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    Default More Blu-Ray recommendations <$200

    I searched and didn't really come up with what I was looking for. Most of the stuff seemed to be for higher end players. I don't have an HDMI receiver or a 1080p projector at the moment so I am not looking for a top of the line really exspensive blu ray player. The DVD player in our bedroom went tits up. Figure what better time to get blu-ray and move my other dvd player to the bedroom.

    I am looking for something under $200 and will probably get it on Black Friday once I determine the model.

    The Sony 360 looks like it might be the best option in the price range unless someone else has a better suggestion? I noticed Sharp makes a pretty cheap one. Has one seen this one in action before?

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    Panasonic BD60 - not only is it a great, full-featured Bluray, it sports one of the BEST up-converters for pushing SD DVD's to 1080p.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDP-N460-...8661646&sr=8-1

    I'm on the fence about buying that one to replace blu-ray duties for my PS3. Netflix enabled. No built-in wireless though.

    just over 200 now, but hopefully a good deal will come up soon.

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    On BF you will be able to pick up some good BR player deals at beast buy.
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    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+Blu...&ref=39&loc=01

    Best Buy has the LGBD370 for $130 today

    or
    http://www.amazon.com/LG-Network-Blu...8663568&sr=1-1

    $148.38 shipped/tax free at Amazon PLUS 3 Blu-rays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66chevyIISS View Post
    I am looking for something under $200 and will probably get it on Black Friday once I determine the model.
    Are you planning to upgrade your receiver to HDMI anytime soon? If your current receiver is something you would like to keep, and would like to get the latest HD audio codecs, spend a little more money for a BD player with analog outs.

    A used PS3 could also be a good choice if you don't yet have any media center clients. I use mine for streaming video, pictures and music from my media server than I use it for BD or gaming.

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far. I will check them out. I saw the LG's but was a little hesitant with those. Do they make a good dvd player?

    Sami, thanks for reminiding me about that!! I would definitely prefer to go that route as I don't see myself ugprading anytime soon, but would still like to get the most sound out of it.

    A quick search shows a few models with this feature. I might be able to find one of these in my price range on Black Friday. Anyone know much about these models?

    Panasonic DMP-BD80K
    Samsung BD-P3600
    Pioneer BDP-320

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    Alright I had narrowed it down between Panasonic DMP-BD80 and the Pioneer BDP-320. Pioneer is $219 and the Panasonic is $181! From the reviews I can find they seem to be pretty evenly matched so the cheaper one appears to be the winner.

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    Do you use Netflix? Some of the Bluray players are set up to stream movies directly from the web to your TV, LG is one of those and also the LGs were rated pretty highly on several review sites. The BD390 model is listed as one of the best and can be had for approx $280.:)

    http://reviews.cnet.com/blu-ray-play...in;contentBody

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    I work for a partial Netflix competitor (not Blockbuster) so I won't be using it anytime soon when I get free rentals already :D

    Thanks for the suggestion though I did see that LG and Samsung offered Netflix and Pandora.
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    Newegg sale starts 3pm Pacific and has:

    $199.99 - SAMSUNG Blu-ray Disk Player BD-P3600 - Free Shipping

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    It's totally unscientific, but I had a Samsung BDP-1600 for 5 months before I got the "LOADING" error - player fails to boot, stays on splash screen. I don't know how common it is, but there are a lot of complainers at AVS and elsewhere. The $80 something they quoted me for labor made me pretty mad so I just sold it for parts and snagged a Panny DMP-BD60.

    The Panny has better PQ on BD and DVD but is a lot slower than the Samsung. OTOH, my experience with Panasonic stuff leads me to believe it will outlive me so that's a plus.

    I also snagged one of the inexpensive LG BD270's from the pre-BF sale at Amazon for $99- 10 for using Discover + a free subscription to Wired... kind of hard to beat. Newegg still has it for under $100 and it definitely suits the bedroom player role perfectly.

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    Amazon and Dell are selling the Sony 360 for $109. To me that's a steal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shepx2 View Post
    Amazon and Dell are selling the Sony 360 for $109. To me that's a steal.
    +1, LINK and that's tax free and shipped. Might have to pay tax from Dell.

    Also if you buy from Amazon and pay with a Discover card you get an additional instant $10 off, so net $99

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    If you don't need the multi-channel out the Panasonic DMP-BD60 is supposed to surpass the Sony for $124.99 w/ a free copy of UP, which if you were going to buy is $20 so its like getting the player for $105. W/ the discover deal its $5 less then the Sony.

    I just placed my order for one for my lady friend, along with a Panasonic TC-P42S1 over at sears for $615 after 5% FW cash back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shepx2 View Post
    Amazon and Dell are selling the Sony 360 for $109. To me that's a steal.
    Yep, too bad no multichannel analogs. I'm waiting for one of those to hit $100 before I get a standalone player. I have 2 PS3's and one PC with BD player so I'm in no rush.

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    Of the various players mentioned so far, does anyone know which ones win out in terms of fastest load times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sami View Post
    Yep, too bad no multichannel analogs. I'm waiting for one of those to hit $100 before I get a standalone player. I have 2 PS3's and one PC with BD player so I'm in no rush.
    I'm a moron, I looked at the wrong player and thought this had analog outs This is still a good deal tho.

    That being said, I have an old Onkyo receiver that does not have the newer DD/DTS HD decoding. I have no intention of replacing it anytime soon. Should I get one with analog output or just let this 360 down-convert to the older DD/DTS that my receiver can handle?

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    DTS core is very good, there isn't much audible difference between it and full HD. It's a movie anyways, not music so you will be fine with that player.

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    In case you opt for no analog outs, there's also HD-DVD, I mean BD player from Toshiba for $99 shipped. I don't know how good it is, I will let you do your own research on it if you wish to include it in your consideration.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E1A-_-82116140

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sami View Post
    In case you opt for no analog outs, there's also HD-DVD, I mean BD player from Toshiba for $99 shipped. I don't know how good it is, I will let you do your own research on it if you wish to include it in your consideration.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E1A-_-82116140
    I'm not familiar with that model either...but Toshiba is one of the largest manufacturers of CD and DVD drives in the world...so they should at least produce a fairly reliable drive unit...no?

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