Originally Posted by maxpower79
I'm seriously considering going from my 60GB PS3 to a BD80 for dvd and bluray playback, mainly because I find the PS3's fan noise during quieter sections of movies extremely annoying.
I have a couple of questions regarding the Panny BD80 I hope some of you can answer:
1. Is the BD80 relatively quiet during operation, is there any spinning noise, hissing or hum?
2. How does BD80's PQ on bluray playback and dvd upscaling compare to the PS3?
3. The reviews I've read on the BD80 mentions very good AQ, how does this compare to the PS3 (which I've heard is merely average in terms of AQ from professional comparisons)?
I have a BD60 and a PS3, so will venture some responses based on HDMI audio out and general use, as I imagine the BD60 and BD80 to be quite similar, unless using analog audio out. I am using a Pio VSX-9120 connected to a 5020 Kuro.
1. BD60 has noticable tray noise and some spin-up sounds when first loading the disc, and similar when ejecting. There is some hum while it is playing, but very little, much less than my SA8300PVR, and dramatically less than the PS3 at its best. I do not notice the hum when a soundtrack is playing, even at the quietest parts.
2. With all BD60 settings at default and compared to the PS3, the picture quality on BDs is very similar. However the BD60 provides the ability to fine tune an image...very handy with the Kuro, as the recommended settings for best blacks (as listed in user forum) tend to make me think I'm losing a touch of detail. I find by turning the gamma up a few notches on the BD60, I get an ideal picture. PS3 has no such options. (anybody else has video setting recommendations? don't see many on this thread or the 35/55)
I find SD images with 24p turned on to be much better on the BD60...more accurate colours, better upscaling...but I haven't tested much yet. Raiders of the Lost Ark looks great. Without 24p turned on, PS3 seems better in my limited testing. Other opinions from those who have tested more SD?
3. Comparing audio via HDMI, and not using profess. tools. I find the absence of the PS3 fan noise creates a stunning difference. Seems like not only the volume but the frequency of the PS3 fan noise may have been masking many subtle sounds. I am picking up environmental effects that I never heard before (birds chirping, leather fabric crinkling, footsteps on different surfaces). As well, I had to use the dialogue enhancer tools to get a reasonable volume with the PS3 which modifies the sound track away from original intent and balance. Now, without that setting, everything sounds more detailed and balanced. Unless you had your audio equipment in a distant cabinet, you will notice a big difference.
still keeping the PS3...Tiger Woods golf is addictive...