"Very nice machine"4.0 starson by aidandunne
Pros: -got it for around $200
-small form factor
-Profile 2.0 upgrade available over n/w
Cons: - no problems as yet
Summary: Nice little machine. I was waiting until prices for a decent player came down to around $200, and this one hit the mark.
Up-conversion seems slightly less effective than my oppo dvd player (bearing in mind that only 1 year ago, my Oppo cost $50 more than the sony player), but it really does a nice job ( so far ) on any blu-ray title I've seen.
The startup time seems very reasonable; I had read that bd boot time was an issue with some players.
Upgrading the fw is painless.
I have an older 720p Sony, so the resolution change from 480p is not really much of an issue ( especiallly since the oppo did an amazing up-conversion job) , but the color-space improvements are very noticeable ( no more color-banding ) , and fast-action sequences are very smooth.
I have no means to compare with any other blu-ray player, but my av life is a lot richer with this relatively inexpensive machine and a netflix blu-ray account upgrade. If you can get the $200 price or less, you probably will be happy.