Summary: After 10 years it still works. The only issue is sometimes you have to press the eject button harder than you used to. But that is after 10 years. I paid around $200 for it back in 2000. They probably don't make them like this anymore with the $30 jobs you see at discount stores. But it was worth it to have such an elegant and reliable machine.
Summary: This was my first DVD player I have purchased, way back in 2001 I believe. I have been through many others and this one still remains my favorite of all time. I have been using this player just about daily and in May of 2010 it is still running to perfection and has never had any issues at all. The best feature I love is that I can simply shut off the unit and my disk will resume from that point when I tun it back on, I love this feature.
Summary: Althought this DVD player doesn't have the progressive scan feature, the picture looks better than one that does. When compare to a new Panasonic, the image quality of Panasonic looks artificial and "digital". The Pioneer's picture is a lot warmer and realistic. This player is a bit picky about screatches on the media.
Summary: This DVD player worked well for about 9 months, but then started having some very strange problems. The worst part is that the problems are inconsistent and completely unpredictable. It got to the point where we wouldn't rent a DVD because there was no telling if it would play. The most common problem is the DVD player telling me that "This player is incompatible with the region marking on this disk." Which is, of course, not true at all.
Summary: As described by users below, I too started having problems after a little over a year of very light use. the machine will turn on fine, and display the pioneer logo, but then will get hung up and not load the menu. if i retry repeatedly, up to a dozen times, sometimes i get lucky and it starts to play. pioneer claims there is no service bulletin on this model, so you are responsible for all repairs.
Summary: I bought this model in December, 2000 as a family Christmas gift based on reviews I read here. We used it "lightly" - probably playing one DVD movie a week from then until last month. The machine no longer responds predictably to either the remote (with fresh batteries) or the front panel controls. If I try to power it on, there is no response. After 10 minutes, if I try again, the power will come on. Then I try to play the DVD.
Summary: I received this DVD player as a gift over a year ago. It is one of the best DVD players I've seen or heard of. It plays virtually any format, VCD's and regular CD's included and its quite simple to use. It may not have as many features as some of the high models, but its the best DVD player for the...price range. It's reliable, stable, and simple to set up and play.
Summary: I bought this DVD player on July 16, 2000 after having an awful experience with an Emerson DVD player we impulse-bought at Wal-Mart one day. The Emerson was always freezing up and having problems. We got to the point where we almost didn't want to use it (the Emerson) because we were disappointed so often by its performance.
Summary: I bought my first DVD player (Panasonic) several years ago and it was very finicky with certain disks (The Matrix, in particular). I would see a lot of "noise" or the player would freeze altogether. I read other people's reviews (unfortunately not the ones in Amazon.com) and it seemed like the Pioneer DV-333 would be a good choice to play "problem" disks.