Excerpt: First off, we are early adopters which means that we bought a Blu Ray player very early on. There was still a battle among the HD players and Blu Ray players and we took a risk. Thankfully, Blu Ray won and we were happy. On the plus side, this is a Sony product which to me automatically means quality. Generally, it is pretty great. The picture is crisp and clear. It plays most movies and up-converts regular DVD's to increase the picture quality.
"Read reviews before you buy. $421=me being disaapointed"
17 November 2010
Pros: Great picture and thats about it!
Cons: Very slow loading times. Everytime you get a blu ray disc that wont work you have to call Sony (poor customer service) and wait for the disc to come in the mail. We have had this unit freeze up on us approximately 30 times over the past three years
Pros: Great picture quality. Reliable. Has been running for 2 years now.
Cons: THE LOAD UP TIME IS HORRENDOUSLY SLOW!!! I hate this player because it takes a good 5 minutes before it is ready to play a damn movie! Rediculously slow when you first turn it on. Otherwise, no complaints.
Summary: I have had it with this machine. It has always been ridiculously slow to load and if you get the least impatient, it will lock up on you. So I have disciplined myself to go slow and wait for each action to completion. I have had the machine for just barely over a year and tonight it just starts displaying a green screen and shutting itself down. Once it shuts down, it is frozen.
Summary: As an avid film fan, I considered it essential to get on board with the HD technology, which I did shortly after the format war was over. In a hurry to be a full participant, I went for a middle-priced BDP and settled on Sony's BDP S300. After six months of use, I can't say that I share the seething contempt for it I've seen elsewhere among these reviews, but I can't recommend it either, especially now that prices are coming down.
Summary: I am a great follower of Sony products and at my home every audio video is a sony branded product. i bought this to go along with my lcd tv and frankly i think Blu-Ray is a overrated thing. This player takes eons to load up and sometimes locks up which can be only resolved by unplugging and restarting the player. for the price i paid i should have gone for the PS3 as it would have served dual purpose.
Summary: The wait time to get the machine started is aggravating. Sometimes it locks-up and has to be unplugged-then restarted to work. Also, sometimes it pauses in the middle of a movie as if it were going to stop, however when it works the picture quality is great.