Originally Posted by Smackrabbit
I'm sure it's costs. The S580 dropped it as well and it annoyed me then. I'm certain it's a small cost, but over thousands of units it adds up. The build quality is also not what it was with the S570 IMO, though both have drive mechanisms that are randomly very loud.
Walmart had the choice of the panasonic DMP-BDT321-p player in addition to the sony, from my experience with panasonic though, own the BD85K, while they have excellent video output, and usually are rock solid players, they have less media format support, (even from local media). With sony I can count on h.264 and many other formats to play natively from usb, or disc. This is helpful to me as I Use macs, and i've been trained in production (television) so, h.264, mp4 m4v, even mkv, mov, etc, are all common formats used, which the sony players seem to support with no problem. even when I used Isedora media server for mac, when i tried dlna it was able to transcode these files into a format thle player understood and could play. I just decided, local playback was better for HD content then DLNA streaming, as the network bandwidth used for dlna by the player (at least the 570) wasn't enough for 1080p content, even wired.
The other thing about panasonic, that seems to be a factor, at least with the 85, compared the the sony player is: the panasonic players, seem to have a slower drive. From my experience, depending on the disc, it's not too much slower though.
I know many people here have multiple players, so does anyone who owns a current sony player, also own a current panasonic player? and could give feed back ?