Excerpt: The Sony BDP-S300 is a good blu-ray player. I cautiously use the word good because there is nothing spectacular about it. Sony’s BDP-S300 pulls off the bare minimum as far as blu-ray players go. Let’s start with the pros. Sony covered most of the essential blu-ray needs.
Good Basic BluRay player. Firmware update solves many problems
S. Wou, Amazon
18 January 2013
Summary: Let's see.... today is Jan 18, 2013... Meaning that this BluRay player is well beyond it's retirement age. While searching for a cheap, basic bluray player, I found this one for $8 in Goodwill today. It even had the original remote! Turned it on, and the Firmware was 3.8. So I Downloaded the newest firmware which is 6.20 from Sony website. In contrary to some of the review below... firmware update is VERY easy.
Summary: Let me preface my review by saying that I have owned several Sony products (televisions, stereo equipment, video equipment, etc.) and have always been quite pleased with the performance and quality. My experience with the Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray player has been a completely different story.
Summary: IT'S A LITTLE SLOW STARTING UP BUT ONCE IT GET GOING IT HAS A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE AND THE SOUND IS RIGHT ON TIME ONLY THING THAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PLAYER IS THAT IT'S NOT INTERNET CONNECTED MEANING THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE BY DOWNLOAD ONTO A DVD OR CD DISC BUT OTHER THEN THAT YOU WOULD ABSOLUTELY ENJOY THIS PLAYER EVEN CONNECTED TO A CHEAP SHERWOOD RECEIVER AND AN OLEVIA 32" FLAT SCREEN HIGH DEFINITION 720P TV IT'S AS GOOD AS THAT!
"cannot play" "loading..." "loading..." "error..." this will be you.
J. Mahoney "Mahojo", Amazon
18 May 2010
Summary: After constantly downloading firmware every 24 days (search, locate, follow complicated instructions, download, burn image to disk - not easy to do - load in player, wait 30 minutes for it to work, adjust settings... then you can watch your movie. But you won't know that you need to do this until after you get your movie, make popcorn, put the kids to bed, grab a beer... all of a sudden... you've got problems.
Summary: I bought this several years ago when the HD/Blue Ray wars ended. I purchased several Blue Ray discs and was content with the initial viewing. Although it was unconscionably slow in loading - or even opening the DVD tray - the viewing was crisp, clear and very exciting to watch. Then I purchased something else - and it wouldn't play. I had to update the firmware.
Summary: I've always thought Sony was over rated and this just reinforced that thought. When this thing works the picture is great but it's so unstable, it takes 3-5 to load up any Blu Rays. Regular DVD usually work fine and look great but if there's the slightest smudge or scratch -you'll have problems where regular DVD players don't.
Summary: This was my first purchase of a Blu Ray disc player, and I'm very pleased with it. It is beautiful and easy to use, and the quallity of the picture is phenomenal. I have a HD TV and wanted to enjoy movies to the fullest capacity by viewing them on a Blu Ray disc. I have not been disappointed! Love this player! Would recommend this product to anyone looking for a quality player!
Summary: This Blue Ray player worke's great and movies play nice and clear , I have had pretty good luck with alll of my purchase's in the past with over stock. this blue ray player is easy to hook up and easy to use has nice feature's I would Recommend this player to anyone and the price was good.