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Internet-ready 3D Blu-ray player

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Our take on the Sony BDP-S480

by Meredith Krebs
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.

Sony Entertainment Network

The one player that does it all
If this were just a regular old disc player, you'd sit on your couch and watch the same old DVD movies with the same old picture. But you'd be missing out. The BDP-S480 is far more than a disc player — it's a one-box entertainment center. you can watch Blu-ray movies, including titles in full 3D — the most spectacular viewing experience available for your 3D TV. This player also lets you stream videos from YouTube™ and Netflix®, share your latest pictures with friends and family, or play music stored on your computer throughout your house. Oh, yeah, it plays those standard-def DVDs, too, and can make them look almost as good as HD.

Enjoy all the extra features that Blu-ray discs offer
With the BDP-S480, you can access bonus features like the director's commentaries and behind the scenes footage, even while your movie's playing, along with additional downloadable bonus features like games, chat, and movie trailers. Just plug a thumb drive into the player's USB port to save downloaded material. Add the optional Wi-Fi® adapter, and you can take advantage of the 'S480's online capabilities without running a network cables. And iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ users will appreciate the free media app that lets you control the 'S480 and view movie details like cast and genre listings.

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Key Features:

  • plays standard and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows, movies, and music from a number of sources, including Netflix®, YouTube™, PANDORA®, and Slacker® (broadband service required; subscription required for Netflix service)
  • free Sony remote app lets you use your iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • find the latest info about this Blu-ray player's Internet apps at Sony's website (apps may vary by model)
  • learn more about the Sony Entertainment Network
  • streams photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • control the player and access detailed movie information from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ phone (requires free app)
  • plays AVCHD video files recorded on HD camcorders and burned to DVD
  • BD-Live Ready — requires USB thumb drive
  • Wi-Fi capable with optional USB adapter
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies remote control for compatible Sony TVs and components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • remote control
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p via HDMI output
  • video upconversion for DVD (via HDMI)
  • 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
  • analog component video output resolution may be limited when viewing copy-protected discs
  • audio outputs include stereo and coaxial digital
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity
  • Wi-Fi ready, requires separate adapter
  • USB port lets you share media from a compatible camera or thumb drive
  • 16-15/16"W x 1-7/16"H x 9-1/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • viewing high-definition 3D Blu-ray content requires a 3D-compatible HDTV and 3D glasses

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

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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Yes
Internet Movie Streaming
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Netflix/HuluPlus/Vudu/YouTube
DLNA Certified
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Audio
Video
Photo
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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Yes
SACD Playback
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Stereo
Multi-channel
DVD-Audio Playback
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No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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None
Digital Coaxial Output
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1
HDMI Outputs
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1
HDMI Version
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1.4
Ethernet Ports
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1
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 3D-ready Blu-ray player
  • RMT-B115A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 47" Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Online product registration information
  • Software License Information
  • "Information Update" note

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

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S480 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R (ver.1.1/1.2/1.3), BD-RE (ver.2.1)
DVD DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD 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 signal.

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 discs. 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 Features

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 television.
  • 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 screen settings:

  • TV Type: You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected Television's screen aspect ratio.
  • Screen Format: You can select the display configuration for a 4:3 screen picture on a 16:9 wide screen television. You can 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.

Video Settings: The BDP-S480 offers the following video adjustments:

  • 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 noise)
  • I/P Noise Reduction: Improves the picture quality of Internet entertainment.

Cinema Conversion Mode: The Sony Blu-ray player offers two Cinema Conversion Modes - 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 the content.

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

Audio Features

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 audio settings:

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

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.

USB/Internet Functions

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.

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 USB port.

Note: Requires home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

USB Ports: The Sony BDP-S480 features a front and rear panel USB (Type-A) port:

  • 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 separately)

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 blip.tv concierge.com Crackle Dailymotion eHow epicurious golflink.com HuluPlus LiveStrong.com
Netflix (2ch) NPR ustudio Pandora Podcasts Amazon Instant Video Singing Fool Slacker Style.com Wired
YouTube Videos Dr. Oz Sony Pictures Television Picasa Photobucket Shutterfly Berliner Philharmoniker Sony Music Unlimited Moshcam.com Flixster
Michael Jackson NHL Vault Vudu HD/3D Movies Billabong terra XO's College Sports 3D Cinema Now elgourmet.com & more...

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.

Convenience Features

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.

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.

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).

 
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5 out of 5

blueray disc player

Written By kdot, monmouth junction,nj on Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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pretty good player just still new at using it so i don't know all the tricks
Pros:
easy to use and set up
Cons:
not sure how to display the options for using an already installed disc
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5 out of 5

so afr so good

Written By jan c, savannah ga on Friday, April 20, 2012
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I recently purchased this blue ray player and so far it has performed perfectly. As other reviewers commented this player also plays the SACD cds which I was very happy about. The upscaler for standard dvds works very well too.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S480

Written By Tony, Middlesex, NJ on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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Amazing how something so inexpensive can make a person's life so much happier. I got it mostly for the internet connectivity and it does what it suppose and then some. Netflix comes in through my new surround system compliments of another great deal at Crutchfield.
Pros:
Internet, remote is easy to navigate, plays every type of video and music format I own. Brought my old Sony DVD player up into my room and upgraded...
Cons:
none that i have encountered :)
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4 out of 5

Excellent player for the money

Written By MidnightMikeDJ, Alsip, Illinois on Monday, April 16, 2012
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So far I have only watched two 3D Blu-rays on player, but they look awesome. Player is nice and thin, so it can fit anywhere. I did not need Wi-fi hookup, as my Panasonic plasma tv has that. I bought it for less than priced now, but it is still a good buy.
Pros:
Size of unit. Quality of movie playback.
Cons:
Remote does not light up. So far no issues with the player, as we have only watched 2 movies.
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5 out of 5

SONY the one and ONLY

Written By Uncle Joe, Norwood,Pa on Monday, April 02, 2012
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This player has it all , I have several players ,but this one is best ,overall there is great quailty on all phases ,I use it mostly as a SACD player

Thank You , Uncle Joe
Pros:
the unit
Cons:
none
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2 out of 5

Cheap Sony BluRay player

Written By Craig B, Durango, CO on Friday, March 09, 2012
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I hooked up the device to the internet, set up my Netflix account, and started to watch on-line content. I found the interface difficult to use, very, very slow, and error prone. Each time I selected a movie to play, I had to wait for the connection to be verified. Long wait times for it to load often resulted in no loading at all and returning me back to the original Netflix screen. The resolution seemed very poor on several of the movies. Was the problem with my connection? Perhaps, but I unplugged the connection from the Sony, plugged it into the new Samsung TV, and proceeded to configure its connection to Netflix. All the above complaints, including loading speeds, were corrected.
Pros:
Price
Cons:
Netflix interface Speed Resolution Difficulties loading movies
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5 out of 5

Great Blue Ray Player, USB and Streaming

Written By Dave, Covington VA on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
 
I Like this Player, has played every DVD, Burned and Store Bought without a hickcup, Played MP 4 movies from the USB used a 32g micro SD with usb adapter, It streams some of the movies, and the cooking shows even with my lowest bandwith DSL from Frontier, but some streaming video wont play without waits, I think may be by internet connection
Pros:
Plays DVD, USB MP3 Video MP4, Streams (using ethernet cable)
Cons:
Doesnt stream everything? may be my internet connection, but the stuff that works is really good, couldnt get the Web browser to be usable but I didnt buy it to surf the internet
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5 out of 5

SONY BDP S480

Written By Anonymous, Bloomington, IN on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Bought this product two weeks ago; it works perfectly fine! Great product!
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5 out of 5

Sony 3D Blu-Ray Player

Written By Ann, Ohio on Sunday, February 19, 2012
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Although we haven't tried the 3D function yet, we are very pleased with this Blu-Ray player. It is very easy to set up with an HDMI cable, and the remote control works as it should. The slim-line design takes up very little room. Since we have WiFi and 3D built into our new TV, we hope to try out additional media soon.
Pros:
Easy set-up; remote control functions. Crutchfield Sales Rep was terrific in helping us decide on this particular brand and model
Cons:
None that we have discovered
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S480

Written By Anonymous, Mt. Pleasant, SC on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Easy hook-up and works great.
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5 out of 5

Love it

Written By Joe D, Cary, NC on Friday, February 10, 2012
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Receive this player a week ago. Had it connected in 15 minutes (including wired Internet connection). It took me another 10 minutes to download the latest software. I took the enclosed information and signed up for Netflix. After that, I was watching movies and extremely good quality on my big screen TV. My wife and I also like to have Pandora music playing during our Dinner hour, the thing that is really cool is it plays DVDs and Blu-ray discs too!

This is really good for the money
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3 out of 5

Sony BDPS480

Written By Albert, Jackson, MS on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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I own a variety of all price ranges. The blu ray performs exceptionably. Streams very well for movies,using an internet could have a better. Flimsly construsted accidently bumped it during installation the faceplate fell off discovered there weren't any operating sensors behind the fake manual switches.
Pros:
Very good playback and supervideo dispay. Streams video channels very well.
Cons:
Well it's poorly constructed with fake manual buttonsrto used for operating player
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4 out of 5

Good player for the price

Written By Michael G., New York on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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This is a very compact, sturdy player. The only reason that I didn't give it 4 stars is because the 3D doesn't work. I use it every day, so I really don't want to return it, and I don't buy nor watch 3D movies, so it's not really a big deal. I called Crutchfield about it and they were very courteous, as usual, but couldn't help me with the problem. I tried updating the software through Sony, but it just said that it was up to date. The SACD play is great and movies are crystal clear.
Pros:
East set-up, great picture, very good SACD; light, very compact.
Cons:
3D play back doesn't work
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5 out of 5

Great Blu-ray player

Written By Kevin M., Graytown, Ohio on Friday, February 03, 2012
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This is a great Blu-ray player. I've owned it about 2 months now and I've had absolutely no problems with it. It has played every disc(bluray and dvd) I have tried in it... Perfect picture, perfect sound. The on screen menus take a while getting use to, but they're pretty full featured. It was easy to hook up internet access by plugging in a network cable from my router. Upgrading the firmware was very easy using net access, or you can do it manually via a USB thumb drive if you want. The player looks nice, black and slim. The remote control is also a good size and shape. The online streaming apps are much better than what comes on my samsung tv. The Amazon streaming app, in particular, works great! I'm glad I chose this player. I'm happy with it. Crutchfield was also great. Very good price and fast shipping. This was my first order from them and I plan to purchase from them again.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S480

Written By Sony BDP-S480, Chattanooga, TN on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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Currently used with a direct ethernet connection. Easy to use product. Recommend having computer close by to register/activate various programs through the Sony site.
Pros:
Pretty much plug and play. Options for fast start up (more power consumption). No issues yet while playing BD/DVD.
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2 out of 5

Nice Try, but no cigar

Written By DarrelD, Alvin on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Got this box thinking that I could use my USB wi-fi, but I was wrong. You have to use their Wi-Fi, which costs almost as much as the box. If you have a Cat5 wired system close by you would be OK. Had to return for the 580 which was about thirty bucks more. Crutchfield however was awesome and restocked this one and sent me a new one in a hurry. They are great. Did not really get a chance to try the box as I did not want to send back a used box.
Pros:
N/A
Cons:
They should be real clear that the USB has to be their proprietary Wi-Fi adapter.
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5 out of 5

Sony blu-ray

Written By Sony blu-ray, NC on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Good blu=ray player
Pros:
plays well
Cons:
If you are going to use wi-fi, get one with it built in.
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S480

Written By Jim S, Jersey Cape on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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Great Player! Delivered the next day!!
Pros:
Great Performance. Clear. EZ to use.
Cons:
No built in wi-fi.
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5 out of 5

A great buy

Written By SuperDad, Long Island, NY on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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I bought it for a Christmas gift for my daughter to augment the 40 inch LCD I also bought her. It works wonderfully and the price was right. A few years ago, it would have cost so much. Now anybody can afford Blue Ray. She loves it and her Daddy.
Pros:
Low Cost, Quality, Simply does what you need it to.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Eric D, KY on Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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I bought this a few days ago and have been VERY impressed. (1) First off, wireless connections are not nearly as good as wired... RUN A WIRE! and you will have far less problems. This has been my experience with any types/models of these players.(I have a 3.0mb internet connection and I run 2 of these simultaneously with no problems... wired). (2)I read somewhere that this unit only shows your instant queue in netflix..WRONG! I started not to buy this because of the post. being able to search within netflix was one of my main concerns. Maybe it is because of an update (I updated it as soon as I turned it on), but there is indeed a search feature in netflix..excellent. People always like to leave negative comments on almost anything, but this is a great player and network device. you WILL NOT go wrong if you purchase this unit. One more thing: I ordered this unit on a Sunday... and it SHIPPED on Sunday! I received it in 2 days..with FREE shipping. No one else even come close to Crutchfield !!
Pros:
Works great!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Product For The Money

Written By Dave, Joliet, Illinois on Saturday, July 16, 2011
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I purchased this unit after several prior ones and dealing with freeze ups and poor streaming issues. The Sony delivers excellent picture and sound quality and really gives you a lot of options for set-up . I have my unit connected to my Denon AVR-!911 home theater system. The only issue with the player was if you follow the instruction manual tor the audio settings it created a conflict with decoding the sound. However after turning off the settings on the player everything worked great.
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5 out of 5

Everything you need for streaming pleasure

Written By PaulC, Mason,Wv on Friday, June 17, 2011
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I have 4 blu-ray players and I decided to buy the Sony S-480 to replace my main home theater LG player simply because Sony offers many more online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Crackle, Hulu plus, Etc. and to my surprise It had Sony online in Stage. Live concerts so I checked this out first and right there to my surprise was Creed Live (new) since they had gotten back together, Also was third eye blind and somebody else, but let me say the HD quality of the Creed concert was impeccable. It was right up there with some of the best Blu-Ray concerts I have seen. I got the S-480 as I didn't need wifi for this application, but you can add a USB wifi adapter if needed. I had read from other reviewers compaints about Sony's implementation of Netflix and this was going to be a problem for me as I use Netflix quiet a bit, but I took the chance and bought the Sony anyway. Let me say there is nothing wrong with the netflix at all and it performs beautifully. If I had any complaint is that when it shows your movies in your que the size of what would be the front of the disc case is small so it is difficult to read lets say from 9 ft away, but if you highlight the movie with your mouse it shows the description of the move (details about) larger print so this isn't that big of an issue. It has superb playback in dolby digital HD and even can decode SACD, which sounds wonderful . A++++
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