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Old 05-20-2011, 12:44 PM
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Looking for a bluray player for my father for fathers day. Normally I would be all about spending a little more on a nicer player, but since I have real family responcibilites now I find my self in the position of not being able to afford anything beyond entry level.

With that in mind, what is the most solid bluray player for $99 and under? I would give preference to over all unit reliability over any amount of functionality. Thanks,
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:48 PM
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Gotta go with that LG BD555C. Its $94 right now. It has LAN and is quite a zippy machine. I bought one for my parents. Also has a USB port and it plays ANY file. MKV, AVI, Xvid, DivX, etc etc...very cool.
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Gotta go with that LG BD555C. Its $94 right now. It has LAN and is quite a zippy machine. I bought one for my parents. Also has a USB port and it plays ANY file. MKV, AVI, Xvid, DivX, etc etc...very cool.
We don't have that model, hence the "C" designation. OP, if you are looking for a player and nothing else, pick up the Panasonic DMP-BD75. Most places under $99 and well worth it. If you need to step it up to 3D, get a Panasonic DMP-BDT110. It's very close to your price point and also a top performer.
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Gotta go with that LG BD555C. Its $94 right now. It has LAN and is quite a zippy machine. I bought one for my parents. Also has a USB port and it plays ANY file. MKV, AVI, Xvid, DivX, etc etc...very cool.
Have had the very same problem with TWO different LG BD570's. Would NOT recommend this brand to anyone. They both, after about 90 days (conveniently after labor warranty expired) have developed issues with movies freezing at least once during playback. Old movie, new movie, regardless of studio, freezes at least once. They are on a power strip that's left off when not in use, get used to watch 2 movies a week.
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I hate LG for reliability, and Samsung can be twitchy as well. For pure unrivaled cheap quality, Panasonic is the way to go. I've installed about 30 of these players and not one complaint or issue has come up.

The price is right, you have plenty of options, and they are rock solid.
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When folks ask me, I generally have a discussion with them about what features they care about and what attributes they value in an optical media player. Then I point them at whichever Panasonic and/or Sony blu-ray players fit their needs, and suggest some sale price levels they should watch for.
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eBay for a ps3. you can get a slim for under $130. otherwise if you absolutely have to go the standalone route: I've owned 2 magnavox bd players that both stopped reading discs after 2 and 4 months each. my insignia is on its way out now its starting to freeze and skip on brand new discs and DVDs. my Panasonic BDT110 is still working flawlessly. i think someone else recommended this player as well. working for me....
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From past (BD30) and current (BDT210) experiences, I'd go with a Panasonic player. Plays just about everything I throw at it. BD30 was heavily used for years with no problems whatsoever. Have had the BDT210 for a few months and basically have had no problems with it as well. Go for the current entry level unit (don't know the model number), should be under $100, will lack the extras found in the step-up models such as built-in wifi but will surely provide the same reliability nevertheless.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:36 AM
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Thanks everyone, yeah an eyebrow was raised with LG and I'm equally suspect of samsung for reliablility (even though yes I own one, and I would even recommend my player for price features). The thing is, I've been considering what to get my Dad for fathers day, and since my sister just got them an HDTV I thought a bluray player would be a good way to go.

That said, it has to be as close to a solid DVD like put in the disc and it generally just works experience. More over, it needs to be as simple to use as humanly possible. Panasonic & Sony sound like they might work out fairly well.

Also Iv'e seen Toshiba's BDX2200 player on amazon new for $95.55 with prime shipping, anyword on the reliability of Toshi bluray players? My toshi HD DVD expereince was and continues to be very positive in terms of general quality. I've had few hardware issues and virtually no issues running a disc. Has Toshiba maanged to maintain at least almost as good a track record with bluray (as is humanly possible) or have they fallen off the optical player reliability bandwagon?

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Incidently the PS3, no matter what version, is right out. I can tell you right now my father will never, in a million years, figure out how to play a movie on it.
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I started with a Samsung BDP1500, never had any issues with it, upgraded to a Samsung C6500 but those are about $150 so that's why I didn't mention it.
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