BDP-S770 Review – A Brief Overview of Sony's Great 3D Blu-ray Player

3D technology is quickly emerging as the next trend in Home Entertainment. Seems like every  major Hollywood studio is producing more and more movies in 3D. Manufactures like Sony, Samsung and Panasoinc want to bring this 3D movie experience to our living rooms. The BDP-S770 is the first Blu-ray DVD Player from Sony to be 3D capable right out of the box. It seems to have made a good impression, at least on some experts who rank it as one of the best 3D Blu-ray Players on the market today.

The BD-S770 is loaded with many great features. It not only plays back 3D Blu-rays, but standard 2D Blu-ray Discs at Full HD 1080p/24 video output. Has a built-in Wi-Fi, with 1GB of storage memory. A Quick Start and Quick Load options, USB Slots, upscaling of DVDs and is DLNA certified. With all these superb features and more, the BDP-S770 is still listed $100.00 cheaper then its competitors. Making it a very good choice for anyone looking to get a reasonably priced 3D Blu-ray Player, without sacrificing on features and video/audio quality.

VIDEO QUALITY: The BDP-S770 has the newest HDMI Output, version 1.4. This will give you 1080p/24 playback with standard 2D Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray Discs. The new 1.4 HDMI does not mean you have to go out and purchase a new HDMI cable. If you already have a High Speed HDMI cable, this will be sufficient to transfer the 3D signal to your TV. Of course to display 3D images, you will require a 3D HDTV and a pair of 3D glasses.

Other video connections include Component Video Outputs and Composite Video Outputs. Features like 24p True Cinema, 1080p video upconversion, up-scaling standard DVDs to HD levels, Noise Reduction and x.v.Color™ Technology will give you flawless image quality. Increase your viewing display from millions of colors to billions of vibrant, clear, crisp colors.

AUDIO QUALITY: With amazing visuals, you require great audio. The BDP-S770 provides you with internal audio decoding of the latest HD “lossless surround sound”, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA. It can transfer these HD audio formats in their native bitstream form to your A/V receiver for decoding. However, this has to be done via the HDMI connection, as the BDP-S770 does not have multi-channel Analog Outputs. Not the ideal situation for those with older A/V receivers without a HDMI input. It does have 2.0-ch Analog Outputs, as well as Digital Audio Outputs: Optical and Coaxial. The BDP-S770 should be able to provide you with unbelievable surround sound as good as the studio’s master recording. It even supports the playback of Super Audio CD (SACD).   

Like all good Blu-ray DVD Players, the BDP-S770 is equipped with a superb set of features to go along with its Blu-ray disc playback. It is a Profile 2.0 player that handles BD-Live content. BD-Live content can be access on certain Blu-ray Discs and then downloaded from the internet to your player. The BDP-S770 has an Ethernet Port and built-in Wi-Fi to give you easy access to the internet and BD-Live data. It has 1GB of internal memory, so downloading BD-Live content or updating firmware should will be a breeze. It you need extra storage, there are two USB ports that can be used for this purpose. The USB Port can also be used for your videos, photos or music by connecting your digital camera, MP3 player or USB Flash Drive.

Once connected to the internet you can take advantage of Sony’s Bravia Internet Video. It will allow you to stream a wide range of movies, TV shows, videos and music from online media services such as Netflix®, Amazon on Demand, YouTube™, Pandora ™, Slacker® and many more. The player even uses an Entertainment Database Browser, powered by Gracenote Meadata Services, to give you instant detailed information about the films you are watching. Quality from these online streaming videos can vary, so to improve the overall picture of online streaming, the BDP-S770 has the I/P Noise Reduction feature. Giving you crisp, clear images from streaming content.

Other features include Share Personal Entertainment (DLNA). Once connected to your Home Network, you can access music, videos and photos from any DLNA certified device, like your computer or phone, and display it on your TV. If you happen to own a iPhone or iPod touch you can download a free app that will turn these devices into a versatile remote control for the BDP-S770. Gaining access to movie facts, or searching for entertainment topics.

Weighing 5 lbs. and 2 inches in height, the BDP-S770 is one of the larger Blu-ray Players compared with most of the newer models. However, with the player’s traditional design and sleek  black front panel, it should cause no decor problems with your Home Theater. In fact, the BDP-S770 should provide a fantastic addition to your Home Movie Experience, whether it be in 3D or 2D.

THE PROS: The Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray Player is capable of HD 3D playback of Blu-ray movies. It is also capable of 1080p/24 playback with standard 2D Blu-ray Movies. It has internal audio decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA and supports bitstream output for these HD formats as well. The players other great features include Built-in Wi-Fi, DLNA support, BRAVIA Internet Video and Qriocity for Online Media Streaming. The BDP-S770 is a Profile 2.0 player so it supports BD-Live content and has 1GB of internal memory for downloading content.

THE CONS: The Blu-ray Disc Player lacks multi-channel analog audio outputs. Those who have an older, non-HDMI, audio/video receiver, and want to decode the High Definition audio formats externally, will be out of luck. 3D content is still rare and you will require a 3D HDTV and 3D glasses to view 3D images. There is no SD Card Slot.

THE FINAL WORD: The Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray Disc Player has almost all the features you expect in a great Blu-ray Player. Very good HD audio and image quality. Support for BD-Live, Online Streaming, DLNA certified, and built-in Wi-Fi. It also includes support for the latest Home Entertainment trend; Full HD 3D playback. You get all these features plus more at a very good price for a 3D Blu-ray DVD Player. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $260.00

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