With regards to more technical testing, the BDP100 most of the tests on the Silicon Optix HQV Benchmark DVD, which measures DVD video performance with regards to video processing and upscaling.
The test results revealed that the BDP100 does well on most of the film and video cadences tested, including progressive scan (3:2 pulldown), jaggie elimination, detail, motion adaptive processing, and moire pattern detection and elimination. On the other hand, the BDP100 could use some improvement in suppressing background video noise.
Also the BDP100 did not have a problem converting HDMI to DVI. Using the BDP100 with a DVI input on the Westinghouse LVM-37w3, which required the HDMI output of the BDP100 to be converted to DVI to make the connection, there was no problem with recognition. Also, rerunning the HQV tests, no detectable performance difference was detected.
In terms of audio performance, The BDP100 delivered good audio performance on both Blu-ray and DVD soundtracks When playing standard DVDS, CDs. I noticed no audio artifacts that could be attributed to the BDP100.
The BDP100 produced very good surround imagery and vocal presence in movie soundtracks, such as the opening battle scene in Master and Commander (DVD) which features a very directional surround field filled with cannon fire and wood splintering, as well as the dynamic soundtracks in Iron Man, The Dark Knight, and War of the Worlds (2005) (Blu-ray), and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (DVD).
In terms of standard 2-channel CD playback, Heart's Magic Man, with its distinctive bass slide to the extreme low end was accurate. Also the bass heavy recordings from Sade's Soldier of Love were not lost on the BDP100. The dynamic range and detail in Norah Jones' Don't Know Why, and the depth and soundstaging Joshua Bell's recording of West Side Story Suite were also very good.
The BDP100 demonstrated versatility as both a very good Blu-ray Disc and DVD player and also a CD player.
USB Content Access
In addition, I was also able to not only access video, image, and music files from a flash drive but I was also able to navigate and play music files stored on an iPod (2GB iPod Nano) when connected to the BDP100's USB port. There is no information in user manual regarding iPods, so compatibility with all iPods may not may not be guaranteed.
Connected Menu (Internet Streaming)
Playing the available content is easy, but you need a good high-speed internet connection. In my area, my broadband speed is only 1.5mbps which results in some video playback buffering issues, however, audio streams worked just fine.
It must be noted that there is a lot of variation in the video quality of the streamed content, ranging from low-res compressed video that is hard to watch on a large screen to high-def video feeds that look more like DVD quality or slightly better. Even the 1080p content streamed from the internet will not look quite as detailed as 1080p content played directly from a Blu-ray Disc.
What I liked about the BDP100
1. Very good Blu-ray Disc Video Playback and DVD upscaling.
2. Access to Netflix and Pandora online content.
3. USB port for expanding BD-Live memory and/or accessing video, still image, and music files via a flash drive.
4. Very compact size makes its a good candidate for traveling or for use in an outdoor home theater setup.
5. Very affordable price point.
What I didn't like about the BDP100:
1. Slow disc load times.
2. External memory needeed for access to BD-Live functions.
3. No 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio outputs.
4. No WiFi
5. Remote Control not backlit.
On the other hand, the BDP100 cuts corners in connectivity (no Component video, Digital Optical, or 5.1/7.1 channel audio output options), as well as offering only limited internet streaming options (just Netflix and Pandora). However, CinemaNow is expected to be available later via a firmware update).
However, despite some connection and feature shortcomings, I must say that really enjoyed using this player, and wanted to make note that its compact size is great for taking to a friend's or relatives house, or even taking Blu-ray entertainment on the road in an RV. In fact, this player may work well as a second Blu-ray Disc player for complementing an outdoor home theater setup for the Summer.
As a final point, I always mention there are idiosyncrasies that can come up with specific disc releases that may affect playback or menu navigation. It is important to check for periodic firmware updates, which can be accessed directly by the player using its Ethernet connection or downloaded on a PC and save to disc or USB flash drive.