Summary: I had no problems at all with this player for two years, but then it developed the often-mentioned inability to read Blu-ray discs. It plays regular DVDs fine. I spoke with tech support and they took me through the steps described in most of the posts here and elsewhere: update firmware, re-boot, see if it plays other Blu-ray discs, etc. (all of which I already had done) before conceding that my only option was to send it in for repairs.
Summary: I was really excited to get this home and add it to my home theater. I find the menu silly, it is slow to boot movies, the picture thru my Sharp 9000 high def projector is average. I used a samsung upconverting dvd player before which had better sound and just as good a picture as the Blue ray. I think I will hand this one off to a familly member or another room and try a different model .
Summary: Comments about Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Disc Player: There are alot of good reviews on this product and I mostly agree. I just want to warn the people out there who aren't technical with stuff. I bought this for my parents and the first Bluray I put in didnt play. I had to go to sony's website and download some firmware. This is ok for me because I know how to do this, but my parents wouldnt have a clue.
Pros: DVD Upconversion, Excellent Image Quality, Good Connections, Upgradeable
Summary: I previously gave this player 3 stars. I now would upgrade to 4 but Amazon won't let me change the rating. The good news: the picture quality with this player is great. I won't belabor this as it's covered in the other reviews. The player has a nice low profile and setup out of the box is easy. One thing to note: by default the player converts Dolby Digital and DTS to 2-channel PCM. There are items in the audio setup menu that let you change this.
Which is better? This player or the Panasonic DMP-BD35K? I bought them both and tested them side-by-side!
Home Theater is Fun, Amazon
1 April 2009
Summary: I take my home theater hobby pretty seriously, that's why when it came time to invest in a Blu-Ray player (finally the wait is over!!!), I did a ridiculously great amount of research. I was willing to spend much more money on a blu-ray player, but the prices have come down so much, you don't have to! I narrowed down my extensive search for the right player to the Panasonic DMP-BD35K and the Sony BDP-S350. **I BOUGHT THEM BOTH AND DID A "SIDE-BY-SIDE" TEST!
Summary: I have been using this Blu-ray unit for a few weeks now and am generally happy with it. Nice features and quick loading. But I am really wondering why I bothered to spend the money for the so-called better picture, it now seems like hype to me. Don't get me wrong, we love the picture we get on our new 1080p Samsung HDTV, the NFL football games are incredible, so clear and crisp. You can see the dirt on the players faces! I understand this is 1080i?
Summary: Amazon was great. Great price,timely shipping,could not ask for much more.
Sony, however,sucks. This item was part of a system,TV, BDP Home theater system, all Sony. TV failed within a month, and try, I repeat,try to get service from Sony. Stay away from Sony.
Summary: There are a million posts about the features of this and similar Blu-ray players. They all send gorgeous video. The BDP-S350, with an update on earlier models, will also play the latest Blu-ray sound formats, hook up with the latest HDMI cables and it is affordable. It isn't missing anything that will obsolete it anytime soon, except...read on.
I think this unit is as good as anything in its price range and when Black Friday prices were sooo compelling, I bought one.
Summary: The Good: Excellent picture quality, loaded with deep blacks and excellent contrast and color richness. Wonderful upscaling of normal DVD's too, the best I have seen, even better than the Oppo. (I have 3 Oppos) Blu-Ray quality is outstanding. Spin up times for discs is lighting fast, same as a normal DVD. The Bad: No slow motion. No frame advance. No clear forward or backward search feature.
Summary: There is no doubt that this is a high quality CD player and it certainly does improve the picture quality of my older non Blu-Ray disks however following a trip to my local film rental shop it does not play certain Blu-Ray offerings which is rather annoying as this is what I bought it for....