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Sony BDP-S770 3D Blu-ray Disc Player Preview  Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Palmer   
Monday, 08 November 2010

Boy, stand-alone Sony Blu-ray Disc Players have grown up since I picked up my BDP-S300 back in the dark days of the format war.  But her comes the Sony BS770, a WiFI-enabled, Profile 2.0, 3D equipped (whenever the studios, you know, release enough content to warrant swapping out all your expensive gear) Blu-ray player that sells for less than three hundred bucks.

The BDS770 from Sony offers both a built in wired (LAN) and WiFi (B/G/N 802.11) capabilities for connection to a home network, which is becoming more and more common with just about every home electronics products.  Wireless is especially handy for those who have their router in another room.

Once connected to the Internet, the BDS770 is among the Sony products with access to Bravia Internet Entertainment, a collection of entertainment and social networking widgets.  Check out the full list here , but they've got Hulu Plus, Netflix, Crackle, Fear Net, Wired, Ford Models, NPR, YouTube, and Pandora along with Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo News, and USA Today Spots. Firmware updates will also be available over the net.  

Sony's BDS770 is DNLA certified, which allows you to play all your PC's media files from the comfort of your couch.  MP3 audio files, AVC-HD video files, and JPEG pictures can also be accessed from writeable BD / DVD / CD media or via one of the two USB inputs.  And, if you happen to own an iPhone or iPod touch, there's a free downloadable BD remote app which not only controls your player, but allows searchable access to Bravia Internet Entertainment content, or access to detailed information about the movie you're watching.

The big gun here in Sony's new player is Blu-ray 3D playback at full HD 3D resolution.  That means, with the combination of the appropriate display, Blu-ray 3D source material will play at a glorious 1080p-per-eye resolution, 24 to 60 fps.  The BDS770 also plays back traditional Blu-rays and well as your old standard definition DVDs and music CDs.  VHS owners…like most days, you're S.O.L.  Sadly, unlike some of the earlier 3D Blu-ray Players on the market, there is only a single HDMI 1.4a output on the player, which means if you don't have a newer A/V Reciever with 1.4a pass-through, there are going to be times where you have to choose between 3D content, or HD audio.  There is an available component (Y/Pb/Pr) output as well, but of course that doesn't handle 3D and is limited to 1080i resolution.

The Sony BDS770 has the option to internally decode or bitstream all the modern uncompress and lossless surround sound formats, including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD Master Audio.  On the back, there are two RCA stereo outs, one coax Digital out, and one optical digital outputs, but no 7.1 channel analog audio outs.  The BS770 Blu-ray 3D player is available now at around $249 from most local and online retailers.

Specifications

Media Compatibility: Blu-ray 3D, CD, DVD, BD-R, CD-R, BD-RE, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, BD-ROM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW

Additional Features: Bravia Internet Entertainment, DNLA, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB

Audio Formats:
DTS, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, MP3, PCM

Video Formats: VC-1, AVCHD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, JPEG

Dimensions:
17" W x 2" H x 8 ½" D

Weight: 5 lb 8 1/8 oz






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