Pros Great quality, upconverting, & QUIET!
Cons None as of yet.
Summary This is mostly a note for anyone considering a PS3 as a blu-ray player. I bought one this weekend on CNET's recommendation that it is a better blu-ray player than the BDP-S350. I returned it yesterday and bought the BDP-S350 and here's why: The PS3 has serious Fan Noise Issues! ...to the point, where it totally ruined my viewing experience. Do the research yourself. Google PS3 & fan noise. You will see why a stand-alone Blu-Ray player isn't so bad after-all.
Pros Great picture, easy set up, small size, remaining time display
Cons Control panel GUI cannot be turned off
Summary My previous Blu-ray player was a Sony until late last year when I purchased a Panasonic DMP-BD30 which had all the latest profile upgrades. The biggest problem with the Sony was its slow loading time.
With the BDP-S350, this has all changed for the better. Load time have vastly improved and it is a Profile 2.0 player. Picture quality is stunning, but most Blu-ray players display this picture.
One of the best features of this player is its size. Sony has been able to reduce the size of the player to just over a 2" height and only 8-3/4" deep. Sony's previous model was nearly 15" deep and just over 3" high.
Finally Sony adds a remaining time function to the display. Previous models only had a elapsed and total time display, so you had to do the remaining time in your head. Most Sony DVD players always had this function, but this is a first for their Blu-ray players.
Main complaint I have with this unit (a minor one) is that you cannot turn off Sony's GUI control panel (Xross Media Bar) over the desktop pattern--it is always on unless you are playing a disc. I use this player with a front projector and it looks tacky for guests seeing my control panel over the desktop. Sony didn't do this with their DVD players, so why do it with this new technology? About the only time you even need to use the GUI is when you are setting up the unit or add new equipment to the player.
All in all, Sony did a great job with this player. It's easy to set up and offers an outstanding picture.
Pros EVERYTHING! I exchanged a BDP300.(slowest load time ever)for the BDPBX1 (I got mine at Costco.you can't beat their exchange policy). It is compact, good looking and loads like a fully automatic Beretta!
Cons I have had this about 45 days and so far its flawless operation leaves me complaintless. Issues may show up but none yet..thats a great feeling so far!
Summary There appears to be nothing about this player (yet) that i dislike and were there any thing I did seriously dislike I would drive 30 miles, one way, to Costco and get rid of it...in fact I did just that with my previous Sony Blu Ray Player purchase which, by the way was $50 MORE than the BDPBX1...now thats saying someting!
When I HDMI'd this sweetheart into my precious VIZIO SV470XMTai/120hz/Smooth Motion LCD HDTV and put on National Treasure 2, I was absolutely balowned out of my massage recliner! I can not believe that an old fart like me (70), living on SSA, can enjoy what may be the very finest video experience available on planet earth and do so for what, for a combined cost of under $1700. Well let me tell you thats saying something. I live in a 32' vintage Holiday Rambler (1973) trailer in small but perfect comfort. When my lights go out at night and I crank up a Blu Ray disc freshly mailed to me by Block Buster (I get 3 BluRay discs per week like clockwork in the mail for $20 bucks per month so who says a poor man can't live like a King if he keeps his vices to a minimum and shops wisely for entertainment gear that may be the last he will ever purchase in this life!). My wee environment lights up like wrap around 3D Cinerama when I saw that for the first time back in the....oh yeah 1960s! I have my micro a few steps away so popcorn is always freash and I can sip on an ocassional Russo Negro withouth guilt. This is possible with the BDPBXI (same as S300 I have come to learn) and the spectacular Vizio for which the closest competing units were running upwards of 2500-3500k but a couple of months back. My "review" really is for BOTH the Vizio product (which in my wee environment produces more than adequate Surround Sound without a costly audio reciever. Oh, if I want wireless 5.1 it truns out VIZIO can sell me a 5.1 wireless speaker set using the 3 onboard speakers and two outside wireless...already to rock if I wish to spend a mere $300 more and I will, as soon as I save up enough to add the 5.1 kit to the 5.1 Vizio set I own. Damn I love writing such an upbeat "review" on two different mfgers products. IIts so EZ to find things to complain about these days! But not with these two very fine high quality products in myi life.
Thats now near 2500 characters in my "review". I could write more but its Blu Ray movie time in my digs...Just got Space Odessy 2001...can't wait to see OLD HAL rap with Kier D in 1080p Blu Ray...lights down, movie starting in 3...2...tadaa!
"excellent player!"on by ssapyb
Cons price - in a couple of years players will be better and cheaper
Summary I had a PS3 for the sole purpose of watching movies. I understand why many places use it as their reference blu-ray player, but it gets way too warm for small spaces. I am now able to watch movies in my bedroom without having to crank the A/C. I have good home theater gear, which takes advantage of the player's potential SQ and PQ output. I am very impressed. No discernible difference in PQ between the PS3 and the S350. Although, there is a significant difference in DVD upconversion quality between the two with the S350 coming on top by a wide margin. AQ seems to be a bit sweeter now that my Pioneer Elite 94TX is decoding the HD codecs. I understand there really is no theoretical difference of SQ between the PS3 and bistreaming players, but my receivers decoding really does seem to be better-more dynamic. Ultimately, if you have a top tier receiver capable of decoding bistreamed HD codecs then opt for the S350 over the PS3. You will reduce the cost of your energy bill. I mean, aside from having to crank the A/C, it truly is a power hog. The PS3 is a multimedia powerhouse, thus it requires more power to be juiced up.
Pros so simple to hook up
Cons havent found one yet
Summary ive been waiting, reading reviews & when this came out i decided to pounce. love the picture, but what has most impressed me in the first few days is the sound. i have 5.1 dolby digital, so ive got great sound anyway. but this seems true surround, without hearing what speaker its coming from. great on upgrading standard dvds on my 42-inch, hdtv.