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Well, I got one Friday from the local Wal-Mart. Replaced a DVD player so just plugged in the HDMI cable and power; then made an Ethernet connection. Setting up Netflix and Pandora was quick and easy with activation codes and preexisting accounts. With Netflix, I'm getting about 3 bars less than the maximum on quality with a 16 mbps connection with no audio delay so far (haven't tried HD yet) and the menus seem fast enough. Pandora turns out to be a "free" service (minus purchasing the player and my monthly internet access of course) and works great. Like online, you can create a 'station' and give songs a thumb up or down, etc. A screensaver appears when no buttons are pressed for a time.
The front 'buttons' are a shade of gray on my player that can be seen when the light is on in the room but not in the dark for sure. The touch sensitivity is great though and the only two buttons I'll ever use are on the outside of the group: open (right of the display) and power (right edge of the player).
I'm using a 4GB flash drive. And BD-Live titles seem to work well (with an internet connection of course). Will have to see how switching the audio back to LPCM to listen to menu sounds and bonus view audio goes. Within The Punisher: War Zone Blu-ray, the scene selection preview pictures moved into position very slowly and choppy. On the PS3, their movement was smooth. Still checking out other titles. Overall disc loading times haven't been a major issue for me.
I've set the player to output bit-stream (audiophile) and had to up the volume on my receiver from using LPCM. During segments without audio (warning screens, FBI screens, menu loading, etc.) my receiver's (Sony STR-DG920) display goes 'crazy' flashing between LPCM and nothing repeatedly and fast. This is very weird and annoying but every alternate setting I've tried hasn't stopped it from happening. When an audio signal is present, everything is fine and the receiver's display 'locks' in to the signal and displays it. It's cooler than I thought seeing the audio track types displayed on my receiver for a change.
The remote has a smooth glossy plastic finish that is a fingerprint magnet. Furthermore, the IR sensor on the player seems to be very directional so you have to point pretty much directly at the player. I'm going to JP1 the remote to my universal one and see if its better IR transmitter helps things.
I haven't been able to locate the Picture Mode (Dynamic, Normal, Movie) setting under HDMI that is mentioned on page 45 of the manual.
Update: I did find the Picture Mode option within the Info Display. It also has a User Mode that has Noise Reduction and Sharpness Level adjustments.
Also, I haven't found a Time Remaining display. Myself and others have found this helpful from the PS3's info display.
Update: Press the Up Arrow displays a 'timeline' on some discs with total time and time position but none with time remaining found yet.