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The name Blu-ray Disc is derived from the blue-violet laser used to read and write this type of disc. Because of its shorter wavelength (405 nm), substantially more data can be stored on a Blu-ray Disc than on the DVD format, which uses a red, 650 nm laser. A single layer Blu-ray Disc can store 25 GB, over 5 times the size of a single layer DVD at 4.7 GB. A dual layer Blu-ray Disc can store 50 GB, almost 6 times the size of a dual layer DVD at 8.5 GB.

About 9 hours of high-definition (HD) video can be stored on a 50 GB disc. About 23 hours of standard-definition (SD) video can be stored on a 50 GB disc. On average, a single-layer disc can hold a High Definition feature of 135 minutes using MPEG-2, with additional room for 2 hours of bonus material in standard definition quality. A dual layer disc will extend this number up to 3 hours in HD quality and 9 hours of SD bonus material.
 

 Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc Player 

Sony BDP-S1 Blu-Ray Disc Player
Introduced: December 2006

The Sony BDP-S1 is a first generation Blu-ray Disc (BD) Player that was originally scheduled for release in the United States on August 18, 2006 with a MSRP of $999.95. Sony had postponed the release date of this player several times and eventually it was released on December 1, 2006. On November 30, 2006 Sony announced that the player began shipping to major consumer electronics retailers and specialty dealers nationwide.

Better late than never, the long delayed and highly anticipated Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray disc player arrived at select retailers on December 1st, 2006. The Sony BDP-S1 is an attractive unit with silver casing and a blue facia covering the entire bottom two thirds of the front face plate. The power on/off button is on the upper left corner and the disc tray open/close button on the upper right corner of the unit, and they glow a soft white when the unit is powered up.

There are five buttons on the right front of the panel and are the play, pause, stop, skip forward and skip back buttons. The disc tray is right in the middle of the player, left of the five control buttons. The lower two thirds of the BDP-S1’s front panel, finished in reflective blue Plexiglass, features a soft-blue illuminated alphanumeric display on its left side, while the black top one third houses a series of small transport control buttons along with illuminated HDMI, output resolution (720p/1080i or 1080p) and “off” indicators.

The rear panel features one each HDMI and component video, standard definition composite and S-video outputs as well as coaxial and optical digital audio, 5.1 (RCA type) analog and stereo analog outputs. Sony supplies composite video and stereo RCA audio cables but, no HDMI cable with this $999 player. With the supplied AA batteries installed, a few remote keystrokes engaged the BDP-S1 “set-up” mode.

Connecting a plasma HDTV to the BDP-S1 via HDMI the “Easy Setup” procedure can be followed as laid out in the owner’s manual. There are settings for Auto, 480i, 480p, 720p 1080i, 1080p and Direct (the direct setting is supposed to be the native resolution of the disc which in case of prerecorded movies is 1080p/24). Switching over to manual override of rate control function enabled engagement of the player’s 1080p60 and 1080p24 modes.

Pushing the power button, the BDP-S1 requires 12 seconds to display “Power On”. Another 35 seconds elapsed for the player’s alphanumeric display to read “no disc” allowing the drawer to be opened and a movie BD ROM disc inserted. After the drawer closes, wait another 36 seconds for the movie studio’s logo to appear on-screen.



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The BDP-S1 is equipped with an HDMI output, but not HDMI 1.3. This is a hardware issue, and what this means is that this player won't ever be capable of delivering lossless audio from Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio as native digital streams. This player can receive a firmware update that would allow it to recognize the new Dolby and DTS codecs and convert the streams to multichannel PCM. Multichannel PCM is spec'd to go out over HDMI 1.1 or later, and there are a number of AVRs already on the market that are HDMI 1.1.

However, making even this scenario just a little more complicated is the fact that the Sony BDP-S1 lacks an Ethernet port. Instead, you'd have to go online and burn an update file onto a DVD disc and then load that into the player. Not as easy as it could be, but still possible to accomplish a firmware upgrade. What's more disturbing about the lack of any Ethernet port is the obvious potential that Blu-ray might someday feature interactivity that requires internet connectivity.

According to the HD DVD group, studios are already cooking up some features that will download new features, HD trailers, and more right into an HD DVD disc's on-screen menus, allowing them to be selected.

Sony's PS3 not only has Ethernet, the $600 version has Wi-Fi and a 60GB hard drive. Lots of features could be pulled from the Net and stored there. Nevertheless, the Sony BDP-S1, like the other standalone BD players released so far, has omitted the Ethernet connection and you'll be out in the cold when networked features make it to Blu-ray.

The BDP-S1 has two other shortcomings. First, while it's backward compatible with DVDs, this player won't play Audio CDs. So, if you still play CDs and dream of having a single optical disc player, think again. Second, while there are analog outputs, they are 5.1-channel only. The 7.1-channel playback is something very few people need, but for what it's worth, 7.1-channel soundtracks will undoubtedly make it to Blu-ray disc one day and when it comes you better have a least HDMI 1.1 in your AV Receiver.

Sony's PlayStation3, the 60GB version of which retails for $600, has Ethernet and Wi-Fi, 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD decoding and will playback CDs and obviously PlayStation games. The only key ability with Blu-ray Disc playback the BDP-S1 has that the PS3 lacks is outputting 1080p/24 from Blu-ray Disc movies. However, with PS3's flexible, upgradeable architecture, it's possible that a future system software update could remedy this.

On the DVD playback side, the BDP-S1 does several things the PS3 doesn't do, or doesn't do as well. The BDP-S1 can upconvert standard DVDs all the way up to 1080p (via HDMI) and in fact the picture looks by far its sharpest at 720p, 1080i or 1080p. Far sharper than the 480p DVD output of the PS3. In addition to being able to select these video output formats on the fly, the BDP-S1 allows you to select "Auto" for the HDMI digital audio output. It then outputs whatever soundtrack selection you make in it native form- if its PCM it goes over as PCM, if it's Dolby Digital it goes over as a native DD bitstream, and the same for DTS.

The Samsung BD-P1000 and the PS3 allow you to choose bitstream or PCM for the HDMI output, but it's then fixed. If you choose PCM, DD and DTS tracks are converted to multichannel PCM. The BDP-S1 will output the native streams over HDMI.

Blu-ray Disc Read Only Memory

A BD-ROM disc contains pre-recorded data. Although a BD-ROM may contain any form of data, most BD-ROM discs will contain movies in High Definition format, for playback on Blu-ray disc players.

This unit can play back pre-recorded commercial BD-ROM discs.



The long, slender RMT-B100A remote features sufficiently large, easy to operate buttons, though unfortunately, they are not backlit. The BDP-S1 can play Blu-ray discs, DVD videodiscs and DVD-RW/R discs. What the player will not accept are “all types of CDs (CD-ROMSs/CD-R/CD-RW, or the CD layer of hybrid discs etc.; VCDs/Super VCDs; DVD audio discs; Super Audio CDs; DVD-RAMs; HD DVDs”; “BDs with cartridge; BD-REs/BD-Rs; DVD-RWs/DVD-Rs; and DVD-Rs of VR mode” It goes on “Some DVD-RWs/DVD-Rs cannot be played on this player due to the recording quality or physical condition of the disc, or the characteristics of the recording device and authoring software”

A favorite feature is the bit-rate meter. It appears on-screen, engaged with two presses of the remote’s “display” button. With it engaged, it allows the viewer to track the bit transfer speed of each scene on the fly. The fastest rate was at 44.84 Mbps. This high bit-rate is a huge contributing factor to overall picture quality. The Blu-ray format has the highest transfer rate available today to the consumer. For comparison, the maximum bit-rate of broadcast HDTV is 19.39 Mbps.

Performance

The overall rating, “spectacular”. Almost all images appear razor sharp and artifact free.

These first generation HD players are slow, very slow. It takes the BDP-S1 between 35 and 40 seconds to boot up to the player's on-screen menu. This is far better than the Toshiba HD DVD players' near minute, but way longer than PS3's ten seconds. Yes- not only can PS3 power up that fast, if it's powered down you can insert a BD or DVD into the drive and it will have the disc's menu loaded in under ten seconds.

For disc loading times, the BDP-S1 again beats the awful lag times of the Toshiba players, but falls far short of the PS3 or even Samsung's BD-P1000. PS3 can boot to a 50GB BD's menu in under ten seconds. The Samsung can now load discs as fast as 20 seconds, but no more than 30. The BDP-S1 never loads a BD faster than 35 seconds, and sometimes just over 40 seconds.

The BDP-S1 is good, but again slower than the PS3 with chapter skips and moving through the pop-up disc menus that come up with the movie running full motion. Also, scanning back and forth is choppy, and the BDP-S1 pauses the image for a second or two at first, and sometimes pauses to a still during a scan forward or backward.

The BDP-S1 can lock up on the menus requiring a reload of the disc, and during scanning through scenes, lock into slow motion instead of regular speed.

The BDP-S1 handily outpaces the updated Samsung player with superior resolution of the finest details. But what about the BDP-S1's image quality compared with the PS3, which is also a cut above the Samsung? Try the BDP-S1 at both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24, and you may prefer the latter for being a touch sharper.



For audio there are Toslink and digital coaxial S/PDIF outputs, as well as separate 2-channel and 5.1 channel analog connections. The HDMI connection is also capable of transmitting audio along with video.



Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray player rear panel Audio and Video connections
Audio Video Connections



• 1 - Power In A/C
• 2 - Control S In / IR In
• 3 - HDMI Out
• 4 - Composite Video Out
• 5 - S-Video Out
• 6 - Component Video Out
• 7 - Digital Audio Out Coaxial RCA
• 8 - Digital Audio Out Optical
• 9 - 5.1 Channel Audio Out
• 10 - Audio Out analog 2-channel


Audio Options and Quality

The HD video revolution has brought with it the potential for several new high-resolution audio formats including high bit-rate Dolby Digital Plus or lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. HD DVD has embraced DD+ as its mandatory base-level standard, while offering limited support for TrueHD (only 2-channel decoding) and DTS-HD (downconverted to standard DTS) in the first generation hardware.

Blu-ray meanwhile allows all of these same audio formats as optional additions, but does not require any of them in the hardware (player) or software (movies). Regular Dolby Digital and DTS are the only mandatory audio standards. Unfortunately, all of the first-generation players do not support any of these new audio formats. The players have no decoding circuitry, and no ability to transmit the bitstreams to external A/V receivers for processing either (for that you'll need an HDMI 1.3 connection.

So what are the 5.1 analog outputs good for. Sony has decided for its software releases to provide the soundtrack in PCM 5.1 format. PCM is uncompressed and therefore should offer very high audio quality. The downside is that an uncompressed soundtrack swallows up a huge chunk of the disc's space that could be used to improve video quality instead. With the limited space on 25 gb single-layer discs and MPEG2 compression, it becomes a matter of priorities. Do you sacrifice picture quality for sound? For the first wave of Blu-ray releases, Sony's answer has been, Yes. Discs from other sources, on the other hand, have foregone PCM in favor of standard DD and DTS, with some visible benefit to the video.

When you do want to listen to a PCM soundtrack, your connection options are HDMI to a compatible receiver or 5.1 analog (PCM requires too much bandwidth for a Toslink or coaxial connection, and will be downconverted to 2 channels if you try to use those options).

Surround Sound Formats Explained

 Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc Player 

Sony BDP-S300 Blu-Ray Disc Player
Introduced: June 1, 2007

Sony's second generation Blu-ray player, the BDP-S300 was announced in Feb. 2007 and available in June 2007 for a suggested retail price of $499, hundreds less than the first generation BDP-S1 player.



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July 2007:
Sony's BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc (BD) player is available to major consumer electronics retailers and specialty dealers nationwide for a list price of $499. The BDP-S300 adds to the high-definition disc player market by delivering new features including the advanced Dolby® Digital Plus audio codec as well as BRAVIA® Theatre Sync™ and Audio CD playback.

The new model can output 1920 x 1080/24p high-definition video, currently the highest resolution high-definition signal available through an HDMI™ connection. The player supports various video formats, including MPEG2, MPEG4-AVC and VC1. For those who own an HDTV set without HDMI, an analog component output for 1080i (interlaced) is available as well. The Sony BDP-S300 BD player is compatible with most standard DVDs and has the added feature of 1080p upscaling through HDMI to 1080p capable HDTVs, improving the picture performance of existing DVD libraries.

The model also supports AVC-HD discs encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC) technology, a new international standard for wide color space. The standard expands the current data range of video approximately 1.8 times allowing the player to output more natural and vivid colors similar to what the human eye can actually see.

The new BD unit incorporates BRAVIA TheatreSync utilizing HDMI connectivity, which integrates the operation of the player with a compatible BRAVIA flat-panel LCD television or audio/video receiver. With the touch of a button, you can automatically turn on and switch inputs to match connected devices.

Additionally, the player offers multi-channel linear PCM digital audio output via HDMI, and can decode Dolby® Digital Plus, providing optimum surround sound to an appropriately equipped receiver. The unit has optical and coaxial digital audio out, along with 5.1 channel decoding capability for backward compatibility with existing receivers.

It also supports BD-ROM, AVC-HD Media, DVD video and DVD playback from DVD/DVD+R/+RW encoded discs, CD playback, as well as MP3 audio files and JPEG images stored on DVD recordable media.

The BDP-S300 joins Sony’s family of full HD 1080 line of products, spanning from the original BDP-S1 BD player, now with a list price of $799, to BRAVIA flat-panel LCD, and 3LCD and SXRD® rear-projection television line, as well as the PlayStation® 3 game console, PC drives and recordable BD media. The company additionally announced a new free firmware update for the BDP-S1 that allows it to decode Dolby Digital Plus & Dolby True HD audio codecs. The update is available for download at www.sony.com/blurayupdate.

The BDP-S300 will have the ability to decode Dolby Digital Plus, which is one of the next-generation high-resolution soundtrack formats available on Blu-ray. However, the BDP-S300 will not be able to decode the higher resolution Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-Master formats.

With the release of the BDP-S300 Sony is aiming to compete with one of HD-DVD's advantages: price. The previous standalone BD player from Sony was the high-end BDP-S1 which retailed at close to $1000. The S300 offers all of the functionality of the S1 in a much smaller profile, coming in at a size similar to traditional DVD players, at almost half the price.

The S300 has the capability to play audio CDs, display picture CDs, video DVDs, and of course single and dual layer Blu-Ray movies. Audio visual capabilities include the ability to output a full 24-bit color (known as x.v.Color) 1080p FullHD signal at 24 frames per second. In non-tech speak these statistics mean that the S300 is able to display a movie in one of the closest possible ways to the actual video source maximizing picture clarity. When coupled with a television that can display a 24Hz signal you are viewing the movie in the same way that it was filmed with no interpretation.

The full 1080p picture is only available when outputting through the HDMI output. DVD upconversion, up to 1080p resolution, is also only available through HDMI. When using component output the BD playback is limited to 720p, or 1080i, and no DVD upconversion is available. Sony has also included their Bravia line of home theater synchronization technology in the S300. This allows for the television and supporting home theater equipment to detect the Blu-Ray player, and provides a streamlined interface and control through one remote control.



Audio

Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are both lossless codecs, and in theory are capable of the same quality as uncompressed PCM but are more efficient in their use of data space. (Both the Dolby and DTS formats have the capability of carrying an embedded stream that's backward compatible with all existing decoders for each respective format, but the bitrates are limited to 640kbps for Dolby Digital and 1.5Mbps for DTS)



Sony Blu-ray Disc Player BDP-S300 Rear Panel Audio/Video Connections

• 1) Power A/C
• 2) HDMI
• 3) Composite and S-Video
• 4) Component Video
• 5) Digital Audio
• 6) Analog 2-channel stereo audio
• 7) Analog 5.1 channel audio

Sony has kept the same interfaces as the earlier BDP-S1 player, HDMI, Component, Composite and S-Video along with the analog audio and two digital audio jacks. Sony still has not included a port for online connection with this second generation player. This drawback prevents some of the new capabilities Blu-ray has advertised as well as easy firmware upgrades. By comparison, the Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-ray player and the LG BH100 player, both have this port.

 Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray Disc Player 


Sony BDP-S500 Blu-Ray Disc Player
Introduced: Oct 17, 2007 retailing at $699.99

Also introduced, the BDP-S2000ES at $1299.99

The Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray Player seems to be an upgraded / higher spec BDP-S300 player. The BDP-S500 is very similar to the S300, design and size wise, but in addition offers HDMI 1.3, instead of the standard HDMI v1, and supports x.v Color, and also True HD and DTS-HD1 audio.

Built with rigid beam construction and a motorized sliding front panel, the BDPS500 is a videophile's delight. The pristine images from high definition Blu-ray Disc movies and 1080p DVD upscaling will make your HDTV come alive. Amazing 24p True Cinema output and cinema-tuned picture presets allow you to see movies exactly as the director intended. Featuring LPCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio decoding for ultra-realistic sound, this player is also a treat for the ears. And with BRAVIA Theatre Sync, you can control your compatible BRAVIA HDTV and Sony AV system with the press of a button.

In the digital world, picture quality depends on bit rates. For example, DVDs can deliver 10 Mbps. HDTV broadcasts can reach 19 Mbps. But Blu-ray Disc outshines them all with up to 48 Mbps! Quite simply, Blu-ray is the best home video source. Ever. At the same time, it provides sweet surround sound. With up to 7.1 channels of surround sound and options for up to 32 streams of audio, the BDPS500 is an amazing experience for your ears. Blu-ray Disc can deliver concert videos and music videos that will make you want to get up on stage and sing with the performers.

Because the BDPS500, in addition to playing high-definition BD discs, offers complete backward compatibility. You can still enjoy your current favorite CDs and DVDs, no matter the format. In fact, they look and sound better than ever before, because the BDPS500 can take your current DVD library and upconvert it to a near high-definition experience (1080p) via HDMI connection or 1080i via component video.

The BDPS500 Blu-ray Player offers a host of new high-definition entertainment possibilities, most impressively 1920 x 1080p output, the highest HD signal output available through an HDMI connection. Even if your HD-capable television doesn't have an HDMI connection, you can still experience Blu-ray. A 1080i output via component video allows for HD-capable televisions without HDMI to enjoy Blu-ray Disc features.

The BDPS500 uses Sony Cinema Tuned Digital Processing to produce cinema-quality surround sound and strikingly true visuals. The BDPS500 adds extra excitement to films and concerts by enabling interactive capabilities with BD-Java--offering development of advanced interactive features, a new dimension in "bonus features." And the BDPS500 is backward compatible with your existing DVD library, creating a better image than a DVD player ever could. With the added feature of 1080p upscaling through HDMI, even old format DVDs are displayed brilliantly.



SONY BDP-S500 Rear Panel

See and hear a whole new world in high definition with Sony’s BDP-S500. The crystalline clarity of 1080p Blu-ray Disc™ movies and DVD upscaling that can bring your DVDs to the highest possible quality, mean your favorite movies have never looked or sounded so good. Add to that Sony’s 24p True Cinema and Cinema Tuned picture presets, which allow you to see any movie just the way its director intended, and all you’ll need is a little popcorn to lose yourself in an HD world. Better yet, now Sony’s BRAVIA® Theater Sync™ means that now you can control your compatible TV and AV systems all from one remote.

When it comes to playing true high-def video on your new 1080p HDTV widescreen, Blu-ray discs lead. The only way to play them is on a Blu-Ray player. It's also backward compatible to play DVD and CD pre-recorded discs. Featuring LPCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio decoding for ultra-realistic sound, this player is also a treat for the ears. And with BRAVIA Theatre Sync, you can control your compatible BRAVIA HDTV and Sony AV system with the press of a button. It supports AVCHD discs encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC) technology, an international standard for wide color space. The standard expands the current data range of video by about 1.8 times, allowing the players to output more natural and vivid colors similar to what the human eye can actually see. The players also feature compatibility with an array of video formats, including BDR - - DVD+R/+RW - DVD-R/-RW (Video Mode) - CD - CD-R/RW (CD-DA format) - MP3 and JPEG on DVD media. Likely the format of the digital TV future, you can own and use it today with your new HDTV. Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD / dts-HD Bitstream out over HDMI (v1.3) BD-Java Interactive Capability Quick Set Up FL Off/Dimmer Mode Parental Control Front Slide Down Door Popup Menus

General Features
Surround Modes
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital / AC-3, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Video Conversion to HDMI (1080p)

Compatible Formats
JPEG, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, BD-ROM, BD-RE, BD-R
D/A Converter 24-bit/192kHz
Remote Control Included

Inputs / Outputs
Coaxial (1) Rear Output
Composite Video (1) Rear Output
HDMI (1) Rear Output
Multi-Channel (1) 5.1 Channel Output
Optical (1) Rear Output
Analog Audio (1) Rear Output
Component Video (1) Rear Output
S-Video (1) Rear Output

Dimensions
Weight (Pounds) 10.5
Depth (Inches) 14.2
Height (Inches) 3.9
Width (Inches) 16.9

Sony Bluray player BDP-S500 owner's manual download PDF - 71 pages - 1.7MB

Detailed Specifications:
Audio
Analog-to-Digital Converter : 192KHz/24bit
Audio Features
LPCM : Yes (multi channel decoding); HDMI™ bitstream out: Yes
Dolby Digital : Decoding: Yes; HDMI™ bitstream out: Yes
Dolby Digital plus Decoding : Yes; HDMI™ bitstream out: Yes
Dolby TrueHD Decoding : Yes; HDMI™ bitstream out: Yes
dts Decoding : Yes;HDMI™ bitstream out: Yes
dts-HD Decoding : Hi-Resolution Audio: YES; HDMI™ bitstream out:YES
dts-HD Decoding : Master Audio: No; HDMI™ bitstream out: No
MP3 Playback : Yes (Content must be in DVD+R/+RW/-R/-RW format.)

Convenience
Remote Control Functions : Multi Brand TV Remote Control

Inputs and Outputs
HDMI Connection Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
S-Video Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Composite Video Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Optical Audio Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Coaxial Audio Digital Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
Analog Audio Output(s) : Analog Audio Output(s) : 5.1 ch; 1 (Rear)
Analog Audio Output(s) : 2 Channel; 1 (Rear)

Video Features
BD-ROM : Yes
BD-R/RE Read Compatibility : Yes (BDMV format)
Screen Saver : Yes
DVD+R Read Compatibility : Yes
DVD+RW Read Compatibility : Yes
DVD-R Read Compatibility : Yes (Video Mode Only)
DVD-RW Read Compatibility : Yes (Video Mode Only)
High Definition : Full HD 1080/24p and 60p1
JPEG Playback : Yes (Content must be in DVD+R/+RW/-R/-RW format.)
x.v.Color : Yes (AVC-HD Media Compatibility)

Sony Warranty Included:
1 Year Parts / 1 Year Labor -Carry In Service
Service available through authorized repair centers.




Blu-ray Movies

Blu-ray pre-recorded discs (movies) come in a case like standard DVD only the top of the case has a light blue color and has the Blu-ray logo in the middle. The back label should describe the video and audio on the disc such as the languages and types of audio available (DTS, PCM uncompressed 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD). A HD DVD movie will be identified by a dark red/maroon top with the HD DVD logo. Neither one of these disc types will play in a traditional DVD player. The cost for the HD discs will be much higher than the traditional DVD movie.
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Sony BDP-S300


Key Features

Full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema Video Output 1
DVD Upscaling to 1080p via HDMI™ 2
BRAVIA® Theatre Sync™ (HDMI-CEC) 3
BD/DVD/CD playback and AVC-HD with x.v.Color output 4
Multi Channel Linear PCM & Dolby Digital Plus Decoding

Key Technologies

BD-ROM Playback 4
DVD Video, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW4, CD Playback
AVC-HD Media playback4 with x.v.Color output
Video Codec Format : MPEG2/MPEG4-AVC/VC-1
Full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema Video Output 1
DVD Upscaling to 1080p via HDMI™ 2
BRAVIA® Theatre Sync™ (HDMI-CEC) 3
Cinema Tuned Picture Presets
Uncompressed Multi Channel Linear PCM Output
Dolby® Digital Plus decoding capability
Dolby® Digital and dts® 5.1 channel Output
Multi Channel 192KHz/24bit Audio D/A Converters
BD-Java Interactive Capability
Popup Menu
Quick Set Up
FL Off/Dimmer Mode
Screen Saver
MP3 and JPEG Playback from DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW 4
Parental Control

Features

Video
Screen Saver: Yes
DVD+R Read Compatibility: Yes
DVD+RW Read Compatibility: Yes
DVD-R Read Compatibility: Yes
DVD-RW Read Compatibility: Yes
High Definition: Full HD 1080/24p and 60p

Specifications

Audio
Analog-to-Digital Converter: 192KHz/24bit

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI™ Connection Output(s): 1 (Rear)
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s): 1 (Rear)
S-Video Output(s): 1 (Rear)
Optical Audio Output(s): 1 (Rear)
Coaxial Audio Digital Output(s): 1 (Rear)
Analog Audio Output(s): 2 ch; 1 (Rear)
Composite Video Output(s): 1 (Rear)

Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty: 1 year parts / 1 year labor

Dimensions

Measurements: 17 x 3 1/8 x 14 7/8" (430 x 79 x 375mm)
Weight: 10 lb. (4.5kg)

Supplied Accessories

Video cord (phono plug x1)(1)
Stereo audio cord (phono plug x2)(1)
Power cord (1)
Remote commander (RMT-B101A)(1)
Size AA (R6) batteries (2)

1. 1080p playback requires HDMI-compatible HDTV, and 24p True Cinema requires 24p-capable HDTV.

2. Requires HDMI compatible HDTV with equivalent display capability. Upscaled image quality will vary depending on source

3. Requires BRAVIA Theatre Sync or HDMI-CEC feature on each component. Feature available on select BRAVIA LCD HDTVs and other Sony audio/video components. Please refer to owner’s manual for non-Sony products regarding compatibility.

4. Certain circumstances may limit/prevent Blu-ray Disc, CD or DVD playback.

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• Blu-ray Disc Features
Blu-ray discs offers picture quality beyond anything available, with full capability 1080p HD resolution in Blu-ray and up to 40 Mbit/secs, encoding 5-10X the capacity of regular DVDs. It also features theater-quality uncompressed audio (supporting 8 channels of Liner PCM), up to 32 streams of audio, interactive capability, seamless menus, integrated games, hi-def bonus and educational features.





Price:

The first generation Sony BDP-S1 will be discounted dramatically until being totally replaced by next generation players. Those willing to wait 6 months can buy the next generation player or try to pick up the last generation player for a lot less. Eventually the price should come down to an "affordable by all" point such as today's standard DVD players.