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Sony gave Blu-ray a big push last year by launching a wide range of players that were not only high on features, but low on price. Now you can pick up those players, including the BDP-S570, a highly specified model, for silly money, which makes it a very tough player to beat on value. The so-called Monolithic Design (the thinnest on the market at launch) is impractical, as the odd front panel collects dust and hides its tiny buttons from view. Meanwhile, the rear panel doesn't leave room for analogue multichannel outputs. In almost all other respects though, this is a remarkable machine. The disc loading time, which used to be so infuriatingly slow, is now down to just a few seconds. The user interface, a copy of the Xross Media Bar on the PS3, is superbly intuitive and very responsive using the no-nonsense remote control. And on the menu you'll also notice lots of online content that includes Daily Motion and catch-up TV services, all of which pop open quite quickly. Picture quality is spot on, too. A clean and naturally coloured picture hits your screen – a factor that also helps in 3D mode. There's a tangible sense of depth here, great detail resolution, and no video noise. Then there's the surprise inclusion of SACD compatibility.
At first glance, the Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray player seems perfect: It costs a reasonable $225 (as of May 10, 2010). It prepares discs for playing in record time. It incorporates a video search engine and plays Internet video from a multitude of sites. It's 3D-ready (via upgrade). And it lets you send everything to your HDTV in the source's original format. But when we assessed the BDP-S570's image quality against that of other Blu-ray players we've tested, our enthusiasm evaporated. Though the player handled detailed, color-rich images quite well, it struggled when presented with our black-and-white film and when given less detail to work with. The BDP-S570 earned marks of Very Good almost across the board on our image-dense test films Cars (a computer-animated movie) and The Searchers (a VistaVision classic, with a negative twice the size of standard movie film). In Cars, color saturation was superb. Two scenes from The Searchers (chapters 4 and 20) looked sharper when played on the BDP-S570 than when played on our reference PlayStation 3; chapter 20 also had a better sense of dimension on the BDP-S570. Our two test Blu-ray discs of movies filmed in standard 35mm--Phantom of the Opera (chapter 3) and Mission: Impossible III (chapter 7)--looked fine but unexceptional, only slightly improving on the PS3's image quality.
If your HDTV lacks the many interactive Web services featured on many of today's new sets, fear not; Sony's future-3D-capable BDP-S570 Blu-ray player ($249.99 list) has you covered. This versatile player not only delivers a pristine high-definition picture, it comes positively loaded with Web-based entertainment apps like Netflix and Slacker Internet Radio that you can access wirelessly thanks to integrated Wi-Fi. Also, you won't have to wait long to watch your Blu-ray movies; the BDP-S570 has one of the fastest disc loading times we've seen to date. Measuring 1.75 by 17 by 8 inches (HWD), the BDP-S570 is slim enough to fit easily into any home entertainment center. The modest black cabinet has a tray-loading disc drawer on left side of the shiny black front panel, and to the right of that is an LCD status panel and a USB port. Along the bottom bezel are Power, Eject, Play, and Stop buttons, but you won't find Fast Forward or Rewind controls like you will on LG's BD570 ($299.99, ) which is odd considering there's more than enough room to accommodate them. The player supports BD-ROM, BD-R, and BD-RE media as well as DVD-ROM, DVD +/-RW, CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, and Super Audio CD media.
Photo gallery:Sony BDP-S570 When 3D was rolled out at CES 2010, it seemed clear that 3D playback on Blu-ray players would be limited to flagship models in the $400 range. That is, until Sony announced in February that all players from the BDP-S470 up would get a 3D upgrade in the summer. 3D was commoditized before it even got started. The Sony BDP-S570 isn't the cheapest 3D Blu-ray player from Sony (that would be the $200 BDP-S470), but it's the only model in its price range to offer 3D compatibility. It has all the major features we expect on midrange Blu-ray players, including built-in Wi-Fi and a full suite of streaming media services (including Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube, and Slacker), plus some interesting extras like SACD playback and Gracenote support. It's also the fastest player we've ever tested, handily beating out the Oppo BDP-83 on nearly all our operational speed tests. We had only two major gripes with the BDP-S570; too many of its features (DLNA, Pandora, Picasa, 3D) are "coming soon" via firmware upgrade, and its Netflix streaming video quality is subpar. If Sony makes good on its firmware updates and addresses the Netflix quality issues, we think the BDP-S570 may end up being the best option in its price class, but Sony needs to wrap a few loose ends before we give it our full recommendation.
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