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Sony BDP-S300 $399.00 plus $100.00 Gift Card at Best Buy

Old 11-20-07, 07:31 AM
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Sony BDP-S300 $399.00 plus $100.00 Gift Card at Best Buy

Just got an email from Best Buy about a Black Friday sale on the BD 300. Buy it for $399.99 get a $100.00 gift card, a copy of Spiderman 3 and the five free movies. Pretty good deal.
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Old 11-20-07, 09:25 AM
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How is this player??
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Old 11-20-07, 11:02 AM
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How is this player??
The following review does not paint a pretty picture-

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/t.../sony-bdp-s300
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This version does NOT have the motorized door, right? Is that only the the First Sony and the new 500 version?
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Old 11-20-07, 11:55 AM
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I had this unit for about a week and wasn't impressed at the time. It is very slow and when the player was skipping on a few of my dvds, I decided to haul it back. If you want a standalone, save the money and get either of the Panasonic models.
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Old 11-30-07, 12:10 PM
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Will a Sony Blu-Ray player work better than other brands like Panasonic with a Sony LCD HDTV?
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Old 11-30-07, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Terri
Will a Sony Blu-Ray player work better than other brands like Panasonic with a Sony LCD HDTV?
No. Any brand of Blu-ray player ought to work fine with a Sony LCD HD display.

The Sony BDP-S300 is an older model and is not Profile 1.1 compliant. That means it will not be able to play certain special features on upcoming BDs involving picture-in-picture comentaries and the like. The only Profile 1.1 compliant player on the market is the Panasonic BD30. Others are expected to be released next year.

The Sony Playstation 3 is expected to be able to be firmware upgraded to being Profile 1.1 compliant, so that is another alternative for those who don't mind using a video game machine as a Blu-ray Disc player.

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Old 11-30-07, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Terri
Will a Sony Blu-Ray player work better than other brands like Panasonic with a Sony LCD HDTV?

The only benefit would be that the remote would come preprogrammed to operate your tv. The Panasonic really is the better bet, or wait until CES in January for a 1.1 player with an ethernet port.
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Old 12-01-07, 05:58 AM
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Thanks.

Can the US HD and Blu-Ray players play region 2 DVDs?

And, are HD and Blu-Ray discs divided into region 1 and 2, just like DVD discs?
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Old 12-01-07, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Terri
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Can the US HD and Blu-Ray players play region 2 DVDs?

And, are HD and Blu-Ray discs divided into region 1 and 2, just like DVD discs?
Pretty sure it can not play region 2 DVDs. Yes, Blu Ray has region codeing, but most studios are not using it. Columbia's day and date titles use it, but most of theire catalog does not. I believe most Fox titles have it. At least some of Disneys are not region coded if I remember correctly.
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Old 12-01-07, 11:56 AM
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To add to what Bcolon said, HD DVDs are not region coded but, as with the Blu-ray Disc players, the HD DVD players are not region free for SD DVDs.

By the way, I believe that North America and Japan are in the same region for BD. That means that BDs that are region limited can be imported from Japan and will work in US/Canada Blu-ray players.

An interesting aside to all this: the fact that BDs are region encoded is the reason that New Line is releasing its first titles such as Hairspray on BD first, with releases on HD DVD to follow in a few months. This is intended to protect theatrical distribution overseas, so it is likely that New Line catalog titles will not follow this pattern (think: LotR).
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