Hi everyone, recently purchased the Pana VT65, i bought a blu ray player at the same time, the Pioneer bDP 160, is this player man enough for the screen im not convinced.
any help would be appreciated
If you're watching predominantly blu rays, then yes it'll be fine. Even if you're watching lots of DVDs I'm sure it'll be fine too.
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This is what AV forums says in every blu ray player review:
"The digital nature of the content means that any Blu-ray player capable of outputting 1080p24 should be identical to any other when using the HDMI output."
Personally, I haven't found a difference between blu ray players at different price points.
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I mean 1080p/24 blu ray video performance.
I had the Pioneer 55 recently and the picture on that was as good as I have seen. I am getting the Marantz 7007 tomorrow which is highly regarded on here, so can comment on its performance then.
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Well as I thought my Pana BDP 55 is better than the Pioneer, I checked a few times between the 2. There was a noticeable difference, even my misus commented on it. gel it would be good if you could let me know about the Marantz.
Thanks for the response guys.
That is very strange! Both are budget players. Have you checked the settings? Something isn't right.
The Panasonic DMP DB55 was around £300 when i bought it over 4 years ago, when you compare the 2 players there is a clear difference in terms of build quality and finish. The Pioneer has a good picture but wasnt as good as the other. Although the load time is considerably slower on the Panasonic which drives me mad.
I think i'll save for a better player based on the screen i have as the Panasonic doesnt have 3D capability although this doesnt bother me to much.
The Marantz is very good. The picture has lots of detail and depth to it. Is it better than the Pioneer? Some would possibly argue yes, but I am not sure me, it looks very similar to the Pioneer. It is certainly good as Blu-ray players go though. The problem with my Pioneer 55 is that the operation was not very good, the Marantz don't seem to have that problem. I would say one to consider.
Gel dont mind my asking what sort of price have been qouted....
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The Panasonic DMP DB55 was around £300 when i bought it over 4 years ago.
Yes, blu ray players were expensive 4 years ago. I've got the Panasonic BD60 which replaced BD55. The latest replacement is BD75.
What's your budget?
I paid £611 for the Marantz 7007. It seems a lot to get perfect operation but I suppose that is the going rate. DVDs look very good.
Probably no more than £500
What's the rest of your system like? Have you got a home cinema system, or is the blu ray player being connected to the TV directly?
I've got a YSP2200 Soundbar, so everything is connected through that.
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