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Sony BDP-S360

Blu-ray Disc™ high-definition player

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Add the BDP-S360 to your home theater system to enjoy the breathtaking picture and sound that only Blu-ray can deliver. This player lets you watch video in "Full HD" 1080p resolution, for extraordinary depth and detail with compatible HDTVs. And Sony's advanced Precision Cinema HD processing gives you a remarkably clean picture with your DVDs, too.

Add the BDP-S360 to your home theater system to enjoy the breathtaking picture and sound that only Blu-ray can deliver. This player lets you watch video in "Full HD" 1080p resolution, for extraordinary depth and detail with compatible HDTVs. And Sony's advanced Precision Cinema HD processing gives you a remarkably clean picture with your DVDs, too.

If you have a home theater receiver with an HDMI input, you can enjoy master-quality surround sound from Blu-ray movies with Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Compared to DVD, you'll hear fuller sound with greater clarity and dynamics. You can also pop in a CD to enjoy your favorite music, whether it's a regular CD, a home-burned disc, or one filled with MP3 files.

The BDP-S360 supports the BonusView and BD-Live features found on a growing number of Blu-ray movies. BonusView displays directors' commentaries and behind-the-scenes footage in a small inset window while the movie continues to play. BD-Live lets you use your broadband Internet connection to access additional bonus features like online games, chat, and downloadable movie trailers. Just plug a thumb drive into the player's USB port to save downloaded material.

Key Features:

  • plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and JPEG CDs
  • plays AVCHD video files recorded on HD camcorders and burned to DVD
  • x.v.Color™ support
  • BD-Live Ready — requires 1GB USB memory drive
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies remote control for compatible Sony TVs and components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • remote control included
Technical Specs:
  • selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding to PCM for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (HDMI connection required)
  • video outputs include composite video, component video, and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo, coaxial digital, and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity and possible future upgrades
  • USB port for storing downloaded BD-Live material
  • 16-15/16"W x 2-5/16"H x 9-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • RMT-B104A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 47" Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end
  • Operating Instructions
  • Limited Warranty
  • Online Product Registration
  • "What You Need to Know" sheet

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Sony BDP-S360 Reviews

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(10 Reviews)


Rick from NY,NY on 8/22/2010

The slow load times and eject button doesn't bother me. It takes about 20 seconds to load the Blu-Ray. However, I have been getting Blu-Rays from Netflix, and so far I had nothing but problems playing them. 2 for 2 did not work. They would freeze up or take about 2 minutes to load. It would get to the menu screen, I press play, and nothing. I have the latest update installed.




Dick from Knoxville TN on 6/7/2010

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I bought this player last year because I love watching movies in BR. The picture and sound is great. The problem is when I play BR Disks that 3 out of 5 disk either stop at the beginning or somewhere before the end of the movie this gets on your nerves and also you miss some of the movie and you don't know how much you miss or what.




Anonymous from Dallas Texas on 4/25/2010

Way to slow to load or eject DVD's or Blue-Ray, Plays ok



Fine enough

Josh from Maine on 4/18/2010

Works fine, good picture. Sooooooo slow to open, I have to anticipate when my two year old wants to watch a movie cause by the time it opens and loads shes ticked! I wish that I could have it connect to the internet wirelessly with out paying so much for it.



Good in some ways, not so much in others

MuBtafa from Midland, MI on 2/12/2010

Yes, BD players are slow to load. Fine, I can live with that. But why did my 5-year-old Sony DVD player have the ability to remember the last play position of the last 50 (!) disks I had watched, while this technological wonder can't remember a single one if you take the disk out of the player? Also, I have a 42" Sony HDTV (KDF-42E2000) which maxes out at 720p. So, in my experience, if you cannot do 1080p on your TV/display, Blu-Ray is money wasted. I honestly couldn't see a lick of difference between BD and regular DVD movies. And believe me, I tried, seeing as how I was doing my best to justify this purchase to my wife. Alas, I failed miserably, and ended up selling it, buying a Sony DVD player with an HDMI output, and losing about $150 dollars in the deal - when I bought this, it was a $350 unit. Over the course of one month, it dropped to the price you see here.



Good but not perfect

ernest from San Diego CA on 12/26/2009

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Took about 20 minutes to set up pros: good price, easy to set up, good picture quality cons: takes waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long to play a disc, no eject button on remote, takes too long for it to load, read, get to main menu, etc. I would just spend the extra money and get a higher end sony. This one will go in the bedroom soon.




Paul from Arkansas on 8/10/2009

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My non-HD player was a Sony. I had no reason to try any other brand. Bought this one before any reviews were written about it. I have been pleased with picture and sound quality (runs with Onkyo home theater system). Out-of-box was way too easy. Basically an HDMI cable to home theater system. Took about twenty minutes for initial programming. I have limited room in A/V cabinet. Recommend vent fans in tight cabinets or at least leave the doors open when unit is on.




JAMES from Jim in Ohio on 7/18/2009

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I bought this DVD Payer, June 30, 2009. And i like it very much it has a lot of feachuers. I like this one because it has evrything on it, except the USB is in the back, instead of the front, but that is ok. I just put a extension on it and fed the USB to the front, that way I don't have to move my cabinet. The pc port, I did the same thing with it also. No problem at all. I would recommend this to my friends,(SONY BDP-S360), GREAT PRODUCT.



It's a SONY! But...

Wayne from Atlanta, GA on 6/14/2009

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I love the size and sleekness of this unit. The remote is cool also and easy to use. It's easy to set-up the unit and it works flawlessly. What I don't like is the slow response to loading (open/close) and the almost hidden on/off and open/close switches. All by design but loss of functionality? Not crazy that you need internet connection to update firmware. I just don't happen to have an Ethernet connection in my living room! Seems to take forever for the load function. Maybe I'm just impatient. The unit is extremely lightweight and compact and seems like you don't get a lot for the the money because of that, but the quality is excellent overall.



Big Improvement over 1G BDP-300

Anonymous from Orlando, FL on 6/7/2009

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I purchased the 3G BDP-360 as a replacement for a 1G Sony BDP-300. The 300 had served me well, but it was very slow to power-on (>25 seconds) and even slower to load a disc (minutes) even with latest firmware updates. The 300 also did not decode DTS MA HD (which seems to be preferred to TrueHD on most discs these days). The 360 rectified these shortcomings and then some. The 360 powers on in 6 seconds using its quick power-on feature, and loads discs MUCH faster. It does onboard decode of all audio HD formats, or can bitstream to compatible receiver. The crossbar interface is intuitive and easier to use than the BDP-300 GUI. Footprint is much smaller. Surprisingly, the Picture Quality output by the 360 is noticeable better that the 300 (especially the blacks), and its upscaling capability (from standard DVDs) is phenomenal. That said, the 360 does have a few quirks. The Time button on the remote can be used to cycle between elapsed time and time remaining, but not until after the Display button is pressed. Also, if you stop a movie in progress and then use Play to restart, the movie will restart at the beginning. To restart from where you left off, you have to go through the crossbar GUI. This is not intuitive. The Photo and Music features are pretty much useless since they can only access what is on an inserted disc or flash drive unlike the 560 which provides capability for accessing photos and music on a home server via network.




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Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD
3D Capable
Internet Movie Streaming No
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.3
Ethernet Ports Yes
Analog Audio Outputs Stereo
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs 1
RS-232C Port None

Product Research

Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Remote Control

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

  • BD-ROM: pre-recorded Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • BD-RE/BD-R: recordable Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-R: record once DVD
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD
  • DVD+R: record once DVD (including DL)
  • DVD+RW: rewritable DVD
  • CD: pre-recorded CD
  • CD-R: record once CD-DA
  • CD-RW: rewritable CD CD-DA

Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BDP-S360 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.

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

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

  • Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better sound quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby Digital Plus and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Much greater storage capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Compatibility with your current disc collections: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.

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

Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-J): The BD-ROM format supports Java for interactive functions. BD-J offers content providers almost unlimited functionality when creating interactive BD-ROM titles.

Note: In order to enjoy these interactive features, you may need to update your player with the latest firmware.

Movie Files: The BDP-S360 can play MPEG2 movie files recorded on DVD-R/RW discs (Video and VR mode) and  DVD+R/RW discs (VR mode only).

AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The  format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files (15 to 8,192 pixels) recorded onto the following discs BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, and CD-RW. The unit can support a total of 500 folders and files. Still images on your disc can be viewed in a Slide-Show as well as rotated 90-degrees left or right.

MP3 Playback: The BDP-S360 supports MP3 audio files recorded with a bit-rate of 64-320kbps on BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. The BDP-S360 will recognize up to 500 tracks.

Quick Start: This feature shortens the startup time from standby mode. Quick Start Mode lets you begin operating your Sony Blu-ray Disc player approximately six seconds from the time it is powered on.

Auto Power Off: The player automatically turns off if you do not press any of the buttons on the player or remote for more than 30 minutes, unless you are playing BDs, DVDs, CD, photo files, or updating software.

Video Features

Precision Cinema HD Upscale: Precision Cinema HD upscale uses high bandwidth digital-to-analog conversion and processing to detect image changes at the pixel level, rather than at the level of whole scan lines. Additionally, separate algorithms are used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts

1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output, the BDP-S360 has a 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel) output option, at either the 60 Hz video or 24 Hz film frame rates. The BDP-S360 Blu-ray disc player is capable of upscaling your standard 480i DVD disc to 1080p via HDMI.

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-S360 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.

x.v.Color: The BDP-S360 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

Video Settings: The Sony BDP-S360 features the following video settings.

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

Picture Settings: The BDP-S360 offers the following picture adjustments.

  • Picture Quality: You can choose from three picture quality settings.
    • Brighter Room: use when the room is brighter than normal
    • Theater Room: use when the room is dark
    • Standard: use in a typical room
  • FNR: This feature can be activated to reduce random noise appearing in the picture.
  • BNR: This function can be activated to reduce the mosaic-like block noise in the picture.
  • MNR: This feature can be activated to reduce minor noise around the picture outlines (mosquito noise).

Bonus View: The Bonus View 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.

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 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 USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S360 offers three Parental Control settings protected by a custom user 4-digit password.

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

Note: 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 15 minutes while an on-screen display, such as the home menu, is displayed on your TV screen. The screen saver image helps prevent your display devices from becoming damaged.

Audio Features

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S360 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors. Multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD are output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).

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

Audio Settings: The BDP-S360 allows you to adjust the following audio settings.

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

Cooling Fan: A fan on the back of the BDP-S360 keeps the unit cool.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on select Sony TVs. The remote controls the TV's power on/off, input select, volume up/down, and channel up/down.

HDMI Control ('Bravia' Theatre Sync): Sony components compatible with the HDMI Control function can be controlled via the HDMI connection. This includes convenient features like One-Touch Play and System Power-Off.


HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The BDP-S360's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television. The video format can be set to component or RGB.

Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. If the HDMI output is set to 1080p, the component video output is fixed at 480i. When a DVD is played, the maximum component video output resolution is 480p.

Composite Video: The composite output is always live and fixed at 480i. It can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

Digital Audio Outputs: The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the digital optical and coaxial outputs. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.

Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo analog RCA outputs.

USB Extension Port: The BD-S360 features a rear panel USB Type-A port which allows you to enjoy additional content (such as BonusView) on certain Blue-ray Disc titles. Some BD-ROMs have bonus content and other data which can be downloaded to an inserted USB Flash Drive (sold separately).

Note: Sony recommends using the Sony USM1GH Flash Drive (158USM1GH, sold separately) and does not guarantee compatibility with all other manufacture's USB flash drives.

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

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