"In the dust!!!"on by showbear
Pros I like very little about this machine. I had a Sony BDP S300 for more than a year. This 3rd-generation model is not much better. It is smaller and lighter and a little bit faster, but it's still agonizing waiting for it to get going.
Cons Still GLACIALLY slow to start up and load disks. It's only just noticeably faster than the first-generation Sony BDP S300 that it replaced.
Summary My main complaints WERE the ones above but now, after less than two months, it is refusing to play most of the Blu-ray disks in my library while it plays DVD's without complaint. Yes, they're all official releases, and yes, I upgraded the firmware to the latest version yesterday. I just HAD to come here and tell anywone who will listen how PISSED I am at Sony, the originators of Blu-ray, making two such DISMAL products and convincing me to buy them!
I bought an LG for about the same price today (sorry, I forget the model). Honest, I don't work for them or have anything to gain from promoting them. But their machine is MILES ahead of the 360, no contest whatsoever! The several movies I've tried (startup only) have been in progress within about 1/3 to 1/4 of the time the Sony takes!! This is the way it SHOULD work, with performance close to the DVD player I used to have. Plus with a network connection the LG plays YouTube videos, very cool, and has software that lets me serve pictures and videos from any computer on my network.
Pros Quiet Operation, Nice Design, Good Value, BD Live Capable, Onboard DTS TrueHD and MA, Compact, PQ and AQ
Cons Loading times are just OK, No Eject button on Remote, Sluggish performance on more complex menus
Summary For $250, I thought that this player was inexpensive and carried a good value. The player was ready for BD Live out of the box and had Onboard decoding for DTS TrueHD and MA which the S350 didn't have. I also found that the player was smaller compared to the S350 and had a nicer design. It was also extremely quiet compared to my PS3. The PQ and AQ was quite impressive.
This player also had some problems. The PQ and AQ's performance was impressive, but one thing that Sony failed to deliver was the loading times. The loading times were just OK, but pretty slow compared to my PS3. There was also no eject button on the remote, but that can be easily resolved by borrowing or purchasing a remote from the S350. Navigating through more complex menus was also a little sluggish, but simple ones were fine. Overall, I thought that this player was great for the price and I recommend it for anybody looking for an affordable BD player with impressive PQ and AQ.
Pros EXCELLENT VIDEO QUALITY. SMALL FOOTPRINT. FACE OF PLAYER IS VERY CLEAN.
Cons NONE THAT I HAVE NOTICED
Summary I'M SICK OF READING REVIEWS OF THIS PLAYER WHERE PEOPLE ARE KNOCKING THAT THERE'S NO EJECT BUTTON ON THE REMOTE! IF THE PLAYER'S REMOTE DID HAVE AN EJECT BUTTON WOULD IT ALSO TAKE THE DISC OUT FOR YOU? NO, YOU HAVE TO GET UP! SO WHEN U GET UP PUSH THE EJECT BUTTON ON THE PLAYER ITSELF. AND PEOPLE ALSO KNOCKING THIS PLAYER FOR NOT HAVING WI-FI, DON'T BUY THIS ONE THEN. IT'S NOT A CON OF THIS PLAYER, IF YOU WANT WI-FI, BUY A PLAYER WITH IT!!I got it at BestBuy in my local town. $129.99.
Updated on Dec 28, 2009
Pros Great picture; great sound; allows firmware updates by CD if you're not hardwired to the Internet.
Cons Slow load, although it's better with the recent firmware update (4/11). No wireless. Relatively expensive for what you get ($220), vs. what other players can do for under $150.
Summary Sony still sells this unit, so I thought I'd review it for those who might be thinking of buying it. I've had this player for a couple years, and I'm getting ready to replace it with a Panasonic BDT-210. Why? Primarily because if you play a standard DVD or music CD on this player, there's an annoying grinding sound as it struggles to read non-blu-ray disks. If you play the DVD movie or CD music quietly, the grinding can clearly be heard not just on loading, but while playing. Yet it's virtually silent for blu-ray disks. It's been this way since the day I bought it, so it's not wear-and-tear. Maybe other blu-ray players do that too. I don't know - the slow load speed, lack of wireless, and inexpensive alternatives, are sufficient reasons for me to get another player.
Pros Cheap - good if you cant find anything better
Cons Sound quality problems - warrantee work required
HDMI output died after a year (and a total of about 21 uses)
Summary I bought this blu-ray last year and almost imediately had problems with the sound. At first I thought it was from using DVD discs but when the sound started cutting out on Blu rays too I had to take it to get warrantee work. It was gone for a month... (to this day some static still comes out)
I use this thing probably 2 or 3 times a month for movie nights at home so having this stop working really sucks.
The latest now is that the HDMI output now has died... I now have to connect this player to my HD TV using RCA cables... effectively giving me excellent CRT TV quality definition.. My old TV gives me better definition. I tried connecting the HDMI to the other open slots (I have 4 HDMI connections on my TV) and all have no signal... That is the last straw - what a piece of junk - DONT BUY THIS!!!