Originally Posted by Jeff Farrar
But rather what are the advantages of a standalone player, mainly the BD35, vs. a PS3? Is it just the fact of having a standalone player? Or not dealing with a Bluetooth remote?
I bought a PS3 in its 60 GB iteration and I have been impressed with its upgradeability. It was the only player out at that time which is not now obsolete. It has had firmware upgrdes to add support for BonusView, BD-Live and DTS-HD decoding and all around the time the competition was releasing new players to add these features. BTW, I haven't bought a single game for it. I only use it as a Blu-ray Disc player.
It's quick, to be sure, though it is losing its lead, particularly on players like the BD35/BD55 which has a resaonable quick boot-up time and loads many discs only slightly slower than the PS3 (or in some cases slightly quicker). The PS3 is definitely more perky when it comes to actual BD-Java and BD-Live interaction due to its on-board storage and powerful CPU.
But dealing with the Bluetooth issue is a pain. I have the Blu-ray remote which performs most operations as well as the Nyko IR remote, and this can allow you to operate *some* of the functions of the PS3 from a universal remote like a Harmony but not everything. Certainly not as seamless or integrated as an IR-based home theater component.
Really the benefits of going with a standalone player like the BD55 or BD35 over the PS3 are
- video quality (the BD55 does have a slight edge on the PS3 there, though they're both good)
- raw audio bitstream support (in case that's important to you)
- better integration with a home theater system
- multi-channel analog output (if that's a requirement for you)
- the convenience and familiarity of a device that is more like an A/V component and less like a computer in its operation
- front panel display that shows useful info like time into movie/time remaining
I'm sure there are other opinions. I can say that right now, having the PS3 and a BD55 in the system, I'm using the BD55 for all DVDs and Blu-ray Discs and don't feel like I'm sacrificing anything vs. the PS3.