Mr. B wrote:
Analog audio out... IR remote... status display on device... silent operation...
Those are the only things I can think of just now that the PS# doesn't offer. If you don't need them, the PS3 is a fine choice.
My fatty 40GB PS3 (now 320GB thanks to upgradeable HDDs) is practically inaudible. I've never once heard fans or anything else in the machine operating while playing a DVD or BD at regular, reasonable volumes. Is this no longer the case with the slim model?
The IR remote omission is the most unfortunate PS3 shortcoming for me. I'm not sure what Sony was thinking on that one seeing as 99% of the universal-remote owning population owns one of those and not a bluetooth one.