"I care about stereo outputs."
Unless you need multi channel analog outputs, the PS3 is a no brainer. Besides a blu-ray player, and gaming console which i don't intend to use much, using this thing as a HTPC is awesome. Say, you were to download episode of lost, just copy the data to a usb flash drive, external USB drive, burn the file to a DVD, or play it from your home media server. So, besides, a gaming console, a bluray player, what an awesome HTPC to play most video file formats out there including HD resoution video ( Hint, MKV to VOB file converter).