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Topic # 159978 18-Dec-2014 22:52
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Well this whole new TV thing is a bit of a learning curve.  First off I didn't think I was going to be able to connect my old Sky silver box because I didn't have a SCART to Component lead, and the My Sky + box is coming tomorrow, so I wasn't going to buy one for one night's viewing.   Then my aging AV amp didn't want to play, because it was too old to have HDMI inputs, but had an S/PDIV cable between amp and TV, and 'eventually' managed to find how to set it up.

So my wife left to start her night shift, and I thought, 'Right.  I'll try out this 3D mylarky', so connects up my admittedly not too flash Blu-ray player, and puts on Avatar, and I'm wondering what all the fuss is about.  I started it again in 2D to see how different it looked, and this time stopped to read the dialog box that said my player was no good for 3D.  Bugger.  I didn't even know there was a difference!

So can anyone recommend a half decent 3D Blu-ray player?

I only have the one Blu-ray disk, but I've also noted that the current player won't play most of my DVDs, so a Blu-ray player that will do all regions would be a plus.

Thanks for any advice.

Trevor Dennis
Rapaura (near Blenheim)

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  Reply # 1200261 18-Dec-2014 23:24
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A BluRay player that's 3D and plays multi-region DVD's out the box?
Pioneer BDP170...
It will connect to your TV via HDMI, and if you choose, to your amp via optical (or could be coax, I can't remember) as well as RCA cable.
You could buy a Panasonic 3D BluRay player for similar money, (but without the connectivity) and get it multi-regioned by your local service agent free of charge... but the Pioneer is probably going to be the best pick.


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  Reply # 1200523 19-Dec-2014 12:26
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Thanks for that.  Had look round town today, and eventually found the DPD160, but asked and they had a 170 hidden away — trying to shift the old stock I imagine.  They dropped the price on the 170 to match the 160, and it plays all my DVDs, so thanks again for the heads up. 

I'm just using the audio connection between the TV and AV amp, rather than have to switch sources all the time, so I'm only using the HDMI socket.  Seems to be working OK, although I realised the SW was doing anything, and found a cable pulled out.  I can't give it a proper test right now because my wife is sleeping after her night shift, so am looking forward to that.

Something kind of weird is that our old 42 inch TV had been looking very small since I'd been trawling the shops looking at big TVs, and now the new 60 inch does not look as big as I expected in the room.  It is a big room, and my wife thinks it is plenty big enough, so it'll do till time for the next upgrade. :-)

Thanks again for the help.

Trevor Dennis
Rapaura (near Blenheim)

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