Has been great for what it includes, but found a non-playable movie now
Rick C. "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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
Summary: I bought this unit in Dec. (2008), since at the time it was recommended by Consumer Reports. The unit is extremely slow to "warm up" (after being turned on), more time to open the tray, and even more time to think about running and bring video to your screen.
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.
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...
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.