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, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, 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.
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: DTS-HD is an extended format of
the Coherent Acoustics audio coding system, which also encompasses DTS, DTS-ES,
and DTS 96/24. DTS-HD is highly flexible in supporting the number of discrete
surround sound channels. While 7.1ch surround sound is planned for Blu-ray
Discs, the audio signals can be down mixed to 5.1 or 2 channels for backward
compatibility, and the reproduced audio quality can either be at the bit rate of
DTS Digital Surround or the lossless mode.
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-S500
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-S500 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when
they become available in the future.
1080p Output: Through the HDMI output, the BDP-S500 has a 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel) output option,
at either the 60 Hz video or 24 Hz film frame rates.
DVD Upscaling: The BDP-S500 Blu-ray disc player is capable of
upscaling your standard 480i DVD disc to 1080p via HDMI.
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
Disc Compatibility: The BDP-S500 is compatible with many disc types:
- BD-ROM: pre-recorded
- DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
record once DVD
record once DVD (including DL)
- DVD+RW: rewritable DVD
- CD-R: record once CD-DA (music CD format only)
rewritable CD CD-DA (music CD format only)
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-S500 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.
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. Note: In order to enjoy these interactive features, you may need to update your player with the latest firmware.
MP3 Playback: This unit
will play MP3 audio files recorded onto DVD-R/W or DVD+R/RW discs (not CD-R or
CD-RW). 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 (playlist), 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 (slideshow).
The BDP-S500 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.
You can also use the unit's Browse Menu which allows you to browse contents of
your disc by Genre, Folder or Quicklist. Quicklist allows you to play your
favorite titles in the order you like by making your own movie title playlist.
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.
"Cinema Tuned" 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
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
Screen Setup: The BDP-S500
offers the following video screen adjustments.
- TV Type: You can
select either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio according to your TV.
- 4:3 Video Out: You can
select the unit to display a 4:3 video on a 16:9 television in Full Mode
(displays a 4:3 screen picture in 16:9 aspect ratio) or Normal Mode
(displays a 4:3 screen picture in 4:3 aspect ratio with black bands on the
- DVD Aspect Ratio: You
can select the unit to display a 16:9 video on a 4:3 television in Letter
Box Mode (displays a wide picture with black bands on the top and bottom) or
Pan&Scan Mode (displays a full height picture on the entire screen with
Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S500 has
built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors. The analog 5.1 channel
signals are output through the RCA jacks. Multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD are also output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on
the Blu-ray Disc).
Speaker Setup: When using the unit's 5.1 channel outputs and the
player's integrated built-in surround sound decoders you can select whether or
not you are using a center speaker or surround speakers in your home theater
system and whether the front speakers of your system should be set to "large" or
Audio DRC: The unit's utilizes Audio DRC (Dynamic Range Compression)
to clarify low volume sounds. Even at low volume, you can make low sound such as
dialog more audible.
Motorized Front-Panel: The BDP-S500 features a motorized sliding
front-panel which hides the unit's front-panel controls and disc mechanism for a
sleek, clean look.
A fan on the back of the BDP-S500 keeps
the unit cool.
Parental Control: By setting a custom user password and using the
player's 1 through 8 level Parental Control, you can limit the playback of
Screen Saver: To prevent damage to your television, a screen save
image appears when the player is left unattended, has no disc inserted, or no
title/slideshow is displayed for 15 minutes.
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.
Multi-brand Remote: The supplied
remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on
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
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia
Interface): The BDP-S500'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 Y,CB,CR, or RGB (16-235), or RGB (0-255).
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 480p. When a standard 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.