I have been enjoying Bluray movies on my Gen 1 PS3 since Feb 2007. My system includes
Epson 1080UB projector (1920x1080p native including 24Hz support)
HK AVR 745 (awesome receiver - can do 5.1 PCM through HDMI but only 1080i pass through)
Because of the receiver's limitation I used a monoprice 4x2 matrix HDMI switcher/splitter. Since I can set the list of supported audio formats in the PS3, this monoprice product worked well for me. It would let me set PS3 to output 1080p24 and then the projector will get that and the receiver will also get that but the receiver was able to process the audio from it but not able to pass through it. It worked well enough except for occasional glitches and problems properly playing SACDs at 176.4kHz sample rate using the PS3.
Recently, I got the upgrade bug and bought a newer receiver, but was not impressed by the audio quality. So, I returned it. Then I found a floor model Panny BDT-300 and bought it for $200. I am impressed with the picture quality. It also let me do two different kinds of audio connections neither of which was possible with the PS3. The BDT-300 has two HDMI outputs. I can set the second output for audio only and send it to the receiver and send the primary one to the projector. I did this and both audio and video quality are superb. I also tried the 5.1 channel analog out of the BDT-300 and it also was great. Sometimes, I thought the analog sounded a tad bit better than the HDMI but I think that was because of the volume level differences.
Since then, I have been thinking - I have been nervous about getting a floor model that is a little scuffed up and also they did not have a wifi dongle for it. The BB employee was actually pretty rude to me today because I went there the third time to ask for the dongle. Looks like he is neither going to come down in price some more for the missing dongle or get me one.
Based on the reviews in this thread, I bought a BDT-210 from BB. This one has only one HDMI output and no multi channel analog audio. So, I tried using the monoprice switcher/splitter. Big failure. First of all the video kept cutting out. Not stable at all. The video came up in 1080i many times and even if I managed 1080p it was not 24Hz. Audio was only in stereo. Could not get it to do 5.1 PCM. I had set the audio formats in the 210 to do PCM for everything. Looks like the EDID info in the switcher messed up the 210 and unlike the PS3 I cannot force the audio output on the 210. So, regardless of any video quality improvements, BDT-210 is a no go for me. I also bought a BD-85 from Sears for $140. I have not opened it. It has only one HDMI and I would assume it will behave similar to the BDT-210. However, it has multi channel analog output. I also think based on information in this forum, the quality of BD-85 and BDT-300 should be similar. I will still check out the BD-85. With BD-85, my only choice is multi channel analog. Next up is the upcoming BDT-310. It has 2 HDMI outputs I believe but still no multi channel analog.
So the BDT-300 gives me both choices for audio. 310 and 85 give me one and 210 gives me none. Oppo 93 gives me both too - but the price is a lot higher.
So, is the audio quality of 310 going to be significantly better than the 300 to warrant me going exclusively with dual HDMI and give up multi channel analog? Should I just stay with multi channel analog and keep the BD-85? Or should I just take a big upgrade and get the Oppo 93. I wish I could keep the BDT-300 until the 310 is out so I can compare- but BB only gives 30 day return window. Also, the 210's build quality is a lot flimsier than the 300. The 85 I think will look similar to the 300. Aren't they both 2010 models?