Sony BDP-S5100, Blueray Player
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  • Furthermore, the rapid inclusion of 3D technology in movies also warrants a BDP that supports 3D, that is, if your TV can handle the 3D experience
  • In addition to this, the player can play both 2D and 3D Blue-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and SACDs without an issue
  • I watched 'Epic' with my family on a Panasonic Viera and was really impressed with the quick and effective rendering
  • The sky looked absolutely great and the player had no problem dealing with the darkness in the underground scenes


    • by H. Munn

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      The retail video market is now flooded with blue-ray discs. DVDs are getting less readily available, except on online retail stores. Therefore, I would suggest that if you do not have a blue-ray player now, then you are missing out on a lot. Furthermore, the rapid inclusion of 3D technology in movies also warrants a BDP that supports 3D, that is, if your TV can handle the 3D experience.

      I have had a couple of BDPs in the past but none came close to the overall perfection of Sony BDP-S5100. A couple of my friends recommended last year’s BDP-S590 over this one since the additions to this model are close to none except for a


      revamped Youtube app and a QWERTY on-screen keyboard. I will be honest I was tempted to go the other way but once I saw S5100’s beautifully design, I fell in love with it.

      The design is unique and looks post-modern with an angular two-tone finish. There are some basic controls on the front, a hidden USB port on the right and a disc tray on the left. At the rear are an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a coaxial digital output jack and a second USB port.

      It doesn’t, however, support optical digital output or analog output so if you have such equipment then you will have to look around this one and move up

      the range to the likes of Samsung F7500. The player comes with a standard Sony remote, which is well laid-out and feels good in the hand. Although, I can’t say that it compliments the player style-wise.

      It is a bland, pedestrian letdown. Additionally, you can control the S5100 with an impressive remote app that is available for both Android and iOS. The menu is very accessible and streamlined so you don’t face any issues moving through it.

      Also the S5100, comes with the Sony Entertainment Network platform which concentrates on the video on demand services like Youtube, Netflix and YuppTV. In addition to this, the player can play both 2D and 3D Blue-ray discs, DVDs,


      • Sony BDP-S5100, Blueray Player
      CDs and SACDs without an issue. However the DVD up-scaling feature didn’t impress me that much as it botched up the picture while processing ‘The Elephant Man’; during some scenes very visible straight lines appeared for a second or two.

      This couldn’t be replicated on my PC so I am putting it down on Sony. The 3D feature of this player is quite outstanding though. I watched ‘Epic’ with my family on a Panasonic Viera and was really impressed with the quick and effective rendering.

      The pictures were crisp and the foliage throughout the movie looked stunning. Even the faintest of pictorial edges were beautifully rendered to be observable. This Sony BDP is excellent at

      adapting to contrast changes.

      When I watched the Dark Knight Rises on it, the scenes in Gotham City looked really vibrant and well-defined. The sky looked absolutely great and the player had no problem dealing with the darkness in the underground scenes. Picture quality wasn’t affected at all.

      So, the S5100 is a very proficient all-round blue-ray player that is affordable and yet looks super expensive. You can buy it online for around $140 and I can assure you that it will be a worthy investment. On a final note, I would like to suggest to any prospective BDP buyers that don’t spend your hard-earned cash on high-end BDPs that have features like 4K Upscaling which you won’t probably use in the near future.




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