Reviewers say that the Sony DVP-SR500H is the best choice for those who want a DVD player that upconverts DVDs to match the higher resolution of an HDTV. The Sony DVP-SR500H supports DVDs, CDs, MP3s and JPEGs, and owners love the playback resume feature, which remembers where you left off for up to six DVDs. Picture quality is quite good, according to reports, and many users say it's hard to beat the Sony's budget-friendly price. Ease of use and a slim, compact design are additional perks.
However, the Sony DVP-SR500H does attract a few durability complaints from users who say it freezes far too often or stops working altogether within a few months. In addition, some owners wish the remote had an eject button. If you are content to let your HDTV handle the job of upconversion on its own, or don't have an HDTV to begin with, the Sony DVP-SR200P/B (*Est. $35) is slightly cheaper, but it only covers the basics and doesn't upconvert standard DVDs.
User reviews are the best source of information on the Sony DVP-SR500H. As with most DVD players, Amazon.com hosts the most reviews -- more than 130 users have weighed in as of this writing. Walmart.com and BestBuy.com are other retailers with a good amount of owner-written feedback. We also found a brief review at About.com.
The Sony DVP-SR500H enjoys a 3.8-star rating after about 140 reviews at Amazon.com. Although there are some complaints about the player's durability, most owners are pleased with the picture quality, ease of use and compact design.
Review: Sony DVP-SR500H 1080p Upscaling DVD Player, Contributors to Amazon.com
Walmart.com is another good source for user reviews of the Sony DVP-SR500H. More than 80 owners have weighed in so far, and the Sony DVD player enjoys a 4.2-star rating. More than 80 percent of reviewers say they would recommend the player to a friend.
Review: Sony DVPSR500H, 1080p HDMI Upscaling DVD Player, Contributors to Walmart.com
Users at BestBuy.com give the Sony DVP-SR500H an overall rating of 4.5 stars after more than 35 reviews. More than 90 percent would recommend it to a friend, largely because of the excellent picture quality. There are a few complaints about freezes and skips.
Review: Sony - DVD Player with HD Upconversion, Contributors to BestBuy.com
Robert Silva, the home theater guide at About.com, says the Sony DVP-SR500H is one of the best DVD players on the market. Picture quality is good, and it's hard to beat the price. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Upscaling DVD Players - Best Upscaling DVD Players, Robert Silva, Not Dated
The Sony DVP-SR500H maintains a 3.5-star rating after more than a dozen reviews at online retailer B&H Photo and Video. Nearly 80 percent would recommend it to a friend, but some users say the DVD player freezes often.
Review: Sony DVP-SR500H Progressive Scan DVD Player (Black), Contributors to BHPhotoVideo.com