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Old 03-31-08, 10:52 AM
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Anyone buying a standalone Blu-ray disc player in the future?

For those who've been using a PS3 as a BD player, I was just wondering if you guys or gals have any plans on buying a standalone BD player in the future.

I think the PS3 is a great BD player, and with only one think I don't care for, the "slot loader", it's the best BD player out there. I probably will be saving up for a standalone BD player, however. Most of them aren't as good as the PS3, but that'll change as standalone BD players get better. I don't know how good the Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray player is going to be when it comes out in the Fall, but I might consider picking that one up.

So do you have any plans on buying a standalone Blu-ray disc player in the future or are you sticking with the PS3?
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Old 03-31-08, 11:03 AM
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Yes. A S350 or BD50...depending what comes out first and price. Looks like Panasonic may want to jack their price up to $599 so they won't get a sale out of me. The S350 is almost identical to it and coming it at $399 (hopefully).
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Old 03-31-08, 11:23 AM
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I'm sticking with my PS3, and if I invest in another BD player, I would consider another PS3. Although I don't plan on doing so anytime soon either way.
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Old 03-31-08, 11:59 AM
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I'm set with my PS3, so no need to upgrade unless the stand-alones drop to below $200.
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Old 03-31-08, 12:10 PM
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I've been very happy with the Panasonic DMP-BD30. It's the fastest standalone right now. I may add another unit later. Most likely one of the Sony models.
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Old 03-31-08, 12:14 PM
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I'll second that bluetoast emotion! &

My PS3 works very well, and even if I were to ever need another Blu-ray player (from my experience) I'd just buy another PS3.

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Old 03-31-08, 01:08 PM
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I will definitely buy one by the end of the year. I am ready to upgrade to BluRay and really don't play videogames anymore, so I will just get a standalone player. Still waiting for those breakout 'A' titles to be announced, and then I will make the leap. If either Jaws, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, The Godfather are announced this year, count me in on 1080i.
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I'm using my roomate's PS3 right now, but once we move I see myself getting a standalone over just buying a new PS3. Cost will be a big factor in that though.
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As prices start to come down a bit, probably by Christmas of this year, I'll definitely be picking up a standalone player to go in the family room (and then next year, when they have come down even further, I'll get one for the bedroom).
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I'm waiting for a 2.0 profile standalone. No rush, as it will go in the family room with the 52 inch TV versus my PS3 now hooked up to a front projector with a 92 inch screen in my media room. That way we can watch them in either room.

Also looking into the Dell 1525 as a possibility.
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Old 03-31-08, 03:17 PM
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I'll probably get one when they're $200 or less, if only for the power savings. It may not have to be 2.0 though, as it looks like the features aren't going to be that compelling. Plus, I'll be keeping the PS3 around for games, so if I really want to access a 2.0 feature I can use that.

Then again, I may just end up going the HTPC route. That way I can play HD DVDs too, with the Xbox add-on.
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Voted Yes, will wait until prices are below $100 for a 2.0 player. It will happen. It maybe in 2 to 3 years but it will happen. PS3 will be fine until then.
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Define "future"...

I will buy one someday, but there isn't one out there now that's final profile with HDMI bitstreaming, etc.

The PS3 is far from what I wanted, as I don't play games, or use the hard drive, etc., but for now, it represents the best option to get into BD for a reasonable price, ($300 at SonyStyle).

PS - I really do like the internal WiFi for firmware upgrades.
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Old 03-31-08, 04:59 PM
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Not in the near future. I think I'll just stick with the PS3. The prices would have to drop alot for me to consider a stand alone.
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Old 03-31-08, 05:23 PM
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No. My experience with the PS3 has been amazing. I've watched at least 100 BD movies on it without ever encountering a problem. It is fast, has a great picture and supports all the possible features of BD without issue or slowdown.

My experience with a standalone has sucked. It is slow, it crashes, it doesn't support all the features and what it does support it does poorly.

In my opinion the format was designed around and for the PS3 and when I get another BD player it will be another PS3. It seems crazy to spend more for a standalone that does less than the PS3.
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I paid about $1200 for my first Betamax recorder, about $1500 for my first laserdisc player and about $1000 for my first DVD player.

If you think I'm gonna go cheap on Hi-Def now, you're crazy. Anything less than four figures is unacceptable. And I don't play video games, so PS3 is out of the question.
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Originally Posted by wergo
I paid about $1200 for my first Betamax recorder, about $1500 for my first laserdisc player and about $1000 for my first DVD player.

If you think I'm gonna go cheap on Hi-Def now, you're crazy. Anything less than four figures is unacceptable. And I don't play video games, so PS3 is out of the question.
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Old 03-31-08, 06:16 PM
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Sticking with my PS3.
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Originally Posted by wergo
I paid about $1200 for my first Betamax recorder, about $1500 for my first laserdisc player and about $1000 for my first DVD player.

If you think I'm gonna go cheap on Hi-Def now, you're crazy. Anything less than four figures is unacceptable. And I don't play video games, so PS3 is out of the question.


Let me guess... you enjoy purchasing your films at Borders and B&N
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Old 03-31-08, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by wergo
I paid about $1200 for my first Betamax recorder, about $1500 for my first laserdisc player and about $1000 for my first DVD player.

If you think I'm gonna go cheap on Hi-Def now, you're crazy. Anything less than four figures is unacceptable. And I don't play video games, so PS3 is out of the question.
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This has probably already been posted in some forum related to Blu-ray, but... http://www.blurayfreak.com/2008/03/sony-says-blu-r.html

Sony Says Blu-ray Player Prices Could Fall Under $200 by the end of 2009

Stan Glasgow, Sony Electronics US president, said that by the end of 2009, prices for a Blu-ray players could fall under $200. Sony's senior executive also expect to see Blu-ray disc players to drop as low as $299 by the end of this year. A basic Blu-ray player is currently sold around $399.

Mr. Glasgow, talking in a media dinner, also said that Sony currently have discussion with Microsoft about adopting Blu-ray. The latest rumors were talking about a Blu-ray player external add-on for the Xbox 360. The same rumor was also reporting a Xbox 360 equipped with an internal Blu-ray player.

Microsoft said ”We have made no such announcement. Games are what are driving consumers to purchase game consoles and we remain focused on providing the largest library of blockbuster games available.”

That being said, Microsoft is certainly not going to let Sony get away with all the HD market segment of game console products. Right?
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I really don't think they'll do an internal drive. For the next system, yes, but not the 360.
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Thats a very old article. Microsoft has already denied wanting Blu-ray add-on or internal drive. I doubt any new system will have an internal DVD or Blu-ray drive when they come out with the Xbox whatever or PS4. All download baby, thats how they like it.
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Old 03-31-08, 08:11 PM
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Thats a very old article. Microsoft has already denied wanting Blu-ray add-on or internal drive. I doubt any new system will have an internal DVD or Blu-ray drive when they come out with the Xbox whatever or PS4. All download baby, thats how they like it.
I know that BD add-on rumor for the 360 is finished with. I should've just posted the first half of the article about the price drop of BD players.
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Old 03-31-08, 08:45 PM
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i'll get one in 2009 or 2010 when they drop below $200. Going to stick with hd dvd until then if i ever get an hd jones. i've also been VERY impressed with my A30's upconversion of standard DVDs. so i'm content for now....
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Getting the Panny BD50 or Sony 550 later this year, early 2009. Just waitin' until all the kinks get worked out. Seems like it's taking longer with Blu-ray, but that's fine. I can certainly wait.

I'm like wergo. Paid $1100 for a DVD Player, $750 for an S-VHS VCR, $950 or so for an Elite LD player, and $500 or so for an HD DVD player.

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