Originally Posted by Merlin803
Just wanted to give an update, I was able to get the picture quality "ok" by turning on my TV and the Blu-ray player's noise reduction options.
Just to see if I was just crazy, I picked up a Sony BDP-S370 BR player today and WOW, what a difference! Even standard DVD's look much better and the Blu-ray picture is as good as I would expect.
I don't know why either of my Panasonic players didn't look good on my TV but I can confirm that with the same settings and connections that the new player looks great!
I find those results unusual. I have the sony BDP-S570, Panasonic DMP-BD601, and the Panasonic DMP-BD85. both the panasonic players look better then the sony when it comes to DVDs, though on smaller screens it's really hard to tell. I would say that for the average user, the overall difference is small I notice the differences more between my 42" panasonic plasma/BD85, vs my Sony 32" EX400 sony BD-S570. The panasonic 601, is a secondary on the sony TV, because the 570 has stability glitches when it comes to firmware, so the 601 is the solid fallback for blu-ray playback.
I would say for me, the most noticeable differences are color clarity and crispness to DVD video. The sony tends not to be as vivid, depending on source material, this can be a big difference, or an unnoticeable one. I want to say, I also noticed about the same type of differences with blu-ray material, but there again, it seems to be source based.
Overall, I think Panasonic makes a more stable, line of players with better video processing then sony, when it comes to consumer level electronics. I've come to this conclusion with about 2/1/2 years experience with panasonic players, and about 6 months with the sony.