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A Sony Blu-Ray for a hundred quid - almost no drawbacks!,
This review is from: Sony BDPS360B Profile 2.0 Blu-ray Player with BD Live (Electronics)
I decided to go for a cheap Blu-Ray player because, despite having a full HD panel, I wasn't interested in fancy toys or connectivity; an HDMI was all I needed, so I went for the S360, and the positives so outweigh the negatives that this thing should cost 50% more than it does.
Connectivity is excellent, with HDMI, ananlog component, optical and electrical digital audios and, for some reason, composite + stereo outputs. There's also an Ethernet port for firmware/profile updates, so there's no danger of this player being made redundant when the next BR standard comes along. Picture is absolutely glorious, and the player is stuffed to the gills with tweaking options (but it's good enough for me out of the box). Sound is not much of an issue for me, as I use the panel speakers, but I can't complain. The wonderful Xrossbar interface is here strutting its stuff, and it's virtually no effort to navigate to any option you care to play with.
Now to the reason I only gave it four stars: responsiveness. Slow operation times are currently the bane of the BR world, and this player does not escape. Loading times are fine for me, as I leave it on "active standby", but the trick-play functions (fast forward/rewind, advance/retard, and sometimes chapter seeks) are ponderously slow - I often seek forwards to find the sound continuing over a still picture, which takes several seconds to catch up.
This is a miniscule fly in a gargantuan tub of ointment, though, and I can easily forgive this shortcoming given the price and quality. I have seen no better "entry level" BR player from a big brand, so if you are concerned only with watching BR films, and not investing in the core of an ultra high-end home cinema system, the S360 is most definitely worth a punt.