FreeCandy44 wrote:I have been told that a PS3 is the best blu ray player numerous times. But I'm not going that route LOL.
Not true any more. I don't believe the HDMI port on it supports 3D and HD audio at the same time.
Typically as you pay more money what you're getting is a faster load time and wifi being built into it. The early bluray players took forever from the time you put the disc in until you actually saw something on the screen. And that's not even including the awful commercials.
The other determining factor for me would be the ability to play archived media. If I didn't use an HTPC I would definitely buy a Dune D1 or a Popcorn Hour C300. That way you can save your movies to a server or NAS and never need to get the discs out.
Many players now can play media over a network or via USB. You need to know what format your movies are before you can pick a player that plays them. My boss has a Samsung C5xxx series (2011 model - cant remember which one) and I showed him how to remux all of his dvds into single .mpg files and he put them on a 2TB hard drive. Now he never has to worry about his kids damaging or losing discs.
The Sony NSZ GP9 should be out in a few weeks - it might even be for sale in Europe already. That would be a great one for streaming.