won the HD format war, and while the picture quality has met and exceeded our wildest multimedia dreams, the units that play them leave something to be desired. Compared to standard DVD players, the Blu-ray stand alone players are for the most part bulky, oversized, and overpriced.
has made a valiant effort of breaking the mold with the Sony BDP-S350
. It measures in at a comparably slim 8.75 inches deep (about half of most stand alone Blu-ray players), and a $400 list price. But as a result, there are a few missing features, such as Profile 2.0 and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding.
The biggest problem is that the PS3
(also by Sony) can be had for the same price, and it offers superior Blu-ray playback and features. Not to mention that you also get a high-definition gaming console, and all of the perks and fun that comes with that.
If you're going to spend a couple hundred dollars on a high-definition experience, you might as well get more "bang for your buck".
You can read a full review at CNET