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Superb quality if your prepared to wait for it
Member Name: Hurdenish
Advantages: Super quality, very sleek
Disadvantages: Slow........loading...... .....times..........
When my first playstation 3 suffered an overheating death I thought it would be wise to stop using it for Blu rays and DVD's. A quick search found this player for £30 with no remote control. A quick hunt produced another seller with the remote for £20. So £50 spent I took a chance.
I'm thrilled that I did as it turns out to be a fantastic little machine. It looks sleek and subtle and slots unobtrusively into my living room setup. That said, it did require some moving as the unit is not deep and cannot support a full depth deck on top easily.
This machine does produce great quality images, Blu rays are superb and the 5.1 Dolby output through optical line sounds the business on the surround sound. DVD's are upscaled to 1080 resolution and look clean and crisp with no image distortion on my Sony 32".
Although the BDP360 does feature a network connection for automatic Firmware updates, it does not allow any access to online services such as media streaming or online shopping, though this could be added in a future update, not as yet.
My only complaint is that this unit could not be used without a remote, the main unit only features a power, eject and play button. This is enough for music CDs but will not navigate through DVD or Blu ray menus. Also, the eject button on the main unit is the only way of doing it, although you will be at the machine to change CD anyway, its annoying not to have a remote function.
And lastly we come to the load time. I cannot understand why sony can make a playstation that loads a DVD in seconds, but a blu ray player that takes 30 seconds to start up and load a disc. It does not bother me much as Im prepared to wait 30 seconds or more before a 2 hour film, but its about the slowest loading player ive seen.
Overall a great buy, if you ca find a cheap one grab it.
Summary: Slow but stunning quality
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