Im looking for the best sound then picture but it does need to be better than the PS3 to make it worthwhile changing.
If you want a better Blu ray picture than a PS3 then this is going to lead to dissappointment.
Im looking for a Blu-ray player to replace the PS3 whats the best player about? i have a budget of about £700.00
I'd go with that. Changing the Denon 1910 for a Denon 2310/2311 or even a Denon 3310/3311, if the budget allows, should give more of an improvement to the sound than spending so much on a player.Keep the PS3 and put the £700 towards upgrading the amp/speakers?
Not neccessarily. The PS3 does not offer picture adjustement controls that some dedicated players have. The BDP-S760 and 5000ES even has gamma adjustment that overcomes shortfalls in displays. All in all, including the picture 'processing' options of the Sony's, the picture obtainable from these players is way better than a PS3 could muster on the same display.
I disagree but this is from my testing of the PS3 and the 760 next to each other again atm. Sure 760 has processing but I don't think that makes it better, it just makes it different which is why I was very careful in exactly what I wrote earlier for very good reason.
But aren't we talking about players ability here rather than trying to counteract mythical issues with unknown displays we know nothing about here? I calibrate my display for the whole chain not the other way around. The only reason I can see it worthwhile for controls in the player is for 'preference' reasons rather than reference ones. Probably why so few player have these controls at any level, which is why I say it is different and not necessarily better.
How goes the gamma setting on these player operate ?
If I recall correctly, on the Sony there is a 5 step slider control that adjusts (lighten or darkens) specific parts of the video range.
Thus for example, you can set you display to produce good black, then adjust the slider to make shadow detail more clear.
If you are really handy and have a colourimeter you can use HCFR and get it bang on for all ranges.
Sometimes there can be interaction between luminance and grayscale i.e. changing one affects the other. I guess a potential downside is unless you have access to grayscale and luminance controls to balance both this may be an issue.
What do you mean by "bang on for all the ranges" ?
Yeah I agree. I wanted even more control and so bought a Lumagen and no longer use the player. But whilst I did, it was able to help me have a more accurate picture. The Lumagen helps me go even further.
By "bang on" I meant for all the IRE's when measuring greyscale. I suppose I was exaggerating a little. My Lumagen makes things bang on it terms of colour temp, and gamma etc. The players controls however are still very useful to help bring things like Gamma under control for mere mortals.