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More than a DVD player
on 1 September 2011
This is a great Blu-ray player which boots-up immediately, with no noticeable noise. But the thing that really sold this model to me was its additional features.
First, this player gives you access to internet video, either via an ethernet cable or wireless dongle. Second, there is a USB port at the front which allows the user to plug in memory sticks or external hard drives to play AVI and some other video files.
Here are the pros and cons of this model:
* Two USB ports
* An ethernet port
* Virtually instant start-up
* Blu-ray picture
* Access to internet video, including BBC iPlayer and YouTube
* Very user-friendly interface and remote control
* Not every avi file is recognised by the player, but most are
Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons and such a reasonable price, this is a bargain. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a home entertainment system as I liked the telly I already had, so this seemed like the best way to add new features and enhance my viewing. I'm very pleased with the result and now enjoy catching up with BBC programmes that I've missed. I'm also pleasantly surprised by the picture quality of the YouTube clips.
One word of warning - you can only get a wireless internet connection if you buy a special Sony dongle, which costs almost half the price of the player. Unfortunately, some reviewers have commented that the signla strength isn't that great. However, there is a solution. I bought powerline ethernet adapter, which turns you home's electrical wiring system into an ethernet which can transmit 200mbps. The result has been fantastic. I can now watch high quality pictures with no danger of signal loss.