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Blu-ray Players - What should I be looking for?

Im starting to look around at Blu-ray players and they range from $200 - $400 .. What are the differentiating features between blu-ray players? What features should I make sure my future blu-ray player has, and why.


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If you have an older reciver, look for 7.1 analogs outs & internal decodeing... like the Sony 350 (5.1 analogs), Sony 550 (7.1 analogs), Samsung bd-p2500 (7.1), Panasonic DMP-BD55 (7.1), Sharp BD-HP50 (5.1).

If you have lots of dvd's... dvd playback... The Samsung bd-p2500 is the best, then the Sony's, Panasonic models have had bad reviews on dvd playback.

Ethernet.. yes

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scratch the Sony 350...

it has 2.0 analog outs... some reason I keep thinking it has 5.1 outs

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The best PQ in that budget

will be Panasonic models. I can't think of what you will be missing with the BD-55 at the upper end of your budget.

Its true that Uniphier in Pannys have been reviewed poorly for SD playback, but OTOH I have read that FW updates have greatly improved this (as has happened likewise with the PS3 a while ago).

In a recent 6 player shootout between sammy 1500, sony 350, sony ps3, a couple of pioneers, and the panny bd-50, it was only the panasonic to pass all HQV tests.

The ps3 is the best value for many because of the media center + gaming console.

the Panasonics are the best bd players for PQ in their class.

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