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Great picture, lots of features but glitchy operation
on 13 May 2012
I was about to buy last year's model of this Blu-ray player then was lucky enough to spot this s-490 at a pretty good price (not on Amazon I'm afraid) so decided to take the plunge.
Firstly I should say that the unit itself is nicely put together and the remote is compact but good enough. The set-up was very straight-forward but for those who want to, there are plenty of options to play with once you're up and running.
Blu-ray playback is superb. Significantly better than my PS3 and pin sharp. Watched Avatar and the picture and sound were just awesome.
Unfortunately, its not all good news. The operating system is glitchy and after playing about with the various menus and "smart" connectivity stuff like internet radio, Lovefilm, Sony Entertainment Network, etc. for about an hour the player crashed and I had to completely power it down and back up again to get it to work again.
This happened a couple more times over the course of the evening and although its not the end of the world its enough to make me question choosing this over the equivalent Panasonic.
Hopefully a system update or two will sort these glitches out, but until then I can't justify any more than three stars.....