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For all of you who state that Sony has a poor track record with new technology, I have only one word: Trinitron. Its inventor (an American) first took it to the (then) American TV manufacturers, all of whom reacted with indifference. But Sony recognized the potential inherent in the design, and refined it to the point that decades after its introduction every manufacturer was copying it.
Sony has always been a leader when it comes to cutting edge technology, but their arrogance rubs a lot of people wrong so their products aren't always embraced by their competitors. This leads to a lot of their innovations not being accepted as "standards", and thus eventual "failure" in the international market (their products tend to do very well in Japan). Many people will say that Sony comes out with new tech, then abandons these gadgets when sales begin to sag. This is not true....they just cease to actively market these "losers", particularly in the US.
I bought two PS3s, and even though I'm not a gamer I'll never regret going that route rather than buying standalones. The Bluetooth remote is very easy to use (though it's a pain in the ass not being able to program my universal remote with its commands), the game console plays everything I throw at it flawlessly, and the audio performance is stunning (despite the lack of DTS-HD MA decoding or bitstreaming). Plus, I got two very capable computers at no extra charge!
No matter how people feel about its manufacturer, the fact of the matter is that the PS3 is currently the best bang for the buck when it comes to BD players. Until that changes (and it will) I don't see a problem with anyone "settling" for one. After all, you can always sell it to a gamer once the perfect standalone player arrives in the stores.
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