Originally Posted by sievers
I'm almost ready to buy this save for one concern - I've read that the load time can be up to twice as long as other players, for instance panny bdt 220. What do you guys think, is this true? I really can't stand the slow load times! If the panny is faster I am strongly tempted to go that route, even though everything else about this one looks better. I don't care about netflix or other internet streaming, I have those features already elsewhere. I am interested in playing back mkv on my local network, any recommendation on this vs. the panny with regard to mkv streaming? If the mkv streaming worked much better than on the panny, then I would probably prefer that even with slower load times.
Edit: quick start / quick load? Does it work or is it just marketing lies.
I compared disc load times for a couple of discs between the S390 and BDT220 and reported them here
(I'd have sworn that I tested more than two discs but I must have reported those results elsewhere). Depending on the disc the Panasonic can be significantly faster. Another advantage for BD playback versus the Sonys is that it has a 1.5x fast-forward with unmodified pitch sound. You say that you don't care about network VOD but know that the BDT220 has a rare capability to output native 24p for all network VOD apps such as Netflix and VUDU (apw2607 has stated that it works horribly for him but he's the only one I've heard say that and aaronwt has stated that it works just fine for him; I can't judge since my 6 y/o LCD panel can't accept 24p).
However, if you care more about streaming files from your LAN via DLNA, a Sony player is the clear choice. They support many more video formats than the Panasonics.