Updating firmware on a bdp s301 with 3 30 version
This is a great CD/DVD/BLU RAY player; and, it comes at a very reasonable price.NOTE that these comments are also applicable to the BDP-S300 machine as well. It is small enough to fit comfortably within most Home Theater cabinets, and is light enough to move around easily.It's hard to use in the dark.(which is the way movies and concerts should be viewed.)If no light system, larger raised keypads, so as to differentiate between each would work.I bought it refurbed, I have no worries about hardware that has had a once over. Frankly, I've not found a huge difference in the Blu-Ray players vs.
I used my Square Trade warranty and junked it and bought the Sony.
All of the audio is so distinct on each channel, just as it is on DTS movies. I went to Sony's site, downloaded the ISO file, burned it to a regular CD-ROM, loaded it in the BDP-S301 player and in about 20 minutes or so, the firmware was upgraded to the latest version.
Even movies converted from Di VX to DVD format look spectacular. I saw a similar unit in Best Buy, but as usual, I found it on e Bay for a much better price.
I'd certainly recommend it over an LG, but I've got fairly limited experience with these players having only owned two.
What I would say to any shopper is, if you want a good, clear picture viewing experience and don't want to spend more than you have to, get a standard "up-scaling" DVD player and it will do the job just as well as an overpriced Blu-Ray player.
It plays CD's very well, and you get full Dolby processing of them. Blu-Ray is in a world, all it's own, with very limited applications available at this time.