The value of the C-200 is definitely in its ability to play nearly ever format imaginable without the need for any additional transcoding or file manipulation. The PS3 is great and like you said the games are gravy but it does have its shortcomings, but I would have to say (for me) the biggest drawback is that the PS3 can't play MKV files natively, which is why this add-on is so great (once all the kinks are worked out).
I thought I was instructed to rip the HD and BR disks into their "native" format, whether it is a video_ts or whatever? So it would be like the program is viewing the disk? I have yet to rip a BR as I haven't bought a player for my PC yet. So for now, I am only able to play BR. I just got the PS3 and other than playing a few videos, I am a total PS3 rookie. And since I don't have a NAS yet, I don't know how it will perform in that respect. I am only connected with wireless now, not having ran a CAT6 cable there yet.
I haven't even checked yet to see if the PS3 finds my PC where there are a few rips to view as a test. They just aren't BR quality.
Ushman wrote:One other little thing I like about the C-200 is that you can actually stream audio to your home stereo using the little LCD screen on the front without having to turn the TV on (like the PS3). My 50 inch plasma sucks a lot of juice when it is on, so having it on just to control song selection is a waste of energy/money.
I don't play music, usually talk radio in the background when working. The audio side of things is of no interest to me at this point.
Ushman wrote:I agree with you, I could just get the C-200 and then worry about blu-ray later, but this PS3MS add-on almost makes things equal (except I still won't be able to watch MKV's with DTS audio unless I transcode the DTS to AC3). The C-200 is just still too expensive compared to a $299 PS3. If the price comes down, I will potentially consider replacing one of my PS3's for a C-200. So for me, it boils down to which will come first, C-200 price drop or MKV compatibility with PS3. This add-on has me leaning away from the C-200. Have you installed this add-on yet? Do you have it working on all your files? Are you going to go with the C-200?
I don't know what the add on is you are talking about? An add on for the PS3, or for the C-200 I am only thinking about now?
I am looking for a comparison between the older A-110 vs. the C-200 and haven't found such a chart. Or a comparison between the PCH line and it's competitors, whatever they are (Netgear?).