Pros: Progressive scan, nice look
Cons: Inconsistent picture quality, poor remote layout/feel, poor menu
I am using this DVD player with a new 65" Mitsubishi HD-Ready TV. It is connected via Monster component video cables and optical digital connection.
I have been pretty disappointed in the picture quality of DVD's. In progressive scan, some DVD's look pretty good while others look somewhat grainy, especially in low-light scenes. Virtually all DVD's have at least a slight grain to them. I can only attribute this to the high quality nature of my HDTV (high resolution screen).
I have tried various DVD picture settings with varying degrees of improvement. I tried using the s-video connection to compare but found that it looked terrible. I hooked up my 2nd generation (1997) Toshiba via s-video and it looked much better. Go figure.
Two other big gripes are the menu and the remote. The menu system is poor, in my opinion. First, a DVD in the player is required to access most of the menu, which is divided into two separate screens of icons listed on the left side of the screen. It would be much easier if everything were on the same screen.
The second gripe is the remote layout and feel. The remote is filled with tiny buttons that, for the most part, are not logically laid out. The top half or so is filled with tiny buttons like the numbers 0-9. These are rarely (if ever) used but they take up half the remote! The scanning and chapter skip buttons are also tiny and not arranged intuitively. Most buttons are spaced evenly so they are difficult to use correctly in the dark. Finally, the remote feels clunky. It is rounded on the bottom but flat on the top. That doesn't fit into my hand very well!
It is beyond me why a company like Sony still designs remotes like this. This seems to be a constant problem in the whole electronics industry.