Panny BD35 and Sony S350 Prices

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  1. sapper696

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    The Panasonic is still £184.99 at Amazon and I believe if you've got a Harmony (and some other remotes) you can do the upgrade yourself?
     
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    Noticed that the Panny is back to £249 at Comet.
    Glad I bought mine, and the Toshiba XDE500, when I did.
    Saved £100:thumbsup:
     
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    I notice that RGB direct have a slightly different model to Amazon's:

    DMP-BD35EG-K vs DMP-BD35EB-K

    Is this is European vs UK type thing? Or a typo?
     
  5. sapper696

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    Might be like DSG the have a slight different number although it is the same model as retailed at other outlets.
     
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    The B just means Black with the Sony. I have a S350 from them (cost £210 at the time) and it is the same as everyone else is selling. £169 is a bargain and it hasn't been cheaper from them for the MR version.
     
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    K is for UK, don't know about the difference between EB and EG.
     
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    the sony s350 is £165ish from dixons. if you use code "FEB2" it is £165.72
     
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    RGB is region free plus free delivery, i havnt checked but they used to give 2 year warranty but this might be for collection only.
    I have always had good service from them.
     
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    ostco are doing Pansonic BD35's for £160 incl vat IIRC from tomorrow using a vocher. Price includes 3 year warranty.
    Tinking of getting one so how simple is it to turn he bul ray and sd into multi region?

    Sid
     
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    I'm really tempted at this price.....I have an lx5090 but no dvd player or BR player. I'm looking for something to last me about 6 months and then I can move it upstairs.

    Can't really go wrong with the panasonic at this price - can I?? or shall I go for the sony?
     
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    I understand the panny has better options for audio, i own two sonys a s300 and s350 and i am happy with both. When i have bought from RGB previously they gave a 2 year warranty, it might be worth checking if they still do. If not see if John Lewis will price match as the give 2 years on BD players.
    Good luck with your purchase.
    :thumbsup:
     
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    I personally prefer the Panasonic.... you wouldn't go wrong with either it's true but the Panasonic seemed slightly sharper to me and has better audio options i.e. converting to LPCM. A 6 month lifespan is easily within either of these too!!!

    Both are cheaper from Amazon as stated and both can easily be made multi region with either a Harmony, Windows Mobile device or inexpensive ONe 4 All remote - join the forum bike :D

    Panasonic DMP-BD35EB-K Profile 2 Blu-ray Disc Player: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

    Sony BDPS350 Blu-ray Disc Player 1080p Full HD: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

    Or if you've got an older AV amp with only optical and aren't concerned about multi region SD< the Samsung BD-P1500 is a great product, very cheap too!!

    Samsung BD-P1500/XEU - Blu-ray Disc Player: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

    Multi Region threads for the Sony and Panasonic here:

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-...-panasonic-pioneer-sony-blu-rays-part-ii.html

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-...ti-region-hack-all4one-remote-forum-bike.html
     
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    Its only 1 year on blu ray players, they have also now changed the 3 year warranty witch was only on tv's to 5 years. Go to www.costco.co.uk for more info.
     
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    Richer Sounds price matched my Sony BDP-S350 at £167.00, multi-region too. They are on their website but you must search with the full model code for them to appear. They were £179.00 before price match though.
     
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    is the Panny better than the Sony?
     
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    Bit better on DVD. :smashin:
     
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    I now own both of these players, and for anyone interested here is a head-to-head opinion. Both of these I used connected to the same plasma (a Panasonic TH-50PZ81B and running through a Sony STR-DA2400ES amp.).

    First of all the interfaces. The Sony on-screen GUI is more user friendly than the Panny and easier to navigate around. The Panny interface is fairly basic in comparison.

    Start-up times for the loading of a Blu-Ray disc seem marginally quicker on the Sony, although there is not much in it.

    Out of the box, the Sony required an update to make it profile 2.0 compliant whereas the Panny worked straight away. After the update, the Sony refused to operate BD-Live on my Casino Royale disc. The message I got was 'Not enough space, try deleting some files'. I did not have that problem on the Panny.

    On standard definition DVDs I couldn't see any difference. Both of them made an excellent job of playing them and I really wouldn't want to say one was better than the other. On one particular film though (Phantom of the Opera) I did notice that in a couple of scenes there was a bit of flicker on the background scenes on the Sony that did not appear to be there on the Panny.

    When playing HD both players were fantastic and I couldn't really rate one better than the other, although the sound on the Panny seemed to have a bit more bass to it (but that could just be me). I did set the sound output to direct so that my amp. did the processing (The Sony does not support DTS-HT Master Audio on-board whereas the Panny does).

    The biggest difference I found betweent he 2 was the type of discs they would accept. All the standard purchased discs (both standard DVD and Blu-Ray played without problem), but when I tried some personally recorded DVDs (family home videos put on DVD), the Sony refused to play them and all I got was a message saying 'This type of disc cannot be played'. The Panny, however, accepted them without problem. I then tried a copied DVD (Legal I hasten to add) and that again would not play on the Sony but did in the Panny so it seems the Sony is quite fussy over what type of discs it would play.

    Styling wise I did prefer the look of the Panny, it just looked a lot more expensive than the Sony.

    I got both my players as part of a package (I bought a Sony LCD for upstairs which came with an S350 and a Panasonic Plasma for downstairs which came with a BD35), but if I was buying one for myself on it's own, then I would probably go with the Panny just for the reason that it plays a wider range of discs and the looks of it. Plus, in my opinion, the sound was slightly better. I must admit that I prefered the remote control on the Sony, it just felt more comfortable to use.

    Incidently, both players worked over the Viera Link and Sony Bravia link so I could operate both from the TV remote control no matter which TV they were connected to.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    I similarly have both but am a bit more " in the middle" than steevo25 who appears to have put a great deal of thought into his comparison

    Have a look
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-ray-dvd-players/936946-panasonic-dmp-bd35-sony-bdp-s350.html

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-ray-dvd-players/911546-sony-s350-vs-panny-bd35.html
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-...8-br-player-best-value-atm-3.html#post8431435

    It is felt to be better , the issue seems to be inwhich way and by how much
    I must confess to not using it for Homemade discs but I would normally just use any of theDVD players ( Samsumg HD 950 or Denon 1920 ) as I feel they would have even better compatibility with a variety of discs than either BD player and be that much faster in operation
    I guess the moral is that you not put the DVD player in the loft ( or car boot sale ) just yet:D
     
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    I have ordered panasonic bd35 from amazon. Onpage 1 of this thread there are questions about the 'region'. What does this mean. I havent bought any blu ray discs yet but should i be buying a specific region? If so buying the BD30 from amazon is that ok? is it cheaper there because it is sub-standard? Help.
    thanks
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    If you buy Blu-rays here in the UK (region B) then they will of course be fine. :smashin:
    All the best.
     
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    All DVD and Blu-Ray players have a region associated with them. This is supposed to restrict where you can purchase your discs from. On standard DVD, there were 6 regions (1-6) with region 2 being for the UK and Europe. On a standard (un-modified) player if you were to purchase a DVD from the USA it would not play on a standard British DVD player. On Blu-Ray there are 3 regions labeled A-C.

    Most players can be made region-free by means of a hack (usually by a not so un-documented remote control hack). If buying from Amazon, usually it means they are un-modified players (i.e. exactly as th manufacturer made them). This means if will only play region 2 DVDs and region B Blu-Ray discs. This does not mean it is sub-standard, it just means it is as the manufacturer intended. For the DVD side of things it is very easy to modify to make it region free (there are special remote controls for about £20 that you just shoot at the player and it will be made DVD region free). To make it region free for Blu-Ray it usually needs a hardware modification so needs to be sent away to an engineer and is usually quite expensive.

    To sum it up, your player will be fine. If you only have european DVDs and Blu-Ray discs and do not intend buying any films from the USA or other regions then it will make absolutely no difference.
     
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    However you still can buy many discs from abroad, quite a few of the studios don;t region encode anymore, for example warner and universal, so you can buy their discs from say amazon.com. Check a resource like

    Blu-ray.com - Blu-ray Movies and Reviews

    to see if discs are region free or not. I still got burnt on some imported james bonds form canada (why region encode them there are not new and uk releases i think are region free!) so its not foolproof!
     
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    i was just about to ask this question on the forum, good thing for search.

    anyway got email from Richer
    sony for 159
    Panny for 179, multi for 199

    that sony seems like a good price now, very tempted but still hesitant if there is a ps3 price drop before summer. i was ideally looking for one after march but this deal ends 11th of march.
     
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    Tempting price? :)
     
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    Mate, Richer are selling the BD35 in Edinburgh for £199.95, how do i get them to lower it to the price of £179 that you got?


    PS is this the same player.......http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001HN6H42/300002372-21/?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE


    Thanks
     
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    Anyone know.......:lease:
     
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    i thought so, only thing stopping me is that i use a monitor...which is hooked up to a quad core-that has other options.

    still someone here might want to still buy.

    yes thats it and
    that price is from Richer Sounds VIP deals, just enter email into their site and time to time you get good deals from them with lower price.

    for now just mention on the phone you seen it in the VIP email, im sure they want to sell you something.
     

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