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Member Name: HangTheDJ
Advantages: Great price, looks nice, high quality PQ/AQ
Disadvantages: No wireless or 3D
The Sony BDP S370 is easily the most popular player on the consumer market right now. I work in Currys and these players are flying out the door more than any others. There are higher models of this similar range such as the S470, S570 and S770, but honestly they are not worth the extra unless you are seriously considering upgrading to 3D.
The S370 features the now-standard 2.0 Profile allowing you to connect to BD Live, as well as stream videos through numerous apps such as YouTube and LoveFilm. This is a nice addition from the predecessors but will require a fairly decent internet connection, otherwise you may get frustrating buffering issues. The player is not wireless like the aforementioned models so will required to be plugged into the router with an ethernet connection if you want to use the internet. Whether this is important is up to you; I personally stream videos very rarely, and BD Live has probably been used once! If you feel these features are significant then you may want to consider investing in the S570.
Loading times are quick and the machine is pleasingly quiet. I would say it's about on par with the PS3 as a Blu-Ray player and playback boasts brilliant picture and audio quality, as you would expect from Sony. If you have a Sony Bravia TV then the remote will also have both functions, which is a useful addition.
Overall, it's obvious why this player is so popular at the moment and is perfectly suited to someone new to Blu-Ray, looking for their first future proof player.
Summary: Highly recommended.
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