Sony BDPS185B.CEK Compact Size Blu-ray Player
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Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray Disc Player. BDP-S185 Blu-ray Disc / DVD player. Playback for Blu-ray and DVD movies in HD, with Internet streaming. HD picture quality, easy to use menu, compact design, online entertainment, USB, HDMI. HD picture quality, 5x better than DVD. Stream online content to your TV. Playback a wide variety of files via USB.
BDPS185 unit with Power cord attached
AA Batteries for remote
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- AC Power Cord (hard-wired into the back)
- Remote Control (41 buttons, but short at 14.9 cm)
- Sony AA Batteries (two of them, in silver)
- Operating Instructions (26 pages)
- Software License Information (27 pages, who reads this?)
- European Guarantee Information Document
The BDP-S185 itself is surprisingly small compared to most other Blu-ray players, measuring just 29 x 4.2 x 18.8 cm. It's also extremely light at just 1.1 kg; although it still weighs more than four Apple TVs. It has a glossy black plastic finish on the front and the sides, and a black brushed aluminium finish on the top. Sony claim this gives it an "appearance that looks good in any room" and, with the exception of the toilet, I'd have to agree.
Obviously the BDP-S185 can't record anything, but what it can do is play a huge range of disc formats. In terms of Blu-ray discs it can play BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE. In terms of DVDs it can play DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW. And in terms of CDs it can play Audio CDs, CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW. What it can't play are Blu-ray 3D discs, DVD-RAM, HD DVD, DVD Audio, Photo CDs, Super VCDs and DualDiscs.
On the front of the BDP-S185 is one USB port (Type A), which allows you to playback files stored on a USB flash drive, such as the Freecom Databar I reviewed last year.Read more ›
However I have a MAJOR issue with this unit which appears to be a fault identical to that found with the Sony BDPS370 player. Whilst watching discs the sound cuts out randomly several times which may not sound that bad but can become quite annoying for a supposed HD experience. This problem with the BDPS370 was eventually fixed (for some) by firmware updates as it pertained to Sony Bravia TVs. I have updated the firmware on my player and even though the glitch isn't as frequent it still happens. I've tried 2 different HDMI cables, turning the sound to PCM all with no notable effect. I'll update this review once I hear back from Sony and/or if I have to return the unit. I am hoping it won't come to that and this can be resolved via some setting on the unit or a future firmware update. So for anyone thinking of buying this unit be aware if you have a Sony Bravia TV there may be problems...
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It comes with a small sized remote which didn't bother me as I found it to be very comfy to hold and is easy to navigate with.
The device has the same XMB(Cross Media Bar) interface as the PS3, personally I think it's one of the easiest navigation bars to deal with and welcome it to this blu-ray player.
That said there is one thing that bothers me when navigating around the interface and that is the frame rate, sometimes it can feel a little laggy (not so smooth), it would be nice to see if they can sort this issue out somehow.
This device has these ports available:
1) USB Port.
2) LINE OUT (VIDEO).
3) LINE OUT (R-AUDIO-L)
4) DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL).
5) HDMI OUT.
6) LAN (100) terminal (Ethernet Port).
There are two let-downs in this category, the main issue for me is there isn't an optical out, I like to experience the ultra sharp surround sounds through my home cinema system, but to do this I would need an optical out.
The other is regarding connectivity to the internet, you can only do it through an Ethernet cable, I've had multimedia devices before that will let you stick a USB Wifi stick into it's USB slot and can connect to the internet that way, but this device is unable do to so.
When connected to the internet, you're able to view a selection of internet channels such as: BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Sky News, Eurosport, YouTube and you can even connect to your LoveFilm account. Surprisingly this device does not currently have ITV player or 4oD, two really popular channels, the PS3 has it, so I do not see why this player can't also.Read more ›
This blows all of them out of the water.
The biggest problem I have with Blu-ray thus far is the time it takes to get a disc loaded and the film playing. This is the fastest player I've ever used and has played every blu-ray I've chucked at it and without a hitch. It isn't too noisy, either.
The internet apps are a bit of a gimmick to me, I've never really used them on my TV or current player. They work well enough here and the Internet connection ensures you're player will always be kept up to date.
The unit is very compact, the smallest player I've seen and a testament to how the technology has progressed over the last few years.
A great entry level unit from a trusted brand.
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