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Old 09-26-2007, 11:46 AM
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Default So, I bought a Blu-ray player...

Around April I bought an HD DVD add-on for my Xbox 360 and have since collected over 45 (and counting) HD DVD titles locally - but mostly imported from overseas (I live in Australia).

I have been very impressed with my HD DVD player... but when Sony finally released the BDP-S300 here last week, I decided to take the plunge.

I also bought the Spider-man Trilogy and some other Blu-ray discs with it, which I have been trying out tonight.

This brief review is probably not totally fair, considering my HD DVD player has a tri-core processor behind it, but...

The Blu-ray player is so slow, it is ridiculous. I power on the player, it takes 45sec to warm up and open the drive. Insert the disc, another 45sec where the TV is blank and the display on the player says "LOADING". Another 45sec where a progress bar (that simply fills up over and over again - never shows the real progress). And for some discs... Yet another 45sec of loading (for example - on Spider-man, a picture of a spider fills up - on Pirates, a key spins around continuously).

When I put a disc in my HD DVD add-on, I wait 30 seconds... and I'm in and watching the movie.

Another disappointing thing I found with the Blu-ray player is that on many discs, the experience is very inconsistent. On the Spider-man 3 disc, I went in to a gallery. I pressed play and the gallery started. It then took me a couple of minutes to the get the player to pause so I could get back to the menu (the controls seemed to be frozen). But instead of (logically) being able to press the "Menu" button on the remote, I had to press the "Green" button on the remote to get back to the main menu. Any other button produced "Operation prohibited on this disc".

I have found my collection of HD DVD discs (which I have a lot more of) to be more consistent from one to the next than my small collection of Blu-ray discs.

On the positive sides, the video and audio is comparable to my HD DVD discs, the player is a lot quieter than my Xbox 360 (but I guess a stand alone Toshiba player would be too) and the unit itself looks very slick.

Does anyone have slow loading issues with this player as well? What about with the PS3?
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:10 PM
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I try with PS3 and "Casino Royale" : I wait 13 seconds to see the movie

The boot for the PS3 is something like 9 seconds

With the auto-run option, I think it took less than 30 seconds to see the film with the ps3 down at the beginning

PS3 is eight-core processor

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:20 PM
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I'd love to give you an answer for the PS3 but I haven't any movies!

When the Rat is released I'll have a better idea.

It supposed to be fast, I think I'll spend longer trying to navigate via a game controller (you would THINK that they would include a standard remote OR SUPPORT IR) than loading.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:25 PM
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I'd love to give you an answer for the PS3 but I haven't any movies!

When the Rat is released I'll have a better idea.

It supposed to be fast, I think I'll spend longer trying to navigate via a game controller (you would THINK that they would include a standard remote OR SUPPORT IR) than loading.
No real problem with this... You just have to select once the "auto-run" option

1/ You power up your PS3
2/ You put the BD in the PS3
3/ select the option to see the movie or other in the BD menu

Edit : sorry for my bad english

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:57 PM
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I just found a new thing about the PS3...

When the PS3 is 'off', you just have to 'push' the BD in the BD player and the PS3 starts alone ! You don't have to push the "Power ON" button...

I have tried with "Letters from Iwo Jyma" : 29 seconds, and zero button to push.
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It really depends on the disc and the player. For example, the Pirates discs take forever to load because of the ridiculous talking pirate skull Java-based intro for the menu. However, the Fox discs all load really quick.
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