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 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
Summary: I have had this player for about a week now. I was vacillating between the S500 and the S350, but after reading countless reviews, I decided to go with the newest model hoping that Sony was able to work out all the kinks and bugs that came with the previous units. I have tested this player with a few movies (Spiderman 3, Full Metal Jacket, and the Planet Earth series), and fortunately, I have not run into any of the problems that other users have encountered (i.e.
Summary: Blu ray discs play exceedingly well and improves the look or regular DVDs. My friends are constantly amazed by the picture quality. Just make sure you check for updates on the website because the technology is still evolving and newer discs may not play if you have not updated your machine.
Pros: Consistent Performance, High Quality Picture
Summary: nice build and looks good with the death knells of HD-Dvd I hope Sony and Pioneer can spend less on advertisng and more on bringing costs down
Pros: good upscaling brilliant pictures
Cons: Slow to start slow to load onto its 3rd firmware upgrade - what bright spark through of a java menu system ? At least I can get a coffee and cake, or have a shower while the bloody thing loads a disk.