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Old 11-26-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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A couple of students who work with me have Playstation 3, and I I have asked them if they have any problems playing standard DVD's. I have been told that sometimes some DVD's tend to skip during playback. I was planning on going that route, and then decided to wait a couple of weeks and buy a Sony Blue-Ray player during the pre-Christmas sales.

It would be a good idea if you would use it for both playing DVD's and video games, but not such a good idea if all you want to do is to play DVD's (including Blue Ray DVD's), since by the time you get a remote for it the price is much higher than a true DVD player such as the Sony I mentioned above.
PS3 is an excellent blue ray player and also does an excellent job as a standard upconvert DVD player even compared to stand alone players (many are actually inferior to the PS3). Nothing wrong with using it as your primary DVD player or blueray player. I've know people that buy it and don't play any games at all.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I decided to add the following to the subject of Blue Ray players: you still have time to get a good deal before Christmas, and even better after Christmas if you can wait. All depends of how much effort you want to put into it. For example, instead of paying $267.00 for the Sony I mentioned above, I could have bought one this morning (black Friday) at Sears in town for $179.00.

The reason why I didn't do it was because I didn't want to get up at 5:00 AM and drive to the store. If you do your homework, you can still find excellent deals before Christmas. Also, since a lot of companies are now producing Blue Ray players, a new unit this year will lose one-third or more of its value at the store by Spring 2009.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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Thanks for all your input. I ended up ordering the Sony S350 for $199 from Amazon with free shipping - great deal.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I just ordered a Sony BDP-S350 for $269.00. The free shipment would have taken 4-5 days to Alaska, so I decided to order UPS 2-Day ($28.00) because I could not wait The whole thing costs less than $300.00.
I just won on the Amazon Customers Vote 2008. I bought the same Bluray player for $150, shipped.

http://promotions.amazon.com/gp/cv/vote
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:25 AM
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As I understand it, the PS3 from SonyStyle, or some other retailers, can be had for $399 and $150 credit if you sign up for their credit card.
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The Sony 350 was selling for $199 there with a $50 credit when signing up for a credit card.
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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As I understand it, the PS3 from SonyStyle, or some other retailers, can be had for $399 and $150 credit if you sign up for their credit card.
Sony Gateway

The Sony 350 was selling for $199 there with a $50 credit when signing up for a credit card.
Before buying a PS3, I would advise to consider what you are using it for. Yes, they may be great machines for games, and even watching movies, but you may want to read all you can about the problems some people are having when playing movies, specially if you have a home theatre set-up.

I can't see Sony producing a $299.00 to $699.00 PS3 that can do better for movie playback and music than a machine that costs twice as much. Some of the top Blue Ray players cost $600.00 and a lot more, but include sound decoders for the latest surround sounds included in Blue Ray movies.
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