I am tearing my hair out trying to find solid info on this feature, which is critical to WAF on a new player. We watch TV shows like Star Trek or X-Files on DVD at 1.5x speed with subtitles. It's a great way to compress a 45 minute show into ~30 minutes.
1. I know the PS3 does it. I do not want to use my PS3 as my primary BD/DVD player, because I had a 60gb ultra-expensive model give up the YLOD 1 year out of warranty. After paying to replace it, I am simply not willing to make my console (now a PS3 slim model) do double duty.
2. I know that Panasonic models tend to do it. However, the reason I am in the market is my Panny DMP-BD65K is crapping out on me. It is giving me more and more read errors on BD media. The drive makes a grinding noise and then the player tells me to check disc. The firmware is up to date and the discs, naturally, are flawless. So, long story short, I am looking for someone OTHER than Panasonic, because I am convinced their machines have crappy QC. I contacted them and they gave me a useless system reset remote code, as if that would rectify a physical problem with the drive.
3. I am hoping to replace this player in the $100-$150 range. Streaming features would be nice, but are not necessarily critical. I do not care about 3D at all, since my TV is 2D and I won't be replacing it any time soon.
So can you help me out? If you have a player that is currently on the market and plays 1.5x with audio, can you just post and say "yes, this model does it?" I am really aggravated at the lack of info on manufacturers' websites with regard to this feature.