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Sony BDP-S500

Sony BDP-S500
alaScore 84

84 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews of Sony BDP-S500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sony BDP-S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony BDP-S500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony BDP-S500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on

67% of the reviews on 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 HD

Dec, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony BDP-S500 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

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

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

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Good Gear (

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

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Tech staff (

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

A great quality player, but with Profile 1.1 only around the corner, it's hard to recommend wholeheartedly

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

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.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (

Sony BDP-S500 review


Sony's flagship Blu-ray player comes bearing a snazzy motorised fascia, support for 24fps video and a premium price tag. Is it time to upgrade?

Looks great and is a very capable performer, but this still isn't the finished Blu-ray article we're looking for

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: (

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.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Stephen Dawson (

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...

Consumer review by: camaross1475 (

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

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: alphadec (

Sony BDP-S500


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

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: manufr (

Sony BDP-S500


I painfully threw 679€ out of the window because of this lunatic BD player. Today, I meet a lot of technical issues with this Sony BDP-S500. Furthermore, the sound staging is not dynamic.

Design, picture quality on BD movies

Miserable firmware, dysfunction, average sound staging, price

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: sapcou (

Sony BDP-S500


Sony is not only Blue-ray supporters, but also is Blue-ray technology leader, SONY all the time is the initiator of the Blue-ray format, and many of people in particular favorite. BDP-S500 has SONY brand, add with the voice of Belle paintings, really...



Feb, 2009

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 A/D Converter (ADC):192MHz/24-bits
Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes


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


Child lock: No
Parental Control: Yes
Picture-in-Picture: No
Screen saving functions: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:LPCM, MP3


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.9 x 3.91 x 14.2

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) out:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
Digital audio coaxial out:1
Digital audio optical out:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
S-Video out:1
S-Video outputs quantity:1

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Technical Details

Device type:Player

Weight & Dimensions