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What entertainment should sound and look like!!
Member Name: jj1977
Advantages: Great picture, sound and features.
Disadvantages: Can be noisy
My second venture into the world of Blu-Ray was done so with more experience and knowledge of the subject. That is not to say that the Samsung BD-P1600 which I bought in August of last year was a disappointment, but that there are better options if you take the time to look. And I did. And the one that stuck out as being an excellent model is the Sony BDP-S370 whose attributes are numerous enough for it to be considered as more than just a simple player.
In terms of what it looks like, it is hard to differentiate. Coloured in traditional matt black, the front is a glossy black in which the sensors, USB connection and loading tray reside. It also acts as your display. Measuring a slight 430mm x 206mm x 36mm and weighing 2kg, it possesses all the technical specifications you expect. Region 2/B encoded, it can play all manner of DVD formats, up-scaling in the process as well as audio cd's.
So what is the big deal, why has this become such a hit with consumers, and in the short time I have owned it, me. Well the answer lies in the USB slot. You see what Sony have, and in doing so have stolen a massive march on Samsung, is to get their online capability working. With the use of the Sony USB Dongle, you can wirelessly connect to sites such as YouTube, Lovefilm and best of all BBC iPlayer. And all of these sites amongst others available, can be viewed in HD.
True it does make a bit of a racket which can be distracting for films that have silent periods or if like me you are using it upstairs without a home cinema system. But this is a minor complaint in light of all the other things it does so well.
It accesses disks with excellent speed, far better than any player in my experience. Updating firmware is easy via the aforementioned dongle and with Sony poised to offer more on this platform in the future, it is not difficult to see why it has garnered the awards in the short period of time it has been on sale.
Sound and picture quality on a full HD TV are perfect, I cannot see how it can be improved and I say that with experience of 3D in mind. I would recommend this to anyone, but with a caveat. Wait. At the moment both amazon.co.uk and play.com are offering this at £129.99, earlier this week play sold it for £99.99 as amazon had earlier in the year. My advice would be to wait them out until they do so again.
Summary: The best blu-ray player on the market.
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