Pros: When I purchased this item I was delighted with the features of the Unit but was quickly disappointed when I review other units from Panasonic. While it has a sleek design, heavy duty construction the quality stops there.
Cons: Loads extremely -s 4 or 5 minutes.Broke frequently. My unit wasn't even 1 year old or less than 100 hours service & then broke. I sent it in for Sony repair for $140 & 3 months later & 30 hours of usage broke again. Sony help center-was terr
Summary: Actually purchased blu-ray player with sony card reward points. Worked fine without any issues, until recently. Player would shut down once movies started from the menu screen and was a compatibility issue with new blu-ray disc versions and the DTS-HD. Went to blu-ray.com website to download firmware upgrade for the BDP-S500 and works like a charm now.
Summary: I own this Sont BD player along with a 46" HDTV and a Sony 7.1 Receiver. When I finally get the movie up and running, the picture is great. The problem is that it takes forever to turn on the player and open the disc tray (try that in the store before you buy) and load the movie. Last night, I tried playing the new Hulk movie and after ten minutes of waiting, the movie turned off my player and restarted. Then I tried again and ten minutes later it did the same thing.
Cons: If you install a movie you have a 50 50 change of it loading.If it loads at all you may die of old age before it is complete.But more likely it will never load.This can be a bit embarassing when you are having people over to watch this great blu ray.
Summary: You won't believe your eyes. Blu-ray is here to stay folks and this machine gives me my fix! Remember to update the firmware and learn to be patient with the slow door response and you won't be disappointed with the entertainment!
Summary: the image quality is the best i've ever seen. it was very easy to hook up, plays all my old dvds. only negative is that the load time is a little slow but all of the blu-rays ARE LIKE THAT. definitely recommend. [...
Summary: I never rank anything 5 stars, but this was close. I am actually happy I bought this model Sony blueray machine. The Sony sync feature talks to my 46" Bravia TV and its great for my wife; She doesn't care to read manuals so if the remote is not intuative it won't be used. The remote functions ok and is pretty universal, but you still need the TV remote to change TV default settings.
Pros: DVD Upconversion, Easy Set-Up, Excellent Image Quality, Good Connections, Good Soundtrack Support