Originally Posted by BIslander
It's more than theorists. I think you'll find most owners in the PS3 threads don't have the same problems you describe. I'm not saying you are wrong in your experience. But, I believe you are overstating the issue.
I wouldn't say PS3 has PCM output problems, just that bitstream is better. Something like that is hard to quantify, my wife prefers bitstream but wouldn't mind the listening to PCM one bit. I, on the other hand, am willing to spend $300 to get the BD55 for just its bitstream ability.
When you have a chance to do a real life comparison, I'm interested to hear what you think the difference is worth.
To further quantify the difference, I had my wife put the BD55 into either bitstream or PCM without me knowing and I can tell you what track I was listening too. This is far more difficult to do that the A/B test and it proves to me that no placebo is involved. The "tell" I used was that PCM tends to put everything up front in the sound field with little seperation. Granted, I did this test on a song from Sweeny Todd which I have listened 20 times in the last few days and I don't think I can do it on a disc I have never heard before.
I managed to identify the transportation method used 3 out of 3 before my wife was fed up doing this and told me to get a life