The BDP-S5000ES takes full advantage of high-definition Blu-ray Discs to deliver breathtaking picture and sound. It belongs to Sony's renowned ES family of audio/video gear. ES stands for "elevated standards" of construction and performance, and Sony pulled out all the stops to develop a Blu-ray player worthy of the ES name.


Captivating images with both Blu-ray discs and DVDs

You'll enjoy an eye-catching picture with rich colors and remarkable depth, thanks to Sony's HD Reality Enhancer. It constantly monitors the image coming from the disc and sharpens edges while reducing film grain. This gives every movie you watch — whether on Blu-ray or standard DVD — a cleaner, more three-dimensional look. Sony's Super Bit Mapping eliminates "banding" by expanding the color depth for smoother transitions between shades of the same color.

A great picture deserves great sound

The 'S5000ES also delivers riveting audio to enhance your viewing experience. This player handles all of the newest surround sound formats, including "lossless" Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio. It can decode these soundtracks internally or output them in their native bitstreams, letting you enjoy top-notch surround sound with most home theater receivers.


Bonus material taken to the next level

Support for BonusView and BD-Live lets you enjoy the extra features available on some Blu-ray movies. BonusView gives you access to picture-in-picture directors' commentaries, while BD-Live lets you use your broadband Internet connection to access online services and additional bonus material. You can even download some features and save them to the included 1-gigabyte USB flash drive.


Solid construction for top-flight performance

This hefty player's audio and video circuit boards are isolated in separate blocks to avoid interference and maintain signal purity. And the rigid frame-and-beam chassis suppresses performance-robbing vibrations to help the 'S5000ES deliver pristine reproductions of your favorite films.

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Key Features:

  • plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs
  • BD-Live and BonusView support (Profile 2.0)
  • plays AVCHD video files recorded on HD camcorders and burned to DVD
  • HD Reality Enhancer for optimum picture quality
  • Super Bit Mapping for smoother color gradation
  • BRAVIA Sync™ for simplified operation with compatible Sony TVs and components via HDMI
  • premium circuitry and construction
  • isolated audio and video circuit boards
  • rigid beam construction
  • backlit remote control included
Technical Specs:
  • selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • 296MHz/14-bit video digital-to-analog converter
  • 192kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter
  • HDMI version 1.3 with x.v.Color support
  • video outputs include composite video, S-video component video, and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo, multichannel, coaxial digital, and optical digital
  • IR input for remote repeater systems
  • detachable power cord
  • 16-15/16"W x 4-7/8"H x 16-3/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.

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  • Single-disc Blu-ray disc player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • RMT-B103A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 1GB MicroVault Tiny Flash Drive
  • 4' Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end
  • Operating Instructions (English)
  • Operating Instructions (French)
  • On-line product registration information
  • US Limited Warranty Information
  • Canada Consumer 1 Year Warranty Information
  • HDMI Out Jack note

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Internet Functions
Remote Control
Connections

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The BDP-S5000ES is compatible with many disc types:

  • BD-ROM: pre-recorded Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • BD-RE/BD-R: recordable Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • 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)

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-S5000ES is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.

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

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better sound quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby 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.

Note: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet.

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.

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.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files recorded onto the following discs BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, and CD-RW. Still images on your disc can be viewed in a Slide-Show as well as rotated 90-degrees left or right.

Movie Files: The BDP-S5000ES can play MPEG2 movie files recorded on DVD-R/RW discs (Video and VR mode) and  DVD+R/RW discs (VR mode only). 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.

Quick Start: This feature shortens the startup time from standby mode. You can operate the player quickly after turning it on.

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

Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S5000ES offers three Parental Control settings protected by a custom user 4-digit password.

  • BD Parental Control: Playback of some BD-ROMs can be limited according to the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes.
  • DVD Parental Control: Playback of some DVD Videos can be limited according to the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes.
  • Parental Control Region Code: Playback of some BD-ROMs or DVD Videos can be limited according to the geographic area. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes.

Video Features

Dual Shield Construction: The BDP-S5000ES model features dual shield construction, which prevents dust from collecting on the BD drive, and a rigid drive bracket to minimize vibration.

Rigid Beam Construction: The player also utilizes a rigid beam chassis that reduces internal vibration, improving playback.

Aluminum Construction: The unit's aluminum insulator feet and aluminum top panel help isolate the player from external vibrations.

Separated Audio And Video Circuit Boards: The player's separate audio and video boards deliver better sound and picture quality be eliminating interference.

14-Bit HD Video Processor: The BDP-S5000ES's new 14-bit HD video processor improves standard definition and high-definition picture quality enabling extraordinarily smooth and detailed picture quality.

HD Reality Enhancer/Super Bit Mapping: By analyzing every pixel of the video coming off the disc, the player can automatically adjust the picture and enhance it to provide the optimum Image Quality. These two components of This player's chipset allows for reference quality video playback and quality. The unit's HD Reality Enhancer offers the following selectable functions.

  • Enhance: enhances the scene picture outline pixel by pixel from -3 to +3
  • Smoothing: smoothes the gradation on flat parts of the picture; set to Standard, High, or Off
  • FGR: reduces film grain; set to 0 to +3

x.v.Color: The BDP-S5000ES supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

Deep Color: The Sony BDP-S5000ES supports a color depth of up to 12 bits allowing for more accurate color reproduction than when connected to an TV that also supports Deep Color.

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-S5000ES will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.

1080p Output: Through the HDMI output, BDP-S5000ES has a 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel) output option, at either the 60 Hz video or 24 Hz film frame rates.

Precision Cinema HD Upscaling: Precision Cinema HD Upscale circuitry uses high bandwidth digital-to-analog conversion and processing to detect image changes at the pixel level, rather than at the level of whole scan lines. Additionally, separate algorithms are used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharper backgrounds with moving objects that are nearly free from motion artifacts. The BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray disc player is capable of upscaling your standard 480i DVD disc to 1080p via HDMI.

Video Settings: The Sony BDP-S5000ES features the following video settings.

  • TV Type: You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected Television's screen aspect ratio.
  • Screen Format: You can select the display configuration for a 4:3 screen picture on a 16:9 wide screen television. You can select from the following.
    • Original: select this when connect to a TV with a wide mode function; displays a 4:3 screen picture in 16:9 aspect ratio even on a wide-screen TV
    • Fixed Aspect Ratio: changes the picture size to fit the screen size with the original picture aspect ratio
  • DVD Aspect Ratio: You can select the display configuration for playback of 16:9 screen pictures on a 4:3 screen TV. You can select from Letter Box or Pan & Scan.

Picture Settings: The BDP-S5000ES offers the following picture adjustments.

  • Picture Quality: You can choose from three picture quality settings.
    • Brighter Room: use when the room is brighter than normal
    • Theater Room: use when the room is dark
    • Standard: use in a typical room
    • Video Equalizer: allows you to manually adjust contrast, brightness, chroma, hue, sharpness, and gamma
  • Noise Reduction: This function reduces the noise in the picture.
  • FNR: This feature can be activated to reduce random noise appearing in the picture.
  • BNR: This function can be activated to reduce the mosaic-like block noise in the picture.
  • MNR: This feature can be activated to reduce minor noise around the picture outlines (mosquito noise).

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.

Playback Memory: When you play a Blu-ray disc or DVD disc, the BDP-S5000ES stores the pictures settings for each disc, letting you play the same disc with the same settings later. The player can store picture settings for up to 50 discs.

Screen Saver: The screen saver image appears when you do not use the player for more than 15 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 device from becoming damage from ghosting.

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

Audio Features

R-Core Transformer: Because of the unique design of this transformer it has an inherently low radiated hum and noise ratio as compared to other types of transformers. This translates to a better power supply for creating cleaner and better sound.

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S5000ES has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors. Multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD are output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the optical or coaxial digital output.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz, and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Mater Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and used lossless compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Mater Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.

Audio Output: The audio output differs as follows, depending on the source, output jack and the selected settings.

Disc/Source + Jacks/Settings Digital Analog
HDMI Out Jack Digital Out (Optical/Coaxial) Jacks Multi-Channel Output Jacks Stereo Output Jacks
Auto 2ch PCM Bitstream PCM
BD LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 2ch 2ch
LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 5.1ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
LPCM 7.1ch LPCM 7.1ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
Dolby Digital Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
Dolby TrueHD Dolby TrueHD LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
DTS DTS LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio DTS-HD High Resolution Audio LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
DTS-HD Master Audio DTS-HD Master Audio LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 7.1ch 2ch
DVD LPCM LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 2ch 2ch
Dolby Digital Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch Dolby Digital LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
DTS DTS LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch
CD LPCM LPCM LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch LPCM 2ch 2ch 2ch
DTS 5.1 Music CD DTS LPCM 2ch DTS LPCM 2ch 5.1ch 2ch

Audio Settings: The BDP-S5000ES allows you to adjust the following audio settings.

  • AV SYNC: This feature adjusts the gap between picture and sound by delaying the sound output in relation to the picture output from 0 to 120 milliseconds.
  • Audio Filter: You can select between two audio filters for analog audio signals.
    • Sharp: provides a wide frequency range and spatial feeling
    • Slow: provides smooth and warm sound
  • Audio DRC: The player offers four dynamic range compression levels - Auto, Standard, TV Mode, and Wide Range.

Speaker Settings: The BDP-S5000ES offers the following speaker settings when you have connected the Blu-ray player to your receiver via the unit's multi-channel analog outputs.

  • Speaker Size: Front (large or small), Center (large, small, or none), Surround (large, small, or none), Surround Back (large, small, none) Subwoofer (yes, no)
  • Speaker Distance: The distance of each speaker and the subwoofer can be adjusted from 0 to 52 feet to match the physical distance of the speakers and subwoofer from the listening position.
  • Level: Each speaker's and subwoofer's level can be adjusted from -12 to 0 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

Fan Cooled: A fan on the back of the BDP-S5000ES keeps the unit cool during operation.

Internet Functions

Bonus View: Bonus View feature provides "picture-in-picture" capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles.

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 BDP-S5000ES features an Ethernet port to connect to your home network and features a USB type-A port, as well as comes with a 1GB MicroVault Tiny Flash Drive to download these bonus features.

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.

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.

Control S In/IR In: This is a 3.5mm input used as an IR port for adding on remote repeater systems.

Connections

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The BDP-S5000ES'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 (4:2:2), Y,CB,CR (4:4:4), 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 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 7.1 channel outputs for utilizing the built-in surround decoders.

USB Extension Port: The BDP-S5000ES 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 (sold separately).

Note: The BDP-S5000ES includes a 1GB Sony MicroVault Tiny Flash Drive and does not guarantee compatibility with all other manufacture's USB flash drives.

LAN (100) Port: You can connect the player's LAN (100) terminal of the player to your Internet source using a network cable (Ethernet cable sold separately) to update the unit's software using the network. Visit www.sony.net for information about firmware updates.

RS232C: Only used for maintenance and service.

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Armour plated, top of the line

Written By Paul, Seattle,WA on Monday, March 01, 2010

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I agree that this is a reassuringly heavy machine. The buttons and controls are very pleasant to use and the whole product succeeds as a visual and tactile experience. This is a product you will enjoy using and should be proud to display.

Firmware: I bought mine from 'scratch and dent' (incidentally the only scratch or dent appeared to be the cardboard packaging, the unit is absolutely perfect) and was surprised that the firmware was about 7 versions out of date. Before you use it, update the software.

Regular DVDs: The HDMI upscaling is incredible. Provides more detail than my Yamaha receiver, but perhaps not $1,500 better. Most people will be running this unit through a decent receiver and most newer models have upscaling already. The Audio output on a regular DVD (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in this case) was far superior to my old Sony blueray player, the balance of dialogue and soundtrack was as the manufacturer wanted me to hear it and I was no longer constantly adjusting the volume.

BlueRay disks: Video output is as crisp and clear as it could be. Never seen a better picture on my TV, ever, period. Makes going to the movies look like something you might have done last century.

Audio: Sounds like a top of the range CD player.

Cons - Cost. Uses the same TV interface as the cheapest Sony players. Similar remote to the cheapest players (except it is backlit). No WiFi, no netflix streaming, makes it feel like older technology.

No Slow Functions or Still Steps

Written By Anonymous, Chicago, IL on Thursday, February 11, 2010

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This is my second Sony Blu-Ray player. The first was the BDP-S2000ES. I expected the S5000ES to have all of the capabilities of the S2000, and more. However, whereas the 2000 has slow speeds of 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16 in Play mode, the 5000 appears to have no slow functions at all. The 2000 also does still steps, another function the 5000 appears to lack.

My search is over!

Written By J Bret, New Orleans, LA on Friday, January 08, 2010

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I purchased a Sony XBR9 LCD TV just before Christmas, and absolutely love it! My current standalone DVD player is a Sony DVP-9100 ES - Great DVD Player by the way. Anyway, my next move was to purchase a solid Blu- ray player, and I knew that I had better not skimp and go for a quality machine. Since my standalone DVD player is built like a tank, again, I wanted a Blu-ray player with similar attention given to construction and detail. Since the Sony BDP-S5000ES markedly represents these attributes I decided to bite the bullet and purchase it from Crutchfield. Am I ever glad that I did! This machine's audio/video capabilities are nothing less than stellar! Sure Sony's knotch-down ES Blu-ray player, the BDP-S1000ES is a good machine - I tried it out, but preferred the additional indepent digital and analog R-Core power supplies, the solid 22lb construction and build-quality of the BDP-S5000ES. Oh, and be sure to use a Monster 'Ultimate' HDMI to link it. For audio, I use the player's on-board DTS- HD decoders via analog multi-channel out since my receiver has slightly older HDMI technology. The player's on-board DTS-HD & Dolby True HD decoding is excellent! Lastly, the ES 5-year warranty certainly adds some peace of mind; although, I don't believe you'll ever get the opportunity to put it to the test, b/c several of the ES products that I've ever owned throughout the years have far exceeded 10 years w/o a lick of trouble.

The Greatest Blu-Ray Player that Exist

Written By Ruben, Gurabo, PR on Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I buy this player some months ago, just when the price break down and found that it is an amazing machine. The video are so clear including when playing regular DVDs. The menu is very easy to understand and instinctive. The sound are pretty good, crisp and amazing too. I play some DVDs that in my old DVD player make skips and in this player it do not happen (good). In the video option menu you can make that the image look more good for your specific TV set. Also I play CDs and the sound of it is really good for music. If for some reason you do not put well the DVD or Blu-Ray disc on the tray, do not worry because this machine is built so good that it make no damage to the discs. For all this reason I highly recommend this player to anyone. The service of Crutchfield are always good.

Highly Recommended!!!

Written By Wayne, Cromwell, CT on Friday, September 11, 2009

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Totally awesome blue-ray player!! Does everything very well including upscaling standard dvd's at the pixel level rather than line by line as most other blue ray's do and the adjustable output resolution is extremely handy!! I purchased this to replace my previous ES line dvd player the DVP9000 es and this is definitely in the same league as that unit was in its day....Also love the fact you can upgrade firmware right through the player instead of burning a disc, which my pioneer blue ray required which is another reason I sold it!! Not much else to say except buy it!!! 5 year warranty and sony es quality!!

Sony ES BDP-S5000ES

Written By phyllis, pennsylvania on Thursday, July 09, 2009

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PERFECT,COULDN'T BE ANY BETTER. IT'S A SONY

Sony ES BDP-S5000ES

Written By Mike, Prescott, AZ on Sunday, March 01, 2009

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First off, the Sony is built like a tank, is made in Japan, & has a 5 yr warranty. Second, Bluray, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS Master Audio performace is awesome. How about standard DVD? Simply amazing. The Incredibles looks hi def - no joke. It could fool you. Not all standard DVDs are mastered well, but a very good mastered DVD looks close to Bluray. You won't mistake it for Bluray (except The Incredibles), but it comes very close on this machine. If you have a large collection of standard DVDs this machine is for YOU. Makes poor DVDs look watchable on your big screen and good DVDs look really good. Have a Sony LCD 46" XBR2. This TV is old by today's standards with no 120HZ or 24fps, but the picture quality via the Sony ES is flat out amazing. Very deep blacks and rich colors. I was not seeing the true potential of this TV until I got the Sony ES. If the best standard DVD upscaling available is important to you and you want top tier Bluray performance, the Sony ES will not disappoint you. Downside? Bloody expensive. C'mon Sony, really this much? Give me a break. Despite the astronomical price tag, this player is a keeper. Truly a reference product even if youur receiver or separates does not have hdmi because the analog stage with this player is on par with the video performance. System - Onkyo TXN-R805 reciever, Amp 2 for mains, Polk Lsi speakers.

Rock Solid

Written By Bart, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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The minute you take this beauty of its box you know that it is no ordinary Blu-Ray player. It is built like a rock. The face is a thing of simple beauty, and the rest of the cabinet is built like a vault.

This unit has a number of user definable settings, or you can go through the quick set-up. Once dialed in to your particular system, the images and sound are nothing short of extraordinary! The clarirty and color depth are second to none. I had a year old Sony entry level Blu-Ray before this and it doesn't hold a candle to this new unit in terms of picture, sound and of course build quality. An added bonus is how quickly you can load a disc on this unit. On my old player, you had to wait a long time before you could load a disc.

I have this unit hooked up to a Sony ES STRDA6400 Receiver via a Monster MC 1000HD cable, and it works very well! I like being able to turn both units on with one remote.

All in all, this unit is worth every last penny. It is an expensive unit, but it is sure to last a while, I'm sure, and it comes standard with a 5 year waranty form Sony!

Finally a Sony bluray player that is better than the PS3

Written By ed, WI on Thursday, December 04, 2008

This player is the promise of Bluray fully delivered. As before, video is spectacular. Audio is spectacular in every codec as well. DTS master audio (not included in previous sony products except PS3)and Dolby HD are fantastic. However, best of all, the player is finally fast. For those that have owned previous generation bluray players the most annoying thing about the technology was the patience testing load times. That was the bad old days, welcome to the good days, plop in the disc and go. In my expirience, even with the fast load feature set to off it is at least twice as fast (if not faster) as my departed BDPS2000ES. The menus and additional features work seamlessly and instantly, no more "processing time" hastle. I'm using it with an Elite pro110 plasma and can attest that its video fidelity is reference quality, it simply doesn't get better than this, for any price. Build quality is impressive, the player feels like its built from a ton of bricks and its completely silent in operation, the fan is inaudible (at least I have never heard it). The internet connection is excellent, just plug and go. In fact, this player has essentially zero negatives from any performance standpoint, NONE. This player is the first evidence that bluray is now a mature technology with no performance or functional compromises. Hopefully all its funtional advantages will trickle down to more affordable players soon.

Sony's Newest ES Blu-Ray Player

Written By Earl S., Bay Area, California on Friday, November 28, 2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I just received the Sony ES BDP-S5000ES, the design is very nice, I found it easy to hook up thanks to Crutchfields free hookup labels.

I was able to play my music cds, Blu -Ray discs, Jpeg photo cd and a Hi-Def movie I created on my pc. they all played very well In High Def format that
created stunning colors, pictures and sound.

The only downfall is that it does not play mp3 cds but that really is not a big deal overall I will be using it to watch my home movies I created in High Def and to also watch regular Blu-Ray Movies. This unit is loaded with lots of extras and has a terrifc easy setup menu to get you started when you take it out of the box.

I strongly suggest you check this unit out and you can not beat the 5 year warranty.

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