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!
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.
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: My Sony Blu-ray pretty much delivers everything I was hoping it would, and then some. The picture and sound quality are fantastic. I cannot imagine a better picture out of my Mitsu 1080p DLP or better sound out of my Bose 901's.
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.
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...
Summary: I bought this machine secondhand for 35.00 without knowing the troubles she had. I went ahead and burned the Latest firmware (5.20) into a disk and as soon as I took her out of the box I updated it before use. Now she operates very smooth and with no frills and issues!!