Most recently in a store I bought a Philips BDP-3100. The purchase was not scheduled until we were in the store itself.
I have a western digital media player (WDTV). Unfortunately we have just one of those Philips TV's where the player's remote control fails about 3/4 of the time thanks to infrared lights. When purchasing a Blu-Ray in the shop the requirement was that it can play MKV's from a USB hard drive, replacing that media player. So I walk up to an employee to ask whether it can. "Yes it can", there seemed to be no doubt with him. So we bought that thing. Today I checked if the Blu Ray player actually can play MKV from a USB hard drive: no it can't...
Fine, I was very nicely misinformed there in the store
Anyway, I think I can still exchange it for one another. The player is not unpacked (and I can always play the, I still know the face). So I am now looking for Blu-ray players that can play MKV from Hard drive. However, almost every player can play MKV from USB 2.0, but nowhere is told whether a hard drive is supported.
Why do I ask? In a review on the internet I saw that the better version, the Philips BDP-7500 only supports up to 160GB of storage and people are continuesly talking about flash drives.
However, I'm looking for a Blu-ray player that supports really all hard drives! For example, 1TB or 2TB ... I can't find whether it can!
Does anyone have such experience with the Samsung BD-C5900, for instance? Does it support larger hard drives?
Also, can one of those players also play MKV from a home burnt DVD or Blu-Ray?
Then finally a question about 7.1 analog outputs (to see if they are worth the extra cost). I have here an amplifier with two speakers and a separate subwoofer connected to that the amp. There is a crossover on the sub itself, but the frequencies are not filtered from the main towers. Can I also connect the blu ray directly to the sub itself through the subwoofer output and devide the other 7 channels into the front two channels? So a sort of 2.1 output function type?
Thanks in advance!
The only BDP that I know for sure supports MKV files that large is the OPPO BDP-93 which even includes an ESATA Port. I have no experience with the Samsung.
So are you not using any Preamplifier at all? If not, I am not sure I understand how you can control the volume let alone sum the 7 Analog Channels into the Amplifier directly. What kind of Amplifier are you using? Might it be an Integrated Amplifier with a Preamp Section?