Pros Great Sound. Great Picture.
Cons Disc skips or gets stuck. Doesn't play all Blu-rays
Summary I just installed the latest firmware update from sony, 3.6. Still the Chris Botti b-ray jazz disc, another sony product will not play. Incompatible region. What the hell does that mean? You wouldn't believe all the lame excuses the sony on-line techs game me. Who trains these people? You can tell they are just reading off a notecard. But the player set up correctly on a large HD flat screen using great speakers etc. is now better than going to the movies. Never thought I'd say that. But true. Blu-ray and all that goes with it may be the final blow to the movies as we know them.
Pros Incredible Blu-ray
Cons Overpriced after all is considered
Summary The blu-ray format is perhaps what SACD was to audio. However the BDP-S1 has a most difficult time with standerd DVD fare. 95% of my library is sdvd. If I could afford a second source and the money to take a chance on the format war, this piece would make a rather intresting novelty. The problem is my pockets are not very deep and I'm to old to speculate. I sure wish Sony took more time and consideration on the standard dvd format and integrated the quality of an OPPO product with blu-ray I would be delighted with my BDP-S1.
"Beautiful!"on by sparkyman1641
Cons Very Expensive. Very basic A/V functions
Summary Great picture and sound. Does not appear to have a zoom function. Unless the movie is filmed at 1:78:1 or 16:9 you'll have to live with watching your movies with black bars (top/bottom). Not a big deal if you have a big TV. It's also very expensive considering if blu-ray wins the format war, this player will be $250, or less in a year, or less.
I rated it an 8 simply because I like watching movies full screen, the player lacks audio/video settings and it's expensive. Otherwise it would be a 10.
"Best plaver yet"on by Bertsvette
Pros Great picture and sound
Cons like other players it takes a while to load
Summary Got mine at a good price very satisfied
Pros Great picture, 1080p,
Cons Price, slow remote responce,
Summary Out of the box it looks beauitful. Picture is also great. Side by side the Toshiba HD-A1 (HD-DVD) I still like the HD-DVD product better. Mostly for the cost. Bluray only fails in the cost factor and the uncertainty in of which direction the HD market will go. 500 is easier to swollow. If you've got to have Bluray go with the PS3. The picture and sound are the same to me. The only thing that the PS3 is missing at this time is the upconvert for DVD's. So if Bluray bombs you'll still get use out of the PS3.