Pros Slim, sleek and it looks good.Fantastic picture and sound!
Cons Minor issue but load time is a bit slow.
Summary Love everything about this unit and i have the ability to compare both HD-DVD and Blue-Ray. Now, i have to consider that my HD-DVD is the add on for my Xbox-360 so it may be at a slight disadvantage but even so, i will have to give the nod to Blue-Ray for over all picture quality and a big nod on sound. Blue-Ray just seems to do both better. This player is simple but looks great with the blue tint and single glowing light when on.Connetions are plenty for all modern recievers or most HD Televisions. I will say that if you have the option of HDMI, use it.The very first startup and setup does take a minute( as they clearly note in the paperwork) but even after that, powering on to tray opening seems to take a bit long. In any case, it is the only real complaint i have and is a very minor one at that. I watched the Itailian Job as my first movie on this unit and compared it side by side with a standard version of the movie i have just to see what the deal was. To say Blue-Ray looks and sounds better would be the understatement of the year. There really is no comparison to be honest. What we have all gotten used to watching over the years with DVD is not even half of what Blue-Ray offers in picture and sound. I am extremmly happy with this unit and running it with my Yamaha Reciever and JBL surround setup makes for one more reason to save the 10 bucks and watch a movie at home. When rental stores start offering more titles in HD, i will be in heaven.
Having both technologies on hand keeps me covered untill one format wins the war, until then, i will enjoy both. For the price, 499.99 when i bought, its a reasonable exspense to get next generation technology. Go for it.
Pros Upscale to 1080p
Cons Slow Loading, Size of Unit
Summary The only real complaint and reason I gave this player an 8 is the slow time it takes for that loading tray to open. If you leave a DVD in it and want to take it out, prepare to stare at the player for a good minute. Whistle your favorite tunes and think back on how much faster that old junk player you used to have would open. I can deal with the load times when I go watch a movie but to have to wait just to eject...
Anyways, watch any movie on it and be ready to be amazed. I even think my old DVDs look as good as blu-ray. Very impressive on the upconversion to 1080. You will never watch movies on another player. It does have its side effects, now my friends keep bringing their movies to watch them on the player.
One other thing I did not like is the size, it still needs one more generation to shed some weight and gain some speed, but you can not go wrong with this baby. It has everything you expect and need for that top of the art home cinema!!
"Just an OK Player"on by djsincla
Pros Picture Perfect
Cons Very slow to start and very slow with Java menus
Summary Since this player was first announced, I was optimistic Sony's second player to the market would be a quality product. Unfortunately this is not the case with the BDP-S300. Out of the box the player comes with a green piece of paper warning of slow start time for first time use - It was slow all the time. Press the power on button on the remote and wait 45 seconds before you can load a disc. Slow response to scanning forward and backwards and discs coded with Java menus took several minutes to load. Overall a disappointing product.
"Disappointing"on by ciphernetic
Pros Unit looks very slick, thin, silent operation, video quality and audio quality
Cons *Very slow* to load some discs, probably wont be able to upgrade to Blu-ray profile spec by firmware, audio format support
Summary I just recently purchased a BDP-S300. The unit looks very good with my other home theatre gear and operates silently.
The video and audio quality is superb, as is to be expected.
The one thing that really lets this player down is that it takes *forever* to load discs. As mentioned in the CNET review, it truly does take approximately 3 mins to load Pirates of the Caribbean. It takes a similar amount of time to load any one of discs in the Spider-man trilogy.
Another thing to look out for is that this player does not support TrueHD or DTS HD MA... and probably wont - ever. I'm not hugely concerned about this, but it is a shame that I would probably have to buy a new player to get that functionality.
One last thing... as the Blu-ray specification is still not complete, as the new specifications are approved - it is highly unlikely the player will be able to take advantage of them via a firmware update. Again - it's a shame that it is a high probability that a new player would need to be purchased in order to take advantage of future Blu-ray features.
Overall, if you are looking for lower cost entry in to HD and aren't too concerned about slow loading discs, the absolute highest quality sound or being able to take advantage of soon to be added capabilities - then this would be a good choice. In all honesty, you are probably better off buying a PS3 (or a Toshiba HD DVD player/Xbox 360 with HD DVD add on).
Pros mind blowing picture and audio quality
Cons needs a firmware upgrade after you buy a player
Summary i just bought a blu-ray bdp-s300 it has a mind blowing picture and audio quality BUT while playing a disc whenever there was darker area like a tree or mountain shadow the picture started flickering, reason is the player will not play certain types of blu-ray disc formats, so i called sony to send me a firmware upgrade which sony claims should solve the problem, so waiting for the firmware and without the firmware the player plays a bad quality of regular dvd's aswell.