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I'm quite hаppу with mу Sonу BDP S480. I primаrilу wаnted it for streаming video аnd mаinlу for Netflix. I recentlу renewed mу subscription to Netflix for some movies thаt were not аvаilаble аt the video store. Foreign аnd independent films were mу mаin objective. Thаnks to Netflix аnd Sonу, I'm enjoуing movies I've hаd on mу "Movies to rent" list for уeаrs.
I purchаsed mу S480 аs аn open box unit from Best Buу. Retаil price wаs GBP180, but I picked this up for GBP105. Аfter getting it home аnd setting it up, I cаn onlу guess whу it wаs returned. Whoever returned it must hаve not wаnted to go through the time to set it up. For the fаint of heаrt, it must hаve seаmed like "brаin surgerу". It does require а bit of bаck аnd forth between the TV аnd computer rooms аnd setting the codes in order to аccess internet content. Once thаt's done, уou onlу need to sit bаck аnd enjoу.
This unit hаs 3D cаpаbilitу, though I'm probаblу а few уeаrs аwау from seeing how well thаt works. Blu-rауs plау well аnd DVD up-scаling works prettу well too. Though mу Pioneer DVD recorder аlreаdу hаd thаt feаture I wаs аlreаdу аttuned to а better thаn normаl picture.
Аs fаr аs the streаming, аccess is eаsу аnd though I hаven't gone though аll thаt is аvаilаble, whаt I hаve checked out looks prettу good. More content thаt I hаve time for. Some of the sites require а fee, but there аre а lot of free sites too. Both video аnd аudio аre аvаilаble. I think the menu plаtform with it's cross bаr аpproаch is eаsу to use.
The one thing missing from this unit is closed cаptioning. Sonу, I've been told, hаs cаptioning in their SP3's but not in the Blu-rау plауers. Hope а downloаd comes for thаt soon.
I did аll the reseаrching for wау too mаnу hours on the internet to find exаctlу whаt mу "needs" were. It reаllу comes down to whаt уou're willing to pау аnd whаt's аvаilаble when уou're reаdу to purchаse.
The Bottom Line: This is а decent unit аnd with the Sonу nаme behind it, it should give а sаtisfаctorу life spаn.
We got this 3d blu ray player free with our sony tv. We have been very impressed. It is a smart blu ray player so it has a wifi connection and all of the apps we need such as netflix and 4od. The tv also is a smart tv and we have an xbox one too, so to be honest, the blu ray player is the last choice when it comes to watching netflix via the app. We have watched many standard blu ray and 3d blu ray films on this dvd player and have been very impressed with them all. The remote is smart, and the menus etc are very easy to use and fast. The actual box is a slim shiny black box and is very smart, it looks great beneath our tv next to the xbox one. If we hadn't got it for free with the tele, it would probably have been top of our list to buy anyway, as it is a sony.
I recently purchased this Sony Blu-Ray player based on reviews that I had read. They were all really positive and this one will be no different.
I was extremely impressed right from the start. The set-up was easy, in fact, the easiest set-up I have ever had when connecting things to the TV. Essentially it is just an HDMI cable to attach and job done! And there is no delay when you turn it on. It is ready to work almost instantly - a big bonus!
It looks very slim and ultra smart and modern. It is easy to keep clean because it has a nice smooth finish so just takes one quick wipe over every now and then. It is definitely a good addition to the TV stand. I real bonus, which I had not considered until listening to a blue-ray at a friend's house, is that this Sony machine makes hardly any sound at all. This makes the sound from the films nice and clear with no distractions from whirring machines.
You can watch both blue-ray and standard DVDs on this player. The blue-ray ones are of a far superior quality but it means you don't need to replace your DVD back catalogue so to speak! Even 3D looks amazing but this may in part be down to the TV and film itself not just the player.
I purchased this blu ray player after deciding to improve my home entertainment area. I have owned this for over 12 months now and it has played everything I have put into it, I haven't tested it with region free DVD's but I don't own any so this wasn't important.
I paid £110 for it from Curry's and I am not disappointed. It was money well spent in my opinion.
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I was a little disappointed as my blu ray player didn't come with a HDMI cable, a quick Google and I found one for a few pounds rather than the £10 I was quoted in Curry's. It does however come with a scart cable.
There is also a remote control and the blu ray player itself. It was packaged fairly well, but I would have liked to have seem more packing as there was room for it to rattle around.
Stunning! For a few days I lived with the scart cable but I cannot stress how important it is to use a HDMI cable. The difference is breath taking. I can now watch my favourite films in perfect quality, whenever I like. I didn't thing I would notice much difference going from DVD to blu ray but the difference is huge.
The only problem with owning a blu ray player is the fact that films on blu ray are extortionate! I have been slowly replacing my old DVD's with blu ray and the picture quality is fantastic so each time, it is money well spent! One thing that I am happy about is the heigh of the player, I don't have a massive amount of room in my TV cabinet, but this just slots in an otherwise useless long thin area. Excellent design, excellent product and it gets 10/10 from me.
Although a couple of years old now (and therefore cheaper in price), the S480 is still a solid player and its cons are not significant unless wireless internet is paramount to you. In terms of design, it is very much a typical Sony product: slim, sleek, black, but not overly different from the 2010 models a year before. It will certainly be at home in any modern AV set-up. With regards to internet connectivity, this player does not have wi-fi nor does it have apps - two features that are fairly unnecessary anyway, but of course it depends where your router is and how important internet extras are for you. Watching iPlayer via the blu-ray player is certainly convenient. For some odd reason there is a web browser, though who in their right mind would ever want or need to surf the web on a blu-ray player is beyond me.
Most importantly, Sony's reputation of pristine video quality is no different with the S480. Picture quality is brilliant and its DVD upscaling is worth it alone even if you are yet to make the switch to blu-ray. Its music capabilities also beat the previous model. I have read some reviews that have actually complained about the player's disc loading time and you can't help but find it comical. Cnet, for example, go as far as calling it a "disc loading disappointment" because it takes 10 seconds longer to load a disc. Yes, you read that correctly; 10 seconds. Either I'm too relaxed when watching a film and ought to be keeping stricter deadlines, or first world problems just entered a whole new low.
To reiterate, the only aspect missing from this model that the next one up boasts is wi-fi, so if your router is a fair distance from your blu-ray player then you may want to consider the upgrade. If not, this is a well-rounded player with excellent PQ and AQ, and some nice, if pointless, online features.
Purchased this player last year when our Alba DVD player packed up. Having thought that all Blu Rays are pretty much equal. We couldn't believe how slim jim this player was. We do have a Playstation that can deal with the Blue rays BUT it actually doesn't play them as well as a dedicated player does. When I say that I mean in clarity. The PS3 doesn't seem to have the same DOP (depth of view) that a blu ray player does.
As with all Sony products this machine was well packaged and came with an adequate instruction booklet. We slotted the player alongside our Denon amp and connected it up via the HDMI cable, which I believe will give us an optimum performance in terms of picture and sound.
Whilst this model does appear to integrate with Sony's Bravia Internet Video portal is doesn't seem to support any downloadable apps, which I personally think is well behind the times. Or maybe I'm asking far too much from a simple blu ray player and should leave it to the TV to deal with this side of things. But having said that it will allow you to connect to BBC iPlayer and some Catch Up TV.
Very nice to see that it boasts a small power consumption of 6 watts whilst on standby and 7 watts when in action, and when you switch your TV off it surprisingly turns the blue ray off too!
A great comprehensive picture quality in comparison to the Playstation console. Color fidelity is amazing and the warmest I've ever witnessed. It's famous for playing hi-res Super Audio CDs, which is far superior than a lot I've heard over the past 20 years.
CONS: Not Wi-fi integrated
It does support audio files such as MP3's WMA and AAC and WAVs with no problem. I'd certainly recommend anyone whose into watching 3D to purchase a gold HDMI cable for superior quality. It tends to cope better a displaying the picture, we've actually tested this out side by side with our old blue ray machine. The price of this sleek unit has shot down in the last year, but I'd happiliy purchase it again if this one gave up the ghost.
PRICE TAG: £95 from Curry's.
I recently purchased this Blu-Ray player to go alongside a new Bravia 46" 3D TV.
Firstly, aesthetically this is a beautifully crafted blu-ray player, it is sleek, appealing and pleasing to the eye. It sits perfectly in the front room and really is stylish, for a blu-ray player that is. It is probably the thinnest, most lightweight player I have ever used and looks somewhat professional stood under the TV on the stand.
The set-up as with the Sony TV was incredibly easy, it has all your standard components placed at the back so it was easy enough to pop in the HDMI and get it up and running. As well as this there is literally no sound when it starts up or is running. It is incredibly quiet when in use and on stand by. Further, even though this is somewhat superfluous the HELLO message that comes on the player's screen when it starts up is a nice touch as well as the Sony logo illuminating. Sometimes these little things really do add to the watching experience and it seems Sony has got it right on this occasion.
When it comes to energy saving this player really is handy, as soon as you switch off the main TV it automatically shuts down so there's no possibility for you to leave it running over night. It is up and running in seconds and allows you to watch some stunning Blu-ray DVDs. Furthermore the remote is incredibly easy to use, with all the functions you need to watch the dvd easily and navigate throughout the movie, or whatever you may be watching. As well as this it also responds to the main sony TVs remote so if you have a sony bravia TV already this is a bonus as you will only need one remote for both TV and the player.
When it comes to visual quality the player is of the highest quality, allowing me to watch blu-ray and normal DVDs to my hearts content safe in the knowledge that what I get to see on my screen is of the utmost standard. The 3D picture it shows is amazing, watching TINTIN for instance was quality. We bought a Gold HDMI lead to go with it as it is faster and perfect for the fast moving 3D movies. The audio again has always been perfect.
The functionality of the Player is also very good, easy to use and everyone who has sat down in front of the TV wanting to use the player so far has easily come to grips with it. The player also has internet capabilities but I can't really comment on that as I have not used it as of yet, but based on the experience of using it I've had so far it would go without saying that the internet would almost certainly be an added bonus to what is already a fine piece of technology.
All in all this is my favourite Blu-ray player that I have purchased and would strongly recommend it for its Audio/Visual output, functionality and little extras that really make this a great buy for anyone.
Finally I must admit that I got it free when I bought my TV, so obviously I would say it is great value for money, but based on current prices I would gladly spend that on this piece of equipment.