Picked up a BD60 at BB on Sat. They had a stack of about 20-30 of them but no display out yet. Was previously using a Toshiba XD-E500 (died recently) over component to my Elite PRO510HD monitor and over HDMI to a JVC RS1x projecting to 104". Previously I had been very happily running an RP91 since about 2001. I was reluctant to upgrade to BD but with the XDE no longer in stock I felt my hand was being forced. I knew some about its capabilities so I bought one and then did some reading here just to make sure it would fit the bill. I decided it would so I opened 'er up.
Here are my quick impressions from a weekend of use so far:
1) Firmware upgrade over ethernet. NICE. I don't have a network connection in my media room so I upgraded it in my office using the kitchen TV as a monitor. I could have upgraded it with a disc but this was easier. I would say about 20min to download and flash the new firmware over my 1.5M DSL connection.
2) 24p SD DVD support. In my tests this was rock solid. (RS1x accepts 24p for 4:4 output at 96Hz)
3) Very good SD DVD up-conversion quality. At 104" nothing escapes notice. Its not as sharp as the XDE was, but its still very crisp and by no means "soft". I can definitely live with this.
4) HDMI Deep Color and x.v.Color support thru HDMI 1.3. The RS1x is also HDMI 1.3 compatible so it can take advantage of these (of course a lot is dependent on source material/capture here.)
5) More responsive than I had thought it would be. DVDs pretty much start as quickly as a normal DVD player, maybe only a tad slower but not enough to be noticeable or bothersome. As for BD, I've only tried MIB and a couple Planet Earth discs so far. MIB took maybe 30-40 seconds to get to the menu (it had a nice status bar using the "MIB" logo while loading) and the PE discs pretty much started right up. I don't know if either of these is BD-Java or not, though.
6) Sound quality! Even using my existing non-HDMI receiver the core DD sound from MIB (640K) was outstanding. Better sounding then anything I had previously played. I expect even better results from the core DTS sound when I get a disc which has that. I can definitely live with the core soundtracks for a few years until I'm ready to upgrade my Integra DTR-7.2 to an HDMI capable receiver. I'm glad I decided not to mess around with analog inputs just to get the HD formats, the core soundtracks are good enough for now.
7) Blu-ray picture quality was very good, again just going by the MIB and PE stuff I watched.
8) PQ adjustments, particularly the gamma adjustment for use with my RPTV which is starting to feel its age and needs the boost to avoid crushing blacks.
9) Its got a "real" disc tray where you can actually grab the sides of the disc instead of having to use the hole to remove/insert them. I hated this about my Toshiba player.
10) Minimalist front display/LEDs. My AV components are housed inside glass-door cabinets behind my AT screen so this is good news since bright readouts and LEDs are easily seen behind the screen.
11) Price was right. Even at the MSRP this is worth the price of admission, IMO. I hope it lasts as long as my RP91 did!
1) No coax digital output, only optical. This was a disappointment but I can live with it until I get an HDMI receiver.
2) 24p mode for DVDs isn't "sticky". I understand why they did this but its still annoying. I just made a "24p" button with macro for my Pronto and now its no biggie. Although I wish it would stay set between discs while the power remains on but its doesn't, has to be set for every title.
3) DVD layer change pause of around 1-1.5s. The XDE was seamless here. 12 years after the introduction of DVD and we still have players that can't put $2 of memory on to buffer the stream. This is the thing I'll miss most about the XDE which was seamless for every disc I ever played in it.
I don't really care about BD-Live or streaming, so I left those out.
Overall this is a pretty nice player that does a very respectable job with SD-DVDs that I can live with for the foreseeable future. I have no intention of replacing any of my current DVDs so good upconversion/24p for DVD was essential and this player delivers both along with very nice HD PQ.