Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S480 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc
||BD-ROM, BD-R (ver.1.1/1.2/1.3), BD-RE (ver.2.1)
||DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
||CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, Super Audio CD
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.
- 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-S480 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-S480 Blu-ray player contained
firmware version M07.R.0427
(as of 11/18/2011). There was an immediate firmware upgrade (M07.R.0553)
available. Visit the
Sony eSupport Site for the latest firmware update information.
3D-Ready: The Sony BDP-S480 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc
movies in full HD 1080p.
Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content,
3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter and glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting
at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.
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
MPEG Playback: The Sony Blu-ray disc player supports playback of
MPEG (1-2-4) video files recorded on BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R,
CD-R, and CD-RW discs.
JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files
recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, and CD-RW discs. Still images on your disc can be viewed in a Slide-Show as well as
rotated 90-degrees left or right.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The BDP-S480 supports MP3/WMA/AAC audio files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW
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.
SACD: Super Audio CD use a technology called Direct Stream Digital
(DSD) to convert music into a digital signal that can be stored on a disc.
Compared to the traditional PCM method (the technology used for CD), DSD offers
a much higher resolution by following more closely the original waveform of
music. With a frequency response of over 100kHz and a dynamic range over 120dB
across the audible frequency range - some 64 times higher resolution then CD -
Super Audio CD offers music reproduction that reveals details you just cannot
hear on a normal CD.\
Video Outputs: The Sony
BDP-S480 Blu-ray disc player features one high-definition HDMI output and two standard-definition video outputs (Component/composite).
- HDMI (ver.1.4): The BDP-S480's
HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in
one cable. The HDMI output is version 1.4, which supports 3D video content. 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
- Component Video: The component video output supports
480p for DVD playback and 480i for Blu-ray.
- Composite Video: The composite video output will only
output 480i, no matter the source.
1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output,
the BDP-S480 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-S480 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. The Deep Color function can be set to 10-bit, 12-bit,
Auto, or Off.
x.v.Color: The BDP-S480 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-S480 features the following
- 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
Video Settings: The BDP-S480 offers the following video
- Picture Quality Mode: You can select from 3 preset pictures
settings (Standard, Brighter, Theater) for different lighting environment.
- FNR: Reduces the random noise appearing in the picture.
- BNR: Reduces the mosaic-like block noise in the picture.
- MNR: Reduces minor noise around the picture outlines (mosquito
- I/P Noise Reduction: Improves the picture quality of
Cinema Conversion Mode: The
Sony Blu-ray player offers two Cinema Conversion Modes - Auto and Video.
- Auto: The player
automatically detects whether the material is video-based or film-based, and
switches to the appropriate conversion method.
- Video: The conversion
method suited for video-based material will always be selected regardless of
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.
Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S480 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.
Audio Settings: The BDP-S480 allows you to adjust the following
- 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.
Audio Outputs: The Sony BDP-S480 Blu-ray disc player features a digital audio output (coaxial) and one analog audio output (RCA).
- Digital Audio Outputs: The BDP-S480 is equipped with a
coaxial 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.
- Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo analog RCA outputs.
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
Wi-Fi Adapter Ready: In addition to the unit's Ethernet port
(LAN) connection, you can also easily connect wirelessly to your home's
broadband network with Sony's optional USB Wireless LAN adapter (158WABR100,
sold separately). This adapter plugs into the Blu-ray player's rear panel
Note: Requires home network with an 802.11 access point
(802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA
USB Ports: The Sony BDP-S480 features a front and rear panel USB
- Front Panel: The front-panel USB port
allows you to play photo (JPEG), videos (MPEG), and music (MP3/WMA/AAC) 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 5 folders and 500
files per folder.
- Rear Panel: The BDP-S480 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).
Note: Not all USB devices are supported. The rear panel
USB port can also used for Sony's optional USB Wireless LAN adapter (sold
DLNA Certified: DLNA allows you to share music (MP3/WMA),
video (MPEG2), and photo (JPEG) files between DLNA compatible devices using your DLNA home network
and the Sony BDP-S480. The player can recognize up to 20 folders and 999 filers
per folder from a DLNA server. A DLNA
network can be setup hardwired (using Ethernet port) or wirelessly (using
optional USB Wireless LAN adapter).
Note: Requires home network and DLNA enabled device
(such as a Windows PC).
Party Streaming: You can
play music in other rooms simultaneously by connecting Sony products which are
compatible with DLNA and the Party Streaming function.
BRAVIA Internet Video: The Sony BDP-S480 lets you instantly
access millions of online entertainment choices from BRAVIA Internet Video.
Using your home network and broadband connection, you can access a wide variety
of movies, videos, music, and more. This can be done through the Blu-ray
player's Ethernet terminal or using the optional USB Wireless LAN adapter (sold
separately). Currently BRAVIA Internet Video offers the following online content
(as of November 2011).
BRAVIA Internet Video Entertainment Library
Sony Video Unlimited
Amazon Instant Video
Sony Pictures Television
Sony Music Unlimited
XO's College Sports
Note: BRAVIA Internet Video Requires 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
(visit Sony.com for latest information regarding online content).
Web Browser: Once you have connected to the Internet via the Blu-ray
player's Ethernet terminal or using the optional USB Wireless LAN adapter (sold
separately), you can browse select websites (text-based only) by entering a URL
address. Some web-pages may be to large for download.
Note: Requires a broadband internet connection. This is not
a full search engine for the Internet and Web. For Internet
audio/video/photo content, use Sony's Bravia Internet Video service.
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 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.
Start Up/Play Back Time: The Sony BDP-S480 Blu-ray player
has a start-up time of approximately 26 seconds. It takes approximately 55
seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback.
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.
Quick Start: This feature shortens the startup time (only 3
seconds) and playback time (25 seconds) from standby mode. When the Quick Start
Mode is turned on the standby power consumption is higher.
Auto Display: The player automatically displays information on your TV
screen when changing the viewing titles, picture modes, audio signals, etc..
Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S480 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.
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.
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
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.
Mobile Device Control: You can turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad (requires iOS 3.1.3 or later), or
compatible Android phone into a versatile remote when you download the free
"Media Remote" app. Enjoy basic remote functions, a full QWERTY keyboard, plus
search for information about the movies you're watching on YouTube, Wikipedia,
Twitter, and many BRAVIA Internet Video services.
Note: Application must be downloaded from the iTunes
application store or Android Market application store. Check Android Market
from your device for compatibility. Requires that the Blu-ray Disc Player
and remote device be connected to the same wireless network with the remote
device connected through an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended).