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: The Blue-ray player that I received from this seller does not stay powered on and I have to unplug the unit and plug it back in each time I use it, or else none of the functions work. I tried to contact the seller an inform them of this, but did not receive a response from them.
Summary: This unit will not play Blu-Ray disks. I called Pioneer and they sent me an updated disk Loaded the 1.73 version and it will still not play Blu-Ray disks. Called Pioneer may and requested I ship the unit back to them. The think the unit is defective.
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 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.