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    Blu-Ray players... what's good?

    Just giving my Samsung blu-ray player a last chance. Should be the last rites really. Massive bag of... well. Yes.

    Dead slow - menus are like treacle. All the "apps" are garbage. About as reliable asking a dog to guard a pack of bacon. DVDs look crap, and sometimes it seems unable to keep up at blu-ray data rate(!)

    Looking for some recommendation from those I trust (points at fellow 'geeks) - preferably something that will stream iplayer, lovefilm & blinkbox.

    Thinking LG's BP620 - but will it be as bad as this here samsung? Or do I go to the cellar and retrieve the Cambridge Audio dvd player I never could bring myself to bin*?


    * plz don't tell the wife

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    PS 3 - not sure about blinkbox but it does iplayer and love film and you can also play some games although you may already have a gaming machine pc for games

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    Maybe. Don't like Sony much though. And don't really play video games. But its a good point.

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    I would probably say buy a ps3 slim as well, it really depends how much other players come in at though.
    You can use various DLNA servers to stream/transcode from your pc too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    PS3
    Some people hate using the PS3 as a Blu-ray player. Not sure if Tom is one of those?

    Compared to a player, a PS3 is slow, noisy, a power hog, awkward/expensive to control and has an extremely limited number of streaming apps. (Source)
    A dedicated Blu-ray player will consume around 10 watts when playing a movie, whereas the PS3 will use anywhere between 71-178 watts depending upon which model you have.

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    As much as I hate to say it I'd probably agree as well, sony themselves have messed with the blueray 'standard' so much now that they have made the PS3 the only future proof player for the disks - I guess they had to sell them somehow. If you've gone blueray then you are already subject to sony's whims as a content owner so their subjugation is your only option short of buying a new one every year/revision.

    With the PS3 you have to be careful of hotplugging HDMI though as the software onboard is a bit trash meaning that a disconnect forces a restart to get picture back. This can be an issue with cheaper HDMI switchers if you happen to use them.

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    £129 - blu-ray vs £189 ps3. plus remote...

    Is the PS3 noisy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    £129 - blu-ray vs £189 ps3. plus remote...

    Is the PS3 noisy?
    Only if you put a disc in it :|

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    Just bought myself a Sony BDP-S490. Supposed to have been delivered today (thanks to Amazon Prime including Saturday delivery for free ), but unfortunately HDNL have once again proven themselves to be the worlds worst delivery service. From the reviews I've read it's got one of the better feature sets at this price point. Was tempted by the LG your looking at or the the Panasonic DMP-BDT220, but the Sony seemed to have the slightly better interface.

    Can let you know what it's like next week when it eventually turns up

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    I only let HDNL deliver to Smoothwall HQ, as they seem to know where that is(!) and there's usually someone around to answer the door so no saturday toys for me.

    Still conflicted with the PS3... would I really bother with any games? Are there any advantages to the PS3 or a dedicated player? Hmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    I only let HDNL deliver to Smoothwall HQ, as they seem to know where that is(!) and there's usually someone around to answer the door so no saturday toys for me.

    Still conflicted with the PS3... would I really bother with any games? Are there any advantages to the PS3 or a dedicated player? Hmm.
    The PS3 has a better upgrade path, online firmware upgrades etc. You don't need to bother with the games on the PS3 and the interface is very similar to the TV and basic blueray player. It will use more power and possibly be louder but it is the one device from the blueray launch that can still play all of the titles.
    Last edited by SYNACK; 9th June 2012 at 06:14 PM.

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    I'd say go for a Sony. The BDP-S370 in particular I'd say. It is an excellent price for what it does, including DLNA support. Plus, they get constant updates, adding new features etc...

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    Hey To. You know Cambridge Audio also make Blu-ay players as well? Not cheap, but certainly well specced and regarded (I have the 650BD).

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    Don't think the Cambridge Audio will have the iplayer/lovefilm supprt tho :-/

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    Ditto the Cambridge Audio 650BD. Fantastic piece of kit that also plays SACD and DVD Audio discs .... Very happy with mine ..

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