Well as much as I love my PS3 to play back BD and the SD films, (I am connected to a Elite PIO 92), the performance of the marriage and PQ & SQ IS out this world no doubt..
You PS3 owners will confirm to that claim.. HOWEVER..
Issues that have cropped up that have now become sorta of an irritating
, situation for me, for as much as I love my PS3, it has made me look at re-evaluate my HTS looking to improve a more ahh, (how should I say this) seamless
AND more important, a more user friendly HT experience for my family
. So for now, I am looking for a replacement BD player only to replace the PS3 in my "main" entertainment system in the Family room...
Let me list my complaints and problems and issues I currently have.. most of these are well known and documented all over our forum.. But have gotten out control IMHO..
1-- Lack of control using IR, (without spending more money on a converting system). Can't control my entire HTS with my Harmony ONE << this issue has become a royal PITA at the moment..
2--FAN NOISE!! UGH, (wife comes over today and states, "honey do you here this humming noise"?)I walk over & guess what? LOL, come to find out that she has been watching 2 SD movies she purchased @ Wally world this afternoon and the PS3 fan was on hyper speed..LOUD mother let me tell ya, I can hear this sucka all the way across my house..from 30 feet away and OVER the audio system.. yea it sucks BIG time especially since the ladies watch all these mushy movies and in a low volume, not like me, that watches high powered shoot-em up bang bang type films of course much LOUDER than she & my girls watches stuff.. BIG neg when I get complaints from my wife & daughters..
Big time negative this has become after owning this unit for 4 months..
3--Since my last S/W update, when ever we turn on the system (PS3), it seems not to able to sync up with the Pio XBR4, the PS3 starts but not getting vid on my 52XBR4 thru the PIO, I am having to power off the PS3 again after the initial power up other systems have been up for a bit, then I get video.. (Not a problem for me but a MAJOR issue for non-techie ladies in the house).. they get frustrated when ever they want to watch a movie ANY movie..(not good for me).. Could be a setup problem not sure. I keep telling them to turn the PS3 on FIRST, but apparently even doing that, its not working.. whereas it takes several PS3 boots to get video, sound is OK, no Video.. most frustrating. and then #4 below, coupled to this issue..
4--Now when powering up as in above, it ask me 3 questions each and every time on what I want, (sorta like a power switch off in back, instead of standby-by off or power failure scenario I guess), at one point it just use to go to the movie, or to play the movie screen, last 2/3 items could be a setup issue, but heck I already setup this thing up multiple times.. updates COULD be changing settings, or F/W could also be changing how stuff is being handled, which IF so, I will be doing less & less F/W updates once I figure out to make it more friendly to use.. (IF that is even possible)
OK, other than those issues, which IMHO is 4+ to many, I am looking to replace my PS3 which being a guy love it to death.. However
I am getting hammered and creamed by my ladies over how "You bought this thing, it is a piece of shlt!
Why can't I just turn the dam thing on and have it work.
..blah blah blah blah..I'm getting killed here with my toy that I will NOT get rid of & love it to death..
Now mind ya, she approved with me these purchases of our HTS, but I picked the items and components being the geek in the family and an electronic engineer I might add.. the PS3 was purchased mainly because the speed of the boot up time, recommendation of another electronic geek and yes, the playback quality is still #1 IMO.. HOWEVER, if I would known about all these problems ahead of time..I would of purchased something else...
Many players are my hit list to buy, looking at ALL of them, but down to these basically, in the running are, Sony's 350, 550, leaning to Pioneers Elite 05 (my fav), or the 51 might be an option, couple dollars cheaper..AND I will not discount any Panasonic newer
models being introduced... Panasonic has always made quality products IMO. Right now I am in a holding pattern, reading, researching & waiting to let the tree shake out a bit, and for price reductions that are coming next month or 2.. In the mean time we will tolerate my beautiful albeit noisy fella PS3 (unless it decides to blast off), until I pull the trigger on its silent and IR capable replacement.. Sorry for ranting and long post.. Just trying to share experiences so another unsuspecting guy doesn't go what I am going thru..