Generous feature list
Quite simply, the BDP-S790 is a brilliant Blu-ray player. Its top-drawer feature list (headlined by Sonyâ??s generous range of internet apps and futureproofed 4K upscaling), its slim, living room friendly design and nigh-on flawless pictures make this one of the best Blu-ray players around, if not the cheapest.
Versatile network media player
Based on the test results, the Sony BDP-S790 is a very good performer with regards to video processing and upscaling of standard definition DVD (which can also apply to internet and network streamed video content - minus any artifacts generated as a result of slow internet speeds), as well as deinterlacing 1080i content to 1080p, that can match a native 1080p video display.
Excellent video playback
While pricier than the competition, this is an excellent player that is positively brimming with excellent features. It's unlikely that the 4K upscaling will come into play for some time, but the internet video and music capabilities of the BDP-S790 are excellent. If we had to complain, we would point out that the remote feels rather light and plastic-y at odds with the nice construction of the player itself, but at this point, we're be splitting hairs.
Impressive specs & superb usability
Sony's put the lot into the BDP-790, and it shows. Its picture performance is simply outstanding, as good as that of any player available, and it's an enjoyable listen too. It's also great to use, either with its simple, effective remote handset (take note, Panasonic) or via its excellent control app. Add in the promise of its future-proof upscaling and you've got a simply brilliant buy.
Future-looking 4K upscaling
The BDP-S790 rightfully deserves the title as Sony's flagship 3D Blu-ray player. With features like dual HDMI outputs, a dual core processor, and the future-looking 4K upscaling, the S790's $250 price tag should be compared with niche Blu-ray players often costing at least twice as much.
Outstanding image quality
If you took the engine of a Lamborghini and shoved it into a Lada, you'd end up with a Sony BDP-S790 (not literally, you understand). Reflecting its price, build quality is average with operating noise and vibration endemic. By contrast, the dual core picture processing engine beneath the bonnet is cutting-edge, allowing for an exemplary picture performance from both Blu-ray and upscaled DVD.
At face value the Pioneer DBP-150 is a decent Blu-ray deck, offering wonderful hi-def pictures and some tasty features like 3D, Netflix, YouTube, DLNA and SACD playback. But up against decks in the same price bracket, things don't look quite so rosy the Sony BDP-S490, LG BP620 and Samsung BD-E6100, for example, offer built-in Wi-Fi and web portals bursting with content (including BBC iPlayer).
Blu-ray picture quality
It may lack finesse and at times appears a tad archaic, but we can't find it within us to criticise anything on a super-slim Blu-ray player that combines the best of the smart TV landscape with a price that hovers under £80/£120.
For a simple 2D Blu-ray upgrade with some YouTube goodness, we can't recommend the Toshiba BDX3300 highly enough.
Great for dvds but netflix needs improvement
Ive had this for about 8 months now. It plays dvds really well. The remote is easy to use and the quality seems fine. I have it wired to my router for streaming netflix but you cant have slo motion forward or rewind with it. Netflix says its a a sony problem and sony tells you nothing so I will go with netflix on that. If you are bored with a scene and want ff you get a time line and you have to guess where to stop to continue.
Small box with lots of features
Bought this after comparing the product with GPX (KMart/Sears) and iLive (Walmart). The plus side, this one has built in ATSC tuner compared to the 2 other brands.
Out of the box, TV function will ask to setup channel scan which is done inside the Menu. Menu can be accessed from button on the unit or from IR remote. The included TV antenna works fine, I just laid it on the table and it found 10 digital channels with clear picture and sound. Closed Caption works too.
Really pricey considering its sluggish overall performance
The Denon S-5BD is a high-end, very expensive 5.1 channel receiver with an integrated Blu-ray player. The receiver is compatible with 5.1 speaker systems right from the start but can be used with 7.1 systems with the use of preouts for the extra channels.
I couldn't access NetFlix until I called tech support and found out what ports to open in my firewall which are: 80, 443 and 8080. None needed a secondary connection.
The player is okay (3 stars) but minus one for the terms of service and privacy agreement for online content. From what I read, Samsung can report what you use/watch and when you use/watch it.
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