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Sony BDP-S500

Sony BDP-S500
alaScore 78

99 reviews

Dec, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 reviews of Sony BDP-S500. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Blu-ray Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Blu-ray Players the Sony BDP-S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 99 reviews)

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony BDP-S500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Sony BDP-S500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Blu-ray Players on Amazon.co.uk.

71% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony BDP-S500 - Blu-Ray Disc Player - 1080P Full HDSony BDP-S500 - Blu-Ray Disc Player - 1080P Full HDSony - BDP-S500 Blu-Ray player

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony BDP-S500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony BDP-S500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Blu-ray Players on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: SONY BDP-S500 BLU-RAY DVD PLAYER

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Expert Review

 

The BDP-S500 is a powerful Blu-ray player, geared towards enthusiasts. Its high-end audio capabilities is best suited to a system that already has high quality audio products, although even on its own it's a great device.

Excellent audio performance, great Blu-ray and DVD upscaling playback, streamlined interface, attractive design

Slight lag times at startup and when navigating discs

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Sony BDP-S500 review

 

Sony's top-end Blu-ray player wows us with its control over video and audio

Excellent images ; Solid build quality ; High resolution audio

Not Profile 1.1 ; No DTS-HD Master Audio ; No SACD

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Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray Player

 

Top-of-the-range and exceptionally talented, but don't expect to ogle at those Blu-ray interactive features.

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Sony BDP-S500 review

 

There is no compelling reason to buy this player over a PlayStation 3: it's too expensive, doesn't support profile 1.1 or 2.0, and costs more than pretty much every Blu-ray player on the market. The picture and sound quality are, however, excellent,...

Picture quality ; Sound quality ; Styling

Price ; Front panel feels fragile ; No included HDMI cable ; No profile 1.1 or 2.0 support ; Did we mention price yet

It's your money. Like Phil and Julie Neville, you can spend it as extravagantly as you want. It's just our opinion that as good as this player is, you really shouldn't buy one. You should get a PS3, a Panasonic DMP-BD30 or wait until the Sony BDP-S550...

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Sony BDP-S500 review

 

Blu-ray is largely Sony's baby, and we expected the Japanese giant to be a little more doting towards its triumphant infant than it has been so far. Sure, the PS3 is comfortably the best-selling Blu-ray spinner on the planet, but we're not exactly...

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Sony BDP-S500

 

Excellent all round blu-ray player from Sony, if a little pricey ..

A few frustrating absences such as the Blu-ray 1.1 profile and DTS-HD Master Audio are more than made up for with supreme HD picture quality and Dolby TruHD along with DTS-HD High Resolution audio.

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Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray player

 

Glass-fronted sexiness on the outside, state-of-the-art disc spinning within — Sony's new generation of Blu-ray arrives.

1080p/24 output with excellent settings ; Bitstream output of Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution ; Glorious picture quality ; Negative ; No support for native DTS-HD Master Audio ; Very slow in operation ; DISC TYPES SUPPORTED...

No support for native DTS-HD Master Audio ; Very slow in operation ; DISC TYPES SUPPORTED FOR PLAYBACK: Blu-ray Disc, DVD-Video, CD, BD-R, BD-RE ; OUTPUTS: 1 x composite video, 1 x S-Video, 1 x component video, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 2 channel analogue audio, 1...

The Sony BDP-S500 is a very good Blu-ray player, and would be excellent (despite the slow start-up) if only the unit provided some level of support of DTS-HD Master Audio. Even without inbuilt decoders, it is hard to see why this can't be output as a...

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Sony BDP-S500

 

This is a great player for it's age. It's build quality is as good or btter than any player today under 400 bucks. So it you can ge a nice one used under 400 it would be a great buy.

Great looking, easy to operate, perfect sound, perfect picture, and firmware updates perfect with disc

Unit was built before wifi or ethernet was the norm. But no big deal, still a great player with better build quality than most out there today

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Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray Player

 

This is a great player for it's age. It's build quality is as good or btter than any player today under 400 bucks. So it you can ge a nice one used under 400 it would be a great buy.

Great looking, easy to operate, perfect sound, perfect picture, and firmware updates perfect with disc

Unit was built before wifi or ethernet was the norm. But no big deal, still a great player with better build quality than most out there today

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Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray Player

 

I have been using this machine for 2 years I just love this machine great design and picture & sound is very good.

great design, fantastic picture & sound

Version 1.0, very slow loading times

Product Specifications

Enter the next level of high definition with the restyled BDP-S500 Blu-ray Disc Player. Now featuring DTS HD audio for ultra-realistic sound effects and supreme clarity, this player is a treat for the eyes and ears. The pristine images from 1080p Blu-ray Disc movies and DVD upscaling has to be seen to be believed. Amazing 24p True Cinema output and cinema-tuned picture presets allow you to see movies exactly how the director intended. And with BRAVIA Theatre Sync, now you can control your compatible BRAVIA TV and AV systems from just one remote.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

DVD

Built-in Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby TrueHD / DTS decoder / DTS-HD decoder
Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:BD-R / BD-RE / BD-ROM / CD / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3
Type:Blu-Ray disc player

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:BDP-S500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty
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