"Missing 7.1 analog output."3.5 starson by Dave Dugal
Pros: The best standalone Blu-ray Disc player to date.
Cons: Limited to 5.1-channel analog output. Expensive.
Summary: I've been waiting for over six months for this player to be released. I had the (excessive) cash put aside and have "Notify me!" registrations everywhere I could find them. CNET's review was the first one that highlighted the seriously limited 5.1-channel analog output. This may just be a deal-breaker for me.
A very good HD friend of mine has *three* PS3 consoles, and doesn't play video games. He thinks I'm nuts for not picking up a PS3 as my "standalone" BD player. Unfortunately, I've been dabbling in HD since 1999 and have analog component video inputs and switching everywhere. Alas, the PS3 is an all-digital device with HDMI as the only output option.
I've been dying to purchase a truckload of Blu-ray Disc movies from Amazon, but have been waiting [im]patiently for the DMP-BD50 to ship to the States. Now I'm not completely sure what I'm going to purchase.
My old-fashioned SD DVDs are looking better and better every day ...