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Old 11-23-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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I'm looking to purchase a Blue Ray player for my fiance for Christmas. I don't need anything fancy - looking to spend $200-350 if I can but I don't want to end up with a total crapola one, either. What brands in that price range are good and what brands should I avoid?
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Only a very few Blue Ray units fall within that price range.

Crutchfield (online) has a Sony BDP-S350 for $299.00. The Sony BDP-S550 costs more at $399.00. I believe they ship free of charge, and certainly do for Christmas. I bought a Sony Bravia 32" TV from them three years ago, with a free delivery to Alaska where I live.

Also check B&H Photo & Video (online). I buy photo equipment from B&H, since it's one of the most reputable dealers in the nation. They sell DVD players, and their price is good. However, shipping is not free.

Sony, and Panasonic make the best Blue Ray DVD players. LG makes good ones, but none fall within your price range.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:04 PM
 
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Buy a PS3. I'm not joking. The unit has one of the best players you can buy for the money and you get a game machine in the deal.

Best of the Blu-ray players - Sony PlayStation 3 80GB (1) - Money Magazine
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Buy a PS3. I'm not joking. The unit has one of the best players you can buy for the money and you get a game machine in the deal.

Best of the Blu-ray players - Sony PlayStation 3 80GB (1) - Money Magazine
A couple of students who work with me have Playstation 3, and I I have asked them if they have any problems playing standard DVD's. I have been told that sometimes some DVD's tend to skip during playback. I was planning on going that route, and then decided to wait a couple of weeks and buy a Sony Blue-Ray player during the pre-Christmas sales.

It would be a good idea if you would use it for both playing DVD's and video games, but not such a good idea if all you want to do is to play DVD's (including Blue Ray DVD's), since by the time you get a remote for it the price is much higher than a true DVD player such as the Sony I mentioned above.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Buy a PS3. I'm not joking. The unit has one of the best players you can buy for the money and you get a game machine in the deal.

Best of the Blu-ray players - Sony PlayStation 3 80GB (1) - Money Magazine
I read that the PS3 is the best of the Bluray players. Plus it allows for firmware updates, unlike standalone players. Essentially it is 'futureproof' but it is limited by component out for sound.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I just ordered a Sony BDP-S350 for $269.00. The free shipment would have taken 4-5 days to Alaska, so I decided to order UPS 2-Day ($28.00) because I could not wait The whole thing costs less than $300.00. There is a Samsung on sale for $189.00 at Wall-Mart this week, but it's an early bird sale at 6:00 AM when I am snoring loudly.

Some new movies are supposed to arrive at the stores Tuesday, and I want to watch them this weekend.---------

My advise to Blue Ray buyers is to make sure that the unit has a sound decoder built in. This is very helpful if you want the best surround sound. However, it's not a problem if your receiver has such a decoder. You can find the information online, and if you run out of options, go to Crutchfield.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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Some really good information here.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:45 PM
 
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Insignia brand from Best Buy. Depending on the model: $170 - $250. I have one and am very happy with it.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Insignia brand from Best Buy. Depending on the model: $170 - $250. I have one and am very happy with it.
Now that you have mentioned, Consumer Reports (December 2008) has a list of DVD players under $300.00 I was not aware of. For example:

-Silvania NB500SL9
-Magnavox NB500MG9
-Insignia NS-BRDVD

$300.00 and higher
-Phillips BDP7200/37 ($300)
-Sony BDP-S350 (I bought one for $267.00 at Crutchfield)
-Panasonic DMP-BD50 ($600.00 I really like this one)
-Panasonic DMO-BD30 ($350)

However, if you have the cash ready and are willing to bargain, check the big sales Friday, or at reliable online stores I have mentioned. Also, in the same Consumer Reports issue, there is a list of the most reliable electronic stores. Look at this list before you order so you won't be sorry later And keep in mind that at least one of these stores ships free of charge, even to Alaska.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, CA
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I would recommend the PS3 as well. I have the Sony BDP-350 in the living room and PS3 in the bedroom. Both are great, but the PS3 does have hiccups here and there with initial loading. No skips, but like Titaniummd says, it's easier to upgrade the firmware to be compatible with newer discs.
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