Summary: I was on the look out for good player - excellent upscaling capabilities - solid built quality - support multiple regions (I own more than 100 zone 2 titles....my days outside of the US) This one is 5 stars on all 3 criteria that I had. Some of old DVDs have come to life with this player. And DVDs of recent movies (thanks to better transfer technology offlate) are closest to bluray play back.
Summary: This is a great product! If you haven't yet ventured into the realm of multi-channel audio, you seriously need to look into purchasing this player. There are a bunch of sites out there that will explain the different audio formats available these days such as SACD, DVD-Audio, DTS and so on. But if you are an audiophile or just like extremely good sound quality then you really need to consider the Yamaha DVD-S1800BL 1080p Upconverting DVD SACD Player.
Summary: There are plenty of reviews here and on the net so I just want to mention that build quality is very good (gold plated connectors in the back). Sound quality is spectacular. The player has 4 Burr-Brown PCM1791 DACs. It is a lower end of DAC offered by Burr-Brown (now Texas Instruments). For two hundred fifty there are better options out there. I am very happy for what I paid (eighty bucks).
Summary: I purchased this player to take the load off a constantly used Pioneer DVD recorder/player, on a recommendation from a friend, during the low price sale. He needed a new cd player and this had the high end da audio components he wanted, and the super reduced price, I figured it was worth the risk. The machine itself is solid and well built and lives up to the clean sound quality he raved about, and the picture quality is excellent, too...
Summary: I bought this a month ago, when there was a gold box deal. Had no idea what kind of quality it was going to be, but I was most pleasantly surprised. I needed an up converting player for my 55" plasma and all my prior players sound and video quality were just satisfactory at best. This player not only does an awesome job up-converting but the sound is outstanding too. The best part of the player is that you can set the dvd player to an all region player.
Summary: As far as the quality and features go, its a great little box! I don't know if it's normal these days, but, it is much much slower to turn on and load up than my old dead Onkyo from about 10 years ago. Otherwise, I have no complaints.
Summary: This unit was purchased as a replacement for a single-disc Denon cd player, and is connected to a Natural Sound Yamaha stereo amp driving re-coned AR9 speakers. Well engineered classical piano cd's afford natural sound that to my ears is a reasonable approximation to live performance. Readers know that good single-disc cd players are not inexpensive. This discontinued Yamaha component affords fine audio performance at a modest price.
Summary: I bought the S1800 (which Amazon offered at a very attractive price, brand new) because I'd had trouble with my S1500, an earlier Yamaha foray into this niche: a DVD player that also will play SACDs. The S1500 is bad news, unreliable, and I realized when I got it that it was a "refurbished" device with a short (30-day) warranty. Naturally, the defects became clear only when that period had elapsed.