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Blue Ray or PS3?
#280127 11/22/09 03:41 PM
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Trying to decide to get a nice Blue Ray or a PS3. I don’t play video games and hope i never will. Totally addictive personality. However several of my friends say their PS3 has a higher picture quality than their Blue Ray player. If this is true then why not just get a PS3? They are certainly cheaper than so called higher quality Blue Rays.

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aspicer1 #280128 11/22/09 03:45 PM
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The PS3 is probably one of the cheapest profile 2.0 players on the market... or at least it was (haven't followed new BR players lately).

I would highly recommend it. However, you have to buy the PS3 remote separately. Also, with the PS3 you can stream netflix if you have a netflix account.

However, I find that the netlfix interface on the PS3 is kind of sluggish (browsing for movies only- they play fine.) I prefer the xbox360's netflix interface.


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terzaghi #280129 11/22/09 03:49 PM
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Huh, Dont have a netflix account but that sounds pretty cool. I also didnt think of the remote. So they sell a remote for people like me who want to use it as a Blue ray? I guess i,m not the first to consider this. So your recommendation if for PS3 / xbox over Blue ray?


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aspicer1 #280130 11/22/09 03:52 PM
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If you don't play games I would get something like a Panny or Samsung Bluray player.


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SirQuack #280132 11/22/09 04:21 PM
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Ok, is there a benefit to pairing the Blue Ray with the receiver? i have a Denon receiver and thought if not the PS3 then the Denon Blue ray?


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aspicer1 #280135 11/22/09 04:26 PM
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I think the only benefit would be that it looks cool having two similarly shaped components.

I personally think denon asks too much for their bluray players.

The PS3 remote is about$20-30, otherwise you can use the supplied PS3 controller to navigate through blurays.


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aspicer1 #280136 11/22/09 04:38 PM
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The PS3 is still one of the best Blu-ray players around. When it comes to actual Blu-ray playback between the PS3, Panasonic, OPPO etc the differences are slim to none. Now the Panasonic and Oppo will have slightly better upconversion for DVD's over the PS3 - not a night and day difference. Load times are all very good, with a few seconds faster with the Oppo player.

The biggest differences in these players are the feature sets. The advantages of the PS3 is that it plays the newest console video games. The price alone for this is worth it if you are a gamer. The PS3 does not have analog inputs but this feature only matters if you have an old receiver without hdmi and will not be able to take advantage of the new audio codecs then. The fan noise with the PS3 will be louder over other Blu-ray players but when it comes to upconversion, load times, Blu-ray playback it is a great buy for the money- it does all this very well. The PS3 also supports netflix now which is a bonus.

If you don't play games and want a quality, quiet, reliable standalone player with not a lot of bells and wistles, the Panasonic models are terrific.

If you want a player with all the bell's and wistles (DVD, Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-A, analog inputs etc) the OPPO is for you.

In conclusion, there is no actual night and day differences between these quality players. It just depends on what features you are interested in.




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BlueJays1 #280137 11/22/09 05:10 PM
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Don't forget, the PS3 also gives you streaming audio and pics from your computer - wirelessly if you like. I like that feature. Also, while I hate Sony, the PS3 is kept at the cutting edge with constant updates that assure you get the newest features.

But, the PS3 is HDMI-centric. If you don't care for the other features and don't have HDMI, you could likely save a few coins with a stand alone player and get a bit more simplicity.


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Zimm #280140 11/22/09 05:51 PM
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I have an older Sony reiver that has HDMI, but doesn't pass sound through it. It requires an optical audio cable in addition to the HDMI cable. Make sure that you're receiver passes both sound and audio through the HDMI cable if you go with the PS3, because I doubt that it will have optical audio cable connections.

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I feel the PS3 is superior to the Xbox 360 as a media player. But this is just a personal preference.

So fringe benefits of the PS3 as blu-ray over other blu-ray players:
- Plays games
- Try game demos from the PS3 network
- Rent HD movies from the PS3 network
- Great media player (for your pictures and home movies. Rips *cough* too)
- Free Netflix streaming if you subscribe

Some newer blu-ray players do stream Netflix movies but they come in at a similar price point to the PS3.

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