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I haven't had a Blu-ray player for that long as I felt that although the players had come down in price, the DVDs still seemed to be that bit more expensive. I wasn't keen to start changing my DVDs over, but I made the decision to buy a player and then purchase dvds on Blu-ray from then on as you only pay a little more for a disc in this way, or if you wait a couple of months before buying the disc then it does get cheaper.
I bought this online for £45 which I thought was a good enough price for a brand named player. You can get cheaper ones that this thesedays.
The look of this player is ok. Quite slim and although quite long this sits on my shelf alright. The plastic this is made from isn't the kind of plastic that seems to be cheap and would mark easy.
I find that the picture on this player is good. I don't have any other Blu-Ray player to compare this to but the picture is nice and clear and the colours are vivid as well. I can't say that price will come into it, but I guess that this is an older player in the Blu-Ray world and perhaps a newer one with perhaps more features and bits and pieces may be better, but this does what it is meant to do which is show a picture in a good quality.
I use this player connected up to the Television and also a surround sound system and i've had the speakers for a good few years now so they aren't up to the minute but they work well with this player. The sound without all the speakers connected still sounds good and doesn't sound muffled. It still sounds better with a bit bass behind it.
There is a few buttons on the player but there is lots of Buttons on the Remote. I've only used a handful of the buttons - just the usual, open/close, on/off, and a few of the settings buttons but nothing else.
So this all sounds good - is their any bad points to this? Well quite a few times a disc has stuck and when I take the disc out to clean it the disc looks to be clean and nothing apparent on the disc to make it stick. Sometimes the picture has stuck and went a little bit distorted but this only has been a few times, and I guess that can happen with any player.
So this has been a good enough purchase. It does a good job and the price was alright as well.
My parents and I purchased this Blu-ray player a number of years ago as part of an overall package in upgrading to high definition. While i'll outline the way in which is generally pleases, I do feel that there are a number of issues in regards to this player.
Can't really have many complaints about this. For an earlier blu ray player, picture quality is perfectly good and clear, with vivid colours and reasonably sharp high definition imagery. I suspect there are much better players on the market now, but for an older model is does the job well.
Obviously sound quality depends a lot on the sound box / equipment that you're using, but it also depends on how the player plays it back - especially in the case of home made HD-DVD's. In this way it falls down. I am a keen film editor (see my reviews of Sony Vegas) and I have regularly finished products that work very well on other blu-ray players but which have big volume problems on this one. Basically the volume dips and rises very unpredictably. This isn't a problem thankfully with regular blu ray discs or DVD's, but for home editors, it is worth noting.
Sleek and stylish, if a little on the big side.
EASE OF USE
Not great. The player comes with a massive controller with an inexplicable number of buttons on it. Worse still, the manual buttons found on the player seem very unresponsive. It can take the best part of 30-60 seconds after pressing the "on" button before the player is actually ready to take a disc. This is a big downfall.
Freezes happen way too often. Too many buttons pressed in quick succession, a disc that is not quite perfectly clean, or basically anything that goes against the flawless parameters needed, and this player will freeze. Badly. It will require a full restart - usually involving a complete withdrawel of the plug socket from the wall. Not good at all.
takes a long time to load
The Sony BDP-S300 is a good looking Blu Ray player - mostly black with a shiny blue strip covering half of the front of the unit.
The quality of the output is pretty good, actions DVDs such as Die Hard 4.0 look excellent when played on Blu Ray, especially when watched on a big screen TV.
My major gripe with this particular Blu Ray player is the length of time that it takes to actually come alive and load a disk. It literally takes about 2 minutes from switching the unit on to being able to put the disk in and watch your film - I've no idea what the unit is doing in this time, just waking up I presume... it takes a heck of a long time though!
I'll admit it, I'm not quite hooked into this whole Blu Ray revolution. Sure, the quality of the films is better than standard DVD, but is it really that much better to justify replacing your whole DVD catalogue? Especially when Blu Rays are still quite expensively priced. In my opinion, no it's not.
I bought this player after seeing it in the shops and because I wanted to try out the 1080p on my TV.
For starters, this is a big player. It's probably twice as tall as conventional DVD players. It feels well built and solidly put together. So far (after 2 months of ownership) I've had no reliability issues.
Standard DVD playback is better than with a normal DVD player due to the upscaling (where it upscales standard 480p DVD into 1080p). Incase you didn't know, 1080p is the highest high definition format, and it looks incredible. The colours are so much more vibrant than on a 'normal' dvd player. Keep in mind, however, that while the upscale is good normal DVDs still don't have the same quality as Blu-Rays.
Blu-Ray DVDs are simply awesome. Playing it through a 60" 1080p TV with full surround sound is certainly an experience - it makes you feel as if you really are there, experiencing the action.
Overall, this is a good DVD player. The upscaling is a good feature, and it's blu-ray playback is awesome. Keep in mind that to make full use of this though you need a full HD (1920x1080) TV, a normal 720p one won't do it justice.