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Old 08-16-2007, 04:45 AM   #1
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What's your guy's opinion...best playback (load time), picture, etc.
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Old 08-16-2007, 04:50 AM   #2
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What do you mean standalone? Would PS3 count as standalone considering the Blu-ray drive is built-in?

I would have to go with PS3 overall. I'm sure some other units have a slightly better PQ.
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Old 08-16-2007, 04:55 AM   #3
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i don't really want a ps3. i'd rather just get a player.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:14 AM   #4
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i don't really want a ps3. i'd rather just get a player.
Right now it would come down to two players in my opinion.

1. The Pioneer BDP-94HD or
2. the Panasonic DMP-BD10AK

Of course the Pioneer retails for $400 more, so if that's where you're buying one, then the Panasonic would make more sense. I actually almost bought the Pioneer one this morning off of Ebay brand new for about $600, but after much deliberation I opted not to waste any money I don't have right now.
By the way, if you can wait another month and a half, perhaps you could get one of the best new players out there in the form of the Sharp Aquos player.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:24 AM   #5
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i don't really want a ps3. i'd rather just get a player.
Ok, but you wanted to know which had the best load time, PQ etc...

The PS3 has good PQ, one of the fastest load times of any BD player and is the most upgradable. It also can double as a Media centre and as a media extender for windows pcs or macs
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:45 AM   #6
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Ok, but you wanted to know which had the best load time, PQ etc...

The PS3 has good PQ, one of the fastest load times of any BD player and is the most upgradable. It also can double as a Media centre and as a media extender for windows pcs or macs

Yes, but look at the title of his thread. It has standalone in parenthesis which obviously excludes the PS3.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:55 AM   #7
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To add to this, is there any players out there that are Region Free? Meaning it can play all regions A. B, and C. Now not all of my Blu Ray's are imports, but I like having the options open.
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:40 AM   #8
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Yes, but look at the title of his thread. It has standalone in parenthesis which obviously excludes the PS3.
I don't see how. The PS3 is a Blu-ray player out of the box and not an add-on. It stands alone as a BD player. This is in contrast to a BD drive in a computer which is an add-on and requires software to be installed in order to function as a BD movie player or the HD DVD add-on to the XBox 360 which is an addition and requires a purchase of an XBox360 first.

Furthermore, the PS3 is being referred to as a BD player by Sony Store personnel.

@phil: The PS3 is region free for games and BD titles IIRC. I'm not sure about other BD players.
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:50 AM   #9
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The PS3 is still region coded, but so few discs have the region coding on them that it really doesn't matter for BR movies. Games are region free though for the PS3 but the region locks for PS2 games are still in effect, as are DVD's.

Not aware of any region free BR players, unless you want to count Media Center PC's.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:58 AM   #10
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Right now it would come down to two players in my opinion.

1. The Pioneer BDP-94HD or
2. the Panasonic DMP-BD10AK

Of course the Pioneer retails for $400 more, so if that's where you're buying one, then the Panasonic would make more sense. I actually almost bought the Pioneer one this morning off of Ebay brand new for about $600, but after much deliberation I opted not to waste any money I don't have right now.
By the way, if you can wait another month and a half, perhaps you could get one of the best new players out there in the form of the Sharp Aquos player.
I would agree with these being probibly the best choices out there right now.
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:35 AM   #11
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My starship troopers and Crimson Tide are REgion Coded. Starship is region B, while Crimson is region C. The Rock my other import from I belive a spanish country is not region coded it's pretty much universal. What gives?
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:33 PM   #12
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By the way, if you can wait another month and a half, perhaps you could get one of the best new players out there in the form of the Sharp Aquos player.
I have yet to hear anything about this Sharp Aquos player. Could you give some more info or perhaps a link to some information on this??
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:47 PM   #13
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I have yet to hear anything about this Sharp Aquos player. Could you give some more info or perhaps a link to some information on this??

This link below was a statement about the Sharp player on this website:
https://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=298

This one below is from Gizmodo:
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/hurry-up-...-13-275608.php

Basically every gadget website got the same press release to announce. I'd expect some more news regarding this in the coming weeks as we neat its release.
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:51 PM   #14
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Thank you for the links.

Any rumors at all at what price this player might open at??
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:20 PM   #15
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Thank you for the links.

Any rumors at all at what price this player might open at??
I've heard $499.99, but I've also heard it could be a few hundred more as well. Being that it's part of the Sharp Aquos line, I believe it will carry a higher price tag.
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:58 PM   #16
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i have the 2nd gen Sony. its great.
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The player that can deliver profile 1.1, have built in wifi with the loading time of PS3, and a 5-disc loading tray will be my fav
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Yes, but look at the title of his thread. It has standalone in parenthesis which obviously excludes the PS3.
If you buy a PS3 for movies only, doesn't that make it a stand alone?

Just because it can play games shouldn't detract from the fact that it is a great Blu-ray player, even if that is all you are looking for - and is reasonably priced compared to other "stand alones".

Plus it has:
wi-fi
streams photos/music/videos from your home PC
Can set wallpapers for start up menus from personal photos
Can view/edit photos and create slideshows
Has a hardrive for photos/music/videos
Has visualizer for CDs
Can surf the web
HDMI support
Supports Lossless audio
Supports 1080p/24fps
Upconverts SD DVDs to 1080p
Supports Folding@home.com (when was the last time YOUR stand alone helped cure diseases?)
Etc. etc. etc.

Yeah, let's exclude the PS3 since it is capable of playing games without any further comparisons. Makes sense!
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