"HDMI output is not backwards compatable"3.0 starson by PaulNeb
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.