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Originally Posted by Alex solomon
I received mine yesterday and so far it looks like Joe's review is right on the money. I only had it for a day but so far I am so impressed with the PQ of this player. Picture is so crisp, sharp and dimensional, you can't help but say WOW! Some might say this is unnatural not film like, but in my book the final frontier is getting a picture that is so real, it gives you that "looking through the window feeling". Sony gets me closer to that than any player ever before. So far I prefer it over my both Oppo-BDP83 and Sony's own S570. Start up speed and layer changes are on the slow side. The combination of my 115" Da-lite screen, Marantz VP15S1 and this player is just to die for!
I watched "The International" last night and the PQ is just mesmerizing. SD DVD upconversion is as good as my Oppo and that I did not expect. Next I am going to focus on audio and hope it would be as good as my old Pioneer 51FD. I hope I won't encounter any playback or operational issues and this become I spoke too soon thing... I don't want to let go of this player. Thanks Joe for this rare find!! $180, WOW!! If it wasn't for the ES 5 year warranty, I would have bought a second one as a backup.
I'm glad you are thoroughly enjoying the Sony. I own the Sony as well as the Oppo and a Pioneer 23FD and when I hear people raving about the PQ of the Sony I always have to do a quick viewing session and I am just not seeing a discernable difference amongst my players and I really want to see it.
In my viewing sessions the Sony picture looks a little processed (flat) compared to the Oppo and Pioneer and that is the reason why the Sony has been relegated to the guess bedroom, which was its original destination. I guess what is processed in my opinion may be what some are calling crisp and sharp and the Sony seems to exaggerate this IMO. I do expect a little crispness and sharpness, but the Sony makes the picture look almost flat IMO. I'm one of those who might say this is unnatural not film like. The Sony is fine player, but for my viewing pleasure it would be my 3rd choice and maybe 2nd choice for the animated stuff, which may benefit from its sharpness. I always equated that "looking through the window feeling" as being a natural look and on my Pioneer Elite Pro-151FD the Sony just wasn't delivering this.
However, we as viewers place different emphasis on which attributes of a player are most important to us with no right or wrong answer.
Enjoy the movie.
Basement: Oppo BDP-105D, Denon DVD-5910CI, Arcam FMJ BDP300
Master Bedroom: Sony BDP-S790
Family Room: Oppo BDP-93, Pioneer BDP-320
Breakfast Area: Pioneer BDP-320
Office: Pioneer BDP-320, Cambridge 640C V2
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