Originally Posted by Bama29
The $20 Sony remote has worked flawlessly for me for a couple of years. I have never heard the fan from the PS3 unless my ear was 3" from it. Upscaling standard DVD's is better on my PS3 than on my other DVD player that was supposedly designed to do that. LPCM is as good as it gets. Lets see, you can surf the web, rent or purchase both SD and HD movies if you do not want to run to the video store. It also connects to a wireless router if you do not want another Cat5 cable running around the room. Just because it happens to play video games as well does not make it an ineffective Blu-ray player.
As far as the sony remote, I can't do that. I have a remote that will control lights, fireplaces, xbox 360, and everything. It better control my blu-ray player as well. It's really inconvenient when you have to switch between two remotes after you've had a harmony for a long time. LPCM, is a matter of preference. With a stand-alone player, i can do either bitstream or LPCM based on my mood if I want post processing or not. I also have my blu-ray player connected wirelessly through my wireless router.
The rental thing is personal preference. I have a huge selection of HD movie rentals through xbox, and even netflix instant streaming, but for the most part if they're movies I really want to watch, It's going to be on blu-ray. I need the quality. Basically, if I'm going to pay for it, I'm going to watch it's going to be on blu-ray,especially since I have netflix. However, some movies I'll watch for free on netflix if the movie isn't reallly something I want to watch.
The upscaling may be decent on a ps3, but it's not on the same level as these new stand-alone players which are also much cheaper than a ps3.
I picked up a brand new panasonic bd55 which had internal decoding, bd live, ethernet capability, and multi channel audio pre-outs for $150. 0 fan noise compared to the ps3. I'm not saying the fan noise was loud, but it's noticable in my house during quiet scenes.
If I'm like most people, surfing the web on the ps3 is a pain to me. I use a 2.4 lb netbook for that.
IMO, I think the PS3 makes a wonderful blu-ray player for people who want to play games, but for people who don't plan to game on it, why spend the extra money when a cheaper blu-ray player does everything I want it to do including working with my remote?