Originally Posted by M@verick
Thanks for providing such a thought provoking and un-biased answer
To the OP:
The Denon DVD3800BDCI is good because they include good upscaling for standard def DVDs.
The Pioneer Elite BDP-05FD & BDP-51FD are known for great Blu-ray playback and providing a good picture.
The least expensive option that still provides great quality is the Sony S350.
My personal pick would be for the Sony.
Seriously, though... do any of the 3 players you mention have any perceivable difference in their ability to deliver lossless audio? What differences will you find between bit-streaming from any of these 3 players compared to having the PS3 do the decoding and delivering the lossless audio over LPCM? Now, there is a chance that his AVR may have more options for Pro Logic II processing on a lossless signal it decodes, but in the end, the actual audio (prior to any processing) will be exactly the same. It doesn't matter if the PS3 decodes it, or the receiver decodes it.
Now, there are various reasons to like the 3 players you mentioned, but not a single one has anything to do with their ability to bitsream lossless audio formats to a receiver. Why? Because there is absolutely no difference.
The only time that decoding on the on the player vs. decoding on the receiver comes into play involves the receiver's ability to apply processing to the decoded signals. An Onkyo 605 can't matrix PCM over HDMI from 5.1 to 7.1, while the Onkyo 705 can. But, the Onkyo 605 can take a bitstreamed lossless track, decode it, then matrix it to 7.1 In that particular case, the PS3 wouldn't be the best option, a standalone would provide more flexibility. But, other than that, there is no difference! and all players will bitstream the same. Zeros and ones, that's all it is, zeros and ones...