Hi guys I'm after a blue ray/3d player, what's the best make to go for for picture quality?
What is your current kit made up of and what budget do you have.
AV System - Panasonic 42VT30 ¦ MA Apex 5.1- 4xA10 1xA40+ AW-12 Sub ¦ Van Damme UP LCOFC Speaker Cable ¦ Pioneer SC-LX85 ¦ OPPO 95 ¦ Mark Grant G1500HD Precision audio cable ¦ Sky+ HD(1TB) ¦ Chord Active HDMI ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Belkin PF50 mains conditioner.
Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
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samsung ue46d7000, monitor audio rx6av12 and yamaha rx-a2010...
everyone and reviews saying panasonic for picture and sound... is that true?
Marantz UD7006, OPPO 93 / 95 or the Denon 2012.
What HiFi reviews here.
Are you going to use it for DVDs as well? Is CD music playback important for you?
Panasonic 210 will suit your needs well. It's simply brilliant for a great price. DVD upscaling is also good. 310 will not offer anything extra as the 2nd HDMI is no use for you.
I wouldn't worry about sonic qualities of your player unless you're after superior CD music playback (if that is the case, look at Oppo 95 / Cambridge audio 751 / Marantz 7006). Your blu ray player can bitstream audio for your brilliant Yamaha to decode.
If you want a universal player for SACD, DVD-A playback etc. then your options are between Oppo 93 / 95, Denon 1611 / 2012, Marantz 7006 & Cambridge Audio 651 / 751. Sony players offer SACD playback as well.
Oppo, Denon & Marantz are amongst the best for DVD upscaling.
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Most of the popular brands all thend to fairly good. All depends on what you're willing to spend. Just stay away from Denon - complete and utter rubbish!!!!!!
I have the Panasonic 210 and it has performed flawlessly with Blu-ray in 3D/HD and DVDs. I haven't put any music through it yet.
I would strongly recommend this product.
Just stay away from Denon - complete and utter rubbish!!!!!!
Can you elaborate?
I would like to know as well where you are coming from.
It's gona be strictly for DVD/blue ray... No music...
I have not yet come across a decent Denon Blu-ray machine that has not been bettered by a much cheaper rival. I find the Denon's to have slower loading times, poorer standard definition playback, and not very good with audio at all.
I actually used to own Denon 2500BT transport, besides the fact it was riddled with faults - I got annoyed with the super-slow loading times and jittery imaging, so I sold it for a much cheaper Panasonic, the Panasonic had better picture, better audio and was faster at playing. I have since tried other Denon machines and have never found one satisfactory.
I have not experienced any of the issues you state above, yes the 2500BT is slower than alot of the newer devices at loading a disc, but it is not a fault.
I used to have a Panasonic prior to the Denon and found a huge difference in SQ and PQ with the Denon. I had a small glitch with the sound stopping shortly after installing the Denon which did not happen with the Panasonic, but this turned out to be a glitch with the amp.
Does the Panasonic get through the film quicker "was faster at playing"
It plays it at a better rate, with no glitchy jittering...
To be honest, this is the first time I've seen anyone slating Denon. Yes, the 2500BT was painfully slow for some but the 2012 is reasonably fast. Denon's recent AV receivers haven't been class leading, but its blu ray players are.
michael hoy has already given the class leaders as a reply which is spot on! i have never heard of denon being jittery, slow yes (older models), but for SQ & PQ the DENON,MARANTZ and OPPO players are clearly the answer to the op's question, i guess its all down to budget and tastes, i would recommend you venture out and demo the recommended players and see for yourself, also demo some of the cheaper players, side by side if possible, the differences in build quality,sound quality and picture quality will become more obvious to you this way.
If you do have a jittery picture it might not be the BR player at fault, i had a similar problem years ago and it turned out to be a faulty HDMI cable, also incorrect TV settings will affect the PQ.
Samsung 40" LCD -> Pioneer BDP-LX70A Blu-Ray -> Cambridge Azur 640C V2 (Transport) -> Rega Dac -> Rega Brio-R -> Kef R100 -> Partington Super Dreadnoughts -> Chord Epic -> Chord Cobraplus vee-> Chord Prodac x2 -> Logitech Harmony One
Ok so which model numbers do I need to consider for the Panasonic, Denon, Marantz and Oppo as I'm only using it mainly for DVD/Blue Ray...?
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