Firstly let me state i am incredibly fussy when it somes to electronics. I must of read every review on every blu ray player including hundreds on this model. Basically i can sum this player up in one word, BARGAIN!
I can not believe how many negative reviews i saw and am so glad i went for this purchase.
Firstly Profile 1.0, yes it is and no it won't be upgraded due to lack of internal memory. So what...i never use PIP on my HD DVD player and only ever watch the included documentaries on the discs which works fine.
Second, load times. This is really confusing me, its takes around 30 seconds for the film to load. Is this an issue?? really?? the picture and sound are amazing, is that not worth a tiny bit of patience. I would not of even noticed load time if i hadn't of read it in every negative review!
Now to the good stuff,
Picture is unbelievable, i purchased a US import of Apocalypto from playUSA (region free disc from research on web). The picture is stunning, clarity is as good as any player i've seen.
Up-scaling is better than my stand alone player and LOTR looks almost HD on my set.
I use the analogue outputs to get HD sound out of my old amp. WOW! Its easy to set up and sounds crystal clear. No lip sync issues and the surround and bass effects are a marked improvement over standard DD and DTS.
If your like me and live for watching the film and not listening to the director spout throughout it in a little box in the corner of the screen, don't wait another minute, get one of these players.
I haven't even bothered updating the firmware, everythings works fine and my amp won't receive DTS MA anyway so no need as yet. As for build quality, yes it is plasticy (although the front is very nicely done in black glass) and quite large, funnily enough matches my Samsung 40 inch LCD perfectly, enough said.