extra bucks a month.
I don’t even watch “tv” anymore...


12 posted on 11/13/2009 9:14:57 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: astyanax
I love FR.

Thanks again. I am already leaning to the PS3 - sounds like a good way to get into Blu-Ray..and games. I'm not much of a game player, but since it can be upgraded and is wireless, it sounds like it will be useful for quite a while.

Thanks again everyone!
13 posted on 11/13/2009 9:18:11 AM PST by The Louiswu (||||| | | |||||| |||| |||||||||| | | | | ||||||||||||| | |||||||||||||| - really? - no kidding!)
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To: The Louiswu

Get the new PS3 Slim. Add a HDMI compatible receiver and a surround sound system and you’re all set.


14 posted on 11/13/2009 9:21:00 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: The Louiswu

Definitely the PS3. Netflix streaming abilities via PS3 was just announced. The PS3 includes WiFi, so you won’t need any extra wires to stream.


15 posted on 11/13/2009 9:22:57 AM PST by Chet 99
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To: word_warrior_bob

by “HDMI compatible receiver” do you mean a HD DVR? We have one of those from our cable company. It works good.


16 posted on 11/13/2009 9:28:17 AM PST by The Louiswu (||||| | | |||||| |||| |||||||||| | | | | ||||||||||||| | |||||||||||||| - really? - no kidding!)
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To: The Louiswu
The PS3 plays DVDs and Blu-Ray (and probably audio disks ask well). I've had mine for a couple of years now and been very happy with it. Two suggestions though..

1) Get one of those fan-driven cooling pads to put under it.

2) Get the remote control they make for it - using game controllers to control video replay is awkward.

17 posted on 11/13/2009 9:31:08 AM PST by The Duke ("Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Democrat Party?")
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To: Carlucci; The Louiswu

Upconverting! Another great point I failed to mention.
That and the wireless connection should justify the extra $100 to the wife. ;o)
And if you have kids or grandkids...


18 posted on 11/13/2009 9:31:15 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: astyanax

The wife is into movies as much as I am. We really like our video collection and look forward to many more hours of happy viewing.


19 posted on 11/13/2009 9:33:06 AM PST by The Louiswu (||||| | | |||||| |||| |||||||||| | | | | ||||||||||||| | |||||||||||||| - really? - no kidding!)
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To: The Louiswu

yes, it does play normal DVD, and they look very nice.


20 posted on 11/13/2009 9:34:20 AM PST by chris37
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To: Jewbacca; The Louiswu
Yes, a Sony Playstation.

It plays Blu-Rays, is sometimes cheaper, and can play cool games, to boot.

Agreed! The video quality is phenomenal, and the movie controls are very much user friendly. In fact, you can even get yourself a DVD remote to control the PS3.

21 posted on 11/13/2009 9:35:21 AM PST by cdbull23 (What's going on in my brain? Check it out: www.cainsbrain.com)
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To: The Louiswu

+10000 for the PS3. I just got the netfilx DVD last night, works great. lots of movies to choose from and the picture for streaming is really pretty good, not BluRay of coarse but very good still. Bluray is awesome, plus you can network it to your PC and play other Videos, Pics, Songs etc from your main PC straight to your PS3, oh and it plays games too :)


22 posted on 11/13/2009 9:35:24 AM PST by wyowolf ("we were the winners , cause we didn't know we could fail.")
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To: The Louiswu

No, your audio receiver. You connect your ps3 to your HDMI audio receiver and your audio receiver to the HDMI input on your tv. This way your ps3 will decode every audio format available, if you don’t have great sound with your hi-def tv you’re missing a lot. Sound is great even without using HDMI using optical out, etc. If you don’t want to buy a new audio receiver you can still get excellent surround sound. Make sure to not waste money on high priced HDMI cables, Amazon has them for 5-10 bucks, you can also go to monoprice.com for HDMI and other cables, Monster products are a scam.


23 posted on 11/13/2009 9:35:55 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: The Louiswu

+10000 for the PS3. I just got the netfilx DVD last night, works great. lots of movies to choose from and the picture for streaming is really pretty good, not BluRay of coarse but very good still. Bluray is awesome, plus you can network it to your PC and play other Videos, Pics, Songs etc from your main PC straight to your PS3, oh and it plays games too :)

also forgot you can get the cheap on with a small HD and just replace the HD with 500GB for less then 80 bucks to store pics, movies, etc on it...


24 posted on 11/13/2009 9:36:17 AM PST by wyowolf ("we were the winners , cause we didn't know we could fail.")
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To: The Louiswu
I have this one, Panasonic DMP-BD80 High Clarity Audio Blu-ray. You don't need to spend a lot of money on BD players, most are very good, with some like LG, Samsung, and Panasonic adding features such as Internet connectivity and such, which is fine and all but if just need a player, find a bargain. I bought the Panasonic because I also bought Panasonic HDTVs and wanted to keep it in the family for no particular reason. I have a media pc connected to the same HDTV and never utilize all the features on my player, being redundant...
25 posted on 11/13/2009 9:36:46 AM PST by Dysart
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To: The Louiswu
I got a PS3 when players cost a lot more than they do now.The picture quality from the Playstation (on blu ray discs) is *beyond* breathtaking.Don't know about Netflix but I did download an HD film (Arthur) once and the picture was good but not great.
26 posted on 11/13/2009 9:46:10 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: The Louiswu

I got the Sony Blue Ray Home Theater in a Box system.

It interfaced with my Sony LCD flaylessly.
It upscales. It recieves FM. BD Live works. It plays CDs for music.

The remote controls from the TV turn it on.

If you need speakers it it a good way to go.

What amp, TV, speaker system and room usage are we talking about this interfacing with?


27 posted on 11/13/2009 9:50:37 AM PST by KC Burke (...but He has made the trains run on time.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

When we got HD I was amazed at how much better the picture is. I am still blown away when we are watching things like football games and travel channel stuff. The colors, the depth of the picture are just amazing.


28 posted on 11/13/2009 9:52:49 AM PST by The Louiswu (||||| | | |||||| |||| |||||||||| | | | | ||||||||||||| | |||||||||||||| - really? - no kidding!)
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To: KC Burke

Just tv speakers for now. Small room.


29 posted on 11/13/2009 9:54:10 AM PST by The Louiswu (||||| | | |||||| |||| |||||||||| | | | | ||||||||||||| | |||||||||||||| - really? - no kidding!)
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To: The Louiswu

I don’t use netflix for streaming. The ps3 delivers an incredible picture, downloading hi-def content the quality always takes a hit, it kind of defeats the purpose of having a blu-ray player, I’m a stickler for quality. The ps3 also updates it’s firmware often over the internet so I would choose it over cheaper players that don’t connect to the internet. PS3 also has FREE online connectivity to play and buy games with others over the internet. The ps3 can do a LOT of things, it’s an entertainment beast.

I feed my ps3 blu-ray discs. If you want to stream other content then I guess it’s OK. If you have a blockbuster with lots of blu-rays you can get the monthly deal where you can watch tons of blu-rays for cheap as well as using netflix to get blu-ray discs sent to you.


30 posted on 11/13/2009 9:57:39 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ping


31 posted on 11/13/2009 10:04:00 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ping


32 posted on 11/13/2009 10:04:10 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: word_warrior_bob
"...an entertainment beast"

Excellent phrase! Thanks.
33 posted on 11/13/2009 10:09:05 AM PST by The Louiswu (||||| | | |||||| |||| |||||||||| | | | | ||||||||||||| | |||||||||||||| - really? - no kidding!)
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To: The Louiswu

type in key word HDTV in to the search box on the Forum page.

then scroll through the article to find articles on blueray players.


34 posted on 11/13/2009 10:11:05 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: The Louiswu

A lot of retailers(like Walmart,Fry’s)offer bundle deals(PS3 + blue ray movies/games)on or around Black Friday(11/27). This year may be the exception however due to retailers trying to jump the gun with early “Black Friday” like sales. Dell occasionally(with % off coupon code)offers pretty good deals on the PS3 also.


35 posted on 11/13/2009 10:19:03 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (That smell of death...be seeing ya big casino)
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To: The Louiswu

I’ve had a PS3 for quite some time and in years past would have recommended it as a Blu-Ray player, but today there are numerous cheaper alternatives that will suite your needs.

For the first couple of years of its life, the Blu-Ray format was going through numerous upgrades. Version 1.5 included the ability to play java script menus, version 2 included BD-Live (internet connection) support. Consequently, a lot of older players could not play discs at the time (the Pirates movies were big offenders), and the PS3 was the only option for an always up-to-date player. however, those days are long gone and almost every player on the market is BD 2.1 compliant.

Costco and Walmart carry a number of mid-ranged priced ($149-229) players that also stream Netflix and Youtube (LG, Samsung, Vizio, and Panasonic). There’s really no real reason to spend the extra $150 or so for a PS3 unless you want to play games.

Yancy


36 posted on 11/13/2009 10:25:56 AM PST by gallandro
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To: word_warrior_bob

“Get the new PS3 Slim. Add a HDMI compatible receiver and a surround sound system and you’re all set.”

WWBob, we are getting the PS3 for Christmas this year. It is the ONLY thing we are affording our family save a few stocking stuffers. I am not sure what an HDMI is. Can you elaborate please? Already have digital cable and HDTV.


37 posted on 11/13/2009 10:50:03 AM PST by poobear
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To: poobear

HDMI is the name of the cable that you’re connecting to the TV. You can also hook it up via component cables (red, blue, green) for HD. You can get HDMI cables cheap, around 5 bucks.

What’s on the back of your tv for connections? Is it a High Def TV?


38 posted on 11/13/2009 11:12:19 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: poobear

as the previous poster mentioned, HDMI is a type of cable connection.
in fact it is a way of cable connection at a high standard for two way communication between the devices at high transmission rates where all video and audio go across one cable.

Blue Ray will output 1080p video. If your HDTV is 720 or 1080i (the two standards right below 1080p) it will still look good, but a HDMI cable, albeit pricey, is the best connection assuming your TV has a HDMI input.

Some blue ray players have the amp built into them for audio, FM. etc. and others require an amp.

be sure you know what you are buying and how it will work with your exact TV prior to purchase.

you could take you TV manual to the store with you to show a good tech if you aren’t buying off the internet.


39 posted on 11/13/2009 2:15:07 PM PST by KC Burke (...but He has made the trains run on time.)
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To: The Louiswu
Of the models you are interested in, search the internet for that "xxx model number" and add the word “xxx reviews”. There should be several pro and con comments.
I was interested in a SHARP unit that was on sale a few weeks ago in the Cleveland market, and reading the issue with firmware upgrade, I passed..

Maybe this Thanksgiving Black Friday sales will have what you like?

40 posted on 11/13/2009 2:55:34 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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41 posted on 11/13/2009 3:43:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv; ADemocratNoMore; advertising guy; aft_lizard; AJMaXx; Alice in Wonderland; ...

Of possible interest to the ping list...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2385646/posts?page=41#41

Special thanks to SunkenCiv for the ping..

LVD


42 posted on 11/14/2009 1:27:36 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: word_warrior_bob

Yes it is HDTV. Just spoke with our daughter, she’s the real tech around here. We are all set for the PS3. We just need to hook up the home theater for surround sound. Looking forward to Christmas.


43 posted on 11/14/2009 2:30:17 AM PST by poobear
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To: Las Vegas Dave

For those interested I just got Pixar’s UP (Blu ray) for less then $10. Walmart has it for $19 and I used this manufacturers coupon.

http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/up/couponoffer/


44 posted on 11/14/2009 4:10:15 AM PST by Varda
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To: The Louiswu

Lots of good suggestions already posted here. Me? 30 years in the CE biz, former national trainer for Sony Canada.

Pioneer units are great mechanically and have great video processing and scaling, especially the Elite models. My first choice for a real Bluray unit.

Sony PS3 will give you awesome picture performance. The Toshiba made processor has way more hosrsepower than you will find in a regular BD product because of the need to run HD games.

Panasonic units are very good and affordable. The 80-series model has very good audio quality and is a consideration if you are going to use it a lot for CD audio, but frankly I would recommend having a dedicated CD player, best being a Pioneer Elite D6 or Marantz 5003.

Without shooting the moon? Buy a Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD or BDP-F23FD. Or alternatively any regular line Pioneer unit. A PS3 will give you better picture quality but the Pioneer trumps it for reliability. And get a good HDMI cable, not just a stupid over priced Monster Cable (via Best Buy).

Enjoy!


45 posted on 11/14/2009 4:59:25 AM PST by mitchbert (Facts Are Stubborn Things .)
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To: The Louiswu
Best quality for the money
46 posted on 11/14/2009 5:01:51 AM PST by bmwcyle (When do they collect and jail the homeless when they don't buy their health care?)
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To: The Louiswu

I have two blu-ray players that can stream Netflix, the PS3 and the latest Samsung model. The PS3 is far and away the better player. The Samsung is glitchy, and seems to occasionally have technical issues (the sound doesn’t match up with the image, constant failure with the wireless connection to Netflix). It seems like there is a firmware update at least once a month, which can be downloaded directly onto the system, but the glitches persist. The PS3, which I’m also using wirelessly, runs perfectly. Just keep in mind to stream with the PS3, you have to contact Netflix and get one of their streaming discs, which is free.

I have no experience with the LG streaming players.


47 posted on 11/14/2009 5:20:50 AM PST by LanPB01
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To: mitchbert
"And get a good HDMI cable, not just a stupid over priced Monster Cable (via Best Buy)"

Or WalMart. The display for HDMI cables there was empty of $40 cables.
I recently got a 15ft flat HDMI cable from Monoprice for $15.

48 posted on 11/14/2009 5:23:47 AM PST by Varda
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To: Varda

That’s a good price if it’s a good cable. Well done. My remark about Monster stems from the fact that a high priced Monster HDMI is likely not a bit better than what you paid $15 for, it just has fancy insulation and packaging. Oh yeah, and a very high profit margin for the retailer. Up here, we call Monster “dime store wire in a nice bag.” There are, however, very good quality HDMI cables and they do make a real difference in terms of connection integrity and picture quality, but you have to be prepared to spend significant money on them. Just like really good speaker wire.


49 posted on 11/14/2009 5:44:20 AM PST by mitchbert (Facts Are Stubborn Things .)
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To: The Louiswu

I highly recommend the PS3. It’s a great Blu-Ray player, also does great video games, internet access, Linux OS, and just about everything else you would want a box to do. They have come down in price too.


50 posted on 11/14/2009 6:05:04 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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