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5.0 out of 5 stars I was left almost speechless with the picture improvement, 7 Jan 2011
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I took delivery of this lovely Sony player on the afternoon of Friday 7th January 2011 and just couldnot believe the transformation from Red laser technology to Blue Laser technology.

What a shame one requires a matching 1080P HD television with HDMi socket to experience the transformation in overall picture and sound quality.

Recently i purchased a new Sony 40" HD tv to replace an old technology CRT Sony 32" television which i gave to some friends in Cardiff.

There were many Blue Ray players on the market but i thought a matching Sony for my tv would take advantage of the automatic tuning and compatibility with the Sony BRAVA 3 technology.

Once you connected the HDI lead and switched the DVD player on everything such as tuning the player to the television was done automatically but if the player was connected to a non Sony model television i am not sure how easy it would have been to install the player.

For stunning visuals and soundeffects i decided that the first dvd disc i would watch on this new player was Sergio Leones masterpiece "Once Upon A Time In The West".

I am still in shock at the picture enhancement and sound quality from a standard dvd disc.

The other evening i played the same disc in an old but little used Sony dvd player purchased nearly 8 years ago and the picture quality was excellent but showing considerable grain in the contrasts and overall quality of the film.

The difference in using the lower frequency Blue Laser compared to the original Red Laser is almost as great as when the dvd disc replaced the Video tape.

This Sony player has the inbuilt digital scaling which enhances the picture quality of ordinary non Blue Ray dvd discs.

The quality of picture with Blue Laser is simply remarkable as is the sound but a very big plus was that the machine that i was given is a multi region player due to it's ability to replay a Region 1 disc of Sidney Lumet magnificent film "The Hill" which i ordred from America.

I believe not all Uk sourced Blu Ray players are multi region with many websites providing crack codes to unlock certain players.

The 1080P HD signal from player to television through the HDMi cable makes possibly the biggest picture quality difference i have ever experienced.

This classic Western will be shortly released in stunning Blue Ray 1080P quality and it will have to go a long way indeed to impress me as what it does to a standard DVD disc.

If you own a decent HD television then you must experience Blue Ray technology as it will simply amaze you with the difference in picture quality over standard Red Laser dvd and now with players under the 100 bracket for the first time it has never been more affordable.
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2011 10:41:31 GMT
It's 'Blu' Ray !! ;-)

Posted on 9 Jan 2011 12:51:26 GMT
Paddy says:
So you haven't noticed any whining noise, especially within the first 30 min's, of playing a BlueRay disc? No one is disputing the value for money but there does seem to a problem with build quality as far as the units ability to play BlueRay's silently. Of course some people seem to have silent units so we can only asume that Sony's quality control is poor.

I'm on my second player which is slightly quieter than the first but is still making a whining noise. I might have to go for third time lucky and return yet another unit! Even the next two models up seem to have the whining noise on many of the units.

Yes great player but the QC sucks!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2011 12:04:37 GMT
I have experienced no funny noises with my Sony Blu Ray player as yet.
Last night i played the 2005 releases of the Original Star Trek and the picture enhancement was stunning.
Over the many years of owning Sony products i have never had a single faulty product and all told i must have had well over 20 items four of which included tvs.

I still have a 14" colour trinitron purchased in 1978 and it still works beautifully but can no longer be used as it has no scart socket to utilise a set top box.

I may be unlucky with this Blu ray player but so far so good, its performing as expected BRILLIANTLY

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2011 13:15:03 GMT
Paddy says:
Perhaps I'm too fussy but I'm not the only one! It's seems that quite a few BluRay players, regardless of brand, are noisy perhaps because the disc spins that much faster? Sony are OK but all manufacturers have the odd donkey of a product. I'm not saying the 370 is a donkey as my replacement unit is a bit quieter but that's only because I've left it running for three days to wear in the drive.

I've got two Sony Hi Fi's which are fine but I did have to send a 37" LED, LCD TV back a few months ago because there was a very loud buzz coming from the back of it, I bought an LG in the end which is very good.

Anyway the 370 isn't bad if you're lucky enough to get a quiet one or even a reasonably quiet one. Together with the Web TV functionality and the ability to play a variety of file formats, via the USB ports, it's the best value by far in it's price range. One niggle though is that it currently only reads a couple of folders down in the file system of connected hard drives which is annoying if you have a complex / deep file system of pix, MP3's and videos.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2011 17:16:09 GMT
Unusually my 370 appears to be a Multiregion compatible model.
I have a copy of the superb Sidney Lumet film "The Hill" starring Sean Connery and i purchased this from the states as for some reason its still not available here in the Uk.

Its region 1 and two of my Region 2 only players willnot play it FULL STOP.

My new 370 plays it like a dream and there are many websites providing owners with special codes to turn their players into Multi Region.

Come to think about it my player does sound a little bit more throaty than a standard dvd player but it operates at a different speed to a normal dvd player and it still works perfectly and i do not expect it to malfunction or prove troublesome.
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