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Internet-ready Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi®, 3D-ready

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by Kristen Schaub
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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.

3D TV Learn more

With Sony's BDP-S770 you can experience the new dimension of electrifying movie thrills that only 3D Blu-ray discs can deliver. This player can also wirelessly play movies from the Internet, or music stored on your home computer. And if you have a large collection of DVDs, the 'S770 not only plays them, but also upconverts their standard-def picture to near-HD quality.

Enjoy all the extra features that Blu-ray discs offer
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. The player has 1GB of memory built in to store anything you choose to download. And iPhone® and iPod touch® users will appreciate the free BD-Remote app that lets you control the 'S770 and view movie details like cast and genre listings.

Netflix® movies, PANDORA® music, and even more entertainment options
Use this player to stream a variety of online content, like instantly available movies from Netflix® and videos from YouTube™. Or listen to PANDORA and Slacker® Internet radio played through your home theater speakers. You can also connect your digital camera or thumb drive to the player's USB port to share your videos or photos with friends and family on your TV screen.

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Key Features:

  • plays 3D Blu-ray discs, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and SACDs, as well as MP3, JPEG, and AVCHD files
  • 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)
  • find the latest info about this Blu-ray player's Internet apps at Sony's website (apps may vary by model)
  • built-in Wi-Fi for easy access to your home's wireless network
  • streams photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • BD-Live Ready — 1GB built-in memory available for downloaded content
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies remote control for compatible Sony TVs and components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • control the player and access detailed movie information from your iPhone® or iPod touch® (requires free app)
  • backlit remote control
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
  • 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
  • audio outputs include stereo, coaxial digital, and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection and possible future upgrades
  • USB port lets you share media from a compatible camera or thumb drive
  • 16-15/16"W x 1-15/16"H x 9-9/16"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/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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1
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 Blu-ray player
  • RMT-B108A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 46" Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty information
  • Online product registration information
  • "End User License Agreement" booklet
  • DIRECTV brochure

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

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

  • BD-ROM: Bonus View (Profile1.1); BD-Live (Profile2.0); BD-ROM (SL/DL); 3D Blu-ray disc (Firmware upgrade required)
  • BD-R (ver.1.1/1.2/1.3)BD-RE (ver.2.1): recordable Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • Data BD: BD-REs and BD-Rs containing MP3/AAC/WMA audio files or JPEG still-image files
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-R: record once DVD (including DL); Video and VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD; Video and VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • DVD+R: record once DVD (including DL); Video and +VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • DVD+RW: rewritable DVD; Video and +VR mode movies and MP3 or JPEG files
  • SACD: pre-recorded Super Audio CD
  • CD: pre-recorded CD
  • CD-R: record once; CD-DA and MP3 or JPEG files
  • CD-RW: rewritable CD; CD-DA and MP3 or JPEG files

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-S770 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 TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, 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 via the rear panel Ethernet terminal.

3D-Ready: The Sony BDP-S770 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p. 3D viewing requires 3D content, a 3D-ready HDTV with 3D-active 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, or a USB MSC (mass storage class) device.

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, or a USB device (Mass Storage Class or Still Image Capture Device) using the players' front-panel USB port. 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-S770 supports MP3/WMA/AAC audio files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs, or a USB device. 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-S770 Blu-ray disc player features two high-definition video outputs (HDMI, Component) and one standard-definition video output (composite).

  • HDMI (ver.1.4): The BDP-S770'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 Auto, component (4:4:4 or 4:2:2) or RGB.
  • Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. If the HDMI output is set to 1080p, the component video output is fixed at 1080i. When a copyright protected DVD is played, the maximum component video output resolution is 480p.
  • Composite Video: The composite output is always live and fixed at 480i. It can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

Precision Cinema HD Upscale: Precision Cinema HD upscale 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 sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.

1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output, the BDP-S770 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-S770 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-S770 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-S770 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
  • Disc 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-S770 offers the following video adjustments:

  • Picture Quality Mode: You can select from preset pictures settings 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 and enjoy crisp, clear images on your HDTV.

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.

Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S770 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.

Quick Start: This feature shortens the startup time from standby mode. When the Quick Start Mode is turned on the standby power consumption is higher.

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.

Auto Standby Mode: If any button on the player or remote is not pressed for more than 30 minutes, the player automatically returns to standby mode.

Audio Features

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S770 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 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 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-S770 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, Standard, and Wide Range.

Audio Outputs: The Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray disc player features two digital audio outputs (optical, coaxial) and one analog audio output (RCA)

  • Digital Audio Outputs: The BDP-S770 is equipped with a coaxial and optical digital output. The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital and coaxial digital outputs. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio. The maximum sampling frequency can also be adjusted; 96 kHz/24-bit or 48 kHz/16-bit.
  • Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo analog RCA outputs.

Cooling Fan: A fan on the back of the BDP-S770 keeps the unit cool.

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.

Built-in Wi-Fi: In addition to the unit's Ethernet port (LAN) connection, you can also easily connect wirelessly to your home's broadband network using the Blu-ray player's built-in Wi-Fi.

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-S770 features 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 filers per folder.
  • Rear Panel: The BDP-S770 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.

DLNA Certified: DLNA allows you to share music, videos, and photos between DLNA compatible devices using your DLNA home network. A DLNA network can be setup hardwired (using Ethernet port) or wirelessly (using built-in Wi-Fi).

Note: DLNA requires a home network and content stored on a DLNA compliant device (such as a Windows PC) or server.

BRAVIA Internet Video: The Sony BDP-S770 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 its built-in Wi-Fi. Currently BRAVIA Internet Video offers the following online content (as of December 2010):

  • Movies & TV: HuluPlus, Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Qriocity, Crackle, FearNet, Video Detective
  • Entertainment: YAHOO!, YouTube Videos, Dailymotion, Videocast.com, blip.tv
  • Lifestyle & How-To: Concierge.com, eHow, Epicurious, Ford Models, GolfLink.com, Howcast, LiveStrong.com, ON networks, Style.com, Wired, Podcasts
  • Music: Pandora internet radio, Slacker, Singing Fool, MyPlay

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).

Cross Search: Cross Search allows you to easily search select BRAVIA Internet Video partners for entertainment or information related to the Blu-ray disc that you are currently viewing.

Note: Requires internet connectivity and use of BRAVIA Internet Video functionality

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.

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 and built-in Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet via your home network, and features a built-in 1GB flash memory to download content. The rear-panel USB port can be used for additional storage.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Back-lit Remote: The supplied IR 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. The remote features back-lit playback buttons for easier control in the dark.

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.

iPhone/iPod Touch Remote Compatibility: You can turn your Apple iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless remote control for the Sony BDP-S770. With a free app from the Apple iTunes Store you can operate and control your Blu-ray Disc Player as well as access detailed movie information using the Blu-ray players and iPhone/iPod touch's internet connection.

Note: Application must be downloaded from the iTunes application store. Requires that the Blu-ray Disc Player and the iPhone or iPod touch be connected to the same wireless network.

 
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By SherryW, Las Cruces, NM on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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I purchased this Sony BluRay player primarily because of its' wireless Internet
streaming capability & the number of vendor options available (particularly
Amazon VOD). I have a great Harman Kardon DVD-48 workhorse, but I had been
looking at adding a 2nd player for wireless video streaming to my new Sony
Bravia LCD & this Sony BluRay player fit the bill. It is connected using an
Audioquest Forest HDMI cable.

It arrived right on time, a Crutchfield tradition I appreciate, & I had it up
and running on my secure wireless network in less than 15 minutes. It took
another 15 minutes to set up my accounts with my favorite vendors supported by
this player & I was ready to go. I'm using it only in a wireless environment & I
have had absolutely no issues with re-buffering, lag time, etc. I have been able
to stream flawlessly from Amazon VOD & NetFlix for movies, along with Pandora &
the Digital Concert Hall (an outstanding option for classical music junkies like
myself) for music thus far. The BluRay player also up-converts regular DVDs
beautifully - I don't own anything in BluRay yet so I can't speak to that
functionality but I am sure it will exceed my expectations given how superbly it
has done everything else.

This particular player must have a strong Wifi mechanism because it is located
in another room, at least 45 feet away from my wireless router, & works without
a hitch. The Sony BluRay BDP-S770 player is another high quality product from an
always reliable Crutchfield.
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1 out of 5

5 pound weakling

Written By The Garage King, Linden, MI on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
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I returned the first unit I received because right at start-up, the screen would
flash on and off. The second unit was no different. I then learned that the
signal from this Sony is so incredibly weak, it can not push through an 18-foot
long HDMI cable. The unit works just fine connected directly to the TV via a
short (4-foot MAXIMUM) HDMI cable. If your HDMI cable run is more than 4 feet,
I recommend looking at a different player. This unit is a 5-pound weakling, and
the last Sony product I will ever purchase.
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5 out of 5

Relieved

Written By Darlene, Benton, Ca. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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This 3D bluray player came out of the box and played a 3D movie . No need
for a firmwear update. AND the load time is nil. Great picture and sound. I'm
happy.
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5 out of 5

Great Upgrade

Written By Jack, Mount Juliet, TN on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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After debating my purchase to upgrade my system from an older Sony BluRay,
finally decided on the S770. Having completed the install over the weekend, my
initial evaluation is this is an excellent piece of equipment.

BluRay disc start up is very fast. Picture quality is excellent.

Have an older 7.1 receiver so am passing bitstream via PCM through HDMI to
my receiver. Needed to change the factory audio settings to PCM and bitstream
to do this. Audio is exceptional with DTS MA pumping 7.1 sound through my
system after this set up.

What's really cool is the range of video and audio internet feeds coming through
the system. Pandora, for example, provides clear, digital audio through the 770.

Started with WiFi which worked OK. My modem is a few rooms away and I was
getting a 60% signal. Switched to ethernet (which was available) which really
improved things. Data is now lightning fast.

Have not tried everything yet, but for what I was looking to do, can only give 5
stars to this player.
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By BillC, Livingston, MT on Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Picture quality and sound is excellent. Fast connection to Wifi but the Wifi
drops network if your wireless modem is in another room. Five bars on the BluRay
is not like 5 bars on a MacBook. I moved my modem to our media room so I could
hard wire the BluRay. Now works for Pandora.
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By Jon M., Woodbine, MD on Friday, March 18, 2011
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Fantastic audio and video from this BD player. I was very impressed with the
sound quality of some older CDs I play on this--very crisp and clear. I have not
yet connected this device to my home computer network but I do not anticipate
any problems with the wireless connection since my Sony Bravia TV connected
without any trouble. My only issue is with the remote and small buttons that are
difficult to see in low light. I am very pleased with this BD player!
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By RPK, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, February 17, 2011
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I'll provide full disclosure...I usually buy Sony products, so can be biased. I
have a Sony TV and other components, so was interested in a Sony Blu-Ray for
the compatibility and syncing features. I also bought the 770 when it was on
sale for a comparable price to the 550. Not sure if it's necessarily worth the
difference, but at the sale price it was a great deal!

I have the quick-load feature turned off, and find that movies do load slowly,
compared to a DVD player, but it is not an unbearable wait. What I find
frustrating is that I can't seem to just go to the Disc Menu, I have to
"fast-forward" through each preview on most discs before being able to select
chapters, or simply play the movie. (maybe I'm
missing something)

I love the profile of the machine and it has a fantastic feature set. Fantastic
video and audio playback.

Netflix is a great feature, and after upgrading our internet to 18mbps service I
rarely have the movie freeze. I'm still not sure if this is a player problem,
router problem, or Netflix problem. In any case, it seems to work great. My only
other complaint is the lack of functionality within Netflix. You can only select
movies already in your Instant queue. I would at the least like to be able to
rate a movie after it was watched, rather than have to log in to the account
from a computer. And of course it would be ideal to be able to browse movies to add.

That keeps the player from getting 5 stars.
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4 out of 5

Good BR Player, WiFi link is weak

Written By Jeff K, Acton, MA on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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I purchased this BR DVD player about 3 weeks ago and have generally been quite happy
with it. The picture quality is quite good on both BR and regular DVDs and the startup time
is much faster than my first generation BR player. The menus provided to access Internet
content such as Netflix and Pandora are easy to navigate. My only complaint is that the
internal WiFi does not pickup the signal from my access point very well. In order to stream
video, you really need to have close to 100% signal strength or the video stream will
continually stop and rebuffer. I ended up adding a WiFi repeater which brought the signal
strength up to the level I needed.

If you want to use the network capabilities of this device, I recommend you either locate it
near your access point, or use a hardwired ethernet connection. Other than that, it's a very
good player.
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By asablan, Saipan, MP on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
 
Love the unit. Clear, crisp picture. Setup to network was very simple.
Playing a movie and viewing picture off a USB thumb drive is very convenient.

Caution to individuals with internet providers who are not registered in the United States.
You will not be able to activate the enhanced features. No Hulu, No Pandora, No Netflix.
You do still get Youtube.

Still trying to see if I can set up a proxy on this to get the enhanced features activated.
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5 out of 5

"Good Player"

Written By Cong.H, San Jose,CA on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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Good product. Plays crisp pictures.
I would recommend this product.
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5 out of 5

Great Blu-Ray player - and much more

Written By MarkB, Califon, NJ on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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When I was shopping for a Blu-Ray player, I was really focused on just getting the
best Blu-Ray performance for the dollar.

Now that I have had the Sony BDP for awhile, though, it is clear that it is more than
just a Blu-Ray device. The range of services to which it connects over the Internet
is both amazing and very useful. In particular, the Pandora radio and NetFlix
capabilities are nice (although NetFlix needs to stream more movies and reduce
its reliance on DVDs).

You can also synch up with your music collection on a PC serving the house, use
other movie services, visit You Tube, and discover a whole slew of services that I
didn't even know existed.
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4 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By jetlag, Vanceboro, NC on Monday, January 31, 2011
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Awesome machine,starts and loads dvd's very fast. Wireless internet setup was a snap. It
was purchased to compliment a new Onkyo PR-SC 5508 3D preamplifier. I only wish it had
two HDMI outputs instead of one.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By Anonymous, TX on Friday, January 28, 2011
 
Received this product in Dec, 2010. I believe it provides a great picture even with DVDs.
I had never used the internet to watch videos or movies before, but when we got this unit
hooked up, we began watching movies through Netflix. What a great way to watch
them!! The ability to log in and pull up a movie without having to go and rent one
otherwise is so easy. I have had no issues at all and will certainly look forward to future
Sony products.
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4 out of 5

Good Product

Written By ohm777, USA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
 
Good product. Plays crisp pictures. Varied internet options (we use Netflix). Two [minor] complaints ... the ON/OFF button is on the left right above the disk load tray and the OPEN/CLOSE button for the tray is on the right. Ergonomically speaking, I would have put the OPEN/CLOSE button on the left (over the disk tray). Backlit remote control isn't that great either. Yes, there is backlighting, but they only light up the perimeter of each button and not the button itself. Consequently you can't "see" the buttons' functions. Buttons are black and not translucent. Thus, in a dark room, unless you have the buttons memorized, you can't see what button you're pushing. So there's no value added since you still have to turn on the light to read the buttons. Overall, I would recommend this product, but it definitely could have been designed better.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By SamK, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, January 20, 2011
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I love my new Sony BDP-S770. It's totally awesome. Set up was a breeze and it
plays well with my Sony A/V Receiver and my Sony LCD TV.
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4 out of 5

Great player, but Netflix streamer is buggy

Written By Jay P, South Florida on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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For the most part I love this player. Turns on very fast & love the built in WiFi, can even
download an app to control with your iPhone (it's a guy thing). However, occassionally
when streaming Netflix the player will freeze up & kick you out. This wouldn't be a big
deal but it doesn't remember where you left off so you have to fast forward back to where
you were. I have the unit in a well ventilated area so don't know if it's heat buildup or
firmware. Hope Sony fixes this bug. Other than that I love this player but can't give it 5
stars.
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5 out of 5

Blu-Ray keeps getting better

Written By John L, Effort, PA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but what I did get was a machine far beyond
my expectations. The internet feature is one of the coolest and easiest to use. It
was easy to connect and to install. You can do this "blind-folded". I'm very
pleased with this Sony player and with its performance. I can recommend it
without hesitation.
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5 out of 5

Great Blu Ray Player

Written By Mason, Bartlett, TN on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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I had been looking at quite a few Blu Ray players and finally decided on this
one for the features and price point. I am very happy with my purchase!
Start-up times are minimal (I really don't notice much difference from my old
DVD player), wireless streaming works well (I have a Netflix subscription and
have watched quite a few movies and shows), plus there are lots of extra
features and apps to enjoy with this player. Crutchfield had the best price on
it, and as always their service is outstanding, so it was an easy decision to go
with this one.
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4 out of 5

Not the best Hulu Plus implementation

Written By Uwe, Austin, TX on Thursday, January 13, 2011
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I have had this player for about 3 months and can proudly give 4 stars. Blu-ray performance is overall excellent; however, my old player definitely delivers a slightly better picture. I tested its streaming capabilities and connected the player wirelessly to the Internet, which setup was easy to do, even with WEP encryption enabled. I have tested Crackle, Hulu Plus, and Netflix, and this is what I found:

Whenever programming is interrupted by commercials as seen in Crackle and Hulu Plus, it's a major interrupt as the player cannot preload commercials to allow a seamless operation between the movie and commercials (btw, Roku does this brilliantly). Then, both interfaces do a lousy job accurately showing the precise order of episodes. It's actually in reverse, meaning; you need to scroll to the last episode to start with the first episode of any given series. As for Netflix, it does a real nice job there, since Netflix (kudos!) is commercial-free. However, the implementation does not support NetFlix's "Browse and Search" as Roku provides. In order to watch NetFlix movies you would typically log on to NetFlix from your computer and place movies into the Instant Queue. Overall, the wireless interface works well. At times during operations it loses the connection to the Internet, and sometimes you need to restart the entire movie (when "retry" doesn't work). I am using a wireless n-router and my Internet speed is 24 Mbit/sec.
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5 out of 5

First BluRay

Written By Old Music, Long Island, NY on Tuesday, December 07, 2010
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Easy to setup. Great Picture on my Sony 40XBR9. Fast load as promised. Still one minor glitch that I should be able to iron out in the setup. After watching a Blu-ray I have to restart my flat screen in in order to get the full screen for HD TV.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By VICTORB410, HERNDON, VA on Saturday, November 27, 2010
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GREAT PRICE FOR A TOP OF THE LINE BLUE RAY PLAYER...PLUS IT PLAYS
SACD IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THOSE!! EASY TO HOOK UP AND PLAY... WITH
WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION AND 3D READY HOW CAN YOU LOSE!!!
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5 out of 5

Possibly the best Blu-Ray player ever

Written By Jagar, Fort Leonard Wood, MO on Saturday, October 30, 2010
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A spectacular machine! I've owned a Sony BDP S-300 for over 3 years. It
was a fine Blu-Ray player, but took 2 minutes to boot up and another 2 minutes
to read a disc, plus it lacked any capability to stream movies to my TV, so it
was time to upgrade.

What a difference! The new Sony BDP S770 takes just seconds to boot up and
Blue-Ray discs play almost instantaneously. The operation menu is simple and
intuitive. Sony integrated everything flawlessly, including Wi-Fi. Setup was a
breeze and took just 10 minutes. The picture is fantastic. Streaming movies
from Netflix proved easy and is the way of the future. This is the best money I
have ever spent for a video component. I was also impressed by the small
footprint of the BDP-S770. It's less than half the size of the Blu-Ray player
it replaced.

I received outstanding service from Crutchfield. The BDP-S770 was on their
website weeks before any retail outlet and I got the player just three days
after I ordered it.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Player

Written By JeffW, Loma Linda, CA on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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This machine does everything. Very easy to setup and operate. Streaming of movies,
music, etc., using the WLAN is seamless, no annoying interruptions. Sony has yet
again produced a winner.
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S770

Written By Gabe, Pico Rivera, CA on Saturday, October 09, 2010
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This is the first Blu Ray purchase I have ever made and I am certainly glad I purchased this one. There are so many apps included with this player. Setting up to your wireless network is flawless and hook up to your TV is easy. I like that the player loads discs relatively fast also. Overall, I am very pleased with this player and I highly recommend it.
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4 out of 5

Very good player, but....

Written By Steve, NYC on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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This is my first Blu-Ray player. The setup was very easy but I had one issue. My player is
connected to a A/V receiver and I am also using a Tivo. After watching a Blu-Ray and
turning the player off I was not able to watch TV via Tivo. The Blu_Ray player comes with
the HDMI control setting turned on and this was causing an issue with my TV. Once I
turned this setting off everything worked fine.

The Player boots up very quickly and the picture quality is fantastic but like I said before
this is my first player and I am sure they all have a fantastic picture.
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