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#330281 - 12/03/10 05:48 PM advice on buying a blu ray player
VikingShips Offline
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Loc: southern CA
I got a Toshiba BDX2000 new on eBay at a good price a while back, but I'm thinking of getting a newer, faster-loading model some time soon. It's a great little player, but very slow to load (well over a minute on most blu ray disks, but dvds are very quick). It converts dvds to HD very nicely, and has played every blu ray disk I've tried, even though it is one of Toshiba's first offerings.

I tried to search for blu ray players on the forum, but found only incidental mentions. Have you guys ever hashed out what players are faster loading / best features / least probems / best price? Where would I look?

Thanks for any advice you've got.
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#330287 - 12/03/10 07:40 PM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: VikingShips]
mpyw Offline

Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 287
Loc: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Try Sony S470

#330289 - 12/03/10 07:43 PM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: VikingShips]
bdpf Offline

Registered: 06/28/08
Posts: 769
Loc: Toronto, Canada
When I purchased mine a couple of years ago, Panasonic had a bit of an edge, I think lately it has been Samsung. Most brands should perform fairly well. Even thought I don't have one, the PS3 is still considered a top blu ray player by most (over 3 years later!) and is a plus if you or someone does gaming. If you have the funds, I would look at Oppo as the people that have them rave about them. I still have yet to try one. Good luck.
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#330294 - 12/03/10 08:12 PM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: bdpf]
Hansang Offline

Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 602
Loc: New York
The fastest (best?) loading blu-ray players are Oppo and PS3. You can't really go wrong with either one.
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#330296 - 12/03/10 08:41 PM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: Hansang]
Philippe Offline

Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 282
I had a Panasonic DMP-BD35 and the loading time was indeed very long. Now i have the bew BD65 and it's day and night. So i guess all new BD player will go faster vs your Toshiba.

Edited by Philippe (12/03/10 08:42 PM)
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#330319 - 12/04/10 01:23 AM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: Philippe]
jakewash Offline
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I have found turning off BR LIVE speeds up load times immensely.


#330320 - 12/04/10 01:27 AM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: jakewash]
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I keep meaning to turn it off but so far haven't remembered. Yeah, I don't use BD-Live at all, at least not so far.

#330330 - 12/04/10 08:46 AM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: CV]
Worfzara Offline

Registered: 07/25/05
Posts: 734
Loc: London area, Ont, Canada
Some players have USB ports that will play AVI and MKV files. This is kind of like getting a BluRay player and a media player in one box. I was looking at the LG at BB that had this and was on sale for $129.99 CAD. I know Samsung has one out too for a little more.

Don't know if you will see or hear a difference between players at this price range.

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#330333 - 12/04/10 12:13 PM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: Worfzara]
rubbertoe Offline

Registered: 10/07/10
Posts: 8
I have one of the LG players (BD560C, if memory serves) and I've found that it's somewhat hyper-sensitive to even light scratches on DVDs (BRDs seem to be ok). It may be that I have a defective product but after speaking to LG, they have told me that my warranty is a one year, over-the-counter swap at the retailer. Pretty sweet (especially since BB tends to ignore your warranty problems if you don't buy one of their extended warranty plans).
I love the MKV playback - great way to test drive HD vid before deciding if it's worth the purchase (note: you need a NTFS formatted drive b/c MKVs are usually larger than 4GB, which is the cap for file size transfer on FAT32 and drives formatted for Macs are not compatible).

#330336 - 12/04/10 01:46 PM Re: advice on buying a blu ray player [Re: rubbertoe]
a401classic Offline

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 1328
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I've got a Panny BD60 and it loads by the time I'm done popping the pop corn. I just got a BD65 for my dad (for less than the 60) and it loads by the time he gets back to his seat (he doesn't move as fast as I do).

So the 65 is faster than the 60, but I've never put a stopwatch on either.


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