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Came to this thread anticipating some expert discussion on 3D issues, but after reading through it all, am shocked to find nothing. Seems like a big deal to me.
1. This player simply is spec'ed as having HDMI 1.3 outputs. So far, the conventional wisdom is that 3D streams will require HDMI 1.4; the debate is whether this is a measure of "breathing room" certification or an actual technical requirement that would shut down the 3D stream. It seems important enough to me if Sony are beginning to market AV receivers as 3D compatible including HDMI 1.4 inputs/outputs, as they literally assert that such capability will allow 3D content to pass whereas their HDMI 1.3 receivers will not. It's thus rather hypocritical for them to assert 3D capability in the BDP-S470 while simultaneously building into it a mere HDMI 1.3 output.
2. There are parallel standards brewing in the 3D HDTV roll-outs, involving polarized versus LCD shutter glasses, and differing codec/stream standards. It would be brash and irresponsible for Sony to say that the BDP-S470 will be compatible "with 3D HDTVs," implying all, when -- don't put this past Sony -- they could really only be aiming for 3D compatibility with their own Bravia HDTVs, and the rest be damned (e.g., the Vizio XVT Pro series that I'm lusting after).