Price Paid: $AU189
Purchase at: 19/04/2004
Plays nearly anything, according to the manual.
Very thin design.
Good menu design.
Doesn’t support playback of MPEG video files.
JPEG playback seems to assume 4:3 aspect, so if you have a slide show, it will be stretched. I haven’t investigated this any further.
It’s a little slow from turn on to playback.
The product address I’ve given is for the 575B
The Sony site doesn’t appear to have a link for the P version, but I’m guessing it’s just the black case instead of the silver one.
The P in the model name is for Progressive Scan. I don’t have PS Television, so I can’t comment on this aspect.
I bought this player because my second hand Philips finally started to have problems with a few DVD’s, I think due to heat stress (I live in Perth, Australia, and my place has no insulation). So I got a nice player.
This is my other post about this player. I’ve played several rentals on it, and a fair amount of audio, both mp3 and CD Audio, and it’s been great.
The time taken to start playing disks is longer than I’m used to, I would estimate being about 5 seconds to work out what kind of disk has been loaded.
So far I’ve been happy with the unit – I’ve taken out an extended warranty for it, given it cost just enough that I don’t consider it a consumable, so in the event of a failure I can ensure it’s upkeep over the next 5 years.