Summary: I purchased this unit that was used as a store demo so it was basically new. The firmware at that time was 2.0. I used it and it seemed slow to load. I updated the firmware to 5.6 and boy did that make a BIG improvement on loading times.
Summary: Beware of Sony Blu Ray! There is a good chance it will die soon after the warranty expires! Most company's will extend the warranty if its within a month or 2, NOT SONY! Support is the worst in the industry! Very strange this happens more then the feedback states here on Amazon???
Summary: Sony's BDP-S1 Bluray player's built quality is like other flagship products (in the ES series) they built: SCD-1, DVP-S7000, DVP-S7700, DVP-S9000 etc. (Sony tends to build their first generation machines with every tools they have, but...
Summary: This palyer actually plays quite well. The load times are shoter than I exspected and the picture Quality was superb. Why am I giving it one star then? Because it is overpriced and not in my opinion, it's a fact. When Sony released the Playstation 3 this week, 2 statements sent up some red flags.
Summary: Blu-ray vs. HD DVD A Blu-Ray disc is better technology. It is better resolution and can hold more information (1080p vs. HD DVD's 1080i. This has the support of more movie studios and more Manufacturers and will become the standard. If you want the A-track of the future buy HD-DVD.
Summary: I bought this bluray player and i must say, i'll stick with the brand i know works great and offers the best, HD DVD, overall the picture quality, brightness, details and sound are way much better in HD DVD, i know sony promised a lot from BD, but we all know promises fly away!
Summary: this late in the format war I cant believe sony would release a player which doesnt even support the next generation audio formats i.e. TrueHD. It was my mistake to make an assumption that this player would at least be as advanced as the first generation of the Toshiba HD DVD playter.
Summary: Don't pay attention to most of the other reviews here -- they're written mainly by HD DVD supporters who have no interest in seeing Blu-ray succeed. Fact is, this is a MUCH more solid, reliable and quality product than the el-cheapo Toshiba HD DVD player.
Summary: I am, as a rule, not one to buy first generations of any kind of product. I have a long history of owning problem-free Sony products, so I was willing to risk it with the BDP-S1 once I caught it on sale. Big mistake!
Summary: The BDP-S1 was my first BLU-RAY player, and it is state of the art-superb picture and sound in High Definition. All the major Studios support BLU-RAY, if you want HD MOVIES from DISNEY, FOX, SONY(COLUMBIA),WARNERS,PARMOUNT then you must own a BLU-RAY.