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Sony BDP-S480


$179.99 Released March, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Future proof - compatible with 3D Blu-ray Discs. Several local media sharing options - DLNA support and Sony's proprietary HomeShare option. Value - lots of the latest features for under $180.

The Cons:Only Wi-Fi ready - requires a separately purchased, proprietary adapter. Glossy front panel - attracts fingerprints and dust. Lacks streaming video noise reduction.

The Sony BDP-S480 is a lower mid-cost Blu-Ray player. This Blu-Ray player has a Media Remote feature, which allows you to use your iPhone or iPod touch as the remote control. The BDP-S480 offers full HD (1080p) playback, and besides Blu-Ray discs can play DVDs, CDs, and SACDs.

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With the front USB port, you can also view photos and play music and video from external devices. The BRAVIA Internet Video platform allows you access to sites like Netflix, Pandora, HuluPlus and Amazon Video on Demand. The BDP-S480's BD-LIVE functionality allows you to access extra Blu-Ray features like online chats and extra scenes. The Entertainment Database Browser uses Gracenote technologies to allow you to browse details like actor and production information. This Blu-Ray player is WiFi ready, with the USB wireless LAN adapter sold separately. This model differs from the lower cost BDP-S380 model in that it is DLNA certified (and so can be connected to other DLNA devices), and is HomeShare WiFi Network Speaker compatible. This model differs from the higher cost BDP-SD580 in that the BDP-SD580 has IP Content Noise Reduction (which helps to ensure an undistorted viewing experience), as well as WiFi 802.11n built in (with a WiFi Protected Setup). The Sony BDP-S480 Blu-Ray player features quick start and loading.

Features

  • Color: Black
  • Full HD 1080p playback
  • DVD, CD, and SACD playback
  • DLNA certified
  • Ethernet port
  • WiFi ready (USB wireless LAN adapter sold separately)
  • BRAVIA Internet Video
  • BD-LIVE functionality
  • HomeShare WiFi Network Speaker compatible
  • Entertainment Database Browser w/ Gracenote technology
  • Photo, music, and video playback via front USB
  • Media Remote (iPhone/iPod touch/Android BD Remote Control application)
  • Quick start and loading

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Pros
  • 2

    future proof - compatible with 3D Blu-ray Discs

  • 2

    several local media sharing options - DLNA support and Sony's proprietary HomeShare option

  • 2

    value - lots of the latest features for under $180

  • 2

    Internet apps - supports all of the major online video streaming services, includes built-in web browser

  • 1

    IR remote not required - compatible with Wi-Fi iPhone/Android-based remote control apps

  • 1

    SACD capable

  • 1

    slick build - slim design with a minimalist aesthetic

  • 1

    easy to use, attractive operating system / menu interface

  • 1

    great image quality

Cons
  • 2

    only Wi-Fi ready - requires a separately purchased, proprietary adapter

  • 2

    glossy front panel - attracts fingerprints and dust

  • 1

    lacks streaming video noise reduction

  • 1

    pretty standard non-backlit remote

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