Summary: I've had this player a couple of weeks now and overall I am happy with it. It was a toss-up between this player and the Pioneer 656a. I prefered the Sony for it's build quality and looks. This player has a comprehensive onscreen menu setup by comparison also. I am disspointed however watching films that only have a dolby digital soundtrack (which is most films). I am a DTS fan and if you have ever compared these sound formats you'll know what I mean.
Pros: Great picture quality and detailed, Great DTS using internal decoder, Suprisingly good MP3 & CD playback, On screen menu seem comprehsive, Avalable in black as well as the main stream silver
Cons: Poor Dolby Digital using internal decoder, Manual is not comprehensive enough, Disc read can be heard through quite scenes, Sound menu not accessible when discs are playing, Can't sort MP3 songs in browser (such as genre/title/album etc)
Excerpt: Sony's strategy with DVD players lately has tended to focus on good quality mass market players offering a generous selection of features - "hopefully something for everybody" seems to be Sony's motto - and the ability to play as many different formats as possible, including DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, Video CD, CD, and CD-R/RW.