Originally Posted by StewieGriffin
Now that I have had this player for a week, I will post a short review....
Calibrated 52" Bravia XBR2 1080P LCD, 70" viewing distance
Legacy Onkyo 5.1 Sound System with Polk Audio Speakers
The system takes about 30 seconds to boot up. Every button press on the system or remote seems to lag about 0.5 to 1.0 seconds until a response is noted on the system. This gets annoying quickly. Also, if you switch video inputs after booting up the player, it "looses" the HDCP signal, and shuts down. This is horribly annoying.
The remote layout is terrible. The stop button is right next to the play button. If you accidentally press stop in the dark, it will not remember where it last was, and you have to sit through an unskippable ad again for a minute before you can even get back to where you were, that is, if you can remember where you were.
Fast forwarding and rewinding with the remote is pitiful. A few presses to speed up the movie doesn't do much until it shoots forward a few minutes at a time.
I am severely disappointed in the video quality of this machine. Every image coming out of it looks fuzzy compared to my Xbox 360 HD Player over analog VGA or PS3 Bluray over HDMI. Also, there is a severe amount of edge enhancement that has to be from this player as other devices in the same input don't exibit any EE.
Top tier titles like King Kong and Harry Potter look soft, fuzzy, and you get a nice small glow around any significant local brightness change, especially at the top and bottom of the letterboxed screen. I feel like I am watching a standard def DVD sometimes with so much softness and picture enancement applied.
This device appears to output 1080p over HDMI although certain scenes appear to still have combing artifacts. It has been suggested that this device converts 1080p to 1080i back to 1080p when displaying, and from viewing 4 movies on it now, I would say this is probable as my 360 doesn't exibit this behavior over 1080p and analog VGA.
Although I don't have the latest audio equipment, I would have to say that the audio quality is excellent over my legacy hardware.
I am a format neutral person, but avoid this product like the plague. If this is the future of HD-DVD (I waited until the 2nd generation to buy a standalone player), then this future doesn't look too bright.