Has been great for what it includes, but found a non-playable movie now
Amazon Customer "media head", Amazon
29 January 2012
Summary: I bought this in November 2008, and have been happy with it for the low price I paid. it doesn't include BD-Live features, nor is it networkable at all, and therefore doesn't support any Netflix, etc. It's very slow to start up (like maybe two minutes from power on to able to open the disk slot to Blu-Ray menu actually coming up) but it's been fine ever since. However, of late that wasn't as true any more.
Summary: The Sylvania NB501SL9 blu-ray player delivers pretty excellent picture quality, but is not without its share of problems. This unit crashes randomly - and I mean crashes, it will freeze on a frame and I'll have to shut it off manually. The audio will also sometimes not work - and I again have to shut it off and turn it back on.
Works fine, but the slowest loading and responding component ever.
Barney McComas, Amazon
22 September 2010
Summary: The title says it all. This plays fine, but it takes forever to turn on, load, eject, etc. Very weird. Modern electronics shouldn't take 10+ seconds to respond after being turned on. It's not as though it has tubes that need to warm up! Good deal for the price, I guess, but I wouldn't recommend if it will be used often. I only use it a few times a year, and every time I do I think I should replace it.
Summary: I brought this player in June 2009 and the player performed well even though it take quite a time to boot up and finally stopped playing Blu-Ray discs in July 2010 and I am getting a message like Disc Error: Playback feature may not be available on this disc.But it play DVD,CD and other discs ok.Only the problem is with Blu-Ray.I updated the firmware but still no luck,same error.It lasted me almost one year and it has only 1 year warranty.Bad luck for me I guess.When I...
Summary: I bought this player in Nov '09. It was my first BR player. I bought it for the price, guess I learned my lesson. The firmware updates are a pain and the site says you can use a cd but you can't. The BR discs take FOREVER to load (like 5 min) and I'd say that out of 10 movies I put in 3 don't work. Now you say that may not be a lot but these are brand new discs. I called the company and they were no help told me it was the software on the disc.
Summary: This came free with the purchase of a Samsung 40" LCDTV. I really can't say about its features, as I basicly just play it, but the picture is beautiful. The upconversion of non HD DVDs gives a picture very close to a blu-ray DVD.
Summary: This Bluray player works well and has a very sharp HD picture. I was able to purchase it on sale about 6 months ago at a local electronics shack for about half of the regular MSRP. I have had no problems with watching bluray movies until yesterday when GI Joe would not play. I followed the instructions at the sylvania consumer electronics web site to upgrade the player's firmware by burning the software to a CD-R.
Summary: Like the Magnavox, and Insignia brands, the Sylvania NB500SL9 is made by Funai, who incidently makes 50% of the DVD players sold in North America. The thing with Funai is, you can buy the same model number of any of their brands, and depending on when, where, and how it was made, get a different unit.
Summary: The only con I can say about this product is that it takes about a full minute to load up when powering on. Although, to me, if someone cannot spare a MINUTE of their time for startup, they shouldn't be watching a movie anyway. Other than that, it is sleek and high-end looking as well as great picture & sound quality. You're not going to find a better value on a Blu-Ray/DVD player.
Slightly annoying, not clearly better than normal DVD player
Amazon Customer "linden", Amazon
9 September 2009
Summary: This Blu-ray player has enough annoyances with it to make it not a clear win over our old DVD player it replaced. The quality of Blu-ray video is higher, but the difference is subtle, so it really is only a modest gain. Unfortunately, there are minor usablility annoyances that, at least for us, make us question whether it was really worth this upgrade to Blu-ray. For example, one annoyance is that the Blu-ray player takes quite a while to turn on.