Yes, the BDD5500 is cheap. Yes, it has apps, including the favorites, Netflix and Pandora. Yes, it plays Blu-Ray discs, DVDs and CDs. It also has a 90 day warranty, is built in line with its price, and will most likely fail after a year or two of normal use. The reviewer raves about its picture quality, but compare it to an Oppo or Marantz and THEN tell me how it stacks up. The BDD5500 is not a bad player, but it should most definitely NOT be a "top pick".
I might have to agree with "jnemesh" in this case. This bluray player might be a good player given its price, but in my opinion, there is no way it could garner a "Top Pick" status, especially when it cannot decode DTS-HD audio - one of the main features of today's bluray players.
Is the ps3 still the fastest loading blu ray player (for blu ray discs)?