Originally Posted by Wazzey
Haven't purchased a PS3 yet, are you all saying that it bitstreams out throught HDMI and lets your receiver do the decoding of the DTS-MA or is it doing it internally? If it is doing it internally, are they going to be able to allow for the receiver to do it in the future with an update? I've got a receiver that will do the decoding and was just starting to look for a bluray player.
No the PS3 will NOT bitstream the codecs, only will decode them ALL and pass them to your receiver via HDMI (only) as LPCM. Theoretically, near same exact sound, but your receiver will display "Multi channel IN" rather than the exact codec name. It's a debate I've been struggling with for a couple of months as I'm in the same boat. If I could get a PS3 with SACD playback today, I probably would. My only other concern is the fan noise as my rack, while not being closed in the front has a few components that give off a good bit of heat. I've read some post where people say that their PS3 can sound like a hair dryer from across the room. I'd probably have to get some other fan rigged. Your other concern is the bluetooth remote sensor doen't work IR universal remote. See Miata's above post==he's had a work around, but still got fed up.
All that said, the PS3 still is at least at the top(if not the top-see new Home Theater mag) of the BD players available(for the Money). Some can't live with remote, some can't live with fact it's a gaming system, some want
the bitsteam(ps. this apparently cannot be ever updated via firmware) and a couple of other things as mentioned.
In possibly a month to two months, new players by Sony, Panasonic, and Philips will be coming out and all of these will bitsream all the codecs. There are a couple options out now with a lot of variablity in price and reliability.
So, it's either wait, take a chance or go with the PS3. A whole bunch of happy people have done the latter.