Originally Posted by wrinklefree
I just picked this up at BB last night. They didn't have it on display, so I had one of their salespeople check the back room. Sure enough they had a stack of them nobody knew about.
I currently have a PS3 that I've been using for about a year now, and after reading how the PQ should outshine the PS3, I thought I'd give it a go. Well I hooked it up last night, and to make a long story short, its really hard to distinguish a difference, since they're both excellent. What I do like about the unit is the advanced picture controls. For instance my Kuro display's brightness setting is really corse, as I learned when trying to adjust it with a pluge pattern from the DVE disk. I was able to fine tune it using the picture controls on the BD60 since they're much more granular.
After reading about how LPCM and bitstreaming audio should theoretically be the same, I was surprised to hear more detail when bitstreaming HD codecs to my Onkyo 805. This could entirely be due to the fact its not anywhere as loud as the PS3.
I'm not sure I'm going to keep it yet however. I'll use it for a few more weeks and make a decision.
It’s a bit surprising the Kuro didn't let you see the extra clarity and detail over the PS3. It is there somewhere...
But you did notice the improved sound quality. The Toshiba XD-E500 was my favorite player for sound quality. Now the crown goes to Panasonic. It’s a welcome contest to see which player can generate the widest, deepest, seamless, most immersive atmosphere. All with the least grain, most relaxing explosive dynamics and highest amount of believability. The PS3 has been accused of bring bright. It can be as it’s a computer with six processors generating noise.
It’s humorous as most students just know that all HDMI sound quality should be the same, and sound the same. Bits are bits I’ve written about the reasons this is not necessarily true (emissions and coupling), but there is always one stick-in-the-mud who will disagree forever.
In any event it’s great to read of several owners simply noting the improved sound quality. I had owned the first DVD player to incorporate sending audio and video over HDMI, the Panasonic 97. It sounded terrible. For the first time, with the BD60 I can sit down and watch movies for hours on end as both the picture and sound quality are so high. Remarkable for a $300 player.
I did try the remaster which increases and generates more bass at each successive setting. My $3K JL Audio woofer easily bottoms out as bass levels are too hot. Otherwise switching the upsampling to 96KHz was seamless, but it did not obviously improve the sound quality. Maybe I should read the owner’s manual to find out exactly what the remaster does!
One hint for the best sound quality: always delay the audio in the HDMI receiver, as this reclocks the audio data to reduce timing jitter and distortion