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Hey all, I got my BDP-S300 delivered yesterday morning 6/12/07, took in home and been playing with it.
I watched Total Recall and then T2 to check it out, after that I decided to go on AVS to see what others thought about their new players.
I cant find anyone that has theirs so far, but did see a few folks waiting for delivery on Thurs or Fri.

Golly, does that mean I got mine first, cuz if so, I think I should get some kinda special prize,,, perhaps everyone could chip in and send me 10 free Blu Ray movies of my choice.

Anyhow, just being a smart-ass,,,,,,,,, I will settle for 5 free movies.

So far the S300 is real nice, it opens and loads up very fast, faster than the PS3 I returned.
Nice remote as well.
The video quality seems to be great as well,,, the T2 disc did look much better than Total Recall though.
The player is very light, probably weighs less than my HD DVD A2 player.
As a long time supporter of HD DVD Im very new to Blu Ray having only owned the PS3.
I think I could end up liking this new Blu Ray player as much as I like my A2 and that says alot cuz I really love my A2 player.

Ok, well I guess Im going to go back and start playing with my S300 some more, I just wanted to let everyone know that the S300 has been delivered and I am the very first person in the world to get one.

Please PM me for my shipping address to send the free movies to.

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Great news buddy. Please tell us more about your experiences with the player. I am planning to import it from the US as it won't be released in Japan.


I wont get to play with it to much more untill later tonight but so far I can say Im very happy with it and I'm glad I took back my PS3 to get the S300.

Not going to be for sale in Japan,,, thats odd.

On a side note, I was in Japan about 5 or 6 years ago for about 2 weeks and loved it, I did not want to come back home.

Plus I have always had a thing for Japanese women, they are very sexy.

While I was there I stayed most of the time in Ropunggi (Im sure I spelled that rong) and found the best pizza place in the world called "Charleston and Sons" next to the Ropunggi Hard Rock.

I do miss Japan,,,,, its a very fun place.

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davyo,

Please play a BD title with a TrueHD soundtrack to compare vs another audio encoding on the disk, so we can get some sense as to whether the new Sony does or does not support internal decoding of TrueHD. It should sound identical to PCM audio, and better than DTS, DD, or DD+.

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Mine comes today. Stupid work, so will be tonight before I can set up and try out Ghost Rider on it.

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Lets all post questions and comments on this new player here. There's a few folks getting them today...I'm waiting to pick mine up in the next few days.
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Ramrod: I am interested in this unit and the Panasonic which I have heard good things about as well.
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davyo, if you start with the player turned off and press the open/close button on the front of the unit does the player power-up and open the disc tray? If so, how long does it take?
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davyo, if you start with the player turned off and press the open/close button on the front of the unit does the player power-up and open the disc tray? If so, how long does it take?

Is that really the first thing you want to know about this new player???
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dayvo- What's the rest of your config look like? What kind of set? Are you feeding it through an A/V receiver?
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Is that really the first thing you want to know about this new player???

Does it really matter to you what I ask about?
I've already learned a lot about this player by reading various threads, specs and the manual and will be awaiting user reports to learn more.
Plus, I owned a BDP-S1 for a while so I'm not unfamiliar with this player's heritage.
So you ask your question and I'll ask mine.
P.S. I know from the past that the ability to power-up the player and open the disc tray, and how long it takes to do this, and then play the title is important to many people.
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I received mine yesterday. Unfortunately, I cannot answer the question about TrueHD as I do not have HDMI receiver and did not connect the player through the 5.1 analog as my space is already very limited to be able to jam three more cables so that I can test TrueHD. Quite frankly I probaly would not be able to tell the difference as I have a fairly low end receiver Harmon Kardon AVR340. I can say that with the digital coaxial out to my receiver the Dolby Digital is slghty lower power (volumewise) than my Toshiba A1 player, but the center channel seems to be better than the Samsung 1200 and the speech is very distinct and clear.

The picture is very good but I am not exteremly picky as I have a 1080i HDTV Samsung 4296S. Comparing the picture to my neighbor's 1080p Sony Bravia and his Samsung 1200 it is visually equally stunning. The player starts up pretty fast, I believe faster than the Samsung and certainly faster than my Toshiba A1. I tested a couple of movies last night: Casanova and POTC 2. Both of the movies looked excellent. The POTC2 took forever to load though and locked up the player intially for some reason so that I had to power off and power on the unit to be able to get the disk out. The lock up happened not when attempting to play the movie but after trying to go thorugh some of the other features on the disc (Liar's Dice). I think that this is not a very good sign about the Java capabilities but it could also be a fluke, but I am sure that it can be fixed with firmware. Casanova on the other hand loaded up very fast and played without any hiccups. Consequently, the reason for the hiccup must be the Java features of the POTC 2. Since I do not care much about the extra Java features too much it is fine by me. I am format neutral and all I care about is that DVD becames a legacy format to the HD format (HD DVD and Blu Ray).
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I'd be curious about that as well.
From the time you first power up, how long does it take before ....say, Curse of the Black Pearl starts playing.
Not the menus either, the actual movie.
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I'd like to know the boot-up and loading times too.
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Does it really matter to you what I ask about?
I've already learned a lot about this player by reading various threads, specs and the manual and will be awaiting user reports to learn more.
Plus, I owned a BDP-S1 for a while so I'm not unfamiliar with this player's heritage.
So you ask your question and I'll ask mine.
P.S. I know from the past that the ability to power-up the player and open the disc tray, and how long it takes to do this, and then play the title is important to many people.

I also am very interested in the load times, power up and open/eject times. I have owned the BDP-S1 and although the picture is beautiful, the slow reactions when powering on etc were extremely annoying to me.
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Has anyone tried any SD DVD's? If so, how is the upconversion? As good as the HD-A2 maybe?

Sometimes I think my brain has a mind of its own.
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How are the loading time on this beast?
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Ahem...actually, I picked mine up on monday evening 6/11 after getting the much anticipated call from the local sony style store. However, it still sits boxed in the middle of the living room whilst I go about my sundry life commitments :-(

First planned hi-def movie - Casino Royale followed by Apocalypto

My intended hookup: hdmi, 5.1 analog and digital coax to a Denon 3806 being used as a pre-pro. I am unsure about the Denon 3806's hdmi compatibility with this unit (hence the other connections for obtaining the audio) but must use it to switch hdmi for video since the TV has only one such input. Alternatively, I could just use the component out directly to the TV - would there be a substantial difference in PQ?

Any other hookup suggestions welcomed!
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I'd like to know the boot-up and loading times too.

I'm with the group, boot/load times are important and this is one of those things that you just can't learn from the manual, you have to hear from owners or find it in person and try it out.
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I received my S300 yesterday. Load times are pretty fast. I think they are faster than the Samsung 1200 and substantially faster than Toshiba A1. As I wrote in the other thread on the S300, I had a minor hiccup with the Java application on the POTC2, but otherwise the player is very compact and with a great picture quality.
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davyo,

I got my BDP-S300 yesterday morning as well. I hooked it up and started checking out Blu-ray movies yesterday afternoon. This is my very first foray into the world of Blu-ray. I own a Toshiba HD-XA2 and I absolutely love it, but after putting the Sony BDP-S300 through its paces, I have to say that Blu-ray rocks as well!

The load times are just as quick as on my XA2, 40 seconds from power on to ready to insert a disc. And a very fast 20 seconds from closed tray to movie screen logos. This unit is fast, sleek, and quiet. And the PQ and sound is every bit as fantastic as what I have been experiencing on HD DVD. Both formats are awesome!

The S300 is an amazing player and one that I highly recommend, especially at its $499 asking price.
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I received my S300 yesterday. Load times are pretty fast. I think they are faster than the Samsung 1200 and substantially faster than Toshiba A1. As I wrote in the other thread on the S300, I had a minor hiccup with the Java application on the POTC2, but otherwise the player is very compact and with a great picture quality.

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davyo,

I got my BDP-S300 yesterday morning as well. I hooked it up and started checking out Blu-ray movies yesterday afternoon. This is my very first foray into the world of Blu-ray. I own a Toshiba HD-XA2 and I absolutely love it, but after putting the Sony BDP-S300 through its paces, I have to say that Blu-ray rocks as well!

The load times are just as quick as on my XA2, 40 seconds from power on to ready to insert a disc. And a very fast 20 seconds from closed tray to movie screen logos. This unit is fast, sleek, and quiet. And the PQ and sound is every bit a s fantastic as what I have been experiencing on HD DVD. Both formats are awesome!

The S300 is an amazing player and one that I highly recommend, especially at its $499 asking price.

Thanks for your feedback. Keep it coming!
Can you power-on the player and open the tray by pressing the Open/Close button on the player? You couldn't with the BDP-S1. Or, do you still have to turn the player on, wait a while, and then press the Open/Close button?
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Thanks for your feedback. Keep it coming!
Can you power-on the player and open the tray by pressing the Open/Close button on the player? You couldn't with the BDP-S1. Or, do you still have to turn the player on, wait a while, and then press the Open/Close button?

I'm not sure but I will try it out and let you know.


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Thanks for your feedback. Keep it coming!
Can you power-on the player and open the tray by pressing the Open/Close button on the player? You couldn't with the BDP-S1. Or, do you still have to turn the player on, wait a while, and then press the Open/Close button?

I did not try it directly but by the way the player behaved during power up it appears it is the same as the S1. It is not in a stand by mode when it is switched off so it will not respond to a press of the open/close button when the power is off.
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It's now in stock at one-call as well as Cruthfield and both stores got online coupon to knock off $25, $20 if you search online.

Just ordered mine at cruthfield minute ago.
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davyo,

I got my BDP-S300 yesterday morning as well. I hooked it up and started checking out Blu-ray movies yesterday afternoon. This is my very first foray into the world of Blu-ray. I own a Toshiba HD-XA2 and I absolutely love it, but after putting the Sony BDP-S300 through its paces, I have to say that Blu-ray rocks as well!

The load times are just as quick as on my XA2, 40 seconds from power on to ready to insert a disc. And a very fast 20 seconds from closed tray to movie screen logos. This unit is fast, sleek, and quiet. And the PQ and sound is every bit as fantastic as what I have been experiencing on HD DVD. Both formats are awesome!

The S300 is an amazing player and one that I highly recommend, especially at its $499 asking price.

Have you by any chance compared the SD upconversion between the S300 and XA2? Also, what is your reciver, and are you using HDMI connection, DVI, or component?

Thanks!
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just connected mine. Set up is as follows:

Pioneer Elite 1140HD ISF Calibrated
Toshiba HD-A20
Integra DTR 6.6
KEF ACE 6000 (6)
Def Tech 15" Sub

Blu Ray looks great. TV accepts 1080p/24. Checked out CRANK, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and BLACK HAWK DOWN. Looks just as good as the HD-A20 in terms of HD output. Very nice player. Quick, silent and worth the loot.
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Does this play DD TRUE HD and DTS HD MA? I looked at the Sony website, and it only mentions DD+, DD & DTS 5.1, and LPCM. The PS3 "supposedly" supports TRUE HD and DTS HD MA. So before I dump the PS3, I need to know if this will do the trick? Thanks
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Tried it and nope, pressing the eject button on the remote will not power up the unit. So one still needs to first press the power button. For me it's not a biggie, but it would have been a nice feature.
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