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We have collected 3 reviews of the Sony BDP-S380. Experts rate Sony BDP-S380 7.7/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Sony BDP-S380 and Sony Blu-ray players.
The face of Blu-ray players has changed in the last two years. While \"budget” players once cost $200 and offered only the most basic playback features, now you can find functional, connected players with access to online services or 3D playback support for just over half that. The Sony BDP-S380 lacks 3D playback, but its dozens of streaming media functions help it stand out, and its $109.99 (direct) price tag is hard to ignore. It doesn't have the best video processing, but its features, price, and speed make it a tempting Blu-ray player for a budget home theater. DesignDespite its price tag, the S380 doesn't look like a budget Blu-ray player. It appears nearly identical to Sony's high-end, non–Google TV player, the BDP-S780: Both have the same stylish, glossy black front panel with a pointed lip on the bottom edge and while the S380 is slightly shorter and less deep than the S780 at 1.3 by 16.9 by 7.4 inches (HWD), it would be hard to tell the difference between the two at a glance. The only big change is the S380's body, which is matte black compared to the S780's glossy black surface.
Sony's bottom-of-the-range BSP-S380 Blu-ray spinner offers a lot in performance and specifications for its meagre £130 ticket, but misses out on a couple of the key features that its BDP-S480 sibling brings to the party for only £20 more. With that in mind, it's only worth considering if you're really hard up, or are looking to upgrade your bedroom setup. Sony's brilliant web portal, Bravia Internet Video, still boasts the best range of content around, including BBC iPlayer, Demand Five, Sky News, Eurosport, LOVEFiLM, YouTube, and much more. Yes, there's no app gallery full of child-friendly games, but do you care? Despite being Sony's entry-level player, it still features the brand's Xross Media Bar menu, which is as intuitive as ever.There are two USB ports on board, one on the front for media playback from storage devices and one on the back to house the optional UWABR100 wireless LAN adaptor, which you can find online for around £50. Other features include smartphone control, the Gracenote-powered Entertainment Database Browser and picture presets for different lighting conditions.
The Blu-ray Sony BDP-S380 player is a lite version of the Sony BDP-S480. There's no 3D compatibility on this one and as a result, we've cut its hardware rating down from four stars on the S480 to three. Otherwise, it has an identical spec to the S480 and the image quality remains excellent: sharpness in HD is perfect and upscaling of SD sources (DVD, digital tuner and so on) is good in spite of the slight aliasing effects. The energy consumption on the S380 is slightly lower than on the S480 during Blu-ray film playback: 8.5 Watts compared to 9.5.
|Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)||$165.99||See it|
|Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black)||$199.99||See it|