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Interesting timing here. Some good features, and thankfully they are slimming them down some. I hated the days of my huge Xbox/Dvd Player/Surround sound needing a large entertainment center to hold everything. Price is still high.

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I'd still probably just get a PS3 if I didn't have one already (which I don't). Prices for a single player are still too high for me.
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So what advantages does a stand-alone player have over the PS3 aside from girth?
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post #4 of 13
They seam like ps3s without the games. Well thats what all blu ray players are. But the prices are a little steep for my tastes.
post #5 of 13
No advantages, really. PS3s are better because you can play games on them, and since they are hooked up to the internet Sony can upgrade their firmware, as they have already. I'm not sure what the current Blu-Ray version is, maybe 2.0, but Sony has updated it since launch with new features, etc.
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These don't seem to really add any new features over existing models other than 2.0 support and internal HD audio decoding. The current Blu-ray profile is 1.1. 2.0 is coming out later this year, but the only thing that it adds is bonus internet enabled content.

It should also be noted that these are Sony's S-line of blu-ray players which are geared more for the high-end, so that explains a little bit of the price. Do PS3's do decoding of all the HD audio codecs (DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, etc.)? Most blu-ray players out right now can't, only the new players coming can so far. That doesn't really matter though because most people would just want to pass the bitstream audio out from the player and have their receiver do the decoding.
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post #7 of 13
I would wait for a review before putting these down in favor of the PS3. Maybe they boot faster. That would be a significant selling point.
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post #8 of 13
Hmm....release high-priced blu-ray player to push people over to the PS3. It seems like a good idea. Chances are that the people who buy a PS3 for blu-ray will probably buy some games since it has that ability.
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Originally Posted by Bluecow003 View Post
These don't seem to really add any new features over existing models other than 2.0 support and internal HD audio decoding. The current Blu-ray profile is 1.1. 2.0 is coming out later this year, but the only thing that it adds is bonus internet enabled content.

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The PS3 can't do DTS-HD/Master Audio, but everything else up to that it can. I'm not sure if a firmware would fix allow it to or not, but I don't think it will.
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post #10 of 13
The PS3 is a much better deal. They do have some 349$ Blu-ray players down at the store but for 50$ more you get a media center with a 40GB HDD a free movie and it playes games.
    
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