Blu-ray players have come a very long way since their introduction in 2006. The much-maligned long loading times are on their way out. HDCP issues are becoming less and less common. Players are getting smaller, cheaper, and more advanced. Perhaps the best example of this advancement is Sony’s new BDP-BX1. The BX1 is a special model of their BDP-S350 made for Costco stores.
Aside from the different name, the BX1 includes an HDMI cable in the box, which the S350 lacks. The BX1 is a very capable, fully featured Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player – and a real bargain at $240.