Sony BDPS390 SMART Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player
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- Full HD with built-in Wi-Fi, Sony Entertainment Network, DVD playback, PC streaming and a USB port
- Enjoy Blu-ray Discs and DVDs in Full HD
- Stream on-demand films, catch-up TV and music
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|Connectivity Technology||WiFi||USB||USB||USB; Ethernet||USB^Ethernet||Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||32 x 20 x 4.3 cm||19.5 x 27 x 4.3 cm||20.8 x 30 x 4.2 cm||22.1 x 29 x 3.9 cm||31.2 x 18 x 4.3 cm||17.5 x 24.5 x 3.85 cm|
|Media Type||DVD Player||AAC; FLAC; MP3; MP4; PCM; WMA||AAC; AVI; DiVX; FLAC; MP3; MP4; Ogg; WAV; WMA||DiVX||AAC^FLAC^MP3^MP4^WAV||Blu-ray, DVD, CD|
|Special Feature||internet||1080p Upscaling||No^Video upscaling||3D||3D^Smart||Built in Apps, DVD Upscaling, MultiRegion, Ethernet, External HDD Playback|
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Movies are only the beginning
From Bourne to Bond, see your favourite characters in Full HD detail. But it doesn’t end there. You can wirelessly stream catch-up TV, Internet video and music, access the web and apps, and share content with other devices. All from the comfort of your sofa.
5x better than DVD picture quality
See your favourite movies in a stunning new light. Blu-ray Discs come alive in Full HD with true-to-life colours and crisp detail. High Definition movies are presented in 5x better quality than DVD, and regular DVDs are enhanced to look more like HD.
Connect, share and entertain – no cables required
Our systems are Built-in Wi-Fi for sharing the good things in life. It’s simple to wirelessly connect your smartphone or tablet to share and play music, videos and pictures all around your home – for relaxing, partying and entertaining.
Take a journey into a world of online entertainment
Come to the end of your film library? In the Sony Entertainment Network the only limit is your imagination – it’s streaming HD movies, millions of songs you can play around your home, your favourite TV channels, a web browser and apps for weather, news, games and more.
Directly access files on your PC
If you have movies, music and photo files stored on your PC, you can access them directly using your Blu-ray player. So you can release them from the confines of your PC and enjoy them in all their glory on your TV screen.
Picture that’s 5x better than DVD - See every colour and shade in fine detail that’s 5x sharper than DVD.
Cut the clutter with Wi-Fi built-in - Stream Internet and PC content without trailing wires around your room with built-in Wi-Fi.
DVDs look closer to HD - Give your old movies a new lease of life –
our Blu-ray Disc Players not only play DVDs but also upscale them to near HD quality.
Entertainment on-demand from the web - Stream videos, sports and the best of the web directly from the Internet with catch-up TV, YouTube, apps and more.
Apps for games, sport, news and more - Get apps for the weather, news updates and online games through the Sony Entertainment Network.
Find what you need faster with simple navigation - Our menu uses intuitive icons and an easy to follow 'tree' system.
Play music and movies from your PC - A USB port lets you play content directly from a memory stick, PC or hard drive.
Use your smartphone as a remote control - Download the Media Remote app and use your iPhone, Android phone or tablet as a remote control or a mouse for browsing the web.
Show pictures from your smartphone on the big screen - Set free music, photos and videos stored on your smartphone or tablet. Wirelessly ‘Push’ content between devices and see it properly on your TV.
Send web pages from your smartphone to your TV - Browse the web and ‘throw’ the page you’re looking at to your smartphone or tablet – then send it back to the big screen.
Get information on movies and music - Looking for the director or songwriter's name? Find out more about movies or music at the touch of a button.
Surf the web through your TV - Head online to browse text and picture-based Internet pages through your TV.
Get straight into the movie - No more long disc loading times, get straight into the action with Quickstart.
Share music around your home - Send music to any room in the house – all from your smartphone with the HomeShare app.
Our Blu-ray players are packed with the latest technology for maximum performance and minimal environmental impact
- The system on chip technology enables a significantly improved power efficiency while maintaining excellent picture and sound quality.
- The new integrated circuits cuts energy consumption.
- A dramatically smaller product reduces packaging and cuts CO2 during shipping.
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Menu system is just like on the PS3 only slightly more sluggish. The small remote works well and it there is also an Android app that can be used as a remote, very useful for typing into the search box on iPlayer.
The s390 has DLNA support and has played HD videos off my NAS without problem. The only downside to this is there is no DIVX support!! You may need to encode as XVID instead, this has knocked a star off for me. Haven't tried USB support yet, but I understand it will work with NTFS.
One thing that did cross my mind when setting it up, for not a lot more you could have a PS3 which does have DIVX support. When you consider this doesn't come with an HDMI cable but the PS3 does, the price gap isn't that big!
Overall great blu-ray player, upscales DVD's well, nice interface and so far no problems.
Have used the LoveFilm app since the weekend, menu is different to the PS3 version (it's better in my opinion). Quality is very good, LF isn't HD but it still looks great from this player. Currently there is no ITV or C4 player.
1. Wireless connection (without a dongle or other accessory)
2. The ability to stream media for other sources (ideally with DLNA)
3. A wide variety of online services (such as Netflix etc.)
4. A wide variety of supported formats (MPEG2, MPEG4, MKV, AVI, etc.)
The Sony ticked all of these boxed or so I though but after hours of the unit rebooting and having read (and like everyone I hate doing this) every page of the manual in detail and with a lot of playing about I found the following (despite updating to the latest firmware).
1. The wireless is a breeze to setup but unlike every other wireless device in my house, the connection quality and throughput is hit and miss. I have a LinkSys EA4500 in the NEXT room and the connection can struggle the odd time.
2. So the system has DLNA & streaming and can see my network correctly. It sees my three WD Live boxes, my Alienware laptop and more importantly my 4GB WD MyBook Live Duo where I have centralized the storage of all of my audio and video files. This allows me to access them on any device at any time (even when not at home). What Sony did not state in the system spec and what is buried at the very back of the user manual is that the do not allow streaming of 80% of the formats the box "supports". Therefore I cannot play any of the media from my shared storage on this unit and furthermore, when you try, the system hangs and takes about two minutes to reboot. I have spent a lot of time converting all of my home DVD's and Blu Ray's to digital format and this was my key reason for buying this device.
3. Moving beyond point 1 and 2 and looking at the online services, I again hit another roadblock. Most of the standard services out there (and which all come by default with the WD Live) such at Netflix, iPlayer etc. are not present on this unit. In fact outside of some German radio options and other foreign stations, there are no big names at all. Sony do have the Sony Entertainment Network (which is being positioned as the way forward) but when I try to connect to this, it states the service is not available in my region (Ireland). There is no eta when it will be (Note: See updated comments at the end of the review)..
4. As previously stated the unit does boast quite a diverse range of supported formats. Unfortunately as it doesn't stream them that is of little use to me. The only saving grace here is that I can copy the movies I want to view to USB and play them via the USB port on the front of the unit (without restriction). This is an acceptable workaround (as I continue to convert any new DVD's I get to digital form or simply buy a digital copy without disc) but why I can't stream them and have to go from one room to my living room with a USB key is a big backward step.
So to briefly summarize, the quality of the output, both audio and video is excellent. The unit is compact and sleek looking and is very quiet. Setup for the most part is a breeze. Load time are good but not great and the user interface, although a little cluttered is easy to navigate. However, when it comes to those features which may sway many buyers, forget it. I can only hope that Sony will lift the restriction on streaming different media types, introduce additional online services via a future firmware update and improve the quality of the wireless connection but for now IT DOES NOT REALLY DO WHAT IT SUGGESTS IT DOES with regard to extras.
Edit 5th July 2012: I just wanted to update this review to state that the Sony Entertainment Network is now live following one of the last updates. This does provide quite a lot of Partner Services such as BBC iPlayer, MUBI etc. however given the fantastic streaming capabilities of my WD Live box's and the almost 100% restriction on streaming across this unit, my scoring still stands. Given these challenges I have now actually put a WD Live box in this room so in essence, I have paid 150 for a device whereby from time to time I will only use it to play a few BluRay discs (those I have yet to rip).
Setup: BDP-S390 connected to a 1080i generic tv, Wifi'd to a pc running Sony HomeStream (serviio) for DLNA services.
Out of the box: The player itself is not as sturdy feeling as a PS3 or more expensive model but I was pretty happy with it. The remote is cheap but comes with batteries. Does not come with a HDMI or Component leads, integrated power cable. Minimal packaging, light unit. Good button and tray action. Curved top - you can't put anything on it!
General use: The system starts you off with a set up menu which will help you set your tv connection type and network connection type. It also asks if it can use USB media as a data store, for reasons explained below select yes and get a FAT 32 memory stick in that slot! It also has a quick boot option (more power needed captain!) which is much quicker but the slow boot takes about 10 seconds, the quick is instant. It will also ask you to update the player to most recent firmware; I updated mine straight away but forums have said that netflix app is messed up after this and some file type support is dropped as a result. I don't use netflix but all issues seem to be resolved by removing account details, restarting and re-entering. File type support updates are covered in the media streaming section below. The remote has all the buttons you need but does feel cheap cheap cheap! Menu selection is like the PS3 and scrolling is a bit jerky and clunky looking (hi res graphics down scaled poorly) but works and isn't too laggy. It loaded a blu ray to play quick enough for me not to get bored waiting! Really awesome feature I found was Wake On Lan (WOL) for you media streamers, Sony doesn't seem to mention this anywhere!
Blu Ray and DVD Playback: Hard to judge as I can't take full advantage of the quality of the blu ray file with a 1080i tv. But all in all the image was good and clear. The only limitations I encountered were down to my generic tv. Pixilation on DVD upscaling was not as bad as on my previous DVD up-scaler. A good experience all round. I used Wall-E as a base of my opinions. The drive does make noticeable noise when running but I like my movies loud enough to cover it.
Streaming was a bit jerky to begin with, pause it to let it buffer if needed.
Media server over Wifi: The majority of my media files are .mkv, .avi and some .mp4 files. I streamed this initially with PS3 Media server but encountered transcoding issues with all files so I ditched it. I then looked on the internet and found from "Official Sony BDP-S590 and BDP-390 Thread" on AV forums which said to try either Serviio or Sony's own DLNA media server 'Homestream'. This worked but not straight off the cuff. Problems I encountered were with all file types being transcoded poorly to .divx to the point of giving a corrupt file message, this player cannot do .divx! But it will natively do .mkv, mp4 and .mtts/m2ts, with various accompanying audio types. The solution to this was to open the config file for the media player on your pc and alter some of the transcoding settings.
!!!!Back up this file before you make any corrections!!!! Just copy it locally with another name - I insist!
The file is located in the program folders or install directory in the config folder, use an app like notepad++ to open it and find the section on Blu Ray players, collapse the rest with the + and - signs. Once you have found this section it will look like this but with much more text:
<Matches container="mp4" vCodec="mjpeg"> </Video>
As this essentially says "this file=.xxx" "will become this file=.mjpeg" in this example. For the file types supported by the player described on their website, you can set them to not have a "vCodec=" setting. It was easy enough for me to do as I only use the 3 types, mainly .mkv. MKV files are transcoded to .avi but WHY it can play .mkv! I have tweaked the .mkv settings for this feature much better playback. After this it all worked so very well :)
Homestream is as a free bit of software pretty good despite this correction. Others DLNA streaming softwares exist, ps3 media server, twonky, serviio - homestream is a mod of this one. Twonky is the only paid for one. Google them and try them to see what you like.
Play back through the front USB: Good clear and quick of all the file types I had. The player did not appear to support the cheap USB to SATA bridge bridge I have for an external HDD but I have read that other branded ones may work as long as they are formatted to FAT32, NTFS is a bit slow on this player, not impossible though.
Wake On Lan (WOL): If like me you use a computer to stream media and like me your network card can be WOL enabled, this player will wake your server on request. Really handy if its not next to it! So I can start up the tv fail to find any broadcast channels to watch, turn on the blu ray player and fail to want to watch the bluray in it or anything on the many many streaming channels then start my pc from the player wait for it to boot and then watch a file on it without moving - wicked! Really handy if you media stream like me and your server is WOL enabled (most are now, look in the bios). Set your DLNA software to start with your server or run as a service on your server.
Streaming from the internet: This works fine, really convenient. I'm with virgin - currently capped to 1.1Mbps! I did previously state it was nice to stick a USB stick in the front for a buffer but as it turns out my microwave messes up the Wifi in our house.
The remote is really cheap! I mean it creaks when you press a button! Horrible compared to a Sony Bravia tv remote and the Sony PS3 remote. There is a smartphone Sony made app (app store - FREE!) but for me it was a bit laggy as I am running over a wireless-G network, I'm sure with wireless-N it would be better. May be better with a different smart phone, tried on an Android ICS (Nexus). It offers a mouse pad and keyboard when required but you can't use the phone app to enter your Wifi code, go on, guess why!
Advantages, for the money:
- Good Blu ray and DVD play back
- Good streaming for internet and local media
- Smartphone app is a nice idea
- Good clean look for next to the tv, quite small, no bigger than a sky box
- Has a quick boot up option
- Wake On Lan is really good
- Lots of built in media channels
- Some but not brilliant internet browser capabilities
- Built-in wifi, wireless-N, will do b/g/n
- Ethernet connection on back
- Slightly cheap feeling unit, good button and tray action none the less
- Cheap feeling remote
- Noisy drive unit
- Curved top - you can't put much on it!
- Limitation on Homestream - have to set your transcoding option but there is no GUI to help!
I want you to like it as I like it. After tweaking Homestream it is perfect for my needs. However it is what you pay for, if you want a physically higher quality unit then you'll have to pay for it! For what the price has and the features its pretty good. It could have a slightly better menu experience (crisper graphics), a quiet drive and a more solid feel but you pay for these features - I didn't want to! Why not get a PS3 because this supports more file formats and does wireless-n. Why not get the Sony BDP S-490 because this has wifi, not the Sony BDP S-590 either as I don't think 3D tv is worth it. The only other one I found with comparable features (mainly wifi) was an LG which didn't support as many media file types. The wifi dongles are a lot of money for a branded one. Why not build a HTPC for this because it would cost twice as much for the features (blu ray drive) and be fussy with software and what not. Why not get a WD live tv box because it won't do blu ray or DVD.
Quick bit on me; pc gamer, enthusiastic movies watcher, enthusiastic tv watcher, these experiences should be done with convenience and quality. Other media items I own - PS3, quality tv, high spec PC. Fiddling with software skills high - I work in software development but fiddling with this config file mentioned above is easy for me; google: "Official Sony BDP-S590 and BDP-390 Thread" or alike for more help on it.
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