Long load times on Blu-ray players have always been a pet peeve of ours, and obviously we aren't alone. The gurus over at CNET UK
rounded up four of their favorite decks and popped in a test disc (Vantage Point
) in order to find which was the quickest at getting down to business. Trailing the pack was Pioneer's BDP-LX71
, which took a staggering 1:54 to load and play the film. Panasonic's DMP-BD35
nabbed the bronze in unceremonious fashion (1:16), while Samsung's BD-P1500
slipped in second with a 1:09 load / play time. As we gave away in the headline there, Sony's PlayStation 3 easily took first with a test time of just 42 seconds. We'd love to know if any other untested decks could outperform that -- anyone care to time their unit and chime in below?