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Network media player with built-in Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Sony SMP-N100

by Tara W.
Sony

Feast on an endless buffet of music

A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.

Make your TV smart
Stream movies from Netflix®, catch up on your favorite shows with Hulu Plus™, and watch the latest viral videos on YouTube® — all on the biggest screen in your house. Sony's SMP-N100 lets you experience a variety of content from the Internet and connect to files stored on your networked computer using your home's Wi-Fi network. And, if you have a smartphone, you can download a free app and turn your smartphone into a touchscreen remote for this player.

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Highlights:

  • network media player
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • accesses Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and more (subscription required for some services)
  • plays files from networked computers (JPEG, MP3, MPEG, and WMA)
  • video outputs include composite video, component video, and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo RCA and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for connecting to a wired home network
  • USB port lets you share media from a compatible camera or thumb drive
  • 7-3/8"W x 1-5/8"H x 7-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Network media player
  • AC adapter (with attached 58" DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RMT-D301)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 4' Audio/Video cable (with composite video and stereo RCA connectors on each end)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Online Product Registration
  • Limited Warranty
  • Software License Information
  • Bravia Internet Video brochure

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Overview: The Sony Network Media Player (SMP-N100) lets you access a variety of online entertainment from Sony's Bravia Internet Video server and content stored on your PC through your home network setup. The Sony Network Media Player lets you stream movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and more to your television and home entertainment system. You can also connect a USB drive, your PC, or other DLNA compliant device in order to access stored music, video, and photo files. You can enjoy all this digital content in up to Full HD 1080p via HDMI (your connected TV must support 1080p). You can even download the free "Media Remote app to turn your iPhone, iPod touch, or compatible Android phone into a versatile remote control.

Network Functions
Audio/Video Features
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Network Functions

Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Sony SMP-N100 is equipped with an Ethernet (LAN) jack for connecting the Network Media Player to your home network and computer. Via the unit's Ethernet connection you can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on your computer. You can also browse internet content (text-based), listen to internet radio (via Bravia Internet), and watch online movies (via Bravia Internet).

Note: The unit's Ethernet (LAN) jack is a RJ-45/100BASE-TX terminal.

Built-in Wireless LAN: The Sony SMP-N100 also features built-in Wi-Fi which allows you to wirelessly access the Internet and your home network. The Network Media Player's built-in Wi-Fi provides a wireless network connection with easy and quick setup. With this feature, you can easily connect to a wireless LAN and enjoy the benefits of networking in a cable-free environment.

Note: A wireless connection requires a home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

Bravia Internet Video: Bravia Internet Video serves as a gateway to Internet audio/video content, delivering a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to your connected home entertainment system. Once connection (via Ethernet or WiFi) to your network and setup is complete, Bravia Internet Video allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of entertainment apps. Currently Bravia Internet Video offers the following online content (as of July 2011):

Bravia Internet Video Entertainment Library
amazon instant video Berliner Philharmoniker blip.tv concierge.com Crackle CinemaNow
Dailymotion eHow epicurious Fear.net golflink.com Howcast
HuluPlus Livestrong myplay Netflix NPR MoshCam.com
Picasa Photobucket Pandora Qriocity Singing Fool Shutterfly
Slacker Sony Pictures Television Style.com Tara Stiles ustudio Dr. Oz
Video Detective Videocast.com vTuner Wired YouTube Videos Yahoo!

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).

DLNA Certified: The SMP-N100 can be connected to your compatible PC using a hardwired Ethernet (LAN) connection or Wi-Fi connection, via your home network. DLNA certification allows you to enjoy various content from your home network, such as photo, music, and video files stored on your Windows 7 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) on your connected home entertainment system. This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device. The unit can recognize up to 20 folders and 999 files per folder from a single DLNA server. Supported file types include:

Content Type Supported File Formats
Video DivX, MPEG-1/2,
Photo JPEG
Music MP3, LPCM, WAV

USB Port: An integrated front-panel USB (type-A) port makes it easy to connect your compatible digital camera, camcorder, or USB-enabled MP3 player and enjoy pictures, videos, and music on your connected entertainment system. You can even plug in a USB storage device to play a wide variety of file formats. Your USB device must be formatted in FAT32 or NTFS. The unit can recognize up to 5 folders and 500 files per folder from a single USB device. Supported file types include:

Content Type Supported File Formats
Video AVCHD, DivX, MKV, MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 AVC, WMV9
Photo JPEG
Music AAC, MP3, LPCM, WMA, WAV

Note: The unit's USB port does not support the Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

System/Firmware Updates: System/Firmware updates are done through the SMP-N100's Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi, via the on-line Sony server. The unit will periodically inform you of newer software version information. Firmware version M05.R.071 is initially installed (as of July 2011). Visit the Sony esupport site for additional information on what type of firmware updates are available.

Audio/Video Features

HDMI Output: Use the Sony Network Media Player's HDMI output to add high-definition multimedia streaming to any home entertainment system equipped with an HDMI port (up to 1080p). You can also connect to virtually any home A/V system using the component (up to 1080i) or composite (480i only) video outputs.

Precision CinemaHD Upscaler: 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 Upscaling: Through the HDMI output, the Network Media Player is capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard definition network content to 1080p.

Deep Color: The Sony SMP-N100 supports a color depth of up to 12 bits. Connecting the Network Media 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 SMP-N100 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

Screen Settings: The Sony SMP-N100 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

Video Settings: The Sony SMP-N100 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: I/P Noise Reduction improves the picture quality of Internet entertainment, so you can enjoy crisp, clear images on your connected HDTV.

Cinema Conversion Mode: The Sony Network Media 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.

Theater Mode: By pressing the "Theater" button on the remote control, the Network Media Player optimizes its video output for watching movies. The Theater Mod only functions when connected to a Sony compatible A/V receiver or TV.

Audio Outputs: The Sony SMP-N100 Network Media Player features a digital audio output (optical) and one analog audio output (RCA).

  • Digital Audio Outputs: The SMP-N100 is equipped with an optical digital output. The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the 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.

192kHz/24-bit DAC: The Sony Network Media Player (SMP-N100) features a 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter for high-quality sound reproduction.

Audio Settings: The SMP-N100 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, or Wide Range.

Convenience Features

On-Screen Display: The Sony Network Media Player features an easy-to-navigation On-Screen Menu. The SMP-N100's on-screen menu can be displayed on your connected TV via HDMI, component, or composite video.

Note: The unit does not offer a front-panel display.

Favorites: You can save up to 18 of your favorite Internet content programs for easy access from the SMP-N100's Favorites List.

Parental Control: You can enter a four-digit password to set restriction levels for Internet video playback. Playback of some Internet videos can be limited according to the age of the users. Scenes may be blocked or replaced with different scenes. You can also Allow or Block all unrated Internet video.

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: If any button on the remote is not pressed for more than 30 minutes, the SMP-N100 automatically returns to standby mode.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The Sony SMP-N100 includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Network Media Player. The wireless remote control can also be programmed to operate Sony and other brands of televisions.

Note: The Network Media Player itself, only has a front-panel power button.

HDMI Control (Bravia Sync): Sony TVs and A/V receivers 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 Network Media 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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