Got the BDP-360 from Best Buy today. I had been using a PS3, but the HDMI stopped working after a lightning strike, so this wuill be replacing it as the 1080p player. My initial thoughts...
-Set-up was a snap
-Seeking is awful. No sound at the 1x speed (which is obviously not 1x speed, not sure what Sony was thinking), it plays at like 2 frames-per-second when fast-forwarding or rewinding, and it takes about three seconds to resume play when you hit the button. I can already tell skipping to certain scenes or shots will be irritating. The PS3 has a much better seeking system. Probably because it has the guts to make something like that easy. But still.
-The HOME button is the worst thing I have ever seen on a remote. I was playing Die Hard with a Vengeance, and hit it out of curiosity...it was all over. Back to the main player menu, then you need to load the entire disc again and manually seek where you had left off. The button is gigantic, and I am probably going to accidentally hit it all the time. It's the stuff nightmares are made of.
-DVD upscaling seemed to be better than both the PS3 (which I never liked as an upscaler), and my Panny S-77S. Once I get my KDL-52v5100, I will have to do more in-depth comparison. Though, unless the BDP-S360 is the clear winner for picture quality, I will probably continue to use the Panasonic player, because even though it's only 1080i, it has all those useful features like the AV enhancer (jacking up sharpness allows you to get crisper upscaled images), variable play speeds, subtitle position control (something that should be STANDARD on BD players, IMO...get those subtitles all the way to the bottom of the screen!), a 'position memory' button (resume discs after taking them out and putting another in), etc.
-When you turn it off, the front panel displays the text: "See you". Which is just plain creepy.
I know it's not a top of the line player, but for 250 bucks I expected a little more. I kind of knew I wasn't going to get anything special, so I am not surprised. Just a tad disappointed. I wish there was an affordable player out there that can do today's tech justice. I mean, not being able to resume a disc once you've pressed 'stop', or gone to the player's menu...both PS3 (BD-Java titles, right?) and this seem to do it. Did early DVD players even do this? Position memory is such a simple concept, that probably only takes a few bytes of memory to store...why can't these super-advanced, several-hundred-dollar units handle such simple operations? Why can't these companies design these players to have adaptability like my 4-year-old Panasonic 1080i upscaling DVD player has? I expected such a bare-bones and feature-less player from somebody like Insignia, who has a 99-dollar BD player on the market right now. For over double the cost of that, shouldn't Sony at least add some features? Or are they just plain big enough to get away with laziness?
OK, I am swerving way off topic here, so I will end my rant. Looking forward to seeing how the player looks in 1080p on a 52-inch screen, though. 1080i on 34 inches is underwhelming, no matter what player you are using. Especially if it's on a crusty old CRT set that was never factory calibrated properly.