Yes it is that same Sony model, and no it doesn't play everything you throw at it.
In fact, I have a Phillips DVD player hooked up through component, just because the Phillips plays EVERYTHING i can think of. I even have the region hack on it.
I love that Phillips, and will never throw it away.
I was just saying, if your looking for a HDMI upconverting DVD player for around a C Note. The Toshiba HD-DVD Player for 2 and a half C Notes, is a bargain, and a fantastic Upconverting DVD Player.
Last night I watched King Kong On HD-DVD, and all I can say is, WOW.