Got a 40GB PS3 to familiarize myself with it. When the re-introduced 80GB appears on June 12 I'll get one of those and then return one or the other depending on whether the 80GB unit is as quiet as the 40GB.
Right now the 40GB is sitting out in the open and it is plenty silent for BD playback. It will be going into the cabinet later this weekend. It will be paired with an IR2BT to allow remote control from my Harmony remote.
I'm using a Blue Jeans HDMI cable to connect to the D2.
I have it sending HDMI 1080p/24 to the D2 (with Frame Lock=OFF and HDMI Repeater=NO in the D2) and 6 channel LPCM for audio. The D2 is converting the video to 1360x768p/60 output for my plasma.
The PS3 will also send 720p/60 for games, and 1080i/60 for "video rate" Blu-Ray discs. I don't intend to use it for standard DVD playback.
So far, my optimal settings in the D2 for this PS3 appear to be:
Brightness 50, Contrast 51, Color 51, Tint 48, Exponential Gamma 115
As with the Comcast box, the trick of raising Contrast by 1 and countering by raising Exponential Gamma (in this case only by 1) appears to produce imagery which has significantly less banding in tricky scenes. I found no gotchas during calibration -- either at 1080p or 720p. And the HDMI handshake appears reasonably solid, although the initial handshake to 1080p/24 takes about 6 seconds.
My first impressions are quite positive. The PS3 is silent and very responsive during Blu-Ray playback. The firmware update process works without a hitch. At the moment I'm using it with Sony's optional BD remote control, and that works fine (although it's ridiculous that this remote has no backlighting for the buttons).
I must admit, I continue to be impressed with how well my Pioneer DVD player and the D2 handle standard DVDs, both for video and audio. I can see improvement for reference quality transfers (comparing DVD and Blu-Ray) in the brief amount of Blu-Ray viewing I've done, but it is not night and day. That is, both ways look "right" when you are watching them even though I know I'm seeing more detail in the Blu-Ray version, and can actually quantify it in many scenes. In one sense this is a compliment to the video editors who handled these very high quality standard DVD transfers. Of course to get that quality of SD-DVD playback you have to be really careful with your SD-DVD setup. Whereas it comes almost automatically for Blu-Ray.
ETA: I'll do some A/B comparisons with the SD-DVD and Blu-Ray versions of some high quality releases (e.g., Ratatouille) after my setup stuff settles down a bit. Both my Pioneer and the PS3 appear to display Paused frames cleanly, so this should be straightforward to set up both for still frames and moving sequences.
There is, I think, a bigger difference on the audio side. The surround sound experience, in particular, seems much more natural. Now don't expect you are going to think the actors are there in the room with you. Instead the audio becomes more seamless and "movie like". You will, of course, from time to time be startled by sound effects that sound like they ARE in the room with you. And the dynamics will impress as well.
The bottom line is that even with a 768p display and a 5.1 speaker setup, my first impression is that Blu-Ray is enough of an improvement to be worth it.
Anyway, it is early days yet. I'll probably have some more details later. For those who are convinced I'll regret using the PS3 for Blu-Ray playback: If there are particular things you'd like me to try to help me feel buyer's remorse, now is a good time to bring them up! (grin!)
I love to hate Sony, but I'll need some help this time.