A excellent Network and disk player
If you're looking for a solid disk and network player, the BDP-S5100 is well worth a look. Is it worth upgrading from last years BDP-S590? ... well, only if you are a heavy youtube user would I consider it. The BDP-S590 was already a excellent Bluray player, and Sony has only done a few incremental improvements here.
Very capable Blu-Ray player with 3D playback
It costs a bit more than the other Sony Blu-Ray players, but not enough to break the bank. If you're buying this is conjunction with a new TV you won't even notice the price difference. Since the BDP-S5100 includes 3D playback and built-in Wi-Fi, we'd recommend that you choose this one instead of one of the cheaper models. It's always a good policy to future-proof yourself as much as possible when buying tech.
Clean, sharp images, Impressive detail in dark scenes
If the BDP-S5100 is any indication of what's to come, 2013 could be a bumper year for Sony's Blu-ray players. This has all the hallmarks of a class-leading machine.
Outstanding Value At This Price Level
The Sony BDP-S1100 is the best non-3D Blu-ray/DVD player that I have seen, anywhere near its price range. It takes 15 seconds to load Blu-ray disks, which took around 2 minutes to load in one of my earlier Panasonic players. A couple of Blu-ray disks (The King's Speech and Casino) would only load in this Panasonic player if I unplugged the Internet connection. Eventually, a firmware update came along which allowed loading of these titles, but they still loaded very slowly.
Stylish design, and is highly recommended
The price of the Sony BDP-S1100 has fallen since launch to a rock bottom £50, and at that price it probably offers more for your money than any other player on the market. The designer looks of the device are an added bonus, and it stands out as a top choice among entry-level models.
Responsive, user-friendly interface similar in style to PlayStation 3 menus
The Sony BDP-S1100 is an excellent Blu-ray player with a very compact design. We liked its responsive, user-friendly menus, which are similar in style to the PlayStation 3 interface. Anyone looking for 3D support, however, will need to look to a higher-end model.
Finally! Video streaming speeds that match my tablet and laptop
I wasn't sure if this "super wifi" claim was a gimmick or not, but since I was in the market for a new player precisely because of bad wifi connectivity, I thought I'd give it a try. I have to say, I'm very impressed with both the wifi and many other features about the player. I'm getting 12-20 Mbps while watching videos and my tablet/phone - for a change - are also reporting similar speeds. (My wired PC gets around 30 if you are wondering how fast my modem connectivity is.)
Good feature list for the money
Weighing up its features, performance and price, we can only conclude that the BDP-S3100 represents superb value for money. It boasts a generous array of features, including built-in Wi-Fi, web content and DLNA streaming, all for a little over £100 - plus it's attractively styled, surprisingly well built and delivers dazzling 2D pictures.
Premium, stylish design and includes built-in Wi-Fi
The BDP-S3100 is a nice-looking Blu-Ray player, but beyond its distinctive design, there's no compelling reason to choose this over rivals from other manufacturers. The Triluminos compatibility could be relevant if you plan to buy a Sony TV in the future that supports Triluminos, but at present these are far too expensive for the average consumer to consider.
It's a step up from the entry-level BDP-S1100, adding Wi-Fi, DLNA and support for Sony's TV Side View smartphone app.
Not worth the money on a good day
I bought the previous version of this (the 671) 13 months ago - it never worked well, and then died 1 month out of warranty. Both video and audio quality were mediocre for a $300 player, and reliability was obviously poor. Yamaha used to make superior audio components that were worth the extra money they charged. Not any more - buy something cheaper or buy from a company that still makes high end equipment.
Large number of connector types available
The Sony BDP-S380 is a lower mid-cost Blu-Ray player. This Blu-Ray player offers full HD (1080p) playback. Besides Blu-Ray discs, the BDP-S380 can play DVDs, CDs, and SACDs. With the front USB port, you can also view photos and play music and video from external devices.
Easy to use operating system
If you can live with the lack of 3D support and media streaming from PCs, the Sony BDP-S380 makes a very tidy choice. Picture quality is excellent and it looks great but the inclusion of BRAVIA Internet Video is the real clincher here its unrivalled range of content trumps Viera Cast or Samsung's Smart Hub, adding real value to the overall package. Also pleasing is the top-notch operating system, quickish loading times, two USB ports and unusual features like Gracenote and SACD playback.
Has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources
At $150, the BDP-S380 is Sony's least expensive Blu-ray player and offers a solid complement of features, such as SACD playback, a remote control app, and an excellent assortment of video-on-demand and other Web services. That said, for a modest step up in price ($30 to $50), you can add such features as 3D capability, DLNA media streaming, integrated WiFi, and multiroom music streaming (with compatible speakers).
Budget Blu-ray with IPTV features
Overall, this unassuming deck has a lot going for it. Its BD playback quality is great, SACD is an appreciated bonus and having IPTV on tap ensures you'll always have something (rubbish) to watch late at night. The deck is also a decent media player if you're happy to forego streaming for the sneakernet.
Interface is easy to navigate
The Sony BDP S380 sells at a maximum retail price of Rs. 8,990. This is a really good Blu-ray player by itself. Sony adding a LAN port and incorporating the Bravia Internet Video in it made this a great player. The only issues we had was that it had just a single HDMI connectivity option. Selling at a price of just under Rs. 9,000, the Sony BDP S380 becomes an ideal purchase for those looking to buy a standalone Blu-ray player as most players available nowadays sell for more.
Sleek, lightweight design with a solid brushed aluminum finish
The Samsung BD-D6700 is a midrange Wi-Fi Blu-ray player released in early 2011 alongside the weaker BD-D6500. It offers 3D Blu-ray playback like its peer, but it adds along 2D-to-3D upconversion. Plus it offers twin HDMI v1.4 outputs that can deliver both 3D and 7.1-channel surround sound through legacy A/V receivers.
Solid standard def upconversion
For those on the lookout for a fast Blu-ray Player with strong performance and a good selection of streaming apps, Samsung's BD-D6700 is worth a close look. The unique design makes it stand out from the boring black boxes of the competition and the extensive feature set is hard to beat.
Includes Wi-Fi connectivity out of the box - no additional purchase required
The Sony BDP-S580 is a mid-cost Blu-Ray player. This Blu-Ray player is DLNA certified, and so can be connected to other DLNA devices. The BDP-S580 has a front USB port that allows you to view photos and play music and video from external devices.
3D Blu-ray Full HD playback
The Sony BDP-S580 delivers a stellar performance when it comes to playing movies, be it 2D or 3D. Its extensive features are complemented by smooth loading and starting time resulting in a pleasant user experience. If you are looking for a seriously future-proofed blu-ray player the BDP-S580 certainly deserves a serious audition.
The Sony BDP-S580 adds only Wi-Fi over the BDP-S480, and comes at a $50 price premium. While it adds convenience we don't think this small inclusion is worthy of its pricetag. Otherwise, it's a competent and powerful Blu-ray player that has the added feature of supporting various BRAVIA Internet Video services.
Blu-Ray content loads remarkably fast
The Samsung BD-D7500 is an ultra-slim, wall-mountable Wi-Fi Blu-ray player released in early 2011 along three other weaker models, including the BD-D7000. It's just like the former model in regard to functionality, but it hosts a 1.1" deep frame for maximum space-saving.
The Samsung BD-D7500 defines what innovation and development is all about. By introducing the world's slimmest blu-ray player and still deliver superior performance, Samsung is sending out a statement of intent to its competitors. The BD-D7500 is a big step towards the future and CES certainly recognizes that by crowning it CES's Best Innovation Award for 2011.
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