Excerpt: Pioneer Bonus View Blu-ray Disc Player, BDP-51FD Get used to the idea: you are going to eventually need to upgrade to Blu-ray. When I finally accepted this inevitability, I went shopping for the best player available; after much comparison and homework, I decided to go with this Pioneer model.
Summary: I sure don't understand any negative product reviews of this item. I bought mine USED and it works great. I immediately did an upgrade of the firmware just to make sure it had the newest version (1.74). I have to send in my BRAND NEW Samsung Blu-ray player because it stopped working after only 4 months. This Pioneer unit is built like a tank. No, it doesn't load a disc "super-fast". I just go to the fridge and get a soda and when I come back, it's ready to play.
Summary: It's a shame Pioneer does not make Blu Ray Players like this anymore.If not anything it looks good on the shelf.But the main thing is the picture quality and no problems there.It's as good(probably better than)as the Sony BDP-S1 I also have.It loads much faster and responds to the remote control in the way one expects.So far it has refused to play only 'The way of the gun'.Have to update the firmware I suppose.It's not a Premium product like the Elite series but looks...
deplorable customer service and embarrassingly bad device
craig nichols, Amazon
10 November 2010
Summary: Painfully slow load times and device kept failing to recognize discs it played before. 6ave replaced it but the new player did the exact same thing. Pioneer customer service could not have been worse. Would not repair it, saying they did not repair replacements. Put it on the shelf in it's box and bought a playstation 3 which is superb. It had been used all of, say, two times, and not all the way through at that (couldn't, it kept stroking out).
Summary: I have a pioneer Blu Ray player. It is now 1year 2 moths old and out of warranty. I updated the firmware to watch Avatar and now the machine will not work. I am told by Pioneer support that this is a common problem and can only be fixed by sending the machine back to have the firmware reinstalled by Pioneer. The cost is a minimum of $70 evaluation plus shipping. I cannot recommend this product that is at risk of being broken each time firm ware is updated.
Summary: I purchased the BDP-51FD thru Amazon a little over a year ago. I recently updated it with their 1.38 firmware. The update appeared to work but when I turned the player back on, it is stuck with "Power On" in the display window. None of the other buttons work and the tray won't eject. I called Pioneer and they said I had to send the player back to them for repair along with $70 "evaluation fee".
Summary: It's hard to keep up on manufacturer's latest offerings. BluRay is still relatively new, but the manufacturer;s have been falling all over themselves offering new models with a baffling array of differentiating features. But the latest isn't necessarily the greatest. Pioneer's BDP-51FD may be an older model, but it is still a great BluRay player. Many newer players offer BD-live or the ability to directly download films from the likes of Amazon or Netflix.
Summary: I love Pioneer products and I love this blu-ray player, but it does have one major flaw. No direct method of upgrading the firmware. Let's be frank, if you're going to release devices with operating systems that often need to be updated they should be required to have an ethernet port and the ability to download software directly from the Net.
Summary: This equipment works fine with some blu-ray discs, but with others show some problems to read. For instances, the 24 hours 7 season do not work in this equipment, but works without problems in one play station 3.