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  1. #1
    AR Newbie Registered Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    In the market for a BLU Ray Disc player

    Its been a while since I've purchased a Home Theatre product. I've always been a real fan of Harman Kardon products but I've been out of the loop for quite sometime. I currently own Harman Kardon AVR 510, it still works great in my opinion. I also own the HK DVD 50 which just sh** the bed. I'm in the market for a Blu Ray player that also can upconvert all my regular DVD's. I don't want to spend more than $300. I currently have the Sharp Aquos 46 in. 1080p LCD.
    Is HK still considered a great product? Do they have a qaulity DVD player?

    Any suggestions on other products?

  2. #2
    Buy the Oppo BDP-80 for $289 straight from the company. It will work just fine with the HK and Sharp gear. Upconversion is very good and the company is very highly regarded.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Your 510 does not have HDMI and the Oppo does not have multichannel outputs at the $289.00 point, so you'd have to use coaxial or optical for audio which would not pass the HD audio formats. The sound is still slightly better than DVD due to less compression.

    Wal-Mart was selling a Pioneer on their website for $108.00 but you'd have to check features.

    Panasonic & sony both offer feature rich models at the $199.00 point.

    If HK has a BD player I haven't heard anything about it.

  4. #4
    Audio/HT Nut version 1.3a
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    The current panasonic model you need is the DMP-BD80. It decodes and passes (analog outs) the HD audio. I'm not sure about its bass management capabilities.

    If you sign up for rebates at you will get a 6.25% rebate and a net price of $188.02 shipped free, from Electronics (they have a very high rating, see below)[CommerceService%20scenario%3d"o"%20docid%3d"A91134E

    I tested out its brother the BD60 (doesn't have the outs) against my Oppo 83 and it is very close in video quality. The Panny 60/80 series are felt by many to be the best of the below $300-$500 players (except Oppo).

  5. #5
    LMB is offline
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    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Check out the Oppo 80

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