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post #1 of 141 Old 04-03-2008, 08:46 PM - Thread Starter
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What do you guys think about the Sony BDP-S550 (coming out this fall) versus the Sony PS3 as a Blu-Ray player? Should I wait to get the BDP-S550, or just get a PS3 now?

It doesnt look like the BDP-S550 offers anything above and beyond what the PS3 with BD2.0 upgrade can do, but correct me if I'm wrong..
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What do you guys think about the Sony BDP-S550 (coming out this fall) versus the Sony PS3 as a Blu-Ray player? Should I wait to get the BDP-S550, or just get a PS3 now?

It doesnt look like the BDP-S550 offers anything above and beyond what the PS3 with BD2.0 upgrade can do, but correct me if I'm wrong..

Bitstream audio output of next gen codecs (True HD, DTS HD MA), and decoding of DTS HD MA (which the PS3 probably will do... at some stage)
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I think a huge factor will by your AV receiver. The 550 has a TON of flexibility when it comes to handling TrueHD and DTS-MA audio; it can internally decode and send to your receiver, it can bitstream the audio data for your receiver to decode, or it can internally decode then send to your receiver through its 7.1 analog outputs. With the PS3, it can only decode internally and still doesn't support DTS-MA in any form. If the new generation of lossless audio formats is important to you, the BDP-550 gives you better support options than the PS3.
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The S550 also has analog outputs, which the PS3 is lacking and you won't have to buy some goofy third party solution to make your Harmony work with the 550..
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The PS3 is nice because it supports gaming, but for movies I would go with the 550. I have both a PS3 and a BDPS1 in my theater rack and use only the latter for movies. My PS3 puts out far more heat and fan noise.
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Another nice thing that will make the S550 an easier choice over the PS3 is the inclusion of a USB port for external storage. I just hope it supports more than FAT32 drives and is not limited to just storage for BD enhanced discs.

The BDP-S500 currently has the ability to play MPEG2 program stream files, but I'm limited to what I can fit on a DVD-R/RW. If I could slap an external hard drive to the player, that would open up things a bit.
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The PS3 is nice because it supports gaming, but for movies I would go with the 550. I have both a PS3 and a BDPS1 in my theater rack and use only the latter for movies. My PS3 puts out far more heat and fan noise.

Wow that is surprising, does the PS3 put out that much heat??? I had the BDPS1 but returned it as I thought it was a POS. What are you doing for the lossless codecs other than PCM???
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yea, the PS3 uses almost 3 Amps. A standalone player probably uses 1/6 that.
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Bitstream audio output of next gen codecs (True HD, DTS HD MA), and decoding of DTS HD MA (which the PS3 probably will do... at some stage)

S550 doesn't bitstream DTS-MA

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S550 doesn't bitstream DTS-MA

Yes it does, it bitstreams AND decodes both.
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As of this last update, I'm certain I read the PS3 now supports DTS MA decoding. It will not bitstream it, but will decode it. I guess that is due out today, so maybe no one has confirmed this yet. But, it was announced by Sony.

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Yes it does, it bitstreams AND decodes both.

ّI stand corrected.
I was thinking of S500.

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Any speculation as to whether or not these new models will have faster load/play times? That's certainly an advantage that the PS3 has.
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Per my Sony rep, it will have a redesigned processor much closer to the speed of the Cell processor in the PS3. In short, it's supposed to be faster.

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Any speculation as to whether or not these new models will have faster load/play times? That's certainly an advantage that the PS3 has.


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Awesome! I'm really looking forward to the S550. I posted this before, but since you're speaking to a rep, do you have any info on the capabilities of the USB port? Will it only be for RAM expansion or will it also allow access to media on large USB storage devices?

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Per my Sony rep, it will have a redesigned processor much closer to the speed of the Cell processor in the PS3. In short, it's supposed to be faster.

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I just bought an Outlaw 990 but I do want to get in on that HD audio soon. I have a PS3 now but when the BDP-550 comes out for $500 I am going to be all over it. I will just patch the analog out right over to the 990 and get all the goods without having to buy another stupid finicky HDMI product (receiver that is). I also like the idea of having a player that is just a player. I didn't even want a PS3 but after buying that stupid Samsung BD-P1000 the PS3 was like a dream come true for performance and compatibility.

I am so excited to finnaly hear this HD audio everyone is raving about. Just the fact that the HD DVD and Blu-Ray are putting out 1.5Mbps over TosLink is a big improvement. I can't wait
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I'll see what i can dig up for ya. He was actually in again a couple days ago but i was with a client. I didn't get a chance to wrap with him about anything since i was busy.


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Awesome! I'm really looking forward to the S550. I posted this before, but since you're speaking to a rep, do you have any info on the capabilities of the USB port? Will it only be for RAM expansion or will it also allow access to media on large USB storage devices?

Thanks.


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yea, the PS3 uses almost 3 Amps. A standalone player probably uses 1/6 that.

The PS3 consumes almost 200 watts peak (older non 40 gig units) which is about 1.6 amps @ 120volts. My entire rack with PS3, receiver and (3) outboard amps only draws 4 amps typically, with higher peaks during really loud scenes. The 40 gig units consume even less.

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I'll see what i can dig up for ya. He was actually in again a couple days ago but i was with a client. I didn't get a chance to wrap with him about anything since i was busy.

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The PS3 requires too many trade-offs if your main interest is just to play Blu-ray movies. You have to deal with the IR remote challenge, more power consumption, noise and an slightly foreign user interface if you are not familiar with game consoles. If none of those bother you then the PS3 is hard to beat -- especially since it is available now
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Will the Sony 550 play SACD's?
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Here is a link that gives a lot of Specs on S550
Decodes and bitstreams both HD Master Audio and True HD
I just wonder how well it upconverts SD DVDs

http://www.blu-ray.com/players/playe...=63&show=specs
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Will the Sony 550 play SACD's?

I wish it does but I am not holding my breath
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Does the s550 have Brightness-picture-sharpness-color-hue-Noise reduction-white level- controls? Anyone?
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Does the s550 have Brightness-picture-sharpness-color-hue-Noise reduction-white level- controls? Anyone?

I think when the manaul comes out for the 350 we will know a little bit more about the things you asked for now it is all speculation.
I think the 350/550 are about the same machine except for the analog outs, internal audio decoding of dts hd/ma, and bd live ready are the main differences.
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I talked to a rep in the Sony Style store in Manhattan two weeks ago. He said the 550 should load way faster than the 500. I don't remember the exact number of seconds but definitely less than a minute.
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I am so excited to finnaly hear this HD audio everyone is raving about. Just the fact that the HD DVD and Blu-Ray are putting out 1.5Mbps over TosLink is a big improvement. I can't wait

Is that 1.5Mbps over toslink or coaxial?

Is that the legacy Dolby Digital and DTS that are at higher bit rates on BluRay than they would be on a Standard Def DVD?

I am constanly confused by the discussions on these audio codecs on Blu Ray.
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Any specific dates besides Fall for the release of this bad boy.
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I heard Oct 1. I'm also seeing reports that the list is going to be $599.95. I don't know why it went up $100.
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I heard Oct 1. I'm also seeing reports that the list is going to be $599.95. I don't know why it went up $100.

For the same reason the Panny BD50 went up from its initially announced MSRP. The US dollar has plummeted in value in the last 8-12 months and will likely drop further.
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