What is the best Blu-ray player?
What is the best Blu-ray player for the price that includes Netflix streaming?
When I asked this question a month or two ago, the overwhelming response was to get a Sony PS3.
Since I already have a Wii and an Xbox 360, spending several hundred dollars on yet another game system didn't fly with Mrs. Durkzilla.
She bought me a Sony BDP-S370 on sale at BJ's Wholesale Club for Christmas for what she will only describe as "less than a PS3".
The nice thing about this player is that I can get my streaming content from a multitude of sources (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, etc), and it will play media on a USB device.
The thing I don't like about this player is that I can't browse Netflix like I can on the Xbox 360 - it will only show you items you have added to your Watch Instantly Queue from another source.
Picture quality for Blu-Ray, DVDs and streaming content are fantastic. I'm quite happy with it overall. If you're also in the market for a game system and you don't have a Mrs. Durkzilla minding your finances go grab a PS3.read more collapse
Speaking strickly from what I have experience with, I love the LG BD570 that I recent got. I didn't want to buy a gaming system, so a PS3 was out for me, and the LG seemed to be the best fit, price vs options wise.
The netflix interface could use a little work, like adding a "search by" function, but it does allow you to browse recomendations and newly added movies, as well as by genre. It does the standard streaming content; Vudu, Pandora, Accu Weather, YouTube, Cinema Now, Picasa, and for me the best is MLB.TV
One thing I really like is the Homelink function that will allow you to access other devices on you network that are set up for sharing. So I can get into the photo albums on my desktop and show pictures/videos from there on my TV. I have heard rumor that there is a firmware update so that HULU will be available, but haven't seen it in any of the updates that I have done yet.
And as for Blu-Ray & DVD quality, I think it does really well, much better than my old DVD player.
What do you want to do with it?
If you're looking to watch Blu-Rays and DVDs, and that's it, then go low end. Sony S360/S370, LG BD530/550/570. These are all BD-Live 2.0 compatible via wired ethernet (if you add a USB memory stick for persistent storage). I got a refurb S360 for $59 before christmas, and got my dad a BD530 for $79 from sears (currently $83 at amazon).
If you need your BD player to get on a wireless network, or if you need netflix or HDMI 1.4 (audio return channel for example), then you might need to go for a higher end model. But I'm pretty darn happy with mine (A/V quality is beautiful, and load times are livable- about 10-15 seconds per disc) and they didn't break the bank.read more collapse
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