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SONY BLURAY BDP-S470 REVIEW



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SONY BLURAY PLAYER BDP-S470 REVIEW

The Sony Bluray Player BDP-S470 3D

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For 2010 Blu-ray Players have come a long way. The newest trend is 3D viewing. With an HDTV with 3D capability, 3D Bluray movie, 3D glasses and a 3D bluray player, you can watch 3D content, a whole new way of viewing movies, sports and more. 3D is already available. 3D TV adds depth to your viewing experience. 3D works with 3D active glasses to present separate frame sequences to each eye individually. Some 3D HDTVs will come with the 3D glasses, however you may have to buy the 3D glasses for others. Standard Bluray Disc movies are 2D so be sure the movie you buy is 3D. In addition, be sure to use a high-speed HDMI cable to connect to the HDTV as standard HDMI cables can only produce 2D results.




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The Sony Blu-ray players for 2010 are thinner than ever and many have 3D capability. For just under $200 you get much more than the previous generation of players with this mid-range S470 model and the BDP-S570 model. Sony is releasing this player in the Spring of 2010 but it apparently will require a firmware upgrade in order to play 3D content, unlike players released in the summer of 2010, like the $299.99 BDP-S770, which should already be loaded with firmware to play 3D content.

Enjoy Blu-ray Disc™ movies in Full HD 1080p and improve the quality of DVDs with the 3D ready Sony® BDP- S470 Blu-ray Disc Player. Play your favorite movies faster than ever or connect online and access a wide variety of movies, music and more. Plus turn your iPhone® or iPod touch® into a remote control by downloading a free app.

# Features

BRAVIA® Internet Video : Instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos and music from a large selection of entertainment apps including: Netflix®, Amazon on Demand, YouTube™, Pandora ™, Slacker®.

# 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Full HD 1080p playback : Enjoy 3D Blu-ray Disc™ movies in Full HD 1080p. Also supports standard Blu -ray Disc movies in high definition and upscales DVDs to near HD quality.

# iPhone®/iPod touch® Remote Control : Download the free “BD remote” app to your iPhone® or iPod touch® and turn it into a versatile remote - access movie info, search entertainment topics and more.

# Quick Start/Quick Load : Begin enjoying your entertainment faster than ever.

# Share Personal Entertainment (DLNA®) : Stream music, videos and photos from compatible DLNA® devices (like a PC) using your home network.

# Gracenote™ Metadata Service : Instantly gives you access to detailed information about the movies you are watching.

# Cross Search : Easily search select BRAVIA® Internet Video partners for entertainment or information related to the disc that you are enjoying.

# Wi-Fi® Adapter Ready : Connect to your wireless broadband network with a USB Wi-Fi adapter. Model UWABR100 sold separately.

# Share Personal Entertainment (DLNA®) : Share music, videos and photos between compatible devices using your DLNA® home network.

# USB Input : Share your videos or photos on the big screen or listen to your favorite music. Simply connect your digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device.

# Dolby® TrueHD internal decoding and bitstream output via HDMI™ : Dolby TrueHD and dts®-HD (Master Audio and High Resolution Audio) codecs reproduces high definition sound with 7.1 channels of discrete audio so you can enjoy uncompromised audio.

Power
# Power Requirements (frequency) : 60Hz
# Power Requirements (voltage) : 120V

Video
# Deep Color : Yes
# Internet Video Streaming Decode : Yes
# Percision Cinema HD Upscale : Yes
# Video Digital-to-Analog Converter : Composite (12bit/148.5MHz) Y/C (12bit/54MHz)

Video Features
# 24p True Cinema™ Technology : Yes
# AVC-HD : Yes (8cm/12cm)?DVD+R/RW/-R/-RW)
# BD-R/RE Read Compatibility : Yes (BDMV & BDAV)
# BD-ROM : Bonus View(Profile1.1); BD-Live(Profile2.0); BD-ROM (SL/DL)
# CD (CD-DA) : Yes
# CD-R/RW : Yes (CD-DA and Data)
# DVD Playback : Yes
# DVD+R Read Compatibility : Yes (DL) (+VR)
# DVD+RW Read Compatibility : Yes (+VR) (8cm)
# DVD-R Read Compatibility : Yes (DL) (VR) (VR with CPRM) (8cm)
# DVD-RW Read Compatibility : Yes (VR) (VR with CPRM) (8cm)
# JPEG Playback : Yes (BD-R/REDVD+RW/+R/-RW/-R/CD-R,RW)
# Noise Reduction : Yes (BNR on DVDs Only)
# PhotoTV HD : Yes
# x.v.Color™ Technology : Yes

Audio Features
# Dolby® : Yes and Dolby® TrueHD bitstream out over HDMI™ (V1.3)
# Dolby® True HD Bitstream Output : Yes
# LPCM : Yes (multi channel decoder): Yes (HDMI™ bitstream out)
# MP3 Playback : Yes (BD-R/RE/DVD+RW/+R/-RW/-R/CD-R,RW)
# dts® HD Bitstream Output : Yes
# dts® Output : Yes (dts®-HD bitstream out over HDMI™)

Convenience Features
# A/V Sync : Yes
# BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
# Bit Rate Indicator (Video) : Yes
# Child Lock : Yes
# Easy Setup : Yes
# Favorites : Yes
# Parental Control : Yes
# Quick Start Mode : Yes
# Startup Screen : Yes
# Wireless LAN : Ready (via USB)

Inputs/Outputs
# Analog Audio Output(s) : 2 Channel: 1 (Rear)
# Coaxial Audio Digital Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
# Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
# Composite Video Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
# Ethernet Connection(s) : 1 (Rear)
# HDMI™ Connection Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
# Optical Audio Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
# USB Port(s) : 2 (1 Rear/ 1 Front)

What's Included
# Remote (RMT-B107A)
# Instruction Manual
# AV Cable
# AA Battery
# Warranty Card

Optional Accessory
# HDMI V. 1.4 Cable - This is the newest version of HDMI that has the bandwidth necessary to carry full HD 3D signals.

Approximate Dimensions w/o Pedestal:
Height 1.4 "
Width 16.9 "
Depth 8.11 "
Approx. Weight: 4.4 lbs.

NOTE:

Broadband Internet connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Premium content may require additional fees, a subscription and/or PC registration.

Firmware update may be required for 3D playback (first available July 2010). 3D viewing requires 3D content, 3D HDTV and a high speed HDMI™ cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection. Other 3D accessories (including 3D glasses) also required for 3D viewing.

iPhone/iPod Application must be downloaded from the iTunes application store. Requires that the Blu-ray Disc Player and the iPhone® or iPod touch® be connected to the same wireless network.

1080P and upscaling requires HDTV with HDMI™ cable and equivalent display capability. Upscaled image quality will vary.

Some disc titles may not be supported by the Gracenote™ service.

DLNA requires a home network and content stored on a DLNA compliant PC or server. Firmware update required for DLNA functionality (available July 2010).

Not all USB devices are supported. Please check Owner’s Manual for compatibility.

Netflix requires unlimited membership for feature functionality.

Dolby® TrueHD and dts®-HD Master Audio decoding requires HDMI™ cable and receiver with HDMI input and LPCM capabilities.

SONY Blu-ray Player BDP-S470



REAR PANEL has HDMI output as well as component video, composite video, analog audio outputs, optical and coaxial digital audio out and a network connection. USB jacks - one on front and one on rear.







The remote control has Power and disc tray open/close buttons along with colored short-cut keys for interactive functions. A navigation control for selections on-screen, menu, play, pause, fast-forward and stop buttons.

The Sony BDP-S470 features Sony’s new Monolithic Design Concept. The front panel is finished in high gloss black giving it a high tech finish. Connectivity options are basic but adequate. Outputs on the back panel include a HDMI, component video, composite video, optical digital audio out, coaxial digital audio out, 2 channels analog audio, a USB and an Ethernet port.

There is also a USB socket on the front for convenient viewing of your digital photos and direct playback of MP3 music. There are no analog 7.1 audio outputs provided.

Features

In addition to Blu-ray 3D playback, the BDP-S470 player will also include Wi-Fi capabilities (via a USB dongle) and allows multimedia playback via USB port. When connected to a broadband Internet network, it will stream movies, videos and music from Netflix®, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Slacker® Internet Radio, Pandora®, NPR, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, and over 25 total providers through the Sony BRAVIA® Internet Video platform.

It also features Sony’s Entertainment Database Browser using Gracenote technologies that allows you to browse details like actor and production information from a blu-ray disc and access related content found on BRAVIA Internet Video content.

Unique to all new Sony BD players, users with an iPhone® or iPod® touch device can control the players using a free app called “BD Remote” that can be downloaded from the Apple App store. The app allows an iPhone or iPod touch device to function as a remote control that includes the ability to access a Blu-ray Disc’s details such as jacket artwork, actor, and production information as well as search for additional video clips online.

In addition to its ability to play all formats of discs like Blu-ray, DVD and CD, it also plays the superior sounding SACD.

Sony has improved start up and disc loading performance for blu-ray discs. These issues have plagued older blu-ray players and have been a major source of dissatisfaction for early adopters of this format. When the quick start feature is turned on, the start-up time is quicker and disc loading is faster than previous models. The BDP-S470 starts up from power off in less than three seconds. It takes approximately 40 seconds from putting the disc in till you see the movie menu and another 30 seconds for the movie to begin. Please note that with the quick start feature turned on, the player consumes a little more power.

The BDP-S470 allows you to stream digital photos from your PC or other Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) enabled devices to the player. You will need to set up a home network with its wireless feature or wired through the Ethernet LAN port if you prefer. DLNA Certified devices connect and communicate with each other via the network. Although this may sound daunting, it’s actually not. The smart capabilities of most hardware nowadays makes set up a snap. Once you have your network established, all you need to do is connect to any DLNA-certified equipment (DLNA-certified products are built to work together no matter which company made the product). Now you can print photos from your TV, play music from a variety of devices or play movies that are stored on your computer.

The launch of 3D players such as the BDP-S470 at a competitive price level by Sony is a step forward in hastening mass market adoption of 3D. But with additional costs involved in upgrading to a 3D HDTV and special 3D glasses it remains to be seen how successful 3D playback in the home really turns out to be.







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FAQ

Question: How can I update the firmware in this bluray player?

Answer: Visit http://www.sony.com/bluraysupport/ and follow Sony's procedures for downloading firmware upgrades.

Question: What movies are available in 3D?

Answer: Visit 3D Movie List to see movie list.

Question: Do I really have to wear the glasses to see 3D?

Answer: Currently almost all 3D HDTVs require the glasses so the answer is yes, for now. Work is being done however to eliminate the glasses using what is called the parallax barrier, a screen in the TV designed to present the two images to your eyes so that no glasses are needed.

Question: What is 3D TV?

Answer: You can think of 3D as stereo for your eyes. Just like stereo sound which has a left and right speaker, 3D TV has a left and a right image for your eyes. Your brain merges the images so you get a depth perception.

Question: What is the Difference between active and passive 3D glasses.

Answer: Active 3D glasses are used with modern 3D TVs. The 3D video footage is presented at 120 times per second, a left image and a right image flickers on the screen. In perfect coordination with this, the lenses in the active shutter LCD glasses turn from opaque to transparent. To capture the 3D experience, when the left image in the 3D video is displayed on the screen, the left lens is transparent. As the screen changes to the right image, the left lens turns opaque and the right lens changes to transparent. These changes in the eyeglass lens flicker at a speed of 120 times per second, thus creating the viewable 3D image. Passive glasses are those often used in movie theaters and amusement park rides. The 3D film is comprised of two images shot at different angles and projected onto the screen with two projectors. Each image is polarized to match one passive eyeglass lens and each image is then shown to each eye at the same time. Passive glasses feature different polarizing filters that filter the projected images to both the left eye and the right eye simultaneously.






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