Originally Posted by robertc88
It appears some folks buying this player a few months ago are no longer posting. If we don't hear more from them about their experiences with this player soon, I'll PM them.
The more feedback the better with user's experiences with a relatively new player.
I'll give you feedback but it won't be good. Build quality is very poor, cheap and nasty plastics everywhere, tiny square rubber feet, cheaply made remote. My 10 year old midrange sony dvd player is build like a tank compared to this POS and feels at least ten times more expensive. (brushed aluminum everywhere/very sturdy tray/heavy remote with jog dial/jog dial on front face, 4 proper big round feet, etc.)
Enough with the build let's move to the performance. My old player from total shutdown can be playing a movie in about 4 seconds. The new one takes years to startup and is unresponsive while doing so. If you select the quick start setting it still takes over 6 seconds to respond. Very very slow. When it starts playing a dvd a you switch chapters in my old player it is instant. The instance you press the next button, chapter changes, new players feels like two seconds have to go by.
Blu-ray playback is like ten times slower than the already slow dvd playback. I can load 10 blu-ray movies on my htpc before the new player starts playing the first one. (Note: all my blu-rays for htpc are on hard disk)
So badly build and very slow to respond. How is playback? Frankly dvd compared to my newish pio player is no better (if I had to choose I'd say it's worse) and blu-ray playback is no better than my htpc but not worse.
How is the feature set? Very poor to appauling I'd have to say. Compared to my htpc, scratch that there is no comparison
What about the price? You've guessed it. Ridiculously and inexcusably overpriced. After living with the player I wouldn't pay a third of what I payed to rebuy it.
Can it be impoved? You can only improve the player with firmware updates but I don't see this player becoming any faster, it is simply too slow. The only thing sony could improve is offer Source Direct Mode but their focus is not on quality for this player so I wouldn't hold my breath. It is a real PITA to have to switch to 480i everytime I want to watch a dvd. Infact the player is so slow I'm moving my pio back from the bedroom to my living room.