Excerpt: This was our first blu ray player, and we are still using it. It only cost around $150 and was well worth it. Some complain that blu rays take a long time to load, but we have never had this problem. There is a fast load setting, and when you put in a disc, it loads just as fast as a dvd player. The picture is also very good, and it does enhance the quality of your dvds. It connects easily to a television via an HDMI cable. The slim design can fit almost anywhere. ...
This works great with Blu-Rays and also upconverting other DVDs.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I am not a technology guru by any means, but my husband has been eyeing a Blu-Ray player. I barely have time to watch the TV shows that I DVR because of having a young child, but we went ahead and bought a Blu-Ray player when we upgraded our television. I must admit that the picture is much clearer on this particular Blu-Ray player. The really great thing about this particular DVD player is that it upconverts non Blu-Ray DVDs into sharper images. The real test came...
Excerpt: Whilst it is certainly not the best value blu-ray player on the market, the Sony BDP-S560 is good at what it is built for, namely playing blu-rays. The audio and video quality are brilliant, even on DVDs which it will upscale to 1080p. One of the common complaints I read about it before I bought it was that the loading times were too long. That is because it is on an energy saving mode by default and this can be changed in the menu if you so wish.
Excerpt: I received my Sony BDP-S560 Blu-Ray Player as a gift from a friend who had heard that I'd been avoiding Blu-ray. I never thought I would want to jump onto the "craze". However, now it's hard to look at DVD the same ever again, literally and metaphorically. The video quality, for both Blu-ray and DVD discs, is great. I tested it out with Celine Dion's Las Vegas Concert on Blu-ray and Inception on Blu-ray, playing them on an LG 32LD350 32 inch LCD TV.
Excerpt: This Blu-Ray player was my first, and definitey introduced me to the real difference between standard definition DVDs and their big brothers, Blu-ray discs. Let me tell you, there is an appreciable difference in picture crispness/clarity than a regular DVD, don't let anybody tell you differently. Also, and the difference I noticed the most, was the sound--HOLY WOW, the sound intensity (both loudness and clarity) is incredibly impressive.
Excerpt: I bought the Sony Blu Ray player for our big family Christmas gift and we love it! It has completely changed the way we watch movies in our house. The picture quality is amazing and the sound is so much better too. We love the extra features that come with Blu-Ray movies like extra special features. When you pause the movie it shows a timeline of that specific movie. I love the fact that we can watch all of our regular DVDs on this player also.
Summary: My third Sony product that I've ever purchased, and like all the others it died shortly after the warranty expired. Updated the firmware which crashed the system before the update finished. Sony says it must have been my network and therefore my problem (no other devices lost connectivity during this time). I don't know how Sony ever got a good reputation. Last Sony product I'll ever purchase.
Was my 1st BR player; @ 1st it played everything; then problems arose
14 September 2011
Summary: I'm writing this for myself maybe because I'm bored. ...No really, it's also because hopefully those also with issues will leave me a response to this post. I bought this unit late (September 2010) it was being clearenced out for $75. Initially the setup was frustrating. Despite trying several different HDMI cables and adjusting settings this unit refused to handshake properly with my families Dec. 2006 Philips Plasma 42" Ambilight TV. I posted and searched the forums...
Summary: Like so many others I love Bluray when it works. Unfortunately, at least with this machine, it doesn't work often. Our problem is that about half of the Bluray discs we get will not play. It seems these machines need constant "firmware" updates to perform properly. What nonsense. I went to the Sony internet site and downloaded their latest firmware which did not fix the problem.
Summary: The wireless connection is very slow. It keeps saying there is an upgrade available but I get an error message when it tries to download. The final straw; I've had it less than a year and it has locked up with a DVD stuck inside. The procedure Sony told me to try did not work. I am waiting for Sony to give me the next step. I'm thinking I'll have to break it open.