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A three way Blu-ray player shootout

Matt Burns

Blu-ray is here folks. There are loads of titles, advertising and lots of hardware to choose from. Currently there are five different players available (Samsung, Sony, PS3, Philips & Panasonic) and the lucky chaps over at Sound & Vision compared three of 'em: the 'classic' Samsung BD-P1000, the new Panasonic DMP-BD10, and the elusive PS3. We are going to cut to the chase here; they liked the PS3 the best. Sure, it's a little noisy and doesn't come with a true remote (costs you $25 bucks more) but according to the S&V's audio/video dudes, it's a killer piece of hardware. We're sure you know most of the specs on the $600 PS3's but don't forget that it's the only Blu-ray player currently capable of outputting Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio partly thanks to the machines HDMI 1.3 connection. Both of the other players are solid players too, so don't rule them out but the PS3 just has so much more to offer for the price and if the self-confessed non-gamers over at Sound & Vision can put their recommendation behind of a gaming console, so can Engadget HD. We just want to see another shootout once the Pioneer player hits the streets along with the newly launched Sony player.

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