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I have a Pioneer PDP4280XD plasma, and will shortly be adding a 5.1 home cinema system consisting of Yamaha amp and Cambridge Audio Minx speakers. My current bluray player is the Panasonic DMP BD30, 5* rated at the time of release but now several years old. My question is whether upgrading the Bluray player to a newer version (say the Panasonic DMP BDT220, last year's award winner) will be a significant improvement, either in terms of picture or sound?

Any tips gratefully received. Thanks.

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RE: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

My personal experience suggests that while you will notice a significant upgrade in loading times, picture improvement is debatable. I have not noticed improvements on blu ray picture quality. DVD upscaling may be improved. Demo before you purchase.

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RE: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

If your Yamaha is decoding audio, changing blu ray player won't make a difference to sound.

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RE: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

+1

Unless there is a real need or you plan to move up to reference level, then don't.

 

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RE: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

Thanks both for your input. To my eyes, picture quality from my current player looks very good anyway, and I had overlooked the fact that it is the AV receiver that will decode the sound so the player is irrelevant to audio quality. I will therefore stick with what I have, until the player gives up the ghost!

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RE: To upgrade or not to upgrade?

thats a big inprovement over what you have.i had the a bd60 and then got the 110 and loved itcheer

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