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post #1 of 165
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....so let me get this straight...the best Blu Ray player is a PLAY STATION?? A Sony PS3? Does this seem a bit strange to anyone?
post #2 of 165
There is perhaps a trend here toward STB integration that some are missing.

Consumers are tired of having a zillion boxes connected to their TV's. New devices like Apple TV just rub people the wrong way by wanting them to add yet another box.

[I have actually known people to give away VCR's and VHS tapes just because they want to reduce the number of boxes!]

The PS3 provides an interesting level of integration: movies, games, and downloading. The XBox 360 is actually quite similar in this regard; it is missing Blu-ray but is more advanced on downloading given the infrastructure that Microsoft has built.

Consumers may well find it attractive to have a single box that does all of these things. I just put a PS3 in a new system I set up and everyone thinks it is really great to have it that way.
post #3 of 165
Well, it is certainly the fastest loading player. But, I don't know if it is the best overall. If you want DTS-HD MA you can forget it for now. Still, other than that it is pretty good. Yes, this is a sad state of affairs but that is the way it is now. I just bought a Pioneer BDP-50FD to get the lossless HDMA as I am tired of Sony dragging this codec thing out. The PS3 should also be upgradeable to spec 2.0 without much problem. For the money it is hard to beat.
post #4 of 165
I would have to agree the PS3 is awesome. This is coming from a former HD DVD supporter. I have a xbox 360 and love this thing but, I feel the PS3 is a better build than the xbox. I use the PS3 for movie playback and the xbox for gaming. I had the Panny BD30 and sent it back after a week. Could not stand the LFE issue. If the PS3 is able to bitstream HD audio with a future firmware update, it will hands down be the best blu ray player on the market for many years to come.
post #5 of 165
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How well does the PS3 play standard DVD's?
post #6 of 165
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Originally Posted by basenjib123 View Post

How well does the PS3 play standard DVD's?

I've heard its a very good upscaler.
post #7 of 165
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Originally Posted by basenjib123 View Post

How well does the PS3 play standard DVD's?

I'll vouch for the PS3 with SD-DVDs, as long as the firmware is 1.6 or greater. The upscaling is done via software (as opposed to hardware-based video processing, like with the HQV Reon in the Toshiba HD-XA2). While my XA2 beats the PS3 with my personal HQV Benchmark tests, real-world viewing is comparable and very, very good with the PS3. FWIW, I use the PS3 with both a 52" 720p DLP monitor, and a Panasonic ae1000u 1080p front projector on a 106" screen.
post #8 of 165
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Originally Posted by basenjib123 View Post

How well does the PS3 play standard DVD's?

aside from it is a good upscaler. it plays every sd-dvd you feed in it without problems. even if it is full of scratches.
post #9 of 165
As others have stated, it will play ANYTHING you put in it and it does so very quickly....if it only had DTS-MA support, it would be the ultimate BD player. It does a great job on SD upscaling but I use my XA-2 for DVD's. For the price though and if you don't mind not having DTS-MA it is the best overall choice by far.
post #10 of 165
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Originally Posted by SXRDMan View Post

I just bought a Pioneer BDP-50FD to get the lossless HDMA as I am tired of Sony dragging this codec thing out.

Assuming you mean the BDP-05FD, where did you find this for sale?

thanks,
post #11 of 165
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Originally Posted by tkbryant View Post

As others have stated, it will play ANYTHING you put in it and it does so very quickly....if it only had DTS-MA support, it would be the ultimate BD player. It does a great job on SD upscaling but I use my XA-2 for DVD's. For the price though and if you don't mind not having DTS-MA it is the best overall choice by far.


I agree accept for the lack of bitstreaming codecs. I keep trying to convince myself the PS3 sounds good with the Onkyo 805 using MPCM, but it just keeps falling flat. XA2 bitstreamed is euphoric. I suppose it could be a problem with the Onkyo, but regardless I'm all for the bitstreamed codecs now. Something different is happening and I am tiring of my PS3 because of it.

PQ on the PS3 is stellar. Loading is fast. It plays everything. ...and it plays games, media, etc. Why can't I get it to sound good?
post #12 of 165
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Originally Posted by tkbryant View Post

As others have stated, it will play ANYTHING you put in it and it does so very quickly....if it only had DTS-MA support, it would be the ultimate BD player. It does a great job on SD upscaling but I use my XA-2 for DVD's. For the price though and if you don't mind not having DTS-MA it is the best overall choice by far.

this is the question i can not seem to answer for myself. my AVR will be the Denon 2808CI. this will be my dedicated BR player for my home theater room. i love the idea of being able to stream music to a PS3 and the upgradability of the unit. but????

later.
post #13 of 165
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Originally Posted by basenjib123 View Post

....so let me get this straight...the best Blu Ray player is a PLAY STATION?? A Sony PS3? Does this seem a bit strange to anyone?

It is strange to you because your mindset is outdated and stuck in the 90s. The PS3 is an excellent bluray player and media center. We're heading towards a future where a single STB will accomplish a great deal, if not all, of your entertainment needs.
post #14 of 165
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Originally Posted by Category 5 View Post

I agree accept for the lack of bitstreaming codecs. I keep trying to convince myself the PS3 sounds good with the Onkyo 805 using MPCM, but it just keeps falling flat. XA2 bitstreamed is euphoric. I suppose it could be a problem with the Onkyo, but regardless I'm all for the bitstreamed codecs now. Something different is happening and I am tiring of my PS3 because of it.

PQ on the PS3 is stellar. Loading is fast. It plays everything. ...and it plays games, media, etc. Why can't I get it to sound good?

I have an Onkyo 885 (very similar to your 805) and also have the XA2, BD30 and PS3. MPCM in the PS3 sounds as good as TrueHD, DD+, and DTS-MA bitstreamed out of the BD30 and XA2. There IS a volume difference when using MPCM with the PS3 and Onkyos as the PCM will be at a lower volume when the PS3 volume control is at default (in the triangle menu). However, if you bump this PS3 volume control up 1 notch it will even out the volume playing field so to speak (verified with AVIA) and you will then not hear a volume difference (or if you do it is only between different tracks as I have found uncompressed PCM tracks tend to be at a louder overall volume compared to TrueHD, DTS-MA, DD+ bitstreamed in general. I usualy watch PCM tracks at around -5db from ref, and TrueHD, DD+, DTS-MA commonly more like -1)
post #15 of 165
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Originally Posted by Jason Bourne View Post

Assuming you mean the BDP-05FD, where did you find this for sale?

thanks,

I am sorry I meant the 95FD...sorry about the confusion. I haven't received it yet. It should be coming around Wednesday.
post #16 of 165
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Originally Posted by lowenbotten View Post

It is strange to you because your mindset is outdated and stuck in the 90s. The PS3 is an excellent bluray player and media center. We're heading towards a future where a single STB will accomplish a great deal, if not all, of your entertainment needs.

This modern player does not easily integrate with universal remote controls that are all the rage these days, and it does not fit in equipment racks with most of our other equipment. Anyway, most of us might feel different if the PS3 could join us in the future where many discs have DTS HD-MA.
post #17 of 165
PS3 does a pretty good job with SD DVD, but the Reon is still noticably better when I did comparisions on my 60" SXRD A3000.
post #18 of 165
The bluetooth remote is a godsend versus the game controller. I had to express ship it to me.

The Panasonic BD-50 looks to be the killer player.
post #19 of 165
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Originally Posted by jpco View Post

This modern player does not easily integrate with universal remote controls that are all the rage these days, and it does not fit in equipment racks with most of our other equipment. Anyway, most of us might feel different if the PS3 could join us in the future where many discs have DTS HD-MA.

Agreed. The PS3 can't decode the predominant High-Def Audio format. If it can't do that, it shouldn't even be considered for the Best Bluray player.

The Best Player should be a player that decodes the major High-Def Audio and Video formats. One that loads fairly quickly, and is reliable.

Soo... Which players do these things?
post #20 of 165
I dont think there is one best Blu-ray player right now as they all have good and bad points. I do think if you have a 1.3 pre/pro and are dead set on a stand alone player, the 95 is the overall best choice. If you dont have a 1.3 pre/pro and dont plan on one anytime soon, and dont need analog, the PS3 is the best choice. If you have (or will have soon) a 1.3 pre/pro, are willing to spend the money on the 95, are not opposed to having 2 blu-ray players, may play some games, I say get the BD30/PS3 combo which will run you the same amount of money (if you put in some effort to get a deal on the 30, and maybe apply for a Sony card so you can get the PS3 for $299 after $100 credit) as the 95 and you will have faster load times, 1.1 and 2.0 compliance (when the PS3 gets this update which it has been confirmed to be getting) and should be all set for your BR needs.

There are compromises to any player right now, but there may be one that is the "best for you" depending on your needs/wants.

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Agreed. The PS3 can't decode the predominant High-Def Audio format. If it can't do that, it shouldn't even be considered for the Best Bluray player.

The Best Player should be a player that decodes the major High-Def Audio and Video formats. One that loads fairly quickly, and is reliable.

Soo... Which players do these things?

Well then you cant consider ANY player on the market right now for the title of best blu-ray player as NONE of them will decode DTS-MA internaly.
post #21 of 165
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Well then you cant consider ANY player on the market right now for the title of best blu-ray player as NONE of them will decode DTS-MA internaly.

Yep, so tired of the ps3 naysayers. First it was dvd upscaling, then 1080p24, then BD profile 1.1. I will repeat what many ps3 owners have already said. The ps3 will most likely get dts-ma shortly after the first dedicated BD players to include this feature hit the market. I will stop posting in the AVS HD forums until the ps3 gets dts-ma if the people who say it won't, will stop posting when/if it does. Any takers??
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I will stop posting in the AVS HD forums until the ps3 gets dts-ma if the people who say it won't, will stop posting when/if it does. Any takers??

I don't quite understand what you're saying. Are you throwing down a challenge in order to stifle discussion?

Because of studio alignment, there are many who are looking or planning to go with Blu-ray equipment soon. The PS3 has three weaknesses for a number of people:
  1. No analog audio outputs
  2. The inability to at least bitstream DTS HD-MA
  3. The inability to integrate with universal remotes

Is your point that we should not discuss these things because the PS3 is so wonderful or that we should never doubt the abilities of Sony to keep the PS3 as the best Blu-ray player?

Honestly, I don't understand why you are so frustrated by all points being discussed as people research Blu-ray players.
post #23 of 165
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Honestly, I don't understand why you are so frustrated by all points being discussed as people research Blu-ray players.[/quote]

HEAR HEAR!! Some of us are DORKS when it comes to this stuff!! Like I said, I am ready to just go back to 'rabbit ears', .
post #24 of 165
He's tired of people endlessly piling on the PS3 like it isn't a legitimate BD player. How is that hard to understand? To make valid points is one thing, but when people come out and say blatantly negative things like the PS3 sucks because it has no DTS-MA support (when no other BD player on the market does either right now) it's obviously trolling for the sake of trolling. It's just the latest piece in an argument for these silly people that has no end.
post #25 of 165
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Originally Posted by theddy View Post

aside from it is a good upscaler. it plays every sd-dvd you feed in it without problems. even if it is full of scratches.

Speaking of scratches,I thought I read either somewhere here on AVS or HI-DEF digest that some PS3's were scratching discs due to possibly the loader mechanism instead of a tray.
Please tell me this is NOT true,as I have a 60GB PS3 on its way.
post #26 of 165
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Speaking of scratches,I thought I read either somewhere here on AVS or HI-DEF digest that some PS3's were scratching discs due to possibly the loader mechanism instead of a tray.
Please tell me this is NOT true,as I have a 60GB PS3 on its way.

I've played countless discs (BD, DVD, game) in my 60GB PS3. Not one has been scratched.
post #27 of 165
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Originally Posted by refinedsugar View Post

He's tired of people endlessly piling on the PS3 like it isn't a legitimate BD player. How is that hard to understand? To make valid points is one thing, but when people come out and say blatantly negative things like the PS3 sucks because it has no DTS-MA support (when no other BD player on the market does either right now) it's obviously trolling for the sake of trolling. It's just the latest piece in an argument for these silly people that has no end.


There's a difference between piling on and discussing, and I'm sure whichever side of the fence you're on, the perception is different. No one who is rational says the PS3 sucks, but DTS-MA support is an significant issue if they player is going to be considered as the best. The Panasonic BD30 does pass DTS HD-MA right now, and if it didn't have the PCM/LFE issue it would be the best in many people's eyes because it also has analog outs.

What I don't appreciate is someone throwing down a challenge for others to stop posting if PS3 ever gets the DTS advanced codec support. The reality is that it doesn't have it now, and if it gets it the player will rise in value for many of us who don't see a player that meets our needs right now.

As a non-gamer, I can tell you that the PS3 enthusiasm has been a detriment to my warming up to Blu-ray. When you are not a PS3 owner, it feels as though there's little respect and a lot of trash talk coming from some vocal PS3 members. Regardless, I try to discuss this player and other Blu-ray players as rationally and honestly as possible.
post #28 of 165
anymore news on the release date of the panasonic bd50.
post #29 of 165
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As a non-gamer, I can tell you that the PS3 enthusiasm has been a detriment to my warming up to Blu-ray.

I don't get this statement. Because it also plays games why is that a problem? The fact that it has to play next gen games is why it is so powerful in the first place. If you notice the most expensive, very best, top of the line PC's out there are gaming PC's because video games require the most horsepower.

The PS3 is the best Blu-ray player because it is the only one not only gauranteed to be upgraded to profile 2.0, but it is the only one with a Bluetooth remote that does not require line of site, and the only one with a double speed Blu-ray drive, 3.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, built in Ethernet/Wi-Fi connectivity to very consistent Internet firmware upgrades and movie trailer downloads, and at least 40GB of persistant storage. It can also act as a Media Center extender, and do it all wirelessly out of the box. And it does this all in a product that launched over a year ago and now sells for $100 *less* than the next best standalone which launched last November! No wonder the thing won Product of the Year last year by Home Theater Magazine. It is a HT enthusiast's wet dream.
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I don't get this statement. Because it also plays games why is that a problem? The fact that it has to play next gen games is why it is so powerful in the first place. If you notice the most expensive, very best, top of the line PC's out there are gaming PC's because video games require the most horsepower.

The PS3 is the best Blu-ray player because it is the only one not only gauranteed to be upgraded to profile 2.0, but it is the only one with a Bluetooth remote that does not require line of site, and the only one with a double speed Blu-ray drive, 3.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, built in Ethernet/Wi-Fi connectivity to very consistent Internet firmware upgrades and movie trailer downloads, and at least 40GB of persistant storage. It can also act as a Media Center extender, and do it all wirelessly out of the box. And it does this all in a product that launched over a year ago and now sells for $100 *less* than the next best standalone which launched last November! No wonder the thing won Product of the Year last year by Home Theater Magazine. It is a HT enthusiast's wet dream.

That one comment nailed it right there. I've seen so many people on these boards rule out the PS3 simply because it plays games. That's it. They have no other reason other than it plays games.
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