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Old 06-29-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default Blu-ray: Playstation 3 v. Stand alone Blu-ray player picture quality

This subject has been addressed before, but I would like to know what the latest thinking is. In December, I'm going to purchase either a PS3 or something along the lines of a Samsung BD-1500 player. My friends at Dallas Home Theater Group believe that the stand alones have better picture quality than PS3. What's the consensus about picture quality PS3 v. stand alone at this forum?
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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In my limited experience the PS3 does just as good picture quality wise and I believe most here will tell you the same. So if you want to game as well, go for the PS3 as it will be all that you need.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:58 AM   #3
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Not only is the PS3 a good Blu-Ray player, but you get gaming as well as ability to view media content from off your PC network.

Sony is also talking about offering downloadable movies through their PSN service this summer making the PS3 a really nice investment.
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:14 AM   #4
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I bought a PS3 specifically for its blu-ray player capabilities. I did it the day i heard it would be to decode DTS HD MA. I am slightly upset that it decodes it, but i can't bitstream to my receiver which has the ability to do so. oh well.

CNET and everybody says, if you want a blu-ray player, get the PS3. it costs just as much if not cheaper and has more capabilities. the only thing i don't like is that you have to use the gaming controller or buy its controller because it uses bluetooth to communicate. so you can't program a universal remote. I'm hoping logitech comes out with one that can in the future.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:54 AM   #5
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I think the PS3 is a great player. Picture quality with the Pioneer made Blu-ray players and the players using the Panasonic UniPhier chip is reputedly even better. I believe only very slightly better but there are too many testimonials and reviews online for me to conclude the PS3 is on a par with the best players in terms of picture quality. It might be that Sony can improve picture quality with a firmware update, but at this late date I doubt if that is probable. The differences between the best Blu-ray player and worst Blu-ray player in terms of picture quality are likely so small that for most users with most displays, it won't be an issue at all. I have never had any issue with PS3 Blu-ray playback and I have other players.

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:50 AM   #6
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I just got a ps3 and honestly imo it is the only way to go. It just does sooo many different things. It does bd, games, web browsing, music, and it has capability of playing wii type games. The only wii type game it has right now is velocity bowling,wich is really alot of fun. I dont know if they will develop more of these games but if they do, then you pretty much have every thing in one console.
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I had a few friends over at the house yesterday and my buddy was all locked up because the music I had playing outside around the pool (a playlist of Rock, Rap, R&B, Pop and Country) played continueously for 6+ hours and it was all great music that I put into a 300+ song playlist. When he saw me pick up the PS3 controller off the table and change a song, he started asking all sorts of questions about it. He doesn't have a PS3 or even BD player to go with his 2008 61" Sammy DLP so he was even more interested. I told him how to rip CD's to the PS3, use Limewire on PC and then DL the songs on the PS3 via Red Kawa and also how to catagorize all the music under thier respective Genre's for easy selectability when playing continueoes music and/or making playlists.

He's gonna go purchase a PS3 on his day off Wednesday. Another happy customer to be.

Oh yea, it's also a Blu-ray player and a "Next-Gen" video game system.
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:29 AM   #8
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Every review I have read so far says that the PS3 picture is better than one of any other player.
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:47 AM   #9
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My cousin popped his BD Planet Earth into his PS3 attached to his 46XBR4 or 46XBR5 and I was not impressed. Earth is supposed to be the best BD viewing experience on the planet. Changed my mind about PS3 and got the Samsung BD-P1500.
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I bought a PS3 specifically for its blu-ray player capabilities. I did it the day i heard it would be to decode DTS HD MA. I am slightly upset that it decodes it, but i can't bitstream to my receiver which has the ability to do so. oh well.

CNET and everybody says, if you want a blu-ray player, get the PS3. it costs just as much if not cheaper and has more capabilities. the only thing i don't like is that you have to use the gaming controller or buy its controller because it uses bluetooth to communicate. so you can't program a universal remote. I'm hoping logitech comes out with one that can in the future.
Nyko already makes a USB converter so you can use either the infrared remote that comes with it, or use a universal remote with it like the Harmony remotes I have. It does not turn the PS3 on & off, but once you put a BD disc in (have to get up to do that anyway) you are good to go. Here is a link to it:

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-3-...4867629&sr=8-1

It is only $10.00 and I recommend it even if you do not have a universal remote, since it is half the price of the Sony Blue-tooth remote that cannot work with any future universal remote.


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Every review I have read so far says that the PS3 picture is better than one of any other player.
The PS3 has a BETTER picture than any player? Sorry but that's simply not true. And frankly, some owners and reviewers think standalones have some PQ and AQ advantages over the PS3. The PS3 is the fastest loading and most versatile, but some feel that with BD playback standalones shine. This reviewer feels that bitstream audio output from the BD-50 is superior. Others feel that the PS3 video output is a bit soft. http://www.ultimateavmag.com/hddiscp...lu-ray_player/ "Comparing the BD50's bitstream and PCM outputs versus the PS3 revealed a wider disparity. The bitstream output from the BD50 had better depth across the front soundstage with deeper bass and crisper highs." Who knows really.........I think all BD players PQ is similar but, to say the PS3 has superior PQ.........not buying it.
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I think the ps3 does an outstanding job with picture and sound. I really can't picture it being any better on a standalone but i will be getting a pioneer 05 blu-ray player when it's out and see if it is any better. I can see it producing slightly better sound because of it's dac's but i can't see it doing a better picture.
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My cousin popped his BD Planet Earth into his PS3 attached to his 46XBR4 or 46XBR5 and I was not impressed. Earth is supposed to be the best BD viewing experience on the planet. Changed my mind about PS3 and got the Samsung BD-P1500.
Planet Earth is *not* the best BD viewing experiencing (it's great at times, but no where near the best I've seen). If you didn't buy the PS3 just because you were expecting more from Planet Earth, you will be disappointed no matter what player you put it in.

If you want the best BD viewing experience, watch something like Apocalypto, Cars, Ratatouille, POTC ... you'll be impressed with that, even on the PS3.
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Cars on Blu-Ray is stunning! I watched both the Blu-ray and DVD versions on severals same scenes flipping between them and the difference is very evident.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:49 AM   #15
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Planet Earth is *not* the best BD viewing experiencing (it's great at times, but no where near the best I've seen). If you didn't buy the PS3 just because you were expecting more from Planet Earth, you will be disappointed no matter what player you put it in.

If you want the best BD viewing experience, watch something like Apocalypto, Cars, Ratatouille, POTC ... you'll be impressed with that, even on the PS3.

Thanks for your opinion. I gave my opinion why I did not go with PS3. My cousin put in Planet Earth to impress me with BD and to go with PS3. I did not ask to see Planet Earth. If he used the wrong demo that was his choice and he may not have Apocalypto, Cars, Rat... or POTC. Evidently, to him that was the best BD to use in order to impress me with his PS3 - as he recommended I get a PS3 instead of a standalone.

Additionally, I did not go with PS3 because the remote is $25 bringing the true cost of a PS3 to $424.98 and I prefer a player that has a front panel display nor did I like the odd shape in my component rack. In total that is 4 reasons for me not to buy a PS3. Actually 5, I did not want my kid trying to hog the home theater setup playing games nor moving the unit from tv to tv for him to play because I don't game.
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