The flaw in your post is those little/big faults are adding up. Most people can't enjoy the HD audio, so there are legitimate things to write about. If you think about it most BD owners are probably watching movies on a 720p TV with a older receiver that can’t internally decode HD audio. I’m guessing 90% maybe more fall into that category, or atleast one or the other(720p/old AVR).BD/Sony is an easy target and the media make their living (literally) off of finding things to write about. Stories about how wonderful HD video/audio looks on the latest BD release doesn't sell papers/get clicks/attract advertising like stories that nit-pick over and sensationalize every little fault that can be dug up.
Wow!That article can be summed up in one word: Diogen
Yes, I bought a PS3. But the root kit debacle made it very hard to do so. And Sony is always the source of last resort for me, whenever I shop. Maybe the Bravia is good. But so are some Toshibas and Samsungs.
The author talks like he's bought into this Blu-ray bad news nonsense. By year's end supply will have picked up, and the adverts and special offers will begin to have their effect. And he knows it. And will write about "great success" then.