Excerpt: The Sony BDP-S300 was an entry-level Blu-ray disc player when it appeared on shelves. It delivers Blu-ray functionality flawlessly and works well with my Sony Bravia TV. However its entry-level hardware takes unnecessarily long to power up . I picked up this player looking for an affordable Blu-ray option, and at the time there were only a couple other options.
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!
Summary: I was disappointed by this player. Unlike previous Sony disk players I've owned, this model does not remember where you stop a movie. Previous players would remember up to six disks, after powering off, even if removed from the machine. I also own a 1080i TV so the increased resolution was not as spectacular as I had hoped. I will stick with my upconverting Sony (that remembers disks) until I have to replace my TV with a 1080p.
Summary: Bought this yesterday, along with four BluRay movies. Thought it'd be a simple plug-in and run it ordeal, but that wasn't to be. This product took more to get it working right (reminded me of dealing with Windows drivers, updates, and so on, after buying a new Windows-based computer--I have a Mac, more on this below). It seems that the new generation of movie-at-home entertainment requires more hands-on technical maintenance.
Summary: The BDP-S300 plays movies without problems. The picture quality is good. However, it's slow to load, and sluggish when responding to the remote. Also, the player does not support the high-rez audio formats, TrueHD and DTS-HD MA.
Pros: Nice user interface, plays movies without problems
Cons: slow load times, sluggish response to commands, no decoding of TrueHD, DTS-HD MA
Summary: The picture is great but is it worth the wait time? It takes forever to load up. Frankly, it's unbearable! And also, some of the BD movies do not have the resume function so when you stop the movie and turn off the machine, you basically lose your place when you turn it back on to "resume" where you left off. To sum up the whole thing, maybe this Blu-Ray technology needs to be investigated and tested further before releasing more machines and movies.
Summary: While I've only had my player for a short time, I've been playing discs (blu-ray and standard) on it and I've noticed a few things. The picture is good on blu-ray discs, but doesn't blow me away like I thought it would. In all honesty, some of the pictures with 1080i cable look better than the blu-ray discs. Maybe it's my tv (Sharp Aquos 46") or the discs themselves....maybe my expectations are too high. Yes, I have it hooked up with HDMI.
Summary: A year ago I would have told you that you would be crazy to buy Blu instead of HD just looking at the price. My friend spent $1200.00. You believe that? Later I got my HD player for the XBOX 360 for $200.00 and said "Oh Yea"! Then I started to try to buy movies that I hadn't already bought on SD-DVD.(1200+) Well, I ended up having to duplicate a little and learn patience. Things started to look brighter as the choices started to grow.
Garage Days "World renowned procrastinator.", Amazon
31 December 2007
Summary: I purchased this player to get ready for HD, gambling on Blu-ray as the winner in the HD disc race. Construction is solid and the video performance is excellent as is to be expected from a higher end Sony product. But they had to skimp somewhere to get the cost down. The main problem is that it is horribly slow. Slow in everything it does. It takes almost 45 seconds to wake up. Opening the disc drawer takes almost 20 seconds.
Summary: This player had promise--more reasonable price point, full 1080p Blu-Ray playback. However, this player is fraught with problems. The first thing you'll notice is the LONG LOAD TIMES. Blu-Ray Discs can take upwards of 2-3 minutes to reach the title screen, even after loading the latest firmware. While we're on the subject of firmware updates, the lack of an Ethernet port is completely UNACCEPTABLE when every other player in its class has one.
Pros: Plays Blu-Ray Discs, upconverts standard DVDs. Full 1080p output. Good array of audio outputs.
Cons: No Dolby TrueHD onboard decoding, no Ethernet port. SLOW LOAD TIMES.