Sony BDP-S300 reviews

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David, Bootle Home cinema enthusiast

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It is a well designed unit with easy to use controls.
Bad points:
Dificult to update firmware
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 30 Jun 2010

Jock, Chelmsford Retired ardent viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Amazing Blue Ray pictures....
Bad points:
Software is too slow, takes ages to start up, find menu's and act on them.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 4.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Nov 2010

Robert , Portsmouth Film lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The good points are for starters the picture quality which when playing a blue ray film is stunning the fine detail is amazing,the colour rich but natural,it truly gives a wonderful dimention to films.The sound also is remarkable and has to be heard to be believed, it has a huge and l mean huge dynamic range from a whisper to a roar.When playing music whether cd or dvd it shows remarkable detail no matter what the source,never harsh and distorted but with a warm bloom to it but clean and realalistic.
It also does a fine job on up gradeing ordinary dvds.I think that ultimately it can change the way one whatches tv because if you get used to seeing films in blue ray all the time,(great) ordinary dvds and tv are just not good enough.But then thats the way its going to go anyway and a good thing too.
Bad points:
I have to say there are only a few so called bad points,one is when a latest blue ray disc is inserted it can take while to down load but when you consider the age of the machine then its hardly surpriseing also at times though not very often the machine can freeze and the only thing you can do is unplug it for a couple of minutes,rather like crashing a computer,plug it back up and its fine again.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 25 Jul 2010

graham, Liverpool Home cinema enthusiast

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Beautiful looking player and remote
Fantastic picture and sound quality
Really easy to set up
Sony brand name = quality (I also have a Sony home theatre setup)
Remote is excellent
Plays every blu ray I own (despite online posts saying about playback problems, I have NEVER had any, player updated to 6.20 firmware with no fuss, plays everything perfectly)
Awesome player
Bad points:
No ethernet for update (CD based update was no hassle for me though)
No USB socket
A little slow to start up, but not terrible. About a minute from cold to logo screen (gives you time to make a cup of tea and some popcorn!)
No BD live functionality, but to be honest I don't miss it.

I really like this player so its hard for me to find bad points!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Feb 2013

Phil, Redditch Home cinema enthusiast

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
All good apart from the the bad point below
Bad points:
Discs kept stopping and I found out that new firmware had to be downloaded from official site. Did this sucessfully and blue rays discs worked for a while. Some later discs eg Sherlock Holmes still paused and I found a later version of the software which again was downloaded from official as a site disc image. Loaded new disc to player and sortware loaded OK.
From then on the player would not work, kept getting 'disc door open' message and now the plyer will not work at all.
Contacted manufacturer and they did not evn respond. Looked on several support sites and apparently this is quite a common problem. Bought alternative in desparation.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Review date: 22 Jul 2010

Trevor, North Lincolnshire. Film lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I really don't understand why you have a box titled "Bad points"!!! Ithink that everything about my blue ray palyer is fantastic. My son-in-law who likes to keep pace with technology was green with envy when he saw our Tv/blue ray player set-up. When he saw the picture quality, he was blown away!!!(his words not mine). I'm due for a payout soon so I'm going to try and improve on what I have with same manufacturer products, i.e hard drive/blue ray, Freeview HD etc etc..
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 12 Jul 2010

paul, Doncaster Home cinema enthusiast

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
when it plays after a slow start it provides a good picture
Bad points:
slow start up - slow firmware process download poor unit design with updates not fully looked into before release.

I also asked for technical support as i can not load any firmware onto the unit- I asked for the latest firmware update to be sent out to my address and got ignored.
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 1.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 6.0
Design 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Mar 2011

This Sony BDP-S300 is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

3D No
Playback formats DVD Plus RW
Playback formats DVD-R
Playback formats DVD-RW
Playback formats DVD Plus R
Upscaling Yes
Audio technology AC3
Connections HDMI
Connections USB
Number of HDMI ports 1
Number of scart ports 1
Release date 2007-08-31

Also known as: SONY BDPS300, SONY BDPS300B, Sony BDP-S300, Sony BDPS300B.CEK

 

Manufacturer's Description

See and hear a whole new world of high definition with the incredible BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc™ Player. The crystalline clarity of 1080p Blu-ray Disc movies and DVD upscaling has to be seen to be believed. Amazing 24p True Cinema output and cinema-tuned picture presets allow you to see movies exactly how the director intended. And with BRAVIA® Theatre Sync, now you can control your compatible BRAVIA TV and AV systems from just one remote.

BD-ROM Playback

Rival your local movie theater with the power of Blu-ray Disc technology in your Home Theater. You can enjoy movies from Hollywood’s biggest studios, and enjoy all of the great features, sights and sounds that Blu-ray Disc technology has to offer. Blu-ray Disc technology delivers Full 1080P picture quality and up to 7.1 channels of surround sound. Movie Night will never be the same!

DVD Upscaling to 1080p2 via HDMI™

Get the most out of your existing DVD collection by having them upscaled to 1080p quality. Your DVD’s will look and sound better than ever when you play them back on your new Sony Blu-ray Disc Player.

BRAVIA® Theatre Sync™ (HDMI-CEC)

Sony® created BRAVIA® Theatre Sync™ technology to go beyond basic digital audio and video transmission. Based on the HDMI-CEC function, the BRAVIA® Theatre Sync™ feature will be included on select BRAVIA® Theatre home A/V systems and components. This useful function reduces the hassle and time consuming job of powering up, routing signals, etc. to the simple push of one button.3 Want to play your Blu-ray Disc Player on your Sony® A/V system– Easy, just push PLAY on the BRAVIA® HDTV remote and everything is taken care of for you. Even when the system is off! Want to power down everything once you’ve finished enjoying it– Push one button and the TV and A/V system powers down. BRAVIA® Theatre Sync™ helps make things a whole lot easier to operate.

BD/DVD/CD playback and AVC-HD with x.v.Color output

Play back all your favorite Blu-ray Disc Movies, DVD’s, Audio CD’s, and AVC-HD (delivers digital picture and sound quality comparable to that of High Definition, but on a DVD) discs with all of our Sony Blu-ray Disc Players.

Full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema Video Output

Most of all Hollywood movies are shot at 24 frames per second, and Blu-ray Disc movies are mastered at 24 frame per second, so it is only fitting that the Sony BDP-S300 can output your films at 1080/24p for a true film-like experience at home. Of course, The Sony BDP-S300 can also output at 1080/60p for more traditional HDTV sets on the market. Either way Sony has you covered for the best picture possible in Full 1080p!

Video Codec Format : MPEG2/MPEG4-AVC/VC-1

Blu-ray Disc technology is compatible with many different types of video codec for recording your favorite films onto the disc. So regardless of the High Definition recording process used by the studio making the movie, Sony’s Blu-ray Disc Players are ready for them all, in glorious Full 1080p HD.

Cinema Tuned Picture Presets

What do you get when the world’s best filmmakers and the best makers of Home Theater products get together– Answer: Exclusive Cinema Tuned Picture Presets on your Sony Blu-ray Player! , we made getting a “best picture” for your movies even easier. Whether you view your movies in a dark theater, or in a bright room, we got you covered with picture settings all carefully selected by the same engineers that make Sony’s movies in Hollywood.

Uncompressed Multi Channel Linear PCM Output

Blu-ray Disc technology not only delivers a phenomenal picture, but incredible sound as well. Many Blu-ray Disc movies take advantage of the capacity on the disc to offer an Uncompressed Multi Channel Linear PCM soundtrack of your favorite movies. With up to 7.1 channels of surround sound, Uncompressed Multi Channel Linear PCM is completely lossless and lets you hear the movie with incredible clarity and realism that you never experience before on DVD.

Dolby® Digital Plus decoding capability

Dolby Digital Plus is Dolby’s next-generation audio technology that can offer up to 7.1 channels of surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also offers a higher-quality experience than the Dolby Digital soundtrack you are used to on a standard DVD.

BD-Java Interactive Capability

Blu-ray Disc technology offers the potential of a new level of interactive experiences, with seamless on-screen menus and hi def bonus materials for a more dynamic home theater. With the extra capacity on Blu-ray Disc media and BD JAVA programming, content creators have an open canvas to design new ways for customers to interact with their favorite movies.

*Dolby® Digital and dts® 5.1 channel Output

*Multi Channel 192KHz/24bit Audio D/A Converters

*Quick Set Up

*FL Off/Dimmer Mode

*Parental Control

*Popup Menu

*Screen Saver

*MP3 and JPEG Playback from DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/-RW4, DVD Video, DVDR/+RW, DVD-R/-RW4, CD Playback.


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