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Sony BDP-S360 Blu-Ray Player
Member Name: Blu-Ray-Reviewer
Date: 09/03/10, updated on 09/03/10 (42 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, great PQ, easy to use, slim, Bravia sync, upscale
Disadvantages: Basic features (although many won't even need these)
The Sony BDP S360 is the next release after the BDP S350, with improvements and an affordable price tag. Unlike the predecessor, the S360 supports BD Live out the box and has a sleeker design including an attractive light on the face which glows blue with a Blu-Ray and white with a DVD.
Sockets include the popular HDMI, component and composite, and unfortunately an Ethernet port as the player is not Wi-Fi compatible. I have yet to use the internet features however, including no updates required to play any discs as of yet as it is a 2.0 Profile.
Aside from the obvious 1080/24p output, the S360 can also upscale your DVDs up to 1080p which has certainly been useful for releases yet to be given a Blu-Ray transfer. In addition, it syncs with my Bravia TV, so if you own a Sony Bravia this could be of use to you. This provides an even more user friendly player. Similar to the PS3's dashboard where you can choose to play the disc which automatically closes the tray if open and change options.
The picture quality is undoubtedly impressive, especially for such an affordable big brand entry level player. Although it may not support as many features as higher priced machines (built in memory, Wi-Fi, advanced audio options) if you're simply looking for a player to do just and only that; play Blu-Rays to a high quality then the S360 will not disappoint.
Summary: Highly recommended for a first player.
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