Originally Posted by earwit
Keep in mind if you are using the PS3, that Sony just released firmware 1.80 which is a major upgrade for HDMI video output. It has helped my PS3 work far better with the D2..
I totally concur with that. I just installed a PS3 in my room yesterday (Tolstoi's wife said I lost all credibility with that move!
1080p24, Media gallery... I couldn't resist and bought one. I just drank Sony's Kool-Aid!
But handshake is now rock-solid and so fast between the D2 and PS3, it's really impressive. Compared to the Toshiba HD-XA2 and the Pioneer BDP-HD1, it's a breath of fresh air...
The PS3 picture with the latest firmware is easily on par with the Pioneer BDP-HD1, and 1080p24 is rock-solid directly to the JVC HD-1/RS-1. But since I'm now using 1.11e again, I'm using 1080p60 from the PS3, and there is no differences with the BDP-HD1 picture quality with the same resolution. BUT! The PS3 is so fast and handshake is rock-solid! It takes like 10 seconds to put a Blu-ray disk in it and start the film. Just like my Oppo with DVDs. The PS3 is 20-30 seconds faster then the Pioneer Elite BDP-HD1 or Toshiba HD-XA2 for booting and starting to play a Blu-ray disk.
But PQ is just great. On the same level with the Pioneer. After watching 2 films yesterday evening, I'm so happy I bought the PS3... I was only waiting for 1080p24 before making my move...
And the Media Gallery is working alot better and faster on the PS3 then the Pioneer. Faster and easier to use.
IMHO, the latest firmware for the PS3 just made all the other Blu-ray players already on the market or coming out this summer OBSOLETE. I'm sure alot of Sony's partners making Blu-ray players are not really happy about that latest firmware for the PS3... Sony is probably paying ALOT of money to those manufacturers and "partners" to keep them "happy" after coming out with that firmware...
I'm sure Drhankz won't talk to me anymore
(and I lost all credibility with Tolstoi's wife
) but the PS3 is an awesome Blu-ray player, even if not considering the price alone!
The only "problem" is the PS3 fan noise... It's like having a plane in my rack.
It's behind a closed door, so I can't hear it, but I can only imagine what it would be like if it was directly in the room! The Pioneer BDP-HD1, fanless, was SOOOO silent...