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Old 07-06-2019, 12:32 AM   #1
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None of the ones I looked at online or in person, anyway, had any kind of display on the front to show you the time elapsed for the movie (at the very least).

I asked the store employee who was helping me out and she said it was a matter of aesthetics. Really, is it much more stylish to have a plain black bar than some useful numbers?

My Sony player has a door on the front that takes up almost the whole width of the player, for a small tray. Such a waste and seems like bad design. Why drop such a very basic feature?
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:37 AM   #2
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That stuff can be easily displayed on-screen with the Info button. I prefer it without, just because I like watching movies in near-total darkness, so any kind of lit-up display is just going to be glowing in my peripheral vision and causing a distraction.
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:47 AM   #3
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That stuff can be easily displayed on-screen with the Info button. I prefer it without, just because I like watching movies in near-total darkness, so any kind of lit-up display is just going to be glowing in my peripheral vision and causing a distraction.
And yet, plenty of us wonít get over a missing player display.
I bought my Oppo 203 in 2017 because it had its display. Good choice even for the added cost. And best player Iíve ever had.

I had considered the Sony X800 but ultimately wasnít interested because no display.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:10 AM   #4
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That stuff can be easily displayed on-screen with the Info button. I prefer it without, just because I like watching movies in near-total darkness, so any kind of lit-up display is just going to be glowing in my peripheral vision and causing a distraction.
My receiver has a glowing display anyway.

Much less distracting to be able to glance down at the time then have to look for the remote and try to find the right button in the dark .
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:34 AM   #5
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Panasonic 820 and above do.
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:53 AM   #6
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My receiver has a glowing display anyway.

Much less distracting to be able to glance down at the time then have to look for the remote and try to find the right button in the dark .
This.

And besides that, no front display makes a player look kind of cheap IMO.

The only reason I got the X1000ES is for the front display, otherwise I would have just gotten another X800 at the time. I'm looking to replace the latter with a X1100ES.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:13 AM   #8
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I duct-tape the glowing displays on my BD players. They're distracting and useless. It's good to know most 4K players don't have them.
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Old 07-06-2019, 02:16 PM   #9
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Only the high-end 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players have front LED displays. To keep manufacturing costs lower and list prices lower the majority of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 100% of all standard Blu-ray players in production have dropped the front LED display feature.


OPPO players offer a feature to turn off or dim the front display.
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None of the ones I looked at online or in person, anyway, had any kind of display on the front to show you the time elapsed for the movie (at the very least).

I asked the store employee who was helping me out and she said it was a matter of aesthetics. Really, is it much more stylish to have a plain black bar than some useful numbers?
The disc info is usually accessed by pressing the info button on the remote control to see the time elapse and the total time of the feature on the screen. Mostly all modern Blu-ray players operate the same.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:36 PM   #11
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The comprehensive front LED display is a brilliant feature (one of many, let me also add the superb aspect ratio/zoom feature) of the OPPO 203, best player I ever had by a mile. I think it is a big mistake to drop it on most newer players, but since it's almost all about cutting production cost these days it does not surprise me.
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The disc info is usually accessed by pressing the info button on the remote control to see the time elapse and the total time of the feature on the screen. Mostly all modern Blu-ray players operate the same.
And that's the problem for me. Why on earth would I (or anyone) choose to get the remote, find the button, and display that info on the screen over the movie rather than shift my eyes momentarily to glance at a small, innocuous display on the player? Makes no sense to me at all. Talk about taking yourself out of the movie...
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That stuff can be easily displayed on-screen with the Info button. I prefer it without, just because I like watching movies in near-total darkness, so any kind of lit-up display is just going to be glowing in my peripheral vision and causing a distraction.
That doesn't work when you use player as a CD players as well. I don't want to have turn on my TV to look at track information.
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Old 07-06-2019, 10:33 PM   #14
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That doesn't work when you use player as a CD players as well. I don't want to have turn on my TV to look at track information.
Yeah I still use my oldest Sony BD player which has a digital display for CDs, except for a couple of discs from the early 2000s which have an incredibly annoying copy-control mechanism that makes them unreadable in that player for some reason It's also the one I use for any BD with Dolby TrueHD 7.1 or Atmos, since it's the only one that can properly convert it to PCM 7.1 for my old-as-hell receiver.
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I duct-tape the glowing displays on my BD players. They're distracting and useless. It's good to know most 4K players don't have them.
I can see where that would match the decor of the rest of the trailer.

I'm all out right now 'cause it's holding the front bumper of the pickup truck on, but I'll get some more.
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Most Sony players without a front display usually have the 'display' button to bring up the information at the very bottom right corner of the remote. It's easy to find in the dark.
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Most Sony players without a front display usually have the 'display' button to bring up the information at the very bottom right corner of the remote. It's easy to find in the dark.
But what if you don't want information being displayed on screen for whatever reason and instead just want to have a quick look at the player itself instead of having to reach for the remote in the dark in the first place?
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But what if you don't want information being displayed on screen for whatever reason and instead just want to have a quick look at the player itself instead of having to reach for the remote in the dark in the first place?
Then buy a more expensive player
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Then buy a more expensive player
Fair enough.
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Cambridge CXUHD (Oppo 203 clone) has one.
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