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  • Dead PS3 - good replacement?

    After 3+ years of loyal service, my PS3 got the yellow light of doom (a condition which I didn't know about until yesterday).

    I disassembled it last night to try this fix: http://www.ehow.com/how_5542358_fix-...-light-ps.html but I need ot borrow a heat gun and find some heat-sink compound.

    In the meantime, I was doing some reading on BD players to replace it. (when I bought it, it was the cheapest BD player, but I haven't played a game on it in 1-2 years so I can probably just go with a cheaper BD-only player). Anyone have opinions on the Sony BDP-S370? Sonystyle has a good deal on refurbs right now.

  • #2
    Do you need/want streaming capabilities like Netflix?
    What is your price range?

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    • #3
      I'm not really interested in Netflix (I'll wait a couple days for the quality of BD vs. the convenience of streaming), but Pandora (for background music) & streaming music/pictures from my computer are appealing features. I have a hard ethernet connection, so wireless isn't particularly important to me.

      I don't have a set price range, I'm willing to pay whatever is reasonable. But for a dedicated player I'd probably say less than $150. More than that and I'd just go with another PS3 since I was perfectly happy with it's capabilities.

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      • #4
        I bought this Sony one a few months back and love it!
        SONY BLUR-RAY MODEL BDP-BX37
        http://www.docs.sony.com/release/specs/BDPBX37_mksp.pdf

        I also have a hard wire ethernet and didn't need wireless.
        A lot of people would buy this model only to find out that
        they needed the specific wireless adapter that was pricey ($75?)
        and then would return them.
        I paid $69 for a like new one on Ebay - and use it to stream Netflix.
        http://shop.ebay.com/sis.html?_kw=SO...d=220738704987

        (you are right about the quality streamed vs DVD/Bluray in hand!)

        Most negative reviews on Amazon point to the wireless snafu -
        but YMMV

        I had no trouble with mine on the Netflix hookup via Sony's site.

        -M

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        • #5
          I would buy this Blu-ray player from Amazon for around $125-$130...

          Panasonic DMP-BDT110 Wi-Fi Ready 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc Player

          You will get a free copy of Avatar 3D and could sell it on eBay for around $100...

          Food for thought...:)

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          • #6
            This might be a dumb question, but why on Earth is Avatar 3D selling for $75-120 on Ebay? I assume it's out of stock/print, but wow, they will probably make more at some point. And it wasn't that good of a movie.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Kevin_Wadsworth
              This might be a dumb question, but why on Earth is Avatar 3D selling for $75-120 on Ebay? I assume it's out of stock/print, but wow, they will probably make more at some point. And it wasn't that good of a movie.
              Avatar 3D is not available to the general public yet, and is only available through Panasonic packages (and maybe 3DTV packages).

              If you have SACDs, the S370 and the S570 are good choices (S570/S770 getting rave reviews last year). Sony Outlet has the S370 and S570 at $68 (this week) and $129, respectively. The S370 is not 3D capable.

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              • #8
                Ah, thatnks blackzard. A coworker bought a Panny Plasma for Christmas and got Avatar 3D with it, so I thought it had been out for a while.

                I do have SACD, but I still use my Onkyo SP-1000 for CD/SACD/DVD-A duty so that functionality isn't important to me. I saw the refurb deal on the S370, that seems like a good choice if I need it (I'll find out tonight if the PS3 fix worked - need to pick up heat-sink compound after work.)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kevin_Wadsworth
                  This might be a dumb question, but why on Earth is Avatar 3D selling for $75-120 on Ebay? I assume it's out of stock/print, but wow, they will probably make more at some point. And it wasn't that good of a movie.
                  Hey! I take issue with that comment! :boxer: It was one of my favorite
                  movies -and fantastic in 3D! (just imo :D )

                  good luck with your "fix" and/or what you end up with!
                  Great to see the pricing on these players come down.

                  -M

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                  • #10
                    I wasn't saying it was a bad movie, fanuminski. :) I liked it, although not as much as many people.

                    My favorite movie is Braveheart, but I still wouldn't pay $100 for it!

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                    • #11
                      Sadly, the "fix" didn't work last night. So, I went with the BDP-370. A bit more than the Panasonic if I sold the Avatar, but I'd rather not hassle iwth the mail-in rebate and then Ebay selling.

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