Blu-ray player recommendations

My cinephile niece suggested I get a Blu-ray player so she can come over and watch movies with me.
Her dad got her into this stuff and she has access to hundreds of kinos that she is dying to have me see.
What player should I get?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    PS5

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    ps3

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This.

      PS5

      Or if you are looking to have sex with her, this.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Does this even support the latest 4K HDR Blu-rays?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        PS5 does

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        No.
        op asked for blu-ray player, not 4k HDR blu-ray player

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >cinephile
          >access to hundreds of kinos
          >not 4k HDR blu-ray player
          ????

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Desu, UHD blue ray is not that huge of an upgrade over blue ray

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Desu, UHD blue ray is not that huge of an upgrade over blue ray
            depends entirely on the TV screen size and distance you sit at.
            40" 4k at 2-3 feet? You're gonna notice the increased res at UHD.

            55" 4k at 10-12 feet? You're not gonna notice much vs 1080p at the same size/distance.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I'm not saying that the increased resolution, codec, and bitrate aren't welcomed and noticeable; apart from a few UHD BDs, I've never really cared all that much (unless the AVC BD was a shit master and the HEVC UHD is just that much better). Also, to be tbh HDR is much more of an improvement than 2160p compared to 1080p anyway.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >watching the kind of garbage that's available on 4k blurays
            You're nothing but a casual movie watcher, probably into the MCU as well

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Planet Earth II and III are on UHD bluray

            You can piss on modern movies all you want, but don't you DARE shit talk Attenborough in front of me.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      PS5

      have fun listening to loud ass fans while watching a movie.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        never happened to me
        also its no louder than a projector

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    whatever is on sale, it makes no difference

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      only reasonable post

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >it makes no difference

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Panasonic DMP-UB900 or a used Oppo UDP-203. Don't listen to the PS gays

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What advantages do these bring over the PS5?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Slightly improved image quality

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    what's a blu-ray lol

  6. 1 month ago
    C

    Maybe a PS3 or a cheap blu-ray for amazon/walmart

  7. 1 month ago
    C

    from amazon/walmart**

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly depends on your TV, if you have a basic ass TV it literally doesn't matter, if you have something higher end it's worth considering investing in BD since theres an actual quality difference from streaming.
    Other option is downloading 1:1 BD rips if you have the storage for it.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    All depends. How big is your TV and how close do you sit to it? The bigger the tv and the closer you sit then the higher quality rips/discs would be worth it. Equally a big tv and you sit back from it then the quality doesn't much mater. Eye can't tell the difference. Nuts; Large ass tv, you sit so close your hand can touch the screen from the couch. WTF, you totally don't get the wide screen experience and you don't need such large tv in the first damn place.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Well play OP. This was a subtle attempt to get "phile" and niece into the same sentence without anyone noticing.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This one lets you play .mp4 and .mkv files straight off the disc. No transcoding needed

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-ubp-x700-m-streaming-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-player-with-hdmi-cable-black/

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Hate these dumb long urls

      https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-ubp-x700-m-streaming-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-player-with-hdmi-cable-black/6454118.p?skuId=6454118&extStoreId=570&utm_source=feed&ref=212&loc=18471498634&gad_source=1&gbraid=0AAAAAD-ORIjF2po2Bh2G58wkbTTQLo2Bw&gclid=Cj0KCQiA-62tBhDSARIsAO7twbbDHvdrXkcS3-pHiurxYp5VVpIcBLL8LfezSaLEbtoA815lbW1YSA8aAqFPEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You shortened it incorrectly
        https://bestbuy.com/site/6454118.p

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Ahh I cut too much off the first time. Noted, thanks

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why do people use optical disks instead of having a RAIDZ array with BD rips?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      RAID is for uptime, if you don't need continuous uptime, you're better off with regular offline backups instead of a live array.

      The live array just costs more for no real benefit unless you NEED your movies to be available 24/7/365. If you can deal with a short outage and switch to your backup, then that saves you a ton of money for just a minor inconvenience.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        In this case, I wrote RAIDZ because I was imagining possibly more data than fits on one drive.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Even if that's the case, keeping regular offline backups (even with multiple drives) is cheaper than a RAID array.

          Keeping live parity disks is just a waste of space unless you NEED 24/7/365 uptime.

          RAID is intended to keep data live during hardware failures, and is not a backup solution in and of itself. (even if most home users treat it like a live continuous backup) The whole point is for companies that are offering digital services, or rely on their data to earn money, keeping that data live 24/7/365 with tons of redundancy makes sense as any downtime will cost more in losses than you'd spend on the redundant hardware in the first place. This simply normally isn't the case when dealing with something like a collection of blurays at home where you can just redownload the blurays in the event of a total hardware failure at worst, or use offline backups and restore from a backup drive in the best case scenario.

          tldr; there is little need to spend the money to keep a RAID array for this kind of shit at home.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            We all gotta learn somehow.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >RAID is intended to keep data live during hardware failures, and is not a backup solution in and of itself. (even if most home users treat it like a live continuous backup)
            >even if most home users treat it like a live continuous backup
            Even on IQfy every fricking day I see lots of morons talking about RAID as a backup solution

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yup, and they willfully ignore the cost of running a live array as well, a regular backup scheme with offline backups is so much cheaper and safer long-term than running discs live all the time continuously checking for parity. The discs in the array used for parity data are racking up tons of read/write time.

            With an offline backup in the event of a hardware failure of my live data, I can just go swap my backup drive with the failed drive, create a new backup drive with the existing backup (or use the new drive as the new live drive, either way works) and then order a new spare backup drive (or wait for a sale if I'm confident in not having another failure anytime soon).

            I can be very confident my offline backup drive will be up to the task as it only gets used occasionally when making backups and doesn't have thousands, or tens of thousands of hours on the drive from running all the time in an array.

            With an array when a drive dies you can replace the drive and rebuild from the parity data, but during the rebuild process there is a chance of another drive failure and the odds are increased in arrays with larger HDD sizes, and because the other disks within the array are all ALSO high read/write hour drives that will be more prone to failure later in their life after heavy use compared to an offline backup drive only used occasionally.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Agreed.
            Having only live backups, RAID or not, is also a bad idea because they might not protect your files from some ransomware infection or file corruption caused by something other than failing storage (i.e. some misbehaving program, or even some type of user error).

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >With an offline backup in the event of a hardware failure of my live data, I can just go swap my backup drive with the failed drive, create a new backup drive with the existing backup (or use the new drive as the new live drive, either way works) and then order a new spare backup drive (or wait for a sale if I'm confident in not having another failure anytime soon).

            Works nice when you only have limited amount of data and time/dedication to swap drives regularly, when things get big and you get lazy nothing beats automated backups to live backup servers.

            Expesive? Might be?

            Takes a lot of time configure, automate and manage? Depends on what and where you do.

            Priceless when your main storage system shits the bed? Ecaxtly.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            And how many HOME users are in that niche position?

            I'd wager 1 in 50,000, probably even more.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Well, majority of people are fine with their phone/laptop and some cloud backup (iCloud etc.), could be worse.

            Datahoarders are different animals, but even there there are folks who would rather have automated backups rather than sneakernet to their grandma's house.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I just keep a closet with my backups and then everything else backed up in the cloud for an offsite copy.

            Way cheaper than running a live array AND also paying for offsite backups.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have a UB820, it's a UHD player and quite frankly it's overpriced.
    There is a firmware mod for it that allows you to switch blu-ray regions with the remote.
    The mod used to be paid and they guy that did it was a major butthole. People at AVForums took out his shitty copy protection and ported it to the latest firmware.
    https://www.avforums.com/threads/lets-try-again-to-put-the-free-in-regionfreedom.2441584/page-39#post-31906429

    The mod also works for the UB824 and the cheaper UB420 and UB424.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    playstation 3 up to 5. i recommend 4 since it's cheaper and there are a lot of fun multiplayer games on it which you can play with visitors and stuff. even if you don't play vidya it's nice to have.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    used oppo 203

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    PS4 pro maybe I think that does 4k? Also good thing about PS3 is that if you install custom firmware you can rip blurays using homebrew, devscene for PS4 is tiny so we never got a bluray ripper

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >PS4 pro
      It can do 4k gaming and 4k streaming, it can't do UHD/4k blurays.

      PS5 does though.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is it feasible to have a HTPC with a Blu-ray drive for playing directly off the disk? How is the software for playback on desktop? Is DRM an issue?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's more an issue finding both a case that has a 5" bay and anyone still actually making BD drives. The last optical drive i saw was an external USB one that looked incredibly flimsy.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's more an issue finding both a case that has a 5" bay and anyone still actually making BD drives. The last optical drive i saw was an external USB one that looked incredibly flimsy.

      DRM is an issue, playing back UHD blurays directly in windows is an exercise in futility, and getting the surround codecs and HDR standards to all play nicely is even more of a pain in the ass.

      Get a dedicated bluray player if you want to playback discs locally. Otherwise just pirate everything and use Kodi/Plex/etc to an Nvidia Shield TV pro (or similar device) hooked up to your TV instead of an overpriced HTPC setup.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Out of curiosity do the 1:1 BD rips strip out all the DRM bullshit?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yes

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hope you get some tonight, OP.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's wild how we're into 2024 and bluray drives for PC are still fairly expensive. meanwhile, DVD drives, of all sort, have been <$10 for ages now.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    That small sony in your picture supports regular blu rays and can drive netflix and youtube. No other applications but few exists for it. It can overheat.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Do you have one?

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you want a cheap Blu-ray player, I would suggest a PS3 or maybe PS4. I picked up a PS3 Slim from a thrift shop for 35 dollars around 8 months ago. At any rate, check thrift stores. If you pick up a PS3 Slim, you can also play your old PS and PS2 games as an added bonus.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      PS and PS3 as an added bonus*. Sorry, Slims can't play PS2 games unless they are bough from the PS Store. They use emulation.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Most PS3 have worn drives. I wouldnt reccomend them for BluRays anymore. The fat and slim models have this problem often at this point. Might as well get a dedicated Bluray player or a PS4slim/XboxSS/Xbox one slim, for the quieter fans and longevity.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Get an external optical drive, flash a firmware tweak granting it LibreDrive, then rip and encode those sons of prostitutes to a Jellyfin server.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >LibreDrive
      Neat

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Impress her with getting a Laserdisc instead

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This video gave me so much joy to watch.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >side 2
      Do you have to flip these things partway through the movie?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        yes

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >My cinephile niece
    How old is she?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Letterboxd link?

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you have a 4k HDR TV then any Blu-Ray player capable of UltraHD is fine and there will be no differences between them in quality. Quality differs, though, if you’re going to play up-converted 1080p Blu-Ray discs to a 4K TV. 90% of UltraHD discs use Dolby Vision so it’s STRONGLY recommended to get a TV that supports Dolby Vision to watch UltraHD releases on. To ensure all your options are covered get a TV that supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, but of the two DV is much more important if you had to just pick one. Peak brightness for a DV compatible TV should be at least 1000 nits as that is what most DV content is programmed for, with the highest content being 4000 nits.
    DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUTUBE SHILLS. They NEVER explain that dynamic HDR (Dolby Vision and HDR10+) is clearly the best, and that by nature they will enforce HDR profiles which makes all TVs with at least 1000 nits look the SAME (except for higher 2000 and 4000 nit releases). For this reason Samsung TVs which don’t support DV are WORTHLESS unless don’t care about dynamic HDR at all ie just want a gaming monitor etc.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >there will be no differences between them in quality
      That's just wrong
      different devices handle color differently, it's literally one of the major differences between an LG-produced OLED panel sold by LG and an LG-produced OLD panel sold by Sony. The Sony one is calibrated by Sony and runs Sony software which is generally considered to be more color accurate and capable than the LG TVs.
      Similarly with Bluray players the way they handle the color information and the way it gets presented to the display can change depending on the bluray drive used.

      All drives will be capable of playback, but there is a reason $500-1000+ reference quality drives exist. They adhere to a much stricter hardware and software standard that properly and more accurately displays the UHD disc, this is checked with industry-specific test discs with various test patterns and video tests to run to see how good a panel (or bluray player) is.

      To claim there is NO difference at all just says you know basically nothing about how this shit ACTUALLY works. You think it's like some digital vs analog audio debate.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >OLD
        OLED

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Accurate

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Not quite correct. Both are the same display (e.g. A90J and G2 or A80L and the C3), but the processing is different. With a 4K BD, you will hardly see any difference, if both the LG and the Sony are professionally calibrated. The Sony will overtrack near black and the LG will undertrack. Sony's biggest advantage is upscaled content (broadcast, DVD, BD). On the other side the Sony's input lag in game mode is terrible.
        Same applies for the Samsung S95B / Sony A95K.
        You also have the option to smoothen gradients on a Sony OLED, but that comes with the cost of overall brightness.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >i'm going to restate everything you said in a slightly more pedantic way that makes me more correct, even though both posts have identical points
          wow you sure showed him

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Sorry, but false. All a BD player is going to do when connected to a 4K DV/HDR10+ TV is stream the UltraHD data to it…nothing else. It’s only when it’s doing up sampling and running image processing will the player make a difference. So if you have a 4k tv that supports Dolby Vision (or HDR10+ in a small number of cases) which you want to watch UltraHD BDs on the player has no impact on quality as it is simply reading the data stream and sending it over HDMI. It’s not decoding the stream, adjusting things, and then re-encoding it for output to the TV like what you seem think. Besides, a huge point of DV is to enforce the exact image as intended by the studio and all supporting hardware has to play ball to get the certification; if it was messing with a DV stream it would never get DV certification.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >there will be no differences between them in quality
      That's just wrong
      different devices handle color differently, it's literally one of the major differences between an LG-produced OLED panel sold by LG and an LG-produced OLD panel sold by Sony. The Sony one is calibrated by Sony and runs Sony software which is generally considered to be more color accurate and capable than the LG TVs.
      Similarly with Bluray players the way they handle the color information and the way it gets presented to the display can change depending on the bluray drive used.

      All drives will be capable of playback, but there is a reason $500-1000+ reference quality drives exist. They adhere to a much stricter hardware and software standard that properly and more accurately displays the UHD disc, this is checked with industry-specific test discs with various test patterns and video tests to run to see how good a panel (or bluray player) is.

      To claim there is NO difference at all just says you know basically nothing about how this shit ACTUALLY works. You think it's like some digital vs analog audio debate.

      Accurate

      Not quite correct. Both are the same display (e.g. A90J and G2 or A80L and the C3), but the processing is different. With a 4K BD, you will hardly see any difference, if both the LG and the Sony are professionally calibrated. The Sony will overtrack near black and the LG will undertrack. Sony's biggest advantage is upscaled content (broadcast, DVD, BD). On the other side the Sony's input lag in game mode is terrible.
      Same applies for the Samsung S95B / Sony A95K.
      You also have the option to smoothen gradients on a Sony OLED, but that comes with the cost of overall brightness.

      >i'm going to restate everything you said in a slightly more pedantic way that makes me more correct, even though both posts have identical points
      wow you sure showed him

      why do you gays assume op has a top-quality tv when most people would never spend more than $500 on one? if op had anything good he'd already have a player instead of watching whatever shit-smear streaming video he watches.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        A lot of normies have OLEDs now, just because you're a homierd and can't fathom spending more than $500 on a TV doesn't mean that's ACTUALLY the average person's mindset as well.

        I'd say MOST people who aren't cheap fricks or poorgays are perfectly happy to spend $1000-2500 on a TV every 8-10 years, someone who bought a nice $2000 plasma in 2012 for example, it wouldn't strike me as odd at all if they upgraded to a $1000-2000 LG or Sony OLED in 2020-2022.

        Why are you assuming EVERYONE has a shit-tier TV just because you do?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          all that projection lmao

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            What exactly is projection?

            I don't even own a TV.

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Panasonic DPUB820 (or 824 if you are located in Europe).

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >>My cinephile niece
    You want to dick down your niece, don't you?

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ah, the sly uncle poster post.

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if you have a pc then just get a blu ray drive.
    If you want a standalone get something that plays 4k uhd because I'm pretty sure that's the endgame for visuals, I personally would like to know I can play these if an opportunity for one comes up.

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    bump

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      bump

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just get a Panasonic dedicated one

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What's wrong with typing in "[name of movie] watch free" in the search bar?

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'd like a DP-UB9000P1K, but with BestBuy and Target dropping Blu-Rays...I'm apprehensive

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's pretty gay that they're doing that, but why not just shop online for your Blu-rays?

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You guys still use optical media?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      of course. you are ready for the upcoming epic solar storm of 2024 anon, are you?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Is it truly something to be concerned about, or yet another nothingburger?

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