Now that Blu-Ray has won, and as I’m not expecting to be able to download iTunes movies anytime soon I decided to tackle my aging stack and get a Samsung Blu-Ray player - to match my 1080p video wall.
These Blu-Ray players don’t exist in New Zealand according to Samsung.co.nz and Noel Leeming. I asked a question on the Samsung website and got this thoughtful response. (I think they are supposed to write something between the lines)
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Undeterred I found Harvey Norman on Tory Street for the first time. They had a lot of gear in there including the Samsung BDP-1400 in stock. I also need to replace my 8 year old Sony 5.1 Receiver with an amp that had HDMI inputs. I went for an Onkyo 7.1 with 3 HDMI inputs.
That will handle the Blu-Ray player, AppleTV and apparently Sky is out soon with an HD receiver that should plug into the 3rd slot.
The sticker price of the BDP-1400 is $1400, but just a glance at the sales dude and it’s $1000. So I was feeling good until I got the question = ‘What HDMI cables do you have?’.
Apparently there are HDMI cables and there are HDMI cables. Standard HDMI cables are not rated for HiDef. The super duper cables are $499 sticker ($400 with a glance) and of course you need two. What!?!
I definitely have a problem with spending $400 on a cable, and even worse $800 on two. That really took the gloss off the purchase. How can a cable cost that much? I smell a rat.
Anyhoo, it all installed easily and works well.
HDMI really cleans things up.Â I pulled out around 8 cables from my old system that I no longer need. I still had to run left/right/video from MySky and a 2nd old Sky box through to the receiver and up to the tele. You only get out what you put in (you can’t get composite in and HDMI out of the Onkyo).
Samsung (they should change their name) seem to have the best game in town right now. They work well and the remotes are easy to use. The Onkyo Receiver seems good but they haven’t nailed their interface as well as Samsung has.
I don’t really watch movies more than once so for Blu-Ray movies I’m looking at signing up for DVDUnlimited. Anyone have any thoughts on that?
Also what have you heard on HDSky? Sales dude reckon’d April.