Originally Posted by blacklion
How is DVD upscaling on the PS3 compared to the Oppo DV980 which he already has? Or to the Oppo BDP80 that he's considering? Unless he has the original 60GB launch console, will the PS3 give him DVD-A and SACD playback?
I've heard upscaling is comparable, but others may disagree. Seems like the consensus is that for the Oppos, the 983 has better upscaling and the 980 is better for audio. I have a 980 and cannot tell a difference between it and the PS3 through component ports. (I am a CRT guy.)
Only the original 60 and 80Gb PS3's support SACD (the ones that are PS2 compatible and have four USB ports.) No PS3's support DVD-A, which was the competing format to Sony's SACD format. Look here: http://www.ps3sacd.com/faq.html#_Toc180147566
for the specifics on what each PS3 model will and won't do.
I own a post-compatible 40GB PS3 with a larger 500GB drive installed and use it for BD playback and gaming. I use a DV-980H as a universal audio player, since it will do SACD, DSD and DVD-A along with DVD playback.
I looked at purchase of a used PS2/SACD compatible PS3, but three things kept me from pulling the trigger. First, it will not play DVD-A discs, and I own several. Second, the street price was higher than buying both a new PS3 and a refurbed DV-980H with a one year warranty. Third, the early PS3's are known to be loud, generate a lot of heat, and have had reliability issues. I didn't want to be stuck with a $500 brick.
That all said, the new slim PS3's at $299 are a heck of a deal, and the OP may find that he enjoys some of the available games, like I did. (Warhawk rules!!)
Also, I cannot help but think that the PS3 will hold more of its value than a stand-alone player (for those of us with upgrade-itis.)