Sony Unveils New Monolithic Blu-ray Player Line 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The new monolithic design from Sony may be more evident in their televisions, but their Blu-ray players are no less impending with their solid black, sharp and shiny look. A pair of 2D Blu-ray players were announced by Sony over the weekend at CES.  The BDP-S570 and BDP-S370 both feature full 1080p upscaling of standard definition video and decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD.

While the S370 requires a USB dongle to access BRAVIA Internet Video and BD-Live features, the S570 comes with WiFi baked right in.  When connected, the players can grab music from Pandora and Slacker Radio, and video from providers like Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix.  

The S570 offers one more thing that the S370 doesn’t when it comes to internet streaming.  As well as upconverting standard definition content, the S570 will clean up web video with what Sony calls “IP Content Noise Reduction.”  No matter the quality of streaming video, blowing it up to a 50” screen presents problems, and Sony’s noise reduction was put in place to help correct that.

The S370 and S570 will both be available this spring at yet undisclosed prices.  The third Blu-ray player announced by Sony will hit this summer, and is certain to generate a bit more interest.  The S770 is the first player coming from Sony that will be capable of a 1080p resolution in 3D. Like the S370 and S570, the S770 is quick loading and DLNA compliant, and offers the option to use an iPhone or iPod touch as a remote.  There’s no word yet on whether the player will come with the required glasses or not.

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