I received My Sony BDP-S560 Friday (8/7/2009). Ordered it a month and a half ago. Had the day off today but did not get home until 8:30PM to try it out and play.
I purchased the S560 to replace the very expensive LG BH100, that is a real pain as it will not play several Blu-ray disks, even with the latest firmware updates. It Was a bummer to spend around a thousand dollars, for the dual format player and only get two years out of it. The only luck I had was I only purchased three HD-DVD ( Trnasformers, Breach and Bourne Ultimatum) before Sony squashed the format, with several 100 million in pay offs.
The S560 is smaller and lighter then the LG BH100. When I first took it out of the box I noticed that the ENTIRE front panel hinges down to eject the disk. Now the IR pick up is behing this huge door. How is this going to work with a stick on IR emitter? If I placed the emitter directly on the IR pick up the door will not close and the play and and stop button would not work. As it worked out the simple solution was to place the emitter on the door and run the wire down the front and under the player. Simple now but a panic at first glance.
The wired Ethernet hook up was simple, just plug and go (I did not use the WiFi connection). When the player first started up it was easy to have it check for updates. With the LG BH100 it was a lone process of finding the update on the internet, downloading it, correctly burn the image to a DVD, and then place the disk in the player to get the firmware update. The Sony BDP-S560 is just a menu option and your done.
The next issue was the HDMI connection. When going through the setup menus, if you select HDMI it forces you to use 1080p. Will I have HDMI but my old NEC projector is set up and converged for 1080i, so now what? Well if you read the manual, yes I had to read the manual, it tells you to select Component even if you are using HDMI? Not that this makes since? Once I did that I had the option to select 1080i, 720p, 480p etc... and the HDMI worked great.
To used BD live you need additional memory. This is done via the rear USB port and must be at lease 1gig of RAM. I popped in an older 1gig flash drive, started up the player and it politely informed me that the flash drive was not supported. So I thought to my self this is a Sony product, it must need some special, expensive SONY USB flash drive. But I also has a 4gig drive that a tech sales guy gave me. So I turned off the played and plugged in the 4gig flash drive and to my surprise it worked.
I also had time to try the HLNA server connection. Has some problems get windows Vista to allow access but once I found the correct screen to allow shared media access the Sony BDP S560 picked up the Vista machine. From there I was able to display photos that were on the Vista machine on the theater screen using the S560.
Still need to play a lot with the BDS S560 but for now I'am happy. The one down side is the player will NOT stream Netflix movies. The new LG players did, but after my experience with the LG BH100, my next Blu-ray player was NOT going to be an LG product. I will spend the 100 bucks for and external Netflix streaming device.
The remote is great, it is not just row after row of buttons. There is a nice layout that makes it easy to find buttons in the dark. Would have been nice if it was lighted.