Cheap Dave's Home Theater


PS3 review

OK I have come back out to the light. I have been watching the PS3 blu-ray/HD-DVD battle for a while. When HD-DVD got the axe I knew it was time to jump in. I was stil just considering buying a blu-ray only player. But when they are $379 and PS3 is $399 that makes the PS3 an easy choice.

So far we have only watched a few blu-ray movies. But I really enjoy them. The picture is pristine. It really is impressive. Particuclary when you relize how much I violate the viewing distance rule of thumb (2.5x screen width = seating distance, yeah right!) My projeotor will only do 720P: so now that is the limiting factor. I am having a hard time convincing the wife that I really NEED a 1080P projector. But when the bulb burns out I will have a tough choice to make.

I also like using the PS3 wireless controller as the remote. It works great if I can ever remeber which button does what. There is a great 120X FF that lets you zip right along. Also you can play the movie at 1.5X and still hear the sound and it isn't even high pitched. I bought the separate remote but so far I haven't been able to make it work at all.

One of the blu-ray movie we watched was 16 Blocks. This is a strong action movie with Bruce Willis. I love the clarity in the detrails like the reflections on the car windows as they drove. And the sound was amazing. Some of the gun shoots literally made me jump.

For games the graphics are amazing. I have only had one game so far. It is called Lair. In the game you fly a dragon and shoot fire and blow stuff up. I didn't even know that PS3 has a motion sensitve controller (like Wii but not quite as sophisticated). But in the Lair game you fly your dragon by just tilting the controller, tilt right and you go right. It really does give you the feeling of flying.

Playing these games in a dedicated Home Theater is really a sensory experience. My screen is huge. You can get a lttile of that dizzy feeling as you feel the motion. And the soundtrack for this game is full sounding like a major motion picture.

It baffles my mind that these video games have somehow evolved from Pong and Space Invaders.

Of course I am cheap so I don't like to pay $60 for a game. Or even the extra $10 for a blu-ray movie. So Netflix and Gamefly are really kicking in. It was a simple thing to change my Netflix so that all the movies in my que that are available in blu-ray were changed to blu-ray.


OK I have come back out to the light. I have been watching the PS3 blu-ray/HD-DVD battle for a while. When HD-DVD got the axe I knew it was time to jump in. I was stil just considering buying a blu-ray only player. But when they are $379 and PS3 is $399 that makes the PS3 an easy choice.

So far we have only watched a few blu-ray movies. But I really enjoy them. The picture is pristine. It really is impressive. Particuclary when you relize how much I violate the viewing distance rule of thumb (2.5x screen width = seating distance, yeah right!) My projeotor will only do 720P: so now that is the limiting factor. I am having a hard time convincing the wife that I really NEED a 1080P projector. But when the bulb burns out I will have a tough choice to make.

I also like using the PS3 wireless controller as the remote. It works great if I can ever remeber which button does what. There is a great 120X FF that lets you zip right along. Also you can play the movie at 1.5X and still hear the sound and it isn't even high pitched. I bought the separate remote but so far I haven't been able to make it work at all.

One of the blu-ray movie we watched was 16 Blocks. This is a strong action movie with Bruce Willis. I love the clarity in the detrails like the reflections on the car windows as they drove. And the sound was amazing. Some of the gun shoots literally made me jump.

For games the graphics are amazing. I have only had one game so far. It is called Lair. In the game you fly a dragon and shoot fire and blow stuff up. I didn't even know that PS3 has a motion sensitve controller (like Wii but not quite as sophisticated). But in the Lair game you fly your dragon by just tilting the controller, tilt right and you go right. It really does give you the feeling of flying.

Playing these games in a dedicated Home Theater is really a sensory experience. My screen is huge. You can get a lttile of that dizzy feeling as you feel the motion. And the soundtrack for this game is full sounding like a major motion picture.

It baffles my mind that these video games have somehow evolved from Pong and Space Invaders.

Of course I am cheap so I don't like to pay $60 for a game. Or even the extra $10 for a blu-ray movie. So Netflix and Gamefly are really kicking in. It was a simple thing to change my Netflix so that all the movies in my que that are available in blu-ray were changed to blu-ray.