The gap between the PlayStation 3
and everyone else is closing, but there's still some room to go. Panasonic's Profile 2.0 DMP-BD35
comes commendably close, with reviewers over at CNET
giving it a coveted Editors' Choice award and proclaiming the image quality "excellent" and the audio compatibility fantastic. They summed things up by calling it "the best value in standalone Blu-ray players, with excellent image quality, a comprehensive feature set, and a price that's significantly lower than the PS3." Granted, critics still felt that Sony's console provided "more functionality and faster navigation," but if you're okay without that, this could be a great way to get BD in your home and save a little cheddar.