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3D Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Sony BDP-S780

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

Take your entertainment to a whole new level
This Sony player will do an amazing job playing exciting 3D movies on Blu-ray, movies and TV shows from the Internet, and even music stored on your home computer. The Sony BDP-S780 comes out of the box ready to connect to your wireless home network, no cables or adapters required, so you'll be able to enjoy it right away. And if you have a large collection of DVDs, the 'S780 not only plays them but also upconverts their standard-def picture to near-HD quality — and can even create a 3D effect with standard 2D Blu-rays and DVDs.

Enjoy all the extra features that Blu-ray discs offer
With the 'S780, 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. And iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ phone users will appreciate the free media app that lets you control the 'S780 and view details like cast and genre listings.

Netflix® movies, Internet radio, 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® Internet radio and Slacker® online music 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. And if you connect an optional camera, you can even talk to friends and family over the Internet via Skype®.

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Key Features:

  • plays standard and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs
  • built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity to link to a wireless network
  • 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™ (requires free app)
  • Skype® Internet calling (subscription and camera required)
  • creates 3D effect on 2D Blu-ray and DVDs
  • plays AVCHD video files recorded on HD camcorders and burned to DVD
  • 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, digital optical and digital coaxial
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection
  • USB port lets you share media from a compatible camera or thumb drive
  • 17"W x 1-13/16"H x 7-13/16"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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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-ready Blu-ray player
  • RMT-B112A 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

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

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S780 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-S780 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-S780 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.

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-S780 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

16-Bit Video Processing: The Sony BDP-S780 features 16-bit video processing for premium picture quality.

Video Outputs: The Sony BDP-S780 Blu-ray disc player features one high-definition HDMI output and two standard-definition video outputs (Component/composite).

  • HDMI (ver.1.4): The BDP-S780'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-S780 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.

3D-Ready: The Sony BDP-S780 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p.

Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.

2D-3D Conversion: The Sony BDP-S780 can convert 2D (two-dimensional) video content into simulated 3D (three-dimensional) video when connected to a 3D-ready TV, with 3D-glasses.

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-S780 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-S780 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-S780 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-S780 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-S780 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-S780 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-S780 Blu-ray disc player features a digital audio output (coaxial/optical) and one analog audio output (RCA).

  • Digital Audio Outputs: The BDP-S780 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 coaxial/optical 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.

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-S780 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-S780 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 (MP3/WMA), video (MPEG2), and photo (JPEG) files between DLNA compatible devices using your DLNA home network and the Sony BDP-S780. 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 (built-in WiFi).

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-S780 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 built-in WiFi. 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).

Skype Video Chat: Built-in Skype capability makes it easy to communicated with friends and family all over the globe with internet voice and video calls (for free). Simply add a compatible microphone/camera (sold separately) to make Skype-to-Skype video calls or Skype-to-phone calls through your compatible Sony TV.

Note: Requires USB webcam. Broadband speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD). Video quality may vary. Subject to Skype's terms and conditions

Web Browser: Once you have connected to the Internet via the Blu-ray player's Ethernet terminal or built-in WiFi, 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 and built-in WiFi 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-S780 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 & 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) & 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-S780 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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3 out of 5

Excellent features, very temperamental

Written By MarthaJ, Sherman, CT on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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Small, great features, easy to install. However, the first unit from Sony was exchanged because it wouldn't connect to the Internet. As usual, Crutchfield service was excellent and they quickly exchanged the Sony Blu-ray. Now, after little use, the tray doesn't open, so I have to exchange with Sony. It is under warranty but a nuisance to pack and ship. Sony products are not as dependable as they once ere, but I am always comfortable buying from Crutchfield, as a customer for a about 30 years.
Pros:
Features, small size, quality of picture, firmware updates
Cons:
Fussy, features often do not work need repair.
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4 out of 5

Compact yet feature-packed

Written By Anonymous, Spokane, WA on Friday, January 27, 2012
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This was a replacement for a Samsung player, which arrived unable to play DVDs. This Sony was the product that the Crutchfield rep and I decided upon as a suitable replacement.

It has worked fine, after an immediate firmware update upon arrival. The WiFi support is great, since ethernet doesn't reach that area of of my home. It's able to play all format. It has excellent support for internet, including YouTube, Netflix, etc (after a setup process with Sony). The automatic upscaling works quite well, with no obvious artifacts.

Does all that I'd ask of it. Now all I need is a 3D TV.... Later this year.
Pros:
WiFi setup was a snap. UI is clean, once you understand how it's organized. You get a half-dozen categories horizontally, with numerous items in each category vertically when the category is selected. Starts of very quickly (5-10 seconds) when you enable the fast-start option. My previous Sony DVD player could take MINUTES to start.
Cons:
The on-screen keyboard is quite awkward to use. It's set up much like a phone, with 4 characters per 'button'. It's painfully slow to enter urls.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony BDP-S780

Written By Anonymous, Illinois on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Awsome
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3 out of 5

WiFi is weak

Written By Griff, Omaha on Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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The Bluray player works very well. The built in WiFi is very weak and does not pick up a good signal at all. It only gets a 5% signal from our WiFi and is not even useable for Netflix. Our PS3 gets a 70-80% signal in the same location. Unless it is moved close to the router, it does not get a good WiFi signal.
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3 out of 5

Lacks Essential Feature

Written By DanD, Cedar Falls, IA on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
 
I had some issues setting up Netflix, but I am relatively happy with this device. It works well with the Sony LED TV. I never considered that an expensive late model device like this wouldn't play MP3 disks but that was an afterthought on my part - and perhaps Sony's as well.
Pros:
Wonderful HD and 3D performance
Cons:
Lacks MP3 compatibility - Ouch
[Editor's Note: The BDP-S780 plays MP3, WMA, and AAC files from several different types of discs: BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW.]
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Sony BDP-S780

Written By Jayaretea, SLC, UT on Sunday, November 27, 2011
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Not as internet ready as advertised, specifically Netflix support. During setup the player required an update before it provided internet support. Netflix requires additional player activation before registering the device with Netflix. For whatever reason, that activation didn't get through my firewall and failed. All other Netflix boxes, Roku & WD, in the house registered with Netflix just fine. Sony's additional nonsense prevents some uses from full functionality. Don't buy this player if Netflix use is a requirement.
Pros:
Good image quality.
Cons:
Almost internet ready. Fan.
6 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice Bluray

Written By DaveC, South jersey on Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Generally I am very pleased with this BD player. My only quibble is with the remote.Since I have a Sony TV and saw that the TV could be turned on by the remote, I gave it a try. I could turn the TV on and off, change the inputs and change the volume. BUT there is no option to change the channels. How useless is that? One extra control and I am one remote less. Bummer. Also the manual, if you would call it that is quite brief about the many options offered by the BD player. Other than these two items, it seems to be fine player.
Pros:
Easy setup and fast startup
Cons:
Remote
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5 out of 5

Excellent device

Written By Willie, New York, NY on Monday, September 12, 2011
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I bought this device based on the excellent reviews about it all over the internet. Not only it arrived just two days later, I was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the player. Setup was a breeze as I own a PS3. The interface is the same. I upgraded the firmware and voila! I bought it basically for Netflix and Skype. Fortunately, I own a Microsoft Lifecam Cinema webcam that happened to be compatible with Skype via the Blu-Ray player. Now I can communicate with my family overseas from the TV set in my living room. All in all, this device is great. Only gripe is a special Skype button on the remote control would have been nice. Nothing is perfect. Did I mention that you can download a special application for iPod/iPhone on iTunes market or Android Marketto control all the features via any Apple and Android phones? Both apps work like a charm as long as you are on the same network as the Blu-Ray player. Trust me, you cannot go wrong with this device. Moreover, buy it from Crutchfield and your experience will be tripled. I would recommend this player to anyone.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Blu Ray Player;Great Companion to Sony 3D TV

Written By ABOB, Western Massachsusetts on Thursday, September 01, 2011
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Bought this last week from Crutchfield because we were tired of long BluRay load times on our old Panasonic and were also anxious to see what the latest BR player could do for our new 46" Sony Bravia 3D TV. Spent the weekend comparing the Sony 780 to old BR and to a new Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Blu Ray. No Contest in every respect....picture quality, load time, number of adjustment functions. and 1st rate internet connectivity, including some stunning streaming 3D (you'll need dsl > 8+ mps for this to work), Netflix, Amazon, and VUDU (check out VUDU quality, content and pricing options for sure). Internet software/remote control integration is very slick, especially as a Sony 3D TV companion, and IMHO, way, way better than Panasonic BDT210. Options for 3D picture adjustment and 2D->3D conversion work very well and are also better than on BDT210.
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5 out of 5

maybe yours is defective

Written By PaulC, Mason,Wv on Sunday, June 19, 2011
 
I have 3 other players that stream netflix and now I have the Sony S-480. To say the quality of thre streaming video is bad is either a internet connection problem, a temporary thing, or even a defective player, but my quality of video on all streaming services is as good as it can be. Crutchfield has the best customer service in the business. Just send the S-780 back...
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3 out of 5

Sony BDP-S780

Written By Rich, FL on Monday, June 13, 2011
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Don't buy this unit if you will be using it to access Netflix. The picture quality is horrible. Otherwise it plays Blu-ray DVD's fine.
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