Best Blue Ray player

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  1. cgay2

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    Okay had my first blue ray player a Phillips little over a year and now its having issues. Instead of fixing it I am gonna replace it. I won't buy a Phillips again. So can anybody tell me the best brands they had luck with I am strapped for cash I mostly watch DVDS still I don't need nothing to high end. I am gonna spend under a 100 bucks. I am thinking of a Panasonic but whats your thoughts on them or Sony. I have read nothing but horror stores with samsung

    Any info will be appreciated and where should I go to look for this. Best Buy, Walmart, Target
     
  2. buck135

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    Just curious, what issues are you having? Decent Blu-ray players can be had for $40-60 nowadays. Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Target, etc. Doesn't matter. I have a region free no name player that I've been using problem free for 5-6 years now.
     
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    Actually, I just did a search for best reviewed on Amazon and nothing came in under $100 that wasn’t refurbished. I can't imagine there isn't a cheap alternative in any of the players. If I had to buy another it would be region free, however those are in the $150 range.
     
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    Phillips doesn't manufacture or sell it's own A/V equipment anymore. They licensed their brand to Funai, a specialist in cheapo, low quality consumer electronics. They also sell players under the Magnavox, Sharp, Sylvania, Symphonic and Emerson brands.

    At less than $100.00, I probably wouldn't consider anything other than Panasonic or Sony for domestic use.
     
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    I've had a Sony player for a couple of years now, and haven't had any problems with it. It's a hardware modified "multi-region" player, but it's never had any problems playing any kind of disc.

    I don't buy Samsung either. I've owned their products before, and have had nothing but problems with them.
     
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    The player is grinding a lot and won't read some disc. They just spin. Sometimes I adjust the tray when it closes and it plays just fine. To me this is not worth fixing to much of a headache. I don't care about multi-region. I know you can get Blu Rays for under a 100 bucks. I am just asking which brands are the best
     
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    I see. Definitely replace it. From what I've been able to take from the articles I've read over the years, Oppo is king. Unfortunately they cost a fortune. In my opinion, very little differentiates one company from the next in term of players.
     
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    Just bought a Panasonic DMP-BDT380 a couple of months ago. I think the equivalent model in the states is the DMP-BDT360.

    Really pleased with its performance although the build quality isn't as great from say 5 - 6 years ago when we owned a Panasonic BD-80 player (i broke it :D )


    FWIW the 360/380 are hackable to be fully region free if you want to do this at a later date... if you're after a budget/used non-3d model (like the 360/380) then try picking up a BD-80 if you can (these can also be hacked with a hardware modification (there are a few on ebay.com going for under $50 - with the change you can buy yourself several boxes of popcorn, ice cream and a coke to watch a few movies...)).

    BD-80 was top of the line around 2008/2009 - it's an excellent player.
     
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    I have 3 3D/wifi Samsungs and all work but have had technical and performance issues since I got them over 5 years ago. Holding out for a 4k player in 2017 since my tv is on its last legs.
     
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    Sony BDP S-1700 (http://www.sony.com/electronics/blu-ray-disc-players/bdp-s1700)

    Panasonic DMP-BD93 (http://shop.panasonic.com/audio-and...=popularity&start=1&cgid=blu-ray-disc-players)

    These would probably be the two best sub-$100 models currently available, without delving into used devices. There's also a Sony BDP S-3700 (http://www.sony.com/electronics/blu-ray-disc-players/bdp-s3700), but the only thing you really gain over the 1700 would be the ability to connect to the internet wirelessly. That could be valuable if you ever need to do a firmware update, but I think the 1700 would still allow you to install firmware from a CD-R or from an ethernet connection, if necessary.
     
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    I've had a Sony for probably about five years now, I think it cost about eighty bucks Canadian back then at Best Buy-super simple, not even a clock display.
    Never had an issue playing any disc.
     
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    Getting one that doesnt apply cinavia is rare.
     
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    I am back to being pro- physical media like Blu Ray, with the new ways you redeem digital copies with receipt only, it's become a hassle and they are not really any less expensive. I feel like obscure copies could be deleted off servers if Walmart changes strategies again.
     
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    That's the only thing I don't like about my Sony, no front digital display... but everything else has been awesome. No "motor" noise either, it's super quiet.
     
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    I really wanna thank everyone for their time on this. I am gonna go hunting for a sony
     

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