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2D to 3D conversion is never going to be particularly convincing, and is a gimmick that will remain determinedly turned off on my setup when I upgrade to 3D (after a quick test to make sure it actually is as bad as I expect it to be). Studios drop millions of dollars to get a 2D film painstakingly converted to 3D by expert visual effects specialists, and from what I understand of the process a lot of manual intervention is involved, and even then the results are sub-par (Clash of the Titans, anyone?) so automated conversion in a £150 Blu-Ray deck really isn't going to cut it. Like many AV effects widgets (bass boost; "concert hall"-type listening modes; pseudo-surround sound) this really isn't going to do your source material any favours.Otherwise the deck looks good. No need for wifi or BD Live here, so glad the wifi dongle and local storage are optional extras. 2nd HDMI not an issue for anyone with a decent, recent AV amp with HDMI 1.4 (my Onkyo TX-SR-608 will happily pass the appropriate signals). All I'm waiting for is another generation or 2 of 3D TVs to iron out the crosstalk issue and a range of titles compelling enough to convince me to buy...
Guys, what would you say has the fastest load times of all the <£200 players you've reviewed?My Sony BDP-S350 annoys me, though it is a fairly early player. The disc load times were excellent for the time, but I'm sure have been surpassed since. Another issue I find with it is that if you switch it on and hit eject it won't just give you the disc. No, it seems to read the entire disc first before it will spit it out...
To get around the low number of USB ports, I connected this player (and a Panasonic Plasma) to the web via a Wi-Fi bridge, using the LAN portSo far I have found no problems connecting to the web, and the Panasonic iPhone apps all seem to work. Having already set up a Wi-Fi network, I had no problem installing a bridge.I recall that the bridge cost about as much as the optional Wi-Fi dongle. A cheaper option (that I have not tried) may be a bridge that only has one Ethernet port. I now have more free USB ports than I need.As noted before I ignored any problems with 2D-3D conversion, I tired of this option on the first day and have not been back to it.A good 3D Blu-ray movie is however a joy to watch. If you want to see the potential of 3D in a nature doco hire "Cousteau Presents Sharks 3D".
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