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Old Oct 28, 2008, 10:07 PM   #1
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MacMall has Sony BD player for under $200

I have no idea how they're doing this, but I saw this deal at MacMall while browsing through Cnet reviews yesterday:

http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/...no~7529079.asp

A frickin' BD-Live ready Sony Blu-ray Disc player for under $200!! It's the BDP-S350 if you need the model. My dad bought an older model pre-BD-Live Sony that works pretty well (aside from slow load times). This isn't the best model you can get, but it's a Sony for less than $200.
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Old Oct 28, 2008, 10:13 PM   #2
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Amazon also has one for a little over $200:

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-BD-P15.../dp/B0014H16V0
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Old Oct 28, 2008, 10:52 PM   #3
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Amazon also has one for a little over $200:

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-BD-P15.../dp/B0014H16V0
Awesome. I have the BD-P1400, basically that one without BD-Live. It was a steal at $300 a year ago. Pretty good system aside from the occasional flicker like a scratch on a DVD. Firmware upgrades take care of those.

I hope at some point they start building in WiFi. It would be a lot easier to do firmware upgrades that way instead of via CD or ethernet.
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Old Oct 28, 2008, 11:10 PM   #4
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Awesome. I have the BD-P1400, basically that one without BD-Live. It was a steal at $300 a year ago. Pretty good system aside from the occasional flicker like a scratch on a DVD. Firmware upgrades take care of those.

I hope at some point they start building in WiFi. It would be a lot easier to do firmware upgrades that way instead of via CD or ethernet.
I have the BDP-1000. Amen to the wifi as I need a firmware update every other week it seems.
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Old Oct 29, 2008, 01:53 AM   #5
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I have the BDP-1000. Amen to the wifi as I need a firmware update every other week it seems.
I'm also annoyed that Samsung, and I believe Sony, only have CD-burnable updates available for Windows. Is it REALLY that hard to write a firmware update that can be burned onto a CD using a Mac?
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Old Oct 29, 2008, 02:08 AM   #6
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I'm also annoyed that Samsung, and I believe Sony, only have CD-burnable updates available for Windows. Is it REALLY that hard to write a firmware update that can be burned onto a CD using a Mac?
The updates for the BD-P1000 come as an ISO. It has been awhile, but I don't recall having much trouble burning it with the disk utility.

The Toshiba HD-A1 I owned was extremely picky about the way the ISO was burned to the point of needing special software just to get it right.
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Old Oct 29, 2008, 02:37 AM   #7
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Some of us idiots forget that sometimes the manufacturers write the instructions for the dumbest person physically able to read the darn things.

I just worked my way through putting the ISO on a blank CD (there's 2 cents I'll never see again!!!) and it looks normal so far. I hate feeling dumb finding out this information like this!
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Old Oct 29, 2008, 03:38 PM   #8
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A frickin' BD-Live ready Sony Blu-ray Disc player for under $200!! It's the BDP-S350 if you need the model. My dad bought an older model pre-BD-Live Sony that works pretty well (aside from slow load times). This isn't the best model you can get, but it's a Sony for less than $200.
According to reviews, it is a pretty decent player, and a steal at that price. Unfortunately, I'm based in Europe. I actually tried to buy a BDP-S350 earlier today, but the store wanted $420+VAT. No deal.
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Old Oct 29, 2008, 03:53 PM   #9
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I purchased the BDP-S350 about three months ago for upwards of $400...It's a fantastic player; a steal at MacMall's price! Buy it!

The software/firmware updates for the S350 all come via internet. Two days ago I turned on the player and it notified me of a new update. The process was a no brainer; easy and only about five to ten minutes of wait time.

In the setup menu, I strongly suggest you turn on the "quick startup" feature. While it consumes a bit more energy, it reduces the boot up time to a totally reasonable ten seconds or less (compared to the 20 - 60 seconds I experienced on other Blu-ray players I've owned).

It's an awesome player...It makes every other player I've owned seem like a buggy proof-of-concept.

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Old Nov 1, 2008, 11:29 PM   #10
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That's an awesome step forward.

Very cool indeed...imagine what black friday prices willl be like...99.99$?
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