I have the BDP-S1, but no HD-DVD player. I connect the BDP-S1 to my HP M6580N DLP via HDMI. The HP is to supposed to take 1080P/24 via HDMI, so I have that enabled in the Sony menu. (I am not really techy enough to know what the 24hz thing means, but they tell me it is good that both my TV and BR player can do it.)
I have watched T2, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, and Syriana on BR. I owned all 4 on SD, and knew them reasonably well. All 4 showed major improvements in PQ. 3 things leap out at me when I watch BR films:
1. Lots more detail. You can see all the pinstripes on the suits in great detail in Syriana. I was really impressed at how much more one can simply SEE. The image is much richer. That may also be a function of the size of my TV.
2. Far greater 3-dimensionality. The images look 'deeper' or more window-like.
3. Colors. They are better defined, blur less, 'pop' more, etc.
(Syriana I thought particulary looked just great on Blu-ray. It was a major leap over the SD. Grain issues hurt 5E, Stargate and T2, but that's not the player's fault.)
Upscaling seems fine. Not really different than my previous upscaling Sony DVD player (DVPNC85HB).
As far as the interface between the BDP-S1 and the MD6580N, it went smoothly. I am using HDMI, and I have had not issues. Fanboys may not like that the lack of lots of tweaks. But this is hardly a deal-breaker. It is a first-gen player on a new format, so you have to live with a basic user interface until the format ripens, or you have to keep waiting. And I got sick of that after 6 months.
I have one odd thing to report though. I have 24hz enabled. But when I set video format to Auto (in which the BDP-S1 plays at the best resolution the TV can demonstrate), I get clipping in the image. But when, I manually set the video format to 1080p, it then looks good.
So here is my question for other BDP-S1 owners: In order to get 1080p/24, do I have to have BOTH "24 Ouput" enabled AND "Video Format" set to Auto, OR if I enable 24hz, but set the video format to 1080p, will I still get 1080p/24? Take a look at pages 45-46 of the manual and tell me what you think. I can't figure it out.
1. Remote is kinda clunky; looks like a leftover from 'I Love the 80s.' And for $1000, it should be backlit. But that said, it works fine. My Logitech Xbox Harmony remote doesn't have the codes for the BDP-S1 (yet?). Grrr. Anyone know when Logitech will get on top of this ?
2. The response time on everything is slower - on/off, open/close, FF & rewind, etc. The firmware update next year will probably improve this. It is a pain, since we are so used to SD-DVD player speed, but it is certainly no deal-breaker.
3. The lack of CD and other support doesn't bug me much. If you are reading the AVS forum, you probably have several other disc playing devices in your set-up. so just use those. I agree, the lack of CD support is kinda ridiculous, but if you are spending $1k on a DVD player, you already got enough CD players .
4. I am very pleased overall. I found the improvement in PQ so dramatic, I went out and bought 10-15 BRs, because they are so much better to watch. Now Sony just needs to improve the catalog fo available titles. Who wants to watch clunkers like Sahara or Ultraviolet on $5k in home theater equipment?
Samsung UN75F8000 TV
Marantz NR-1504 AVR, with iPhone 8 Airplay
Bose Acoustimass 6 speakers (5.1)
Xbox One & Playstation 3
Logitech Harmony One (still the best remote Logitech ever made!)