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Sorry wasn't sure where to post this, but I’m looking to buy a nice quality Blu-ray player for movies. Is that what people still use to play dvds right? Any suggestions for a good quality blu-ray player? Thanks guys!

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Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD, buy used for under $500, weighs 30 pounds, absolutely top notch in performance !!!!!  , Best designed and made, except for its Elite new replacement.  These two are the best in sonic performance, eight Woofson chips. Look it up, and go from there.

 

Jeff 

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Hello, I´m on the search myself. I follow this thread for example, some suggestions for starters here:

 

 

Good hunting!

 

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I have various OPPO players that are outstanding. You can find them at many price levels. OPPO still services them, although they no longer manufacture them.

SSH

 

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10 hours ago, ssh said:

I have various OPPO players that are outstanding. You can find them at many price levels. OPPO still services them, although they no longer manufacture them.

SSH

 

What is this treachery you speak of? Lol, what is Oppo?

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I replaced my traditional BluRay player with an X-Box One X - I am glad I did. It does a good job of playing DVDs, BluRays and 4K discs. Where it totally exceeds the traditional BluRay player is in the streaming arena (Netflix, Hulu etc). Navigating these streaming apps with a bluray remote was frustrating to say the least. Much easier with the X-Box controller. And, you can play games on it. You may want to consider a console (XBox or Playstation).

 

As far as 4K Tvs - I bought a 85" Sony 900F a year or so ago (replaced a 10 yr old Panasonic 65" plasma). I am very impressed with this TV. However, standard DVDs (not Bluray) do not look that good on it. They look OK - not great. I do believe this is due to the amount of upscaling that takes place from standard DVD (480p) to 4k. Standard Blurays(1080p) look very good, they upscale well. It is a lot less of an ask to upscale 1080p to 4k compared to 480p to 4k. 4k discs are awesome.

 

That is my 2 cents - good luck.

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The only problem is with my Xbox one I get quite a bit of background noise and static with my Xbox. They don’t seem like the quietest price of equipment. Or it might be a ground loop and I a cheater plug won’t fix it..

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JoeJoeThe3rd: I too, was interested in getting an Oppo. However they vacated the disc player market (at the top of their game, I might add) a couple of years ago (Samsung has vacated the disc player market as well) and newer offerings from various manufactures have more advanced features and updated video codec compliances than the older Oppo's. One machine, in particular that some reviewers have claimed to have matched Oppo's playback (video and audio) quality is the Panasonic UB-9000 4K UHD Disc Player ($999). However, being on a budget, I opted for the 9000's little brother, the Panasonic UB-820 4K UHD Disc Player ($499). I bought it a few weeks ago during Prime Day from Crutchfield for $100-off ($399)! It's a wonderful machine and the primary difference between it and its big brother is that the UB-9000 has superior build-quality: The 9000 weighs17 pounds! The UB-820 weighs 5 pounds. The 9000 has an onboard DAC and HDMI, Discrete Analog, Optical and Coaxial Audio output. The 820 has HDMI, discrete Analog and optical, no coaxial. For the money, the UB-820, especially if you can find it on sale, is the best buyer's choice, in my humble opinion. For a review on my findings on the Panasonic UB-820, please refer to the link to my post in AndreG's post above. Happy shopping! Best of luck!  -Glenn

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23 hours ago, picky said:

JoeJoeThe3rd: I too, was interested in getting an Oppo. However they vacated the disc player market (at the top of their game, I might add) a couple of years ago (Samsung has vacated the disc player market as well) and newer offerings from various manufactures have more advanced features and updated video codec compliances than the older Oppo's. One machine, in particular that some reviewers have claimed to have matched Oppo's playback (video and audio) quality is the Panasonic UB-9000 4K UHD Disc Player ($999). However, being on a budget, I opted for the 9000's little brother, the Panasonic UB-820 4K UHD Disc Player ($499). I bought it a few weeks ago during Prime Day from Crutchfield for $100-off ($399)! It's a wonderful machine and the primary difference between it and its big brother is that the UB-9000 has superior build-quality: The 9000 weighs17 pounds! The UB-820 weighs 5 pounds. The 9000 has an onboard DAC and HDMI, Discrete Analog, Optical and Coaxial Audio output. The 820 has HDMI, discrete Analog and optical, no coaxial. For the money, the UB-820, especially if you can find it on sale, is the best buyer's choice, in my humble opinion. For a review on my findings on the Panasonic UB-820, please refer to the link to my post in AndreG's post above. Happy shopping! Best of luck!  -Glenn

Thanks you so much this is a very informative post thank you. I will actually probably buy one or the other. 

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JoeJoeThe3rd: I'm happy you found my post to be of some help. Please let us know how you made out, as well as what your opinion is of the machine you chose. -Glenn

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