Premium Blu-ray with the best streaming features
Hi - I'm contemplating an upgrade to my Sony BDP-570 Blu-ray player. I want to go for a premium model to achieve better DVD upscaling, and (most importantly) decent media streaming capabilities. If I get better picture and sound quality as well then so much the better!
Budget is £800 (I'm certainly don't want to spend all of that if I don't have to).
Whilst on paper the Sony has some pretty decent media streaming features, in practice it has made an enemy of me through being infuriatingly unreliable. For instance if I want to stream photos to display on the TV it will work fine for a few and then randomly start diaplaying a distorted picture which is partially/mostly obscured by multi-coloured jagged diagonal lines and i have to toggle back and forth between images to get it displaying the correctly again (they're just jpegs for crying out loud!). Also whilst it will play back MKV video files (great!) it refuses to play them if they have a DTS soundtrack, which most of mine do.
I can plug my Mac-book in and use Plex media player, but that's a faff and I'd rather not have to do that, and the fact that it involves plugging and unplugging things means that the Mrs isn't likely to try streaming a media file without me around.
So what i'm after is something reliable, well engineered, with a great interface, wide format compatibility and of course great picture and sound quality. Does such a machine exist or am I a couple of years too early and with unrealistic expectations having gotton used to using Plex? I should also mention that it needs to be able to decode the HD audio codecs as my AV amp, whilst HDMI equipped, can only handle hi-res audio in LPCM format (I'm sure it goes without saying that players in this class would do this, but better to be safe than sorry).