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Our take on the Sony BDP-S3100

by David Brown
Sony

Blu-ray Disc players — the ultimate picture and sound

Blu-ray players deliver a better picture to your HDTV than any other available source. In fact, Blu-ray's 1080p picture is a perfect match for the 1080p screens found on most current TVs. Blu-ray movies also offer the most precise and realistic surround sound you can get. These players do a terrific job with standard DVDs, too — you'll see a cleaner, clearer picture with every disc in your collection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet for watching online movies from Netflix® and other video services.

There's always something on

The latest Blu-ray players offer much more than just gorgeous HD picture quality from discs. With built-in Wi-Fi on many players, online streaming options are plentiful. That's certainly the case with the Sony BDP-S3100. With more than 100 apps for movies and shows like Netflix®, Amazon Instant Video, HuluPlus™, and YouTube™, the viewing options are practically endless.

Don't forget about music

Looking for even more streaming options? With a networked PC, you can stream videos, photos, and music to the 'S3100. Plus, Pandora® Internet radio and other streaming music options offer endless possibilities for listening, for discovering new songs or enjoying old favorites. The 'S3100 even features a coaxial digital output — perfect for older A/V receivers without HDMI inputs, so you can enjoy big beats from music and wall-shaking sound effects from movies through your home theater speakers. Sony's TV SideView app for Apple® and Android™ also lets you control the player from your compatible smartphone, transforming it into a powerful Wi-Fi remote using your wireless home network.

A USB port for even more options

Have a USB flash drive with photos and music? Pop it into the BDP-S3100's front-panel USB port and display your photos on your HDTV for instant slide shows. Or play MP3s through your home theater speakers, perfect for making party mixes without having to burn CDs. A thumb drive can also allow you to download BD-Live content from select Blu-ray discs, for access to bonus features like music and soundtrack information, behind-the-scenes trivia, and games.

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Key Features:

  • plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable CDs
  • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless streaming with 100+ apps for playing TV shows, movies, and music, including Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube™, and Pandora Internet radio (subscriptions required for some services)
  • fully enclosed optical drive offers improved protection against dust
  • Socialize™ feature allows you to make posts about movies, videos and music to social media
  • stream photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • control the player and stream content from compatible smartphones and tablets with Sony's SideView app for Apple and Android devices (requires both devices to be connected to the same wireless home network)
  • BD-Live and BonusView support for added bonus features with compatible discs (requires external USB storage device)
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p, with video upconversion for DVD
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • front-panel USB port for use with external hard drives and thumb drives
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection
  • HDMI output (cable not included)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Surround Sound Decoding
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Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable
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No
Internet Movie Streaming
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Neftlix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube
DLNA Certified
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Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control
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Yes
DVD Video Upconversion
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720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable
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Yes
CD-R/W Capable
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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Yes
WMA Playback
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Yes
SACD Playback
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No
DVD-Audio Playback
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No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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None
Digital Coaxial Output
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1
HDMI Outputs
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1
HDMI Version
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1.3
Ethernet Ports
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1
Analog Audio Outputs
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None
1080p Video Output
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Yes
Component Video Outputs
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RS-232C Port
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  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • Wireless remote control (RMT-B119A)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Online product registration information
  • Software License Information
  • DIRECTV brochure

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Disc and USB Compatibility
Video Section
Audio Section
Network/Internet Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc and USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
DVD DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BDP-S3100 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet. Occasionally, Sony may release updated firmware for this unit that may add or improve the way a feature operates. These updates are available free of charge. This unit is capable of checking the firmware automatically when connected to the Internet via broadband connection.

Note: The tested Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player contained firmware version M14.R.0039 with an immediate update for firmware version M14.R.0093 (as of 3/14/2013). Visit the Sony eSupport Site for the latest firmware update information.

USB Port: The front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to play photo, videos, and music files on a connected USB device. The player can recognize Mass Storage Class (MSC) Devices that are FAT-compatible and Still Image Capture Devices (SICD) class devices. The player can recognize up to 500 folders/files. The USB port also allows you to enjoy additional content (such as BonusView) on certain Blu-ray Disc titles. Some BD-ROMs have bonus content and other data which can be downloaded to an inserted USB Flash Drive (minimum 1 GB recommended, sold separately).

Note: Not all USB devices are supported.

Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats: The Sony Blu-ray disc player supports playback of the following audio/video/photo files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs; plus compatible USB memory devices.

Media Format File Type
Audio MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV
Video AVCHD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, WMV9, XVID
Photo JPEG, GIF, PNG

Video Section

Enclosed Optical Drive: The fully-enclosed optical drive keeps dust and particles away for optimal video playback.

HDMI (ver.1.3): The BDP-S3100's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television.

Note: This player does not offer any analog audio/video outputs.

Precision Cinema HD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output, the BDP-S3100 is capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p (60 Hz video or 24 Hz), 1080i, or 720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to 480p or 480i. You can also choose to bypass the Blu-ray player's scaler, so the source material's original resolution is passed to your connected TV.

24p True Cinema: Movies are typically recorded on film with a frame rate of 24 frames per second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at 24 frames per second the BDP-S3100 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.

Triluminos Color: The BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player incorporates Sony's Triluminos Color technology to provide a wider color gamut with rich, authentic color and a far more natural viewing experience with a heightened sense of depth.

Deep Color: The Sony Blu-ray player supports a color depth of up to 12 bits. Connecting the player and a TV that supports Deep Color via HDMI allows more accurate color reproduction than when connecting it to a TV that does not support Deep Color. The Deep Color function can be set to 10-bit, 12-bit, Auto, or Off.

x.v.Color: The BDP-S3100 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

Screen Settings: The Sony BDP-S3100 features the following screen settings:

  • TV Type: You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected Television's screen aspect ratio.
  • Screen Format: You can select the display configuration for a 4:3 screen picture on a 16:9 wide screen television. You can choose Full or Normal (select when connected to a TV with a wide mode function; displays a 4:3 screen picture in 16:9 aspect ratio even on a wide-screen TV) or Normal (changes the picture size to fit the screen size with the original picture aspect ratio).
  • DVD Aspect Ratio: You can select the display configuration for playback of 16:9 screen pictures on a 4:3 screen TV. You can select from Letter Box or Pan & Scan.

Video Settings: The BDP-S3100 offers the following video adjustments:

  • Picture Quality Mode: You can select from 3 preset pictures settings (Standard, Brighter, Theater) for different lighting environment.
  • BNR: Reduces the mosaic-like block noise in the picture.
  • MNR: Reduces minor noise around the picture outlines (mosquito noise)
  • I/P Noise Reduction: Improves the picture quality of Internet entertainment.

Cinema Conversion Mode: The Sony Blu-ray player offers two Cinema Conversion Modes - (1) Auto mode automatically detects whether the material is video-based or film-based, and switches to the appropriate conversion method. (2) The Video mode is suited for video-based material and will always be selected regardless of the content.

BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

Audio Section

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S3100 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors; multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio are output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the coaxial digital output.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz, and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and uses lossless compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Master Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.
Note: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD are only output via the player's HDMI output.

DTS Neo:6: This surround sound setting outputs simulated multichannel sound from 2 channel sources via the player's HDMI output.

Audio Settings: The BDP-S3100 allows you to adjust the following audio settings.

  • AV SYNC: synchronize the picture and sound by delaying the audio output in relation to the picture output; 0 to 120 milliseconds
  • Audio DRC: The player offers three dynamic range compression levels - Auto, On, Off.

Digital Audio Outputs: The BDP-S3100 is equipped with a coaxial (RCA) digital output. The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the coaxial digital output. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.

Network/Internet Functions

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player supports a wired or wireless network connection. Via the Blu-ray player's network connection your can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on your computer. You can also listen to internet radio and watch online movies, via Bravia Entertainment Network.

  • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player is equipped with an Ethernet (LAN) RJ-45 jack for connecting the player to your home network and computer.
  • Built-in Wireless LAN: The Sony Blu-ray player also features built-in WiFi which allows you to wirelessly access the Internet and your home network. The Blu-ray player's built-in WiFi provides a wireless network connection for the player with easy and quick setup. With this feature, you can easily connect to a wireless LAN and enjoy the benefits of networking in a cable-free environment. A wireless connection requires a home network with an 802.11 b/g/n access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

Bravia Entertainment Network: Once the Sony BDP-S3100 has been connected to your home network (via Ethernet or WiFi), you can have your favorite internet content delivered to the Sony Blu-ray player via Bravia Internet Audio/Video, the Opera TV Store, or the built-in web browser. You can stream movies, videos, music, and more with Bravia Internet Video; while the built-in web-browser lets you search on-line content by URL. The Opera TV Store lets you download additional apps.

  • Bravia Internet Audio/Video: Bravia Internet Audio/Video serves as a gateway to online audio/video content, delivering a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to the Sony Blu-ray player. Bravia Internet Audio/Video allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of entertainment apps.
  • Opera Internet Browser: The built-in Opera Internet Browser allows you to access select web content through the Sony Blu-ray player. Using the Opera Internet Browser, you gain access to Sony.com and Gracenote Music Services. The built-in internet browser also allows you to do basic keyword searches, so you can browse other select websites (text-based only). The Opera Internet Browser is not a full search engine for the Internet and Web. For Internet audio/video/photo content, use Sony's Bravia Internet Video service. Some web-pages maybe too large for download.
  • Opera TV Store: The Opera TV Store provides a collection of additional downloadable web apps that are optimized for TV viewing. These apps range from videos, games, weather, news, world clocks, and social networks.

Bravia Internet Audio/Video Library: Click here for a full list of Sony Entertainment Network content. The chart below lists many of the popular pre-installed Bravia Internet apps (as of 3/14/2013).

App Categories Popular Apps
Movies Video Unlimited: Video Unlimited is the ultimate source for the latest hit movies, classics and TV shows from every major studio. Forget monthly subscriptions or late fees. Watch what you want, when you want. Buy or rent titles in SD, 1080p HD or 3D (select titles) up to 28 days before Netflix or Redbox.
Netflix 5.1: Unlimited Movies and TV episodes: For only $7.99 a month, instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streaming over the Internet to your Sony TV.
Hulu+: Hulu Plus lets you watch current hit TV shows, classic series, and acclaimed movies anytime in HD for $7.99/month with limited advertising.
Vudu: Vudu is an HD on-demand movie service. With over 3,000 movies available on-demand in streaming 1080p, VUDU offers you the world's largest HD movie catalog. You can watch new movies on Vudu the same day they're released on DVD. Vudu delivers 1080p vide with 5.1ch surround sound. There is no monthly subscription fee. Pay for only the movies you want to watch.
Flixster: Get the hottest new movie trailers from Flixster.
Amazon Instant Video: Amazon Instant Video lets you search, browse and rent your favorites instantly, right from your couch. Choose from over 90,000 movies and TV shows, including the latest new releases
SnagFilms: The best Indie movies on demand.
CinemaNow: CinemaNow is a digital entertainment service that offers instant access to an extensive library of premium video content for rental or purchase, including new release movies and TV shows, with no subscription required.
Crackle: The next-generation video entertainment network with hundreds of movies, TV shows and original series from the vast Sony Pictures library.
Music Music Unlimited: Music Unlimited offers you unlimited access to millions of songs from every major label. Forget syncing MP3 files across multiple devices; simply connect to the cloud to instantly experience the music you love anytime, anyplace. Enjoy timeless favorites or dare to try something new; all without paying for each track or album.
Pandora: Free, personalized internet radio playing only music you love. Pandora brings an effortless personal soundtrack into your living room. Enter your favorite artists and enjoy stations created just for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot.
Slacker: Slacker is a free personalized radio service with millions of songs from thousands of artists. Simply select your favorite type of music from one of over 120 expert-programmed genre stations. As you listen, give feedback and the station becomes personalized just for you.
vTuner: vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
Berliner Philharmoniker: Enjoy one of the world's best orchestras directly from your connected Sony TV.
Social Media YouTube: The world's most popular online destination, comes to your Sony Connected Device. This forum allows people to discover and watch millions of originally-created videos.
Facebook: Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Sports XOS College Sports: Offers the largest digital library of college sports content, spanning 75+ years of competition. Watch full games, original programming, season highlights and documentaries both past and present. All the best conferences, teams and sports are here.
NHL Games: Watch live and archived NHL games.
GolfLink.com: Built for golfers, and covering over 21,000 courses, Golflink.com brings you everything you need to track and improve your game.
Billabong's: Snow, Surf, Skate and Wake action from around the globe, featuring Billabong's all-star athletes, swimwear and fashion models.
Lifestyle AOL HD: Watch the latest in technology from Engadget and TechCrunch, catch up on the latest celebrity gossip from Huffington Post, preview the latest movies from Moviefone, or even learn how to cook like a pro from personalities such as Curtis Stone, Sam Talbot and Gail Simmons - all from AOL HD.
eHow: Watch the latest videos from Howcast, your source for the best how-to videos. From how to write a resume - to how to survive a bear attack, Howcast shows you how to do just about anything; wherever and whenever you want to know how.
Livestrong: The destination for health, fitness and lifestyle videos. Take responsibility and live an active, healthy lifestyle every day.
Style.com: The definitive voice of fashion online, providing comprehensive coverage of the major fashion shows and authoritative reports on seasonal trends.
elgourmet.com: With original contents for those who know how to enjoy the pleasures of life, elgourmet.com offers 24 hrs of uninterrupted programming for experts in fine living.
Epicurious: Learn how to prepare dishes from around the world, tour celebrity kitchens and get tips on entertaining.
WealthTV: WealthTV is the premier luxury lifestyle and entertainment cable network that gives you a vicarious look into the American Dream. From the fastest cars to the most exotic destinations, WealthTV allows you to travel the world and live the good life without having to leave your living room.
uStudio: Professionally-produced video clips and how-to videos. Named 'Best of Web' by BusinessWeek readers in 2008.
DailyMotion: Engages your world with video of your interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and distant places and everything else from strange to spectacular.
News NPR: Acclaimed audio podcasts from National Public Radio featuring news, talk, and entertainment.
NewsLook: Whether you're interested in anything ranging from World News and US Politics to Recipes and Celebrity Gossip, NewsLook's topic based video RSS reader has everything you're looking for available in real time. Watch news on the go or from the comfort of your home on your connected Sony TV.
Note: Bravia Internet Audio/Video requires a home network with a 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. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice.

DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy various content from your home network, such as photo (JPEG/PNG/GIF), music (MP3/WMA/WAV), and video (AVCHD/MPEG/WMV/XVID) files stored on your Windows 7 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) through the Sony BDP-S3100. The Blu-ray player can be connected to your compatible PC using a hardwired Ethernet (LAN) connection or Wi-Fi connection (via built-in WiFi). This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.

Party Streaming: You can play music in other rooms simultaneously by connecting Sony products which are compatible with DLNA and the Party Streaming function.

Gracenote Metadata Service: The Gracenote Metadata service instantly gives you access to detailed information about the movies you are watching through the Blu-ray disc player internet connectivity. This easy-to-navigate service displays information such as cast information, genre, jacket art and more right on the TV screen. You can also access select internet apps including YouTube and Qriocity to find related entertainment.

Note: Requires Internet connectivity. Some disc titles may not be supported by the Gracenote service.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The Sony Blu-ray player features an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet via your home network and features front-panel USB port for additional storage.

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's front-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Quick Start: Quick Start speeds up the load time on movies, so discs start faster after they're inserted into the Blu-ray player. The Sony Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 2.7 seconds in Quick Start mode (23.1 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 19.7 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (35.3 seconds in normal mode).

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off and in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

On-Screen Display: The Sony BDP-S3100 provides an OSD via its HDMI output. The on-screen text can be set to English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The unit does not offer a front-panel display.

Auto Display: The player automatically displays information on your TV screen when changing the viewing titles, picture modes, audio signals, etc..

Screen Saver: The screen saver image appears when you do not use the player for more than 10 minutes while an on-screen display, such as the home menu, is displayed on your TV screen. The screen saver image helps prevent your display devices from becoming damaged.

Auto Standby: If any button on the player or remote is not pressed for more than 30 minutes, the player automatically returns to standby mode.

Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S3100 offers Parental Control settings to limit BD, DVD, and streamed Internet video according to the age of the users. You can also Allow or Block all unrated Internet video. The control settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password. You can also lock the disc tray to prevent it from being opened by mistake.

Energy Star Compliant: The Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player meets Energy Star 2.0 standards. Electric power consumption is significantly reduced during both use and standby.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote operates the Blu-ray player and a Sony TV's power on/off, input select, and volume up/down. The remote even has a dedicated Netflix button for immediate access to your Netflix movies. The remote is also pre-programmed with power, input, and volume controls for several other brand TVs.

HDMI Control (Bravia Sync): Sony components compatible with the HDMI Control function can be controlled via the HDMI connection. This includes convenient features like One-Touch Play and System Power-Off.

Sony TV SideView App: With the free Sony TV SideView App, you can control the BDP-S3100 Blu-ray player and browse content from your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (5.0+) or Android smartphone/tablet (2.2+). Simply download the this app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. The TV SideView App will allow your compatible Apple iOS or Android device to act as a remote control and software keyboard for the Sony Blu-ray player. You can also view disc information and search for Sony Bravia Internet apps from your compatible mobile device. In addition, you can use your Apple iOS/Android device to stream your videos, pictures, and music stored on your Windows computer or DLNA server to the Blu-ray player and your connected TV.

Note: The Sony TV SideView App requires that the Sony Blu-ray player and your Apple iOS or Android device be connected to the same DLNA compatible wireless network with the remote device connected through an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended).

USB Keyboard Compatible: The Sony Blu-ray player also supports the connection of a USB 101 keyboard, which makes web browsing simpler.

 
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5 out of 5

Good player...

Written By DariusB, Boise, ID on Monday, March 03, 2014
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No complaints...was easy to set-up and works as expected. Basically just wanted a decent quality blue-ray / dvd player and I think that's what I got. We already had a Roku so I have not used the networking aspect of the player yet. However, getting it on my home network was very easy, so I'm pleased with the set-up and the play quality is great - as expected.
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easy to set up. great picture, loads fast, so far no cons
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5 out of 5

Great Blu-Ray player

Written By Vettefan400, Columbus, GA on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Great Blu-Ray player. Fast operation (open, close, and loading). Great picture and sound.
Pros:
Great picture and sound. Fast operation.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice, compact BluRay player with a great price!

Written By PhongV, Missouri City, TX on Monday, February 10, 2014
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I bought this player for my mom, and she loves it! The setup was easy and only takes a a few minutes. The wifi capability works flawlessly, and my mom's old DVD collection just becomes a whole lot better when watching it through this new DVD. Great job Sony! and kudos to Crutchfield for the prompt delivery - it's always a good experience when shopping with Crutchfield.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Very light. Wifi works great and many apps are supported, including Amazon Instant Video. Up-convert of video also works well.
Cons:
None that I can find
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5 out of 5

Soo pleased

Written By Deanm, Reading, PA on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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I am so pleased that I visited your site & read the reviews. We love our Sony blue-ray/streaming video player. The one Consumers Reports touted got some real poor reviews elsewhere the Sony has great reviews & has lived up to the praise during the 6 week we have been using it.
Pros:
performs very well.
Cons:
Cabinet could be sturdier.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By DRP, Arkansas on Monday, February 03, 2014
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Limited use, at this point, but quite satisfied. Like the small footprint of the unit. Still learning the options of the other things that can be accessed. Reasonable price, Sony brand, and Crutchfield tech support were reasons for buying this unit.
Pros:
Price and small space required.
Cons:
None, so far.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Tom M., Utah on Monday, January 27, 2014
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The first one performed so well, I just bought a second.
Pros:
Very easy set-up, excellent Blu-Ray resolution. It's a Sony!
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

good price on decent machine

Written By bk, ATL on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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Have had this player for a month; works fine and picture/sound is as expected from a Blueray playing DVDs. The WiFi set-up is pretty intuitive-- but hogs the bandwidth on my home wifi so can't run computer whilet this is activated. might be my home set up but have it turned off at this point
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100 Blu Ray Player

Written By CTH, Hartwell, GA on Monday, January 20, 2014
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Very easy to set up. Has digital coaxial output besides the HDMI output. This was necessary to route the audio through my Denon sound system.Blu Ray discs play back beautifully with enhanced color and detail and the audio is significantly better than with standard DVD. Great music available through Pandora and streaming movies from Amazon Prime is great. If you pause a movie, it returns to where you left off when you resume. Altogether pleased with this BluRay player.
Pros:
Good product with multiple features at a good price.
Cons:
Non so far.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-s3100

Written By gabbieinpa, Denver, Pa on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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Ordering was easy.. shipping fast! Daughter loves player... I ordered the wrong one first and had to send it back which was very easy and my money was credited to me very quickly... great company!
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By bmcnault, Flushing, MI on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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This is my first Blu-Ray player and it delivers a great picture. So easy to hook up with a HDMI cable. A great player for the money.
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5 out of 5

Love it!

Written By EdT, Chicago area on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Great picture! Great sound! The ability to watch Netflix and You Tube on the big screen - awesome! Easy Wi-Fi setup.
Pros:
Easy Wi-Fi set up - no issues at all.
Cons:
Main menu a little cumbersome
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By DJ Vick, Evanston on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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The Sony BDP-S3100 is the perfect Blur-Ray player for the casual viewer. Supplies a great picture and platform for viewing web based video services, very easy to set up and install. I have owned for 2 years and it has never failed me. I have purchased for relatives and helped set up over the phone with great success. A simple and easy solution to your blu-ray needs.
Pros:
Price, Easy To Use, Compact, High Quality Image, Internet Ready.
Cons:
no LED screen on unit
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5 out of 5

sony BDP S3100

Written By John H, Cinnaminson NJ on Monday, January 13, 2014
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Outstanding value .for the price .Product quality and features were more than I expected even for a Sony item does every thing advertised and more. Bought two units no problems. Very happy with purchase





Pros:
small footprint, sleek design, easy setup video quality terrific
Cons:
nothing
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100 Blue-ray player

Written By Andrew M., Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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I love it. I now have a Blue-ray player downstairs that replaced an old DVD/VCR combo. It has quality picture and sound plus wifi so I can watch streaming movies, Pandora, etc.
Pros:
Small size, Again, great picture and sound and what a great price from Crutchfield.com.
Cons:
I only wish it would work with our Roku that is on our home wifi, but what I understand that our Roku will only work on one TV, the one that it is wired to.
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5 out of 5

Mr.

Written By Deane, Waynesboro, PA on Friday, January 10, 2014
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Used for the 1st time after getting our HD connected by cable company and the results were great. I was very pleased with the picture quality and the performance of the Blu-ray player.
Pros:
size of player, quality
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

great product

Written By Tiff, Charlottesville, Va on Thursday, January 09, 2014
 
Very nice little BluRay player! It was easy to hook up and easy to use. The remote is pretty basic, but all the features that you need in a remote are there.

I love it!!!
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4 out of 5

Great Blu- Ray

Written By Kevin L, Long Island, NY on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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This is a real good quality player. This is my second Sony Blu-ray player. This one is quicker to boot than my previous one. At the time of that purchase I wasn't aware that some machines are slower to start vs others so that was never a priority. This time I wanted something quicker to start. Not only the quicker start up, but the visuals and sound coming from this unit are terrific! I upgraded the HDMI cable to the Audioquest Pearl. They perform well in conjunction with the player. The first movie I watched to test out the player was The Empire Strikes Back on my 50 inch HDTV. It was fantastic! I hooked up my Sony Sound Bar and Subwoofer for an amazing experience. All these components worked amazingly together!

I recommend this unit.
Pros:
Quick start up, Picture and Sound quality, WIFI capability all backed by Sony's good name
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

compact

Written By MikeD, Seattle, WA on Monday, January 06, 2014
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This seems to be a well made, compact unit. It was a toss up between Samsung and this unit and I went with the Sony since it seemed to look nicer. At this point in the game, finding differences in video performance for similarly priced units would be a challenge. The video performance was significantly better than the old Samsung DVD/VHS combo player that it was replacing. Regular DVDs look much cleaner and more detailed on the 720P LCD it is connected to so the up-scaling ability was worth the price alone. The remote is also great with colored buttons and a nice feel in my hand. I was really surprised by how much better regular DVDs look but didn't test it with a 1080P set. This was a gift for parents that don't know the difference between 1080P and 480i so I wasn't too critical. Personally, I am a loyal OPPO fan but after years of improvements, these cheap units are clearly better values.
Pros:
Surprising video quality from DVDs when viewed on an HD set. Compact design, and one of the better remote controls I have encountered.
Cons:
The unit is so small and light that pushing the stiffer buttons on the front can easily move the unit around. It would have been nice to have some more outputs on the back for connection flexibility.
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5 out of 5

Sony WIFI BD/DVD player

Written By Rob, Little Rock Arkansas on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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Fantastic price and a great player. Easy WIFI setup to access the internet. Just plug and play. Love it.
Pros:
Compact. Easy setup. WIFI. Great digital video.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Sel, Hawthorne,Ca on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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I love this Blu-ray it is very easy to use and my wife loves it. I got it for her so she can watch her Nexflix and still watch great quality Blu-ray discs. Its Wi-fi works great and you can't go wrong with the price.
Pros:
none
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Greg B, Walstonburg NC on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Excellent price and bluray player.
Pros:
Compact. Great features. Easy hook up.
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

BluRay

Written By TeJay, Alexandria, VA on Monday, December 30, 2013
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This is my first Blu-ray so I have nothing to compare it with. Very easy to install and setup. I was watching movies in minutes. I like being able to watch Netflix through it. Frees up my Roku for another room. The sound is a bit low but a surround sound system will boost that. Overall great purchase for the price.
Pros:
Easy to install and setup, easy to use.
Cons:
Low sound.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Ken, Chippewa Lake, OH on Sunday, December 22, 2013
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Very nice unit. Pretty much plug & play. Works good, as advertised.
Pros:
User friendly... Super sound and picture.. Excellent remote functions... WiFi works well... Good price... Fast Free Shipping!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Reviews for the Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Terry Pennsylvania, Willow Grove Pa on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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This device does exactly what I want it to and is working fine.
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5 out of 5

VERY SATISFIED

Written By Anonymous, ALEXANDRIA,VA on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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VERY SATISFIED.
Pros:
NONE
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

Very easy to setup and operate

Written By Doug, Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, December 07, 2013
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Very easy to setup and operate
Pros:
works as advertized
Cons:
haven't found any yet
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5 out of 5

Quick, small, fun!

Written By JCSquats, Naperville, IL on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Got this unit for the bedroom, after considering a Roku. This unit does everything the Roku does, AND plays Blu-Ray as well - for about the same price. Seemed like a no-brainer for me. What a great value!
Pros:
Sony, so I know I can get a few years of use out of it. Loads Blu-Rays faster than my 3-year old Sony Blu-ray player. Nice and small, great for a bedroom where a small footprint is needed.
Cons:
Wish it had a TOSLINK/optical out for my older receiver, no big deal. I made the other digital out work just fine. Wi-Fi receiver could be a tad bit higher gain, but I haven't noticed any issues with my Netflix or Hulu streams.
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5 out of 5

BDP-S3100

Written By Rob, St Louis, MO on Monday, November 18, 2013
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Whats not to like. If you have ever used a Play Station then you can't go wrong with this interface. It works and is easy to use. I love the size of the player. Like someone else has said, it is not easy using this as a web browser so a keyboard would be nice however, this is not a real computer so if I want to browse the internet; I'll use pc. I bought this to play disks and to use Netflix and Hulu Plus and it does that very well.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Bruce, Wyoming on Friday, November 15, 2013
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Just what I wanted at a great price.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Barb, Escalon, CA on Monday, October 28, 2013
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Great
Pros:
Great
Cons:
Haven't seen any
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5 out of 5

Great BluRay player

Written By jrcrawdad, Exeter, NH on Thursday, October 24, 2013
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This is an excellent player for the money. Easy to use and I get great picture quality on Netflix over my home wireless network. I had really expected I'd have to hard wire it to my network, but I didn't need to. Remote was easy to connect with my TV also.
Pros:
Easy set-up and use
Cons:
none that I have seen.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By RichardB, St. Peters, MO on Saturday, October 19, 2013
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After having the first model Blu-ray player that Sony came out with for several years I thought it was time for an update to something newer. The older Sony has and continues to work perfectly, I just wanted something new with WI-FI. First of all I was amazed with the size of the player. It is about one quarter the size of the older model and approximately one quarter the weight. Although the newer model doesn't have the front display of the status and time played info for the sake of a sleeker exterior, the same info and more is available on screen with the touch of a button. The new model has so many more features that the old, that it is unbelievable. WI-FI gives you the ability to watch many free and pay for use internet sources for radio, movies, videos, and on and on. One really neat feature is the ability to play movies and pictures that you have shot with your own camera by simply plugging in a memory stick to the built in USB port. The start up time to watch a Blu-ray movie has dramatically been reduced on the newer model as compared to the older Sony. It is simply amazing how many features this DVD player has packed into it, especially considering it's compact size. So far it's been fantastic. One thing worth noting, my DSL internet connection is only about 3.0 GB which usually translates to only about 2.5 GB actual speed. With a connection that slow, some internet features and movies are slow to load. A faster internet speed would work much better.
Pros:
Small size without giving up anything in performance and features. Easy set up (signing up for some channels must be done online on your computer). WI-FI reception is great.
Cons:
While you can browse the internet and check your email much like a computer, it is very annoying having to input web addresses with the smallish remote control. It would be nice if it allowed for the addition of a wireless keyboard to do those tasks.
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5 out of 5

Nice BRD

Written By RustyF, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Great unit. Plays a variety formats. easy to setup.
Pros:
Setup easy, use for playing netflix
Cons:
remote is cheap
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Nerd Herd, Alabama on Monday, October 14, 2013
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Fast delivery. Easy operation. Like new refurb, great value.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By timeline5, Louisville Ky on Saturday, October 05, 2013
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Easy to use
Pros:
Everything
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Great value . . . plus its a Sony!

Written By TomW, New Mexico on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
 
Easy intallation. WiFi feature a real plus and worth the few extra bucks. Great picture. Couldn't be happier.
Pros:
Installation was a breeze. Nice, small unit with every feature you might want. Plus, a great price.
Cons:
On screen menu is a little crowded. A little convoluted to sign in the first time, but OK after that.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By RC, Soldotna, AK on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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Easy to set up and use. Perfect compact size for using in our breakfast nook.
Pros:
Size
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By JenniferR, San Diego CA on Sunday, September 29, 2013
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Easy to set up and use. Wanted to be able to stream Netflix and PRIME. It does both.
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5 out of 5

Sony delivers again

Written By Jason, Denver CO on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Sony has once again delivered a solid product. I own several Sony DVD products ad have yet to be disappointed. This specific DVD player is compact without skipping on any of the features you would expect or want. In addition, it is a great value -- especially when I consider how long my other sony products have lasted.
Pros:
Compact, great price with all the key features
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Nice little DVD player

Written By TimP, Morgantown, WV on Sunday, September 15, 2013
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Sweet little DVD/CD player, streams Netflix and YouTube. Nice inexpensive way to seamlessly link to streaming video on my system. Amazed it works so well for the price. Have not yet tried it on a blue ray DVD, just don't watch them that often anymore.
Pros:
Small, easy wifi link, easy to use.
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Roger, Strawberry Plains, TN on Sunday, September 01, 2013
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Easy to use, lots of WI-FI content. and plays BD flawlessly. Crutchfield ROCKS
Pros:
Easy set up and easy to use.
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By MikeD, Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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I have it matched to a Sony LCD tv and the picture is stunning.It's so easy to access all of the features through Wi-Fi. It practically sets up itself!
Pros:
easy set up, great picture
Cons:
The motor in this unit could be a little quieter, for that I took off 1 star
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By DonC, Broadway, Va. on Saturday, August 24, 2013
 
Setup was a breeze. Easy to use with a great picture. Sales associate at Crutchfield was a great help.
Pros:
Great product at a low price. Very user friendly.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

SONY-BDP S3100

Written By twister, pa on Friday, August 23, 2013
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great product; easy setup. Excellent sales personnel at Crutchfield... very knowledgeable, helpful.
Pros:
Very user-friendly, quick, easy setup. Price.
Cons:
none
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3 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Anonymous, Rice Lake, WI on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Needed a software update right out of the box to be able to use youtube. Does not have optical output. Other than that it is a great player.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Dave, southern Ohio on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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This Blu-ray player is excellent. I chose it over the Samsung BD-E5700 because the Sony could play videos from my Ipad on the tv. At first, I was frustrated with the player because it wouldn't properly sync to my network. After many calls to both Crutchfield and Sony, we finally figured out that for the wireless part of the player to work properly, it required a dlna capable router. After I upgraded, I everything worked. The picture is great. I am pleasantly surprised that my Samsung tv remote works with the Sony player. I love the instant access Netflix button.
Pros:
Ability to play videos from ipad and PC. Netflix button.
Cons:
None, if you have a dlna router.
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By BillP, Florida on Friday, July 05, 2013
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We use this blue ray for playing CDs, streaming music (Pandora and other stations), streaming movies, and playing DVDs--and it excels at everything.
Pros:
Does everything it is supposed to do, and it does it well, for very low price.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Good value

Written By gweaver, Augusta, GA on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Excellent picture quality even on my 5+ year old LCD TV. Can't really say enough good about it. Buy it you'll like it. Fast shipping too, very well packed.
Pros:
Easy set up. From box to viewing in less than 5 minutes.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

GOOD DEAL AND SERVICE

Written By Anonymous, French Camp, CA on Sunday, June 09, 2013
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Good price quality product with no shipping problems
Pros:
Great service with a great product...best price
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

EXCELLENT PRODUCT

Written By DEN, Sun City Center, FL on Sunday, June 02, 2013
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I purchased this item primarily to watch Blu-Ray DVDs, but have actually used it more to stream movies. I have BrightHouse Lightning 90, the fastest wireless Internet offered by my provider, and coupled with my new Sony Blu-Ray player, it is like having my own personal movie theater in my own home. The movies download in an instant and are immediately viewable with absolutely no buffering whatsoever. It is important to have the fastest Internet that you can obtain and afford--if you experience buffering or pixelating with this player, then it's your Internet Speed's fault, and not the fault of this Sony Blu-Ray player. I also love the small size of the player, and never could understand why DVD players had to be so large in the first place. I have watched two blu-ray DVDs as well, and was extremely pleased with the speed and excellent picture/sound that I enjoyed. Crutchfield's ease in ordering and swift delivery is fantastic; I have purchased many items from them including the LED flatscreen television to which my new blu-ray player is attached. After I received my player, its price dropped by $20, and I was swiftly given a refund. I called them, and a very helpful representative answered my call on the first ring! Buy this player from Crutchfield and you will not be disappointed.
Pros:
Size, Features, Easy Set-Up, Excellent WIFI receiver built in, Lots of Apps, and Excellent Blu-Ray DVD player!
Cons:
None that I have come across as of yet!
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3 out of 5

Sony BDP-S3100

Written By Howard, {lainview NY on Monday, May 20, 2013
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Using the internet features is not great. A very strong signal is necessary as the built in wireless antenna is not great
Pros:
Easy install
Cons:
Weak antenna, no audio outs except one digital
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5 out of 5

Lovin it

Written By Steve, Southwest Washington on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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Setup was a breeze and it works like a charm. Using the streaming movies and music nearly everyday.
Pros:
Size; ease of use
Cons:
Haven't been able to control television with the remote. Can't figure out why it won't take the code for the Samsung TV. Not a real big deal.
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2 out of 5

The fine print was the problem

Written By JS, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, May 06, 2013
 
Reviews and its presence in the Crutchfield catalog suggested this player would be good. However, I did not get to that point, because in the process of setup to use the internet connection features, I found in the long agreement on terms of use, a section saying that Sony could collect and share information about use of the product. Although common, the main user and I found this unacceptable, and returned it for a model of lesser capabilities.. Crutchfield happily made the exchange.
Pros:
Compact device to play optical discs and have internet access
Cons:
Terms of use raised privacy concerns.
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5 out of 5

NICE UNIT

Written By Steve, Loveladies, NJ on Wednesday, May 01, 2013
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unit worked from very first plug in. Setup instructions were easy to follow. Great price for a unit with WiFi.
Pros:
Easy set up
Cons:
Using the remote to spell out internet commands is a little bit of a pain. Would work better if you can plug a portable keyboard in.
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5 out of 5

Great Player/Great Value

Written By BillT, Kill Devil Hills, NC on Monday, April 29, 2013
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Great BluRay player with easy set-up that provides an excellant quality picture. Also has a lot of "bells and whistles" I'll probably never use.
Pros:
Simple hook-up, great price for a WiFi player, great picture
Cons:
None found to date, other than the instruction manual can be a little intimidating when reading about the "bells and whistles".
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4 out of 5

Nice palyer

Written By avee8or, New Hampshire WOods on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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Easy to hook up, works fine.
Pros:
Does what you want from a Blu Ray/DVD player. No hassles.
Cons:
Haven't found any in the 2 weeks I have had this one.
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5 out of 5

One fantastic little Blu-ray player

Written By JustD, Valley Stream, NY on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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After a long exhausting search for a good replacement Blu-Ray player I decided upon the Sony BDP-S3100 and I definitely made the right choice. This player boots up fast as is ready to go in no time flat. My other player took a long time just to let you open the cradle to insert the DVD. The choice of apps is extensive and the wi-fi was not only simple to configure but strong as the wireless in my home is well over 30 feet away and one flight up. This little player takes up virtually no real estate and does everything that I could want in a Blu-Ray player plus. What made this purchase even better was knowing that I had Crutchfield on my side should a problem arise as they will be there for the life of this product.
Pros:
Fast, simple, great picture quality,great wi- fi performance and extensive apps.
Cons:
Not a one!
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5 out of 5

Sony does it

Written By Tessie Trim, Coupeville, WA on Friday, April 26, 2013
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Easy to set up. Delivers good value for the money. Buy one, you'll like it.
Pros:
Small but powerful.
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5 out of 5

Great price on a ultifeatured Sony BluRay player

Written By RAlph & Marilyn, Hagerstown, Maryland on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
 
Great price on a full featured Sony Blu Ray player. We don't have 3 D yet, but we might in the future and the price of this little gem let's us think that way. Simple to hook up.just one cable (HDMI) from the player to the set and it was ready to go...well I did have to plug it into an elecrtric socket and push the power on button on the remote. Then we popped in a blu ray disc and the picture was fantastic.
Pros:
Low price for a 3D Wifi capable Sony. and so simple to hook up to the TV..I love it.
Cons:
Nothing yet.
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Can it be used out of the box for playing CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray without WIFI? (I know, you give up a lot a features without WIFI.) If WIFI is required just to set it up for such limited use, can it be set up at a lococation with WIFI and then used at a location without WIFI? [ R. S. Zak  Jan 31, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • With all the streaming on lone I have not even used this device yet. Sorry I could not help. [ MIKE   Feb 02, 2014 ]
  • Wi-Fi is not needed to set up the player. It is needed to access the apps and update the firmware. Other than that. Go for it. You won't be sorry. Excellent player. [ DENNIS E   Jan 31, 2014 ]
  • You don't need the WIFI to play CD's, etc. It is wired into your receiver and plays and works like the old ones. The WIFI is independent. I don't remember if you need the WIFI for initial set-up, but I don't think so if you're not going to use it. [ JOHN A   Jan 31, 2014 ]
  • R.S. Z, Sony BDP-S3100 can be used without a WI-Fi connection. All types of discs are supported: CD, CDR, DVD, DVDR & Blu-Ray. The WI-FI connection allows to access on line content(Netflix, Hulu etc...) but is not needed to set up the player with a non-Wi-Fi system. I hope this helps, Anthony [ ANTHONY   Jan 31, 2014 ]
  • Plug in the HDMO cable and it is good to go. The wifi is used for streaming video [ RICHARD T   Jan 31, 2014 ]
can I connect to the internet and get on line to access e-mail and other sites I use like craigslist an ebay and of coarse Crutchfield? as you can see, I'm new to thid [ don  Jan 05, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • We bought blue ray player solely to play DVD's and connect to our new Samsung HD-TV 40". Samsung is the very best. I know absolutely nothing about connecting to the internet. [ Frank   Jan 16, 2014 ]
  • Yes, you can access the web. I find it hard to navigate using my remote, so I'm not sure if a wireless keyboard would work, but that would be a lot easier. [ BRIAN   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • I believe you can only stream videos, such as netflix, hulu, and amazon. I think you need a computer for the things you mention. [ SUSAN   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • The DVD has a web browser app that let's you go anywhere on the web. I haven't tried these specific sites but I think as long as the sites have a decent mobile version it should work. Personally I do not like to do heavy surfing without a keyboard so I stick to my laptop to do most things. [ CHRIS L   Jan 06, 2014 ]
  • hi, well, I know you can access youtube, facebook, netfix, Pandora, etc. I have not tried to access email and other sites. even if you could, it would be awkward since there is no physical keyboard. [ DOUG   Jan 06, 2014 ]
says i need coaxial cable. do they mean digital coaxial cable? If digital, does this take care of picture and sound? [ jerry  Dec 27, 2013 ]
6 answers
  • Hi Jerry, I just used an HDMI cable direct to the TV. This takes care of picture and sound. I also connected it to my wireless network which adds a lot of features. It also downloaded a software update as soon as it connected to the internet. Very easy to set up. Hope that helps. Jim [ JAMES   Jan 05, 2014 ]
  • Yes. Great machine. [ RICHARD   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • Connections can be pretty simple. If you want to run your audio through your TV set, then the HDMI cable from your BDP to your TV will take care of video and audio. If you want to run the audio thorugh a receiver, then you will also need a digital coaxial cable from your BDP to your receiver. This is audio only. You will still need to run the HDMI from the BDP to your TV for the video feed. There is a third option of running everything through your receiver, but you would need a proper receiver to do that. [ JEFFREY   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • Sorry, I cannot help. Ours was wired using only HDMI and it works fine. [ MALLORY   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • Yes - it means digital audio coaxial, but it takes care of audio only. You need an HDMI cable for video. Hope this helps [ BENJAMIN   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • I'm not sure about that, I'm running it using HDMI cable, and of course that carries both the audio and video signal. Hope that helps. [ JAMES   Dec 27, 2013 ]
Is this a multi region player? [ kimberly  Dec 26, 2013 ]
8 answers
  • Sorry but I have no clue. Thank you. [ ROMAN   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • works great, great price, no problems so far [ TERRENCE   Dec 29, 2013 ]
  • Thanks for this tip as I've received conflicting answers. I think another site stated this is a multi-region player but will check out the users manual. Thanks again! [ kimberly   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • nope [ DINO   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • I don't believe so [ JAMES   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • Yes. I believe it is. The best way to confirm my answer is to download the users manual. [ DENNIS E   Dec 27, 2013 ]
  • Kimberly, Sony does not produce a "region free" blu-ray/dvd player. At least not for sale in the U.S. [ ANTHONY   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • I bought mine some time ago but an not sure regarding Kimberly's question. Sorry I could not answer this. Mike [ MIKE   Dec 26, 2013 ]

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