Originally Posted by availingfaith
Also, in addition to my last post.
What DOESN'T the PS3 offer as a Blu Ray player? As in what would be the drawback against other stand alones?
Price really isn't an issue for me, I just want the best quality (video and audio) Blu Ray player. The only "extras" I really care about are commentary. I care less about BD Live stuff but do want the ability to upgrade firmware via download.
The draw backs are:
1) Your DTS-MA or TRUEHD lights on your AVR will not light up because the PS3 can't bitstream HD codecs over HDMI (but decodes them and send them as Multi-channel PCM over HDMI).
2) SONY offers no IR input on the PS3 and you have to purchase a 3rd party IR solution to use a universal remote.
3) The PS3 only outputs sound and video on one of its outputs at a time (ie no analog and HDMI video at the same time, no HDMI audio and spdif or analog audio at the same time.)
4) The PS3 only supports 2 channel analog output and not 5.1 or 7.1 analog out that some stand alone players offer.
5) The PS3 draws more power and generates more heat than stand alone players. (This can lead to more fan noise and limited installation locations.)
6) The PS3 appearance doesn't match standard AV equipment.
All that being said it is still the best BD player available.
1) Fastest (http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=74197
2) Most up to date FW releases
3) Decodes all BD HD sound formats
4) Plays HD video from various media (uPNP server, CD, DVD, BD, USB, etc)
5) Has wireless BD live access
6) Has access to SONY's VOD via the internet.
7) All/most new releases are tested for playback compatibility on a PS3.