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Old 12-15-2008, 08:38 AM   #61
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if you had a dvd player with good up converting qualities that the picture was as good as blue ray.
I used to be this way. I was content with 1080i & upconversion. But it was only optimal on certain films. Older discs still looked doctored.

Once I viewed Blu-Ray on my Uncle's 1080P system, I was hooked. I could see individual hairs on actors from a 70's movie!!!

The price came down to $150 on the players & I jumped in. Now, there is no going back. With the price breaks, I suspect the platform will really start to take off now
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:16 AM   #62
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Once I viewed Blu-Ray on my Uncle's 1080P system, I was hooked. I could see individual hairs on actors from a 70's movie!!!
70s movie, eh. Ahem, what type of hairs? Hmmmm?

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Old 12-15-2008, 04:30 PM   #63
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I used to be this way. I was content with 1080i & upconversion. But it was only optimal on certain films. Older discs still looked doctored.

Once I viewed Blu-Ray on my Uncle's 1080P system, I was hooked. I could see individual hairs on actors from a 70's movie!!!

The price came down to $150 on the players & I jumped in. Now, there is no going back. With the price breaks, I suspect the platform will really start to take off now
Cool, thanks.

I found these remarks in slickdeals and thought someone might find them useful. It was basically the same question as the OP.

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthr...id=0&t=1063048


PS3 Disadvantages:

1) Uses a lot of watts and puts out too much heat just for playing a Blu-ray.
2) Doesn't have 7.1 analog outputs to send HD audio to older receivers without HDMI
3) Causes a buzzing sound with some receivers
4) Doesn't have manual audio lip sync adjustment which may needed with older receivers
5) Doesn't support bitstreaming all formats
6) Can be more physically noisy when fans start up during movie
7) Doesn't look as nice as a dedicated Blu-ray player
8) Costs more than some very good dedicated Blu-ray players (see below)(or you need to sign up for some credit card to get a better deal, which I recommend avoiding.)

Panasonic BD35 Disadvantages:
1) Doesn't have manual audio lip sync adjustment which may needed with older receivers
2) Doesn't have 7.1 analog outputs to send HD audio to older receivers without HDM

Sony BDP-S350 Disadvantages:
1) Doesn't have 7.1 analog outputs to send HD audio to older receivers without HDM

Sony BDP-S550 has:

1) HD decoding of all formats and bitstreaming capabilities
2) Manual adjustable audio sync
3) 7.1 analog outputs (of all decoding formats)

Panasonic BD55 has:

1) HD decoding of all formats and bitstreaming capabilities
2) 7.1 analog outputs (of all decoding formats)
3) Slow motion / frame control
4) Outputs DVD at 24p (see review I linked




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) Yes it uses more watts than your average BR player and therefore puts out more heat. Heat is a negligable issue for the vast majority and the extra watts is even less. Have you done the math? If you watch a movie every day it is still pennys a month difference.

2) This can be an issue for some people. Not the OP but you have a point here.

3) Don't know much about this issue so I can't comment. The fact that I haven't heard of it means it must be affecting a very small percentage.

4) Could be an issue. Although I can't remember the last movie I saw that needed any adjustment.

5) So ... in some cases you won't see the little light on your receiver? How is this a problem? PS3 internally decodes and sends via HDMI.

6) Can be if you have a defective unit or you're in a hot room. This was an issue with the 90nm cell which hasn't been in production for a long time.

7) Some people might find it more attractive but this could be an issue.

8) If you want a PS3 the Sony promotion is great. The effect on your credit is negligible unless you have borderline credit in which case you won't get approved anyways.

You missed a couple of disadvantages.

1) Won't fit into standard rack space.

2) No IR build in for universal remotes.

There are some signifigant advantages.

1) Fast start-up and disc loading.

2) Fast handling of ff/rw and chapter skipping.

3) Handles java heavy discs easily.

4) Well-supported by Sony with firmware updates that are easy for even the average Joe to do. (This one is big - Bluray is an evolving format and many non tech savy people might have trouble updating firmware of other players)

5) Very good Blu-ray disc picture quality.

6) Can decode and send lossless audio. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio in case your reciever can't decode them.

7) Can stream media wirelessly from your PC.

8) Plays games. OP didn't mention it but when I got my PS3 it was for the media and now I have found several games I enjoy.
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Maybe Apples and Oranges but I am in the market as well. Got a xbox 360 and besides all of the functionality the sound when that fan gets roaring is dreadful. Actually looking for a cabinet to enclose it in. On another point, the 60 gb HD and the additional features, i.e. dvd capabilities, wireless network, video streaming makes up for the fan. If I could do it over again I would have asked her for a PS3 and a remote and called it a day.
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