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5.0 out of 5 stars a ground-breaking HIGH QUALITY and SMART device - with options for the novice & expert alike., 28 April 2013
This review is from: Sony BDPS3100 Smart Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player (Electronics)
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I am thoroughly impressed with this product. This acts as an upgrade for me from my previous Blu Ray player which was also made by Sony. To start with the sony blu ray players are reliable and efficient machines that offer an intuitive GUI display to guide you through your various options.

Testing playback on this device I have watched Moonrise Kingdom which accurately captures the grain of the film on blu ray and then the sumptuously beautiful cinematography of Prometheus, where a full range of colour blacks and pin-point detail can be found. I have watched DVD's which upscale very well depending on the title. This machine offers full 1080p playback at 24fps - creating glorious images.

This machine is very easy to make multi-region for DVD playback (not Blu Ray) and I quickly did this within minutes of owning it. In order to do this yourself you will need a programmable remote or pre-programmed remote with a hack built into it (these can be found for approx £10 online).

The machine allows you to access BBC iplayer, 5 ondemand, sky news, Crackle and more for free as well as Sony's Entertainment network - where you can find games and other apps - that give you access to Facebook & Twitter too.

The two main subscription services you can join and stream content via are LoveFilm & Netflix - both of which are very good value for money.

There are two ways to connect the machine to the online world - this can be done via built wifi (no extra gizmos needed here) or via ethernet cable. I use both options. For everything I mainly stick with the WiFi, however I also use the Ethernet as you can access the customisable section for this (not the WiFi) where you can alter the DNS settings manually thus making certain services available from elsewhere in the world (i.e. the States for example). If you do this however be sure to switch back to your UK settings before you turn off the machine as the Blu Ray player updates each time you turn it on and you always want your updates to be UK based. My advice is to not to play with these settings if you are a novice user as you could mess up your machine.

Another clever option is that you can pair your smart phone with the player thus enabling you to quickly search and control You Tube for example from your mobile device. This is really handy as its far more easy to find content on your phone than on the GUI interface for You Tube on the machine.

There is also a USB socket on the front where you can attach any portable hard drive or even USB ket to save content to (such as elements from Blu Ray 2.0 sites) or if you prefer playback images, video or music from this too.

On the negative side there is access to a search engine for general internet use - however you cannot watch content on any website at present as it is not encoded to engage with Flash or Html5 video content - which feels a shame.

On the whole I fully recommend this machine and think it is a wonder. You do not need a more expensive machine and this is a testament to just how far price and quality have come in line since Blu Ray was first launched.

For those that would like more technical details here is a full breakdown --

Playback Capability:

Blu-ray Disc
DVD with 1080p upscaling
BD-Live (Profile 2.0)
AVC-HD (Blu-ray, DVD, CD, USB, DLNA)
CD
USB playback (FAT32 / NTFS)
External HDD (Read)
Photo - JPEG / GIF / PNG
Video - XviD / WMV9 / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / AVCHD
Music - MP3 / AAC / WMA9 Standard / LPCM

Video Features:

Super Scaler (Precision CinemaHD upscale)
Triluminous Colour
Deep Colour
24p True Cinema
NTSC/PAL(60Hz/50Hz)
DVD 24p output

Audio Features:

HDMI® - DTS HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD / LPCM 2ch / LPCM 6ch out / LPCM 8ch out
HDMI® - DSD to LPCM conversion
Coaxial, Optical - DTS / Dolby Digital / LPCM 2ch / DTS Neo:6
Analog - AV Sync.

Functions:

Screen Saver / Easy Set Up / PhotoTV HD
Child Lock
Parental Control
USB keyboard / Auto Standby
Wi-Fi® Built in (2.4GHz)
Photo slide show with music (CD, USB)
Sony Entertainment Network (SEN)
Live Streaming / Subtitle
BRAVIA Sync
Firmware Update (Network / Disc)

Terminals:

HDMI® Output
1 (Rear)
Coaxial Audio Output
1 (Rear)
Ethernet
1 (Rear)
Front USB

Other:

Power Consumption
9.9W
Standard Remote
YES
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Initial post: 7 May 2013 12:32:44 BDT
Viking_Rover says:
Hi

I just bought one of these and I note with interest your comment re multi-region for DVD.
having just moved back from Australia we have a mix of Region 4 and 2 discs
Which programmable remote did you use to make it multi-region and how do you do it?
Any assistance gratefully received.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 22:07:14 BDT
T. J. Bacon says:
The easiest thing to do is buy a pre-programmed remote on ebay - find a reputable seller. These devices involve a single point and shoot and cost about £10. Thats where I got mine and it was sorted in matter on minutes.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2013 10:02:44 BDT
Viking_Rover says:
Thanks for that

Any tips on what to search for? model? make? I currently have 4 seperate remotes so an all-in-one would make sense if it worked...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2013 12:05:31 BDT
Hi, do you have any idea if it will play mkv and .264 files of a portable usb hard drive?

thanks

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 18:34:02 BDT
Shaun says:
I was just wondering how noisy the player is when playing a blu-ray or dvd? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2013 12:37:48 BDT
T. J. Bacon says:
I do not find it very noisy or distracting at all personally speaking.

Posted on 23 Jul 2013 02:43:36 BDT
Could you tell me about the remote? I am looking for a multi region DVD player. Can I just use my American remote? Way makes the remote hacked? Any idea on how to do it? It does not make sense you would need a remote. In the description of the player, it says universal disc playback. It does not seem like it could say that if in fact it was not without a remote.

Posted on 28 Nov 2013 11:58:29 GMT
spock says:
Can you play MP4 and MKV movies copied on to a disc from a PC, or only from a memory stick via USB

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 15:17:11 GMT
Steve says:
Does this have audio phono outputs? I want to connect it to my hi-fi amplifier for playing Blu -Ray audio disks.

Ta.

Posted on 9 Jan 2014 16:23:56 GMT
Hi

I was wondering if anyone can help, I have recently bought this DVD player over the xmas period. I have tried numerous amounts of USB adapters to connect to the wifi but they are incompatible. (don't worry I checked the requirements before I purchased them). I have noticed that Sony do there own which is roughly around £60, but I would like something similar which isn't as dear.

Would anyone be able to advise on what make, model they have used for the USB adapter so I can connect the DVD player to the internet?
Thanks
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