Sony BDP-S790 or Panasonic DMP-BDT230?
My partner bought me a Sony BDP-S5100 as a birthday present. Unfortunately we've discovered that this model doesn't have a Optical Digital Out, which would be used to feed audio into my rather old AV amp (which is also my old DVD player). And although the blu-ray player has a Coaxial Digital Out, the amp does not. I don't want to have to buy a new AV amp, not yet anyway, so I've looked at the options and it appears to come down to either the Sony BDP-S790 or Panasonic DMP-BDT230, both of which have a Digital Optical Out? (Luckily she bought it at John Lewis and asked the guy what the main differences were and explained that we had some older technology, he forgot to mention the outputs so they are happy for us to switch to another player.)
My kit: AV amp (and DVD player combo) is (as I said an old) Sony DAV-S550. The TV / screen is a plasma Panasonic TH-37PX80B. I also have a YouView (1TB) box. Nintendo Wii.
I'm aware that the Sony BDP-S790 has features that I am not going to be using for a good while, for example the 4K HD. It could also be argued that I don't really need the catch-up services provided by the Sony player as I have the YouView box (which I have to say I'm quite happy with). So are there any features on the Sony that I would really benefit from.
So, the big question is based on my kit (listed above), which of those two blu-ray players is going to give me the best and noticeable results? Is the Sony going to be worth the extra £50 (or so).
Should it make a difference, with regard to future proofing, the most likely purchase over everything else will be to replace my existing AV / surround sound system with a sound bar, however this is a) a way off yet and b) selecting one will be a challenge due to the shape of our living room. (If you can imagine this, it's long and narrow, 10m x 4m and our TV is situated half way along the long wall and our sofa is on the opposite wall, slightly towards one end of the room - we can't put it directly in line with the TV, so bouncing the sound around to get he effect is going to be a bit of a challenge and I don't know how a sound bar would cope with that room arrangement - but as I say it's all a good while yet.)