Summary: The BDP-S580 is a budget Blu-Ray player, and as such, it does what it's supposed to do very well, and is equipped with the several important features. First and most importantly, it plays Blu-Rays with picture and audio quality comparable to a Sony PS3 (my personal reference point). (Please note that I have never watched DVDs on the S580 and therefore cannot judge its upscaling quality.
Pros: Excellent picture and sound quality, networkable, streams from key services
Cons: Limited control of audio output, does not play AAC codec
Summary: I bought this for my parents. Found it straightforward to setup according to the directions but I'm an IT guy. Using it with a Cisco-Linksys E2000 wireless router. Once I configured all the devices and gave my 80 year old father a walk through he had no trouble navigating to different areas of functionality - DVD, Netflix, pictures, Pandora. My parents have used this for a year now. They love Netflix and everything else on this Sony Blu-ray player.
Summary: Originally bought this bluray player for my fiance while she was at school. It was much easier to set up for her to watch Netflix on her TV than to show her how to hook her laptop up via HDMI. For internet connectivity I used hardwire ethernet. Since then, she has moved in with me and we now use it as a secondary bluray player in the bedroom. Having WiFi as a built-in option is nice since I avoided having to run an ethernet cable to the bedroom.
Summary: With electronics, I hold off awhile before reviewing. I've now been using this player heavily for a year and I have been very happy with it. It actually has a much faster load time than my old player; I've never waited more than a minute. Picture quality and sound have always been great. The only streaming I had beforehand was Netflix through a Wii. I liked the Netflix menu better on the Wii, but the HD picture quality through this player is incomparably better.
Summary: I bought this refurbished. The product is in great condition and the seller had great customer service. Just as a head's up for those of you who buy refurbished, I had to call Sony to reset the registration code for Pandora. Fortunately Sony support is really great. Only downer was that I couldn't use all of the cool features right away. That said, it has a TON of cool options and I'm really satisfied.
Summary: I purchased this mainly because I wanted an easy way to view Netflix and Amazon prime movies on the tv. I was a little hesitant on the simplicity of setting this up to my wireless network after reading some of the reviews. I have an older Sony 46" LCD Bravia tv that this is hooked up to and after plugging everything up, I will say this is one of the easiest set ups that I've made on a wireless device.
Summary: This is a great player. It has great apps and has a small footprint. The navigation of the apps is a little clunky and not intuitive. However the content available is amazing. It was worth the purchase based on that and it was super easy to connect to the web. Its a really nice player.
Summary: My wife and I purchased this product mainly because it had the built in wifi. This Sony product is very slim and attractive and it works very well. The only thing I would about it is that a strong wifi signal or service is best. If your home wifi is too slow or the blu-ray is placed far away from a wireless router the blu-ray will take a long time to boot up if at all. Overall a very good product.
Summary: Not overly excited but the player appears to work ok. The internet "services" that are listed as coming with it are mostly limited, several are pay-to-view or subscription type services. A few are actually free, but not much to them. Internet connectivity is sporadic...have to try several, several times per session before the wireless connection will connect. I'm kind of lukewarm on this item.