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.
Not that great
Bought this on sale for $55 and that's about what you get for it. Had to replace the first order because it was defective on arrival. Panasonic was going to make me pay to ship it to them to fix/replace but Amazon replaced for free. It's my first BluRay player, but I would not call it "Ultra-Fast Booting" as it seems to take longer than my DVD player to start up when playing DVDs or Blu-Rays. The player always crashes after a firmware update so I have to manually power-cycle the device.
Luxurious picture quality
Given the LX52's wallet-busting price, the lack of bells and whistles is slightly jarring - there's no Wi-Fi, multichannel outputs or USB media playback, all of which can be found on Samsung's much cheaper BD-P3600. But what might convince you to crack open the piggy bank is the Pioneer's luxurious picture quality, which is among the best we've seen at this price point.
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