Did I really buy a $450 boat anchor?Way back in 2007 I purchased a Pioneer BDP-51FD due to all the wonderful reviews here. Alas, I discovered fairly quickly that it wouldn't play some of the BD's that I threw at it. "Valkyrie" being only one of them. Doing my research, I discovered that my unit did not have the "black dot" that indicated that the firmware could be updated via a DVD. Thus, I had to send my unit to the Pioneer service center.
While that was gone, I ended up buying a Sony PS/3 and loved the performance of that, so when my 51FD arrived back from the factory, I never even opened the box to give it a test run.
Skip ahead to about a month ago. I decided to let my son have the PS/3 in his room, so I finally opened the box and took the 51FD out and hooked it up to my plasma. It now had the dot, and the 1.61 firmware. It would play some BD's, but still not "Valkyrie", and one other BD I got from Netflix. Needless to say, I was not impressed. I decided to give the unit one more shot, so I ordered the latest firmware(1.73) from Pioneer. It arrived on a DVD and I performed the upgrade.
Valkyrie still does not play on the 51FD even with the latest firmware! Valkyrie, and every other BD, plays just fine in my PS/3 and the Sony BDP-S570 that I have in my bedroom.
Did I just get a lemon 51FD, or have others run into the same thing? It appears that at this point I have no other option than to live with this picky blue ray player, or hook it up to some line and use it as a boat anchor.
I don't think I'm really asking for help, I'm just venting about such a highly-touted player that has been a major disappointment to me. Thanks for reading.