Best Blu-ray Players of 2014

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    1. Steve Withers

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      Good write up. I have a huge sense of upgraditus but am struggling to justify stepping up from my Panasonic DMP220 on the basis on the basis the audio and video are the same regardless of machine (for blu ray). I currently have a mede8er for file playback, a lumagen for video processing, and a PS4 inbound for crimbo for smart features if I want them, so can't cons up with a good reason! Dammit!
       
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      Finding it hard to justify upgrading my player also. Even though I'm on a BDT110 there is no difference in picture to warrant spending another £100.

      Another thing I don't get is when people talk about build quality. It sits under the TV and doesn't move the whole year so who cares if it's made out of sticky back plastic or titanium?
       
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      I purchased a Sony S5200 from the US for Region A discs, should be able to fire it up tonight assuming my voltage converter arrived, looking forward to see how it compares to my LG BP620.
       
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      Any plans to review Arcam's new UDP411?
       
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      So if all blu ray players have the same picture quality, do the all sound the same through HDMI too?? - so effectively your just paying for the extra bells and whistles instead of picture quality and sound quality?? (I'm sort of new to this.. go easy on me :) )
       
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      They are all basically the same from what I'm reading @Sanjazzy. Analogue could be improved through upgraded tech but a digital picture/sound is either on or off. It's the same argument for the expensive HDMI cables.

      I'm sure there are people who would disagree but I'm not enough of an audio/videophile to tell the difference between a £50 Panasonic picture and a £600 Oppo.
       
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      Essentially yes through HDMI, higher end players have a nicer build quality & the Analogue out for sound can allegedly be better but you really need high end kit to notice the benefit & the only other comment is that they are quiet in use, although I can honestly say I have never heard a BD player which has been a problem.
       
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      My BDP-S350 is still great although it is getting picky with a few Blu-rays so maybe the laser is tired. Anyway, I wondered why the BDP 7200 was not in the list as this is what I might plumb for, funds allowing...
       
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      Opposite for me - I want to upgrade my player but want it to be well built - build quality is everything. Features aren't important - just decent bluray playback. Having real difficulty finding such a player.

      Players of 2014 doesn't fill me with confidence. All look horrendous, except the Oppo. Closest I can find is the Pioneer 170, which at least attempts to not be made of bin plastic.
       
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      I guess I won't be upgrading my Blu-ray player for quite a while. Actually it's not just a player - it's a Blu-ray recorder, and I've got two of them, both Panasonic: the 500GB DMR-BW880 and the 1 TB DMR-BW720.

      They are both great for recording broadcasts onto their hard disc and then copying to a recordable Blu-ray disc. Playback of both commercial Blu-ray and my recorded Blu-ray discs is absolutely great, and I would recommend the genre to everyone (the current model in the shops is Panasonic's DMR-BW735). I also copy footage from my HD camcorder's SDHC card onto the hard drive and then archive to Blu-ray disc - I am still amazed at the quality of picture and sound, even in the lowest recording mode (HM), where I can get about 17 hours of high-def video on one 25GB disc !
       
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      "Another thing I don't get is when people talk about build quality. It sits under the TV and doesn't move the whole year so who cares if it's made out of sticky black plastic or titanium?"

      Then think of it more as reliabilty. If something is built well using top quality components and state-of-art construction techniques (if you've ever seen a badly soldered printed circuit board you will know what I mean), then you should expect it to be still working after many years.

      I agree with what's been said about HDMI digital cables. There is so much nonsense talked about the benefits of expensive digital cables it makes me laugh. I'm using Amazon "basic" cables atm and they work just fine thank you.
       
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      Hmm, I use my PS3 for Blu-ray playback at the moment and the main down-side is that it's a bit of a faff to get from power-on to playing a disc, partly because it takes a while to start up and partly because it's a PS3, so it starts up to the XMB menu because Blu-ray isn't the only thing it can do.

      So I'd be spending a nundred quid or so just for a bit more simplicity and (hopefully) faster start-up. Has anyone here switched from a PS3 to a dedicated player? Is it worth it?
       
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      It's Oppo for me...I know that the performance difference is practically nil between the Oppo and even some fairly entry level players, but build quality is huge for me. I have a lot invested in my system, and having a cheap plastic disposable box as my main source for both music and movies in my audio kit would drive me nuts!
       
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      Yes and IMO, yes. Upgraded to an oppo and not regretted it since.

      I had a slim ps3 and could not fault it for what it can do. It's a very good all rounder and it's minute by minute scene search is second to none.
      However, it's noisy, the controllers are better to use for blu rays/streaming than the dedicated remote that you can buy separately but knock the toggle stick accidentally and it always skipped the film. Very annoying that was. Not much in the way of audio output options and though it supports a lot of formats, it did not like the mkv's i had, though it was possible to get around that and it's usb was fussy at what it saw. Maybe an update has already rectified that and able to play mkv now.

      No such issues with the oppo. Plays all that I have, usb or streamed, It's quiet, a display which is handy if playing cd s and more audio output options. And if like me who does not have an avr but using the analogue outputs to connect to a stereo amp, it has settings to set the crossover point.
      I realise this is not a standard feature on most bdp's but this is what you get as well as superior build quality when you spend that bit extra.
       
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      Im a little surprised the 170 didn't make it onto the list. I paid the princely sum of 110 for mine and you get a lot of player for that, as long as you aren't interested in streaming services.
       
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      I have been waiting for a decent well built blu-ray player to replace my ageing pioneer BDP-LX70a but the only one which seems plausible is the oppo, everything else just looks like cheap tat and not worthy of upgrading.

      if picture/sound quality isn't going to be any better then i will keep my pioneer, its never skipped a beat and beautifully built.
       
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      I'd be very interested in your thoughts on the 170. Probably not strictly on thread, but would really help me decide. I have a Mac Mini (running Plex) for streaming services so not interested in that side of things - just a decent, well build player that can also play region-free DVD's.
       
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      A bargain at its price, though mine is not region free. The 170 discussed here:

      New 2/ 3D BluRay player suggestions please. Any thoughts on Pioneer, Yamaha & the like? | AVForums
       
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      I was looking at the oppo 103d and the panny 700 , just could not justify the price difference, ended up with the sony 7200 even got it multi region, 2blu 3d films and a hdmi lead thrown in for £212 delivered
       
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      That's a bargain. From where did you buy please?
       
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      Amazon one of there sellers,I forget the sellers name but just checked and there still selling on there with the same deal you may pay £10 more but still a deal
       
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      Can anyone tell me which Blu ray player is the best for playing blu ray rips off my NAS in 'mkv' format?

      And can play DTS HD from films?
       
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      not sure why i cant quote in this thread...

      YEHBABY - the Oppo 103D i highly recommend for network playback. will play mkv no problem. cant recall 100% but im sure it should play dts hd fine.
       
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      Neither am I?

      The oppo does have good file support for streaming but unfortunately there is no thumb nail preview for 99% of my material which renders it fairly useless. My Xbox and WDTV will happily generate thumbnails of virtually everything but with the oppo it's just lists. So I tend not to stream with it.
       
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      Does the oppo not have problems with cinavia?
       
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      There is a list of issues the oppo has, and there slow on firmwere updates to solve the problems, good build though
       
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      The only problem with the Oppo is that it costs far more than I want to pay. I was hoping one of the other models listed would work.

      I suppose the Sony would also have issues with cinavia as my old PS3 did.
       

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