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Sony BDP-S480 Bought this to reduce the amount of stress we were putting on the PS3 by constant use for watching films & I have to say I’m very impressed.Picture quality is excellent on my Sony Bravia 40″ LED screen and the unit performs much better than the PS3 did. I personally find the unit whisper quiet during normal operation, the only noticeable noise comes when first loading a disk.Those of you using a PS3 for blu-ray…buy this instead, it’s worth it.Also worthwhile noting for those of you with a separate home cinema amp- the dolby signal 5.1 or 7.1 is now (like other modern HDMI connected equipment) sent down the HDMI cable. This makes cabling and connecting to the TV far less fussy & much neater.
Brilliant if not perfect After owning a DVICO TViX media streamer since 2006, I was in need of an HD upgrade. As a Mac owner most of my DVDs now exist as digital files on the Hard Drive so really I was buying this solely for its Network Streaming capabilities.Sony recommend a free dlna media server software called Serviio for use with this BD Player. This unit paired with Serviio on my Mac does everything I need it to and more. Serviio also runs on PC & Linux.PlaysVideo: H264, MPEG, DIVx Video Codecs across M4V, MKV, AVI, MP4 Video container formats.Audio: The only issue I’ve found is playing anything above DD / DTS 6.1 but you can set Serviio to downmix the audio to force it to play.I THINK from my observations that not only does the Player Up-scale DVDs, it also up-scales Standard Definition Media files streamed from Serviio, which was an added bonus.SPDIF optical IS missing however the SPDIF coaxial through a cheap converter to optical is perfect…
Much more than just a DVD player Fantastic picture quality with Blu-Ray and DVD discs.Whirrrrs a bit when disc is first inserted, but quiet as a mouse during playback.Network set up using a wired connection to a router is simple. Wi-fi connection is possible by purchasing an optional dongle, but I haven’t used this so can’t comment on ease of set up, etc.Sony interface is intuitive, easy to use and the Bravia Internet Video content is excellent- especially since the video on demand is live again.BBC iPlayer is on board – handy if your TV doesn’t have it built in.Playback of online HD content via a Virgin Media connection is smooth with no glitches.
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