Summary: This is a terrible player. It only plays about 1/2 of any BDs I pop into it. OK, maybe 2/3s, but it feels like 1/2. I have even experienced that it will play only some discs in a set, such as a boxed set or a season's worth of a show. Sometimes it won't even relinquish the disc and I have to power it completely off to reset it. These are BDs that play in my computer, so I know it is not the BDs themselves.
Summary: This worked fine for a year, then broke. The player freezes in various modes of operation. The technician said it needs service. We treated it well. It just wasn't reliable. Just ordered a new Panasonic and will hopefully have better luck.
Summary: Two problems with this player: did not play region 2 dvds and JVC did not repair it correctly. The player initially did handle DVDs from multiple regions, but stopped playing Region 2 within the one-year warranty. I mailed to JVC, which charged me $85 for labor (only covered for first 3 months), but it still didn't work with Region 2 when returned to me. Waste of money.
Summary: Before deciding to buy the JVC XVBP1 I read alot of reviews and specs on several players on the market. We needed a multiregion DVD player for all our French DVDs (my wife is French) so that eliminated quite a few players. We also didn't have a huge budget, like say for the Oppo BDP83. I would have loved to find a way to compare the performance of several different players but no store carried all the ones I wanted to see so I had to settle for reading reviews.
Buy it because you have DVD's - you do not need Blu-Rays!
Protest the Comparisons, Amazon
9 March 2010
Summary: I rarely review, but I do feel like I should for this Blu-Ray player. Bottom line: up-scaling is so good that you do not need to rent Blu-Rays. I am somewhat of an audiophile, and overall I feel like I have good eye for differences in video, and so I have seen enough at this point to realize that I almost cannot tell the difference on this unit between regular DVD and Blu-Ray.
Summary: Nice looking equipment that works flawlessly. Fast loading and reading of disc that produces exceptional HD content. For the price this Blu-ray player is one of the best I've used. Had Amazon mail the unit to my 90 year old mother-in-law and my husband tested the unit on his recent visit to his mother's home in Louisiana.