Sony PlayStation 3
$399.99 (40 GB)
1080p video via HDMI 1.3; no bitstream audio; now upconverts DVDs; awkward remote; plays video games, too
fine 1080p/24 picture via HDMI 1.3b; upconverts DVDs to 1080p; Blu-ray Profile 1.1 capability for handling interactive content; Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio tracks output as bitstreams, but not decoded internally
mediocre 1080p picture at 24 fps, otherwise fine image quality; decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution audio tracks; outputs Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio as bitstreams; Blu-ray disc compatibility issues?
fine picture on Blu-ray and DVD; upconverts DVDs to 720p, 1080i, and 1080p; on-board decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution audio tracks; HDMI output not latest v. 1.3; poor ergonomics