Originally Posted by GadgetMaven
Besides the convenience factor of only having one player for both HD and Blu-Ray I am interested in hearing about what advantages the BD-UP5000 will afford me compared to hypothetically owning both a XBox HD DVD player and PS3 instead? (own the HD DVD, thinking about buying a PS3 to mainly watch Blu-Ray and also a few select games)
I recently bought a Samsung lnt5271 and want to have the option to watch either HD DVD or Blu-Ray but do not what to sacrifice a ton of PQ on purchasing a PS3 today and not waiting for the BD-UP5000 when the increase in overall quality of both the HD DVD and Blu-Ray on the Samsung is well worth the wait.
Sorry if this seems fairly basic to you, I am still learning all the video details and jargon..all I know is I saw the 71 in the stores, jaw dropped, become aware of 3 years 0% financing, and next thing I know I have an amazing TV being shipped to my house. Now I am trying to catch up and make sure I am getting to most out of this TV.
If the following factors are all important to you then I think the BD-UP5000 is a great cost-effective solution:
TrueHD sound (DTS-MA discussion is out of my league here)
Reon upscale quality
1) Neither xbox add-on and ps3 can upscale sdvd as good as the Reon chip.
2) If you care about TrueHD sound, xbox add-on cannot do it; ps3 needs a newer receiver to decode TrueHD via HDMI.
Depending on what A/V receiver you already have,
you can weigh the overall cost for xbox add-on + ps3 + receiver with Reon chip
the overall cost for BD-UP5000 + receiver with no Reon chip that can take 5.1 analog in or better.
This assumes you don't have an issue with managing hdmi switching since your Sammy TV has three hdmi ports.