Summary: I have owned this player for a few years now and have not had any major problems with it. When I purchased the Avatar blue ray it would not play but installing the latest firmware took care of that. The Tourist blue ray would freeze for a second and then play again on only one scene ( during the boat action scene) . Again the latest firmware(1.71) solved the problem. I recently installed updates 1.72 and then 1.73.
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...
Summary: When I got the item it had software version 1.08 and things did not go well: Very Slow and no sound during the movie. Upgraded to 1.25 and things are very much better. Went to the pioneer site for the downloading instructions. all went exactly as scripted.
Summary: I have a new Samsung LCD TV which is great in detail in all Video and Audio so watching movies will be the first thing to see the real color of the screen. I bought the Blu-ray player and of course Samsung will be the perfect choice like the model Bd-p2500 same company with the same video circuitry. i play and watch but it only short lived the excitement because the blu-ray froze in every 20 mins.
Summary: I've had enough friends who got low-end DVD players that broke in the first year, but I didn't want to splurge on a high-end Blu-ray player. The discount on this one was great, and Pioneer is a great brand. The system is very intuitive and the picture on my new Samsung 40" is very clear. The one caveat is that this is not the most recent version of the Pioneer Bluray (hence the discount), so it lacks internet connectivity.
Summary: The Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray player was a bit of a hassel updating the firmware and going through the system setup but, when done, it was well worth while. The video and audio output for both Blu-ray and standard DVD movies is excelent playing on my Samsung 40" LCD HD television and Pioneer reciever and surround sound system. Not sure how many Blu-ray movies I'll be watching but the upscaling of the standard DVD movies is amazing and almost as good as the Blu-ray movies.
Summary: It was a quick an easy setup, but I don't understand what all of the hoopla is about. I had a Pioneer DVD player before equipped with upconversion, and I really don't see that much of a difference (maybe that's just me being jaded...or older). Maybe with the 'right' DVD I'll notice a difference. Of course I have yet to discover all of the features that blu-ray supposedly offers me, I'm going by picture quality alone.
Picture and Sound are unbeatable - no BD Live though
D. Cook "PghDrake", Amazon
15 April 2009
Summary: I have owned this product for about a month now and I'm very happy with it. The pictures are crystal clear and the up-conversion for regular DVDs makes them look even better. I originally had this plugged straight into my TV (LG 47" 47LH40), but now I have it running through my receiver (Denon AVR-1909) along with my TiVo HD DVR. Of course, I'm only connecting these via HDMI.