Should I sell my 989 and buy a PS3?

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  1. wokster

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    Hi guys,

    Just looking for some advice from those in the know.

    I don't have much of a clue abot technical aspects of consumer electronics and have just based my previous purchases on advice I have received on these forums and have been exteremely pleased with my purchases

    I currently own a Pioneer 989 multiregion player, an AX4 Pioneer amp, an Optoma H79 projector and a PX60 42" plasma.

    I would really like to purchase a PS3 to replace the 989 as I cannot afford to keep both at the moment.

    What I would like to know is what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a PS3 to replace the 989?

    I have also placed this on the PS3 forums and SD DVD forums to try and get as much advice as possible.

    Thanks in adavnce for any advice received :thumbsup:
     
  2. Avi

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    Your 989 will provide superior SD DVD performance compared to the PS3. The PS3 will not currently upscale DVD either. However, Blu-ray image/audio is far superior to SD DVD and the difference is even more pronouced the larger the image.

    Whilst your displays cannot use the full HD resolution you should still notice an improvement in PQ with the Blu-ray version of a movie. If you plan to watch mainly SD DVD the 989 is the better option IMO. :)

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  3. wokster

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    Much appreciated.

    Will I notice much difference in the sound performance?

    I know I will lose the ability to play SACD's but that is not a great loss, but will the movie soundtrack CD playback be much different?

    Thanks in advance
     
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    Do you mean between SD DVD and Blu-ray?

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  5. wokster

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    No I just mean will the sound quality from the PS3 be close to the sound quality from the 989 on movies and CD's - Or is this more to do with the amp:confused:
     
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    One other thing to watch out for is that the PS3 is region-locked, and currently, to the best of my knowledge, not chippable. So if you have a mixture of SD DVD's some will not play
     
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    Multi region isn't really a problem as I do not own any R1 discs. I was just wondering about the difference in sound and picture quality for DVD's and sound quality on CD's?
     
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    I also meant to say - I believe my projector upscales anyway does it not:confused:
     
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    It does and the benefit of some upscaling DVD players is that they do a better job of upscaling than the display. See if you notice any difference by setting your 989 to send 576/i/p to the display.

    The PS3 is a pretty poor (relative) DVD player and personally I only use it for Blu-ray movies because these are far superior to DVD.

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    Could someone tell me if the sound quality on DVD sountracks and CD's would suffer if I made the move from the 989 to the PS3:smashin:
     
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    not 100% but i think the ps3 plays sacd.
     
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    I heard the PS3 plays better games than the 989.. get it sold. :D
     
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    I have Sky HD at the moment will the PS3 give me a better quality picture than that?
     
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    SkyHD material can be variable in quality. The best stuff looks very good and films don't suffer 3:2 "judder" as with BD film material. BD should have the edge due to more consistent bandwidth/bit rates but it's a close call in PQ with the very best SkyHD material. :)

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    im selling my PS3 as it does a awful job with DVD and Bluray.
    I cant handle the judder from 24fps to 60hz.
     
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    Of course if you went HD DVD you could have some HD films whilst still retaining good DVD playback, since the Toshiba XE1 is meant to be comparable to a player of the Denon 2930 variety. No, it's not Blu-ray, but could be a compromise worth thinking about.

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    Lots of people reckon the PS3 is one of the worst DVD players out there, and it won't output 1080p24 like the newer players.

    HOWEVER, it uses a software decoder, rather than hardware, so it is very upgradable. I think everyone expects both of those issues to be resolved with future releases. I wouldn't sell it for those reasons.

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    I have a Pio 989 and a Samsung P1000. Upscaling or not, Blu-rays look much better than DVDs. Only thing is, the 989 is a really great DVD, SADC, DVD-A and CD player.

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