Best North American Budget Blu-Ray Player with wifi

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#1

This seems to be the year that my electronics are all biting the dust. My trusty Oppo Digital 981 DVD Player gave up the ghost after just over 9 years of heavy use, My 42 inch Panasonic Plasma which is just over 4 years old has developed a vertical bar on the screen that is discolored and the set is probably not long for this world (Yes, I have messed around with the anti retention settings, but to no avail. This too has received heavy use and my Nintendo Wii is being goofy with Netflix (mainly due to discontinued support). My living room blu-ray player still works fine but unfortunately it is an older model and doesn’t support netflix streaming and it is slow at loading discs. Anyways, my goal is to switch over to a Blu-Ray Player (no 3D necessary, since I don’t care about it and don’t have the set for it anyways) with wifi and netflix streaming capabilities. So which is the best one for the least amount of money. I well versed with the Oppo and it is an amazing device, but I’m not spending $500 on a player. Just looking for a decent quick loading blu-ray player that will allow me to stream netflix wirelessly.


#2

LG - BP340

[B]Link:[/B] http://www.lg.com/us/home-audio-video/lg-BP340-blu-ray-player

[B]Spec’s:[/B] http://www.lg.com/us/support/products/documents/BP340%20Spec%20Sheet.pdf

[B]User Manual:[/B] http://www.lg.com/us/support-product/lg-BP340#
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#3

[QUOTE=platinumsword;2747498]LG - BP340

[B]Link:[/B] http://www.lg.com/us/home-audio-video/lg-BP340-blu-ray-player

[B]Spec’s:[/B] http://www.lg.com/us/support/product…ec%20Sheet.pdf

[B]User Manual:[/B] http://www.lg.com/us/support-product/lg-BP340#

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Thanks. I am also considering the Panasonic

I have 2 Panasonic Blu-Ray Players (both without wifi) that have been pretty solid.


#4

Hmm, has the ability to play PAL and NTSC format DVDs. That is a definite plus for the LG, although I have been using my old XBOX for that purpose, along with media files.


#5

I suggested the LG only because it supports a lot of features, especially the amount of playback formats that it supports. I have always found that Panasonic and Samsung are less willing to.

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#6

[QUOTE=platinumsword;2747526]I suggested the LG only because it supports a lot of features, especially the amount of playback formats that it supports. I have always found that Panasonic and Samsung are less willing to.

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Well, I ended up going with a Sony BDP-BX320 from Costco. I simply couldn’t resist it for $60 and apparently the LG doesn’t support PAL format (at least from the reviews I was able to track down), whereas the Sony clearly does and it supports many streaming services and file formats. 10 years ago, I would rather be roasted alive than touch another Sony product, but the player for the price and the new Sony Bravia TV that I got simply were the best deals for the money available at this point.

Here is the Blu-Ray Player:

http://www.costco.com/.product.100116784.html?cm_sp=RichRelevance--categorypageHorizontalTop--CategoryTopProducts&cm_vc=categorypageHorizontalTop|CategoryTopProducts

Here is my new TV:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-bravia-48-class-47-5-8-diag--led-1080p-smart-hdtv-black/3418083.p?id=1219091130361&skuId=3418083

I was able to get them to pricematch Walmart to boot, so I got the set for $600 out the door. Not bad given that both Samsung and Sony are very stingy on discounts on their sub $800 sets.


#7

Going strictly on hearsay(!), I simply thought Sony units to be too restrictive or slow compared to the competition.

Let us know how it works out, won’t you? I’d like to see if a few years have made the standalone BD players worthwhile over, say, a PS3/PS4 that would see limited game use.


#8

[QUOTE=Albert;2747588]Going strictly on hearsay(!), I simply thought Sony units to be too restrictive or slow compared to the competition.

Let us know how it works out, won’t you? I’d like to see if a few years have made the standalone BD players worthwhile over, say, a PS3/PS4 that would see limited game use.[/QUOTE]

Crap, looks like it doesn’t support PAL. I tried 2 PAL format discs last night and it wouldn’t read them. It is however a good streaming device. The Netflix interface is actually better than my old Nintendo Wii (which quit working due to lack of support from Nintendo) and the navigation and will continue to move from one episode to the next on it’s own. In other words it’s a great streamer for Netflix and it does have about 50 channels for streaming (ie Netflix, Amazon Instant Watch, Crackle, NBA Network, NHL, etc). Ultimately a PS3 would offer more since it’s basically a mini computer, but I would be worried about the long term use of a game machine disc drive for watching movies since the movie disc function tends to be an afterthought. It’s also the difference in a $300 device vs a $60 dedicated player/streamer device. I’m not as worried about the PAL format playback though. For the odd PAL disc that I do have, my old original XBOX is tough to beat for the money (About $35 with the remote from my local videogame exchange store). It would’ve been nice to have it on the Blu-Ray player but not a deal breaker. I haven’t used the smart functions on the TV and to be honest I have no real desire to, I would love to have had this TV without the smart features and saved another $100, but it simply doesn’t exist anymore. I will say this though, for at least regular shows and movies the Sony either meets or beats the Panasonic Plasma (before it developed the wear bar on the screen) that I replaced. I consider this impressive since Plasmas are supposed to beat out even modern LEDs for smoothness and viewing angles. Even if you stand nearly parallel to the screen it is still perfectly visable and doesn’t have any fading in picture quality. Obviously it’s not a 4K Ultra HD display, but in terms of it’s size and specs it’s about as good as it gets. I did quite a number of side by side comparisons with devices from Sharp, LG, Samsung, etc. and it was by far the brightest and smoothest of the bunch in it’s size range.