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Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player

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by Loren Barstow
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.

The Sony BDP-S300 takes full advantage of Blu-ray Disc's superb picture and sound quality to deliver top-notch performance for your high-definition home theater system. It can output video in "Full HD" 1080p resolution, for extraordinary depth and detail with compatible TVs. It's also one of the first components that can display images at 24 frames per second — the same frame rate used by film — for the most faithful and accurate reproduction of your favorite movies.

Future-ready color technology
The 'S300 supports new x.v.Color™ technology, which offers the potential of up to 80% more colors than you get with current high-definition programs. In the future, you'll be able to enjoy an even more vibrant, lifelike image with compatible TVs and movie discs.

A new disc format designed for a better picture
The BDP-S300's top-notch video performance is largely due to the Blu-ray Disc format itself. High-capacity Blu-ray Discs can each hold up to five times as much information as a regular DVD. A Blu-ray player can send this digital information to your TV at a much faster rate than a DVD player. The result is picture quality with flawless clarity and true-to-life texture and depth.

Better sound, too
The 'S300 also sports built-in decoding for Dolby® Digital Plus — a new audio format recorded at a higher bitrate than regular Dolby Digital — for even richer, more dynamic wraparound sound. You can take advantage of this state-of-the-art format using any receiver with multichannel analog inputs. When you're in the mood for music, pop in a CD or a home-burned DVD loaded with MP3 tunes. And Sony's Bravia™ Theatre Sync gives you quick and easy control of compatible Sony components via the HDMI connection.

Highlights:

  • plays Blu-ray high-definition discs (selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video)
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and DVD+R & DVD+RW
  • plays high-def AVC-HD files on home-burned DVDs
  • plays MP3 and JPEG files recorded to DVD
  • plays CDs
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD
    (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, and multichannnel uncompressed PCM
  • BD-Java interactive capability (Profile 1 Version 1.0)
  • Bravia Theatre Sync for control of compatible Sony TVs and components via HDMI
  • HDMI digital output (combines video and multichannel audio with HDCP copy protection)
  • x.v.Color (xvYCC) support
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video, and component video)
  • stereo and 5.1-channel audio outputs
  • coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • remote control (multibrand for TVs)
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-1/8"H x 16-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • viewing high-definition Blu-ray content requires an HDTV or HD-ready TV
  • plays "Region 1" DVDs and "Region A" Blu-ray Discs only

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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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DLNA Certified
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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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DVD
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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None
Analog Audio Outputs
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8 (5.1 + 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
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What's in the box?

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  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • 78" AC power cord
  • RMT-B101A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 58" Composite video cable (has an RCA connector on each end)
  • 5' Stereo RCA patch cord
  • Owner's Manual
  • On-line product registration information
  • Note about first time start-up
  • Note about BD-Java
  • HDMI connection note
  • Warranty information

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Features
Remote Control
Input and Output Notes

Features

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 Digital Plus 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.

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.

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-S300 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.

x.v.Color: The BDP-S300 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

Disc Compatibility: The BDP-S300 is compatible with many disc types:

  • BD-ROM: pre-recorded Blu-ray Discs
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-R: record once DVD
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD
  • DVD+R: record once DVD (including DL)
  • DVD+RW: rewritable DVD
  • CD: pre-recorded CD
  • CD-R: record once CD-DA (music CD format only)
  • CD-RW: rewritable CD CD-DA (music CD format only)

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.

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.

Future Compatibility: 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.

1080p Output: Through the HDMI output, BDP-S300 has a 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel) output option, at either the 60 Hz video or 24 Hz film frame rates.

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 audio files recorded onto DVD-R/W or DVD+R/RW discs. You can program up to 25 songs in any order you like as a Quicklist. The on screen keyboard allows you to search for a track, genre, artist, or album directly. Artist and title information is displayed on screen and you can list all songs (sorted alphabetically, by date, by artist, or by song title) or sort all artists, albums, genres, Quicklists, or folders.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files recorded onto DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW discs (not CD-R or CD-RW). Like with MP3 playback, you can program a Quicklist of up to 25 files to run as a slideshow. You can also run a slideshow of all files on the disc. You can search for a file directly using the on screen keyboard. You can list all files at once, or browse by folder, date, or quicklist.

Movie Files: The BDP-S300 can play MPEG2 PS movie files recorded on DVD-R or DVD-RW discs (not CD-R or CD-RW). Movie title information is displayed on screen. You can search for a title directly using the on screen keyboard or sort titles alphabetically or by date.

Resume Play: Resume play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than once, the disc tray is opened, the player is turned off, or any of the settings on the player are changed.

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S300 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors. The analog 5.1 channel signals are output through the RCA jacks.

Picture Settings: There are three picture presets and three memory positions so you can adjust the picture to your liking:

  • Brighter Room: use when the room is brighter than normal
  • Theater Room: use when the room is dark
  • Standard: use in a typical room
  • Memory (1-3): manually adjust the brightness of white, the richness of dark colors, the balance between green and red, and the level of color saturation

HDMI Control ('Bravia' Theatre 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.

Auto Power Off: With the auto power off feature turned on the player turns off automatically is left in stop or pause mode for 30 minutes.

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-S300 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.

Fan Cooled: A fan on the back of the BDP-S300 keeps the unit cool.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on multiple brand TVs. Once programmed, the remote controls the TV's power on/off, input select, volume up/down, channel up/down, and mute.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The BDP-S300'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 component 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 480i. When a DVD is played, the maximum component video output resolution is 480p.

Composite Video and S-Video: The composite and S-video outputs are always live and fixed at 480i. They can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

Digital Audio Output: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical and coaxial outputs. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.

Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo RCA outputs plus 5.1 channel outputs for utilizing the built-in surround decoders.

 
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1 out of 5

Sony BDP-S300

Written By Review, Boca Raton, Florida on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
 
I bought the BDP-S300 two weeks ago, even the picture and sound are excellent, it keeps freezing-up, sometimes two or three times during playing a movie, I have to unplugged from the wall and power-up again. After a while I decided to call Sony's Customer service, they gave me a "good advice", take back. That's it for me in buying Sony again.

5 out of 8 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Try another Blu-ray

Written By Mark, Pacifica CA on Tuesday, June 24, 2008
 
Picture is great but the player stops and you had to powerdown, did all
the firmware updates still had the same problem, now it just says NO DISK
will not even play a cd. It gets to go back to Sony and I don't have a Blu-
ray.
By the way it lasted 6 months.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Froze during movie on 1st day!!

Written By dwdrums, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, May 13, 2008
 
I love Sony... but I must say I am worried about this purchase. Here's my lineup:

BDP-s300 with v3.70
Samsung 52" LCD 71 series
Onkyo TX-DS 777
Monster 1000HD HDMI
Monster Power HTS 5200 MK II
Polk Seperates with bipole/dipole rears
12" powered sub

To appease my wife, the first BD we tried was "PS I Love You." I tried running it @ 60 hz before trying 1080p/24. Basically it was flawless for an hour and a half at 1080p/60 until the unit decided to lock up. NOTHING would respond, not the remote, not the buttons on the front panel. I held down the front panel's power button for 5 seconds and it finally powered off. I started the machine up and finished the BD without any issues... but for this to happen on the first movie I played on it is a bit scary.

1080p/24 on this unit looks great, very smooth. The startup time was 1 minute - not bad (stop complaining people). I am not sure if upgrading my firmware to 3.90 is going to help with freezing, or if it was just breaking in on the first time it was ever turned on. I'm having a movie-party this weekend and I hope the s300 doesn't embarress me! Come on Sony, don't let me down for $400.
5 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best Bang For The Buck!

Written By Blind Revolution, Letart, WV on Thursday, April 10, 2008
 
This is a fanastic Blu-Ray player. I've owned the unit before Thanksgiving 2007 and it's amazing. At $399 it's definitely the cheapest but don't be fooled into thinking that it's lacking in performance because of it.

The picture quality (even DVD upscaling) is amazing at 1080p and the sound is excellent.

I'm currently using a Onkyo TX-SR605 A/V Receiver, Panansonic TH-42PZ700U 42" Plasma 1080p, with Klipsch speakers and a Velodyne 12" subwoofer. (Monster HDMI cables ... what else would you use?)

Anyway, the startup & load times aren't really all that bad if you are downloading and updating your firmware like your suppose too. I've noticed a big drop in loading time after the last couple of firmware updates and no more freezing.

For those complaining about long load times and freeze ups .... UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE!

For anyone buying their first Blu-Ray player on a budget ... I highly recommend the BDP-S300 model. It's a great way to get your feet wet without going broke!

You can always upgrade to the BDP-S500 later on if you need the extra audio decoding options assuming your currently home theater A/V receiver supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD.
13 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent picture

Written By No, Parsippany, NJ on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
 
This blue-ray player is worth every penny. The picture quality will blow you away. My first movie was Apocalypto on my new XBR-5...what great picture and sound! The load time is a little slow but it's worth the wait. Sony is the way to to go!!
3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S300

Written By Randy, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, February 21, 2008
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Player works just great. Picture is awesome. Sound is great too. Could not be more pleased.
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Not Ready For Prime Time...

Written By bassett, Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, February 20, 2008
 
If you are looking for your first Blu-ray Disc player, this device will hit your radar given its price relative to other players on the market. At $399, you will still be an "early adopter" as you will be paying a premium and forced to make sacrifices. The obvious shortcoming is the lack of HD audio support. This may be OK if your goal is picture quality over audio quality, but know that you are not getting the full suite of features possible in a next-gen device. Next is the painfully slow load time of many newer "Java enabled" discs. While this might not seem like a huge inconvenience, it does make the player feel sub-standard. As such, I would never give this device to someone who is not prepared to accept the compromises. In short, the device is not ready for the general public.

On the positive side, the image quality is great, but that is what you would expect from the next generation format.
11 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WOW x10

Written By Vincent, Central California on Saturday, February 16, 2008
 
I have this DVD Player directly hooked up to my Sony KDS-60A3000 TV (With a Monster High Speed HDMI cable) and my first Blu-Ray movie was House Of The Flying Daggers. There are not enough adjectives to describe how great the picture is. I used to think 1080i was the cats meow until I saw a 1080p picture. As far as I am concerned this player is really great. A little slow, but made up for in picture quality. I don't mind waiting one bit.
4 out of 8 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

First 30 days

Written By shortjohn, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, February 10, 2008
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So far I have had the unit freeze up to the point it has had to be powered down to get it restarted. Don't know if it was a bad DVD or the unit itself. One other time on a different DVD it hesitated during playback but didn't stop as in the previous incident. No other problems with quality of video or anything else. If I have no other issues in the next several months I will have to upgrade the rating as it is based on these 2 incidences.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WOW

Written By John, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, February 06, 2008
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Folks, I am not sure where the hyped hddvd vs. blu-ray battle is or where it is headed, but you simply cannot go wrong with this player. The sheer amount of movie studios on-board to support this technology alone should help make up your mind. We are playing this using the HDMI into a SONY SXRD 55" set, so we are experiencing the full 1080p, which is simply spectacular. The upconvert for all "regular" dvd's is amazing as well (what you read about "experiencing them again for the first time" really has some merit!). For sound, we are running the optical audio into an ONKYO TX-SR703 THX select receiver, and out into 6.1. The sound blows away our former progressive scan dvd player running into the same receiver. That was the deal breaker for us, we wanted the option to "split" the audio from the HDMI and have the blu-ray player transmit this signal unaffected to our av receiver. Some models we were considering did not offer this option - and we do not have HDMI switching on the ONKYO. The price after xmas was amazing as well, we noticed the pre-holiday sales, and thought that the unit might drop in price even more after the holidays, but it has actually gone up. Well worth the MSRP, however. Disc-loading is not bad, I read some reviews where it took tooooo long, well, the thing boots up a blu-ray disc in under a minute for us; and regular dvd's almost instantly boot. Very highly recommended.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-300

Written By w3syt, Pittsburgh on Sunday, February 03, 2008
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I have added this to my Toshiba A3 player. Both are wonderful. The Sony adds optical digi audio in addition to Toslink and HDMI which the A3 also has. However, the Sony adds also the 6 cable 5.1 Analog audio out.

If you follow the internet discussions, you will find that I am not alone here. I had to run a cable directly to my subwoofer from the Sony 5.1 analog subwoofer out. Passing it into my Onkyo 5.1 sub input yields nothing. This is not strickly an Onkyo problem and I know of no explanation for it. It sounds great though.

I can't use HDMI because it would dead end in my Samsung toy speakers.
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4 out of 5

Not to be too picky

Written By ddunn49, Arcadia, CA on Saturday, February 02, 2008
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I purchased the Sony BDP-S300 just before New Year's. The only complaints I have, and they are minor, is for the time it takes for the DVDs to load and that the remote is not backlit. I understand the loading time is normal for all the HD players, so it is not particular to this product. If you are watching a movie in a darkened room, it can be rather challenging to find the pause button if the phone rings or if you have an interruption. Other than this, I love the player, the quality and the blu-ray format.

I have only used it to watch DVDs and the quality is topnotch. I have watched both regular and blu-ray discs and it is difficult to tell the difference. I have the player connected to the TV, a Samsung 4069 FX by HDMI cable, but I have the audio connected to a Sony digital receiver by digital optical cable, so I am not getting true surround sound from the system. I believe it is because there is no HDMI connection to the receiver. If I disconnect the HDMI cable from the television and run the player with component video cables, the surround sound works fine. I will be getting a new HDMI receiver to go with my system, and that should eliminate this problem.

The resolution is unbelievable. Everyone whom has seen it, has been blown away by the resolution. Bottom line: fantastic product. I would highly recommend this player. Of course, getting such a great price and such fantastic Crutchfield's World Class Service always makes for a happy customer as well.
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4 out of 5

Not without imperfections...

Written By Chris, Lexington, KY on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
 
I will agree with the prior posts - this player does have an exceptionally long boot-up time and can be sluggish at times at responding to commands. I bought this player from Crutchfield approx 6 months ago. I just found on Sony's website that they released a firmware update for this (and other Sony Blu-ray players) back in December '06. I just finished the update and it took about 35 minutes, start-to-finish. PRINT THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE WEBSITE AND FOLLOW THEM EXACTLY!!! If you do so, your update should be problem-free. I went from V2.0 to V3.70 and I've already been able to tell a difference. Sony says it will increase compatibility with newer BD-RWs and, more importantly, have improved JAVA menu functionality. Let me tell you - Pirates of the Caribbean 1's menu before vs. after the firmware update is night and day! Prior to update, it took several seconds before a keystroke would register on the menu and now it's virtually simultaneous. THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE IS A MUST. And while you're on Sony's support site, go ahead and get the instructions for the new December PS3 firmware update. If you have the PS3 connected to the internet it literally can't get any easier - don't even need to burn an ISO file to a CD-R. Back to the BDP-S300 though, it's a great product/technology overall. A few glitches are to be expected for us "early adopters"...
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4 out of 5

A Fine Machine...For now

Written By Darren, New Rochelle, NY on Saturday, January 05, 2008
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I should preface by stating that I am an editor for broadcast television and so I look at video all day for a living. I'm also EXTREMELY conservative in my purchasing patterns because we all know the first to rush into a new technology spends the most and gets the least. While it is not my inclination to jump in during a format "war", I bit the bullet and decided on Blu-Ray because I simply want to watch movies in HD, now. Truthfully, I don't think one format will win; the universal players like Samsung's new UP-5000 will and my BDP-S300 will simply become a moderately hamstrung player. Anyway, I actually bought the PS3 because it was highly rated by many. It does alot for the money. But then I hooked it up to my 52" LCD and felt silly. I don't play video games. It's doesn't look right stacked on the VCR and stereo. The remote is a kid-oriented joystick (and it's blue-tooth so other Sony remotes wont control it!). And the kiss of death; you choose in the menu the one way for it to spit out sound. It's either through the HDMI cable or the analog port or the optical port. That does not work for me. So, I returned it and got the BDP-300. It takes :52 seconds for the machine to boot up and for the drawer to open. Let's remember that it IS a computer and there is alot going on inside. It took :14 seconds to access the first menu. This in my humble opinion is not objectionably long. In many instances the you simply have to let the 300 play through the menus before starting your movie; this is exactly the same as it is on standard DVDs and is not abnormal. Patience and restraint are virtues, remember? I like this machine very much. Its price has dropped considerably and I admit I still buy Sony because I think they make great equipment. This unit is no exception.
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5 out of 5

Great Player

Written By Wayne, Fontana, Ca on Tuesday, December 25, 2007
 
This is a great player at a great price. Make sure to download & print
the PDF file for 5 Free Mail-in movies. The selections are pretty good.

We bought both an HD-DVD and Blu-Ray player together. We've received several
rentals through Netflix, and it's fun. We
did a Side-By-Side viewing with a Blu-Ray, and the HD-DVD is clearly a
better picture. The boot up time is much slower on the Blu-Ray.

Blu-Ray has more participating studios as of December 2007, so there are
less HD-DVD titles, but I'm sure this will change in the future.

If you decide to buy both HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray as I did, you'll need a
digital receiver that accepts HDMI, and has HDMI switching. My receiver
has 2 HDMI inputs, and 1 of them is for the Digital cable. If you need a
3rd, I bought a push-button HDMI selector switch. That way if I'm
watching one player, I push the button to 1. If I'm watching the other,
I push it to 2. You have to go to the player to put your movie in
anyway. We use the HD-DVD as our primary player, and the Blu-Ray only for Blu-Ray movies.

As the players get cheaper, you will want both HD-DVD & Blu-Ray to get all of your favorite movies from all of the studios. The
combo units are not really an option as they aren't really true HD-DVD
players. They fake it.

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4 out of 5

Bluray Blues?

Written By Bill, Tujunga, CA on Saturday, November 24, 2007
 
I have owned the S300 for a couple of weeks now. The picture is fabulous. Two of the problems I have with the unit are that it does not decode the latest Dolby and DTS sound that was developed for HD, and it is horribly slow in booting up. When you put in the Bluray disc you want to watch, go out make some popcorn and a little hot chocolate, do the dishes and maybe a little laundry and by the time you are done, the movie should be ready to watch after the ridiculous boot up time that you have to go through first for the previews (which you can't skip) and then for the movie. If you are going to go into the setup menu add another few minutes before you are going to be watching the movie. Also the features on both the Bluray players and the HD players change so fast that the unit you buy this month is obsolete next month. Overall the actual watching experience with Bluray and HD is so great that you will be spoiled and will never want to watch anything but 1080p format, well maybe 1080i will work if you are watching TV. Be sure that the unit you buy has the sound decoding that you want, because it isn't a given that the latest players have the latest sound capabilities.
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5 out of 5

HD comes Home

Written By donnie, The Dalles, Or. on Monday, November 12, 2007
 
Recent purchase of the SONY BDP-S300 ( entry level ) blu-ray disc player is summed up in one word WOW! With prices coming down, this unit is well worth it. Loading time for blu-ray disc is not that bad, consider the vast amount of info these discs are loaded with. My standard dvd discs load fast. The upconversion feature has my wife accepting the purchase. Our collection has the two of us feeling like it's all new again. Disney dvds are very brilliant in veiwing, with Rattatoullie being our first blu-ray, our HD plasma tv just jumps out at you. I would highly recommend this model for first time purchase.
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5 out of 5

Superb Blu-Ray player

Written By Ken in Orange, Orange, CA on Friday, October 26, 2007
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This is a superd Blu-Ray player for the money. I have owned it since this past Aug 07 and encountered no problems with it. Other than longer than average start-up, the player has performed flawlessly with an amazing picture for both Blu-Ray and upconverted standard DVD's. No problems encoutered with the Pirate Blu-Ray DVDs and no freeze ups either. I did update it with the most recent 2.6 Firmware update available free from Sony just to be safe. In fact, Sony has recently introduced two more upscale models that incorporate the True HD and DTS HD formats. However, if you don't own a receiver that can accept these signals, there would no reason to spend the extra cash.
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5 out of 5

A 1 Excellent 5 Stars

Written By Mike, Michigan on Monday, October 08, 2007
 
The player is not as slow as some people say, there is a playback resume as long as you push stop only one time before you turn off player, pushing stop more than once cancels the playback resume, it is a bit slower than a regular dvd player but you have to remember it has a lot more information to read than a standard dvd. above all it has a super sharp crystal clear picture, standard dvd's still have a bit of a vhs tape look to them when you compare the two.
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5 out of 5

The best blu ray on the market

Written By Benjamin, Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, October 02, 2007
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I have been buying Sony products for a long time. It's no surprise that this Sony blu-ray I just bought has impressed me just as much. The picture is awesome and so is the sound quality. I have read reviews that it is slow to start up. It is slow, but not as slow as I expected it. Sony just released the firmware update, V2.60, on September 28, 2007. I already receive my copy via online request and updated my player. Everything is in good working order. I am glad I got this player versus Panasonic. I can't wait to my 5 free Blu ray movies.
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3 out of 5

Great picture, but slow as molasses to start up

Written By Brian, Falmouth, Maine on Monday, August 20, 2007
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Nice unit. Great image quality. Good price. But this thing is so slow to start up that it's VERY frustrating! So I keep my JVC DVD player hooked up for non Blu Ray DVDs.

Another reviewer said that there is no resume feature, but actualy there is. It's obscure, but I discovered that if you press "pause" before turning off the power and then press "play" after he unit is turned on and while it says "Loading" on the TV screen it will resume where last left off.
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4 out of 5

Good player but I'm waiting for a firmware update

Written By Bennett, Maryland on Thursday, August 16, 2007
 
This is the Blu-Ray player that I have been waiting for! The price is reasonable. It is HDMI 1.3 compliant. It pretty much does it all. Picture quality is gorgeous as expected. However, on my Pirates of the Caribbean BD, the menus are intolerably slow. It would take the player 10 seconds to respond to a menu selection. Of course, if you continued to push buttons while waiting, the player remembered those key strokes as well. Grrr. BD-Java is totally inferior to HD DVD's extra features programming which has no response delays. I hoping Sony has a firmware update that will improve this soon.
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3 out of 5

HELP!!!!!!

Written By sandiego254, San Diego, CA on Thursday, July 26, 2007
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I was excited when i heard about this machine out in the market with a fantastic price,so i bought one.I hardly could wait for it to arrive,setting it up was easy and provided amazing picture quality not to forget the sound,having said that the main issue starts. I am a fan of widescreen movies and only buy them in that format. I was expecting that out of every dvd movie as it mentions the aspect ratio on the covers. my BD player is set up for Letterbox (playback)but would only play the aspect ratio of 1:85 when the disc says 2:40 and when i played a 1:85 ratio it played it in full screen. to make the story short, i still have not been able to resolve the issue. another default was playing regular dvd's. in my eyes the picture quality was terrible besides the wrong conversion of the aspect ratio. I still have my Sony dvd Precision Cinema Progressive player and use it for my none BD movies.I wonder if i am the only one with this challange?
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5 out of 5

Best picture yet...But, I can't get the optical audio out to work?

Written By AudioFileZ, Cullman, AL on Monday, July 16, 2007
 
I have had several very highly rated DVD players by Toshiba and Sony, this one beats them all picture wise with regular DVDs and then defines "State-Of-The-Art" when given a really good mastered Blu-Ray disc. It does take a little too long to boot up, but after that it works just like you'd expect it should.

My only problem, and it may be something that can be fixed, is that my old Sony Pre-Amp (TAE-2000ESD) won't lock on to the PCM output of the optical out. So I have to listen using the analog outputs. Since these also sound good it's not a deal breaker, but I'd love to use the PCM output as all my other DVD players worked this way. BTW...This is the lowest priced DVD player out of all my past ones and this blows them away video wise. Sony is on to something here: World Class Value and Performance brought together at a real world price.
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S300

Written By Jonathan, Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, July 09, 2007
 
To start, my system consists of:
1-TV-Panasonic Plasma TH-50PX60U (1366 X 768) HDTV (1080i capable,720p Native)
2-Receiver-Pioneer VSX-82TXS (7.1 Channel A/V Receiver with 1080p HDMI switching- THX certified)
3-DVD-Sony BDP-300 Blu-ray player
4-Infinity Primus complete 5.1 surround.
5-All Monster HDMI cable connections
6-Monster MPHTS1600 (Power conditioner/surge protection)

I believe this players performance out does the PS3 and if that doesn't do it for you then look at the price between the two.First things you will notice is the picture quality are amazing; though certain discs look better than others. I am very impressed with the sound;the uncompressed PCM is ridiculous.Each Blu-ray disk I play I see different results.My favorite movie and most amazing disk to watch is "Open Season." The colors and detail blow your mind; this is what HD should look like."Planet Earth" is also a must have for all the amazing detail.

Sweet new feature:
1-Pop up menu is very cool- You can continue to watch the movie and adjust the audio, or find chapters, or go to bonus features.

Annoyances with this player:
1-Slow load up time. It takes about 120 seconds to get to main screen on most disks
2-No memory or resume feature so once you turn it off you have to restart the movie
3-Can't play the movie with out the remote, yes I know this is silly but when I couldn't find the remote the other day it was a problem.
4-Display on player can't be changed to show title, or minuets left in film.
5-Want to eject the disk? You have to wait for the slow load time (30 seconds or so)
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4 out of 5

Format war still continues and prices on players drop.

Written By Phil, St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
 
I purchased this for $499.99. Along with the BDP-S300, I purchased Planet Earth (BD format) and Terminator 2 (BD format).

I have this hooked up via HDMI into my Yamaha RX-V2700 passing through the HDMI video to my WD-Y57 1080p DLP television. The picture is very clear.

When the unit is first plugged in, you must set your language and what format you want the video output to be. Play with the options, for me setting it to "source" worked best.

Planet Earth is just simply awesome in all respects. Though expensive, it is worth using as reference material in my opinion.

Compared to my Toshiba HD-A2 which outputs at 1080i, there is little I can discern on a 57" set. It's not like you can see large scan lines. Perhaps my set could use some very fine adjustment.

Overall, for the price it's a good deal. You can own both a Blu-ray and HD-DVD player for less than LG's current dual format model. As most Blu-ray and HD-DVD players, the startup time is rather slow. Don't keep pushing buttons hoping it will speed things along.

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5 out of 5

Finally !!!

Written By Jason, Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, June 18, 2007
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Sony has finally given me what I wanted. A Bluray player at an affordable price that can ALSO play CDs and regular DVDs with upconversion. Didn't want the extra component as we know space is limited when you have a big screen. Set up is easy. The look of the player is clean and subtle and the size of a typical 5-disc carousel player. Hmm, wonder what's next? Function speed at startup and loading is tolerable and you forget about that when the movie starts anyway. Patience people!! Picture is jawdropping as you would expect mated to a 1080p TV. I have a Sony KDS-60A2000 just for the record. Simply hypnotic!!! Have yet to toy with the 24 fps feature but better to have it than not. Having 1.3 HDMI and the expanded color gamut puts you ahead of the tech curve as well. Reliability is not a concern as Sony has always given me what I pay for. Extremely satisfied and thanks to Crutchfield for free shipping, I got it in 2 days !!! You guys rock !!! I am free advertising for Crutchfield on a regular basis !!!
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