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What is the best 4k player outside of the Oppo?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Ronald Epstein, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. Matt Hough

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    Consensus seems to be that the Panasonic 820 is the best overall player at the moment.
     
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    I just received a 10% off a single item coupon from Best Buy, so I'm considering pulling the trigger on a Panasonic 820 as an upgrade to my Sony X800, which doesn't support Dolby Vision. The added reward points on my BB credit card should also net me a couple of free UHD titles, as well.
     
  3. Scott Merryfield

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    Well, so much for buying the Panny 820 with the Best Buy 10% coupon. The fine print had some exclusions that eliminated this item from being eligible. I can wait awhile longer.
     
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    That sucks!
     
  5. Scott Merryfield

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    Yeah, the number of restrictions listed in the small print of the coupon was almost as long as the list of side effects published in pharmaceutical advertisements. Why offer a coupon and then not let the customer use it? :angry:
     
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    Best Buy......

    Losing to amazon for 20+ years....
     
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    Those Best Buy 10% coupons have been the biggest joke for years.
    They have so many restrictions that they are rendered useLess and are really just to get you in the store.
     
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    I was able to use a BB 10% coupon when I purchased my Sony X800 UHD player early last year, as that one only had a few restrictions. This one, though, had so many caveats that I wondered if there was anything in the store I would actually be able to use it for.
     
  9. Osato

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    Any good deals on UHd blu ray players for Black Friday?

    $150 was the lowest I saw
     
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    I'd wager that's probably about as low as they'll go this year.
     
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    I’m at least another year out. Next generation players will develop and the 007 films will come out in 20.
     
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    Yea but I would tell you to be careful. Don't buy a player just because it is marketed as 4K UHD. The Oppo [and recent Panasonic] models prove that not all UHD players are equal. My advice would be to buy the one that checks all of your boxes first time around, regardless of price.
     
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    Sony has a decent player as well?

    I will get serious in a year or so.
     
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    I thought there have been some issues with Sony players.
     
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    There have been, no question about it. I bought a Sony X-700 on deep discount several months ago to use as my primary player and let my Philips be my back-up. I was edgy knowing what trouble folks have had with their Sonys, but I have to say that so far, my Sony has been a champ and I haven't had a single problem with it. Yes, it is a pain to turn on Dolby Vision when I play a disc that has it, but that's been the only negative so far.
     
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    The Sony X700 supports Dolby Vision, but you have to turn the feature on/off manually -- that's a show stopper for me. I own the older X800 model, which is more solidly built and includes support for SACD and DVD-Audio discs (the X700 only plays SACD). However, it doesn't support Dolby Vision.

    I planned to upgrade to the Panasonic UB820 player for Dolby Vision support, but spending the $500 for the player hasn't been a priority for me just to get that one feature. Open box units show up at Best Buy -- I almost pulled the trigger on a deal for one through Best Buy's eBay storefront during a one-day eBay discount day last month (cost was about $380), but we were heading out of town for 2+ weeks and I didn't want to deal with getting someone to pick up the package from my front porch.
     
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    If you enable DV playback on this player, does it disable it every time power is cycled?
     
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    Don't know. However, when it is enabled, it outputs everything in Dolby Vision, whether it's encoded in that format or not.
     
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    Well that's a pretty dumb implementation. I can see why you're not considering it.
     
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    I haven't been following closely, but it seems that some of these players (such as the Panasonic 820) are just now becoming readily available. But won't we see a new batch of players just two months from now at CES?
     

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