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mobeious
02-07-2009, 09:23 AM
well im getting into hometheater and just got a 50" plasma now i need a blue ray player.. i have a budget of under 300 bucks whats the best out? also people are telling me HDMI cables are the same so dont spend 80 bucks on the monster brand stuff? true?

lilmaniac2
02-07-2009, 09:29 AM
Digital signal is digital signal, spend the money up front on a better player, and later on if you feel fanciful you can try the expensive cables, but i have yet to see a difference. Unless something has came out in the last couple weeks, the PS3 was still the best BR player on the market.

mobeious
02-07-2009, 09:56 AM
ehhh PS3 = $400 and i have xbox360 dont really like any games for PS3 i was thinkin the panasonic 35k blue ray ... cnet rates it very good and its 299 at bb

Maddogg7888
02-07-2009, 09:57 AM
honestly if ur gonna spend 300 for blueray player u might as well spend another 100 and get a sweet video game setup as well...

mobeious
02-07-2009, 09:58 AM
does the PS3 use HDMI ?

Maddogg7888
02-07-2009, 09:59 AM
yup

lilmaniac2
02-07-2009, 10:00 AM
ehhh PS3 = $400 and i have xbox360 dont really like any games for PS3 i was thinkin the panasonic 35k blue ray ... cnet rates it very good and its 299 at bb

How does the panny update? Does it have built in wireless card? is it a true 2.0 player so you can view the web enabled content that is becoming standard on BR discs?

I researched and researched, and couldnt find anything to beat the ps3

Ps3 has HDMI out as well as component video out as well

fasfocus00
02-07-2009, 10:02 AM
the PS3 is the best blue ray player availible under $1k. if $400 is out of your budget, wait a little longer till you can get the extra money. or get a used one one here for around that.

Maddogg7888
02-07-2009, 10:02 AM
you dont even have to look at it as a ps3, its basically a computer that plays games and blueray, u really cant beat the value for all the things you get

mobeious
02-07-2009, 10:04 AM
**** why did i ask this on this forum? lol i was set to just buy a simple blue ray player now u guys have me thinkin about a PS3

lilmaniac2
02-07-2009, 10:04 AM
you dont even have to look at it as a ps3, its basically a computer that plays games and blueray, u really cant beat the value for all the things you get

truth and if using the controller as a remote bothers you, CC has the br remotes for $10 lol

Maddogg7888
02-07-2009, 10:10 AM
truth and if using the controller as a remote bothers you, CC has the br remotes for $10 lol

**** really? im gonna stop there after work, thanks man

mobeious
02-07-2009, 10:59 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIS4kVqxgb8

thats the one i was thinkin of getting

lilmaniac2
02-07-2009, 11:01 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIS4kVqxgb8

thats the one i was thinkin of getting

looks like it has a LAN only connection, which means no 2.0 content or updates unless you run a wire to the unit from your router

mobeious
02-07-2009, 11:09 AM
so what do i need to look for in a blue ray player... sorry im a blue ray noob

lilmaniac2
02-07-2009, 11:10 AM
so what do i need to look for in a blue ray player... sorry im a blue ray noob

hdmi out, wireless card built in, reliable, frequent updates

mobeious
02-07-2009, 11:45 AM
ok so why do i need wireless?

lilmaniac2
02-07-2009, 11:46 AM
ok so why do i need wireless?

YOu dont need it, but for web enabled content and for updates your gonna have to run a wire from your router to your player

there are LOTS of firmware updates to play BR discs, and they come out quite frequently.

mobeious
02-07-2009, 11:51 AM
ok so ..... i really dont care about the web content on the movies .. i just want to watch the **** movie .. lol so i would have to unplug the player from the living room and take it to the computer room to plug it in to the ethernet cable to update? ...

Brian_smith06
02-07-2009, 11:52 AM
a family member of mine recently purchased the sony 550 or the 500, whichever is the newest and it is pretty BA. It has upconvert for dvd's and is an all around good unit. However it is a bit out the price range you want to spend. i vote for the ps3 though. if i can ever afford to get a new tv thats what i plan to do

lilmaniac2
02-07-2009, 11:55 AM
ok so ..... i really dont care about the web content on the movies .. i just want to watch the **** movie .. lol so i would have to unplug the player from the living room and take it to the computer room to plug it in to the ethernet cable to update? ...

you have to have it connected to a TV and ethernet to do updates.

if you dont care about the extras, why not just go with a Standard Def dvd.... a cheap BR player is about like buying a base model mercedes.... sure it looks cool on the outside, but its missing all the parts that matter

mobeious
02-07-2009, 12:06 PM
i understand the updates are needed but how does it work if u dont have a router? but it seems the only thing the panasonic doesnt have is the wireless deal other then that same thing as PS3

hayden
02-07-2009, 05:46 PM
No brainer - new or used PS3

JP

tcguy85
02-07-2009, 06:49 PM
ps3 as a blu-ray player. i wanted a blu-ray player and a the same time was kinda thinking i may like to give video gaming another try and i love it. save another hundred and do it.

and on the 27th get the best (console) 1st person shooter ever..... Killzone 2!

GAM3OVR
02-07-2009, 06:53 PM
PS3 > Regular Blue Ray Players

juniorab
02-08-2009, 03:25 AM
My good friend works with some of the best hifi equipment in the world. He put the ps3 up against many of the $1000 blu-ray players by using a specific DVD designed to test how much of a strain is put upon players by different work loads. The ps3 passed them all quite easily. The high end blu-rays players all failed at least one of the tests performed on them. He has a $150,000 sound system in his home and uses a ps3 as his bluray player. He actually has three of them, one on each of his systems, and doesn't even play games.

kotec123
02-08-2009, 03:28 AM
definitally ps3....by far....especially wt killzone 2

--Navi--
02-08-2009, 04:39 AM
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02-08-2009, 04:45 AM
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bamaboy
02-08-2009, 01:47 PM
as said before spend the bit extra on a PS3

plays games
plays blu-rays
built in wireless so you dont have to worry about hooking up cord to it
Built in internet browser, you can watch hulu/youtube from the PS3
Stream audio form your PC to stereo
stream video

best choice imo, after i got my PS3 i dont even play my 360 anymore

mobeious
02-08-2009, 02:03 PM
does it matter if its the 40gig or 80gig

gymfreak101
02-08-2009, 02:11 PM
PS3 wireless firmware updates, not to mention internet browsing for Hulu and also install tversity on it and you can stream everything to you computer wirelessly. So you can listen to all your music from your computer over you home theatre set up.

hornedfrog1985
02-08-2009, 02:14 PM
Hey, they have some ps3 coupons on fatwallet.com all the time. One just expired at dell, and it was like 320 bucks for a new ps3 80gb. I plan on waiting for the price drop in April myself.

mobeious
02-08-2009, 02:14 PM
huh

brynm
02-08-2009, 02:23 PM
Definately stay away from Sharp, we bought one just after xmas and it wouldn't play movies that had been released in November, they just put out an update on it the other day though. Hopefully that works.

For updates, on ours we just put the update on a usb flash drive and plug that into the back of the player.

kpozr2
02-08-2009, 06:59 PM
Blu-Ray > Blue-Ray

pioneer, sony, samsung2500, or ps3

tcguy85
02-08-2009, 10:36 PM
definitally ps3....by far....especially wt killzone 2

this guy knows what i'm talking about!!!!! :D:D:D:D

add me on PSN and we'll play it when it comes out. jasonb1985 is my psn id.

Hostile89
02-09-2009, 05:55 PM
I own Sony's BDP-S350 and I have no complaints. It works pretty well.

billjones42
02-09-2009, 06:05 PM
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4375462&Sku=S223-1249

96MaxGLE
02-09-2009, 07:04 PM
I got the samsung from the link above...the price has gone down a $100 since xmas. I have no complaints w/ the player, and the upconversion is pretty good (really have nothing to compare it to). I actually have it hooked up to my home network...along with my 360 and multiple PCs...so updates are no problem. I thought about getting a PS3, but already have a Wii and 360...

hornedfrog1985
02-13-2009, 05:01 PM
Best buy has buy a ps3, get a $50.00 gift cert, and then if you apply for a sony card and you purchase a ps3 with it you get $100.00 credited to your sony card account. That would be less than 300$. Plus that is no interest for a year... Sounds like a good deal to me?