Upgrading with the Sony BDP-S580 Blu-ray Player
Great with discs, even better with the Internet
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Sony BDP-S580 Blu-ray player
I recently purchased the Sony BDP-S580 Blu-ray player and it has made a very nice addition to my home theater system. I bought the BDP-S580 to replace my old Sony DVD player. I immediately could tell the difference in picture and sound coming from my home theater system and big-screen TV.
The first Blu-ray movie I watched was Planet Earth, and the picture was incredible. My older DVD player only offered component video output with 480p resolution, so I was stuck watching standard DVD movies, which was just OK. But the BDP-S580 with its HDMI connection let me experience full 1080p resolution for an amazing picture. It even makes my old DVDs look better, thanks to the player’s 1080p DVD upscaling feature.
In addition, I could really hear an improvement in surround sound. My older DVD player only featured an optical digital output with standard Dolby® Digital/DTS® support. The Sony BDP-S580 offered Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD™ surround with HDMI output. it's not that my surround sound got louder, just more detailed. Movie soundtracks just seemed to have more “life” to them.
More than just a Blu-ray player
Great as all that was, I didn’t get the BDP-S580 just for its Blu-ray capability. I also wanted to be able to access movies and music from the Internet through my home theater system. I already had a wireless router upstairs and didn’t want to run an Ethernet cable to my basement. The BDP-S580 had built-in Wi-Fi®, which made it the perfect choice.
The setup could not have been any easier. Once connected to my Wi-Fi network, I immediately signed up for Netflix® and PANDORA® Internet radio. There’s plenty more Internet entertainment I could choose from, too. It's great being able to access the music and movies I want from the comfort of my couch. No more searching for a CD or waiting for a movie in the mail. Now that I've owned it a while, I think I use the BDP-S580 more often as an Internet portal than a Blu-ray player.
The bottom line: a happy choice
I would definitely recommend the Sony BDP-S580 to my family, friends, co-workers, and customers. Not only did I get a great Blu-ray player, but I also gained the convenience of a Wi-Fi-enabled Internet player.
Crutchfield Product Research Team