Summary: Well, I seem to have joined in on the paperweight DVP-NS975V club. My player has randomly had issues powering on for the last couple of months. Sometimes it would, sometimes not. Now, I can't get it to power on randomly and it has officially died. I've owned a lot of Sony products and this was by far the worst. I'm not blowing another dime of my hard earned money on this junk. I'll buy another player, from a different company.
Summary: Sony should be ashamed to sell this product. From day #1 I've had problems with it, and would classify it as annoying at best. It was like an ancient, bogged down computer when I would press the "open/close" button, thinking for five minutes before actually doing so. MAYBE. Ya' know. If it felt like it. Then the "child lock" feature mysteriously turned on one, locking me out completely. Once I solved that issue, now it just won't play.
Summary: We paid $300 for this piece of junk. We hardly ever used it, and now it won't play DVD's and won't open. In reading the reviews, it seems to be a widespread problem. I was told by Sony, and I quote, "this is a rare case. This DVD Player has received rave reviews from the customers." Apparently they haven't been reading the same reviews I have! DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT and seriously consider NOT buying a Sony DVD player.
Summary: I've been a big supporter of Sony over the years, but that came to an end today. I was never blown away by the performance of this unit: I didn't think the HDMI upscaled picture looked that much better than the component video output. Also, what was with the ridiculously long time it took for the player to recognize a disc when inserted in the tray? But at least the thing worked - most of the time.
Summary: Up until yesterday I would have given this player 5 stars (as I see some customers have). But now I have a nice silver paperweight on my electronics stand. Because I wasn't as lucky as some (to have the unit die after a couple of months) I have passed my warranty and would have to shell out another $188 for an "exchange." That sounds more like buying another DVD player and shipping them mine to "fix" and send to another poor sap for another $188.
Summary: I bought this player on 12/20/2004 and have used it heavily until last night, 5/28/2006, when it inexplicably just quit on me. Online research has revealed that this unit suffered widespread firmware issues. Mine is now out of warranty and I can pay $182 to have it exchanged for a refurbished unit "of comparable value" or $133 to ship it out for repair. No thanks, Sony.
Summary: Bought this specifically for the HD output. First time connected and found the picture on my HDTV is pink. Called Sony - no help no offer to repair or replace the unit - basically a complete FO attitude.
Summary: I am on my 3rd unit and this time my 90 days return from the store I purchased had expired. When it works, super picture and the ability to play almost any photo disc you burned was great. Sad thing about this situation is Sony is very aware they have a lemon here and will do nothing. Keeping there customer base happy has long died with Sony, I will be buying a Toshiba this week.........................
Summary: Died after 9 months of light use. It's true: Sony quality is a thing of the past. I used to pay a premium for Sony products. Once it was worth it, but not anymore. Go with another manufacturer.
Summary: Yes this is an amazing toy, it's pretty, the picture is perfect if you're using the HDMI output, everything about this is good. Great size, clean look, it's all great. Then it stops working. And believe you me, it WILL stop working. It's a problem with the firmware. Sony is aware of the issue. They are still selling the defective units. They are doing this why? To charge you to fix the old one! THE NERVE! Sony has gone the way of so many companies.