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The S has analogue 5. The machine responds dutifuly to commands from the remote, which is well built. The buttons are all in logical places, so therein does not lie the problem. Features Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray DVD Player hit the ground running with some momentum from audio codec support. We're disappointed that Sony couldn't keep this support in the immediate family. Comparisons with the PS3 are inevitable. The PS3 offers so much in terms of Blu-ray functionality, not only for less than most other Blu-ray machines on the market, but also for a fraction of the price of this player. Primarily, there's no support for either profile 1.

Of course, Sony heavily subsidises the PS3 on the understanding that it will make a fortune selling games. Both sides of the HD format skirmish were meant to be on an even-footing, Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray DVD Player punch for punch, but in the Blu-corner, the contender has still to lace up one of its gloves. It's a shame, and somewhat surprising, that I find a lack of something so irksome - a review should be about the things a product does have, rather than those it doesn't. However, we've been promised the conformity to Profile 1. That specific caveat aside, though, the S is an object of modest beauty.

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Everything bar tricky BD Java-duties is handled with the care Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray DVD Player mastery of a machine built by engineers who obviously care about video and audio. Unlike its stablemates, the S1E and S, the front fascia is no fingerprint-attracting flap. It's still prone to display dabs as prominently as a police case file, but it's automated - smoothly lowering when you press the tray eject button - thus negating the need for digit-specific gropings.


Size matters The S is a hefty bugger, but that's more than a design choice or down to a surplus of S1E cases left over in Sony's Shinagawa basements. The bigger the case, the more air flows around interior components, cooling them and allowing each to run at maximum capacity. In addition, unless spaced correctly, electrostatic build-up can affect audio and video DACs in small but perceptible ways.

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If having a smaller footprint is to the detriment of quality, I'm happy to have an AV rack the size of a small village. There's an admirable simplicity to the rear. Modern entertainment kit can often be accused of over-complicating their socketry - providing more Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray DVD Player than the plot of Transformers - but this deck keeps things simple.

Digital audio outs, in optical and coaxial flavours, are joined by analogue 5. The HDMI is v1.


And ensure your cabling or switching box are v1. It really makes a difference.

Sony BDP-S500 Blu-Ray Player

But if you want to feed two displays, you can resort to the component video output. Knobs abound, for volume, input, tuning, and tone. The white fluorescent display is on the small side, and the buttons are hardly larger than pinheads.

Step-down items in the left column and different items appear in the right column. The selected item goes from white to amber. They show speakers arranged around a red sofa with almost 3-D realism. Sony is among Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray DVD Player few manufacturers who let you specify height for surround channels high for ceiling mounts, low for stand mounts. My only ergonomic problem was getting the GUI to show on the video display. The menu takes a second to appear, which was why I hit the menu button twice.

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