Finally purchasing Blu-ray player! BDP-S360, what to expect? (N00bie.):P

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  1. Ray_R

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    Hey, just finally decided on purchasing the Sony BDP-S360. It'll be my newest piece of equipment for my cheap HT so far since I make gradual upgrades. What's this thing about external memory? Is it through the USB port to a USB device? I'll only be using component as video to my Sony STR-DE598 6.1 receiver which doesn't have the lossy and lossless audio support. I figure that'll be the next item to upgrade, the receiver.
    Perhapsa receiver which has at the most 5 component ins, a few HDMI (my TV is just a 25" 4:3 Daewoo flatscreen with component, it's what would fit in the room and my budget when I bought it.), full 7.1 with support for all the current HD disc audio codecs. My current receiver only supports whatever the specifications list online. I don't really mind at the moment.
    So for sound, would it be a better idea to feed it into the reciever via digital coaxial audio or just analog it? I have a component switcher since the receiver hasn't enough component ins. My Comcast DVR box and Oppo multi-region player are being run through the switcher and then to the receiver. My XBOX 360, which got the E 74 error (I don't even have a printer to print out the mailing slip thing), is directly run to the receiver via the component/digital optical audio inputs. So as I'm stating, should I just run the cables of the Blu-ray player, when I receive it of course, through the switcher? I know it'll be the component through the switcher but I'm debating running the audio through the analog inputs on the receiver. Would I have better audio through the digital coaxial cable or through the analog?
     
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    Okay it's shipping via UPS Ground. Can anyone give me suggestions for what I described above?
     
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    The digital coax connection will give you DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1 sound, while analog connections will only give you stereo output, at best. I would suggest using the digital coax for the best sound.
     
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    Digital for sound as Scott says. USB memory -- basically you stick in a 1-2GB USB thumb drive (plain, not "U3") so it can store features you download from the internet, the "BD-live" feature.
     
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    Alright.


    Would it matter what size the USB drive would be to store BD-Live content or is there a limit? I'd also have the ethernet port jacked in with a LAN cable of course for firmware updates.
    There's also support for something called AVCHD. I'm assuming that'd just be for HD broadcasts/showings from online made for customised discs which the Blu-ray player can then play. I'll look it up on Wikipedia too.
    It was also a really good idea to get several titles first before purchasing the player. Especially since I've been checking my collection, DVDCompare.net and dozens of other comparison sites for the Blu-ray counterparts while selling the same titles on DVD.
    Few titles of which I'm already considering to import since they're Region 0 are:
    Les Visiteurs (Amazon.fr possibly?)
    ZULU (Amazon.co.uk)
    BATMAN RETURNS (Same as above)


    And some others.
     
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    USB drive size -- you'd have to check the manual (download from Sony site) to see if there is an upper limit. You don't need much, you can delete content if you run out of room, download it again later. There's not much compelling content yet anyway.
     
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    How about firmware updates? In the .pdf manual it said 1GB and up is fine so I ordered a 4GB flash drive. It also seems it'll save the firmware updates to it too. Glad I'm reading the manual via .pdf so I can get an idea how to go about things before perusing the actual printed one more thoroughly.
    Seems like I made a great investment! Now, since I also have a 360, which needs to be sent in to repaired, which also uses the LAN cable, would it matter if I switched it between the two? More-so since I'd be using one or the other at a time.
    Thanks for the help gents!
     
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    The USB flash drive is not used for firmware updates -- just for BD Live content storage. The automatic firmware updates only require an Internet connection via the ethernet port. As Stephen said, there is not much compelling BD Live content out there anyway, so don't waste much money on a large USB thumb drive. I added either a 1 or 2MB drive to my Sony BDP-S350, and I hardly have any space used. I never bother to check BD Live content anymore, since the ones I have checked out have been pretty useless, IMO.
     
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    Originally Posted by Scott Merryfield
     
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    The firmware is temporarily downloaded to internal memory (not the USB flash drive) and then extracted and applied during the upgrade process. As already stated, the USB flash drive memory is for BD Live content only.
     

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