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Old 01-05-2009, 02:10 AM   #1
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**Newbie Question Alert!**

I recently purchased a Samsung TV (LN52A850), and now I am struggling to decide on a Blu-ray player. I am not an "expert" audio/videophile -- but I certainly want to spend my money wisely on something that performs well.

I need something that will up-convert my non-Blu-ray DVDs, will perform properly with the TV, and was "hoping" to stay within a budget of $300-400.

Is there a "compatibility advantage" in buying a Samsung player?

I've seen & read a lot of good things about the Sony BDP-S350.... I know this is a stupid question, but will it work effectively with the Samsung TV?

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There's no advantage to the same brand.

You need to look at the features of your TV - Is it 1080p? If so, does it have a 1080/24p option? (That enables a compatible player to output film based content at the proper 24 frames per second producing a smoother image.) Then, get a player whose features match the capabilities of your TV.
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**Newbie Alert!**

I need something that will up-convert my non-Blu-ray DVDs,
I get yea beofre someone else does It is not "non-Blu-ray DVDs, its simply DVDs and Blu-ray I'm one of the those politically correct type of people when it comes to that.

BUT other then that welcome to the blu world. And whatwas stated earlier no brand matching will not gain you anything. Only.......well no nothing.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:22 AM   #4
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BUying the same brand can have its advantages, such as the Bravia sync that sony offers. I have all sony equipment and it all works with the tv or receiver remote. Also the theater mode works cool on Sony stuff. Im sure that your tv offers the same type of options. Look into that before you make a choice.
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Go with the Samsung BD-P2500 or the BD-2550. It has Reon HQV which is the best DVD upconverter out right now. You will also be able to use the Anynet+ feature of the Samsung components so that you will automatically be able to use one remote without programming anything. I have the same setup and its stellar. You can also stream Netflix/Netflix HD with the 2500 and Netflix/Netfilx HD and Pandora with the 2550.

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IMO, avoid a Samsung player. Read the reviews. You never know if a movie you buy is going to play. They are always late to firmware updates.
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I have yet to come across a disc that won't play and Samsung has been on the ball with firmware updates for the 1500/2500 series players.
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There's no advantage to the same brand.
WRONG, how about the remote!
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WRONG, how about the remote!
Apologies. My comment was about video and audio quality. A player is not going to look or sound better because it attached to a TV or receiver of the same brand.

All other things being equal, remotes and integrated HDMI controls can be a benefit of brand consistency. But, a good universal remote is better still.
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Apologies. My comment was about video and audio quality. A player is not going to look or sound better because it attached to a TV or receiver of the same brand.

All other things being equal, remotes and integrated HDMI controls can be a benefit of brand consistency. But, a good universal remote is better still.
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WRONG, how about the remote!
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You will also be able to use the Anynet+ feature of the Samsung components so that you will automatically be able to use one remote without programming anything.
Guys/gals...

While I agree that the Samsung Anynet+ feature is pretty sweet in concept, as long as you're connected via compatible HDMI components, then you will still be able to use the remote to control everything -- or just about everything -- even if it's not Samsung brand. Take it from me, as I have a Samsung plasma, but Sony accessories.

That said, there are mixed reviews about every player on the market. I'd say narrow your choices down to a select few before going into the purchase, then start reading reviews on those units. I was this close to buying a Samsung Blu-ray player, but went with Sony instead based on a couple user opinions that I'd read. Each player is going to have bad reviews, but my approach was to get a player whose bad reviews were "less bad" than the other's...if that makes sense. You're going to see a lot of negatives in this field for a while since the technology is new and all Blu-ray player manufacturers (not to mention the Blu-ray disc producing studios) are ironing out the kinks.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:21 AM   #11
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Thanks very much for all the helpful comments -- I really appreciate your time and assistance with my research.

... and neos_peace, I promise to NEVER use the term "non-Blu-ray DVDs" again! Thanks for teaching me the distinction. Best regards!
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