I just wanted to know if there are any blu ray players that can beat the ps3 or is it still better, I'm asking this because I may or may not be missing out on better players.
There are Third party chipset manufacturers like Anchor Bay ( Oppo 83 and many others ) and Marvell ( Oppo 93/95 and many others ) as well as the proprietary chipsets available from most of the big manufacturers , like Panasonics Uniphier chipset and so on.Few, the ps3 really doesn't have any faults then. One of you mentioned that the ps3s DVD upscaling wasn't that great, what's wrong with it?
Lastly, scaling. This is where the PS3 really makes an impression. The console's DVD playback software uses an edge-adaptive scaling process. This lends scaled SD video a very different appearance to the vast majority of DVD players and video processors, which are using non-adaptive (linear) resizing methods. These scalers essentially walk a fine line between over-emphasising certain details (causing aliasing and ringing), and not paying enough attention to them (causing things to look blurry). Edge-adaptive scaling essentially allows the best of both: edges are smoothed, and you can no longer see the remains of individual pixel edges to the same extent, but areas of detail remain present.
This process works wonders with synthetic content like hand-drawn art (see the above example). For photorealistic content, whether or not you like the look of it is really down to you. Ultimately, I felt that it gave things a slightly processed appearance, but this is probably just because I'm so used to most other scalers. And, let's face it – scaling a low-res source up to HD, regardless of how its done, won't really show you the film exactly the way it's supposed to look, anyway.
Music concerts and some films are 1080i too. As are a lot of the extra's on titles that are otherwise 1080p. Using the PS3 with a Pioneer TV that didn't have HDMI I found even with the latest updates I couldn't play 1080i on my setup. Got to the point where it seemed to be affecting so many titles (especially British ones) I ended up buying a second TV and a standalone Blu-ray player for another room in the house so I could watch them.It's usually only tv programmes on disc that that are only 1080i isn't it, well I'll be buying a series of doctor who soon on blu ray so I'll try it as soon as I get it, as you said it may have been fixed or will be fixed.