Summary: This BD-S693 replaced my older DVD player. This was a good choice. At FIRST, that is. Then things rapidly went to hell in a hand basket. Set up was fairly straightforward. The remote is not overly loaded, so you can understand every button.
Summary: I was thinking because there is a New Firmware Update dated: 2/25/13 I would take a chance and get this unit to match a RX-V673 receiver I bought for a friend. WRONG...it still Hangs while trying to turn the unit off after watching a movie! Also..
Summary: I also have been an avid Yamaha fan for 20 years. I purchsed this product and have it running through my Yamaha RX-V573 Receiver which I am impressed with. I have it plugged into the receiver via HDMI cable and everything looks gorgeous i.e (blu-ray, streaming video, netflix).
Summary: Being an avid Yamaha fan, I deliberately ignored the negative reviews since most of the deficiency seemed to be software related which can be addressed via software upgrade. So I bought the machine and waited a month for it to be shipped.
Summary: This was a total surprise. The picture quality was superb, even 3D!. I tested this unit with a Sony 40" backlit LED and also a Samsung 40" 3D Backlit LED and there was no appreciable difference. (The newer Samsung was a lot sharper with better contrast and color).
Summary: I am a Yamaha brand loyalist, with multiple Yamaha musical instruments and stereo components. This player however is prone to erratic behavior, freezes and unresponsiveness. Netflix streaming inexplicably failed after 2 days, returning repeatedly to the home screen without explanation.