Pros Good price, Small profile, Easy menu navigation
Cons No eject button on provided remote, HDMI output is not backwards compatable
Summary Overall, for my first BD player, I'm mostly satisfied. The player is small, easy to hook up and easy to setup. The picture quality is exceptional (as I expected) and things are good. Once I got everything hooked up and working, that is.
The problem with this model (and others, I suspect) is that the HDMI 1.3 implementation in the player is NOT backwards compatable. When I connect the player to my 2004 built HDTV (reported to use HDMI 1.1), the player does not even recognize that an HDMI capable device is connected to it. No video is displayed on the screen except for the power-on splash screen, which disappears as the player initializes.
When I connect a slightly newer LCD TV (possibly HDMI 1.2) to the player, it recognizes the TV as being connected, but does not display any video other than the initial power-on splash screen. It does follow any changes in the output mode of the player. 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p signal inputs are all reported by the TV, but there's no video.
Since Sony is one of the creators of the HDMI specification, I am perplexed why they would make a player that does not have the backwards compatibility that is reported by every HDMI site I have visited. Fortunately, my TV does have component video inputs, so I can still get 1080i video (the best this TV will display) and I'm happy with it. I just am tired of "built-in obsolescence" when it's not supposed to be there.
Pros with excellent video quality on Blu-ray movies, Sony and Samsung Blu-ray players are both excellent Blu-ray player choices. I recommend you to check out http://www.squidoo.com/best-blu-ray-player for information on the best and cheap Blu-ray players.
Cons It didn't have the streaming video function.
Summary Sony is still my top choice of Blu-ray player along with Samsung.
Pros The Sony bdp-s360 is an excellent bluray player if you are looking for a solid great looking player with execellent bluray quality play back and built in Dolby True-HD & DTS Master Audio through hdmi. No lipsync issues, jaggies, or other.
Cons Standard DVD playback quality is good but not the best. I compared it to my previous Toshiba HD DVD A35 player, also my Xbox 360 and both were superior to the 360 when it came to dvd quality playback. Remote has no eject feature and minor functions.
Summary The Sony bdp-s360 is a great bluray player, but with all the competition out there that offers more bells & whistles it's hard to recommend it. However, if you are just looking for a solid, great looking player with excellent Bluray video quality, great sound, good dvd upscale quality, and no eject feature on the remote then this player is for you. I personally prefer Sony movie disk players thats why I made the purchase. I WOULD HAVE RATED THIS 5 STARS, BUT IT ONLY GOT 4 STARS DUE TO THE BASIC REMOTE CONTROL WITH LACK OF THE EJECT & MUTE BUTTON(S).
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"Nice Player!"on by djdk2121
Pros Blu-ray image quality, it works, nice on-screen interface, no unnecessary features.
Cons The remote, DVD upscaling could be better.
Summary Fantastic player! I don't think that it was given a fair rating. Am I the only one who buys a blu-ray player to play blu-rays? While it may be a nice idea to include all sorts of streaming features, it would seem as if none of the manufacturers can get those players right. If you research, you will find that Panasonic's players, while really nice, will randomly pause movies for 5 to 10 seconds. Samsung players have to be unplugged and plugged back in to keep the Netflix streaming working, and so on. If you're looking for a nice blu-ray player that just works, you should check this one out!
Pros New firmware ALLOWS for internet video streaming (YouTube and Netflix). Video quality is excellent (I'm using a Sony XBR TV). I didn't mind the recessed USB port, my run of the mill Kingston thumb stick fit without issue. Auto-updates its firmware.
Cons No eject button on the remote. Ironically, the remote for my Sony TV (which is designed to work with multiple external inputs) also lacks an eject button. The load times could be faster, but they are tolerable.
Summary Great BD player. Its major flaw (maybe an issue Sony has on a larger scale) is the lack of an eject button on the remote. I'm happy with my purchase.