What Blu-ray player do you have?


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DaDude

I started a Got a new HDTV? Post it here last December and people seem to be having fun with it. So, I thought I'd start a similar thread where people can post what Blu-ray player they have.

So, tell us the following about your Blu-ray player:

1) What model do you have?

2) What do you like about it?

3) What don't you like about it?

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

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mudslag

PS3, dont need to say much more other then your blueray will only be as good as the tv it plays on. Im on the sony xbr4 and love it.

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Coldgunner

PS3, I'll probably pick up a standalone when they are <?50.

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Ricardo Gil

PS3, didn't run into issues so far.

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bdsams

Samsung BD-P1500

Love it, espically the pandora streaming makes it all the better

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Miuku.

PS3, au naturel.

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DaDude

If you guys would answer the six questions, that would be helpful. I will go first, I guess.

1) What model do you have?

-Samsung BD-P1600

2) What do you like about it?

-Loads fast and plays every movie I throw in it. Has excellent picture too.

3) What don't you like about it?

-The front flip door can be a bit annoying at times.

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

-One minor pixelation when playing one movie. When I replayed the entire movie again, it played flawlessly. I played about 20 movies so far, most of which were watched multiple times and the problem only happened that one time. So, it seems like occasional pixelation can occur in this player. No freezing issues so far...knock on wood.

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

-The player plus 4 movies cost me about $182 at Amazon. Yes, it was definitely worth the money.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

Aside from a couple of minor issues I had with it, it's a great Blu-ray player overall. If you have the money, I would recommend the PS3 over this due to the minor little quirks this player has. The PS3 tends to be the most issue-free BD player out there. But if you're on a budget and don't play video games like me, then this player is good enough for you.

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Joel
PS3, dont need to say much more other then your blueray will only be as good as the tv it plays on. Im on the sony xbr4 and love it.

So, are you saying they're all the same and only the TV makes the difference?

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KZWings
Samsung BD-P1500

Love it, espically the pandora streaming makes it all the better

I also have the BD-P1500 and i don't recall it having Pandora streaming. (does not have Netflix either, even with firmware updates.)

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Sethos

Got a PS3 but I have exactly one Blu-ray movie and that's Casino Royale .. A movie which was sent to me for being among the first X amount of people to register on PSN.

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esaleris

1) What model do you have?

Pioneer BDP-51FD

2) What do you like about it?

Surprisingly, the CD analog output is the best thing about it - the Wolfson DACs are amazing. The DVD upscaling quality is pretty amazing too - it looks better than anything else I have.

3) What don't you like about it?

It takes NEXT-TO-NEVER to start up. I can probably make an omelet in the time it takes to start up. Haha.

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

No issues so far, with any of the Netflix films I've stuck in it.

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

It cost me $225, because they're closing out on this model. It is the last model from Pioneer featuring the Wolfson DACs, so I wanted the one on discount anyway. Absolutely worth it.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

The firmware updates help a lot - the newest one enables DTS-MA Audio decoded to LPCM via HDMI, which I need with my HDMI 1.1 pre-pro setup. It's an amazing little machine and works great as a universal player for me. I wish all my components had this kind of bang-for-the-buck - sadly, I make bad retail decisions and not all my purchases are this effective!

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TruckWEB

1) What model do you have?

Sony PS3 80Gb

2) What do you like about it?

Was upgradable to Profile 2.0 when every other player where stuck with 1.1

3) What don't you like about it?

LOUD fan

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

I don't have any problem with it, and does a great DVD upconvert to 1080p.

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

$499 at the time, with MotorStorm and got the BD Remote for free.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

I think I use my PS3 mostly for Blu-Ray movies than games. At the time, it was the cheapest BR player.

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peacemf

i have the following:

ps3 and sony blu-ray player s350. As well as the laptop (sony vaio).

I've used both the ps3 and s350 to play blu-rays.

I've had no problems, however if you own an analogy sound system be aware that the some blu-ray players dont have analogy jack things at the back! so far the more expensive ones will allow you to do so. So the cheaper players will allow you to connect to a 5.1 via HDMI/digital thing!

The problem with the s350 is that there is no internal memory for blu-ray LIVE, but to be honest LIVE really is crap! lol

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Chicane-UK

1) What model do you have?

Sony BDP-S550

2) What do you like about it?

It's my first BD player so hard to say really! It seems nice and quick, some nice features on there and some silly stuff like a backlit remote control add to the overall high quality feel. Also has an ethernet port so I can plug it into my LAN and download firmware updates straight off the internet which is good..

3) What don't you like about it?

Nothing really! It works great! :)

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

None at all. It's been 100% solid on all the BD's and DVD's I've tried on it

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

Came as a bundle with my TV so hard to say what it would have cost.. but it was definitely worth it.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

I'd gladly recommend a BDP-S550 to anyone! :)

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+Audioboxer

I just use my PS3 and I don't think I'll use anything else.

My parents are going to pickup their own Blu Ray player once they're a bit cheaper.

I can't watch anything unless it's in HD now :laugh: I love high definition movies.

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Wanderermy

LG Blu-Ray HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW GBC-H20L

Unfortunely I hav no Blu-Ray movie to play :(

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DaDude
I can't watch anything unless it's in HD now :laugh: I love high definition movies.

I have to agree with you there. In fact, I find myself watching movies I've never really cared for before. The extra detail in the picture and the life-like sound make the movies very enjoyable to watch.

And call me crazy, but I have an old 5.1 sound system that's not HDMI compatible and I can still hear a HUGE difference in sound compared to DVD. The sound on my system gets downconverted to Dolby Digital and DTS via the optical cable and it sounds excellent even though I don't get HD audio.

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Ambroos

Bleh, I don't even have a DVD Player (only one in my pc), let alone a HDTV. Would love one though. If anyone has one spare, you can always PM me for the shipping info!

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BoDEAN

None. I use WD TV and stream blu ray movies.

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Jim K

1) What model do you have?

Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD

2) What do you like about it?

DTS-HD MA over analog (so I do not have to update my receiver)

3) What don't you like about it?

Slight layer pause watching DVD. Slightly slow boot times.

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

Some of the older firmwares. But not with the latest 1.32 so far.

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

$700. Nope ... though I would buy it again.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

No, I think that about does it.

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njprice101

1) What model do you have?

Panasonic DMP-BD55

2) What do you like about it?

First Blu-Ray player. Can download firmware updates with LAN port. Has analog audio output so I can get HD sound with my existing surround system.

3) What don't you like about it?

Have no complaints. Maybe a tad slow upon booting but its faster than many others but not as fast as the PS3.

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

No issues.

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

$399. Would have liked to pay less but since I snagged as soon as it came out I expected to pay full retail but very happy with it.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

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DaDude
4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

-One minor pixelation when playing one movie. When I replayed the entire movie again, it played flawlessly. I played about 20 movies so far, most of which were watched multiple times and the problem only happened that one time. So, it seems like occasional pixelation can occur in this player. No freezing issues so far...knock on wood.

Ok, well this problem I had just recurred on that EXACT same spot on the EXACT same movie. So, this seems to be more like a compatibility issue than a bug. Let me explain the story.

The movie I was watching was ?The Grudge.? At first, I rented the disc and it pixilated once in the middle of the movie. I played the movie again and it played all the way through flawlessly. I returned the disc to Blockbuster Online. Then, I bought the movie on sale for $14.99 and watched the entire movie again. It still played flawlessly. Then yesterday, I watched it a fourth time and it pixilated at that EXACT same spot. So, I replayed the entire chapter again. No pixilation. Just to be sure, I replayed the scene again and still no problem.

At first, I thought it was probably a bug in the BD-P1600. But since this is the only movie that had the problem and it occurred at the exact same spot twice, it probably is a minor compatibility issue. It seems like, at certain times, the player has a problem reading that part of disc. Not sure why it only happens occasionally. Both times it happened, though, I left the disc in the player so I can resume watching it. Not sure if that?s what?s causing it, but I?ll try to do more testing and see if it is. It can?t be a defective disc since it happened on both my rental copy and the one I bought in the store. ?The Grudge? came out on BD in May 2009 and is a BD-Live disc, so it most likely is a slight compatibility issue since it?s a fairly new release.

I expect a firmware update to fix this little issue sometime in the future. There is one firmware update now, but I already did the update a few weeks ago. I'm not sure how this movie acts with the older firmware because I only played the movie after I did the upgrade. But it seems like another firmware upgrade is needed.

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Prince Charming

1) What model do you have?

The one built into my HP HDX 9399sx 'laptop'. The actual drive is an Optiarc BD ROM BC-5500A SATA

2) What do you like about it?

Well it's obviously an internet connected BD player! Looks great on the 1080p screen, has HDMI out, and yeah, does everything it pretty much should do

3) What don't you like about it?

hddvd4lyfe! Seriously though, no complaints :)

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

It's backed by a 2.8GHz C2E and an 8800mGTS, so no :)

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

An ungodly amount, but yes, very much so.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

HP ftw! sister's tiny little 13' laptop has a BD-ROM drive, parent's tiny little triple core phenom HP box has a BD-ROM...they have bluray in everything, it's great!

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apple jacks48
None. I use WD TV and stream blu ray movies.

Me too, except the streaming part. I consider it a Blu-ray player, so I will add my thoughts.

1) What model do you have?

WD TV HD

2) What do you like about it?

Plays every file I have including 1080p movies.

3) What don't you like about it?

Nothing, I can play any movie I have without getting off the couch.

4) Any issues, such as freezing, pixelation, etc?

DVD movies are pixelated on my 50" plasma. But that is expected with the lower resolution of a DVD.

5) How much did it cost you? Was it worth the money?

$85. Very much so.

6) Anything else you'd like to add about it?

No.

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