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How do I find the Blu ray player that's right for me?

by mhanc911 / September 20, 2008 3:12 AM PDT

I want to purchase a blu ray player to connect to a projector. I do not have an HDTV so I was wondering which blu ray player would be best for me. Should I buy a player for my desktop computer since they are cheaper? Will I need to consider factors such as resolution and connectivity since I am going to be using the player with a projector. I don't know that much about blu ray players at all so any advice is welcome.


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If there's no hi-def. display, then...
by ahtoi / September 20, 2008 3:20 AM PDT

there's no advantage of having a BD player. Save your money for now. Price will drop some more later.

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by Timx010 / September 20, 2008 6:04 AM PDT

just fyi, i have a sony s300 bluray. Very nice although the only complaint is that it take a while to turn on, and load up. I guess it take all that time to prep the data. It is most definately night and day compared to regular DVD. You can wait for prices to fall and maybe have better technology and better response time. But I bought my for $250 refub from sony a year ago, and paid $40 for the warrenty program. at the time it was 500-600 for bluray. I have seen the s300 at target forsale for $300. hope this is useful info.

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its down to $200 brand new
by jostenmeat / September 20, 2008 6:12 AM PDT
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However, the new Insignia for $230 is the better player, as I have been informed from someone knowledgable about these things.

The BDP-S300 doesn't bitstream high res audio, doesn't decode DTS-HD MA or Dolby TrueHD, doesn't do profile 1.1 or 2.0 (now becoming a reality thanks to Paramount). It does have multichannel anlog outs for those remaining PCM, DD (Thanks, Warner!), DD+, DTS and DTS-HR HR discs. The upscaling reportedly isn't that great, either. The BDP-S300 is really a 1st generation BDP-S1 dumbed down. In fairness the BDP-S300 was one of the first low cost (sub $500) Blu-Ray standalones. However, it's time has come and gone. This thing along with every other profile 1.0 player should be no more than $100.

However, you probably did well considering when you bought the unit. Cheers.
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