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Might be entry level but has all the performance of high end Blu-Ray player
Member Name: RLB2
Advantages: Great picture quality, fantastic sound, great value for money!
Disadvantages: No WiFi capability & HDMI cable not included in the box
When it was time to upgrade from a DVD player to a Blue-Ray player I wanted to get something that was entry level, just in case it wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. I have inherited a strange affinity for Sony products from my Dad, so when I found this entry level Blue-Ray player for £90 I went ahead and bought it.
I think it's great looking, sleek, black, compact unit, so it fits nicely into my current media set-up. It was really straight forward to set up with pretty much any connection possible except Scart, which isn't really a problem because if you've bought a Blue-Ray player then you want HD and so you wouldn't be using Scart. The remote control that comes with it is very straightforward and because I have a lot of Sony products it was easy for me to use.
Unfortunately there was not a HCMI cable included in the box, which is necessary for having the full HD experience, so like me you would have to buy one as well as the player. On the plus side the player has 2 USB ports on the front and back of the player, meaning that you can also play media via a memory stick.
Once I had it set up and ready to go I put in Avatar to see what everyone was raving about with this Blue-Ray thing. Suffice to say I was blown away, especially when the fast-paced scenes were on, it really did make it much more clear to watch.
In terms of the player's performance I can't really fault it. Even when playing my DVDs, which I think is a very neat feature, you don't often get back compatible hardware. The player has full HD technology, which is why my older DVDs look so good on it, it really brings the home cinema to life.
Although you can't access the internet via Wi-Fi with this player, I have connected it via a cable to my internet. So this means that I get firmware updates and ensures that although I bought an entry level model it probably won't need to be replaced for a good few years yet!
All in all great Blu-Ray player that doesn't cost the earth, I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't upgraded yet!
Summary: A high spec, low cost Blu-Ray player!
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