Originally Posted by Roland Chang
How is the remote? I know Sony added back the eject button(very nice) but does it still have the Time/Text
button that displays the Time Remaining?
NO!! they added the Eject(which should have NEVER been taken away) and removed the most important feature to me, the Time/Text button
The 370(and I assume all other x70 models) don't allow Remaining time or chapter remaining or elapsed. Like the x60(which I returned the 560 to get the 370) series you also can't search by time, only by chapter
I for one also don't like how they cheaped out
and don't have the removable power cord anymore(although I think most newer BRs will be similar, like how recent DVD players were hard wired).
It's also not possible to SLO-MO in reverse although this year they added more than just one speed forward.
On the positive side the 370 has just as good picture quality as the 560, which is top notch(although no x70's have the S-video found on the 560).
Like the x60 line, disc resume
feature is canceled when the disc is removed or even by pushing STOP with select BRs.
I also liked the very slim design of this years models and even though the design is slim the tray feels sturdy and it's easy to get the discs out. Something I can't say about all slim players(insert JVC here
All in all for $179 the 370 isn't a bad BR player but due to the fact that this model has no remaining time
and no disc resume
after eject, I'll be returning it.
Maybe next year Sony will add features that were available on all their DVD players of yesteryear.
All testing done via HDMI on a 46" Sony 1080p 120HZ LCD with both BR and DVD discs.
edit: I stand corrected, it is possible to slo-mo reverse and frame advance reverse
and note it's one speed forward and reverse, thanks HTPC4ever
edit: Upon further testing with a wider variety of discs I kind of take back my comparison the the 560(for DVD playback, BRs are the same). The up conversion of the 370 is NOT comparable to the 560 via HDMI(softer than the 560) nor the composite output(370 composite out is atrocious compared to the 560 and no where as good as S-video on 560). Probably not a lot of people using the composite output of the 370 but for older and very poor DVD copies I prefer a CRT and my CRT only has composite and S-video inputs. With my poorer quality DVDs the composite output of the 370 makes it look worse
After doing some checking it looks like I could get(from Sony) a 560 remote(which would add Time/Text but lose Eject) for $19.95 or a 350 remote(has both Eject and Time/Text but loses TV input button) for $30.95 or lastly a 550 remote(same as 350 but adds backlight) for $62.95
If I was keeping the 370 I may have went with the 350 remote for $31 but because of substandard composite picture quality and a few other things I'll pass on it all. BTW the HDMI output for DVDs doesn't come near my Sony 700('08 $69) DVD player's quality, of course BRs look better than DVDs on my 700 for the same title.