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Good value blu-ray player
Member Name: boatgirl
Advantages: Nice sleek, simple design. User friendly and well priced.
Disadvantages: Takes ages to switch on. No HDMI lead included.
I purchased this Blu Ray player in June 2010 from Play.com. At the time it was the most competitively priced branded player I could find.
Appearance, design and build quality.
Overall I have been very impressed with it, the high gloss black finish goes well with my TV and stand. It has a good solid feel, typical of other Sony products I have owned. The Disc drawer slides out slickly from behind a drop down flap which makes up the whole front of the player. This is a nice design touch as it means there is no open slot for children to push things into.
Remote control and accessories
The remote control is nice and compact with all the required functions neatly laid out. The only button which it lacks is an eject button but to be fair, you need to go to the player to insert and remove discs anyway so I cannot really complain. There are other buttons on the remote for which I have no use, as it seems you can control home theatre and TV but as my TV is Hitachi this has no relevance for me. As far as other items in the box are concerned, I was very disappointed to find there was no HDMI lead included. I had to make a special trip out again to purchase one.
Operation and ease of use
The first thing which struck me on switching on the player was that it told me to wait by means of the digital display on the front. This 'please wait' message flashes for a good 10 to 15 seconds every time you switch on the player and has proven to be a small, yet surprisingly annoying attribute. Once 'booted up..??' the player displays a menu on your TV whereby you can select various options ie data disc, dvd etc. I think this means that you can view picture files on CDR but I have as yet not had any luck getting them to work and end up using my DVD player which I have had to leave connected along side the Blu Ray. Overal the on screen menus are fairly simple to use.
Picture Quality and playback
For viewing DVD's I have found that the picture quality seems to be worse than on my DVD player. This is why I have left the DVD player insitu. For Blu Ray discs I can find no fault. Picture quality through my HD ready TV is exceptional.
A very good Blu Ray player for those on a budget. You get a nice, branded machine which is functional and simple to use. There are no fancy extras but you get what you pay for. Just remember, switch it on, then go make the tea, otherwise you'll be waiting ages to watch your new film after dinner.
Summary: Very good Blu Ray player for those on a budget. You get a nice, branded machine which is functional.