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Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player with Netflix® streaming

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Item #: 158BDPN460
 

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by Loren Barstow
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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.

Enjoy nearly endless entertainment options with the Sony BDP-N460. This versatile player not only plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs, but can also stream videos and music from more than 25 online providers. Just link the player to your high-speed Internet connection via the rear Ethernet port, and you'll have convenient access to services such as Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and YouTube™ through an intuitive on-screen menu.

Pop in a Blu-ray disc to experience the breathtaking beauty of "Full HD" 1080p video resolution. Blu-ray is the best source of 1080p video, making it the perfect complement for today's HDTVs. Images come alive with vibrant colors and rich detail. And since a great picture deserves great sound, the BDP-N460 can also decode Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® Master Audio soundtracks. These two "lossless" surround sound formats capture all the nuances of the original studio master. Just connect the player to your home theater receiver via HDMI to enjoy this top-notch sound.

Blu-ray also takes bonus features to the next level with BonusView and BD-Live. BonusView offers picture-in-picture commentaries and behind-the-scenes footage, while BD-Live lets you access online features like additional scenes and trailers.

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Key Features:

  • plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and JPEG CDs
  • plays AVCHD video files recorded on HD camcorders and burned to DVD
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows, movies, and music from a number of sources, including Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, and more (memberships to some services may be required)
  • BD-Live Ready — requires a minimum 1GB USB memory drive
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies remote control for compatible Sony TVs and components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • remote control included
Technical Specs:
  • selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • HDMI version 1.3 with x.v.Color™ support
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (HDMI connection required)
  • video outputs include composite video, component video, and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo, coaxial digital, and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity and possible future upgrades
  • 2 USB ports (1 front, 1 rear) for storing downloaded BD-Live material
  • 16-15/16"W x 2-1/4"H x 9-5/8"D
  • 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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Internet Movie Streaming
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Netflix, YouTube, Amazon
DLNA Certified
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No
Smartphone App Control
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No
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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No
SACD Playback
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No
DVD-Audio Playback
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No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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1
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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Yes
Analog Audio Outputs
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Stereo
1080p Video Output
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Yes
Component Video Outputs
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1
RS-232C Port
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None
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • RMT-B104A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 46" Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Online product registration information
  • "What You Need to Know" sheet
  • End user license agreement
  • Product registration CD-ROM

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Internet Functions
Remote Control
Connections

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

  • BD-ROM: pre-recorded Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • BD-RE/BD-R: recordable Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • Data BD: BD-REs and BD-Rs containing MP3 or JPEG files
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-R: record once DVD (including DL); Video and VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD; Video and VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • DVD+R: record once DVD (including DL); Video and +VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • DVD+RW: rewritable DVD; Video and +VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • CD: pre-recorded CD
  • CD-R: record once; CD-DA and MP3 or JPEG files
  • CD-RW: rewritable CD; CD-DA and MP3 or JPEG files

Region Code: 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-N460 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.

Copy Protection: Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new 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.
  • Much 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.
  • Compatibility with your current disc collections: 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: 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 via the rear panel Ethernet terminal.

Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-J): The BD-ROM format supports Java for interactive functions. BD-J offers content providers almost unlimited functionality when creating interactive BD-ROM titles.

Note: In order to enjoy these interactive features, you may need to update your player with the latest firmware.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files (not less than 15 pixels wide or high, not more than 8,192 pixels wide or high, and not larger than 32 MB) recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, or CD-RW discs or a USB device (Mass Storage Class or Still Image Capture Device) using the players' front-panel USB port. The unit can support a total of 500 folders. Still images on your disc can be viewed in a Slide-Show as well as rotated 90-degrees left or right.

AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.

MP3 Playback: The BDP-N460 supports MP3 audio files recorded with a bit-rate of 64-320kbps on BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. The BDP-N460 will recognize up to 500 tracks. When stopped and restarted, playback resumes at the same point as long as the tray hasn't been opened and the player hasn't been turned off.

Video Features

Precision Cinema HD Upscale: Precision Cinema HD upscale uses high bandwidth digital-to-analog conversion and processing to detect image changes at the pixel level, rather than at the level of whole scan lines. Additionally, separate algorithms are used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.

1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output, the BDP-N460 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.

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-N460 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.

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.

x.v.Color: The BDP-N460 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

Video Settings: The Sony BDP-N460 features the following video 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 select from the following:
    • Original: 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
    • Fixed Aspect Ratio: 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.

Picture Settings: The BDP-N460 offers the following picture adjustments:

  • Brighter Room: use when the room is brighter than normal
  • Theater Room: use when the room is dark
  • Standard: use in a typical room

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.

Parental Control: The Sony BDP-N460 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.

Quick Start: This feature shortens the startup time from standby mode. When the Quick Start Mode is turned on the standby power consumption is higher.

Dimmer: You can adjust the lighting of the unit's front panel display from Bright, Dark, or Off.

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 Power Off: The player automatically turns off if you do not press any of the buttons on the player or remote for more than 30 minutes, unless you are playing a disc or updating software.

Audio Features

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-N460 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 optical or 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.

Audio Settings: The BDP-N460 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 Filter: select between two audio filters for analog audio signals:
    • Sharp: provides a wide frequency range and spatial feeling
    • Slow: provides smooth and warm sound
  • Audio DRC: The player offers four dynamic range compression levels - Auto, Standard, TV Mode, and Wide Range.

Cooling Fan: A fan on the back of the BDP-N460 keeps the unit cool.

Internet Functions

Internet Streaming: The BDP-N460 can stream audio and video Internet content from numerous web channels; YouTube, Amazon Video On Demand, Slacker Radio, etc (as of 11/09 there are 26 channels available and the number options can be increased by Sony along with the player's software updates). Broadband Internet access is necessary via the rear panel Ethernet terminal.

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 rear-panel USB port for additional storage.

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

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote operates this unit and a Sony TV's power on/off, input select, and volume up/down. 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.

Connections

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The BDP-N460's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only 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. The video format can be set to Auto, component (4:4:4 or 4:2:2) or RGB.

Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. If the HDMI output is set to 1080p, the component video output is fixed at 1080i. When a copyright protected DVD is played, the maximum component video output resolution is 480p.

Composite Video: The composite output is always live and fixed at 480i. It can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

Digital Audio Outputs: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital and coaxial digital outputs. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio. The maximum sampling frequency can also be adjusted; 96 kHz/24-bit or 48 kHz/16-bit.

Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo analog RCA outputs.

USB Ports: The Sony BDP-N460 features front and rear panel USB Type-A port:

  • Front Panel: The front-panel USB port allows you to play photo 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.
  • Rear Panel: The BDP-N460 features a rear panel USB Type-A port which allows you to enjoy additional content (such as BonusView) on certain Blue-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).

LAN (100) Port: Connect the player's rear panel LAN (100) terminal to your Internet modem or router using a CAT-5 network cable (Ethernet cable sold separately) to access Internet video and music content or update the unit's software.

 
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4 out of 5

Make simple use of this player

Written By Surf40, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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I like this DVD player, although it seems to have been discontinued. If you're thinking of buying it second hand, just consider this: the remote lacks an eject button. Some may not care, but I loved that in my normal DVD player. I could hit eject, and grab the disc without having to bend down to hit a button, and open & close the tray. On this one, you can't do that.
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4 out of 5

Very good for the money

Written By gmiller1, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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I ordered this because I was looking for a Netflix streaming device. For a little more than a Roku box, this device is awesome. I love it, and my family loves it. I wish it had wifi, but I didn't need it, so I didn't want to pay for it. I would suggest this player to anyone. I can't imagine that one twice the price is any better.
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4 out of 5

Could be better

Written By Aurelio, Greensboro, GA on Sunday, July 25, 2010
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Sony's user interface has typically been very good but this one could use some work. Sony could have put fewer options on the main screen rather than try to put too much on there. Sony does a good job at excepting pretty much any type of disc. This is a great option for those of you who like to burn their own discs. I brought two of these units and one of them ate one of my discs and wouldn't give it back. I followed all the directions in the manual but could not get the player to spit it out. Crutchfield was great, they replaced the unit and managed to get my disc back.
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3 out of 5

Lame Firmware for region free discs

Written By John, Stamford, CT on Monday, June 21, 2010
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The BD player works well with discs coded for its region. Region free discs are supposed to be capable of being played on any player irrespective of the player's region code. When I tried to play BD LIFE from the UK, a region free BD, I learned that most, if not all of Sony BD players for North America cannot handle discs recorded at 50Hz field or frame rates. Other manufacturers' BD players, even very inexpensive ones, have no problem playing region free BD recorded at any field frequencies. It took me hours trying to get the disc to play, and nearly an hour on the phone with Sony Technical Support. Shame on lame Sony for not updating it's firmware to handle 50Hz for region free discs. For this I am tempted to give Sony's N460 1 star, but I'll be generous and give it 3.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Solid Product

Written By mbarnickle, Louisville, KY on Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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I've had this player for a few weeks and I've been very impressed with it. I have it set up with wired internet for streaming movies via netflex etc. It performs well, and the user interface is very intuitive. Some commented it spins up blu-ray movies slowly but I've not noticed that. With the exception of a few minor comments I'll make below, I'd give it a solid 8 out of 10 across the board:

1. Netflix - Only allows you to access your instant queue, not browse for movies. A minor inconvenience since most of what netflix offers for streaming is old movies anyway.
2. Sometimes lags during streaming moves from netflix or amazon. This never happens on my xbox, so I'm convinced it's the Sony hardware. It is pretty minor and only happens mabye once per movie.
3. I wish there was a way to download/cache netflix or Amazon content on a local drive and play it from there. It would eliminate teh concern of #2 above and ensure I always see HD quality instead of letting my current network latency affect it.

Overall, a solid device and well worth the money. I have no complaints at all.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

One of the Best BD Player.

Written By Jatinder, Raleigh, NC on Tuesday, April 06, 2010
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Setup to Netflix is Simple. Play all BD quick without any problem.
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4 out of 5

Great Value!

Written By Tom, St. Petersburg Florida on Sunday, April 04, 2010
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What more could you ask for? A thin device that packs it all. Blu-ray, multiple format DVD/CD capabilities that deliver great sound and picture, and an easy internet connection that allows you to watch your Netflix movies online, YouTube, Amazon or just connect to a variety of other video and music sites for high quality listening. If i had to complain about something...Even with hard wiring to a broadband connection it seems a little slower than usual to connect to and buffer a song or movie, but once it does, it plays them beautifully.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Looks Great

Written By Barry, Stoystown, PA on Saturday, March 27, 2010
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It's my first Blu-Ray so I don't have anything to compare it to. But so far it loads pretty fast on Blu-ray discs and instant on DVDs. I love all of the features and watched my first Netflix download last night and it was SWEET. It took a couple of trips back and forth to the computer to activate it but it was worth while. I installed an outlet and connected via lan cable to my router I figured I'd get better bandwidth that way anyhow.

BUT the real great benefit of this machine is ordering from, and having the support of Crutchfield behind me. They have really impressed me with their support and follow up and willingness to help with anything.
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5 out of 5

BDP-N460 - a great first Blu-Ray player!

Written By Christopher, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 03, 2010
 
I bought the Sony BDP-N460 for Black Friday 2009 - at that time it was $249. Now it's a screaming deal. I originally was looking at its wireless-capable big brother, the BDP-S560. However it didn't stream Netflix, and the N460 does. So, a popular solution was to pick up a Linksys WET610N wireless bridge.

A great combo. I really love the N460, it performs very very well. I had a standard DVD player for years, pluggin' away paired to a 27" Panasonic tube TV. I now have a 50" Panasonic plasma in 1080p, and my wife and I are blown away. The picture is beautiful, but more so the audio! Boston Acoustics CR-series separates, towers up front, and a Denon AVR-685 somewhat older receiver, for us. Everything is great!

Very happy with this Sony. In a few years we'll probably upgrade to something fancier, but for now I'm extremely pleased. I will agree with other reviewers, in that it loads discs slowly... but it doesn't bother me. Not had it long enough to experience any issues, but hopefully none will come up!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-N460

Written By David, Parker, CO on Sunday, February 28, 2010
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The Sony N460 player is easy to use and easy to set up. The interface with Netflix is very easy to get going and to be able to stream movies directly. I could not be happier for the price.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-N460

Written By Anonymous, Portland, OR on Thursday, February 11, 2010
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Everything worked right away. Fast load times. Connected to the internet with no problems. I haven't tried the downloadable content because I haven't hooked up a USB drive yet. How hard would it have been to include 1 GB of internal memory for that? Also puzzled at why they don't include an HDMI cable. Other than that, very happy with the player so far.
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4 out of 5

Does Everything I wanted...Except for 1

Written By John, Michigan on Thursday, February 04, 2010
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TV Specs: Sony KD-34XBR960. A 1080i CRT that's amazing. I have been unable to get the TV and BRt o "talk" to one another via HDMI. I have used Sony's online & phone support, and searched the internet for help. Nothing has worked. Interestingly, the player plays fine via component and once the movie is playing I can switch over to HDMI and it works fine. Weird.
The Player: Ease of setup was smooth and simple. My first BR player, load up times seem relatively fast based on reviews for other players. Picture is outstanding. Internet streaming is great! VIA hard connection; Netflix and Slacker work awesome!
My only complaint is the HDMI connection. I have tested the player on a newer tv, and it works fine via HDMI. Crutchfield customer service has been supportive, sending me another player to give that a try, but no luck. Sony told me to buy a new TV. My CRT is only 5.5 yrs old and was the top of the line for its time. They were not interested in troubleshooting my issue beyond what was in their guide. Unexceptable Sony! Every other HDMI device I have plays fine on my TV. Why these 2 are not talking is still a mystery. I have tried everything short of having a tech come out to go over both machines. My last theory is the player wants to display in 1080p despite my manual overrides in the video setup menu.
Ignoring my HDMI issue this BRP has been great. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it. I am dissapointed in Sony's Customer Service but Crutchfield has been great!
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Its okay

Written By Jay, Kintnersville, Pa on Tuesday, February 02, 2010
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Not too long winded here but... it plays fine. I just wish it had a "resume" feature. Personally I would have rathered spent a couple of more bucks for one that did. By the time you get a new system, get furniture for it, get it unboxed and hooked up and then set up, the 30 days are gone.
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5 out of 5

Hooray for Sony

Written By Tom, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, January 22, 2010
 
This is our first Blu-ray, though we tried the Samsung first with no success. With the Cisco Linksys wireless and HDMI connections, the Sony works flawlessly. We could not be more pleased with the purchase and the support we experienced from Crutchfield.
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4 out of 5

Great player, nice features,

Written By Doug, Bangor, ME on Thursday, January 14, 2010
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I bought this as a replacement to the Samsung 3600 (had two of those fail on me). I just installed this Sony yesterday. It has an easy setup feature that worked well. I added a Wi-Fi bridge to bring ethernet to the player, and once I got the it configured, the Sony picked up the network and the internet easily. The Sony accessed the web and ran a software update that worked well, and that brought in all the extras like Netflix, YouTube, and about 7-8 other "widgets". No Pandora (which we had used a lot on the dead Samsung) but there are other music widgets that may function similarly, I haven't had time to use them. The picture is great, all features and functions work well, the physical setup on the unit (buttons etc.) is much better than the Samsung. Very pleased so far. Would give it five stars if it had Wi-Fi built in, and a few improvements in the software so that I could program our remote (Harmony) to "watch a Netflix movie" with one touch.
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Sony BDP-N460

Written By Lute, Oakland, CA on Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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Not sure what's to say. I've owned the original Sony BDP-S1 player since it was released, so have been doing the BluRay thing for a while now. They are both slow to load, but once up and running there's absolutely NOTHING that comes close to BluRay for stunning PQ; not HD DVD, HD satellite, upscaled DVD or you-name-it. Do yourself a favor and go BluRay. As for the BDP-N460, it works well, the menu is easy to use, and given that it streams internet content seems like a steal at this price. I paid $1000 for the original BDP-S1, so the idea of getting more functionality for 1/4 of the price blows my mind. And yes, BluRay discs cost more to purchase, but if you rent from N---X (don't know if name dropping is OK here), the price is the same as DVD rentals. So hurry up and buy this player!
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4 out of 5

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Written By Anonymous, Texas on Wednesday, January 13, 2010
 
My first stand alone player. It came free with a TV. I had no expectations, but its a cool little player, really light weight, feels cheap, but looks great. Streaming audio and video are cool features, but I doubt it I really utilize them. I only gave it 4 stars because my PS3 loads movies a bit faster. All and all good product.
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