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: I have had this player for more than 6 months, except for its slow load time/slow power up problem, this player is excellent. I am truly impressed by this player's picture and sound quality. We have the top rated Panasonic player(BD35) sit next to this one for a comparison, indeed the load time/power up performance Panasonic is way much better, but the vivid color of this Sony player put out is far better than Panasonic, the sound is not as loud as Panasonic but it is...
Summary: Super Blu Ray video reproduction. Good upconversion for standard DVD's. Via the Sony website I ordered the free firmware update disc and it arrived by mail only a few days later. No problems doing the update to 4.20. Yes, it is slower than a standard DVD player when loading discs. BIG DEAL! Also, this unit has a much more solid build and has far more features than the budget Magnavox/Sylvania (built by Funai) units now selling on the web.
Summary: I guess I am lucky, mine has worked fine. I also got lucky on the price, I bought it here on 2/17 for $350 with free shipping, $70 less than the price today. Not sure I'd pay $420 for it. I have tried about 20 movies, BD and DVD. It has player all but one (a DVD - Clay Pigeons) without problems. It is slow to power up and some BDs take a while to load. BDs look great on my 50" 720p Panasonic. The best feature is the up-converting, normal DVDs look great.
Summary: well I went for it and bluray is everything that is advertised and commented about. Let me say that I read all the reviews,good and bad so I was not confident in bluray.I have a Toshiba HD player,with the resent news that its over for HD I had to make my move.Picture is outstanding,slightly better then HD.Audio is hands down the best feature,its what 5.1 home theater is made for,incredible sound you want proof? popin "Apocalypto".
Summary: Very happy with it. Makes my 52" Aquos LCD look awesome. VERY slow loading times though. Perhaps this will improve with time. Haven't compared to any other units though. All in all a good unit other than slow boot up and play times. **Update** Player stopped working after an update in April of 2010. Even though it was out of warranty, I was able to convince Sony to look at it since it happened right after an update.
Summary: Well the price was great and the quality and sound is extremely exceptional (the full 1080p gives it that extra edge!). Be aware if you plan to use this for your main theater; it is a little picky with the type of media you choose for making your home videos. Test it first.
Pros: Beautiful picture!
Cons: must be very patient - a little faster after updating the system firmware with the online patch from Sony, but then the front panel stopped working, must use the remote - definitely needs future patch
Summary: Last year I purchased the Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player (see my review) when my old skool DVD player decided that it didn't want to work any longer. It was great; beautiful picture, fabulous sound and I figured that I was set for a while. Last week, after hearing that Warner Bros was going to only release on Blu-ray, I figured it was time to get a Blu-ray player also.