Back in December, I too was tossing up between the PS3 and a standalone.
I started a couple of threads, and got some interesting responses...http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=75318http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-r...35-vs-ps3.html
In the end, I got a PS3.
For the record, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.Why?
* Fast as hell.
* Love the optional Bluetooth remote, and not having to aim it at the machine.
* Love the slot loading drive and operation. You just put in a disc, and the machine turns itself on.
* Love that there's no front LED display to cast light into a darkened theatre room.
* Love the info/bitrate meter that pops up when you hit the Display button.
* Love the PS3's menu and GUI.
* Love the frequent updates.
* Love having a machine that won't get discontinued next year.
* Love the flexibility of having a games machine / web browser / photo viewer / media server / etc.
* The largest user base of any Blu player.
* Many friends have PS3s, so games can be lent around. We can bring our controllers round to each other's places for the odd gaming night!
* Couldn't care less that it doesn't bitstream HD audio. It's best done in the player anyway (for interactive features, etc).
* Upscaling (on a 90" 1080p projector screen) could be very slightly
sharper, but it's still basically up there with the best. It's very clean and smooth, and compares well to the Toshiba HD-EP10 or the HQV scaler built in to my Benq W5000 projector.
* Am completely unconvinced that a standalone can offer superior Blu-ray PQ over HDMI - unless it's employing some sort of "enhancement" of its own.
Having said all this... I still recommend the Panasonic BD-35 to many friends and colleagues!!Why?
* Many folks just don't want or need anything more than a simple, cheap, solid unit that plays discs and nothing more.
* Slim, more rack-friendly - You can put it anywhere.
* The PS3 is an awkward shape, a fingerprint magnet, and downright hideous to some people.
* No chance of them having issues with heat, noise or power consumption.
* Already comes with an excellent remote.
* SD card reader to play back your AVCHD handycam footage
* Decodes DTS-MA, unlike the similarly-priced Sony 350.
* Panasonics have a brilliant track record for DVD playback quality and compatability.
* It comes DVD region-free out of the box (in Australia, at least).