Summary: In many ways, the Sony BDP-S1E is a perfect snapshot of the current state of Blu-ray play. On the one hand, it shows to breathtaking effect just what awesome audio and especially video treats Blu-ray can deliver.
Pros: Marvellous picture quality; sturdy build; 1080p/24 support; good audio.
Cons: Not compatible with BD Profile 1.1; no HDMI 1.3 input; slow to load discs; full of operational glitches.
Excerpt: HD DVD had, on the other hand, launched with two Toshiba players with considerable ergonomic issues. These first-gen players are still afflicted with slow startup times and disc access, and playback glitches that would embarrass a $79 DVD player.
Excerpt: Sony's BD player is now due several months after the Blu-ray format's introduction, and while we certainly hope it's worth the wait, it appears to have some baffling omissions. There is no Ethernet connection, it won't playback CDs, and as of now won't be compatible with HDMI version 1.3.
Summary: Der Sony BDP-S1E ist eine perfekte Momentaufnahme des aktuellen Standes im großen Blu-ray-Spiel: Einerseits zeigt er mit atemberaubender Deutlichkeit, welche beeindruckenden Audio- und besonders Videoqualitäten Blu-ray liefern kann.