A power player

Sony's BDP-S790 has the necessary horsepower to take on a multitude of tasks. Powerful 16-bit video processing means Blu-ray movies, regular and 3D, will look magnificent. So will your favorite DVDs, with picture quality boosted to better match the resolution of your HDTV. This player also uses a dual-core processor to help movies and media stream faster and web pages load quicker.

Thousands of movies and millions of songs await

Use this player to stream a variety of online content, from instantly available movies on Netflix® to videos from YouTube™. Or listen to Pandora® Internet radio played through your home theater speakers. With built-in Wi-Fi you can take advantage of the 'S790's online capabilities without running Ethernet cable. You can also stream movies, pictures and music directly from your home computer. When you connect your digital camera or thumb drive to either of the player's USB ports, you can instantly share your videos or music.

Use your phone as a remote...

Thanks to the free Sony TV SideView app download, you can use your iPhone®, or compatible Android™ phone to control the BDP-S790 via Wi-Fi. Plus, the iPad® and lots of other tablets work too. Best of all, in addition to regular remote functions, the app lets you use your smartphone's QWERTY keyboard to make movie and video searching a whole lot easier.

...and this player as a phone

The 'S790 is ready to Skype™ when you are. Just add a Sony CMU-BR100 camera/microphone module and you can video chat with friends and family, near and far.

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Key Features:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, SACDs, and rewriteable CDs
  • dual-core processor for faster loading of video media and web content
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • dual HDMI outputs let you connect two displays, like an HDTV and a projector
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows, movies, and music from a number of sources, including Netflix®, YouTube™, and Pandora® Internet radio (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)
  • 4K video upscaling for use with Ultra HD TVs
  • streams photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • control the player with your smartphone using Sony's free TV SideView app for Apple® and Android devices
  • 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
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p and 4K via HDMI output
  • 16-bit video processing with Super Bit Mapping
  • 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D Blu-ray and DVD movies
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • video outputs include composite video and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo, optical digital and coaxial digital
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection
  • Skype™-ready with addition of optional Sony CMU-BR100 camera/microphone module
  • USB port lets you share media from a compatible camera or thumb drive
  • 16-15/16"W x 1-5/8"H x 8-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • 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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sony bdp-s790

Written By nitrofire, fontana ca on Sunday, March 30, 2014

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does every thing as advertised

Pros: works as adveritsed

Cons: none

Better Than Most!

Written By Michael P., Indianapolis area on Friday, March 28, 2014

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This is one of the best blu ray players I own, and I have 5. This does a great job of up scaling the picture on older DVDs. It also loads faster than other players. I was so impressed with it that I bought a second one.

Pros: Great picture; great up scaling; loads fast

Cons: Not owning one!

Great value for the money

Written By Fred W, San Diego, Ca. on Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Very easy setup. Picture and sound quality are excellent. Netflix is easy to setup and access. I like the touch control's on top of the unit.

Pros: Easy to use. Price

Cons: None

Only lasted 6 months.

Written By Keith, Orlando, FL on Sunday, February 16, 2014

This BDP-S790 worked great for 6 months and one week. Then suddenly when I turn it on it displays "WAIT" like I had inserted a disc. The just stays like that. Obviously this Sony had design issues. Notice the review from Dec 2013, his only lasted 6 months too. It is upsetting that Sony will not even cover the shipping for 100% warranty coverage. It is also upsetting that I will have to wait WEEKS for another unit. Gee, then when the replacement unit fails 6 months after arrival, it will be out of the 1 year warranty.

Cons: Only last 6 months.

Sony BDP-S790 Reviews

Written By ME, Chantilly, VA on Friday, February 14, 2014

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Absolutely outstanding product. Incredible picture, classy design (including touch-sensitive controls on top), extremely easy set up and flawless performance over a variety of inputs. Two HDMI outputs allows 3D video signal to television directly plus HD audio to non-3D capable receiver. Chosen over comparable competitors for features and reputation (never tried Sony but, hey, they developed Blu-Ray so they've got to have some edge/experience.) Could not be happier.

Very nice

Written By Alexander J B, Austin, TX on Monday, January 27, 2014

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Got this for a dark media room with an Epson projector and an 85" screen (all from Crutchfield). This unit is sturdy and I chose it over the Oppo for features. It has a metal frame (sturdy) and the wi if works like a champ. The sound and picture are amazing with accurate colors and little to no blur. Even 3D looks fantastic. Couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.

Pros: Build quality, features, sound picture and ease of set up.

Cons: None yet...

Sony BDP-S790

Written By doug, Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, January 20, 2014

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Hooked this up to a new LCD screen TV and through my 10 year old receiver with digital optical only. The sound is better than I expected but what blew me away was the quality of a regular DVD played through this baby!

Pros: The unit is small. Unbelievable picture quality.

good and easy to install

Written By Bill, Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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I initially got the product to play some DVD's that were given to me as a Christmas present. It was incredibly easy to use, the WIFI is very good, with good picture quality and it has opened me to a different world of on demand using Netflix, Hulu, etc....

A great product, easy to use, and low profile.

Great Sony product

Written By Yoda, Peoria, IL on Friday, January 10, 2014

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Great product if you need a Blu-Ray player + all of the add ins!

Definitely worth the money

Written By JohnE, Annapolis, MD on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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A full-featured product supporting all popular DVD formats, plus internet access. Excellent Blu-ray performance.

Pros: Easy to configure and use. Has analog video and audio outputs in addition to HDMI output.

Excellent Blu-Ray player

Written By Bob S, Fairfield CT on Monday, January 06, 2014

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Powerful yet small blu-Ray player, able to stream video and serve as the core component of an entertainment center. Easy to set up. Would purchase again.

Pros: Compact size and features

Cons: None to date

Very Nice!

Written By Gary, Sierra Vista on Saturday, January 04, 2014

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I bought this to go with my new Sony TV 3D and the first movie I watched was the latest Star Trek flick and it was so cool. I loved the picture no problems that I noticed. It is a cream puff to install and I love the wireless network capability and doing a firmware upgrade before I used it. I am real pleased with my purchase and the excellent sales and service employees at Crutchfield.

Pros: Affordable with awesome picture and features.


Written By JR, Randleman, NC on Friday, January 03, 2014

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At this time I can not find anything bad about this player.

Pros: Internet apps. Pandora Etc. Great 3D, Quick load, Quick Play.


Sony BDP - S790

Written By JohnS, Wichita , Kansas on Thursday, January 02, 2014

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Great . did updates and it added Amazon . Now streaming movies is a snap.

Pros: Ease of use and speed .

Cons: None

More than Blue-ray

Written By DrBrian, Marshalltwon, IA on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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This player does so much more than just play Blue-ray disk it should be called something more....like "ultimate media player machine." Connecting it to the network was easy, and both video streaming and disk play are flawless. I can play online content as well as stream video from my media pc, laptop or tablet.

Pros: Video quality Ability to play streamed vide

Cons: Some files that play fine on PC won't play on this player

Sony BDP-S790

Written By Bill, Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Does everything I purchased player for, streams smooth. Makes a dumb T.V. smart.

Good Product

Written By larry.l, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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I am only giving this product 4 stars because the composite interface is not active when using the HDMI interface. Crutchfield delivery was on-time and without hassle as usual.

Nice unit

Written By Anonymous, Sacramento, California on Saturday, December 21, 2013

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I purchased the unit after reviewing the spec's online.

Pros: Does everything the spec's state.

Cons: Not sure if all features are truly necessary, worth paying for ?


Written By Ravi T., Santa Clara, CA on Friday, December 20, 2013

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It is excellent product and happy with Crutchfield

Pros: NA

Cons: NA

Works Great !

Written By NY411, Upstate NY on Friday, December 20, 2013

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This unit works great ! I have a cheaper Sony Blu Ray and I really don't care for it,due to it is too slow processing. This unit is fast ! I use it a lot for streaming (Net Flix, You Tube, etc.). I would guess due to the dual core processor. Also for us old school people, this Sony has the analog outputs so I can hook it to my vintage Pioneer receiver as well as 2 HDMI outs for non-integrated surround systems.

Pros: Fast Processor, Loads Quick, Loaded Jack Pack with Analog outs,Great picture as expected, Remote lay out is user friendly.

Cons: Non-Lighted Remote !

3D Blu Ray DVD

Written By John, Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday, December 08, 2013

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5 Stars is not high enough!! No words can describe how " fantastic " this format is. Figures jumping out of the screen into my lap caused me to leap off the sofa!! Machine is super fast loading and extreamly quiet.

Pros: Fast loading ~ Silent ~ Touch control on top of unit ~ Very friendly remote. The dual HDMI's for sound & video create a great home theater.

Cons: Are you kidding ! There are NONE.


Written By Ed, Sedona on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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It failed completely within six months. To get a replacement you have to ship it at your expense, (after many tortured hours on the website and the telephone they did offer to pay for the shipping). They then decide whether to exchange it; presumably it better not have a scratch. In the meantime you wait, and rather than sending you a refurbished or new replacement and then you send in the old one in that box, you box it up in whatever you can find. You better not have misplaced an accessory, either. This is lousy customer relations. I have had electronic products fail, and on every other occasion with other companies have had a good outcome. Obviously I am done with Sony - never again!

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Rating of "1".


Written By Gbsailor, Connecticut on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Got this to go with my Sony 4k TV. The display from the player is beautiful in both 3-d and 2d. The up conversion to 4k is very sharp. All in all, just a fine player.

Pros: Easy set-up. Great internet selection. Easy to use menus. Great picture quality.

Cons: None so far. Don't really expect any!

Great Blu-Ray Player

Written By RonnieG, Asheboro, NC on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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I have had this player ( BDP-S790 ) for about two weeks and it has performed beyond my expectations. The Blu- ray player has a GREAT picture and the setup to my home network was easy. There are some features I have not tried but the ones I have tried work fine. The Netflix service works real good and also Pandora. For the price its a great deal.

Pros: Great Picture and Sound

Cons: None at this time.

better than i imaginef

Written By tim, mia. fl. on Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Great machine.does everything i needed plus more.

Pros: Great audio.two hdmi outputs.can separate vid and audio.tons of apps.fast loading.no stalling or buffering problems.refurbished.like new.great price.no taxes free shipping less than 48hrs.

Cons: None

Great video and great sound

Written By JLBS, Levittown, PR on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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This is a great piece of equipment. I got it because I needed a sony Blu Ray with analog audio outputs and not only has that but other great features. Streaming Video and music are excellent. Is very light weight but sturdy of construction and fits just about anywhere. I also liked the soft-touch buttons.

Pros: Lightweight but sturdy, fits anywhere, great soft-touch buttons, analog audio outputs

Cons: Too many steps to register for certain Video and Audio providers. Slow Browser.

Great player with a few quirks

Written By ThomasF, Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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This is a great player--handles Blu-Ray, DVDs, SACDs, CDs, High-Def Audio disks (High Fidelity Pure Audio) and other formats well. Also comes with a free 30-day subscription to the Berlin Philharmonic on the Internet--top quality audio and video concerts! There are just a few quirks that prospective buyers should know:
1. There is no random track selection, that is, you can't punch in a CD track number and have the player start to play it. You have to start the play and then press the next track button repeatedly until you reach your desired track. A rather odd omission.
2. For SACDs and High-Def audio discs, not even the track number is shown (it does show for regular CDs). All you see is total elapsed time of the disk (does show on screen).
3. The Opera browser supplied with the player will browse the Internet, sort of. But be aware that it has limitations. First using the remote to enter URLs and other alphanumeric information is very slow and clumsy. Worse the browser won't support common formats. I went to YouTube to listen to a Tchaikovsky violin concerto. I eventually got there but then received a message that the browser didn't support the format of the video and that the player needed wasn't available for my browser. However the quality of the audio is always extremely good, especially on the SACDs and the High-Def Audio disks (which are Blu-Ray), especially with the 5.1 audio channels. Could profit from ability to connect a Bluetooth keyboard & mouse

Pros: Great sound, great video, great price,

Cons: Quirky track select, clumsy alphanumeric entry from remote, limited Browser capabilities

Awesome Player!!!

Written By Dan, palm bay on Sunday, September 08, 2013

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I've owned many Sony players this is simply the best to date great picture and loads of features!

Pros: Just Awesome

Cons: None


Written By Anonymous, Auburn il on Sunday, August 25, 2013

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This has the features I was looking for. Performs well wire less is nice.

Pros: Small design

Cons: None

Awesome Player

Written By HTran, Rockville, MD on Monday, August 19, 2013

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Great player. The 3D and Blu Ray picture quality is great as expected. But what is unexpected is the how great this player up converts DVDs. I have a Playstation 3 and this player easily out performs the DVD up conversion. The dual HDMI outputs is very useful as I don't have to upgrade my Denon recieiver in order to pass HDMI 1.4 signal. One HDMI output is directly connected to my projector for video while the other HDMI output is for audio only. Incredible fast loading.

Pros: 3D & Blu Ray quality. Great DVD up conversion. Dual HDMI outputs. Fast loading.

Cons: None except that it would be great if this player had a Bluetooth remote control in additon to the infrared remote.

What a differance

Written By Glenn S., Pinole, CA. on Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Sony's BDP-S790 is a magnificent machine chock full of features. High resolution, up scaling video, and HD audio including the SACD, and DTS formats that you usually don't find on DVD players in this price range. I bought this for a friend and he loves it. He had a Samsung player that wouldn't play certain BD movies from RedBox. This player loads them right up in seconds. If.you're looking for a good player at a great price this is it

Cons: None


Written By System Installer, Illinois on Saturday, August 10, 2013

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Sleek, fast and beautiful; loads and cues very quickly, rock solid playback, gorgeous picture and Skype capability is the cherry on top! It also does a nice job of upscaling lower res material. The price may hold some shoppers back but the performance is on a par with machines costing much, much more. Go for it, I say!

Pros: Compact size, nice looks, snappy handling of media, very pretty picture, Skype!

Cons: When you leave the store the only thing left in your pockets will be lint.

Exellent Blu-Ray Player -- Sony's Best

Written By JF, Washington, DC on Thursday, August 01, 2013

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Tried the BDP-S590 and thought it was poor. Returned it and got the BDP-S790 and have been very satisfied with it. Great controls, fast internet apps, fast load times. Leaps and bounds better than the BP-S590.

Pros: Great controls, fast load times, excellent performer, beautiful design, very flexible.

Cons: None

Sony BDP-S790

Written By M, Puerto Rico on Monday, July 22, 2013

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Excellent product easy to use, friendly remote control and display I'm enjoying better picture and sound that my old Sony-Blu-Ray. Another purchased from Crutchfield with complete satisfaction good job.

Pros: Excellent sound and video.

Cons: None


Written By momlovesit, maplewood,nj on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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we may be the last in the world to switch to blueray but it has a fantastic picture. The smooth operating buttons are a blast my kids love them. The HDMI connections allow you to connect to a TV and projector simultaneously...YEAH!

Sony BDP-S790

Written By Jack, Flemington,NJ on Monday, July 08, 2013

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GREAT unit !!! Really improves an old DVD movie. Watched a 4K bluray movie and was amazed at the quality. Blew me away !!!!

Pros: easy to use and easy setup

Cons: None


Written By Roger D, Houston, TX on Friday, July 05, 2013

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FINALLY a blu ray player that approaches the level of performance of a regular DVD player! I've owned several blu ray players including the old Sony BDP-S570. I also currently own the Oppo BDP-95. My number one complaint has been response time i.e. the time between when you press a button to the time when the player responds. This is the first player I've had besides the Oppo that responds immediately when you press a button while watching a movie e.g. rewind, fast forward. It boots up quickly too when a disc is inserted. There is hardly any noticeable performance difference between the $1000 Oppo and this $750 cheaper Sony when playing a blu ray or DVD disc. And to top it off this Sony Player has my favorite feature of all (which most Sonys have always had) a Replay button which instantly skips back 10 seconds with one push of it. No messing with the rewind or fast forward buttons which can take you too far really fast. Not even my Oppo has this feature believe it or not. (which is very irritating after spending $1000!) Set up including Wi-Fi was simple. I would even say idiot proof! (Unless you have difficulty screwing in a light bulb.) And it even comes with a real paper owners manual. All that said I would recommend not reading anymore reviews and click "add to cart". As always Crutchfield customer service was outstanding!

Pros: Fast, 10 second Replay button, nice remote lay out, easy setup

Cons: none

Sony BlueRay Player

Written By RKR, FM, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Though we have not had a lot of time to use the new player, the initial setup was fairly simple and blended well with both new and old electronics. Hopefully it will continue to perform to our higher expectations.

Pros: easy setup and does not require all new electronics (new style TV's )

Cons: need more time with equipment to really know how it will perform and have no other comparison at this time


Written By SONY BDP S790, SODDY DAISY TN on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Easy to Use

Written By Mary, New Jersey on Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Sleak and easy!

Less than expected

Written By Anonymous, CA on Monday, June 10, 2013

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Did not play MP3 or JPEG without getting firmware updated from Sony (on phone w/ them extensively). No closed captioning. Very expensive for an inept product. Returned for a hard-working unit.

Excellent Blu-Ray Player

Written By RPK, Earlysville, VA on Monday, June 10, 2013

Easy to use and set up. Great upscaling to 4K.

Pros: Produces a great picture on my Sony 4K.

Cons: None so far.

Excellent player at a fair price

Written By Ira, Stratford, CT on Thursday, May 30, 2013

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The player has excellent picture and sound, in a compact package. The user interface leaves much to be desired.

Pros: Dual HDMI outputs, does 5.1 with Netflix and Amazon, passes DSD over HDMI, attractive.

Cons: No track number displayed when playing SACD (unconscionable), GUI, both primary and with Netflix is slow and awkward, Search function is awful, power "button" is difficult to find when unit is off, not compatible with Netflix 3D Streaming, very noisy when loading multi-channel SACDs.

Blu-ray player review

Written By Mike, Orlando, FL on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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This Blu-ray player from Sony is easy to use and it has all the features you need. The software update utility works well and 802.11n wireless is great. I use Netflix often and it will load the site from first click to "ready-to-download" a movie in 30 seconds.

Pros: Dual processor is the way to go. This player is worth the money.

Cons: None

Love it!

Written By Denny, Arlington, tx on Monday, May 13, 2013

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This is new technology for us. Our 'old' players are just that: old! Thankfully, our TV isn't, but lacks 3D. We did read a lot of reviews, seeing the pros and the cons. In the end, we opted to take this unit over the Sony S590. That should tell you we focused on a Sony lineup. This was due, in part to so many lousy reviews of LG, Samsung (many were very pro, but the reviewed product wasn't available), and Toshiba. We don't care for Panasonic equipment,as a rule. Hook-up was too simple. We see a hard-wired connection to our home network, even though we have wi-fi. Connection to the network was completed without error. The unit did edible a software/firmware upgrade immediately. I had read any reviews that indicate problems and we should not do the upgrade. All is okay! No problems. Picture clarity is superb! Much better than our old unit. Everything is so clear, so vivid. Well, we are pleased. We haven't 'surfed' the Internet using the Sony built-in browser yet. That comes next. We have used the unit at Netflix and amazon instant video with 0 problems. Oh, salty, we read the manual...all of it before we used it!

Pros: Lots of features for the price. I think too many for the "technology state" we are in. But, we're glad it's there. Biggest pro: we brought it from Crutchfield! Best service, and customer support anywhere.

Cons: None,so far. We installed the Sony app TV Sideways for our Apple handheld products. We've experienced some problem with it, but are still getting used to it.

Sony BDP-S790

Written By SPage, Wichita, KS on Sunday, April 28, 2013

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I purchased this because of the dual HDMI out. We have an older receiver that does not support 3D. This player works well. Load times are short. The internet streaming is fast and responsive. Set-up and use is easy. The player has a nice picture and 3D works well. I have no complaints.

Pros: Good picture, short load times

Cons: None yet

Great player at a great price

Written By Justin A., Norwood, MA on Saturday, April 20, 2013

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We wanted to get a blu-ray player that loaded quicker - our original player could take 5-10 minutes to load a blu-ray disc and sometimes would just freeze up. This player load MUCH faster, practically instantaneous. It also has the ability to stream content from a wide variety of providers - that is the other reason we purchased this one. The quality of the audio and video is excellent. For the price I believe this is the best blu-ray player on the market. The iPhone app for controlling this player works quite well. The player is also much smaller than our previous player.

Pros: Fast loading time, streaming from many services, easy to use, iPhone App works fantastic!

Cons: Interface for spelling words in searches is clunky. It would have been nice to have some kind of keyboard, especially on the iPhone app where such a thing would be easy to do.

Sony BDP-S790

Written By Billy Budd, Binghamville, VT on Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Nice unit, which performs as advertised. Easy to set up and use. I do wish the styling was a little more conventional. The illuminated touch buttons are a nice feature, but you really end up using the remote 99% of the time. I bought this unit to take advantage of the 2 HDMI outputs, very handy.

Pros: Two HDMI outputs, ease of use

Cons: Display on the unit is too dim to easily see in daylight. The on-screen display when using Blue Ray is a little limited.

Best Blue Ray Player Ever Had

Written By Old Herb, Warrensburg, NY on Friday, April 12, 2013

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Upgrader from a Sony BDP-570 to BDP-S790. Great choice! Purchased from Crutchfield was a pleasure. Service was the best. I have bought many items from Crutchfield and it has always been 100% of value and great people to deal with.

Pros: Great picture, sound is amazing and Netflix Video works great too.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Sony BDP-S790

Written By thunderchild71, Enid, OK on Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Upgraded from the Sony S580 and am glad I did. This Blu-ray player is faster and easier to use. A little more expensive, but worth the money.

Quick and easy.

Written By MikeA, Texas Panhandle on Thursday, April 04, 2013

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Great picture and sound. Well worth the extra I paid to upgrade to a better video player.

Pros: Easy to use, excellent picture and sound.

Cons: None

Sony's Best

Written By RichM, Mays Landing NJ on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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Stunning picture quality. Excellent audio. Far better than the Yamaha it replaced.

Pros: Video quality in both 2D and 3D.

Cons: A little pricey

quick and resonsive

Written By Steve C, Freeport Il. on Monday, March 11, 2013

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Does a great job up converting DVD's. Custom settings for video's is a big plus. Internet use [netflix, etc.] is very quick and resopsive..

Pros: Very quick...responsive...custom settings a big plus...

Cons: Wish the customs settings for video [DVD, BlueRay] could be used for Netflix, Hulu Plus...


Written By Michael, Tijeras, NM on Thursday, March 07, 2013

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Great unit picture looks great easy to use

Pros: Remote is better than the one I had before

Cons: Haven't seen any yet

Blue Ray Payer

Written By Jonnie, North Carolina on Friday, February 08, 2013

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Based on previous Sony Players I purchased the S790. I am happy with this one also.

Pros: Excellent picture and sound with 2D and 3D Blu-ray disks with easy basic setup. Powers on Samsung TV when turned on.

Cons: Fairly long load time, but not a significant problem. Had some problems hooking the unit up to a receiver-amp. I found that the description of AV Seperation Output Mode in the manual did not agree with my experience when changing the parameter to get the unit to output sound to the receiver-amp.


Written By tgk, Vinton, Iowa on Saturday, January 19, 2013

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I abhore the bevelled front panel look that is becoming more common these days. Equipment that is styled that way does not integrate well with my existing system. It has a low WAF at this house - more on that later. At least the front of this player is only partially bevelled, so it blends reasonably well. Having a dual HDMI output, and BOTH coaxial and optical digital outputs saves having to buy additional add on adapting equipment later on, and the annoying wall wart power cubes that go with them. This player will upconvert 1080i/p to the new 4K UHD. I'm curious what this player would look like on the new LG 84LM9600 84" UHD-TV. This player has a great price given the output flexibility. The 790 is smooth operating, has a great picture and sound, and has a few operating novelties that are fun to play with. What's not to like? Read my two cons I listed below.

Pros: Really slick operating, the pIcture and sound are top notch, the dual processors really speed up load time, versatile outputs, and it looks great on the shelf with my other equipment. I give it a full ten on my WAF scale - Wife Acceptance Factor.

Cons: No component output for some older displays - which is all too common these days. Websites given by the player for signing up for internet functions are apparantly obsolete. I don't play that game. I will notify Crutchfield to put the heat on Sony to correct this info glitch. They should have more clout with Sony than little-old-me.

Best DVD player ever

Written By Anonymous, Uniontown, KY on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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I normally don't give reviews but this is one of my best purchases. I give this two thumbs up

Pros: Wifi is fast and has lots of apps too. Can download app on iPhone and use as remote.

Cons: None

DVD Player

Written By Erik, Bismarck, ND on Sunday, January 13, 2013

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This is a great dvd player. Very easy to use and has great picture and sound. Purchased because of the 2 HDMI outputs because of an older reciever would not pass 3d picture.

Pros: 2 HDMI outputs

Cons: Slow start up when starting movie.

Another Sony in the family

Written By Don, Thousand Oaks, CA on Monday, December 31, 2012

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When my 6-year-old DVD player (not a Sony) kicked the bucket, the search for a Blue Ray player was on. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and this unit quickly rose to the top of the list. The deal was sealed when I visited my local high-end home theater store, where I have purchased my HT 6 years ago, and found that this Sony was on their shelf in one of their listening rooms (albeit the lowest-priced player they sell).

Solid Purchase

Written By MRp, MN on Monday, December 31, 2012

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Solid Value. Impressive WIFI and Internet Streaming channels and options - much better value than my Apple TV3. Dual HDMI Output is excellent. Great option to decode the audio on the Sony and Input via PCM right to my older Denon Receiver for great sound. Splitting the Audio/Video across the dual HDMI Out will also allow me to get a 3D TV WITHOUT having to upgrade to a 3D capable receiver in the very near future.

Pros: Dual HDMI Out allows you to split Audio and Video across the Outputs

Cons: Coming from Denon DVD Players, it's nothing heavy duty when it comes to durability. But not bad for the price.

Nice value

Written By diceman, Ottumwa, IA on Sunday, December 30, 2012

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I have nothing bad to say about this Bluray player. I looked at & tried various cheaper players (under $100) and they cannot come close to the quality of picture & speed at which disks read & load the menus. I don't use the Internet streaming capabilities of this unit because I use a Roku instead. I'm sure it would perform equally well, but the Roku has more channel options to choose from at the present time. My opinion... if you're considering this player, stop considering & own it. I can't imagine you'd be disappointed in any way.

Pros: Speed, picture quality, easy setup.

Cons: None to report at this time (owned for 3 weeks & numerous Bluray & DVD movies.

Sony BDP-S790

Written By PaulC, Lenoir City, TN on Thursday, December 27, 2012

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From the instruction manual to its performance, I have been very well pleased with this unit. There was no need to install updated firmware and on-screen instructions were easy to follow. I was very impressed with its performance as a 3-D Blu-Ray DVD player from the moment I turned it on and inserted a 3-D disc. Nice soft-touch buttons for mannually operating the unit as well. In the future, I hope to purchase a larger 3-D TV; I will consider the Sony brand first, based on my satisfaction with its top-of-the-line 3-D player.

Pros: Great instructions, great performance.

Cons: Can't think of any!

Video fine - audio lacks basic features

Written By dob, St. Louis, MO on Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The S790 works fine for video, but believe it or not, Sony has neglected to provide track numbering for SACD and Bluray audio discs on the player's display. You have to turn your TV monitor on to identify the track. It's ironic that track numbers are displayed for standard audio CDs but not for two disc types developed by Sony: SACD and Bluray. For SACD all that displays is the track elapsed time (the space following the T is blank); for Bluray audio all you see is total elapsed time for the whole disc, which can be quite long. Completely useless. Would have given it a 4-5 star except for such corporate short-sightedness. Come on, Sony. You can do better than that if you want to call it a universal player.

the Sony BDP-790 wow

Written By daveomega67, holmdel,nj on Sunday, December 16, 2012

i brought the Sony BDP-S790 for it's massive improvement when it comes to picture and sound they were right. unlike oppo BDP-105 which can only up convert films to 4K if you are using a 4k tv. sony BDP-S790 can enhance blu-ray to 4k resolution and send that better picture in 1080p so you wouldn't have to buy a new tv to see what 4k picture quality looks like and full onboard 7.1 decoding. wifi has improved range and no matter your tv you will great quality it has bit by bit image enhancing for the upscaling dvds and so it can make blu-rays look 4 times better than it would than on any other unit.

Pros: 4k upscaling so your 1080p films would like better on your tv than it would with a normal 1080p player. the full onboard audio decoding so tv wouldn't have to guess how to playback the audio.

Cons: setup and trying to figure out what would be the best setting for best playback and it not having auto setup like the ps3 does which does everything for and sets unit to best settings for what you are using it with here i have to guess.

So Far, So Good

Written By John T., Euless, TX on Thursday, December 13, 2012

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After using the player for about a week now, all I can say is that it works great and is a HUGE upgrade from my six-year-old Sony dinosaur. Once you learn the menu, it's pretty easy to customize and make changes. The wireless setup was a piece of cake. All in all, I'm very satisfied.

Cons: Buttons on remote aren't illuminated, but I knew this when I chose the player. Illumination would have resulted in five stars.

Excellent Choice We Made

Written By Bert_CCTX, Corpus Christi, TX on Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Excellent choice we made on this sleek BluRay player. It was easy to install (one HDMI is all that's needed) and configure to our network. Menu navigation is intuitive with responsive selection time. Load time is pleasingly fast. The LED brightness is adequate. Be sure to check the firmware version that is installed and update to the latest version. We have not used the USB connections to date.

Pros: Fast load time, fast response time and easy to navigate.

Cons: I wish the LED were a little larger and a little brighter.

Very good BR player with a few minor issues.

Written By Mikehattan, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, November 08, 2012

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The video quality, especially DVD up scaling, is excellent. That's what you are buying a BR player for. A lot of streaming channels too. Blu-ray discs load fast, but navigation is slow. I don't like the remote layout. The navigation buttons are too close together. I often press the wrong one and end up at the home screen, then it takes a long time to get back to where I was. Also this unit is finicky with my IR repeater.

Pros: Very good Blu-ray video quality, very good DVD up scaling, A lot of streaming options, built in wifi.

Cons: Poorly designed remote, slow navigation.

great player

Written By doc, waco, tx on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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easy to set up, works well with the tv I linked with it, the samsung 65es8000. the apps are a bit more difficult to navigate than on the tv, but not impossible. the wireless feature is great to have and works easily. sony's blu-rays have always been superior in my opinion, in this price range, and this unit is no exception. it averages a few dollars more that the comparable samsung, etc, but the ease of use any sony quality make it worth it for me.

saved me money and then some

Written By Scott S, WNY on Saturday, November 03, 2012

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I bought this model because of the dual HDMI out. My LG 3D TV is a recent acquisition. I had to switch to 1.4 cables to see the BD 3D. My Sony reciever is 1.3. I bought a 1.4 cable to run to the TV, and a second HDMI cable runs to the receiver just for the audio. I wanted a second 3D BD and this solution saved me buying a new receiver. The Sony also does a better job on the 3D disks than the Samsung BD-6900.

Pros: 2 HDMI outputs at a resonable price. Awesome Crutchfield service. Good start up speed without the standy - by power.

Cons: No back light on the remote. Had to reboot it once.

Mild Glitches but Playback excellent

Written By orlandomountaineer, Orlando, FL on Friday, November 02, 2012

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I had to update the software after I plugged in the unit - it would not do this properly wirelessly. I had to go online and find the instructions on YOUTUBE on how to burn a CD online, then putting it into the BD player. Thank goodness it worked or I would have returned this player. Another glitch I've encountered is that when I stop a movie for a long time or use the chapter function, sometimes the audio won't play and I have to restart the movie. I called customer support and they have no solution for that. They were able to instruct me on how to correct the audio/video mismatch that I encountered with the Bluray movies. Other than those issues, the playback is excellent for sound and video, the speed is good for loading, and the online content is excellent (thought the keyboard function for the internet is pretty much unusable because it takes too long).

Pros: playback excellent, good online content

Cons: software update tricky, audio missing after stoppage of play, audio/video mismatch - correctable

Sony BDP-S790

Written By Bill Roberts, Hobart, IN on Thursday, November 01, 2012

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Awesome! Played 4 Blue-ray disks that my old player refused to play. 3 others had no problems in the Sony, old one had delays and sometimes skipped ahead.

Pros: Tons of setup options.

Cons: Manual could be clearer for some of the options, but I got most of it. I will play around with it and figure it all out eventually.

About as good as they come . . .

Written By JW of Asheville, Asheville, NC on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Bought the S790 as we're converting to wireless in this house, particularly for the purpose of streaming video to a Sony "Smart" TV. With no assurances as to the outcome of the task I cannot give much to the player's performance in that area. However, as a Blu ray player that, of course plays regular DVD's, it also does an excellent job with SACDs. I have a high-end Marantz SACD player and an OPPO. All three treat the music with justice but thus far my ears tell me that the sound of the same SACD disk comes across with greater instrument definition still maintaining the roundness, softness of the music (almost totally classical). The above statement applies also to music DVDs.

My wife loves the look of the S790 - thinks the soft-touch controls are "neat" (and I agree). If you enjoy the challenge of properly setting up a piece of gear as complex as is this payer, you have your wish. But, it's in this area that the Sony beats most of the other players.

Pros: Good build quality. Clear, clean sound. Quiet. Clever controls. Ability to go wireless and obtain streaming video. Excellent user booklet (which is rare for Sony).

Cons: None.

Sony BDP-S790

Written By Consumer Alert, Orange County, CA on Friday, October 19, 2012

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This Sony player is one of the best DVD/BD player that I've ever owned, and God knows I own tens of them. Love it!

Pros: Great quality, sharp picture and ease of operation.

Cons: None!

sacd playback

Written By bill v.d., bushkill, pa. on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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i just submitted my review on the consumers site. i stated the reason for buying this unit was mainly for sacd playback. i own two panasonic bd's but neither one is capable of sacd playback. personally i think sacd playback sounds better than regular cd's. it put's you in the center of the music, especially classical music. my system consists of pioneer elite receiver and sunfire ribbon speakers, and they sound excellent. thank's for your time.

Pros: sacd and picture quality. the picture looks great on my tc-p65vt50 tv

Cons: none