Dr. hankz, I would like a bit more info on this. I have been using my slim PS3 for blu rays and games. I run it through my Yamaha reciever to my Panasonic ST30. I am wondering if I would actually notice much difference in PQ between the PS3 and the Pansonic player you mentioned to make the additional purchase worth it. I know this is subjective, but anything you can share that will help quantify the quality difference would be helpful. My PS3 is not broken, so i don't need to buy something (as was the case with the individual you directed your comments towards.)
I am however, somewhat of a videophile with champagne taste and a beer budget I can afford $150 purchase if it is a significant improvement in PQ. Also, how well does the Panasonic player compare to the PS3 in terms of upscaling dvd??