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Old 06-21-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hi all,

So, I'm going to by a Blu-ray player yet I don't know which one to go for.

I have a budget of about 100, and would like to not go above that limit.

Which would be better Sony or Panasonic Or is there not much a difference?

Any and all suggestions are welcome.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:59 PM   #2
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If I were you I would visit stores and test different models from both to see the best you can get at that price.My sony has excruciatingly long loadtime,but it is 3 years old if not older (the BDP-S500).Panasonic has received good reviews generally.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:39 AM   #3
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I have 3 blu-ray players and they are all Sony. I have never had a problem with any of them! The picture and sound are great on all of them also!
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:46 AM   #4
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I have 3 blu-ray players and they are all Sony. I have never had a problem with any of them! The picture and sound are great on all of them also!
My first player was the Sony 550 and it still is going strong with no problems in my bedroom. But I recently got the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 for free with the special that Panasonic was running and I've got to tell you that it is one great little player. works exceptionally well with my Panasonic 42ST30 plasma. Fast loader, very nice PQ and just gets the job done. This probably doesn't help with the decision making process at all, so sorry.
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:33 AM   #5
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My take is SONY. SONY is more updated with the firmware versions to keep up with the Blu-Ray releases and easier to do with Nero burn software (if you buy an external disk drive usually it is included e.g. LG, check the package box, or you can purchase a full function version); Panasonic has its own procedure but may require Windows XP an older version, instead of Windows 7 to do it, that's more clumsy.

Also check if newer models of SONY allow for USB firmware update, and Panasonic too. If SONY can do USB update but not Panasonic, the choice is obvious. If you have network at home, then again check if the models you have in mind can do firmware updates via the network. If both can, as mentioned, SONY's firmware update version keep up with the Blu-Ray releases better.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:34 AM   #6
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After my Panasonic died following 16 months of light-to-occasional use, I am now suspicious of the longevity of the brand's models... apparently I'm not the only one, either...
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:58 AM   #7
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My Panasonic BD55, purchased when first released in late 2008, has played everything just fine so far. Still using the original firmware, too.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:17 AM   #8
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I've got a Panasonic BD-65 and a Sony S580 and they are both great. I think Sony has some really neat interactive features (I can use my iPhone 4 as the remote), but for watching movies, they are both solid. Both load quickly and haven't had any problems watching movies on either
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:46 AM   #9
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I have to go with Sony because I have 2 Sony BD players and have not have any problem, I have played just about every BD discs and never have a problem, also have not done any upgrade on the firmware so far, so I'm happy with Sony
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:37 PM   #10
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I say go with the Sony. Panasonic makes fine players, but based on a lot of customer feedback on these forums, they don't last long, and I have to agree. I bought a new BD60 2 yrs ago, and it lasted just one year. It sopped reading BD's. I have a Sony DVD player I bought back in 2002 and I have used and abused that player over the years and still going strong to this day (my little one uses it to watch Dora movies). I also owned a Sony S350 that I bought 2 yrs ago (to replaced the dead Panny) and was still going strong until I sold it a few moths ago to get a Sony S770 which I love and have not had any issues with it so far.....so my opinion, get a Sony.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:59 PM   #11
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I say go with whatever is feasible for your spending needs...get the best bang for your buck.

I try not to endourse brand loylaty even though I am a big Sony fan...but sometimes you just have to go with what works for you.

That's the best advice I can give. Would we all love top of the line products? Sure! But can we all afford them....no
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #12
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I used to be a Sony ***** and still am in a few cases ahaha...but right now I have a Panasonic Blu-ray player and 7.1 Home Theater system and they work great.....they are both from last year and the previous year, the only gripe I have is with load and response times but other than that they have worked great...

and the newer models have improved there...I'm a newfound Panasonic fan
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:44 PM   #13
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My Panasonic BD55, purchased when first released in late 2008, has played everything just fine so far. Still using the original firmware, too.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:52 AM   #14
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I have a 40gb PS3 that I got 1/31/08 and the Blu-ray optic is not reading Blu-rays anymore. I used it as a Blu-ray player and played games on it very little. Less than 5% of the use. Does Blu-ray as a whole not last as long as DVD. I'm thinking about a Panasonic DMP-BDT110 now or maybe another PS3.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:11 AM   #15
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I vote SONY!
My BDP-S350 has been flawless since new.
It has played every single disc that i have ever inserted.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:23 PM   #16
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I say go with the Sony. Panasonic makes fine players, but based on a lot of customer feedback on these forums, they don't last long, and I have to agree. I bought a new BD60 2 yrs ago, and it lasted just one year. It sopped reading BD's. I have a Sony DVD player I bought back in 2002 and I have used and abused that player over the years and still going strong to this day (my little one uses it to watch Dora movies). I also owned a Sony S350 that I bought 2 yrs ago (to replaced the dead Panny) and was still going strong until I sold it a few moths ago to get a Sony S770 which I love and have not had any issues with it so far.....so my opinion, get a Sony.
My Panasonic DMP 85 lasted 1yr. 5 months, my sons Panasonic DMP 60 lasted 2 yrs. BAD BD DISC DRIVES. Replaced mine with SONY 570 and still have a SONY 360 and 350 going strong. SONY ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:28 AM   #17
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I would go with Panasonic. The BDT210 is a terrific standalone unit with very fast load times. And you get Avatar 3D for free.
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