MacMall has Sony BD player for under $200

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Michael CM1, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors 603

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    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/detail~price~107~Redir~1~dpno~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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  3. thread starter macrumors 603

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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.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    I have the BDP-1000. Amen to the wifi as I need a firmware update every other week it seems.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 603

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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?
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 603

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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. :eek:

    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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    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.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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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.

    Nathan
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    That's an awesome step forward.

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

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