Blu-ray advice

Posted by · 3:15 pm · December 6th, 2008

I’m finally getting around to buying a Blu-ray player, but I’m not sure I want to go the Playstation 3 route.  I’m throwing it out to you guys.  Any thoughts on good players?  What’s working for you, what’s not, etc.




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  • 1 12-06-2008 at 3:22 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Kris I don’t own a blu-ray, but I have seen a few films on that format, and I have to say I wasn’t really impressed. The picture is breathtakingly clear and crisp, it’s just the way it projects colors is what I had an issue with. To me, everything seemed to bright and at times it seemed like even source lighting such as a street lamp or a light bulb drowned out nearly everything else.

    But that’s just me. I know a lot of people really like it, but I’m still perfectly content with my Sony DVD player.

  • 2 12-06-2008 at 3:22 pm

    William Goss said...

    I’ve had the Sony BDP-S350 for maybe a month. No problems so far, save for the occasional burned DVD screener just not playing.

  • 3 12-06-2008 at 3:34 pm

    Zach Baum said...

    PS3.

    it will be the greatest envestment you’ll make. it constantly update itself so it will never outdate and there are many fun games that you can use at parties. Look at Buzz: Quiz TV if you go PS3

  • 4 12-06-2008 at 3:41 pm

    Gareth said...

    Agree with Zach. When I was researching what to buy, any expert or retail employee didn’t even hesitate to say go the PS3 route. Even if the added bonus of having a game console means nothing to you, it’s best asset is the fact that it constantly updates itself so you constantly have the best of what is available on the market. Plus the quality of it’s picture can’t really be out done. Go PS3.

  • 5 12-06-2008 at 4:56 pm

    Bart Smith said...

    I opted for the Sony BDP-S350 about a month or two ago. I got it and a Sony DG820 receiver for under $500 from Amazon. In addition to the 1080p HD-TV, you’re also going to want a sound system that’s capable of doing TrueHD sound. Everybody talks about picture quality with Blu-Ray, but the sound is just as much of a step over DVD.

    But really, just make sure you get something that’s Profile 2.0 or that can be upgradable to that by firmware. This summer, the PS3 was the only affordable player that was capable of doing that, but today there are more affordable options.

  • 6 12-06-2008 at 5:12 pm

    Joel said...

    Definitely the PS3, my friend. Nothing else will do better.

  • 7 12-06-2008 at 5:18 pm

    Eric said...

    Hey Kris,

    I absolutely have to recommend taking a look at the Panasonic DMP-BD35K. As someone who’s also looking into getting a Blu-Ray player soon, I’ve been doing a lot of research/bargain hunting.

    The BD35 is the only standalone player to earn CNet’s Editor’s Choice award. You can read their review here: http://reviews.cnet.com/video-players-and-recorders/panasonic-dmp-bd35/4014-6463_7-33248632.html?tag=mncol;psum

    You should be able to find it for under $250 right now and if you were to buy from Amazon, they currently have a promotion where you buy a Blu-Ray player and four Warner Blu-Rays and get an instant $100 off. Panasonic has their own promotion, as well, that allows you to get The Nightmare Before Christmas and Ratatouille for free. That’s six discs and the player for under $250. Here’s the link to the Amazon deal:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&plgroup=1&docId=1000312251&plpage=1

    Good luck.

  • 8 12-06-2008 at 5:22 pm

    Joey Magidson said...

    The PS3 is the best value overall, in my opinion

  • 9 12-06-2008 at 7:21 pm

    Anthony said...

    PS3, from what I’ve been told (aka I did no actual research), is the “fastest” Blu-Ray player. Which I assume makes it the best.

    It also has a pretty cool online interface which allows you to download or rent films in HD.

    Definitely shop around though. I saw a Blu-Ray player for 180 on Black Friday.

  • 10 12-06-2008 at 8:25 pm

    Ryan said...

    I’m going to second what Eric said about the Panasonic models.

    Also, do you have a home theater receiver? And if so, does it have an HDMI input? That should impact your decision quite a bit.

  • 11 12-06-2008 at 8:47 pm

    Pdxfilmfan said...

    Kris-

    I have loved the Pioneer 05. However, it was a close decision with the PS3. I just am not into gaming And my other components were all Pioneer. Whatever you do, avoid Samsung. Their players are terribly buggy. I had nothing but problems with the first one I bought.

  • 12 12-06-2008 at 11:16 pm

    tom. said...

    I keep seeing articles that state that the ps3 is the best blu-ray player. My ps3 works fine for blu-ray, what’s the difference between a good and a bad blu-ray player anyway?

  • 13 12-06-2008 at 11:21 pm

    Jamieson said...

    PS3 man. No question.

  • 14 12-07-2008 at 3:10 am

    Ryan said...

    Tom, good Blu-Ray players are less problematic and can actually play all Blu-Ray discs. Some discs are encrypted with special features that throw off older players. Also, some players handle video processing better (in particular, more accurate colors and less jaggies and smearing during motion shots).

  • 15 12-07-2008 at 12:02 pm

    Zach Baum said...

    can we get a follow up on this

  • 16 12-07-2008 at 12:59 pm

    BBats said...

    ps3 is a good bet because the software downloads will always keep it up to date.