Originally Posted by MitchBart
I see Costco now has the Sony BDP-BX58 in stock(which is the Warehouse equivalent of upcoming Sony BDP-S580).
Anyone purchased on of these units yet? Comments or reviews?
Just purchased a BDP-BX58 at Costco in Kennesaw, GA (Atlanta) for $159. Will set it up this weekend. Bought a Panasonic DMP-BD215 a few weeks ago for $149 at same Costco (they have a full pallet of them left, and you can't find them anywhere, so you may want to jump on I-75, which is a few hundred yards from the front door, ZIP 30344).
It -- the 215 -- works flawlessly plugged into a Panasonic Viera LCD 42-inch via HDMI (didn't use the included cable, opted for ones with ferrite cores on them). I believe the only place to get Avatar Blu-Ray 3D is through a Panasonic purchase, so that's good for collector types (I only collect Disney DVDs and pins). I didn't go with a second Panasonic because the unit for the 55-inch Viera plasma will be in a tower, so the wave-your-hand-to-open feature of the Panasonic is useless there. So I went with the Sony BX58 (which may be available online at Costo for the $159 price tag BTW). It also has digital audio, ethernet, USB front/rear, composite, component AND HDMI, so it has more connectability. DLNA to connect to my Vaio laptop also is a huge plus. I need to component plug into a DVR and the HDMI to go to the TV and the digital audio to go to a Bose 321 GSX head. I may compare these two in the near future. The Panasonic 215 is exceptionally fun. You can open it with a handful of discs/cases with the motion sensor. The Netflix and Amazon Prime and YouTube wireless streams are flawless over ATT Uverse with the mid-range internet speed. It syncs perfectly with the Viera TV.
Both look cool. Both are quality Japanese lineage. Both are affordable at Costco in Atlanta, but haven't checked my main store in Clearwater, Fla. yet. Can't seem to get back down there....
I believe the Panasonic 215 was a store unique item in Kennesaw. The BX58 is available at many Costcos with a $20 instant rebate right now. Neither was available at a Costco in Hoover, Ala. last week. They are pushing a Sony and Panasonic that doesn't have built-in WIFI or 3D (not that I care about 3D).