Originally Posted by Hi_Def_Boss
Grrrr....I need a definitive winner
between the sony 590 and panasonic 220!!!
You're all telling me that they're BOTH outstanding but with slightly different strengths and weaknesses?!? Noooooo!!!!!!
I would say that just about sums it up. The Panasonics are quite significantly faster loading BDs than the Sonys (if you believe the CNET reviewer, massively faster doing some things). They have identical Netflix players with identical capabilities (1080p, 5.1 sound, closed captions/subtitles), but the Panasonics' player's UI is very slow to respond to navigation commands, particularly when navigating submenus of a television series. The Panasonics do start Netflix streams twice as fast as the Sonys. The Sonys' Netflix player have a cool information overlay display which will tell you exactly what you're watching and listening to in terms of stream PQ, soundtrack and captions.
The Panasonics' Amazon player has a much
nicer UI than the Sonys', both more visually attractive and efficiently laid out, and it starts streams very much faster than the Sonys' player. The Sonys' Amazon player, however, can play 5.1 sound from the small subset of titles which have it available, which the Panasonics' player currently cannot. The Sonys' Amazon player is shockingly
slow at starting streams, requiring 40-60 seconds. (I forget how long it takes the Panasonics' player, but I'm sure that it's in the 15 seconds or less range; my Roku 2 can start an Amazon stream in 6-8 seconds).
It should also be noted that the Panasonic players can output VOD apps (Netflix, VUDU, Amazon, etc) at 24p which the Sony players cannot.
personally prefer the Sonys' use of Sony's Cross Media Bar (XMB) system UI to the system UI design of the Panasonics, but that's a matter of taste (the CNET editor preferred the Panasonic UI). I also think that Sony's Android/iOS network remote is more powerful.
I still have both players around, with the Sony hooked up. If the Sony gets 5.1 sound in its Amazon player before I get around to selling it (too late to return) I may switch back to using it, though I dearly love the Sonys' Netflix player's info display and snappier UI navigation.