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).
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.
Summary: I got this unit from Amazon at almost 1/3 off the MSRP; at that price I almost feel guilty. This is among the higher-quality BluRay players with regard to picture and audio quality. So far I've watched about a half dozen movies on it and I couldn't possibly love it more.
Summary: I just bought my second BDP-51FD...both bought this month (Jan '09). Obviously, considering I bought two, it's a great player. For mass-market electronics, it's hard to beat Pioneer's quality. At this price level (over 50% off MSRP), this is an absolute no-brainer and a steal!
Summary: This player has everything that I was looking for in a player. I wanted a player that could not only deliver a great picture but great sound as well. It has all the latest high definition sound formats including Dolby HD and DTS.
Summary: I finally settled on this unit after all of the reviews. Love it! Best picture I've seen ever! I will eventually upgrade it in 4 or 5 years when other Blu-Ray features come along that this one doesn't handle, but for now I'm happy. I must warn you though, it is very slow.
Summary: This BLU-RAY player is the best one that I have. I have a PS3 player and the Panasonic BD-30 and the image quality after updating to the latest ver software is outstanding. The audio is also outstanding. I am very happy I purchased this unit.
Summary: This particular Pioneer is a great buy right now, as it has some of the best upscaling capabilities of ANY player. This model is nearly the same as the Elite model, and unless you really need the fancy faceplate and gold connectors, buy this model instead and save yourself a few hundred bucks.