Originally Posted by DennisLJacob
Are any of you guys familiar with the Hometheater hifi benchmark tests of the PS3? If not the link below will take you there. From their testing, it looks like the PS3 fails a lot of the video tests. I'm not trying to flame here - I just want to find at least one BR or HD DVD player that does SD worth a darn. It apparently is too much to ask one machine to do all three correctly. So I'm open to anyone who can show me a BR or HD DVD player that also does SD DVD. I'm tired of reading tons of forum chat to find out X machine can't do basic SD playback or up sampling.
So my current readings seem to point towards a Toshiba HD-XA2 for HD and SD DVD playback. Does anyone here know of a BR player that also does SD in grand style? Oh for those that say there aren't any owners of old AVR or prepros owners out there that need built in analog outputs of audio have blinders on. I'm not inclined to throw away my prepro or AVR to spend a ton of money for a replacement with HDMI inputs. It’s bad enough to have to buy two (or three) DVD players to get three formats. Add in HD Satellite and I’ve got too many HDMI sources than I have inputs on my projector/HDTV.http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-b...on%203%20(HDMI
I fully understand the need for 5.1 or 7.1 analog output capability, and think it should be standard on any HDM machine, in addition to the capability to internally decode the major HD audio codecs out there, at least until there's more broad-based acceptance of HDM players.
Having said that, I need to defend the PS3 somewhat (and no, I'm not a Sony, PS3, or gaming fanboy in any sense of the word). However, I believe that the link you provide above encompasses tests performed prior to firmware update 1.6, which VASTLY improved SD-DVD playback. I got the PS3 about a month after release, and can vouch for how crappy the SD-DVD playback was initially. After updating to 1.6, I ran the HQV Benchmark DVD again, and was honestly amazed at the improvement in SD playback. My personal scorecard only had it about 10 points total behind my HD-XA2, which is my best upscaler.
Just wanted to clarify. I know that the PS3 will never be an acceptable BD player for many personal reasons, just as I reject other players for reasons of my own. However, recently in the market for a second BD player for my basement front-projection system, I picked up a second PS3 20gb unit off of eBay. The only player that I would have (and still do) considered is the Panasonic BD-50, but as I've found out with new players coming out, that initial specs mean very little. I'll wait to see if it has what I want/need, and jump on it if it meets my criteria, and unload my PS3 at that point.