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. The USB plug is good for watching your home videos or photos. When we have family events here, I take pictures.
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...everythime you go to Yamaha's Website and want to look at an Owners manual or Download a file...it asks you to log into either your Yamaha account or Google etc??? I wont buy another Yamaha prouduct just because of this!
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). The main issue I have is the freezing problem. This player will just freeze at Hello or at any point and it is very inconsistant.
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. Although a nicely looking piece of equipment, it is very difficult to work with. Even powering up and down is a challenge! I quickly upgraded the firmware to the 1.52, hoping that the problems will "magically" go away.
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). I also have an Oppo BDP 93 Blu Ray player ($700+) and I was amazed that this unit was so close in quality.
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. Two calls to tech support failed to diagnose or correct the problem, and the technicians acknowledged it must be a problem with the unit. Even DVD/CD playback is unpredictable.