..nah, many of us "knocked it" because at launch it wasn't everything it should have been (profile 2.0, decoding of lossless codecs, PnP media playback). Like BD (if I may be bold) it had huge potential but (at the time) an expensive price and an underwhelming first year. Plus, annoyances like a lack of IR made for those who truly =aren't= using it as a game player were forced to look at clunky solutions.
In late 2008, it's another story. No player comes close, period. There are mature solutions for the IR solution (amusing that Joe K chose one of the flakiest - can the Nyko even power off the PS3? Email Ben, boys and girls of Criterion!). Profile 2.0 is here. Load times are 1/10th of the slowest players. TrueHD/DTS-HD MA are now working happy. With Tversity I can use the unit as a full featured streaming machine. And, if you -don't- use it for DVD upscaling or game play, it's a heck of a lot more quiet than it -could- be.
No analogue m/c output, no bitstream, and a requirement to purchase an IR workaround. It uses lots of electricity comparatively, and is louder than a standalone. It's form factor is greatly different than any of the other a/v pieces on one's rack.
These are the =only= remaining caveats, and (not coincidentally) are the only things that can't be fixed by a FW update. Heck, I had a total of 2 weeks of owning my used 20gb unit with a "broken" 5.1/7.1 issue with some BD titles, and those got fixed, if quietly, by the latest round of updates. These remaining caveats are drastically overwhelmed by the sheer divide between this player and every other one in terms of features and capabilities for anyone that has an HDMI-based audio system.
It would be a shame to gloss over the growing pains this unit had, just as it would be a shame for anyone in the market for the finest blu product available to ignore the PS3 just cuz it's for "gamerz".
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